Spiritual notes

Champion Life Church will host a grand reopening of the church following renovations. A ribbon cutting will be held at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, with the service set to begin at 10:45 a.m. The church is at 1314 12th St., Altoona.

The church was renovated after pastors James Baldwin and Devin Spradling contacted LaVonne Falbo from LaVintage Decor to come up with a design plan to make the church more appealing to millennials. The idea was to create a coffee house feel complete with a “Friends”-style sofa. Churchgoers can get a cup of coffee or tea, including some specialty blends, and a pastry, and then take their items to the worship area. Pews have been replaced with tables and chairs in the new space.

Second Avenue United Methodist Church’s Food Pantry will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Those attending should bring a photo ID, a piece of mail with their name and address and birth certificates for any children in the home.

The church will also have 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 Second Street. For more information, call the church office at 943-2072.

New Creation in Christ Ministry will serve a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the community kitchen, 1620 16th St., Altoona. The menu includes homemade chicken and dumplings with cornbread. All are invited to attend.

The event is part of the ministry’s outreach program and is held the third Saturday of each month. For more information, call 942-9516.

The St. Michael’s Chicken Barbecue will be held at the parish hall of St. Michael’s Orthodox Church, Hemlock Street, Irvona, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.

Tickets are $10. Dinner includes 1/2 barbecue chicken, baked beans, baked potato with sour cream and butter, roll and dessert. Takeout is available.

Canoe Creek Brethren in Christ Church will host its annual Jubilee for Jesus from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in the church parking lot, 348 Beaver Dam Road, Hollidaysburg.

Everyone is invited to enjoy free food, games, inflatables, door prizes, music and fun. For more information, call the church at 317-7297.

A free 10-week course on fighting racism will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 22-Nov. 24.

“Becoming the Beloved Community: Consciously Fighting the Sin of Racism,” will be taught by Kevin Barron, who with colleague Dr. Marion Schwartz created the series for the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pa.

The course is designed to provide future and current leaders of the church with the knowledge and background to combat the sin of racism, particularly focusing on dismantling systemic racism within and outside of the institution of the church.

For those who wish to break bread together, the evenings start with a light dinner at 5 p.m. Though the course looks most carefully at the Episcopal Church, it is open to all, whether of different congregations or of no faith affiliation.

Visitors are welcome to any or all sessions. To register for the course or for more information, contact Greg Williams at wacmbook @aol.com or call his cell at 215-242-0854.

Temple Beth Israel, 3004 Union Ave., Altoona, will host a Jewish Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.

There will be freshly sliced corned beef and pastrami on hearty breads, hot dogs and crunchy pickles as well as Jewish traditions, such as matzo ball soup and latkes. Everyone is invited to sample a taste of Jewish Altoona at the festival.

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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host a “Come and See” event on Sunday, Sept. 15, for the community to attend the church’s regular Sunday services. The event is to help build and strengthen ties with friends and neighbors. The church is at 778 Brush Mountain Road, Hollidaysburg.

As a Christian congregation, worship services emphasize faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice. The Sacrament (Communion) is part of every service. Speakers are chosen from among church members, which allows for interesting and varied discussions. Music is also a big part of the service. No offering is taken during the service as the church follows the principle of tithing and members pay their tithes directly to the church.

Sacrament service starts at 10 a.m. and lasts roughly an hour. Sunday school starts immediately after and lasts about 50 minutes. Groups are currently studying the New Testament.

A luncheon will be held after the services. For more information, call 650-4543.

The annual Solemn Novena honoring St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face will be observed Sept. 23-Oct. 1 in the Discalced Carmelite Nuns’ chapel in Loretto. Father Jude Peters, O.C.D., Provincial of the Discalced Carmelite Friars, stationed at Holy Hill, Wisconsin, will preach the nine days of Benedictions, Holy Masses, prayers and homilies.

Peters is in his 30th year of holy priesthood and has preached in Loretto previously.

During the Novena, recitation of the novena prayers will take place in conjunction with two daily liturgies — a Benediction service at 4 p.m. and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 7 p.m. On Oct. 1, the day of Solemnity, roses will be blessed and distributed at both services. The public is invited. Petitions may be mailed to Mother Prioress, P.O. Box 57, Loretto, PA 15940.

The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona will host a fall festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. There will be a bounce house, carnival games, snacks and more. The community is invited to attend the free event.

The church is at the corner of Fourth Avenue and 40th Street in the Highland Park section of the city. For more information, call 944-2894 or visit www.fbcaltoona.org.

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 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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will sponsor a service project on Saturday, Sept. 14. Volunteers should meet at

10 a.m. at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Altoona. The cemetery is located at the top of 10th Street. Volunteers will pull weeds, cut grass and general cleanup. In addition, those taking part will have the option of taking pictures of individual gravestones to upload to the “Find-a-Grave” site. This site’s mission is to help people from all over the world work together to find, record and present final disposition information as a virtual cemetery experience. For more information, call 944-4831.

The Orpheus Singers, a town-and-gown chamber choir, will begin their fall season with a concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Grace Lutheran Church, State College. The concert is free; donations to support the choir will be accepted at the door.

Juniata United Methodist Church, 808 N. Fourth St., Altoona, will host Community Days at the church Saturday and Sunday, 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.

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



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