Spiritual Notes

The Fourth Street Church of God, 2010 Fourth St., will hold vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 12-16. The theme is “Roar! Life is Wild, God is Good,” and the program is for ages 4 through sixth-grade students. To register, call 942-1007 or 742-7250.

The eighth Novena of 2019 to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese (the Little Flower) offered by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto will open Thursday, Aug. 22, and end Friday, Aug. 30.

All intentions submitted to the nuns will be remembered with the special Novena prayers after the daily Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the nuns’ chapel.

Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament is held at 4 p.m. Sundays and the first Friday of each month. Everyone is welcome to attend the Benediction followed by the veneration of the relic of St. Therese of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face.

Petitions should be sent to Mother Prioress, Discalced Carmelite Monastery, P.O. Box 57, Loretto, PA 15940.

A Night of Praise and Worship will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the library at Bishop Guilfoyle High School. The event will include praise and worship, a student witness talk and prayer ministry. This is the last in a summer series of Nights of Praise and Worship at BG. The prayer gathering is sponsored by the student-led group, Alive in the Spirit. The worship team will be from the Cathedral Prayer Group. Students, parents, families and the community are invited.

– The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona will host a backpack giveaway from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the church fellowship hall, located in the lower level of the building, 315 40th St. There will be 200 backpacks filled with school supplies, available on a first come, first served basis. There will also be light refreshments and activities for children. Children in the community in need of a backpack are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 944-2894 or visit www.fbcaltoona.org.

– Bethany Lutheran Church, 200 Third Ave, Altoona, will hold a clothing and back to school giveaway from 9 a.m. to 1 pm. Aug. 17. There will be a large selection of clothing and shoes for all sizes from infant to adult. School supplies will also be given away to each student who is present, while supplies last. A free lunch will be served to all who attend. For more information, call the church office at 944-7560 or email bethanyelca@atlanticbbn.net.

– Juniata United Methodist Church, 808 N. Fourth St., Juniata, is sponsoring 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.

– Juniata United Methodist Church 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.

The Hollidaysburg Christian and Missionary Alliance Church will host a “Worship in the Park” service at the Hollidaysburg Legion Park (Pavilion #3) at 10 a.m. Aug. 18. Except for a brief devotional by Pastor Jeff Kiel, this year’s service will be headlined by a concert from the local Christian group, “3 Four One.”

Formed in 2015, Julie Hanlon, Rebecca Culprit and Lisa Surkovich came together at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Hollidaysburg to create the Contemporary Christian group, “3 Four One.”

After the concert, a potluck picnic lunch will be provided by the church. The public is invited. Those attending should bring lawn chairs for seating.

Clothing giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood. An additional giveaway will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 20.

The Sacred Music Library at the First Presbyterian Church, Clark and Walnut streets, Hollidaysburg, is reopening and will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Christmas music is available. The library will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays. For more information, call the library at 695-5495 and leave a message for a return call.

The Altoona Alliance Church will host an English as a Second Language training event Sept. 6-7. In one weekend, attendees will learn how to teach English to those wanting to learn. Cost is $50 and includes a noon meal on Saturday, resources, workbook and snacks.

Seven area churches have joined to form the Altoona English and Culture Club and have recently concluded the first year of teaching English as a Second Language at the Altoona Alliance Church.

Additional volunteers as teachers, assistants, substitutes, child care and more are needed.

The deadline to sign up for the training is Aug. 30. Registration is taken online only at www.crosspointakron.org/esl/esl-training.

Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., will host an old fashioned corn boil and live gospel music fest Saturday. Those attending should bring lawn chairs for seating. Food will be available from 5 to 7 p.m., with gospel music planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Cost of two ears of corn and a hot dog is $2.

Berean Baptist Church, 2465 Mill Road, Duncansville, will host its annual Friends and Family Day beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday. The free event includes games, music, food and fun. Everyone welcome.

– Our Lady of Mount Carmel will host an organ concert by Nicholas Will at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

A native of central Pennsylvania, Will formerly served as the director of music at The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. In addition, Will began his organ studies at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

– The Dixie Melody Boys will present a concert at 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at Friendship Village Campground, Bedford.

A Southern Gospel quartet, The Dixie Melody Boys has enjoyed success, including a Grammy nomination and numerous Fan Award nominations from The Singing News Magazine, Southern Gospel Music’s leading fan and trade publication. Led by 50-year veteran and recent Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee, Ed O’Neal, the group has more than 20 Top 40 hits, including eight Top 10 releases and a No. 1 single.

St. Therese of the Child Jesus will host a flea market and bake sale from 8 to 1 p.m. today and Saturday at Father Kelly Hall, corner of 25th Avenue and Fifth Street. All proceeds will benefit the St. Vincent de Paul society.

Second Avenue United Methodist Church’s Food Pantry will be open from 11 a.m. until

3 p.m. Aug. 16. 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. There will also be a free children’s clothing available from 11 a.m. to

2 p.m. The church is at 130 Second Ave, Altoona, on the corner of Second Avenue and Street Street. For more information, call 943-2072.

Annual Polish Picnic at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Lilly, will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 18. Admission and parking are free. Music, games, food and beverages will be available all day.

The Nehemiah Project will be selling barbecued chicken and pork slider dinners from 4 to 7 p.m. today and Aug. 23 at The Wright Place for Kids, 1809 11th St.

The meal includes a choice of the two entrees and coleslaw and baked beans as sides. Cost is $8 a plate or two meals for $15.

A meal of two hot dogs, baked beans and chips is available for $5 a plate.

Drinks, chips and desserts are available for an additional cost.

In addition, The Nehemiah Project will host Picnic in the Park from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Lakemont Park. Admission is free. The cost is $7.50 for half a barbecued chicken or $5 for two all beef hot dogs. Pork sandwiches also will available. Sides include coleslaw and baked beans. Additional items will be available for purchase. A basket raffle is planned.

Picnic tables are available for eating in or takeouts can be purchased.

Proceeds from the events benefit The Nehemiah Project and The Wright Place for Kids.