Spiritual notes

The Vienna Boys Choir will present a concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, One Cathedral Square. The concert is free, but an offering will be accepted. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 416 Sixth Ave., Altoona, will hold its annual St. Jude Triduum with Mass at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25; 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26; and 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Father Ronald V. Osinski will be celebrant and homilist at the Masses. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered prior to each Mass. Triduum Prayers will be prayed at each Mass followed by veneration of the relic of St. Jude.

– New Creation Community Kitchen, 1620 16th St., Altoona, will serve a free meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. The menu will include homemade chili and cornbread. Everyone is invited. The event is part of the church’s community outreach program and is held on the third Saturday of each month.

– 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 will include stuffed green pepper soup, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and dessert. The food pantry will also be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

– Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona, will serve 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.

– Second Avenue United Methodist Church will serve a free soup and sandwich lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. The meal includes soup, sandwich, drink and dessert. Everyone is invited. The church is located at 130 Second Ave., Altoona (on the corner of Second Avenue and Second Street). For more information, call 943-2072.

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

For additional information about the event, contact the Rev. Nancy Threadgill at 535-6797 or revnancy-stmarks@atlanticbb.net.

An indoor yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. Mark’s Recreation Hall, 416 Sixth Ave. rear. The kitchen will be open.

Beavertown God’s Missionary Church will hold revival services Oct. 29-Nov. 3 with the Rev. David Spivey from Galax, Va. Gospel music will be provided by the Benjamin McDowell Family from Hobe Sound, Fla.

Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. All services are live-streamed at www.beavertownchurch.com.

Beavertown Church is located just off of Route 522 between Middleburg and Beavertown at 1653 Creek Road, Beavertown.

For more information, call 570-658-2422.

Newry Lutheran Church will hold a craft and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Lunch will be available. The church is located two blocks west of the traffic light in Newry (toward Blue Knob) at 1030 Shamrock Lane. Proceeds benefit the Claysburg Food Bank and the church.

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 Chi Rho Singers will present an evening of music at 7 p.m. 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.

The concert will be a celebration of God’s love through music. Various styles of sacred music, both contemporary and traditional, will be presented.

Ham Pot Pie Supper to be served at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Upper Claar Church of the Brethren, Claysburg. Cost is by donation. Takeouts are available. For more information, call 239-5449.

The St. Michael Home School Association will hold its 40th annual arts and crafts show and sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Our Lady of Loretto Community Hall next to St. Michael School, Loretto. The home school association will offer refreshments, pies, cookies, apple dumplings, homemade soup and sandwiches.

Christ United Methodist Church, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, will serve a spaghetti supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in the social hall. 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.

Broadway Under the Stars will be presented by the First United Methodist Church, Hollidaysburg, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. The event will feature Bryce Cossitor, Brittany Bettwy-Hipp, Jamie Markel Brokaw, Jan Wilson, Gregg Brandt, Karen and John Godissart and Julie Hanlon. Cost is a $15 donation.

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 Nashville, Tennessee, and has released a song titled, “Where I Belong,” available in 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.

Reach Worship is part of Reach Church, which has two campuses: one on Summit Bridge Road in Bear, Delaware; and one on Singerly Road in Fair Hill, Maryland. The church has one mission — to live to reach all people with “nothing but Jesus.”

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

Soaring Eagle Productions will provide sound and lighting for the event.

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

The Pennsylvania Consort will host an organ recital by Bryan Lohr at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 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.

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

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

The Tipton Baptist Church will host Mike Wingfield on Oct. 27-29. Wingfield has devoted most of his life to know the heart of God and discover God’s eternal purposes and plans. He is the founder and full-time director of Prophecy Today Ministries. He has authored several books and is the editor of the monthly PTNews Newsletter.

Wingfield will speak during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, at the 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. services on Oct. 27.

He will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, and Tuesday, Oct. 29.

He will also present pictures of his trips to the Middle East 15 minutes before each evening service.

Tipton Baptist Church is at the corner of Forrest and Deborah streets, Tipton.

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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