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Sprititual notes

Greek pastries available

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1433 13th Ave., Altoona, will be selling freshly made baklava and other Greek pastries in the church hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, while supplies last.

Christmas holiday and handcrafted items will also be available for purchase.

Sacred Music Library closed Saturday

The Sacred Music Library at the First Presbyterian Church,

601 Walnut St., Hollidaysburg, will be closed Saturday, Nov. 27, and reopen from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 4, before closing for winter break. The library will reopen in 2022. If music is needed during the winter months, call 814-695-5495 and leave a message for a return call.

Breakfast with Santa planned

The East End United Methodist Church will host a breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at 405 E. Hudson Ave. Breakfast will be served and kids can have pictures taken with Santa and shop for gifts for parents and siblings.

No reservations are needed.

Community lunch to be served

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., Altoona, will host the monthly Community lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8. Lunch is free to everyone and all are welcome. Donations are accepted. Those who attend are asked to wear masks to protect themselves and others.

Food pantry distribution set

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Eighth Avenue and 13th Street, Altoona, will host the monthly food pantry distribution from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16.

Food distribution is done on a drive-thru basis to maximize social distancing, and masks are required for those on foot or getting out of their cars. More information is available the church website or Facebook page, or call the church at 814-942-1372; leave a message and calls will be returned.

St. Nick event to be held

Holy Trinity Catholic School will host a St. Nick event on Sunday, Dec. 5. The event will be held in the basement and cafeteria at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

Two session times are available: from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

“Shop, Soup and Sip with St. Nick” is a one‐of‐a‐kind visit for children and families with St. Nicholas himself. The event includes the food truck line-up of Belly Busters, Larry’s Barbeque, Meatball Madness and Help Coffee.

Younger guests will have opportunities to also enjoy face painting from Face Paint Pittsburgh and balloon animals by Balloons by Miss Choo.

Tickets are available at the door and are $3 for children and $4 for adults.

Pro-Life Christmas cards available

Citizens Concerned for Human Life, Blair County Chapter, has Christmas cards available for purchase. Two designs are offered, one depicts the Nativity scene and the other pictures the Infant Jesus. The cost is $7 for a package of 11 cards. Proceeds from the sale will help support the pro-life work of CCHL in Blair County. For more information, call Pat at 814-946-0681.

Santa Claus coming to town

Champion Life Church will host Santa Claus from 3 to 5 p.m. Satuday, Dec. 11. There will be free milk and cookies. The event will be held at the church, 1314 12th St., in downtown Altoona, and is open to all children 10 years old and younger. Children will be able to get a picture with Santa free of charge. A free gift bag will also be given to each child. Spots are limited. Parents are encouraged to register children as early at www.mychampion lifechurch.com/santa.

Deadline

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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