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Spiritual notes

Music campers to present concert

The Wehnwood Music Camp “Make A Joyful Noise” will host a wrapup concert at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, at the First Church of Christ, Juniata Gap Road, Altoona. Music will be performed by all who attended music camp this past week. In addition, two local composers were commissioned to write a piece for the strings as well as for the band. These pieces will be premiered at the concert with the composers conducting their compositions. All are welcome to attend.

Vacation Bible school planned

Family vacation Bible school will be held from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Sunday, July 10, through Thursday, July 14, at Faith Baptist Church of Altoona, Fourth Avenue and 40th Street in the Highland Park section of Altoona.

Whole in One VBS with the Wylers on Wheels is geared toward the entire family and features a tee-rific golf adventure. Dinner will be served each evening. Each day will feature games, awards, songs, skits and Bible dramas. Parents and guardians are invited to participate with their children.

Registration can be made at www.fbcaltoona.org.

Transportation is available in the Altoona area.

For transportation or more information, contact the church office at 814-944-2894 or visit the website.

Concert, food truck event scheduled

St. Mary’s Catholic Church will host a concert and food truck event from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at the St. Mary’s Parking Lots, 1405 Fifth Ave. The Altoona Brass Collective band concert will be performing from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The collective is an 18-member brass band and plays a wide variety of music including classical, pop, marches, hymns, jazz and more. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved inside to the Memorial Hall. Those attending are urged to bring a chair for seating.

Church yard sale benefits food bank

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1433 13th Ave., Altoona, will host an indoor yard sale in the church hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10. All proceeds benefit the Altoona Food Bank. There will be housewares, toys, crafts and more. Payments or donations by cash or by check to the Altoona Food Bank. Free refreshments will be offered to patrons.

Saturate Altoona wraps up Sunday

Saturate Altoona 2022 will hold its last service from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at Heritage Plaza in downtown Altoona. There will be Blessing Tables set up with 25 churches and ministries from the area giving away food, water and information.

From 6:30 to 8 p.m., worship will be led by various leaders and teams from Altoona and feature a prayer focus and messages by three city pastors/ministry leaders each night.

The Theme of Saturate Altoona 2022 is “Going Deeper with Jesus.”

Pictures, updates, and information can be found on the Saturate Altoona Facebook page and services will be livestreamed.

Concert includes songs of love, faith

Noah Beidle, tenor, and Kyle Duvall, bass, will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1401 12th Ave., Altoona. The program will include songs of the sea, life, love and faith as well as music featuring fun, folklore and patriotism. The two will be accompanied by Claude Fabinyi on piano and Robert Scholl on clarinet and flute. Fabinyi and Scholl will also provide solos on the organ and alto sax. An offering will be accepted.

Spaghetti dinner to be served

A spaghetti dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Sinking Valley Presbyterian Church to raise funds for the Arch Spring Cemetery fence expansion. Donations are accepted for either eat-in or take-out.

The Arch Spring Cemetery Association has recently expanded the size of the cemetery that has over 800 graves, to accommodate additional burials. Funds are being raised to add 130 feet of new iron fence to match the 100-year-old fence refurbished in 2011.

This historic cemetery, established in 1785, is the final resting place of many of the earliest settlers in Sinking Valley, as well as veterans of all conflicts since the American Revolution.

Food pantry sets dates

The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona will open its food pantry from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, and Tuesday, July 19.

Anyone in need is invited to receive food. The pantry offers an assortment of meats, vegetables, fruits, canned and dry goods and other items.

The church is at 315 40th St., in the Highland Park section of the city.

For more information, call 814-944-2894.

Church festival planned for July

Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church Festival will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at the church and festival grounds, 143 Church Drive, just off of Munster Road, Portage Township.

The entertainment is free and those attending are urged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the live bands throughout the day. The lineup includes the Hallmarks from noon to 3:30 p.m., including Polka melodies and Full Kilt from 4:30 to 8 p.m., performing Celtic Rock.

Food items available for sale will include homemade ethnic dishes and other popular items, including roast pork sandwiches, BBQ chicken, halushki, halupki, pirohi, sloppy joes, kielbasa, hot dogs and hot sausage, along with wing dings and french fries.

A bake sale will feature homemade gobs and a variety of baked goods, candy apples, funnel cakes and ice cream. Soda, bottled water, beer and wine coolers will also be available.

The day’s events include a basket raffle, bingo, cash raffle and other games of chance. There will be children’s games with prizes and a stuffed animal booth.

The church building will be open throughout the afternoon and a brief guided tour will be held at 2 and 4 p.m. to explain the icons and features of the beliefs and practices of the Byzantine Catholic Church.

For more information, check out the church’s Facebook page or visit ByzantineCatholic.net.

Donations accepted

Donations of new and used Bibles, Sunday school materials (adult and children), CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays (music, movies, teaching from well-known speakers Billy Graham, Chuck Swindoll, etc.), children’s puppets, nativity sets, Bible games, Bible puzzles, flannelgraph materials, etc., along with other new or used Christian materials will be collected at Grace Bible Church, 164 Laurel Lane, Hollidaysburg (Route 36, next to Garvey Manor) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Other times by appointment.

These materials will be shipped to destinations around the world in 20-ton ocean going containers. Last year, more than 100 shipping containers were sent. For a complete list of materials that are accepted, visit www.lovepackages.org or call the church office at 814-695-4060. Donations toward shipping costs will also be accepted.

The collection of items is now underway and will be an ongoing ministry of the church.

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