Spiritual notes

English classes offered

The Altoona English and Culture Club is beginning its fourth year of teaching English to area adult internationals/immigrants. The classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday nights starting Sept. 13 at the Altoona Alliance Church. Classes for all abilities, as well as citizenship and conversational English classes, are available. Free child care is provided. For more information, visit altoonaenglishclub.com.

Clothing giveaway to be held

Grace’s Closet at Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood, will host a clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 11. Summer clothing is still available, along with fall items, too. Those attending are asked to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. For more information, call the church at 814-742-7501.

Free lunch available

* Twenty-eighth Street Church of the Brethren, 2800 Union Ave., Altoona, will offer free lunches from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Lunches, available via drive-thru only, will be available while supplies last.

* Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona, will offer free bag lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept 18. The bag lunch will include broccoli cheese soup, a meatball sandwich, a dessert and fruit. Church members will hand out one bag lunch per person in the church’s parking lot for drive-thru and walk-ups until the supply runs out.

Ham and turkey dinner planned

Upper Claar Church of the Brethren, Claysburg, will serve a ham and turkey dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. The meal is $10 and includes ham, turkey and all the homemade trimmings. Dinner is takeout/drive-thru style. To preorder, call or text 814-931-7130.

9/11 20th anniversary Mass

The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona, will host a special Mass commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. The Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, with Bishop Mark Bartchak presiding. All are invited — especially local first responders, medical professionals and public servants. The Mass will remember the lives lost and honor those who bravely serve and protect our community. Refreshments will be served in the parish hall after the Mass.

Altoona Aglow to meet

Pastor Joe Kelley to be guest speaker during the 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, meeting of the Altoona Aglow at King’s Restaurant, Altoona. Kelley is the former pastor of the Altoona Full Gospel Church, where he ministered for 19 years. Originally hailing from Philadelphia, he and his wife, Donna, moved to Altoona in 1995. They have four children. Most of his 38 years of ministry has been in pastoral work. Kelley’s legacy is that each church he has pastored has grown.

Food Truck Wednesday set

St. Mary’s Catholic Church will host a Food Truck Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 in the church parking lots, 1405 Fifth Ave. The vendors will include: K & R Hot Dog Express, Larry’s BarBQ, Shumann’s Concessions II, That Perogy Guy, Yoder’s Yak Shack, Paulie and Company PSU Creamery Ice Cream and The Sweet Rolling Pin.

Yard and bake sale planned

A yard and bake sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at 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 the 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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