Lent is once again upon us. That’s very hard for me to believe because, to me, it feels like last year’s Lenten season was only about two weeks ago. But here we are again.

Lent is a special time for many families. It is a time of worship, reflection and tradition. A lot of that tradition is rooted around going to church throughout the Lenten season.

First United Methodist Church on Wyoming Avenue is happy to announce it has resumed in-person services for those who feel comfortable attending. For those who do not feel comfortable attending at the church, you can always feel free to continue to participate in services virtually. Sunday liturgy throughout the season of Lent begins at 10:30 a.m., starting Feb. 21.

Another great service that First United Methodist Church is offering to its parishioners throughout the season of Lent is a virtual coffee hour on Zoom at noon Sundays. Social distancing and isolation has been tough on everyone and this virtual coffee hour is a great way to catch up with friends and neighbors and see some familiar faces from the comfort of your own home. Information on how to connect to the Zoom call can be found on the church’s Facebook page.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

Valley Alliance Church news

Valley Alliance Church conducts Sunday morning worship from 10:30 a.m. to noon. In addition, Junior Church, a time of contemporary worship, prayer and sound Biblical instruction, occurs concurrently with Sunday Service. Nursery also is available during services.

Prayer and Bible study is held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. During this mid-week service, the church comes together in a time of worship, prayer and Bible study. Instruction is intended to help build and strengthen families.

Cherry Blossom news

West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Corpus Christi school building on Luzerne Avenue.

All committee members are asked to attend and new members are welcome.

Face masks must be worn and social distancing will be in place.

Library news

West Pittston Library lists the following events:

Book Making — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23. Who doesn’t love a brand new, blank book ready to collect your thoughts, drawings, and found things? This workshop will demonstrate a few techniques using different materials to make your own portable, little books to fill as you wish.

Take and Make: Ojos de Dios Wreath — 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Create a woven wall hanging of wood, yarn and ribbon with a bohemian/summer camp vibe. The program also will go over the origin of the craft and share a little bit of information to appreciate the art that inspired this craft project. Registration is required. A $5 fee covers all materials and instruction. Please stop in or call to register at 570-654-9847.

CodeRED notifications

West Pittston residents are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED, an emergency notification service that allows borough officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive, general and emergency information. To sign up, visit the West Pittston Police Facebook page. For registration help, call 1-866-939-0911.

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

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