Spiritual notes

Outdoor worship, ice cream social set

First United Methodist Church in Hollidaysburg has been hosting “Thirsty Thursdays.” The outdoor worship gatherings provide a safe space for those who do not feel comfortable worshiping indoors. The psalmist encourages all to thirst for God … for the living God! (Psalm 42:2).

The next “Thirsty Thursday” event will be 7 p.m. Thursday,

July 29, at Canal Basin Park Amphitheater. The evening will include a wide variety of praise music featuring Ascension Worship, which includes instrumentalists and vocalists from the congregation’s 9:30 a.m. worship. In addition to music, some of the congregation’s youth will be sharing details about their recent mission work in Blair County. Bowls of ice cream will be served and iced tea and lemonade will be supplied as well. The event is open to everyone. Bring along a lawn chair or blanket. In case of rain or inclement weather, the event will be held in the church Fellowship Hall, 801 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg. For more information, contact the church office at 814-695-4411.

Drive-thru chicken dinner

A drive-thru barbecue chicken dinner will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 136 Hilltop Road, Lilly. The meal is $11 and includes corn on the cob, parsley potatoes, a roll and dessert.

Outdoor worship planned

Asbury United Methodist Church, 1341 Grandview Road, Altoona, is celebrating outdoor worship at the pavilion across from the church at 9 a.m. Sunday mornings. Pastor Vance Hart will be joined by Alex Schnaubelt on keyboard and Nate Schnaubelt presenting the order of worship on power point. Bring lawn chairs or sit at the picnic table with friends and neighbors enjoying God’s creation as the group worships together. Fur babies on leashes are welcome. In case of inclement weather, worship will be celebrated in the church sanctuary.

Yard sale scheduled

Juniata Valley Gospel Church will hold a fundraising yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at 1301 Juniata Valley Road, Hollidaysburg. Hot dogs, chips, drinks and baked goods will also be available.

Churches offer vacation Bible school

— Riggles Gap Bible Church, 613 Lear Road, Altoona, will hold Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 26, through Friday, July 30. The event is geared toward children ages 4 through 12th grade (last years grade).

The theme is “Treasure Mine: God’s Treasures Are Mine.” There will be Bible lessons, music, puppets, skits, games, crafts and snacks.

For information and transportation, call the church office at 814 946-3376.

— The Altoona Alliance Church will host B.A.S.I.C. Elements Science VBS from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, though Friday, Aug. 6.

Children in grades first though sixth will explore the world of science – from launching rockets to squishing slime — while walking through BASIC elements of faith — Believe, Ask, Serve, Impact, Celebrate.

Registration can be made at www.callingU2family.com

n St. John’s Reformed Church of Loysburg will hold a one-week evening vacation Bible school for children of the church and community beginning Sunday, Aug. 1. Hours will be 5:30 to 7:40 p.m. through Thursday, Aug. 5. Bible lessons, snacks and games will be provided each evening.

Parents, grandparents and friends of children attending VBS are invited to a closing program in the church sanctuary beginning at

6 p.m. Aug. 5. The evening will close with refreshments for all.

The theme of the VBS is “Mystery Island — Tracking Down the One True God.” Children will learn scripture, sing, play, make crafts and meet some cool animal pals. Children from preschool through Grade 6 are invited, and parents/guardians are asked to register them in advance by calling Beverly Smith at 814-224-4213 for a registration form. Registration also will be available at 5:15 p.m. on the opening night for those not pre-registered. Offerings will be collected each day to support the Southern Cove Meals on Wheels program, the Northern Bedford Food Pantry and Precious Life.

— Vacation Bible School will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

Aug. 2-6 at the United Methodist Church on West Second Street in Williamsburg. The theme is “Treasured, Discovering You’re Priceless to God!” The classes are geared for children ages 3 through children entering sixth grade. The Bible school is being sponsored by the United Methodist Church and the Zion Lutheran Church for all children of the community. To register, stop by the UMC office between 9 a.m. and noon Wednesday to Friday or visit https://vbspro.events/p/wburg.

— Climb aboard for mountains of fun at Providence Presbyterian Church’s Rocky Railway Vacation Bible School. On this faith-filled adventure, kids discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs. This year’s Vacation Bible School runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, through Thursday, Aug. 12 at the church, 2401 Broad Avenue, Altoona. It is open to children two years old through 6th grade.

For more information, please call 814-944-7258 or check our website at www.providencepc-altoona.org.

Free concert offered

Calvary United Methodist Church, 601 N. Fourth St., Bellwood, will host a concert with Gospel Sounds duet at 2 p.m. July 25. An offering will be accepted.


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.


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