Spiritual notes

Choir to present ‘The Lamb’

“The Lamb, Redemption’s Price is Paid” will be presented at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, by the Patton Area Ecumenical Choir at Trinity United Methodist Church, 501 Beech Ave., Patton. All are welcome to attend.

Birth of Mary Celebration is Sept. 8

The Birth of Mary Celebration will be held Wednesday, Sept. 8, at St. Catherine of Siena Shrine, Route 22, Duncansville. Rosary will be held at 7:15 a.m. in the church, followed by 7:45 a.m. Mass in the church. An 11:30 a.m. Rosary will be held outdoors at the shrine, followed by a noon Mass at the shrine. The 5:30 p.m. Mass will be held outdoors at the shrine. The celebrant/homilist will be Msgr. Bob Saly.

Those attending the outdoor events are urged to bring chairs for seating. In the event of rain, the outdoor Masses will be celebrated in the church.

There will be no continuous rosary, no food and no exhibits this year.

Petitions may be sent to Birth of Mary Celebration, P.O. Box 88, Duncansville, PA 16635.

Family Faith Day planned

Tyrone Christian Family Faith Day will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, at the amphitheater of DelGrosso’s Park. There will be a worship service featuring local pastors and a praise team made up of individuals from various churches. After the worship service, there will be musical groups, a variety of ministries and more. The Altoona Brass Collective, Signs of Faith, Simply Grace, Anthony Frazier and ELM will take the stage before the musical production of “Voices for America,” which begins at 3:30 p.m. Food, Christian vendors and basket raffles will also be available. The public is invited to attend.

Sept. 11, Patriots Day service set

The Somerset Alliance Church, 708 Stoystown Road, Somerset, will honor Sept. 11 and Patriots Day during a 4 p.m. service Saturday, Sept. 4. There will be a free picnic, speakers, music and special announcements, including information on the future U.S. Veterans Museum, Remember Me Rose Garden and Patriot Park. Call 814-445-8949 to make a reservation.

Food truck Wednesday slated

St. Mary’s Church in Altoona will host food trucks in the parking lots at 1405 Fifth Ave. from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1. Vendors will include Larry’s BarBQue, Shuman’s Concessions II, Yoder’s Yak Shack, That Perogie Guy, Paulie & Company PSU Creamery Ice Cream and The Sweet Rolling Pin.

Sacred Music Library reopening

The Sacred Music Library at First Presbyterian Church, 601 Walnut St., Hollidaysburg will reopen from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11.

The library will then resume regular hours for the remainder of September and will be open from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays. All borrowed music should be returned during those hours. For more information, call the library at 814-695-5495 and leave a message for a return call.

Baby Pantry open for those in need

New Hope Baptist Church has opened a new ministry — the Baby Pantry.

The pantry is available to pregnant women or individuals and families with infants to 12 months old who are in need of baby supplies such as diapers, wipes, clothes and other items. Items are available free of charge.

A mother’s first visit to the Baby Pantry is by appointment only, after a phone interview. To schedule an appointment, call Cindy Falce at 814-937-5743.

For more information, contact Zane Dempsie, Baby Pantry coordinator, at 814-515-4869.

Methodist churches team up on cookbook

Cove Forge United Methodist Church and Williamsburg United Methodist Church have completed a cookbook that includes recipes from the past and today. “Favorite Recipes from Yesteryear and Today” can be preordered until Sunday, Aug. 29. The book is $15. Money or check is due with the order.

Books should be available for pickup in October at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church. Those ordering the cookbook will be notified when it is available or the cookbook can be mailed anywhere in the United States for an extra charge of $10 per book.

For more information, call the UMC office at 814-832-2816 from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday through Friday. Mailed orders should include name, address, phone number, the number of books ordered along with cash or checks and be sent to the United Methodist Church, Cookbook, West Second Street, Williamsburg, PA 16693. There will be extra cookbooks available for purchase later.

Indoor yard sale continues

Abundant Life Church, 201 Howard Ave., Altoona, will hold an indoor yard sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, through Saturday, Aug. 28, in the church gym.

Awana group to present program

The Hollidaysburg Alliance Church Awana group will present a Patriotic Tribute Program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8. The event will honor first responders, including police, EMTs, firefighters and military personnel and pay tribute to Sept. 11, 2001. The parents of Awana children and the general public are invited to attend. The church is at 183 Jefferson St., Hollidaysburg.

Frontier Family Fest is this weekend

Frankstown Park Missionary Church in Hollidaysburg is sponsoring a Frontier Family Fest at the Altoona Volunteer Sportsman’s Club from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. The free event will feature activities including archery, flint knapping, bullet pouring, black powder shooting, tomahawk throwing, Colonial crafts, children’s games, Atlatl throwing and more. Lunch is also free.

Directions and more information are available at


Space available for yard sale

A yard and bake sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Asbury United Methodist Church, 1341 Grandview Road, Altoona. There will be yard sale items as well as books, crafts, puzzles, food and drinks available for purchase.

Space is available for $15 and participants will need to bring a table to set up sale items.

All proceeds benefit Asbury United Methodist Church.

For more information, contact Donna Bardine at 814-946-5422.


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 814-946-7451. Items may also be submitted online through the Mirror’s virtual newsroom at vnr.altoonamirror.com.

Deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. Mondays.


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