Spiritual notes

Spring revival services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday at the Raystown Brethren Church, 8753 Raystown Road, Saxton. Special music will be presented each evening.

The Burn Service night of worship will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday with refreshments after the service.

Van service from Altoona to Saxton is available. Call 207-3755 for more information or visit the events page on Facebook.

The fourth 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 April 22 and end April 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 every first Friday of the month.

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

Grace’s Closet will be open at Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria, St., Bellwood, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Spring and summer clothing is available.

Ward Avenue Presbyterian Church will host a Sounds of Freedom Concert at 3 p.m. May 18, at the church, 111 E. Ward Avenue, Altoona. The Altoona Brass Collective will provide patriotic music, including a salute to all branches of the military and Simply Grace will sing music of the ’40s and ’50s plus some patriotic songs.

Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the church beginning April 22. For more information, call the church office at 942-6859.

The Dry Run Independent Baptist Church, 670 Valley Forge Road, Duncansville, will host Evangelist Donnie Pollard of Rome, Georgia, on April 21-26.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. April 21 and April 28 and at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will be no Saturday services. Special music will be provided each evening. Nursery and toddler church will be available.

For more information, call the church office at 695-2203.

St. John’s Reformed Church of Loysburg will present a live dramatization of The Last Supper during a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. April 18. Pastor David M. Meckley is directing the performance. The public is invited to attend.

Thirteen men of the congregation will be portraying Jesus and the 12 disciples in a dramatization based on the famous mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. The painting was done in Milan, Italy, nearly a century and a half after the death of Christ. It is based on the Gospel of John 13:21. The dramatization was written in 1954 by Ernest K. Emurian and was first performed at a Methodist church in Portsmouth, Va.

Emurian based his drama on the assumption that da Vinci’s faces of the disciples depict their consternation when Jesus informed them that one of them would betray him. The script has a monologue by each disciple, ending with the expression, “Is it!?”

The service will include two anthems by St. John’s choir and two hymns by the congregation. The service will close with Holy Communion.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel will serve a turkey dinner with all the trimmings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14, Palm Sunday.

St. John’s Reformed Church, 906 Maple Ave., Hollidaysburg, will serve an all-you-can-eat pancake, bacon and sausage breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. All fishermen and women are invited.

Beverages include orange juice, coffee, tea or milk. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children 3 to 12 and free for children under age 3. Tickets are available at the door.

The 23rd annual Treasure Trove and Bake Sale will be held at the Alexandria Presbyterian Church on April 26 and April 27. Ticket sales for the troves will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Drawings for the trove tickets will begin at 6:30 p.m. A bake sale will also be held both days. All proceeds benefit local missions.

The church is at 311 Shelton Ave., Alexandria, the corner of Hartslog Street and Shelton Avenue.

Hicks Memorial United Methodist Church will host the last Lenten soup lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the social hall. The church is at 1211 Third Ave., Duncansville.

The meal includes soups and desserts, beverages and fellowship. All are welcome to this free event. Donations are accepted.

The annual ham pot pie supper will be served at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Upper Claar Church of the Brethren, Claysburg. The buffet-style dinner will include homemade pot pie, ham, salad, roll and homemade deserts. Takeouts available. Donations taken at the door. For more information, call 239-5449.

Bill Yount from Blowing the Shofar Ministry in Hagerstown, Md., will speak at the 10 a.m. Saturday meeting of Altoona Aglow Lighthouse. The meeting will be held at Center City Church, 801 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona. Those attending are asked to use the side door. Bottled water will be available at the meeting.

For more information, contact Helena Harn at 515-2059 or 215-4981.

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 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.

Second Avenue United Methodist Church’s Food Pantry will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Those attending should bring a photo ID, a piece of mail with your name and address, and birth certificates for any children in the home.

The church is at 130 Second Ave., Altoona, on the corner of Second Avenue and Second Street. For more information, call the church office at 943-2072.

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 Hollyat 946-7451. Items may also be submitted online through the Mirror’s virtual newsroom at vnr.altoonamirror.com.


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