Spiritual notes

Heritage Fair

The Church of the Brethren Middle Pennsylvania District’s 39th annual Heritage Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at Camp Blue Diamond, located 7 miles northwest of Petersburg. The fair begins with a diner-style breakfast served in the lodge from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. There will be a 5K run/walk starting at the director’s house at 7 a.m. and food and craft booths will open at 8:30 a.m.

During the day, there will be a variety of demonstrations, displays, activities and entertainment for youth and adults. New this year is an escape room challenge. There will also be demonstrations on milking a cow, card tricks, bow drill, decoy making and homemade ice cream making.

The auction featuring baskets, handmade items and quilts begins at 11 a.m. and concludes about 1 p.m.

Children’s activities include scarecrow making, face painting, cookie painting, a bounce house, saw dust pile, balloon animals and games.

Food booths will include cider, hot sausage, potato soup, bean soup, apple butter, haluska, gobs, kettle corn, apple butter pies and more.

On Sunday, Sept. 22, a free continential breakfast will be served at 9:15 a.m. in the lodge, followed by music with Joseph Helfrich and worship with Jeff Glenny, pastor of Spring Mount Church of the Brethren.

Jewish food festival

Temple Beth Israel, 3004 Union Ave., Altoona, will host a Jewish Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.

There will be sliced corned beef and pastrami on hearty breads, hot dogs and crunchy pickles was well as Jewish traditions, such as matzo ball soup and latkes. Homemade cookies include Hamantaschen, Mandlebrot and Rugelach and there will be Noodle Kugel, Challah, homemade gobs and more.

Prayer group

The Cathedral Charasmatic Prayer Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. The speaker will be Father Alan Thomas.

Fall festival

St. Demetrius Parish in Gallitzin will hold its annual fall festival and chicken barbeque dinner Sunday, Sept. 29, at the social hall, at the rear of 611 Church St., Gallitzin. The dinner starts at 11 a.m. and is $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 years old and younger. All takeouts are $10. The festival also will include a flea market, basket auction, bake sale and games.

Indoor yard sale

East End United Methodist Church will hold an indoor yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Clothing and shoes for men, women and children will be available, as well as kitchen appliances, Christmas and holiday items and household goods. Proceeds will benefit community and outreach events. East End UMC is at 405 E. Hudson Ave., Altoona.

Organ concert

Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 907 Sixth Ave. in Patton, will host concert organist Brenda Leach at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29.

She will perform on the parish’s 1910 Felgemaker pipe organ. The program will include works such as March Triomphale by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Buxtehude’s Toccata in D minor and Bach’s Piece d’Orgue.

Chicken barbecue

The St. Michael’s chicken barbecue will be held at the parish hall of St. Michael’s Orthodox Church, Hemlock Street, Irvona, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. Tickets are $10. Dinner includes 1/2 barbecue chicken, baked beans, baked potato with sour cream and butter, roll and dessert.

Food pantry

Second Avenue United Methodist Church’s Food Pantry will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Those attending should bring a photo ID, a piece of mail that includes name and address, and birth certificates for any children in the home. The church will also have free children’s clothing available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The church is at 130 Second Ave., Altoona. For more information, call the church office at 943-2072.

Free lunch

— Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., Altoona, will serve a free soup and sandwich lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. The meal includes soup, sandwiches, drinks and dessert. Everyone is invited. For more information, call the church office at 943-2072. The free meal is offered the third Saturday of every month.

— New Creation in Christ Ministry will serve a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the community kitchen, 1620 16th St., Altoona. The menu includes homemade chicken and dumplings with cornbread. All are invited to attend. The event is part of the ministry’s outreach program and is held the third Saturday of each month. For more information, call 942-9516.

— Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona, will serve a free luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Sept 21. The menu includes a variety of homemade soups, a sandwich, beverages, desserts and fruit. All are welcome.

— Altoona’s Twenty-eighth Street Church of the Brethren will serve a free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. The menu will include sloppy joes, spaghetti salad and dessert. The food pantry will be open the same day from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Special collection

In an effort to help those feeling the effects of Hurricane Dorian, Bishop Mark L. Bartchak has requested that a special collection be taken at all Masses in parishes throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on the weekend of Sept. 21-22.

All contributions will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA, which will see that financial assistance goes to those in need following the deadly storm.

Fighting racism

A free 10-week course on fighting racism will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays from Sept. 22 to Nov. 24.

“Becoming the Beloved Community: Consciously Fighting the Sin of Racism,” will be taught by Kevin Barron, who with colleague Dr. Marion Schwartz, created the series for the Episcopal Diocese of Central PA.

Visitors are welcome to any or all sessions. To register for the course or for more information, contact Greg Williams at wacmbook @aol.com or call 215-242-0854.

Fall festival

The Faith Baptist Church of Altoona will host a fall festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. There will be a bounce house, carnival games, snacks and more. The community is invited to attend the free event.

The Faith Baptist Church is on the corner of Fourth Avenue and 40th Street in the Highland Park section of the city. For more information, call 944-2894 or visit www.fbcaltoona.org.


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