Spiritual Notes

Element Church, 3415 Pleasant Valley Blvd., will offer Financial Peace University, a course on family finance, this fall. Classes for the nine-week digital course begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the church, located in the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center.

The course was created by financial expert Dave Ramsey. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.

An FPU membership includes access to online video lessons, financial coaching assistance, digital tools and a one-year subscription to the EveryDollar Plus budgeting tool. Also included is the follow up course, Legacy Journey, which shows people what to do once they have control of their finances.

Go to elementaltoona.com or www.fpu.com /1071070 for more information or to register.

The Faith Baptist Cafe will serve the monthly community meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 1. The meal is free and open to the public at Faith Baptist Church, 315 40th St., in the Highland Park section of Altoona.

The menu includes stuffed peppers, parsley potatoes, mixed vegetables, roll and dessert. For transportation, call the church office at 944-2894 before 3 p.m. Aug. 31.

Altoona Alliance Church will present its 21st Back to School and prayer partnering service on Sunday. Services are held at 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Every student from the church will have at least one adult prayer partner who will pray for them during the coming school year. The theme for this year is “Shine Your Light This School Year,” based on Matthew 5:16.

Dr. Anthony Leach’s Essence of Joy Alumni Singers will perform a Pipe Organ Transplant Benefit Concert at 5 p.m. Sept. 22 at Park Forest United Methodist Church, when the Lion’s Paw Society of Penn State honors Leach with its Medal for Service.

The church is raising money to install the Esber Hall pipe organ purchased last year from the university. The organ was a donation from the Class of 1938, and Dr. Leach’s former students offered to help the church preserve the instrument for the State College community. The Holtkamp organ will be roughly double the size of the church’s previous organ.

General admission is $5. For more information, email office@pfvumc.org.

Monsignor Michael Becker, Ecumenical Minister for the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, will offer a special introductory course on “Ecumenism: Understanding Other Christians,” an overview of Catholic ecumenical teaching.

Christ is loved by many who are not of the Catholic faith, but who are rooted in various Christian traditions. They are neighbors, friends and spouses. But often little-known about these traditions. Ecumenism involves the study of various Christian traditions with the desire to grow into communion and friendship. There is more that unites Christians than divides us.

This course will be offered at the Family Life Office in Lilly from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 1. Registration is $1. Reservations required by Sept. 10.

To register, contact the Family Life Office at 886-5551. Mail payments to the Family Life Office, 5379 Portage St., Lilly, PA 15938.

Effective Sept. 1 and 2, the Mass schedule for St. Mark’s and Holy Rosary churches is: Saturdays, 4:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s; Sundays, 8:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s and 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary. The Mass time at St. Mark’s for Sunday is new.

The 13th annual Greek Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1433 13th Ave., at the corner of 13th and 15th streets.

The outdoor festival will be held rain or shine, and features Greek food and music. Freshly grilled specialties such as lamb and chicken skewers and gyros as well as other savory foods and Greek pastries will be for sale and can be packaged for takeout.

A live Greek band will be playing all day and Greek dance performances in traditional costume are scheduled for 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Children’s activities include a bounce house. There will be a craft and yard sale as well as church tours.

Admission is free. For more information, call 943-0091 or visit www.holytrinityaltoona.org.

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