Spiritual notes

Area residents are invited to take part in a local Lights for Liberty rally at 7 p.m. today, Friday, July 12, on the Blair County Courthouse steps, Hollidaysburg.

Lights for Liberty, a worldwide candlelight vigil, is being held to protest the inhumane treatment of refugees seeking asylum in the United States detention centers.

The event will include various community leaders, religious leaders and activists who will speak about the issue of the human detention camps in the nation. At 9 p.m., attendees in Hollidaysburg will join with the nation to light candles in a silent vigil to spotlight the policies that continue to separate children from their families and imprison migrants.

The local event is being sponsored by Indivisible PA, Indivisible Blair County and the Unity Coalition for the Southern Alleghenies and includes the support of various churches of different faiths.

More information can be found at http://lightsforliberty.org/local events.

— Riggles Gap Bible Church, 613 Lear Road, Altoona, will host vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2.

“Faith on the Farm” is geared to children age 4 through 12th grade and includes “Sherm” the sheep dog puppet to help youth learn Bible verses. In addition, there will be Bible stories, songs, skits, snacks, games, crafts and more.

There is no charge to attend. Transportation is available. For more information, call 946-3376.

— Vacation Bible school will be held from

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 15-19 at the Juniata Church of the Brethren, North Ninth Avenue and Third Street, Juniata. “Jesus My Savior and Lord” features Bible lessons based on five New Testament examples of Jesus’ miracles, from calming the storm to healing. The missionary lesson is about Hudson Taylor. Lessons geared for children ages 5-14 include songs, crafts, Bible verses and more.

For more information, call the church office at 942-9809.

“ROAR” vacation Bible school will be held from 6 to 8:15 p.m. July 22-26 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1650 Clay Ave., Tyrone.

Church of the Good Shepherd, Wesley United Methodist Church and Christ United Methodist Church are sponsoring the event, which is geared to children ages 3-12. During the week, kids will explore the Bible to discover that even though life gets wild, God is good. Each evening will also feature music, games, crafts and a snack. Pre-register online by July15 and receive a Gardner’s Candy gift card. To register, visit vbspro.events/p/b964e1. Registrations will also be accepted opening night beginning at 5:30 p.m.

— The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona will hold daily vacation Bible school — with classes for the entire family — Sunday through Thursday, July 14-18. Classes will range from nursery for the infants, through adults. Everyone is welcome. For transportation, more information or to pre-register, contact the church office at 944-2894 or visit www.fbcaltoona.org.

The Faith Baptist Church is located on the corner of Fourth Avenue and 40th Street in the Highland Park section of Altoona.

The Junior/Senior High Music Theater Camp will present the musical “Seussical Jr.” at 7 p.m. today, Friday, July 12, and at 9 a.m. Saturday in the barn at Greene Hills, 5125 Manor Drive, Alexandria.

The theater camp is one of the United Methodist camps, and includes youth from a variety of churches. All are welcome. Admission is free.

Praising in the Park and Ice Cream Social will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Canal Basin Park. Vox Nova, the praise band from the First United Methodist Church, Hollidaysburg, will present a free concert. Ritchey’s Dairy ice cream will be available free of charge. If it rains, the event will be held in the church.

— The Clearfield Alliance Church, 45 Alliance Road, Clearfield, will host a concert by Eduard Klassen, a Paraguayan folk harpist, and his wife Christine, a pianist, at 6 p.m. Sunday. Doors open at 5 p.m. The concert is free; an offering will be accepted. For more information, call the church at 765-8827. More information on the Klassens can be found at www.eduardklassen.com.

— The New Generation Singers will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Seven Points Amphitheater. The group will also perform at the Oasis of Love Church, 10991 Station Road, Huntingdon, at 7 p.m. Thursday. In the event of rain, the venues may switch days. For more information or to check on decisions regarding the weather, contact the Oasis of Love Church at 627-3819.

The New Generation Singers is a group of high school and college students who have taken their message to audiences across the United States and Canada and had previously performed at the Oasis of Love Church in 2011, 2014 and 2016.

The group performs several styles of Christian music. Contemporary, traditional, accompanied, a cappella, serious and fun pieces are included in their program.

Admission is free; however, a free will offering will be received.

More information on the group can be found at www.newgsingers.com.

— Gospel Sounds concert will be held at 7 p.m. July 21 at Fourth Street Church of God, 2010 Fourth St., Altoona. Light refreshments will be served after the free concert.

