Spiritual notes

Patriotic concert, food festival is today

An outdoor patriotic concert and food festival will be held today, July 3, in the parking lot at Altoona Alliance Church. Proceeds will benefit faith-based ministries.

Area native and soloist Jim Worthing will be in concert at 7 p.m. Worthing, from the Bellwood/Altoona area who now lives in Nashville, Tenn., will perform a mix of patriotic songs and gospel music. Food will be available beginning at 5 p.m. Cheesesteaks, pizza cheesesteaks, crab cakes, sausages and soda, water and chips will be available from the Precious Life food truck. A time of prayer for the nation will be held after the concert.

Novena scheduled

The seventh novena of the year 2020 to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese (the Little Flower) offered by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto will open Wednesday, July 8, and end Thursday, July 16. Petitions may be sent to Mother Prioress, Discalced Carmelite Monastery, P.O. 57, Loretto, PA 15940.

Vacation Bible school planned

The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona will hold vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Sunday, July 5, through Thursday, July 9. Classes will range from age 3 through grade 12.

Children and teens are invited to hit the trail for an “in-tents” week of “reel” fun to go “Campin’ On the Commandments!” The program is presented by the Wylers on Wheels Evangelistic Ministry and The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona.

“Campin’ on the Commandments” includes skits, songs, Bible dramas, awards, games and s’mores.

Transportation is available throughout Altoona. For transportation or more information, contact the church office at 944-2894, or visit the website at www.fbcaltoona.org. Faith Baptist Church is located on the corner of Fourth Avenue and 40th Street in the Highland Park section of Altoona.

Patriotic concert, food festival set

Juniata United Methodist Church will hold a regathering of the church on July 5. Services are scheduled for 9, 10 and 11 a.m. and will continue at these times until further notice. All are welcome to attend. Those attending are asked to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing while in the church.

For information, contact the Juniata United Methodist Church, 808 N. Fourth Street, Altoona, at 942-6065 or by email at juniataumc@atlanticbbn.net.

Altoona Aglow Lighthouse to meet

Altoona Aglow Lighthouse will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 11, at Gourmet Buffet, 520 W. Plank Road, Altoona. The North Central PA Aglow Area President Elaine Rice will be the featured speaker.

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.


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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