Spiritual notes

A holiday bazaar will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mardorf United Methodist Church, 3429 Juniata Gap Road.

There will be crafts, baked goods and candies. There will also be a silent basket auction with gifts for children, pets and more. Lunch and refreshments will be available.

Martin’s gift cards will also available for purchase.

A service honoring veterans will be held at 9:15 a.m. Sunday at the Wehnwood United Methodist Church, 2511 Juniata Gap Road. Everyone is welcome.

Habitat restoration work party will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Mount Etna Station on the Lower Trail. Turn off Route 22 at Polecat Hollow Road, go east to Fox Run Road and turn left. Look for the Mount Etna parking lot on the right.

Those taking part should dress to get dirty. Gloves and clippers will be provided, or bring your own. If weather is too wet or cold, the event will be cancelled. Contact Greg Williams at 215-242-0854 or wacmbook@aol.com to confirm attendance or to check on weather conditions.

The Episcopal churches of Huntingdon and Blair counties have adopted this section of the Lower Trail and will be removing non-native invasives and planting native trees in the spring. All are welcome to help.

A clothing giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. Clothing and bedding is available.

The Clothed in Grace clothing giveaway is held the second Saturday of each month.

Beginning Sunday, Wehnwood United Methodist Church, 2511 Juniata Gap Road, will hold a worship service at 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month.

Children of the World International Choir will present a concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd. The community is invited to the free concert. An offering will be collected for the choir.

Children of the World is an international children’s choir founded by humanitarian organization World Help. The choir features children from countries such as Nepal, the Philippines, Honduras and Uganda, where World Help has child sponsorship programs. After the tour, the children return to their home countries, where their education up to the university level is sponsored by World Help.

Altoona Aglow will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Center City Church, 801 Pleasant Valley Blvd. Donna Rhodes, Pennsylvania representative for the North East Regional Development Team, will be the speaker. Men and women are welcome.

For more information, call Helena at 505-2159, or Judy at 410-7843, or email


The Everett Grace Brethren Church will host a Sacred Christmas Music/Band Concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 2.

The church needs band instrumentalists who are able to play at senior high level. Rehearsals are from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 and 25. Anyone who can play a band instrument is welcome to take part. The band will be directed by Melvin Van Orman, a former director of Northern Bedford and Hollidaysburg bands. For more information, call 652-2811 or 931-1236.

Smith Corner Church, 1955 Johnstown Road, East Freedom, will host a Thanksgiving service from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21.

A free Thanksgiving meal will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Halfmoon Christian Fellowship Church, 1776 Halfmoon Valley Road, Stormstown.

This is the 13th year for the event. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 692-4178.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., will hold a free community Thanksgiving Day Dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 22. Everyone is welcome. Take-out meals will be available.

Volunteers are welcome to help prepare and serve the meal. Call the church office at 942-1372 or email info@stlukesaltoona.org for more information. Donations will be accepted.

Miracle Productions at St. Luke’s will stage a full-scale production of “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas … in Altoona” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church auditorium, 806 13th St. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, 24, 30, and Dec. 1 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 25.

Adapted by co-directors Woody and Marilyn Pyeatt, the play is being staged as if it were being done in Altoona under the direction of and with narration by author Charles Dickens during one of his many visits to America. During intermission, a dessert and beverage will be served, which is included in the price of admission. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children age 12 and under. The church will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items for St. Luke’s Food Pantry.

Veterans will be recognized during the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Faith Assembly of God, Roaring Spring. A decision to delay Veterans Day recognition was to allow veterans and their families to attend other programs honoring veterans on Nov. 11.

The service will include patriotic music, speaker Lt. Col. James W. Marrs from Bedford County, presentation of the Colors by an honor guard, Taps for the fallen and a token gift presented to each honored veteran. Marrs was commissioned in 1980 through the 4-year ROTC program at Troy University, Troy, Alabama. He has two sons and one daughter-in-law who are combat veterans.

During his 33 years of service, Marrs has served in a diverse collection of leadership and technical roles. He retired from active duty and began another career in May 2016 at White Sulphur Springs with the ministry of Officers Christian Fellowship (OCF) at 4500 Milligans Cove Road, Manns Choice.

Multi-Grammy Award winning recording artist Bill Gaither will present the Gaither Christmas Homecoming music spectacular at the First Summit Arena in Johnstown at 6 p.m. Dec. 1.

The Gaither Vocal Band, featuring Gaither, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb, Todd Suttles and Reggie Smith, will be joined by guests, including Mark Lowry, The Nelsons, Charlotte Ritchie, Gene McDonald and Kevin Williams. This festive evening will feature many classic Christmas favorites.

For more information, visit www.gaither.com or www.premierproductions.com or call 536-5156.

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