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Spiritual notes

The Wehnwood Community Orchestra will present “The Wonder of Christmas” at the 9:15 a.m. service Sunday, Dec. 22, at Wehnwood United Methodist Church, 2511 Juniata Gap Road. There will be no 8 a.m. service this day.

Shepherd’s service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Juniata Church of the Brethren, 306 N. Ninth Ave., Altoona. The service will feature scripture reading about the birth of Jesus Christ, and the story “Sara’s Gift” will be told by Esther Wharton, the church organist. For more information, contact the church at 942-9809.

Louella Krieger, who portrays women of the Bible, will present “Eve” during the 10 a.m. service Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Broad Avenue United Methodist Church, Broad Avenue and 29th Street, Altoona.

– The Loysburg Reformed Church will offer two performances of its Christmas program — 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. The program includes songs and recitations by the children of the church and also a Christmas musical by the adult choir.

The choir’s “Holding on to Christmas,” is a cantata arranged by Marty Parks. It is a warm musical invitation to relive cherished memories of Christmas that come to our hearts and minds each year. Directing the 15-voice choir is Lorie LaSala with Barbara Thomas as pianist. Berneta Gable will be narrator.

A children’s program combined with the choir has been a long-standing tradition at St. John’s of Loysburg.

The evening performance will end with a candle-lighting service. All in attendance in the evening are invited to stay for refreshments in the church fellowship hall.

“The Promised One,” a Christmas production featuring an adult choir, drama, teen ensemble, instrumentals, kids choir, and more, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Saturday,

Dec. 14, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Puzzletown Road Bible Church, 316 Puzzletown Road, Duncansville. For more information, call 8696-9686.

Christmas goodies galore will be served following the Saturday night production. The event is free.

– The children and youth departments of the Juniata United Methodist Church, 808 N. Fourth St., Altoona, will present the annual Christmas program at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. For more information, contact the Juniata United Methodist Church office at 942-6065 or visit juniataumc.net.

– The Bellwood Adult Community Choir and Children’s Choir will present the Christmas program at the Tipton Baptist Church, 708 Deborah St., Tipton, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 15. The choirs will be presenting both sacred and popular Christmas songs under the direction of Richard Bower and Jennifer Wright. The concert is open to the public with free parking and admission. The facility is handicap accessible. An offering will be taken for purchase of new music and for a music scholarship at Bellwood-Antis High School.

– The Bellwood Adult Community Choir will present its Christmas program at the Tyrone Church of the Good Shepherd, 1650 Clay Ave., Tyrone, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. The choir of 50 adults will be presenting both sacred and popular Christmas music under the direction of Richard Bower. The concert is open to the public with free parking and admission. The facility is handicapped accessible. An offering will be taken for the purchase of new music and for a music scholarship at Bellwood-Antis High School.

– The Oasis of Love Church, located along Station Road, across from Southside Elementary School, Huntingdon, will present a Christmas play with a twist at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24.

This amusing yet meaningful Christmas play is about the Shepherds and the Kings. However, these are not the shepherds and kings in the typical Christmas story. The King family gets lost while out getting a tree and the Shepherd family comes to their aid.

For more information, call the church office at 627-3819 or visit OasisInHuntingdon.com.

Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., Altoona, will host the Altoona Brass Collective at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, for a free holiday concert. An offering will be accepted to help families in the community.

Call 943-2072 for more information.

The food pantry at Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., Altoona, will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday,

Dec. 20. Those attending should bring a photo ID, a piece of mail that includes name and address and birth certificates for any children in the home.

For more information, call the church office at 943-2072.

Grace’s Closet clothing giveaway, located at Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood, will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14. Winter clothing is available.

The Discalced Carmelite Nuns will honor the infant Jesus during the annual private novena in preparation for the Solemn Feast of Christmas. The Novena will begin at the Carmelite Monastery Chapel on Monday, Dec. 16, and end on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24.

The regular monthly private novena honoring Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese will take place at this time as well.

All intentions will be remembered in the special Novena prayers offered after the daily Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Petitions should be sent to Mother Prioress, Carmelite Monastery, P.O. Box 37, Loretto, PA 15940.

Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament will be given in the public chapel at 4 p.m. every Sunday and the frist Friday of each month, followed by the veneration of the relic of St. Therese.

Journey to Bethlehem will be presented as a stage play at Bice Memorial Chapel at Homewood at Martinsburg at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, for those unable to participate in the walking tour that was held at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. The address is Bice Memorial Chapel, Homewood at Martinsburg, 437 Givler Drive, Martinsburg.

The event is free of charge and is a unique journey on the birth of Christ.

The Altoona Aglow Lighthouse annual Christmas party will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Gourmet Buffet, 520 Plank Road, Altoona. There will be no cookie exchange this year as desserts are available at the restaurant.

Those attending are asked to bring a $5 gift to exchange, labeled male, female or either. There will also be a silent auction for a gift basket. The party will include games, music and prayer.

The Cathedral Charismatic Prayer Group will meet for a Festival of Praise at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona. Speakers will be Bob and Marci Sutton. All are invited.

The choir at Juniata United Methodist Church, 808 N. Fourth St., Altoona, will present the annual Christmas Cantata, “Bethlehem’s Child,” at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 22. All are welcome.

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

A “Blue Christmas Service” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust St., Johnstown.

Free refreshments and conversation will be available after the service.

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.

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.

A Holiday Food Sale will be held at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1433 13th Ave. Altoona, from noon to 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 22 in the church hall. The sale offers Greek food and pastries to serve at home.

For more information, the church at 943-0091. If no answer, leave a message.

A community pasta dinner will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Oasis of Love Church, located along Station Road, across from Southside Elementary School, Huntingdon.

All are welcome to enjoy a free meal to celebrate the holiday season.

There will be a gluten free option. For more information, call the church office at 627-3819 or visit www.OasisInHuntingdon.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

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