Spiritual notes

Ice Cream Social and Blessing of the Animals

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. Saturday. While the event is free, organizers are collecting pet food and other pet necessities for Mending Hearts Animal Rescue. All pets must be on a lease or in a crate. Simpson-Temple United Parish is at 2212 Sixth Ave., Altoona.

Church Festivals

— Asbury United Methodist Church festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 1341 Grandview Road, Altoona. There will be a yard sale, live auction, silent auction, bake sale, food, drinks, crafts and children’s game.

n St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Route 53, Frugality, will its annual festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 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.

— The 62nd Homecoming Festival will be held July 26-28 at St. Benedict Church, 100 Main St., Carrolltown. Entertainment includes bingo, a large basket auction, games, live music, bake sales, ethnic foods and refreshments. In addition, a dunking booth will be in operation all three days.

On July 26, the grounds open at 5 p.m. with ethnic foods and wing night specials. Saturday, July 27, the festival opens at noon with the third annual Cruise-In from noon to 5 p.m. Mass will be held at 4 p.m.

A chicken barbecue dinner with homemade noodle soup will be served from 11 a.m. to

2 p.m. July 28. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger. Take-out dinners will be available. A kiddie tractor pull competition, for youth ages 3 to 8, will begin at 3 p.m.

In addition, $15,000 in cash prizes will be awarded July 29-Aug. 2. Tickets are available for a $5 donation. There will also be a $1,000 money ticket drawing, with tickets available for a $1 donation. The drawing will be held July 28.

For more information, contact the church at 344-6548.

Concerts

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

— Altoona’s First Church of the Brethren, corner of Sixth Avenue and Fifth Street, will host Gospel recording artist Jim Worthing on Sunday. The 10:35 a.m. worship service will feature Worthing’s testimony in song. All are welcome. The church is handicap accessible.

— Casting Crowns and Hillsong Worship, with special guests Elevation Worship, will make a stop on their USA Tour at the Bryce Jordan Center at 7 p.m. Nov. 20. Tickets start at $23 and go on sale starting at 10 a.m. today at

ticketmaster.com.

Bible school

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

“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 UMC and Christ UMC are sponsoring the event which is geared to children ages 3-12. Registrations will be accepted opening night beginning at 5:30 p.m.

— Juniata United Methodist Church, 808 N. Fourth St., Altoona, will host vacation Bible school for children ages 2 to sixth grade. “ROAR! Life is Wild – God is Good” will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 12-16. To register, call the church office at 942-6065 or visit Juniataumc.net for online registration.

Dinner fundraiser

The Nehemiah Project is offering barbecued half chicken or pork tenderloin slider dinners from 4 to 7 p.m. July 26 at The Wright Place for Kids, 1809 11th St. The meal includes coleslaw and baked beans. Cost is $8 a plate or two meals for $15. Youth dinners include two hot dogs, baked beans and chips for $5.

Drinks, chips and desserts are available for an extra cost. Tickets may be purchased in advance at The Wright Place for Kids.

Proceeds benefit The Nehemiah Project and The Wright Place for Kids.

Praise rally

Quest Haven Lodge in Tyrone will host a Praise Rally at 7 p.m. July 27 featuring guest speaker Brian Johnson from Bethel Church/Bethel Music.

Quest Haven hosts Christian outdoor camps for boys and girls the month of July and end with the Praise Rally, which is open to the public.

Angel Feet Ministry Shoe Bank

Juniata United Methodist Church, 808 N. Fourth St., Altoona, sponsors the Angel Feet Ministry Shoe Bank. Children who receive medical assistance or CHIP that are of ages birth to ninth grade are eligible to receive a pair of sneakers, socks and a book when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Fittings are by appointment only. Community agencies and area schools may also refer children to the shoe bank.

For more information, contact the church at 799-5053 or 942-6065 or visit www.juniataumc.net.

Clothing, backpack giveaway

Juniata United Methodist Church will sponsor a children’s clothing, backpack giveaway, free haircut and eye screening program for school-age children from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 17. Backpacks will be provided on a first come, first served basis and children (elementary, junior high and senior high ages) must be present to receive a backpack.

The church is at 808 N. Fourth St., in the Juniata section of Altoona. For more information, contact the church at 942-6065 or visit the website at www.juniataumc.net.

Spaghetti dinner

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

Free lunch

— Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona, will serve a free luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The menu will include a variety of homemade soups, sandwichs, beverages, desserts and fruit.

— Second Avenue United Methodist Church will serve a free soup and sandwich lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Soup, sandwich, drink and dessert included. Everyone is invited. The church is at 130 Second Ave., Altoona, on the corner of Second Avenue and Second Street. For more information, call 943-2072.

‘Alive in the Spirit’

The Bishop Guilfoyle student prayer group, “Alive in the Spirit,” in a joint effort with the Cathedral prayer group, will hold the second in its series of summer prayer meetings in the library of the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School at

7 p.m. Monday.

A student will share a witness talk and the Cathedral prayer group will lead the music ministry.

Everyone is very welcome. For more information, contact Bob Sutton at 944-4014.

Food pantry open

Second Avenue United Methodist Church’s Food Pantry will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. 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. For more information, call 943-2072.

Re-Creation in concert

First United Methodist Church, 801 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg, will host Re-Creation July 27-28.

At 6 p.m. July 27, the group will present a program in the sanctuary. The musical presentation will include some of the group’s secular music that is presented in VA Medical Centers, as well as some praise and worship music. The group will also lead worship during the 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services on June 28.

Re-Creation represents Re-Creation USA Inc., which provides entertainment programming for Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in the United States. Re-Creation is a group of young people who present both religious and family-oriented music. The group typically consists of eight singers and one or two technicians.

The public is invited to attend the programs. There is no admission charge; an offering will be received.

Deadline

Religious organizations are invited to submit upcoming events, special speakers and other items to be published free of charge. 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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