It certainly is starting to feel like fall outside. The cooler temperatures make people want to sit by a fire, curl up on the couch and watch a good movie or enjoy a hot bowl of soup with a good friend. While the members of Queen of the Apostles Parish’s social concerns/respect life ministry enjoy all of those autumn activities too, they’re hoping you’ll want to share some soup with them next Saturday and shop for crafts too at their annual craft show and soup and more sale.

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s social concerns/respect life ministry will host its annual craft show and soup and more sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St.

In addition to hosting great craft vendors, the ministry also will have red or white clam chowder for $8.50 per quart, haluski for $6 per quart, and vodka sauce for $8.50 per quart.

To place an order, please call Carol Wood at 570-457-8843 or Ruth Lee at 570-457-2111 by Sunday, Oct. 10. Orders can be picked up during the fair. Additional varieties of soup will be available on the day of the event, sold by the bowl or pint.

Vendors may register by calling Jane Maxwell at 570-335-8678.

Food pantry

Avoca Food Pantry will be open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. The food, provided by the CEO Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, can be picked up in the rear entrance 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.

Knights of Columbus news

Knights of Columbus Cardinal John J. O’Connor Council 12967, Avoca, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St. The meeting will begin by praying the rosary.

The council will take part in the 2021 rosary rally at noon Saturday, Oct. 16, at Healey Memorial Park, 398 Foote Ave., Duryea. Attorney Joe Musto, a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus from St. John the Evangelist Parish, Pittston, and coordinator of the 2021 rosary rally, invites the community to attend the rally to pray the rosary for peace in the world and peace in our communities. With the social unrest in our country, the Knights of Columbus are praying for an end to the coronavirus crisis and peace and healing amid social upheaval, abortion and the growing rate of drug addiction and suicide among young people. All CDC regulations will be in effect at this event. For information, please call Queen of the Apostles Parish at 570-457-3412.

The council is conducting a Coats for Kids drive. New and gently worn children’s coats can be dropped off in the donation boxes located in the church vestibule. Monetary gifts also are welcome.

Any Catholic man, 18 or older, is welcome to join the Knights. Meetings take place at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month in Queen of the Apostles Parish Hall, 742 Spring St. The council’s goal is to be an asset to the pastor, parish and community by lending their assistance wherever needed. Contact Grand Knight Bob Ryzner at 570-885-2096 for information.

Trunk or treat at Langcliffe

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church will host a children’s Halloween trunk or treat at noon Sunday, Oct. 31, in the church parking lot, 1001 Main St. The public is invited to attend.

Harvest tea at Queen of the Apostles

Queen of the Apostles Parish’s women’s guild and pastoral council will sponsor the parish’s harvest tea at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, in the parish hall, 742 Spring St.

Hostesses are needed to sponsor each table, which includes selecting a theme for the table and providing food and refreshments that support the theme. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Admission is $10 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Marian Award which provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the parish who are continuing their education.

To host a table or attend the event, please contact Jane Maxwell at 570-335-8678, Chrissy Wastradowski at 570-466-3676 or the parish office at 570-457-3412.

Happy anniversary

Happy anniversary to my husband, Jim! Monday, Oct. 11, we will celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary! Thank you for being such a wonderful husband to me and a fabulous father to our J.J. I love you very much!

Happy birthday

Happy birthday to Julie Murphy, who will celebrate her special day Saturday, Oct. 16.

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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