Area churches celebrate the promise of Easter

Easter Sunday concludes the “Passion of Christ,” a series of events and holidays that begins with Lent — a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and sacrifice — and ends with Holy Week, which includes Holy Thursday, the celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper with his 12 Apostles, Good Friday, on which Jesus’ crucifixion is observed, and Easter Sunday.

The following churches have scheduled Easter services:


Altoona’s First Church of the Brethren — 8 a.m. early service, featuring Pastor Bill Pepper’s HALLELUJAH! message of the resurrection. First Church’s Relay For Life team captains will host a continental breakfast after the early service. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. During the 10:35 a.m. service, the adult choir will present the cantata, “Jesus Lives … Forever!.”

Juniata Church of the Brethren, 306 N. Ninth Ave., — 7 a.m. sunrise service with the Rev. Billy Aurandt, “Dawning of a New Day.” Breakfast will be served after the service. Sunday school meets at 9:30 a.m. with the theme “Living in Resurrection Power” based on Philippians 3:10. Worship begins at

10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Robert Wharton presenting “The Joy of Knowing Jesus,” based on the Gospel of John 20:1-18. For transportation to the services, call the church office at 944-6725.


Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, One Cathedral Square — 8:30 p.m. (Vigil with Bishop Mark L. Bartchak as celebrant and homilist),

8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. No 5 p.m. Mass or 6:30 p.m. Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday night.

Holy Rosary, 900 N. Fourth St. — 11 a.m.

Our Lady of Fatima, 2010 12th Ave. — 10:30 a.m.

Our Lady of Lourdes, 2716 Broad Ave. — 8:30 p.m. (Vigil), 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 806 11th St. — 8:30 p.m. (Vigil), 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; 9 a.m. at Assumption Chapel.

Sacred Heart, 511 20th St. — 8:30 p.m. (Vigil), 10 a.m. and noon, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 2 p.m.

St. John the Evangelist, 309 Lotz Ave. — 8:30 p.m. (Vigil), 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

St. Mark, 416 Sixth Ave.– 8:30 p.m. (Vigil) and 8:30 a.m.

St. Mary (Immaculate Conception), 1405 Fifth Ave. — 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

St. Rose of Lima, 5514 Roselawn Ave. — 8:30 p.m. (Vigil), 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

St. Therese of the Child Jesus, 2301 Fifth St. — 8:30 p.m. (Vigil), 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

St. Catherine of Siena, 308 Old Route 22, Duncansville — 8:30 p.m. (Vigil), 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

St. Joseph, 623 E. Third St., Bellwood — 8:30 p.m. (Vigil), 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

St. Joseph, 628 W. First St., Williamsburg — 8:30 p.m. (Vigil) and 9 a.m.

St. Mary, 312 Clark St., Hollidaysburg — 8:30 p.m. (Vigil), 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

St. Matthew, 1105 Cameron Ave., Tyrone — 8:30 p.m. (Vigil), 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

St. Michael, 301 Spruce St., Hollidaysburg — 8:30 p.m. (Vigil), 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

St. Thomas More, 825 Williams St., Roaring Spring — 8:30 p.m. (Vigil/church), 9 a.m. (church), and 11 a.m. (Claysburg Chapel).


St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St. — 9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Hollidaysburg — 9 a.m.


Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, (Sinking Valley), 2266 Kettle Road, Altoona — 7 a.m. with Bishop Michael Rhyne. Breakfast will be served after the service. Those planning to attend the breakfast are asked to call Darlene at 943-2092.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 408 N. Sixth St., Altoona — 6:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services will include Holy Communion.

Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria, St., Bellwood — 7 a.m. sunrise service with breakfast; 10:45 a.m. worship. Both services include Com­munion.


McKee United Methodist Church, McKee — 8 a.m. Sunrise breakfast; 9 a.m. sunrise/church service with Holy Communion

Wehnwood United Methodist Church — 6 p.m. sunrise service followed by breakfast at 9:15 a.m. and Celebration of the Resurrection.

Fairview United Methodist Church — 9:30 a.m., Festival Service of Resurrection.

Llyswen United Methodist Church, at 308 Coleridge Ave., Altoona — 9:30 a.m. worship service with communion.  After the service, an Easter egg hunt for children will take place.

Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave. — 7 a.m. sunrise service, 8 to 9 a.m. breakfast, 9:30 a.m. worship.

Simpson-Temple United Parish, 2212 Sixth Ave. — Festival Worship of the Resurrection with Holy Communion at 10 a.m., the Rev. James C. House, pastor, presiding.

Juniata United Methodist Church, 808 N. Fourth St., Altoona — 7 a.m. sunrise service at the Lighthouse, Altoona. Easter breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Juniata United Methodist Church social hall. Easter praise service will be held at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m. The traditional Easter service will be held at 10:45 a.m.

Greenwood United Methodist Church, 1505 E. Walton Ave. — 7 a.m. sunrise service; 8 a.m. Easter brunch; 9:30 a.m. worship.


Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2121 Fifth Ave. — 7 a.m. sunrise service with breakfast will be served after the service, followed by the 10 a.m. Resurrection Sunday service.

New Hope Baptist Church, 276 Maple Hollow Road, Duncansville, will serve a free Easter breakfast at 9 a.m. Worship services follow at 10:30 a.m.


Ward Avenue Presbyterian Church — 10:45 a.m.


St. John’s Reformed Church of Loysburg — 8 a.m. sunrise service in the pavilion, weather permitting. It will be led by church youth. Breakfast will be served by the Women’s Guild at 8:35 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion by intinction will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by Sunday school for all ages. A nursery will be staffed during the worship service for children through age 4.

United Church of Christ

Faith United Church of Christ, 711 Seventh Ave. –10:45 a.m. Holy Communion will be served as a part of the Easter celebration.  Easter Breakfast will precede the worship service at 9:15 a.m.


The Oasis of Love Church, 10991 Station Road across from Southside Elementary, Huntingdon — 9 a.m. breakfast followed by an egg hunt for the children. An encore presentation of “Stories of Survival,” an Easter reflection, will follow the egg hunt.