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Community Thanksgiving Dinners Offered

ö Through a partnership with Blair County Food Drive, Center City Church will be hosting a free Thanksgiving Dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23 at the church, 1220 12th Ave., Altoona.

The church and its many partners and volunteers invite everyone to enjoy a community Thanksgiving meal and Christian fellowship.

“Center City Church is proud to partner with Blair County Food Drive this Thanksgiving to feed local families in need. “ said Fran Chadick of City Blessing Operations.

“We know how important Thanksgiving and Christmas are to families, and supporting families in our city like this is why we’re located in the center of town. Our hearts should be a blessing for the community ”, Pastor Jim Kilmartin added.

ö The Nehemiah Project will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, at Wright Place for Kids, 1809 11th St., Altoona.

The traditional holiday meal will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, macaroni and cheese, mixed vegetables and cranberry sauce. An apple or pumpkin pie will be served for dessert. Drinks will include coffee, tea, water and juices.

The drive-through lunch will not be distributed on November 24.

Meeting with Altoona Aglow

Altoona Aglow will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 20 at Center City Church, 1220 12th Ave. There will be water and a light snack available. Prayer will begin at 10 a.m.

Thanksgiving Service Set

ö The Claysburg community thanksgiving service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 21 at Grace United Church of Christ. Pastor David Maxwell will be the speaker. The offer will be to support the work of the Claysburg-East Freedom Ministryium. In addition, participants are asked to bring canned food for the Claysburg Food Bank.

ö The Brothers’ Juniata Church, North Ninth Avenue and Third Street, Juniata, will be celebrating a Thanksgiving Eve service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24. The service will include songs of thanksgiving, music by Esther Wharton and the skit “Count your blessings” by the MW Sunday School class. The skit is based on Psalm 103: 2. PowerPoint presentation will give Thanksgiving story and hymn background “Come, thankful people, come”, written by Henry Alford. Pastor Robert Wharton’s message will focus on Psalm 100.

A donation will support the Brethren Food Pantry. A harvest season token will be given to participants.

ö Thanksgiving services will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust Street, Johnstown. Thanksgiving Day Rite II of the Eucharist will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 25. The Thanksgiving community’s common prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 28.

Services are in person and on Zoom. Those who attend in-person services are asked to wear a mask and social distancing. To watch via Zoom, email Reverend Nancy Threadgill at revnancy-stmarks@atlanticbbn.net for instructions on how to connect.

Free lunch available

Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., Altoona, will be handing out free packed lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 20. Lunch will include soup, sandwich, dessert and fruit. Lunches will be distributed in the church parking lot for drive-thru and rides while supplies last.

Church embarks on grain campaign

When the Altoona Food Bank nearly sold out its shelves of cereal boxes, members of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1401 12th Ave., Altoona, announced the challenge to collect 100 boxes of cereal for the food bank during the month of november. The challenge was met after the first two weeks of the month, but will continue until the end of November when it is hoped that 200 boxes will be available for donation.

Event planned in St. Nick

Holy Trinity Catholic School will be hosting a St. Nick event on

Sunday December 5, in the basement of Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel church and in the school cafeteria.

There are two session hours to choose from – noon to 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Shop, soup and sip with St. Nick” is a unique tour for children and families with Saint Nicholas himself, accompanied by food and fun. The event features Belly Busters’ line of food trucks, Larry’s Barbeque, Meatball Madness and Help Coffee.

Younger guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy face painting from Face Paint Pittsburgh and balloon animals from Miss Choo’s Balloons.

Vendors will be on site and will be announced on the school’s Facebook page as more information becomes available. Tickets are available at the door and cost $ 3 for children and $ 4 for adults.

Santa Claus stops in Altoona

Santa comes to Altoona for free milk and cookies from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 11.

The event will take place at Champion Life Church, 1314 12th St., in downtown Altoona. This event is open to all children aged 10 and under. Children will be able to get a photo with Santa Claus for free. A free gift bag will also be given to each child. As spaces are limited, parents are encouraged to register their children as early as possible.

To register, visit www.mychampionlifechurch.com/santa.

Christmas dinner planned throughout the city

Champion Life Church will be hosting its 11th citywide Christmas dinner free for the community at noon on Saturday,

December 18. The meal is free, although donations are appreciated.

Those who wish to donate food for the meal or volunteer

contact the Champion Life Church office at 814-942-9400. More information can be found at www.mychampionlifechurch.com or on the church’s Facebook page.

Pro-Life Christmas Cards available

Citizens Concerned for Human Life, a Blair County Chapter, offers Christmas cards for purchase. Two motifs are proposed, one representing the manger and the other the Child Jesus. The cost is $ 7 for a pack of 11 cards. Proceeds from the sale will help support CCHL’s pro-life work in Blair County. For more information, call Pat at 814-946-0681.


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

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