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Spiritual Notes

Clothing giveaway scheduled

Grace’s Closet at Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood, will host a clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 11. Fall and winter clothing is still available. Masks are optional. For more information, call the church at 814-742-7501.

Christmas musical to be staged

The adult choir at St. John’s Reformed Church of Loysburg will present a Christmas musical at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, in the church sanctuary, 6198 Woodbury Pike, Loysburg.

The musical, “Celebrate Jesus — Our Redeemer, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,” was arranged by Mosie Lister.

Tidings of joy will be sung by choir members Mava Cottle, Beverly Smith, Peggy Ritchey, Deb Bowser, Beth Clark, Marsie Albright, Tina Gojeski, Peg Wachter, Pastor Dave Meckley, David Snyder, Brad Gable, Dennis Holderbaum and Joel Ritchey.

Berneta Gable and Cindy Johnson will narrate the musical. Barb Thomas is the choir director and pianist.

The church’s Women’s Guild will serve light refreshments following the cantata in the fellowship room. The committee consists of Molly Shirk, KIm Rodgers, Josepine Garman and Cindy Johnson.

All are invited to attend.

Musical celebration of Christmas

A Christmas Concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona. Pianist David Hammond will present, “Christmas at the Piano: A musical celebration of CHRISTmas.”

All are welcome to attend the free concert.

Aglow to host Christmas party

The Altoona Aglow Christmas party will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Center City Church, 1220 12th Ave., Altoona. Soup, salad, bread and beverages will be served. Those attending are asked to bring cookies or another dessert to share. There will be a gift exchange with an $8 to $10 limit. Gifts should be wrapped and labeled “woman,” “man” or “neutral.” Those unable to bring dessert and/or a gift are welcome to attend as extras will be available.

The group will be putting together gifts for the Tradition House women and those wanting to take part are invited to bring items such as cookies, note paper, pens, small puzzle books, adult coloring books and colored pencils, and other “goodies” that would be useful. Do not include mouthwash, hand sanitizer or other products that contain alcohol. Unused Christmas cards will also be collected.

Food pantry to be open

The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona Food Pantry will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, and Tuesday, Dec. 21. The food pantry is located in the lower level of the church, 315 40th St., in the Highland Park section of Altoona. The food bank is open to anyone in need and offers an assortment of meats, vegetables, fruits and more. For more information, call the church at 814-944-2894.

Drive-by Christmas story planned

The Road to Bethlehem, a Christmas story drive-by, will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at four churches in the Claysburg Ministerium. Each church will portray a portion of the Christmas story.

The Road begins at Christ Lutheran Church in Claysburg with a Mary and Joseph at the Inn in Bethlehem and the stable found in Luke 2:1-7. The route then goes south on Bedford Street to the Claysburg United Methodist Church, where shepherds in the field from Luke 2:8-15 will be found. Shepherds arriving at the stable, from Luke 2:16-20, can be found at the Claysburg Church of the Brethren and while Grace United Church of Christ will host the magi who followed the start and meeting baby Jesus, from Matthew 2:1-12.

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 plans winter break

The Sacred Music Library at the First Presbyterian Church, 601 Walnut St., Hollidaysburg, will be open Saturday, Dec. 4, and then close for winter break. The library will reopen in 2022. If music is needed, call the library at 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. Saturday, 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.

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