Altoona Aglow Lighthouse will meet through a conference call at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16. The group now has its own phone number. To join the discussion and prayer time, dial 1-978-990-5357 and enter access code 7323577#. The pound sign must be included to sign in.
The fifth novena of 2020 to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese (the Little Flower) offered by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto will open Friday, May 22, and end Saturday, May 30.
Petitions should be sent to Mother Prioress, Discalced Carmelite Monastery, P.O. Box 57, Loretto, PA 15940.
– Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona, will distribute free bag lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16. The lunch will include a sandwich, a bag of chips, a dessert and fruit. The church will be handing out one bag lunch per person. The distribution will be held in the church’s parking lot for drive-thru and walk-ups until the supply runs out.
– St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Roaring Spring, is handing out free meals to Morrison’s Cove families from 2 to 5 p.m. every Friday. The meals are handed out one per person, per family on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. A limited quantity of half gallons of local milk will also be handed out one per family. There are no income requirements. St. Luke’s is at 401 E. Main St., Roaring Spring. For more information, contact the church office at 224-4116.
– The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona will continue its free Saturday hot lunch ministry through Saturday, May 16. The meal will be available for pick up from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A hot main food item as well as fruit and other items will be provided for each individual present on a first come, first served basis. Meals will be distributed at the lower level of the church, on the corner of Fourth Avenue and 40th Street.
The Faith Baptist Church is at 315 40th Street, in the Highland Park section of the city. For more information, call 944-2894 or visit www.fbcaltoona.org.
Food pantry open
The Twenty-eighth Street Church of the Brethren food pantry is open Mondays and Fridays by appointment only. For information or an appointment, call Deb at 207-8293.
St. Benedict Church, in the Geistown section of Johnstown, has canceled of its annual Reunion Festival scheduled for July 10-12. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the committee is concerned for the health and safety of all the attendees including the general public, volunteers, vendors, parishioners and entertainers. Government restrictions regarding public events and limitations of crowd size and social distancing were also factors the committee had to consider. In the near future, the church will be selling chance tickets for various prizes to be awarded later this year, including tickets to win a 2020 Ford Ecosport SE AWD car to be awarded in November. Contact the church at 266-9718 to purchase tickets.
The committee is also exploring other activities that can be held while the large gathering restrictions are in place as well as when they are lifted. The committee plans to hold the St. Benedict Church annual Reunion Festival on July 9-11, 2021.
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