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While we’re all preparing the turkey and all the fixings, it’s nice to think of the light at the end of the tunnel. An evening where we could just relax and let the holiday spirit wash over us.

Sunday, Dec. 2, get ready for West Pittston’s annual Christmas tree lighting. A parade to the Christmas tree will begin on Erie Street at 5 p.m. and once at the tree, cookies and hot chocolate will be offered to the little ones. Wyoming Area’s marching band and cheerleaders will lead Christmas carols and escort in Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The Christmas tree lighting is always a great opportunity to get in the Christmas spirit, so come on out and enjoy this great evening with your friends and neighbors.

Here’s what else is happening this week:

 

Trinity Episcopal news

This month’s items being accepted as donations at Trinity Episcopal Church’s food pantry include Gerrity’s gift cards, cereal, other breakfast items including oatmeal, breakfast bars, pancake mix and syrup, crackers, canned meats such as tuna and chicken, jelly, instant potatoes, or any other non-perishable food items.

Trinity’s pocket prayer shawls are back! These small, square, hand knit “shawls” are just the right size to tuck in a pocket or purse. Intended as a comforting reminder that we are always surrounded by God’s love, these pocket shawls are made available to Trinity parishioners free of charge. They are knitted with prayer, and prayers are said daily for those who receive them. Please take one for yourself and/or for family or friends who might be comforted by this small, tactile reminder of God’s love and care and the prayers of friends at Trinity. Feel free to take an extra so next time you learn someone is in need of prayer, you can share a shawl along with your promise to pray for them!

Corpus Christi news

Members of Corpus Christi Social Concerns will meet in the church hall at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, to fill Thanksgiving food baskets and write out tags for the parish’s Giving Trees. All are welcome to help.

Approximately 70-plus families will be picking up bountiful Thanksgiving baskets between 5 and 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in Immaculate Conception Church. The church is looking for some teenage boys and girls to help with distribution.

The new ministry schedule, which will run from December 2018 through February 2019, can be picked up the weekend of Nov. 24-25. If you wish to make any changes, you must contact your coordinator by Sunday, Nov. 18. Contact information for the coordinators is as follows: altar servers, Donna Mason, mmason8587@aol.com or 570-587-3355; EMs, Teresa Crossin, tacross5@comcast.net or 570-357-3985; lectors, Rosalie Cullagh, rosan814@comcast.net or 570-430-7319.

This parish fundraiser, “Cabin Fever,” will offer two chances to win $500 on Feb. 14 and the chance to win $100 the following Sundays, Jan. 20 and 27 and Feb. 3 and 10. Donation is $25 for five tickets or $5 for one ticket. For additional tickets, call or stop by the rectory. This raffle is in place of the lottery fundraiser.

Family Mass and Donut Sunday is Sunday, Nov. 18. The youth choir will sing and boys and girls in grade six will participate as lectors, ushers, gift bearers and heavenly hosts. Following the liturgy, all are welcome to gather in the church hall for donuts and coffee.

If you or someone you know will be needing help for Christmas, please email Joyce at jcecconi50@gmail.com or call the rectory 570-654-2753. The parish needs a contact name and phone number, as a member of Social Concerns will call you for Christmas gift ideas for your children and give you the pickup dates and times.

Religious education classes are continuing from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Sunday mornings. Students who attend Catholic schools are not required to attend religious education and confirmation prep classes in the parish. If your child is in second grade at a Catholic school and is a member of the parish, he/she is eligible to receive the sacrament of first reconciliation and first Eucharist in the parish. If your child is an eighth grade student in a Catholic school, he/she is eligible to receive confirmation in the parish. You must call the rectory to register your son or daughter to receive the sacraments.

Members and friends of the St. Clare Sewing Ministry are knitting and crocheting a variety of hats, scarfs, gloves and mittens. They will be given as Christmas gifts to the families who are on the parish’s Giving Tree. The group has a lot of yarn, so if you would like to help, just call Pat Jacobs at 570-954-7552 and she will make arrangements for you to pick up some yarn. The group will gladly accept any donations of the needed winter items; leave them in the vestibules of the churches.

Library news

West Pittston Library will hold the following activities:

 Sewing 101 — from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19. Join Michelle of Red Door Studios to learn how to install a basic zipper into a small bag. Use it later for make-up, money, your library card or candy, then assemble a bunch for gifts. A $5 non-refundable registration fee includes all materials. Please stop by the library at 200 Exeter Ave. to register for this class. Registrations cannot be accepted on Facebook. This is a sewing machine class. Previous knowledge is helpful but not necessary.

Zen Garden Workshop — from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20. The concept of zen gardens is more than a thousand years old and originates in Japan. Its true purpose is to serve as a gazing point while meditating but it can also be a great way to provide children with a small world that encourages the exploration of a variety of natural materials through relaxing, quiet play. This workshop will provide children with all the materials they need to assemble their own mini zen garden for calming play, while instilling care of the environment and cultural awareness.

Lib Lab: Magnets — from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27. The Library Laboratory is back to continue engaging kids ages 9 and older in science-based, hands-on learning activities. Measure, mix, compare, experiment and test in a fun environment. Class size is limited, so sign up early. The class will focus on magnets. In this session, kids will explore magnetic fields, forces of attraction and repulsion, how magnets are used in everyday items and other exciting characteristics about magnets.

Movie Night — “A Wrinkle in Time” will be shown at the library from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Come out and enjoy the last in the fall movie night series at the West Pittston Library.

Parks and Recreation news

West Pittston Parks, Recreation and Beautification Board meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the borough building. New members are welcome.

Recycling

Recycling containers located at the Public Works Building on Delaware Avenue are open to the public from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Curbside collection of recyclables is the first and third Thursday of each month. Place recyclables in front of their homes Wednesday evening prior to collection Thursday morning.

See you around town.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To include an item in his column, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Sunday due to the holiday.