Spiritual notes

Free lunch

– St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 806 13th St., will host a free community lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the parish hall. All are welcome. For more information, call 942-1372.

– The Faith Baptist Cafe will serve the monthly Community Meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. The meal is free and open to the public at Faith Baptist Church, 315 40th St., in the Highland Park section of Altoona. This month’s menu includes pasta and meatballs, salad, roll and dessert. Call the church office at 944-2894 before 3 p.m. today, Friday, Jan. 31, if transportation is needed.

– First Presbyterian Church, Penn and Walnut streets, Hollidaysburg, will host the Hollidaysburg Free Soup Program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15.

The menu includes soup, bread, butter, desserts and beverages. There is no charge, however; offerings accepted.

The Free Soup Program is open to everyone; church membership is not required.

Sacred Music Library

The Sacred Music Library, located in the First Presbyterian Church, Hollidaysburg, will reopen at 1 p.m. Feb. 3. The library has Easter music available.

For more information, call 614-4191 and leave a message for a return call.

Altoona Aglow

Altoona Aglow Lighthouse will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Center City Church, 801 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona. Participants will study an Aglow Fireside Chat, “We Are People of Obedience.” In addition, the group will discuss the relationship between obedience and love.

Bottled water will be available. Parking and entry is at the side of the building. The group has launched a Facebook page in order to share information; search for Altoona Aglow Lighthouse.

Couples night

Juniata United Methodist Church, 808 N. Fourth St., will host a couples night of fun, food and fellowship from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the church. The event includes a spaghetti dinner with a valentine treat dessert, games and door prizes. Cost is $5 per couple.

For tickets and reservations, contact the church by Monday, Feb. 17, at 942-6065.

Ham and turkey dinner

A ham and turkey dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Upper Claar Church of the Brethren, 405 Upper Claar Road, Claysburg. The meal will include all homemade trimmings. Takeouts will be available. Cost is by donation taken at the door.

For more information, call 239-5449.

Kids Valentine’s Day bash

Warriors Mark United Methodist Church will host a kids Valentine’s Day Bash from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The event will kick off with a heart-shaped pizza for lunch. After lunch, there will be five different stations for kids to visit to make crafts, play bingo, create Valentine cards to be handed out to area shut-ins, take pictures with Valentine’s Day props and have their face painted. This is a free community event. Everyone is invited.

Although an RSVP is not required, those who plan to attend are asked to email wmumc1840@gmail.com or call the church office at 632-6906 to ensure there is enough pizza and supplies for everyone.

Sweetheart Gala

Champion Life Center, a nondenominational church located in downtown Altoona, will host a Sweetheart Gala on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Tickets are $50 a couple and can be purchased at CentralPATickets.com or call the church office at 942-9400. Doors open at

6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. followed by dancing. The event, which includes a catered dinner, dancing and a silent auction, will conclude at 10 p.m.

Tickets are needed in advance and must be purchased by Feb. 7.

For more information or to request a dinner accommodation due to food allergies, contact the office at 942-9400. The center is at 1314 12th St., Altoona.

Motivate 2020

Motivate 2020, an evening of encouragement, will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the Jaffa Shrine Center. The event features God’s word brought by “Truth for Life” Bible speaker Alistair Begg and worship led by Meredith Andrews. Early entry begins at 5:40 p.m. and general admission doors open at 6 p.m.

There are four ticket options: Early entry is $25; floor seating, $21; general admission, $16.50; and groups or 10 or more, $14 each. All tickets purchased at the door will be $19 and for general admission only.

The concept of Motivate is taken from Hebrews 10:24, which says “Motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” The idea is to be a gathering of the larger, collective church body in central Pennsylvania as people come together to spur one another on to acts of love.

For more information, visit wtlr.org or call



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