Spiritual notes


– JD Promotions LLC, in association with Altitude Entertainment, presents The McKameys in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Calvary Baptist Church, 810 Ruskin Drive, Altoona. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $25 for Artist Circle. Tickets are not required for children 10 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at Thompson Pharmacy, both Altoona and Hollidaysburg locations, Music Emporium, True Value

Hardware, Roaring Spring, and online at


– New Grenada Church of God will host international recording artist Jim Worthing at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. The public is invited to attend. An offering for Worthing’s ministry will be received at the concert. Worthing, a native of Altoona, makes his professional home base in Music City USA, Nashville, Tenn., and has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry among other venues.

Prayer group

The Cathedral Charasmatic Prayer Group and Alive in the Spirit student group will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School.

Block party

East End United Methodist Church, 405 E. Hudson Ave., Altoona, will host an end of summer block party at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

There will be food, a bounce house, games, prize drawings for both adults and kids and at dusk there will be an outdoor movie that is family friendly. For more information, call 944-7219.

Yard sales

– Mardorf United Methodist Church, 3429 Juniata Gap Road, Altoona, will hold a yard sale at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, rain or shine.

– Simpson-Temple United Parish, 2212 Sixth Ave., will hold an indoor yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Friday, Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7, in the social hall of the education building. The parish is at 2212 Sixth Ave.

‘Season of Creation’ Sabbath

“Season of Creation” Sabbath will be observed today through Sunday (Sept. 6-8) in the Altoona area. Many houses of worship, including Temple Beth Israel, will highlight the beauty of God’s creation and remind worshippers of their stewardship responsibilities at individual services on those days.

An interfaith service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lakemont. It will be followed by continued conversation, as well as the sharing of resources to help individuals create responsible “footprints” of energy use, and lists of community programs in which residents can promote environmental responsibility.

For members of the Jewish community, this special Sabbath comes as they begin the month of Elul, which precedes Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It is a time for introspection and to take stock of one’s behavior and responsibilities.

Clothing giveaway

Christ Community United Methodist Church, 5715 Roselawn Ave., will hold a clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 14.

The church is currently collecting donations of gently used clothing items. Donations can be dropped off Sunday morning during worship or from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Anniversary celebration

Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2121 Fifth Ave., will celebrate its 146th anniversary with a two-night church revival and special services on Sept. 15.

Pre-anniversary services will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13. Guest speaker for the sessions will be the Rev. Dr. Melvin R. Baber, pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in York. His topic is “Working Together for God’s Purpose.”

The Rev. Keith R. Moore, pastor of the church, will deliver the message at the 10:45 a.m. service on Sept. 15. It will be followed by a celebratory luncheon at 1 p.m. Speaking at 3 p.m. will be guest preacher, the Rev. Gary E. Jones, pastor of New Creation in Christ Ministry, Altoona.

Awana Club

Hollidaysburg Alliance Church, 183 Jefferson St., will host a kick off evening for the Awana Club at 6 p.m. Sept. 11. The club, which runs from September through March, meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday. The club is geared toward children K-12. The kick off event will feature the Tumble Bus, games, snacks and a presentation by the Military Honor Guard, which will demonstrate how military funerals are conducted. Parents, children and the public are invited to attend.

For information, call 317-7127 or 207-7105.


Cresson Catholic Community Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, at St. Aloysius Church grounds, 7911 Admiral Peary Highway, Cresson. Festival grounds open at 11 a.m. There will be entertainment, food, craft and retail vendors, a rummage sale, a kids zone and bake sale.

The festival is hosted by the Cresson Catholic Community of St. Aloysius, St. Francis Xavier and All Saints Catholic School. All are welcome.

Service project

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will sponsor a service project on Saturday, Sept. 14. Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at Oak Ridge Cemetery, located at the top of 10th Street. The project is two-fold. The group will work on pulling weeds, cutting grass and general cleanup. Volunteers will have the option of taking pictures of individual gravestones to upload to the “Find-a-Grave” site. The site helps people from all over the world work together to find, record and present final disposition information as a virtual cemetery experience. For information, call 944-4831.

Donations accepted

Donations of clothing and non-perishable foods will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Hollidaysburg Church of the Brethren, 1028 Penn St., Route 36. The church parking lot will serve as a collection site for the American Rescue Workers. You can drop off donations and receive a tax receipt.

Community meal

The Faith Baptist Cafe will serve a free community meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Faith Baptist Church, 315 40th St., in the Highland Park section of Altoona. The menu includes Salisbury steak, parsley potatoes, mixed vegetables, roll and dessert.

Call the church office (944-2894) before 3 p.m. today, Friday, Sept. 6, for transportation.

Community days

Juniata United Methodist Church, 808 N. Fourth St., Altoona, will host Community Days at the church Sept. 14-15. The event kicks off at

7 p.m. Sept. 14 with games, food and a movie. Those attending are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. A community worship service will be held at 10:45 a.m. Sept. 15, followed by a covered dish meal.

For more information, call the church office at 942-6065 or follow on Facebook at Juniata United Methodist Church.

Ice cream social/pet blessing

Simpson-Temple United Parish will hold an ice cream social and blessing of the animals from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, on the lawn of the education building. The event is free, but the church will accept donations of pet food or other pet items for Mending Hearts Animal Rescue. The event was previously scheduled for July, but was canceled because of high temperatures.

Pets should be on a leash or in a crate. The parish is at 2212 Sixth Ave.


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