Spiritual notes

The eighth Novena of 2018 to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese (the Little Flower) offered by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto will open Wednesday and end Aug. 30.

All intentions submitted to the nuns will be remembered with the special Novena prayers after the daily Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the nuns’ chapel.

Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament is held at 4 p.m. every Sunday and every first Friday of the month. Everyone is welcome to attend the Benediction followed by the veneration of the relic of St. Therese of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face.

Those who desire to share in the graces and blessings of these nine days of prayer, and in the private prayers of the Carmelite Nuns during the Novena, are requested to send their petitions to Mother Prioress, Discalced Carmelite Monastery, P.O. Box 57, Loretto, PA 15940.

Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona, will host a free luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The menu includes a variety of homemade soups, a sandwich, beverages, desserts and fruit. Everyone is invited.

A back-to-school family picnic will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s Reformed Church of Loysburg, in the church pavilion.

The gathering will include a devotional led by Pastor David Meckley and a commissioning of students, teachers and school staff who are present. There will be food, games and activities for all ages.

The picnic is open to not only church families, but the community in general, especially families with school-age children. School begins Wednesday in the Northern Bedford School District.

Creation Care Work Parties on the Lower Trail will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 26. Those participating should meet at the Lower Trailhead, First Street and Liberty Street, Williamsburg. Call Greg Williams at 215-242-0854 to confirm.

Father Mark Begly, pastor of Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, Johnstown, will give a special presentation on holiness at 7 p.m. Monday during the Prayer Meeting at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

Begly is a teacher and evangelist and has been a force in the renewal of the local church. The evening of prayer will begin with praise and worship. Prayer ministry and refreshments will follow after Begley’s presentation. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Sacred Music Library, located in the First Presbyterian Church, 601 Walnut St., Hollidaysburg, is now open. For more information, call the library at 695-5495.

The First Presbyterian Church of Hollidaysburg, 601 Walnut St., will host a peach festival from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

There will be fresh peaches and ice cream along with grilled burgers on the lawn. Entertainment will include music from the band Raining Blue. The event, including the food, is free of charge. Everyone is invited.

Mount Zion Willing Workers, Pavia, will sponsor a Chicken BBQ on Aug. 25 at the Pavia Activity Building. Eat in or take out.

Dinner includes 1/2 chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans, roll and cookie for $9. Baked goods and drinks will be available at an additional cost.

Dinners may be pre-ordered by calling 276-3586 or 276-3432 until Monday. All proceeds will benefit Joe Smouse’s Amor Ministries missionary work.

Popular Southern Gospel quartet, The Dixie Melody Boys will be featured at the Friendship Village Campground, located at 348 Friendship Road in Bedford, PA. The Dixie Melody Boys will be featured at 4p.m. Saturday.

The Juniata United Methodist Church will sponsor a children’s clothing and backpack giveaway and free hair cut program for school-age children from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Backpacks will be provided on a first come, first serve basis and children — elementary, junior high and senior high ages — must be present to receive a backpack.

Juniata United Methodist Church is at 808 N. Fourth St., in the Juniata section of Altoona.

For more information, contact the church office at 942-6065 or visit www.juniataumc.net.

The Juniata United Methodist Church Angel Feet Shoe Bank Ministry assists Blair County children from birth to sixth grade with new sneakers, socks and a book. The program is open to children who receive medical assistance, CHIP or who are referred to the program by an agency or school.

Parents can contact the ministry to schedule an appointment for their child or children.

The Juniata United Methodist Church is at 808 N. Fourth St., in the Juniata section of Altoona. For more information, contact the church office at 942-6065.

Cornerstone Fellowship of Mill Run, 415 Mennonite Road, Altoona, will host a festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Vox Nova and The Gathering, praise bands, will perform a free concert at the Canal Basin Park 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Free ice cream will obe provided. Rain location will be at the First United Methodist Church of Hollidaysburg. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 136 Hilltop Road, Lilly, will host a Polish picnic from

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Entertainment includes Charlene’s School of Dance from 1 to 2 p.m., The Hallmarks (Polka) from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and Raging Slagg (country) from 6 to 9 p.m.

Ethnic and American food will be available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and includes BBQ chicken, chicken planks, halupki, haluski, pierogies, hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, hot sausage, kielbasa, funnel cakes, a bake sale and refreshments.

A children’s play area will be open and includes a bounce house, snow cones, face and hair painting, make and take craft corner and a woodworking shop. There will also be games of chance and a basket raffle. No pets or coolers are permitted in the picnic area.

Liberty Bible Church of Bedford will sponsor a Summer Bible Conference, Aug. 24-26, at the church.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 24. Meetings will be held at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Aug. 25. The meetings are 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Aug. 26.

Lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 25. The Aug. 26 meetings conclude with a “Corn Boil” in the church pavilion.

Liberty Bible Church is at 2840 Chalybeate Road, Bedford, approximately 30 miles south of Altoona off I-99, business Route 220 (Exit 3). Turn at the sign for Liberty Bible Church.

Speakers include, Dan Gross, Tracy Plessinger and Galen Bloom.

For more information, call David Greenwood, Pastor of Liberty Bible Church, at 931-3040.

Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., Altoona, on the corner of Second Avenue and Second Street, will serve a free soup and sandwich lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The menu includes soup, sandwich, drink and dessert. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 943-2072. The meal is held the third Saturday of each month.

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