Spiritual notes


A concert with the Pensacola Christian College Proclaim Ministry Team will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, 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.

Barbecue dinner

A barbecue dinner is being offered by The Nehemiah Project every other Friday until the end of June.

The meal will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. May 31, June 14 and June 28 at The Wright Place for Kids, 1809 11th St.

Prepared by First Frontier Kitchen, the dinner includes a barbecued half chicken or three pork tenderloin sliders, coleslaw and baked beans for $8 or two dinners for $15. Meals for children include two hot dogs, baked beans and chips for $5. Soda may be purchased for $1, water for 50 cents and a bag of chips for 75 cents. Take-outs available.

Worship service

Joy in the City night of city-wide worship will be held at 6 p.m. June 2 in the historic Mishler Theatre. The event is being planned by the Blair County Pastors Network, a group of pastors and church leaders in Altoona that gather each week for prayer over the city.

Worship will be led by a combined team from various churches in Altoona. Five city pastors will be speaking on the themes addressed in the May sermon series — Unity, Prayer, Holy Spirit, Gospel Awakening and Sending — based in John 17. The public is invited to attend.

African Children’s Choir

Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., Altoona, will host the African Children’s Choir at 7 p.m. June 3. The concert is free; an offering will be taken to support education, care and relief and development programs.

The musical program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites.

The African Children’s Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow.

Music for Life — the parent organization for choir — works in the African countries including Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa and has educated over 52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history. MFL purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa, by focusing on education.

The African Children’s Choir has performed before presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, for her diamond jubilee. The choir has also had the honor of singing alongside artists such as Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Michael W. Smith and other inspirational performers.

For more information, visit www.african


Choral Institute

The 2019 Choral Institute will feature excerpts from Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” as well as contemporary selections suitable for churches and community choirs.

Sessions begin June 10 with registration at 5 p.m. and the first skill development session from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 344 Baynton Ave., Altoona.

Sessions continue from 6 to 9 p.m. June 11 and 12 with the concert at 7 p.m. June 13, all at the church. Sessions are under the director of Academy founder, Robert Long.

Singers will enhance skills in posture, pronunciation and breathing techniques as well as choral singing skills in phrasing and musicality.

Registration is $25 with the registration form to be completed and sent to the Academy of Sacred Music, PO Box 681, Hollidaysburg, PA by June 3.

To request a form, contact Chris Ringkamp at academyofsacredmusic@gmail.com.

Kids’ Activity Days

Children ages 3 through 12 are invited to Summer Kids’ 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 11. The events will wrap up Aug. 13. No activity day will be held June 25th.

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


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