Spiritual notes

Temple Beth Israel, 3004 Union Ave., Altoona, invites the community to attend the annual “Shabbat Tzedek” Social Justice Sabbath at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18.

This service, with special prayers, songs and reading, honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and reaffirms the Jewish commitment to justice for all.

This year’s guest speaker is Harriett Gaston, Minority Programs Counselor for Penn State Altoona. Refreshments follow the service.

Altoona 28th Street Church of the Brethren, 2800 Union Ave., Altoona, will host Free Soup Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 19. The menu includes stuffed green peppers, grilled cheese sandwiches and dessert.

Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood, will host Bellwood native and retired Pastor Steve Lynn during the Sunday service. Lynn, who recently retired from Grace Lutheran Church, State College, will conduct the 10:45 a.m. service and give Communion.

Grace’s Clothing Closet will be open from

9 a.m. to noon Saturday. New clothing is added regularly. The closet is open the second Saturday of each month.

Call the church office at 742-7501 for more information.

The 32nd annual Respect Life March will be held at noon Sunday at St. Matthew Church, Tyrone. The event will begin with a prayer service and will include a 1.25-mile walk to Oak Grove Cemetery to the grave of Baby Agnes Doe, where another short prayer service will be held. A hot luncheon will be served in the parish hall after the march.

The event is sponsored by the St. Gregory Council 1218 Knights of Columbus.

For more information, contact Peter Kreckel at 935-5436 or email pharmcanoe@aol.com.

The Lighthouse, Morning Star Ministries’ Africa Mission Team will hold a yard/bake/soup sale in the church gym from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 19.

All proceeds will support people in need as the mission team visits the poor and orphanages distributing food and items to families. The ministry team also visits people on the streets, distributing gifts and other items.

For more information, contact the church at 948-5765. The church is at 4886 Route 240, Cherry Tree.

The Hollidaysburg Free Soup Program continues with the meal served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Mulberry and Clark Streets, Hollidaysburg.

The meal includes soup, sandwich, bread and butter, desserts, tea, coffee and water.

A free will offering will be accepted but is not mandatory.

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.