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Spiritual Notes

January 1, 2016 Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd., will present Chiz Rider in concert at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Rider plays a variety of music styles on the trumpet. more »»

Too much food prompts decision to make objective choices in 2016

January 1, 2016 Most people would probably agree that today we live in a society of excess. For example, if a TV in the living room is a good thing, then a television in every room of the house is even better. more »»

Latter-day Saints visit Golden LivingCenter

January 1, 2016 Bishop Matt Prine and the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presented gift bags to each of the 127 residents at Golden LivingCenter-Hillview recently. more »»

Spiritual notes

January 1, 2016 Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd., will present Chiz Rider in concert at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Rider plays a variety of music styles on the trumpet. more »»

Christmas begins with God’s gift

December 25, 2015 It’s Christmas — a day for opening presents, getting together with family and friends for a turkey or ham dinner and enjoying all those cookies and baked goods that took days to prepare. more »»

Curia gets ‘catalog of virtues’

December 25, 2015 VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has urged Vatican bureaucrats to show more honesty, humility and sobriety as he issued a Christmas-time “catalog of virtues” for them to follow after having excoriated... more »»

Woman makes room for Jesus with multiple nativities

December 25, 2015 TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Gwen Strunk’s nativity scene rivals most families’ Christmas displays. It spans her entire house. more »»

German church celebrates ‘Star Wars’

December 25, 2015 BERLIN — The force is strong in Berli. more »»

Man builds church out of Legos for yule season

December 25, 2015 SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man designs and builds a church out of Legos and displays it at his own house of worship each year as part of a Christmas season tradition. more »»

Bishop considers a Christmas full of mercy

December 25, 2015 Editor’s note: The following is an abbreviated version of the Christmas message by Bishop Mark L. Bartchak of the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. To read the complete message, visit ajdiocese. more »»

Parents take time to pray for kids at Catholic school

December 25, 2015 DUBUQUE, Iowa — Tammy Huntington silently prayed in a tiny chapel for the children of Holy Family Catholic Schools. “(I) just pray for ... more »»

BG commissions students as extraordinary ministers

December 25, 2015 Fourteen Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School students were recently commissioned by Bishop Mark L. Bartchak as extraordinary ministers. more »»

Security is a concern at churches, mosques

December 25, 2015 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In Alabama, a Presbyterian church wanted to be able to hire its own police for protection. more »»

Wrapping can give off hints about what’s in the package

December 25, 2015 Let’s talk gifts, shall we? If you’re reading this column on Christmas Day, chances are there are a few recently opened packages in close proximity. more »»

Texas town permits officers to hold Bible study at station

December 25, 2015 BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A dispute over whether Beaumont police officers can hold Bible study in a department building was resolved recently after city officials reversed course, deciding they will... more »»

Spiritual notes

December 25, 2015 Oasis of Love Church, 10991 Station Road, Huntingdon, will hold classes called “Understanding God and His Covenants” and “How to achieve Security, Confidence and Peace” at 6 p.m. beginning Jan. more »»

Churches plan services for Christmas Eve

December 18, 2015 Churches in the area will celebrate the birth of Christ with candlelight Christmas Eve services on Thursday. They include: Altoona Alliance Church, 3220 Pleasant Valley Blvd. — 6:30 p.. more »»

Churches to celebrate birth of Jesus on Christmas Day

December 18, 2015 Churches in the Blair County area have announced the following services for Dec. 25, Christmas Day: Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, One Cathedral Square — 8 and 10 a.m. and noon. more »»

Christmas notes

December 18, 2015 St. John’s Reformed Church of Loysburg will hold its Advent Communion during the 9:30 a.m. worship service Sunday. more »»

Spiritual notes

December 18, 2015 Providence Presbyterian Church, 2401 Broad Ave., will hold a free community luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. more »»

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