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Spiritual notes

Weekly food pantry to open

The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona will open a weekly food pantry beginning Tuesday, Nov. 9. The pantry will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays in the lower level of the church. The pantry will offer an assortment of meats, vegetables, fruits and other items and it is open to anyone in need.

The church is at 315 40th St., in the Highland Park section of Altoona. For more information, call 814-944-2894.

Community lunch date set

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., Altoona, will host the monthly community lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10. Donations are accepted but lunch is free to everyone. All are welcome. Those attending are asked to wear masks.

Fall Sing to be held Sunday

The First Grace Brethren Church, 2932 Maple Ave., Altoona, will present its 2021 annual Fall Sing at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. The event will highlight local musical groups and individuals, plus congregational songs. A soup tasting fellowship will follow the praise service. All are invited to attend.

Altoona Aglow Lighthouse to meet

Nancy Kilmartin will be the guest speaker at the Altoona Aglow Lighthouse meeting set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. The meeting will be at Center City Church, 1220 12th Ave., Altoona.

Kilmartin has been a steady presence in the church community both in Tyrone and Altoona. She is the mother of three sons, two on Earth and one in Heaven. She has attended church all her life, receiving Jesus as her savior while watching Oral Roberts on TV as a teenager. However, it was later in her life that she finally understood the personal nature of a relationship to the Lord and what it meant to make Him the Lord of her life.

Parking for the event is available on 12th Avenue or at the parking lot across from the church. Water and light snacks will be available.

Phelps to present concert

Multi-Dove and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, David Phelps, will present a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at Grace Bible Church, 164 Laurel Lane, Hollidaysburg. The concert will also feature popular comedian Mickey Bell.

Once a childhood musical prodigy from Tomball, Texas, Phelps earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Baylor University. Perhaps best known as the powerful tenor for the multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band, Phelps is a leading voice in contemporary Christian music.

The concert will feature Phelps, as well as his musical entourage, and will include many of the songs from his new Gamechanger recording. For more information, call 814-695-4060.

Trunk or Treat planned

Trunk or Treat will be held from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lots at 1405 5th Ave., Altoona. We look forward to seeing all the children in costume. All cars distributing candy should arrive in the parking lots no later than 12:45 p.m.

Halupki Harvest dinner set

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust St., downtown Johnstown, will hold its autumn Halupki Harvest: Stuffed Cabbage Take-out Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. Dinner includes one halupki, two pierogies, a serving of halushki and two cookies. Cost is $9. To order, call 814-535-6797 or email stmarks@atlanticbbn.net. Proceeds benefit St. Mark’s Digital Ministries.

Rummage sale planned

An indoor rummage sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 30, at Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood. There will be a variety of items for sale; cash only. No clothing will be sold.

Pancake breakfast scheduled for Saturday

St. John’s Reformed Church, 906 Maple Avenue, Hollidaysburg, will hold its annual fall Pancake, Bacon, & Sausage Breakfast tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 30, 7 to 10 a.m., at the church. Tickets available at the door at a cost of $8 for adults, $4 for youth 3-12, free to children under 3. The ticket entitles you to all the pancakes, bacon and sausage you can eat, plus juice, coffee, tea or milk.

Altoona prayer breakfast set

The 3rd Annual Altoona Prayer Breakfast will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Casino in Lakemont. The theme this year is All in Altoona. The keynote speaker will be Pastor Kevin Brown from Philadelphia. Special music will also be featured.

Prayers will be offered for city government, schools, businesses and media. Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., and the program begins at 7:30 a.m.

Cost is $20. Business or corporate sponsors can reserve a table of 8 for $300. To register or reserve a table, visit https://leadersoffaith.org/event/altoona

Baby pantry available for expectant mothers

New Hope Baptist Church, Maple Hollow Road, Duncansville, now has a Baby Pantry ministry.

If you or someone you know is pregnant or has an infant ages 0-12 months old and is in need of baby supplies such as diapers, wipes, clothes, etc., the church is available to help. Every item is freely given. A mother’s first visit to the Baby Pantry is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call Cindy Falce at 814-937-5743.

For more information, Baby Pantry coordinator Zane Dempsie can be reached at 814-515-4869.

Holiday bazaar planned

Bethany Lutheran Church holiday bazaar and bake sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 Third Ave., Altoona. There will be crafts, baked goods, jewelry, gift items, basket raffle, books, holiday decor and more. Homemade lunch items will be available to purchase. For more information, call 814-944-7560.

Sacred Music Library hours change

The Sacred Music Library at the First Presbyterian Church, 601 Walnut St., Hollidaysburg, will be closed on Mondays. The library will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

All outstanding music should be returned and holiday music is available for borrowing. For more information, call the library at 814-695-5495; leave a message for a return call.

Holiday boutique planned

Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2700 Broad Ave., Altoona, will host a holiday boutique from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. A pancake and sausage breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. and will include Margaret Cooney’s sweet rolls. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photos will Santa will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition, the event will include crafts, balloon pop, collectibles and gifts, prize-a-rama, Sister Basil’s lollipops, books, jewelry, Food for Thought, baskets and a kids carnival.

Missions conference set

Festival of Nations 131st Missions Conference will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Altoona Alliance Church.

The interactive event will be set up in six rooms throughout the church, with the rooms featuring different areas of the world to which visitors can travel. International members in the community will be hosting rooms from Sudan, Pakistan, China, Romania, Thailand and Envision Atlanta (Clarkston). There will be games, stories, food and cultural items from those areas of the world.

On Sunday, a C&MA International Worker from Spain will be speaking during the 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. morning services and again at the 6:30 p.m. service. All are welcome to attend the events.

Baha’is commemorate sacred birthdays

At sunset on Friday, Nov. 5, local Baha’is and friends will begin to commemorate the births of both the Bab, Prophet and Forerunner of the Baha’i Faith, and Baha’u’llah, Whom Baha’is consider the latest Messenger from God in fulfillment of God’s Covenant with humanity.

The Bab was born Ali Muhammad on Nov. 6, 1819, in Persia (present day Iran) and had little formal schooling. But, as a child, the Bab showed signs of innate intelligence as well as purity of heart and a deep spirituality. He called Himself the Bab, a title which means “the Gate,” to signify that He was the Door to a renewal of religion.

The local Baha’i celebration will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, and will include a low-key “birthday celebration.” A commemoration focused on prayers and scripture will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7.

For more information, call 903-261-6933.

Baha’is welcome people of all faiths at their events

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