Spiritual Notes

St. George Orthodox Church will celebrate Easter with the following services:

Today — 10 a.m. Royal Hours; 3 p.m., Taking Down From the Cross; 6 p.m., Lamentations.

Saturday — 10 a.m. Vesperal Divine Liturgy; 10 p.m. Paschal Divine Liturgy.

Sunday — 3 p.m. Agape Vespers.

The Allegheny Chorale, under the direction of Deborah Estright, will present “Sing and Rejoice” at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. James Lutheran Church, Altoona, and again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at First Presbyterian Church, Tyrone. The concert will feature the Allegro String Quartet.

The concert is free and open to the public. Child care will be provided at the Tyrone event.

A Lunch & Learn on how opioids increase the need for foster care will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 9 at First United Methodist Church, 801 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg.

Blair County Children, Youth and Families and Bair Foundation will discuss the toll opioids take on families. Resources will be available to grandparents fostering grandchildren. Attorney Brian Grabill, with Grabill & Seelye Attorneys at Law, will be on hand, as will Blair Drug & Alcohol Partnerships and Family Services Inc.

The event is open to all clergy, church staff and volunteers and human service organizations. A free lunch will be provided by Olive Garden.

Registration deadline is May 2. For more information or to register, call 296-8730 or email oot@operationourtown.org. The event is sponsored by the Faith-based Roundtable of Operation Our Town.

Alive From New York, a celebration of life sponsored by Focus on the Family, will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 4 in Times Square, New York. The event will feature a live 4-D ultrasound of a baby during the third trimester of a woman’s pregnancy on large screens in Manhattan.

Live music, speakers and well-known personalities will be part of the program. The event is free, but a ticket is required and may be obtained by visiting focusonthefamily.com. Then click on Pro Life and scroll to the Alive From New York section.

Transportation to the event from Altoona is available by a bus, which will depart at 7:15 a.m. from Lowe’s parking lot. It will return late evening with an anticipated stop for dinner.

Tickets for the bus are $50 a person and may be purchased by calling Matt at 943-5737. Discounts are available to those with financial limitations.

Upper Room Teen Camp will be held June 23-27 at The Oasis of Love Church, 10991 Station Road, Huntingdon.

The camp, geared toward teens ages 13-20, is designed to encourage and strengthen Christian values in a fun-filled atmosphere. Each day is filled with swimming, sports, music, games, interesting Bible studies, special speakers, fun-filled activities, meals and more. Space is limited.

For more information or to register, contact the church office at 627-3819, email oasisin huntingdon@gmail.com or log on to the website at www.OasisInHuntingdon.com.

A model train show will be held May 8-11 at Mardorf United Methodist Church, 3429 Juniata Gap Road, Altoona. Anyone with trains to display should call 515-2507.

Admission is free to the show, which will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. May 8-10 and 9 a.m. to noon May 11.

A light meal will be available May 8-10; cost is by donation.

A pancake breakfast will be held May 11. 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.

The Women’s Guild of St. John’s Reformed Church in Loysburg will hold its annual Discarded Treasure Sale today and Saturday in the church basement and pavilion.

A wide variety of lightly used items will be offered for sale, along with baked goods and homemade dog treats.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

A prayer event commemorating the National Day of Prayer will be held at noon May 2 on the patio at the Blair County Courthouse. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the First United Methodist Church, 801 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg. State Rep. James Gregory. R-Blair, is the keynote speaker for the event, which will focus on the theme, Love One Another.

This is a nondenominational prayer service with local pastors from various denominations along with government leaders.

Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference will conduct the 2019 spring session this weekend at Faith Baptist Church, Fourth Avenue and 40th Street, Altoona.

Special guest is Dr. Don Wyrtzen, son of Dr. Jack Wyrtzen, founder of Word of Life Ministries, Schroon Lake, N.Y. Don Wyrtzen has traveled the world as a preacher, singer and teacher. He is known for his virtuoso playing and improvisational ability.

The focus on the conference is the biblical concept of music. Sessions will be held at 1, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 944-2894 or visit www.tcpbc.net.

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. Light refreshments will be provided.

Tickets are $10 per person. 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.

A hymn sing will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at Gallitzin United Methodist Church.

Prayer Day and luncheon for those who have lost a spouse through death will be held May 8 at Immaculate Conception Church, 1640 New Germany Road, Summerhill. A Mass to remember loved ones will be held at 11 a.m. A luncheon will be held after the service. Anyone who has lost a spouse through death in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese is invited to attend. The event is sponsored by the Diocesan Family Life Office. A $5 donation is suggested. Reservations are required by Wednesday. Contact the Family Life Office at 886-5551 or email familylife@dioceseaj.org.

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


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