There are so many traditions to love about the holiday season. Decorating, putting up the tree, watching your favorite holiday movie, eating seasonal favorite foods, and of course the Christmas carols. There isn’t very much that can warm my heart quite like a good Christmas carol.

At 6 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 12, you have the chance to spread holiday cheer by singing Christmas carols with your friends and neighbors, courtesy of the West Pittston Library. Bundle up and belt it out as you join the library’s carolers as they make their way through the streets of West Pittston for this old fashioned Christmas tradition. Bring a flashlight, lantern or battery-operated candle for this approximate 30-minute walk around the Garden Village. Following the walk, there will be cocoa and treats as well as makeand-take holiday crafts for all ages.

This event is sponsored by the West Pittston Library Board of Trustees and is open to all ages. Register in person or by phone at 570-654-9847.

Come join the fun!

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish announced its upcoming holiday Mass schedule.

Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec. 24, Mass will be held at 4 p.m. (Family Mass) and 10 p.m. at Immaculate Conception and at 5:30 p.m. at Holy Redeemer; Christmas Day, Saturday, Dec. 25: 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception and 9 a.m. at Holy Redeemer. New Year’s Eve, Friday, Dec. 31, 4 p.m. at Immaculate Conception, 5:30 p.m. at Holy Redeemer; New Year’s Day, Saturday, Jan. 1, 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception; Epiphany of the Lord, Saturday, Jan. 1, vigil, 4 p.m. at Immaculate Conception and 5:30 p.m. at Holy Redeemer, and Sunday, Jan. 2, 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception and 9 a.m. at Holy Redeemer.

Parishioners who are homebound and those residing in nursing homes love to receive gifts of goodies for Christmas. A couple of years ago, the parish started its Christmas Cookie Sharing project and was overwhelmed with the results. If you love to bake, would you consider baking a few extra dozen of your favorite Christmas cookies which church volunteers will package and share with these elderly parishioners? If you can bake and share, please have your baked goods dropped off at the rectory no later than Thursday, Dec. 16. The Social Concerns Committee chefs also will meet in the church hall on Wednesday, Dec. 15, and Thursday, Dec. 16, to make 50 quarts of soup which will be delivered to homebound parishioners. Also, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, volunteers will meet in the Immaculate Conception Church hall to assemble cookie packages and prepare Christmas gifts to be delivered to homebound and nursing home parishioners.

The parish reminds everyone Pennies from Heaven Christmas gifts must be returned to the church by Sunday, Dec. 19. Distribution of gifts will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. that day.

Parish calendars for 2022 can be found in the vestibules of the churches. The parish thanks Gubbiotti Funeral Home LLC for once again donating the calendars.

Fork Over Love

Fork Over Love will distribute dinners from Immaculate Conception Church parking lot at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, on a first come, first serve basis. All are welcome.

Yard waste collection concludes

West Pittston announced Dec. 7 was the last day for yard waste collection until spring. Please do not put yard waste out; it will not be picked up.

Valley Alliance Church

Valley Alliance Church conducts Sunday morning worship from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Junior church occurs concurrently with the Sunday service. Nursery is available.

Prayer and Bible study are offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. This mid-week service is intended to help build and strengthen families.

Church ornament sale

West Pittston United Methodist Church is selling Christmas ornaments. The church started an annual ornament collection last year for its 150th anniversary. Last year’s ornament was of the church, and this year’s ornament is a photo of the Firefighters Memorial Bridge. Each ornament is $10 and they are available in the church secretary’s office. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Arrangements can be made to have the ornaments delivered locally.

First U.M. clothing driveFirst United Methodist Church’s Class 18 is collecting coats, hats, scarves, gloves and sweatshirts throughout the winter. These items will be given out the first and third Wednesday of each month and the third Saturday of each month during the church’s food pantry. Items can be dropped off at the church office or brought in Sunday mornings. If you need items picked up, please call the church at 570-655-1083.

Library news

West Pittston Library will offer the following activities:

Holiday Crafts in Bulk — 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Are you crunched for time but still want to give handmade gifts and treats this year? The library will have a crash course in bulk gifts, led by Miss Kendra.

Osmo Education System — 6:15-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 15 or Dec. 22. The Osmo system offers interactive games in core subjects and life skills with hands-on, real-world object manipulation. With six tech terminals, kids will have a blast and they won’t even know they’re learning! Registration is required; pick one date only. The program is suitable for all ages.

“This is the way ... to the Holidays” Paint & Wine event — 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. Registration and a $20 fee is required. Register in person or call 570-654-9847. This event is for adults only.

Recreation board membership

West Pittston Parks and Recreation Board is looking for new volunteer members.

The board meets periodically throughout the year to plan recreational events in the borough and to improve the borough’s parks and playgrounds. Parks and recreation board members are council-appointed positions.

Anyone interested in applying for consideration can contact the borough secretary at 570-655-7782 for information.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To list an item, email or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.

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