Spiritual Notes

Grace’s Closet will hold a clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood.

Rise Up Sports and theater camps are available for children. Cost for one camp is $10 or both for $15. Scholarship funds and limited transportation is available for those in need.

The Second Avenue United Methodist Church will host Sports Camp from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 24-28. Participants will learn the basics of many different sports, play games and learn how to be a good teammate.

Theater Camp auditions will be held at

6 p.m. June 21 at Champion Life Church, Altoona. The camp will be held from 1 to

4:30 p.m. June 24-28 at the church. Students will learn the show “Sleeping Beauty” with a performance set for 7 p.m. June 29.

— Vacation Bible school will be held at New Hope Baptist Church, Duncansville, beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday. “In the Wild” will feature wild animals in the nightly lessons. Bible classes for adults will be available during the weeklong event, which wraps up Friday.

— Grace Family Bible Church, 2243 Mill Road, Duncansville, will hold vacation Bible school from June 17-21, with the theme of Hall of Faith. For more information, call the church office at 696-4366.

“Giddyup Junction” vacation Bible school will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 10-14 at Dry Run Independent Baptist Church, Duncansville. There will be Bible stories, crafts, games, skits, snacks and prizes. Lessons are geared toward students ages 2 through 17. For more information, call 695-2203.

Wehnwood United Methodist Church will host its free instrumental music camp June 23-28. The camp is geared for students who have had one year of instruction and above.

Students can register at www.wehn woodumc.com. The church is located at 2511 Juniata Gap Road.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 136 Hilltop Road, Lilly, will host a Father’s Day Cash Fest from noon to 3 p.m. at the church pavilion. Doors open at 11 a.m.

Tickets are $20 and include a picnic-style chicken dinner and all beverages. Drawings will be held every 20 minutes. Door prizes and pull tickets will also be available. Entertainment is by a DJ. For more information or for tickets, call 937-7053 or 886-4904.

Summer camps at Quest Haven Lodge, hosted by Truth Quest Ministries, are set for July. Quest Haven Lodge is at 520 Schoch Hollow Road, Tyrone.

The theme is “This is how I fight my battles,” based on 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

Jr. Outdoor Adventure Camp, for students ages 7-12, will be held from 4 p.m. July 7 to noon July 13; Outdoor Adventure Day Camp, for students preschool to 7 years old, will beheld from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 8-12; Teen Guys’ Outdoor Adventure Camp, for boy ages 13-18, will be held from 4 p.m. to July 14 to noon July 20; Teen Girls’ Getaway Camp, for girls ages 13 to 18, will be held from 4 p.m July 21 to noon to July 27.

Registration and additional information can be found at www.truthquestministry.com.

Quest Haven Lodge, 520 Schoch Hollow Road, Tyrone, will host speaker Brian Johnson at 7 p.m. July 27.

Johnson is from Bethel Church and founder of Bethel Music. He and the Josh Shaffer Band will lead worship. Admission is free; all are welcome.

Altoona 28th Street Church of the Brethren will serve a free meal from 11:30 a.m. to

1 p.m. June 15. The menu includes hot dogs, baked beans and dessert.

The monthly food pantry will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon also on June 15.

A free clothing and household item giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. to noon June 22.

Donations of clothing and non-perishable foods will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hollidaysburg Church of the Brethren, 1028 Penn St.

The church parking lot will serve as a collection site for the American Rescue Workers. Donations can be dropped off and tax receipts can be given.

New Creation in Christ Ministry, 1620 16th St., Altoona, will open the community kitchen at 11 a.m. June 15 for lunch. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Rev. Gary E. Jones, pastor, at 942-9516.

Altoona Aglow will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Center City Church, 801 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona. The topic will be “What you focus on, you empower.”

The group will explore the negative language often used, even unconsciously, and replace it with the language of Heaven. Those attending are asked to pay attention to the language they use in thoughts and words and write down negative words used to bring to the meeting. Bottled water will be provided. Parking and the entrance are on the side of the church.

Registration is open for the Choral Institute 2019 offered by the Academy of Sacred Music.

Sessions will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Monday to Wednesday at St. John the Evangelical Church, 344 Baynton Ave., (Lakemont) Altoona. Registration is $25, and scholarships are available for participants in need.

Singers will learn techniques in breathing, posture, phrasing, etc. under the leadership of Robert Long, founder of the academy.

A public concert will be held at 7 p.m. June 13 at the church featuring selections from “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn and other selections. An offering will be taken for the Academy to award vocal and instrument scholarships to students.

To register, email Chris Ringkamp at academy ofsacredmusic@gmail.com.

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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