Spiritual notes

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., Altoona, will not hold services at the church on Sunday.

Instead, the congregation will join with Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 315 Jones St., Hollidaysburg, at 9 a.m. Sunday to welcome the Rt. Rev. Audrey C. Scanlan, the bishop of the Episcopal Church in Central Pennsylvania.

Juniata Church of the Brethren, 306 N. Ninth Ave., will host a revival concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 by recording artist Tom Smith of Everett. Smith, whose music can be heard on WJSM Radio, Martinsburg, will present the message and concert.

Public Square Rosary Rally will be held at noon Saturday at Heritage Plaza, 11th Avenue and 14th Street, Altoona.

This annual event is celebrated in over 20,000 cities all over the world. Those attending are urged to bring a chair for seating.

Temple Beth Israel’s “Union Avenue Deli” Jewish food festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at 3004 Union Ave.

A wide array of delicatessen favorites will be available to eat in or take out, including: pastrami, corned beef and turkey sandwiches; noodle kugel; matzah ball soup; stuffed vegetarian grape leaves; hummus and pita; and fresh-baked breads, sweets and desserts.

For more information or to place advance orders, contact the Temple office at 942-0057.

On Oct. 19, Temple Beth Israel, 3004 Union Ave., will join with Jewish congregations all across the country in marking “National Refugee Shabbat,” a program of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which since 1881 has rescued, assisted and advocated for refugees throughout the world. This Sabbath was selected because it begins the story of Jews as immigrants, as God sends Abraham forth from his homeland to sojourn among other peoples.

The guest speaker is Sandra Dangler, an Altoona resident who has spent 40 years working with immigrants and refugees across the country. She will share her personal story as a Head Start teacher and volunteer.

The special worship service begins at 7:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served following the service. The community is welcome and encouraged to share in this special Sabbath program.

St. Michael’s Chicken BBQ will be served at the parish hall of St. Michael’s Orthodox Church, Hemlock Street, Irvona, from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Takeouts or eat In available. Tickets are $10.

Dinner includes 1/2 BBQ chicken, baked beans, baked potato with sour cream and butter, roll and dessert.

A craft and yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hollidaysburg First Church of God, 514 Pine St., Hollidaysburg.

A spaghetti dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Christ United Methodist Church, 1359 Pennsylvania Ave., Tyrone. Takeouts will be available beginning at 4 p.m. Cost of the meal is $6. To reserve tickets, call the church at 684-3561.

Temple Beth Israel will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, on the front lawn of the Temple, 3004 Union Ave., Altoona.

Participants are invited to bring pets from home for a special blessing from Rabbi Audrey Korotkin.

Refreshments will be served.

Those attending are asked to bring donations of treats, bedding and animal-safe cleaning supplies for the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society. The Temple holds this event annually in conjunction with the reading of the story of Noah and the Ark and our responsibility to the animals.

A habitat restoration work party will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Participants are asked to meet at the Mount Etna Station on the Lower Trail and should dress to get dirty. Gloves and clippers are provided, or bring your own. If the weather is too wet or cold, the event will be postponed.

The Episcopal Churches of Huntingdon and Blair County have adopted this section of the Lower Trail and will be removing non-native invasives and planting native trees in the spring. Everyone is invited to help with the program. You do not have to be a church member to take part.

For more information or to confirm attendance, contact Greg Williams at 215-242-0854 or email wacmbook@aol.com.

These work parties are part of the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light.

Altoona Aglow will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Center City Church, 801 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona. Men and women are welcome to attend. Bottled water is provided.

Speakers for this month will be Pastors Rodney and Sharele Hatfield of Peniel Ministries in Johnstown. This is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility which houses students in a program from which they graduate. For more information contact Helena at 505-2159 or Judy at 410-7843, or email altoonaaglow@yahoo.com.

Souls Harbor will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hollidaysburg First Church of God, 514 Pine St., Hollidaysburg.

The seventh annual Patriotic Rosary, sponsored by 12 diocesan courts of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona.

The purpose of the celebration is to pray for guidance in electing leaders on Election Day, Nov. 6, who will best serve the state and nation in upholding religious freedom and moral values.

The Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, will be the presider and homilist. Local officials and numerous groups are scheduled to attend. The public is welcome.

Religious organizations are invited to submit upcoming events, special speakers and other items to be published free of charge in Spiritual Notes. Items can be emailed to religion@altoonamirror.com or call Holly at 946-7451. Items may also be submitted online through the Mirror’s virtual newsroom at vnr.altoonamirror.com.