— Gospel recording artist Jim Worthing will present a concert during the 10:35 a.m. worship service July 21 at Altoona’s First Church of the Brethren, corner of Sixth Avenue and Fifth Street. All are welcome to this gratis inspiring music service. The church is handicap accessible.

— Asbury United Methodist Church festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20 at the church, 1341 Grandview Road, Altoona. The event includes a yard sale, live and silent auction, bake sale, food, drinks, crafts and kids games.

— St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Route 53, Frugality, will hold its annual festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 21. The church is near Prince Gallitzin State Park. A turkey dinner with noodles and sides will be served family style from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children, ages 5 to 12, and free for children younger than 5. Takeouts will be available.

The event will include bingo, games, refreshments and a bake sale. A basket auction will be held at 4 p.m.

The St. Joan Praise Band will provide music from noon until the end of the basket auction.

— Saints Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church Festival will be held from noon to

8 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 143 Church Drive, off of Munster Road, Portage.

There will be homemade ethnic food, a bake sale, games of chance, church tours and children’s games. Entertainment includes the Hallmarks from noon to 3:30 p.m. and Full Kilt, Celtic rock, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.ByzantineCatholic.net.

Second Avenue United Methodist Church will host a food pantry from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 19.

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, contact the church office at 943-2072.

Upper Claar Church of the Brethren, Claysburg, will serve a spaghetti supper at 5 p.m. July 20.

All proceeds will benefit Jane Musselman, who is recovering after a recent motor vehicle accident. For more information, call 239-5449. Cost is by donation. Takeouts available.

Simpson-Temple United Parish will hold an Ice Cream Social and Blessing of the Animals on the lawn of the Education Building from noon to 2 p.m. July 20.

While the event is free, the parish will be collecting pet food and other pet necessities for Mending Hearts Animal Rescue. All pets should be on a lease or in a crate. Simpson-Temple United Parish is at 2212 6th Avenue in Altoona.

Christ Reformed Church, 502 Main Street in Alexandria, will host a family seminar on including children in God’s Kingdom. “Let the Little Children Come to Me” will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 17. The seminar will focus on the importance and practice of family worship, both in corporate worship settings and in its extension throughout the week at home. Child care and activities will be provided for children and lunch will be provided for all attendees.

More information and registration is available at www.CRCAlexandria.org/family-worship-seminar or email CRCalexandria@gmail.com or call 669-4135.

The 99th Annual Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference will be held July 28 through Aug. 2 at The Casino at Lakemont Park.

Services will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday,

July 28, and at 4 and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with a dinner provided at 5:30 p.m. for those who attend the conference sessions.

The theme of the Conference is “Fellowship in the Family of God.”

Guest speakers include Evangelist David Kistler of HOPE Ministries International and Dr. Wendell Calder of Local Church Evangelism Ministries.

The missionary guest is Ken Duah with the Way of Truth Baptist Mission in West Africa.

Special music will be provided by New Journey, The Myers Family, Nathan and Amber Kistler and Karen Knight.

Jim O’Bryon, who served at the Pentagon for 15 years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, is the conference leader.

A children’s ministry for ages 5-12 will be conducted each day by Maggie Smith of God’s Truth for Children Ministries. There will also be childcare for infants through age 4.

A youth rally will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 in the Soho Room (upstairs) at The Casino with Pastor Barry Yingling of the Woodcock Valley Bible Church in James Creek.

A pastor’s brunch will be held at 10 a.m.

July 29 at The Casino with Evangelist David Kistler and Dr. Wendell Calder.

A men’s breakfast will be held at 8 a.m.

Aug. 1 at The Casino with Missionary Guest Ken Duah, Way of Truth Baptist Mission.

A ladies brunch will be held at 11 a.m.

Aug. 2 at The Casino with soloist and actor Karen Knight.

The Central Pennsylvania Bible Conference is an outreach of The Way of Truth Ministries of Altoona. For more information, call 944-2894 or visit www.tcpbc.net.

“Faith For Fiery Trials” has been nominated in the Author Academy Awards for the best book in the religion category. Altoona native Taneshia Curry has contributed to the book.

To cast a vote, visit www.authoracademy awards.com and scroll down on Page 11 to click on the title.

Ken Ham, CEO of the Answers in Genesis ministry, will speak Sept. 20 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, State College. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Ham will speak on “Thinking Foundationally: How to Communicate to a Secularized Culture.

Space is limited. Tickets may be ordered at wtlr.org. For information, call 1-800-288-9857 or 237-9857.

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