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Spiritual notes

Food pantry open

The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona Food Pantry will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29. Anyone in need is invited to come and receive food. The pantry offers an assortment of meats, vegetables, fruits and other items that the Lord provides.

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

Tax help available

The New Life Worship Center Tax Team will be assisting people with taxes now through April 15. Cost is $20 donation per return, will all donations distributed to local charitable organizations. Those taking part should have last year’s (2020) tax return; all tax documents for 2021, including W-2s, 1099/1097s, receipts, mileage, expenses, losses, dividend income and other items as needed; Social Security numbers for all who will be on the 2021 tax return; birth dates of those being claimed on the 2021 tax return; and a voided check if any refund is to be direct deposited.

The group will offer e-filing of federal and state returns and is able to complete state property tax and rent rebate forms.

This is the 12th year for the tax ministry at New Life Worship Center.

For information or an appointment, call 814-215-1933 or email sseifer@hotmail.com. The New Life Worship Center Tax Team can also be found on Facebook.

Last tax year, the outreach helped more than 1,700 clients to get $2.5M in refunds. The group also raised over $61,000 and gave all donations away to more than a dozen nonprofits.

Respect for Life March set

The 34th annual Respect Life March will be held Sunday, Jan. 16, in Tyrone. The march will begin with a prayer service at noon at St. Matthew Church. Participants will then walk the 1.25 miles to Oak Grove Cemetery to the grave of Baby Agnes Doe, where another short prayer service will be held. A hot luncheon will be served in the parish hall after the march.

Participants are encouraged to bring a sign to display during the walk. Those who are unable to walk are united to drive at the end of the procession and take part in the prayer service.

The event is sponsored by the St. Gregory Council 1218 Knight of Columbus.

Melbinger to host concert

Timothy Melbinger, part-time lecturer in music at Penn State Altoona, will offer a performance of his work at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Altoona.

The concert includes four new compositions by Melbinger, who will be playing the piano for the event. It features members of the Altoona Brass Collective, musicians on the organ and saxophone, and 2019 Penn State Altoona graduate Brandis Ajay with vocals.

Melbinger will offer a brief lecture about the music.

The event is free and open to the public.

Wild game dinner planned

A wild game meal will be served Saturday, Jan. 22, at Crossview Missional Church in Cassville. Doors open at 4 p.m. with a covered dish meal at 5 p.m. Guest speaker is Brandon Baker, a Roaring Spring native who is a competitive archery shooter and founder of Take A Stand Outdoors. The event is free to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite wild game covered dish to share.

The church is at 18546 Cooks Road in Cassville. For more information, call Freddie McKnight at 814-386-0120.

Hollidaysburg free soup program offered

The Hollidaysburg Free Soup Program will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through March 5. The program has been modified this year, due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, and may vary from church to church.

The schedule includes:

Hollidaysburg Church Of The Brethren, Penn and Hawthorne streets, will host the lunch on Jan. 22 and Jan. 29.

St. Mary Catholic Church, Mulberry and Clark streets, will host on Feb. 5 and Feb. 12.

St. Michael Catholic Church, Montgomery and Spruce streets, will host the lunch on Feb. 19, Feb. 26 and March 5.

The lunches are free; donations will be accepted.

Free books available

Free books, craft supplies and toys are available at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1433 13th Avenue, Altoona, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sundays in January, while supplies last. Bring a tote bag and choose from a selection of picture books and coloring books featuring Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments. These books and toys are gently used and recently cleaned. Families, pastors, churches and charities are welcome. Call 814-943-0091 for messages indicating any cancellation due to inclement weather and for continued availability.

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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