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Spiritual Notes

Adoration and Festival of Praise with the Cathedral Charismatic Prayer Group and the St. Joan of Arc Charismatic Prayer Group will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Loretto.

– The churches of Southern Morrisons Cove will hold a community Thanksgiving service at

7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Faith United Methodist Church, Woodbury.

Sponsored by the Southern Cove Ministerium, the service will include a Thanksgiving message by Pastor Darwin Steele of the Bell Seventh Day Baptist Church of Salemville. Other clergy will participate in the service as well as individuals from the host church.

An offering will be received to be used for community needs that come to the attention of the ministerium.

– A Thanksgiving eve service — a night of praise and worship — will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Smith Corner Church, 1955 Johnstown Road, East Freedom.

– 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.

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

Worthing, a native of Altoona, makes his professional home base in Nashville, Tenn. He has been singing in a career spanning over three decades, and has appeared in 48 states, Canada, the Bahamas and Switzerland.

– The Ball Brothers — brothers Andrew and Daniel Ball along with brother-in-law Chad McCloskey and newcomer Rhett Roberts — will present a Christmas concert at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Altoona Bible Church, 3017 Union Ave., Altoona. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The concert is free; an offering will be accepted.

– Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona, will serve a free luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. The menu will include a variety of homemade soups, sandwiches, beverages, desserts and fruit. Everyone is invited.

– New Creation in Christ Ministry’s community kitchen will serve a spaghetti dinner free of charge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1620 16th St., Altoona. The free meal is open to everyone. The event is part of church’s community outreach program and a free meal is offered on the third Saturday of each month. For more information, call 942-9516 or email the Rev. Gary Jones at newcreationministry@verizon.net.

– Second Avenue United Methodist Church will serve a free soup and sandwich lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. The meal includes soup, sandwich, drink and dessert. The church is at 130 Second Ave., Altoona, on the corner of Second Avenue and Second Street. For more information, call 943-2072.

Prophet Dennis Cramer will speak during a 6:45 p.m. service on Friday, Nov. 22, at Fountain of Life Fellowship, 225 Second St., East Conemaugh. All are invited.

Grace’s Closet clothing giveaway will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Grace Lutheran Church, 114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood.

Second Avenue United Methodist Church Food Pantry will be open from 11 a.m. to

3 p.m. today, Nov. 15. Participants should bring a photo ID, a piece of mail that includes participant’s name and address and birth certificates for any children in the home.

The church is at 130 Second Ave., Altoona, on the corner of Second Avenue and Second Street. For more information, call 943-2072.

The Beavertown God’s Missionary Church annual Live Nativity at Middlecreek Farms will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 19-21. Visitors will become a part of the Christmas story as groups journey through 10 interactive scenes in the Nativity Barn. This unique presentation of the Christmas story features a whole herd of live animals — including camels, more than 80 actors/volunteers, live music by the Bradford Family and others, and free coffee, hot chocolate and cookies at the end — all while presenting the eternal message that Jesus is born to change the world.

There is no charge for admission, but donations are accepted to cover the costs of the event. Guests should dress for the weather as portions of the barn are unheated.

The Nativity Barn is at 134 Farmhaus Road, Middleburg.

For more information, call 570-658-2422 or text 570-541-9538.

Halupki harvest and stuffed cabbage dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust St., downtown Johnstown. Dinner includes one halupki, two pierogies, a serving of haluski, two cookies and coffee, tea or water. Cost is $8 for dine in or take out. A la carte is available — $3 for one halupki, $2 for two pierogies, $2 for one haluski and $1 for two cookies. A vegetarian option is available.

Proceeds benefit St. Mark’s Music Ministry. For more information, contact the Rev. Nancy Threadgill at 535-6797 or revnancy-stmarks@atlanticbbn.net.

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

A holiday food sale will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sundays from Nov. 24-Dec. 22 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1433 13th Ave., Altoona. The sale offers Greek food and pastries to be served at home. While supply lasts, items include: packs of souvlakia (10 marinated chicken skewers, uncooked, frozen), ready to thaw and easily cooked, $30 a pack; Feta cheese and Kalamata olives, $4 a pound; 2-pound jars of grape leaves are $4 each. Greek pastries will also be sold, including $10 Baklava plates.

Special orders of Greek pastries (baklava, kourabiedes, galactoboureko, diples, Metaxa balls) possibly may be accommodated by calling the church at 943-0091. Include your name, contact information, inquiry or pastry request with quantity in a voicemail message.

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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