Spiritual notes


— Contemporary Christian recording artist Julie Nevel, originally from Altoona, will host a concert at 7:30 p.m. today at the First Church of Christ, 113 Good Shepherd Road.

Joining Nevel are guest artists and local performers Rod Watson, Henry Hansard, Simply Grace, Asbury Lane, a folk duo, and Karen Kennedy. An offering will be received.

The concert kicks off the 22nd annual Friend in Faith Ladies Retreat that continues Saturday and Sunday at First Church of Christ and the Nevel Family Farm on Asbury Lane. The theme is “I Believe” and the guest speaker is Love Lockman of Heart of Love Ministries in Sellersburg, Indiana. Cost for the retreat is $30 a person and includes meals.

Nevel, who lives in the Harrisburg area, has ministered full-time throughout the U.S. and abroad as a worship leader, singer/songwriter, speaker, concert artist and pianist. She is the author of “Asbury Lane: An American Love Story.” Her latest musical project is “Front Row.” It was preceded by “Just Show Up” and “Hope for Your Heart.”

To register for the retreat or for more information, call 717-319-3226 or email nevel


— A concert with the Pensacola Christian College Proclaim Ministry Team will be held at 7 p.m. May 30 at The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona, 315 40th St. The Proclaim Ministry Team is a group of five male students from Pensacola Christian College, Florida, who travel sharing God’s word in message and song.

The event is free and open to the public.

An infant nursery is available and transportation is provided upon request. For more information or to schedule transportation, contact the church office at 944-2894 or visit www.fbcaltoona.org.

— The Chi Rho Singers of the Susquehanna Conference and the Western Pennsylvania Conference Clergy Singers of the United Methodist Church will present a combined concert of sacred music at 7 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood United Methodist Church, 1505 E. Walton Ave., Altoona.

The combined choir, which consists of 70 clergy members, is formed by individual choirs from each conference. The combined choir first sang in Pittsburgh at the 2004 General Conference of the church. Since then, the choir has presented an annual concert, alternating between the two conferences. Altoona churches are part of the Susquehanna Conference. Each choir will sing four numbers and will come together for four numbers. Various styles of sacred music, both traditional and contemporary, will be presented. Several musical instruments will accompany the group, and the audience will be invited to join in several selections.

The public is invited. An offering will be received.

— Ward Avenue Presbyterian Church will host a Sounds of Freedom concert at 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 111 E. Ward Ave., Altoona. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the church. For more information, call the church at 942-6859.

n The KMI Community Center and Clearfield Alliance Church will host the Triumphant Quartet at 7 p.m. Saturday. The concert will be held in the Clearfield Alliance Church, 45 Alliance Road, Clearfield. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

— The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Community Strings will perform a concert benefiting Northern Cambria’s Coal Country Hangout Youth Center at 7:30 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 1006 Chestnut Ave., Northern Cambria.

The concert will include music by Bach, Charpentier and Gliere, as well as music written more recently for string orchestra.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

— A gospel music festival will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. today and from 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday 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.

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

Meatloaf dinner

Stuffed meatloaf dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel PNCC, 136 Hilltop Road, Lilly. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children. Take-outs are $10.

Free lunch

— Second Avenue United Methodist Church will serve a free soup and sandwich lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The menu includes soup, sandwich, drink and dessert. Everyone is invited. The church is at 130 Second Avenue, Altoona, on the corner of Second Avenue and Second Street. For more information, call 943-2072.

— Altoona 28th Street Church of the Brethren will serve a free meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The menu includes spaghetti with meat sauce, salad and dessert. All are welcome to attend.

Pastor appreciation

Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Altoona, will celebrate the Rev. Keith R. Moore’s fifth anniversary as the church’s pastor on Sunday. Guest preacher, 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. Guest preacher, the Rev. Sylvia J. King, pastor at Christ Centered Community Church, Johnstown, will lead the 4 p.m. afternoon celebration.

For information, visit mountzionaltoona.com or Mount Zion Altoona on Facebook.

Plant swap

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

Kids’ activity days

Children ages 3 through 12 are invited to Summer Kid’s Activity Days at the Oasis of Love Church. The activity days will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday beginning June 18. The events will wrap up Aug. 13. No activity day will be held June 25.

At noon on Aug. 13, families of the children are invited to a picnic and closing program.

The theme for Kid’s Activity Day is “God’s Big Backyard” where children will learn lessons from the Bible about how to love God, serve others and choose good friends. Each day will include Bible lessons, object talks, songs, games, crafts and a variety of activities. Lunch is provided for the children.

Limited transportation is available if arrangements are made in advance.

For more information, call the church office at 627-3819 or email oasisinhuntingdon @gmail.com. Pre-registration is recommended but not necessary. Children may be registered on the first Tuesday they attend. Registration is open throughout the summer.

The Oasis of Love Church is at 10991 Station Road, Huntingdon, across from Southside Elementary School.


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