Spiritual Notes

Heritage Fair at Camp Blue Diamond

The Middle Pennsylvania District Church of the Brethren will host its annual Heritage Fair at Camp Blue Diamond, Petersburg, on Saturday, Sept. 18.

The fair begins with a diner-style breakfast served from

6:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Lodge. A 5K run/walk starts at the Directors House at 7 a.m. Food and craft booths from about 25 churches will begin selling items at 8:30 a.m. During the event, there will be a variety of activities and entertainment for youth and adults of all ages, including an Escape Room challenge.

An auction featuring baskets, handmade items and quilts begins at 11 a.m. and concludes about 1 p.m. For children, there is a special area with scarecrow making, face painting, cookie painting, balloon animals, games and activities. There will also be musical entertainment and a “Dunk the Dunker” tank.

Food booths include regional and traditional favorites including cider, hot sausage, candy and caramel apples, soups, beef and noodles, apple butter, apple dumplings, gobs, apple butter pies, varieties of fudge, varieties of pies and an assorted desserts. The public is invited.

Locally written film set to premier

Lazarus, a locally written and produced new film, will premier at St. Aloysius Church Hall, 7911 Adm. Peary Highway, Cresson, at

7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24.

Alabaster Performing Arts, an independent nonprofit based in Greensburg, has spent the past year filming locally to produce the story of Lazarus. The 75-minute musical production features local actors on location across southwestern Pennsylvania.

Food pantry distribution upcoming

The food pantry distribution at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Eighth Avenue and 13th Street, Altoona, will be held from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23. Distribution is on a drive-thru basis to maximize social distancing. Masks are required for those on foot or getting out of their vehicles. All are welcome. For more information, visit the church website or Facebook page, or call the church at 814-942-1372; leave a message and calls will be returned. The October distribution is planned for Oct. 28.

English as a second language training

The Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd., will host a training session on teaching English as a Second Language from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct 1 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2. Cost is $40 and includes three meals and the 184-page manual. Registration can be made at altoonaalliancechurch.com and clicking on the Events tab. Registration is due by Sept. 27. For more information, call 814-944-0171.

Logan’s Valley Baptist hosting revival

Logan’s Valley Baptist Church will host a revival at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3. The church is at 335 Main St., Bellwood. Special music from surrounding churches will be featured. A nursery will be provided. All are welcome to attend.

Annual Solemn Novena planned

The Discalced Carmelite Nuns invite everyone to share in the Annual Solemn Novena in honor of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. The Novena, which will be live this year, begins on Thursday, Sept. 23, and ends on the Saint’s Feast Day, Friday, Oct. 1.

The Novena will be preached by Father Cassidy Stinson, a priest of the Diocese of Richmond who serves as parochial vicar at

St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg, Virginia. Stinson, along with his family, is a convert to Catholicism and was ordained in 2019 as a graduate of Theological College at the Catholic University of America. He was received into the Catholic church in his home parish under the patronage of St. Therese of Lisieux, and has remained an enthusiastic student of her spirituality ever since.

Those desiring to share in the powerful graces of these nine days should send petitions to Mother Prioress, Carmelite Monastery, P.O. Box 57, Loretto, PA 15940.

Free lunch available

ö 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.

ö The Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., Altoona, will offer a free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Lunches are available for takeout or dine in. All are welcome. For more information, call 814-943-2072.

Greek food available

Greek Grill Food for take-out will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, and on Sunday, Oct. 24, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1433 13th Ave. Greek Festival favorites will be available, including freshly grilled gyros, $7; chicken Souvlakia (with pita), $7; and lamb Souvlakia (with pita), $8. Also available will be Greek salad, $5; assorted hot and cold beverages, $1; and a variety of Greek pastries. Items will be available while supplies last on a cash only. A wreath sale will also be held.

For more information and to view a selection of wreaths, visit holytrinitygreekorthodoxchurch.com.

‘How People Change’ seminar set

Christ Reformed Church, 502 Main St., Alexandria, will host a “How People Change” seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. The seminar, led by Pastor Angelo Valle, is based on Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp’s book “How People Change.” The seminar will help participants plumb the depths of Scripture to better understand God’s plan for growth.

Lunch is provided. For more information and to register, visit www.CRCAlexandria.org/how-people-change-seminar or 814-669-4135.

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 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.

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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