Spiritual Notes


A free concert featuring the Kuhn Tunes will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hollidaysburg First Church of God. Light refreshments will be served.

The KMI Community Center and Clearfield Alliance Church will host the Triumphant Quartet at 7 p.m. May 18. The concert will be held in the Clearfield Alliance Church, 45 Alliance Road, Clearfield. Doors open at

6 p.m. Admission is free.

Ward Avenue Presbyterian Church will host a Sounds of Freedom concert at 3 p.m.

May 18 at the church, 111 E. Ward Ave., Altoona. The Altoona Brass Collective will provided patriotic music, including a salute to all branches of the military, and Simply Grace will sing music of the ’40 and ’50s as well as some patriotic songs. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the church. For more information, call the church at 942-6859.

Grace’s Closet

Grace’s Closet will hold a clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood. A new selection of spring and summer items will be available.

Food pantry

The food pantry at Second Avenue United Methodist Church will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17. Those attending should bring a photo ID, a piece of mail with name and address, and birth certificates for any children in the home. The food pantry is at 130 Second Avenue, Altoona, on the corner of Second Avenue and Second Street. For more information, call the church office at 943-2072.

Altoona 28th Street Church of the Brethren’s Food Pantry will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon May 18. Everyone is welcome.

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening will be held at 7 p.m. May 20-22 at Springfield Estates, 3733 Piney Creek Road, Williamsburg. Praise music will be offered each evening. This event is hosted by the Mines/Royer United Methodist churches.

On May 20, the speaker will be Pastor Brian McCall from the Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church. His message will be “God — the Father.” On May 21, the speaker will be Pastor Carl Miner from the Lake Union Evangelical Methodist Church in South Fork. His message will be “Christ — the Son.” On May 22, the speaker will be Pastor Gordon Trimer from the Mines & Royer United Methodist churches in Williamsburg. His message will be “The Holy Spirit.” There is no charge; however, an offering will be accepted to aid mission projects.

For more information, contact Pastor Gordon Trimer at 232-7194, 669-9379 or email royerumc@aol.com.

Oldies Dance

Champion Life Church, 1314 12th St., Altoona, will host a Rockin’ to the Oldies Dance at 7 p.m. May 17. The event will feature hits from the 1940s and 1950s up to the 1990s.

Tickets are $10 per person. Light refreshments will be provided. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the church office at 942-9400 or go to MyChampionLifeChurch.com and click on the “Rockin’ to the Oldies” tab.

Gospel music festival

A gospel music festival will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. May 17 and from 1 to 10 p.m. May 18 at the Armagh United Methodist Church. The kitchen will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Entertainment on Friday will be provided by Randy Simpson, Dwayne Kaufman, New Journey, Tommy Barlow and The Masters.

On Saturday, entertainment includes The Choraliers & Pearl, Heaven 4 Shore, Clowns for Christ, Randy Simpson, Dwayne Kaufman, David Powers, The Masters, Tommy Barlow, New Journey and Jessica Snyder.

For more information, contact Bill and Kim at 749-7500.

Plant swap

A plant, seed and flower garden swap will be held from 9 a.m. to noon May 18 in the parking lot across from the Duncansville Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1200 Fourth Ave., Duncansville.

A guest speaker from Ace Hardward will be on hand and there will be crafts for children. Participants are invited to bring plants, flowers and seeds to swap. Those who have nothing to swap are invited to attend and pick up something new to try. The event will be held rain or shine.


The fifth Novena of 2019 to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese (the Little Flower) offered by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto will open on May 22 and end on May 30.

All intentions submitted to the nuns will be remembered with the special Novena prayers after the daily Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the nuns’ chapel.

Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament is held at 4 p.m. Sundays and the first Friday of the month. All are welcome to attend the Benediction followed by the veneration of the relic of St. Therese of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face.

Petitions should be sent to Mother Prioress, Discalced Carmelite Monastery, P.O. Box 57, Loretto, PA 15940.

Altoona Aglow

Altoona Aglow Lighthouse will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Center City Church, Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Altoona.

Tim Toth, newly ordained pastor for Altoona Full Gospel Church, Lakemont, and his wife, Jennifer Toth, senior ordained chaplain at the Pennsylvania Chaplaincy Corps and local volunteer for women in recovery, will be the speakers.

Model train show

A model train show will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Mardorf United Methodist Church. Admission is free. A light meal will be available today; cost is by donation.

A pancake breakfast will be held Saturday. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12 years of age. Tickets can be purchased by calling the church office at 944-1911.

A silent auction for a train set and theme baskets will be held during the show.

Pastor celebration

Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Altoona, will celebrate the Rev. Keith R. Moore’s fifth anniversary as the church’s pastor on May 19. The Rev. Dr. Arthur L. Brown, pastor at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, Harrisburg, and Central Baptist Association Moderator, will lead the 10:45 a.m. worship service. The Rev. Sylvia J. King, pastor at Christ Centered Community Church, Johnstown, will lead the 4 p.m. afternoon celebration.

For more information, visit mountzion

altoona.com or Mount Zion Altoona on Facebook.


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