Spiritual notes

Veterans Day celebrations

– Abundant Life Church will host a Veterans Day celebration during the 10 a.m. Sunday,

Nov. 10, service. The church is at 231 Howard Ave., Altoona.

The celebration will feature the presentation of the American and military flags. Patriotic song selections, anointed music, special recognitions of past and current military personnel, as well as several community leaders, will all be part of the day. A multi-media salute to the church’s military people will also be included in the presentation.

Five Altoona area elementary schools have also joined the effort this year to honor American heroes by making dozens of cards and writing numerous letters which will be given to those veterans attending the celebration.

Rev. Walter Smith will share a brief message on “From Terrible Trenches to Tremendous Triumph.”

– Grace Pointe Community Church of God, 815 Yellow Springs, Williamsburg, will host a Veterans Day service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10. A free luncheon will be provided after the service at the Williamsburg Community Center.

The service will also honor two individuals associated with the church who gave the supreme sacrifice during the Vietnam War — Staff Sgt. Glenn Harry English Jr. and Lance Cpl. Wayne Eugene Brantner.

English attended Williamsburg schools while residing in the Blair County Children’s Home in Williamsburg. He joined the U.S. Army and was killed in action Sept. 7, 1970. He was the recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Brantner attended the Williamsburg Church of God until his family moved to Altoona. He was killed in action on March 16, 1969. His funeral was held at the Williamsburg Church of God on First Street, as his goal upon leaving the military was to become a mister of the Church of God.

The photos and stories of the men’s sacrifices will be made a permanent part of the church.

– A service of worship to honor veterans will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, in the auditorium at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School. The event, hosted by the First United Methodist Church, Hollidaysburg, will feature music by the Hollidaysburg Area High School Chamber Strings, a church choir, a live worship band and patriotic music. A free continental breakfast will be held after the service. A photo booth will be available.

The event is free and open to the community.


– Julie Nevel, singer, speaker and author from Asbury Lane, Altoona, will lead the 4 p.m. service Sunday, Nov. 10, at Wehnwood United Methodist Church. An offering will be accepted.

– Jim Worthing will present a gospel concert during the 10:45 a.m. worship service Sunday, Nov. 17, at Tipton Baptist Church, corner of Forrest and Deborah streets, Tipton.

Clothing giveaway

Grace’s Closet clothing giveaway will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 9, at Grace Lutheran Church, 114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood, and again from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. All are welcome.


The Lighthouse, Morning Star Ministries, 4886 Route 240 Highway, will host a one night rally at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, with TV evangelist Dr. Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne. The couple are founders of revival ministries international, The River at Tampa Bay Church, River Bible Institute, River School of Worship, Tampa, Florida. They and their three children moved from their native South Africa to the United States in 1987.

All are welcome to attend the rally. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, call 948-5765.

Theme basket auction

Theme basket and more auction will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Christ United Methodist Church, 1359 Pennsylvania Ave., Tyrone.

Singers invited

Area singers are invited to add their voices to the 32nd annual presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” on Saturday, Dec. 14, at a new venue, the Chestnut Ridge Independent Fellowship Church, Fishertown.

Anchored by the 50-plus all-volunteer choir assembled from Bedford, Blair, Huntingdon, and Cambria counties, this popular event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Consort. The community chorus is joined by professional soloists, a chamber orchestra and a guest conductor for a grand program from Handel’s timeless oratorio.

Singers are encouraged to bring their own scores as a limited number are available for loan. Rehearsals will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 and Dec. 5 at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, on the square in Bedford. The final rehearsal and performance will take place Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, at the Chestnut Ridge Independent Fellowship Church in Fishertown.

New singers should contact Deena Thompson at 585-2488, email deenathompson @gmail.com or visit www.paconsort.org.

Spaghetti dinner

St. Mary’s Christian Mothers & LCBA 1290 will serve a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in St. Mary Memorial hall, 1420 Fourth Ave., Altoona. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Children younger than 3 can eat for free. Take out will be available. Tickets will be available at the door. There will also be a basket raffle.

Food pantry

Second Avenue United Methodist Church’s food pantry will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. Those attending should bring a photo ID, a piece of mail with your name and address, and birth certificates for any children in the home. The food pantry is located at 130 Second Ave., Altoona, on the corner of Second Avenue and Second Street. For more information, call 943-2072.


The 11th 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 Friday, Nov. 22, and end on Saturday, Nov. 30.

All intentions submitted to the nuns will be remembered with the special Novena prayers followed by 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 can be sent to Mother Prioress, Discalced Carmelite Monastery, P.O. Box 57, Loretto, PA 15940.

Interfaith Thanksgiving service

The 88th annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, hosted by the Sixth Ward Ministries, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday,

Nov. 21, at the Twenty-Eighth Street Church of the Brethren, 2800 Union Ave., Altoona. Pastor Beth Pyles, of Jaggard First United Methodist Church, will speak on the theme “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Offerings for the Family Services Inc. Teen Center and Shelter will be accepted. The center, located on Sixth Avenue, is in need of hoodie sweatshirts size medium and larger, new or gently used; personal toiletries, including deodorant, soap and shampoo; laundry detergent and Domino’s Pizza gift cards.

People of all faiths are invited to attend the Thanksgiving service.


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