Spiritual notes

Free luncheons

– St. Mary Catholic Church, Mulberry and Clark Streets, will host the Hollidaysburg Free Soup Program the next two Saturdays, Jan. 18 and 25. Meals include soup, sandwiches, bread, butter, desserts and beverages. An offering will be accepted, but is not mandatory. The Free Soup Program is open to everyone including those financially in need, the elderly and those who would like to fellowship with others.

– Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona, will serve a free luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,

Jan. 18.

The menu includes a variety of homemade soups, sandwiches, beverages, desserts and fruit. All are invited.

– Second Avenue United Methodist Church will serve a free soup and sandwich lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Soup, sandwich, drink and dessert included. Everyone is invited. Second Avenue UMC is located at 130 Second Ave., Altoona, on the corner of Second Avenue and Second Street. For more information, call 943-2072.


Christian contemporary musical group 3 Four One will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Ward Avenue Presbyterian Church, 101 Coleridge Ave, Altoona. The group will present original music and traditional hymns. All are welcome.

For more information, contact Pastor Brian Choi at 232-1428 or bchoi32@gmail.com.

Yard sale

Yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Hicks United Methodist Church, 1211 Third Ave., Duncansville. For more information, visit hicksumc.org/yardsale.

Respect for Life March

The 33rd annual Respect Life March will be held at noon Sunday, Jan. 19, in Tyrone. The event begins with a prayer service at St. Matthew Church, Tyrone, followed by a 1.25-mile walk to Oak Grove Cemetery to the grave of Baby Agnes Doe, where another short prayer service will be held. Those taking part are welcome to bring a sign. Those unable to walk are invited to join in by driving at the end of the procession.

A luncheon will be served in the parish hall after the march. The event is sponsored by St. Gregory Council 1218, Knights of Columbus. For more information, contact

Peter Kreckel at 935-5436 or email


Sweetheart Gala

Champion Life Center, a nondenominational church in downtown Altoona, will host a Sweetheart Gala on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Tickets are $50 a couple and can be purchased at CentralPATickets.com or call the church office at 942-9400. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. following by dancing. The event, which includes a catered dinner, dancing and a silent auction, will conclude at 10 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Deadline to purchase tickets is Feb. 7.

For more information or to request a dinner accommodation due to food allergies, contact the church office at 942-9400. The center is at 1314 12th St., Altoona.

Food pantry open

The Food Pantry at Second Avenue United Methodist Church will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, Friday, Jan. 17.

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


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 should be submitted at least one week prior to desired publication date.


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