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Heritage Day at Camp Blue Diamond

The Middle Pennsylvania District Brethren Church will hold its annual Heritage Fair at Camp Blue Diamond in Petersburg on Saturday, September 18.

The fair begins with a dinner-style breakfast served from

6.30 am to 8.30 am at the Lodge. A 5 km run / walk begins at the House of Directors at 7 a.m. Food and craft stalls from around 25 churches will start selling items at 8:30 am During the event there will be a variety of activities and entertainment for youth and adults of all ages, including including an Escape Room challenge.

An auction of baskets, handmade items and quilts starts at 11 a.m. and ends around 1 p.m. There will also be musical entertainment and a “Dunk the Dunker” Tank.

Food stalls include regional and traditional dishes including cider, hot sausages, candy and caramel apples, soups, beef and noodles, apple butter, apple dumplings, parisons, pies apple butter, varieties of fudge, varieties of pies and an assortment of desserts. The public is invited.

Locally written preview film

Lazarus, a new locally written and produced film, will premiere at St. Aloysius Church Hall, 7911 Adm. Peary Highway, Watercress, to

7 p.m. Friday, September 24.

Alabaster Performing Arts, an independent, non-profit organization based in Greensburg, has spent the last year filming locally to produce the Lazarus story. The 75-minute musical production features local actors on location in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Pantry distribution to come

The pantry distribution at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Eighth Avenue and 13th Street, Altoona, will take place from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 23. Distribution is done behind the wheel to maximize social distancing. Masks are mandatory for those walking in or out of their vehicle. Everyone is welcome. For more information, visit the church’s website or Facebook page, or call the church at 814-942-1372; leave a message and calls will be returned. The October distribution is slated for October 28.

English as a second language training

The Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd., will be hosting an ESL training session from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 1 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 2. The cost is $ 40 and includes three meals and the 184 -page manual. Registration can be made at altoonaalliancechurch.com and by clicking on the Events tab. Registration must be completed before September 27. For more information, call 814-944-0171.

Logan’s Valley Baptist welcoming the rebirth

Logan’s Valley Baptist Church will host a 3 p.m. revival on Sunday, October 3. The church is located at 335 Main Street in Bellwood. Special music from surrounding churches will be presented. A crèche will be made available. Everyone is welcome.

Planned annual solemn novena

The Discalced Carmelites invite everyone to participate in the annual solemn novena in honor of Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face. The novena, which will be live this year, begins on Thursday September 23 and ends on the feast day of the Saint, Friday October 1.

The novena will be preached by Father Cassidy Stinson, priest of the Diocese of Richmond who is parish vicar in

St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg, Virginia. Stinson, along with his family, converted to Catholicism and was ordained in 2019 as a graduate of the Theological College of the Catholic University of America. He was received in the Catholic Church of his native parish under the patronage of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, and has remained a student enthusiastic about his spirituality ever since.

Those who wish to share in the powerful graces of these nine days should send petitions to Mother Prioress, Carmelite Monastery, PO Box 57, Loretto, PA 15940.

Free lunch available

ö Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona, will be offering free packed lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 18. The packed lunch will include broccoli and cheese soup, a meatball sandwich, dessert and fruit. Church members will distribute one lunch bag per person in the church parking lot for drive-thru and rides while supplies last.

ö Second Avenue United Methodist Church, 130 Second Ave., Altoona, will be offering a free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 18. Lunches are available to take away or on site. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 814-943-2072.

Greek cuisine available

Take-out Greek grills will be available from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 26 and Sunday, October 24 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1433 13th Ave. Greek festival favorites will be available, including freshly cooked grilled meats. gyroscopes, $ 7; Souvlakia chicken (with pita), $ 7; and Souvlakia lamb (with pita), $ 8. Also available will be the Greek salad, $ 5; assorted hot and cold drinks, $ 1; and a variety of Greek pastries. Items will be available while supplies last in cash only. A wreath sale will also be organized.

For more information and to view a selection of wreaths, visit Holytrinitygreekorthodoxchurch.com.

“How People Change” Seminar Package

Christ Reformed Church, 502 Main Street, Alexandria, will host a “How people change” seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday 23 October. The seminar, led by Pastor Angelo Valle, is based on the book by Timothy Lane and Paul Tripp “How people are changing”. The seminar will help participants explore the depths of Scripture to better understand God’s plan for growth.

Lunch is provided. For more information and to register, visit www.CRCAlexandria.org/how-people-change-seminar or 814-669-4135.

Garage sale and pastries planned

A garage and bake sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 18 at Asbury United Methodist Church,

1341 Grandview Road, Altoona. There will be yard sale items as well as books, crafts, puzzles, food and drink available for purchase.

All proceeds go to Asbury United Methodist Church.

For more information, contact Donna Bardine at 814-946-5422.


Religious organizations are encouraged to submit upcoming events, special speakers, and other articles for free publication in Spiritual Notes. Articles can be emailed to [email protected] or call Holly at 814-946-7451. Articles can also be submitted online through the Mirror’s virtual press room at vnr.altoonamirror.com. The deadline for submission is Monday at 4 p.m.

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