Spiritual notes

– Shrove Tuesday pancake and sausage supper will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Geeseytown Lutheran Church. Meals are $7 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12 and free to children 5 and younger.

– Pancake supper will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1230 Eighth Ave., Altoona. Cost is $5 a person or $15 for a family. All are welcome.

– St. Patrick’s Parish will hold its annual seafood buffet from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent, including Good Friday.

The buffet will be in St. Patrick’s School cafeteria, 731 Patrick Lane, Newry, and will include baked haddock, deep-fried fish, shrimp and clams, seven side dishes, two soups, dessert and beverage. The cost is $13.50 for ages 13 to 59, $12.50 for seniors ages 60 and older, $8.50 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger. All take-outs are $14.50.

– Fish fry meals will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday during Lent, Feb. 28 through April 3, at Warriors Mark United Methodist Church, 1840 Centre Line Road. The menu includes fried/baked haddock, french fries, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes or an alternate vegetable, roll, coleslaw, applesauce, drink and dessert. Ham balls will be the alternate meat on Feb. 28, March 13 and March 27. Chicken fingers will be available on March 6, March 20 and April 3.

Meals are $12 for adults, $7 for children 5 to 10 and free to children 4 and younger. Take-out meals are available. For more information, all 632-6906. The church is handicap accessible.

The Hollidaysburg Christian Missionary & Alliance Church will host an indoor yard sale, at the church, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 29. There will be many different items for sale, including furniture, jewelry, clothing, household items, toys and crafts. Soups, desserts, sandwiches and drinks will also be available for sale.

All proceeds will go toward the church’s missionary fund.

St. Mark Episcopal Church is holding its annual ham loaf sale. A two-pound loaf costs $14 and a one-pound loaf is $7. Loaves are sold frozen and include glazing sauce and baking instructions. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, March 4. To order, call 535-6797.

Pre-ordered loaves may be picked up between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, beginning Tuesday, March 17.

Pickup location: Church Office, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust Street in downtown Johnstown.

Proceeds from this sale benefit Episcopal Church Women Ministries.

For more information, call 535-6797 or e-mail stmarks@atlanticbbn.net.

– Wehnwood United Methodist Church will host Ash Wednesday services Feb. 26. Morning worship with imposition of ashes will be held from 7 to 7:30 a.m. From noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday during Lent, the church will serve a Lenten lunch, and every Friday from noon to 9 p.m. the sanctuary will be open for prayer.

– A 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday service with imposition of ashes will be held at Mardorf United Methodist Church on Feb. 26.

– The Rev. Nancy Threadgill of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust Street, Johnstown, will offer “Ashes to Go” from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. in Central Park, downtown Johnstown.

Ash Wednesday worship services will be offered in the church sanctuary at noon and 6p.m.

For additional information about Ashes to Go, Ash Wednesday worship services or St. Mark’s, contact Threadgill at 535-6797 or revnancy-stmarks@atlanticbbn.net.

Second Avenue United Methodist Church’s Food Pantry will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. Those attending should bring a photo ID, a piece of mail that includes the participant’s name and address and birth certificates for any children in the home.

The food pantry is at 130 Second Ave., Altoona, at Second Avenue and Second Street. For more information, call the church office at 943-2072.

Gallitzin United Methodist Church will host a trip to the 3 p.m. showing of “Queen Esther” at Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster on Saturday, March 28. Tickets are $178 for adults, $125 for children and include bus transportation and a family-style meal at Hershey Farms. The bus will leave from Penn Cambria Middle School, Gallitzin. Money is due when reservations are made.

For more information and tickets, call Joe Skura at 937-4993.

Vox Nova Choir will present “The Footsteps to Calvary” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in the chapel at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

St. Michael Catholic Church, Montgomery and Spruce streets, will host the Hollidaysburg Free Soup Program on Saturdays, Feb. 22, Feb. 29 and March 7.

The menu of soup, bread, butter, desserts, and beverages will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no charge; an offering will be accepted.

People do not have to be a church member to participate.

A free community meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Faith Baptist Church, 315 40th St., Altoona. The meal includes meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, roll and dessert. Call 944-2894 by 3 p.m. Friday, March 6, for transportation.

The location for Motivate 2020 has been changed to the Grace Bible Church, Hollidaysburg.

Motivate 2020, an evening of encouragement, will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26. The event features God’s word brought by “Truth for Life” Bible speaker Alistair Begg and worship led by Meredith Andrews. Early entry begins at 5:40 p.m. and general admission doors open at 6 p.m.

There are four ticket options: Early entry is $25; floor seating, $21; general admission, $16.50; and groups or 10 or more, $14 each. All tickets purchased at the door will be $19 and for general admission only.

For more information, visit wtlr.org or call 1-800-288-9857.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust Street, downtown Johnstown, will host a Lenten Quiet Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29. The topic of the 2020 Lenten Quiet Day is “What is Jesus’ recipe for love?”

The event consists of alternating periods of meditation and quiet time followed by final prayers and a vegetarian lunch. During quiet times, participants can engage in relaxing activities, read books available in the Parish Hall or find a quiet spot in the church to read or meditate. Participants are asked not to talk until after final prayers.

Everyone is welcome.

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