Spiritual Notes

The Juniata Church of the Brethren will begin a new series of Sunday school lessons at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The curriculum, geared for all ages, will feature chapter by chapter study of all 52 chapters in the book of Jeremiah, and how the book of Jeremiah fits the current times we are living in both politically and spiritually.

For more information on this study series or for information on transportation to the church, call the office at 944-6725. The church is at 306 N. Ninth Ave., Juniata.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust St., Johnstown, will host a Prayer Service for the New School Year at 6:30 p.m. Sunday as part of its monthly Community Common Prayer series.

All students, staff, faculty, administrators, family members and others in the community are invited to a service of prayer for the new school year. Prayers will be offered for the ability to teach and learn in a safe and exciting environment and for the safety and healing of the community, the nation and the world.

Refreshments will be served in the parish hall after the service. All are welcome.

For more information, contact the Rev. Nancy Threadgill at 535-6797 or revnancy-stmarks


– New Creation Community Kitchen, 1620 16th St., Altoona, will serve a free hot meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Everyone is welcome. The event is part of church’s community outreach program and is held the third Saturday of each month.

– 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, sandwiches, beverages, desserts and fruit. All are invited.

– Second Avenue United Methodist Church will serve a free soup and sandwich lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The meal includes soup, sandwich, drink and dessert. Everyone is invited. The church is at 130 Second Ave., Altoona.

The 38th anniversary Birth of Mary Celebration will be held Sept. 8 at the St. Catherine of Siena Shrine, old Route 22, Duncansville. Mass will be held at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. with Monsignor Robert Saly, celebrant. (An incorrect time was stated in flyers posted about the event.) Holy Rosary will be held in the church at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Continuous rosary will be held in the church and shrine from noon to 4:30 p.m. The 5 p.m. Shrine Mass with procession will be with Bishop Mark L. Bartchak, celebrant and homilist.

A spaghetti dinner will be served from noon to 4 p.m. Coffee and cake will be available after the evening Mass. Displays in the church hall include Life of Mary, Our Mother, Rosary Makers and more. Those attending are urged to bring a lawn chair for outdoor seating.

Petitions may be sent to Birth of Mary Celebration, P.O. Box 88, Duncansville, PA 16635. Donations are welcome.

The Hollidaysburg Christian and Missionary Alliance Church will hold its Worship in the Park service at the Hollidaysburg Legion Park (Pavilion 3) at 10 a.m. Sunday. 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.”

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

– A clothing giveaway will be held from 1 to

5 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood.

– Bethany Lutheran Church, 200 Third Ave., Altoona, will hold a clothing and back to school giveaway from 9 a.m. to 1 pm. Saturday. There will be a large selection of clothing and shoes for all sizes from infant to adult. School supplies also will 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., Altoona, sponsors the Angel Feet Ministry Shoe Bank. Children who receive medical assistance or CHIP that are of ages birth to ninth-graders 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 also may refer children to the shoe bank. For more information, contact the church at 799-5053 or 942-6065 or visit


– Juniata United Methodist Church is sponsoring a children’s clothing, backpack giveaway, free haircut and eye screening program for school-age children from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. 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 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 meal at noon 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.

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

The Dixie Melody Boys, a Southern gospel quartet, will present a concert at 4 p.m. Saturday at Friendship Village Campground, Bedford.

The annual Polish Picnic at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 136 Hilltop Road, Lilly, will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free. Charlene’s School of Dance will perform from 1 to 2 p.m. The Hallmarks, a Polka band, will entertain from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by rock and roll band Night Train from 6 to 9 p.m. Ethnic and American food will be available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be games of chance and a basket raffle as well.

In the children’s play area, an inflatable bounce house will be available from 1 to

5 p.m., along with face and hair painting. The make and take craft corner will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. The wood working shop will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. No pets or coolers are permitted in the picnic area.

The 14th annual Greek Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1433 13th Ave., at the corner of 13th and 15th streets. The outdoor festival will be held rain or shine and features Greek food and music. Freshly grilled specialties such as lamb and chicken skewers and gyros as well as other savory foods and Greek pastries will be for sale and can be packaged for takeout. A live Greek band will play all day and Greek dance performances in traditional costume are scheduled for 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Children’s activities include a bounce house and there will be a craft and yard sale as well as church tours. Admission is free.

For more information, call 943-0091.

In case of severe weather, the festival will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, with food and pastries only.

– A back to school block party will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at The Oasis of Love Church of Huntingdon with food, fun, games and giveaways for everyone. Winona Avenue with special guests Jeff Brown and Natalie Esarey will perform in concert. Winona Avenue is from Indianapolis, Indiana, and was formerly known as “Blank Pages.”

The Oasis of Love Church is at 10991 Station Road, across from Southside Elementary School. For information, email oasisoflove huntingdon@gmail.com or call 627-3819.

– A back to school Family Fun Festival will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 24, at Ward Avenue Presbyterian Church.This is a free event for the community. There will be live music from Gathering Waters, an Irish Folk band from Pittsburgh, games for all ages, hot dogs, corn and cotton candy.

The church is on the corner of Coleridge and Ward avenues in Altoona. For more information, call the church office at 942-6859 or contact the Rev. Brian Cjoi at 918-851-6659.

– Fairview United Methodist Church, 2214 Fifth Street, Altoona, will hosts its annual block party from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 25.

The event includes free hot dogs, drinks, snacks, cookies and games for kids. A fire truck and police officers also will be on hand. “Back to School” baskets and backpacks will be given away.

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@altoona mirror.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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