Spiritual Notes

Thanksgiving services

— 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 Juniata Church of the Brethren, corner of 306 N. Ninth Ave., will host a Thanksgiving eve service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27. The service will feature congregational singing of Thanksgiving carols and the holiday players will present a vignette “Hunting for Thanksgiving.” There will be a time of sharing blessings, joys and concerns. Pastor Robert Wharton will speak on “Thanksgiving is a choice we make every day” based on Colossians 3:17. An offering will be received for Child Evangelism Fellowship of Blair County. Pumpkin pie will be served after the service.

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

7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Faith United Methodist Church in 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 persons from the host church.

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

Thanksgiving dinners

— Champion Life Center will host its 11th annual city-wide Thanksgiving dinner at noon on Thursday, Nov. 28, at the church, 1314 12th St., Altoona. All are welcome to attend.

The meal includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, dessert and refreshments.

For more information or to volunteer, contact the office of Champion Life Center at 942-9400.

— Hicks Memorial United Methodist Church, 1211 Third Ave., Duncansville, will host a free community Thanksgiving dinner at 5 p.m. and a worship service at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, in the social hall. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Call the church office at 695-8529 or email

office@hicksumc.org if attending to assist the church with planning.

— The Nehemiah Project will hold a Thanksgiving celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Nov. 27, at The Wright Place for Kids, 1809 11th St. A free Thanksgiving meal will be served, and two bounce houses will be available for children to enjoy.

Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa and Santa’s Workshop will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, at East End United Methodist Church. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. After breakfast, children can shop for the special people in their lives. The event will end at 10 a.m. East End UMC is at 405 E. Hudson Ave., Altoona. This is a free event. For more information, call 944-7219.

Halupki harvest

Halupki Harvest: Stuffed Cabbage Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today, 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.

Holiday food sale

A holiday food sale will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1433 13th Ave., Altoona, from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays, Nov. 24 through Dec. 22 in the church hall.

The sale offers Greek food and pastries to be served at home.

While supply lasts: Packs of souvlakia (10 marinated chicken skewers, uncooked, frozen), ready to thaw and easily cook, are available for $30 each pack. Feta cheese and Kalamata olives are also available at $4/lb. 2 lb. jars of grape leaves are $4 each jar. 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. Voicemails should include your name, contact information, inquiry or pastry request with quantity desired.


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

Teen seminar

Taking Control for teens will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 23, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2121 Fifth Ave., Altoona. The topic of this session is Taking Control of your Teen Health. Lunch is served after the session, which is geared toward youth ages 11-18 living in Blair County.

Participants do not have to be a member of the church or have a religious affiliation to attend. Those attending are asked to be at the church at 9:45 a.m. For more information, call or text 717-805-4901.

Hanging of the Greens

The Juniata United Methodist Church, 808 N. Fourth S., Altoona, will host a Hanging of the Greens Service at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 1. The public is invited to celebrate the first Sunday of Advent and experience the tradition of preparing for the Christmas Season.

For more information, contact the Juniata United Methodist Church office at 942-6065 or juniataumc.net.

Christmas market

Champion Life Center will host an Altoona Christmas Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Several vendors will be on hand for holiday shoppers. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. Admission is free, and door prizes will be given away ever hour.

For more information on the event, or how to become a vendor, visit Champion Life Center’s Facebook page and go under “Events,” or call the office at 942-9400.

Holiday events deadline

The deadline to submit items for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day events is 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. 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.


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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