Spiritual Notes


The 10th 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 on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and end on Wednesday, Oct. 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 may be sent to Mother Prioress, Discalced Carmelite Monastery, P.O. Box 57, Loretto, PA 15940.

Revival services

The Raystown Brethren Church, 8753 Raystown Road, Saxton, will hold fall revival services at 7 p.m. Oct. 13-17.

Sunday services will be led by Brian Warner. Craig Mangus will be on hand for Monday’s services, while Neil Stevenson will speak Tuesday. Laurie Stiles will lead worship on Wednesday with Danielle Miller rounding out the special services on Thursday. Special music will be provided each night. Everyone is invited.

Rosary Rallies

–Rosary Rally Group will gather at noon Saturday, Oct. 12, at Heritage Plaza, 11th Avenue and 14th Street, Altoona. The public is invited to join in the praying of the Rosary on the 102nd anniversary of the “Miracle of the Sun” at Fatima. The event is celebrated in more than 20,000 cities around the world on this day. The group will also be praying for the nation, veterans and troops.

–Prayer for peace and for the nation will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 12, at City Hotel Park at 10th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Tyrone. Sarah Zakrzwski, a freshman at Saint Francis University, initiated a Public Square Rosary Rally as part of the Fatima Centennial in 2017 while still a student at Bishop Guilfoyle High School.

Schedule change

Wehnwood United Methodist Church, 2511 Juniata Gap Road, has announced that Sunday school classes will start at 10:30 a.m. beginning Sunday, Oct. 13.

Spaghetti supper

Christ United Methodist Church, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, will serve a spaghetti supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16. Meals will be available for take out beginning at 4 p.m. Cost is $6 for adults and $3.50 for children. Meals include spaghetti, meatballs, bread and butter and dessert.

Clothing giveaway

Grace’s Closet clothing giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 12, at Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood. All fall and winter clothing is available. The building is handicap accessible.

Ham pot pie

A ham pot pie supper will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at Upper Claar Church of the Brethren, Claysburg. Takeouts are available. Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call 239-5449.

Addictions retreat

St. Jude Retreat Ministries will host an addictions and emotional distress conference from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Comfort Inn, Duncansville, for anyone facing challenges with addiction and emotional distress. Cost is by donation.

For more information or to register, call 207-7557 or email stjuderetreat@yahoo.com. St. Jude is a nonprofit, spiritual organization.

Food pantry

Second Avenue United Methodist Church’s Food Pantry will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. Those attending should bring a photo ID, a piece of mail with name and address and birth certificates for any children in the home.

The food pantry 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.

Pie, soup sale

A pie and homemade chicken noodle soup sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at St. Benedict Church, 100 Main St., Carrolltown, by the Altar Rosary Society. More than 600 homemade pies — apple, peach, pumpkin, cherry and raisin, as well as apple dumplings, will be sold.

A snack bar will be available.

Love Feast and Communion

The Juniata Church of the Brethren, corner of North Ninth Avenue and Third Street, Altoona, will celebrate its Fall Love Feast and Communion at 7 p.m. Oct. 20. For more information, call the church office at 944.6725.


The Reach Worship team of Bear, Delaware, will perform at Dunnings Creek Church of the Brethren at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Reach Worship is led by Chestnut Ridge High School graduate Tyler Schoenberger, who is supported by his brother, Jordan Schoenberger, also a Ridge graduate. As high school students, they were part of worship teams that performed and led services throughout Bedford County. Tyler was part of the worship team at Bedford United Methodist Church led by Jesse Topper, and Jordan served as worship leader at Point Church, and also led the praise and worship band 29eleven.

Also performing will be Shaunna Rae Glessner, a Liberty University student and Bedford graduate; and Lydia Martin, a senior at Chestnut Ridge.

Glessner recently completed an internship at Cross Point Church in Nashvile, Tennessee, and has released a song titled, “Where I Belong,” available on iTunes. She also was part of the band 29eleven.

Martin attends and serves Dunnings Creek Church as a worship singer.

The band will lead the Sunday morning service at Dunnings Creek Church at 10 a.m. Oct. 20.

There is no charge for the event, but an offering will be taken.

For more information, contact Pastor Dave Schoenberger at 839-2844.

Fall market

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., will hold its Fall Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

The event will feature over 20 vendors and include handcrafted items, woodworking, books, and prints. Activities for kids include face painting, visit with children’s book author Deb Hockenberry, and more.

The church’s Kitchen Cafe will be selling hot dogs, walking tacos, apple dumplings and beverages. Take out is available.

Organ recital

The Pennsylvania Consort will host an organ recital by Bryan Lohr at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 106 Penn St., Bedford. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Lohr, a native of Stoystown, serves as the director of music ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Cumberland, Md. He holds a Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, and has played numerous concerts and recitals across the United States.

Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for students and can be purchased at the Bedford County Visitors’ Bureau, Bedford, and Lowers Pharmacy, Everett. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $21 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may also be purchased at www.paconsort.org/events.

Harvest Festival

New Hope Baptist Church, Maple Hollow Road in Duncansville, will host its annual Harvest Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. The event features horseback rides for children, various games, and amusements for children as well as “gospel magic” presentation and a fire truck.

A bonfire will be held throughout the day, lasting into the evening when the church will hold its regular bonfire where hot dogs, marshmallows, mountain pies and lemonade are served.

Those attending should bring a chair for seating. All are invited.

Evening of music

The Chi Rho Singers will present an evening of music at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Christ Community United Methodist Church, 5715 Roselawn Ave.

The choir is from the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. It includes about 40 pastors under the direction of the Rev. Joleen Willis, who serves West Side United Methodist Church, Clearfield.. Area pastors in the Chi Rho Singers from the Altoona District include Carol Gathagan, Rebecca L. Holland, Ray Kovach, and Evelyn Madison.

Various styles of sacred music, both contemporary and traditional, will be presented.

Free meals

— Altoona 28th Street Church of the Brethren will serve a free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. The menu includes stuffed green pepper soup, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and dessert. The food pantry will also be open that day from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

— Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona, will host a free luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct 19. The menu will include a variety of homemade soups, a sandwich, beverages, desserts and fruit.

— St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust St., downtown Johnstown, is holding a spaghetti luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20. The meal includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and coffee or tea. Cost is $8. A vegetarian option is available. Takeout and limited downtown delivery are available. Call 535-6797 in advance to order takeout or delivery. All proceeds benefit St. Mark’s Music Ministry.

Community Prayer series

As part of its monthly Community Common Prayer series, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust Street, downtown Johnstown, will host an Interfaith Healing Service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. Everyone in need of healing for themselves or others is welcome.

As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the church extends a special invitation to those who are battling or have battled breast cancer, or any other type of cancer, and those who love them. The service will consist of corporate prayers

In addition, there will be opportunities for individual blessings and anointings for all who seek healing.

Free refreshments will be available after the service in the parish hall.

The service is free. All are welcome.

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


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@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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