As we enter this week of giving thanks for the many blessings in our lives, please consider attending the Four-Borough Ministerium’s ecumenical Thanksgiving service to give thanks to God — the source of all blessings.

The ministerium, which has been in existence for more than 100 years and includes Catholic and Protestant churches from Moosic, Old Forge, Duryea, and our very own Avoca, will have its Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, at Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 127 Stephenson St., Duryea. The Rev. Michael M. Bryant, pastor, will be the host.

Guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item that the ministerium will donate to a local food pantry.

There will be light refreshments served in the parish hall following the service.

Queen of the Apostles harvest tea

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s women’s guild and pastoral council will have their harvest tea at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St. Each table will have a different theme with diverse types of food and refreshments available.

Admission is $10 per person and all proceeds will benefit the parish’s Marian Award. This award provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the parish who are continuing their education.

To make a reservation, please contact Jane Maxwell at 570-335-8678, Chrissy Wastradowski at 570-466-3676 or the parish office at 570-457-3412.

Queen of the Apostles Women’s Club Christmas party

Queen of the Apostles Women’s Guild will celebrate its annual Christmas party at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St.

The buffet menu will include red and white pizza, stromboli, tossed salad, chicken with butter and garlic, chicken tenders, roast beef au jus, penne with vodka cream sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, California blend vegetables and dessert.

Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by calling Peg Callahan at 570-457-8887 or Jane Maxwell at 570-335-8678.

Santa Squad donations

The Greater Pittston Santa Squad, founded in 2018, is a non-profit organization that hosts toy drives throughout November to brighten the lives of children and families throughout our region on Christmas.

Anyone who would like to donate a toy may drop off unwrapped toys in the collection bins at the Avoca Borough Municipal Building, 950 Main St., or Pivot Physical Therapy, 824 McAlpine St., at any time before Thanksgiving.

For information about the Greater Pittston Santa Squad, please visit the group’s Facebook page. It includes other collection sites, drop-off events and of course details about this year’s football game, the South Pittston Turkey Bowl, which will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, at Albert West Park, 80 Swallow St., Pittston.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 2 and 16, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. The public can pick up food, provided by the CEO Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, in the rear entry of the building.

If you can volunteer to unload and distribute food, please arrive at the church at 1:30 p.m.

For information, please call Jim at 570-921-9899.

Drive-thru community Christmas event

Avoca Community Committee will host its “Santa Sleigh” drive-thru Christmas event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at the Avoca Municipal Building, 952 Main St. The committee will provide more details soon.

That’s about it for this week, my friends.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Jackie Borthwick-Galvin writes about Avoca every week. To list an item, email jborthwickgalvin@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2171 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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