St. John's Reformed Church of Loysburg will hold a back-to-school night at 6 p.m. Sunday for students in the Northern Bedford community.
It will include a free picnic, a climbing wall and popcorn machine, games, a movie and prayers for a safe and successful school year.
Pastor Dave Meckley encourages parents and grandparents to also attend.
Navy Capt. Bryan Weaver, the depot command chaplain at Parris Island, S.C., earned the John H. Craven Servant Leadership Award for his selfless service through his career as a naval chaplain.
The annual award is peer nominated and named after Chaplain John H. Craven for his support to Marines and sailors through World War II and Korea.
Weaver is from Roaring Spring.
Manns Choice Church of God, 6150 Allegheny Road, Manns Choice, will re-open The Choice Spot, a community youth center for ages 6 to 14 on Sept. 2.
The Choice Spot is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year. Supper is provided.
For more information, visit facebook
.com/thechoicespot or call 623-5065.
Overflow Church, 127 Fifth Ave., will sponsor Financial Peace University classes for nine weeks beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Altoona Public Library, 1600 Fifth Ave.
A free preview to introduce people to the class will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at the library.
Cost of the class is $100, and it provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. Lessons taught on DVD by Dave Ramsey include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.
Each participant receives a workbook, an envelope system and an audio CD library. Participants will also have access to budgeting forms and MP3s of all the lessons.
For more information or to purchase a membership, go to www.daveramsey.com/findaclass.
CrossOver Youth Ministry of Manns Choice Church of God, 6150 Allegheny Road, Manns Choice, will host a Community Cruise-in from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 6.
All cars, motorcycles, trucks and race cars of any make or model are welcome. Door prize drawings are planned and food and beverages will be available to purchase.
Crossroads Bible Church, 5564 Business Route 220, Bedford, will hold its second annual winter outerwear clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 13 in the Kidz Korner building.
Children and adults can choose from a selection of coats, jackets, vests, scarves, hats, gloves and mittens. Crossroads Bible Church is in the former Heartland Hall, Bedford. For more information call 623-9950.
St. James Lutheran Church, 1407 Eighth Ave., will feature Rebecca Twine during its Guest Musician program at 10:45 a.m. Sunday.
Twine is a local talent who sings in the choir at Bethany Lutheran Church. She is also a participant in the Altoona Community Theatre.
State Rep. Jerry Stern, R-80th District, will be honored at the Celebrate Life Banquet Sept. 30 in Camp Hill.
Stern will receive the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Leadership award, presented by the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, an affiliate of National Right to Life. He is being recognized for his outstanding work in promoting the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.
For more information, visit www.paprolife.org.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1433 13th Ave., will host the ninth annual outdoor Greek Festival featuring Greek food, music and dancing from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 6.
The "Grecian Odyssey Dancers" will perform Greek folk dances in costume at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.
Food and pastries will be sold. There will be activities for children. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.holytrinityaltoona.org.
Dr. Tina Lightner-Morris, a psychotherapist, has been named a chaplain by the Association of Catholic Chaplains. She resides in Gaithersburg, Md., with her husband, John.
Lightner-Morris earned a Doctorate of Theology in 2013 from the Methodist-affiliated Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Her national board credentials include clinical counselor, certified coach, pastoral counseling fellow and Christian counselor.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Lightner of Alexandria.
Jaggard First United Methodist Church, 1801 Pleasant Valley Blvd, will host the 46th Pennsylvania Regiment Band at 10 a.m. Aug. 31 as part of its Tapestry of Music celebration.
Youth from the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania will be at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., today through Sunday for a Work Weekend.
They will work beside parishioners to erect a fence at the parking lot, beautify the inside and outside of the church and pray during a blended contemporary worship service with the Song of Zion praise band.
Backpack Sunday will be observed Sunday when members of the parish will be blessing and filling backpacks for local schoolchildren in need.