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Thanksgiving is a time to eat with family and spend quality time with those we love. It’s also a time to reflect on exactly how much we have to be thankful for in this life. Thanksgiving isn’t just one day to be thankful. I like to carve out the whole month of November to think on all of the great things in my life that I take for granted. It’s incredible easy to forget the little things and it’s something that I want to make an effort to stop doing.

I was standing in line at Burger King getting some food on my way to a rehearsal. I was running a little late and I needed to have something to eat. It was taking a little while and I felt myself begin to get a little bit frustrated with the process. The thought entered my mind. “Why can’t they move faster? Don’t they know I’m in a hurry?” As soon as that thought entered my mind, I hated myself for it. I have so many good things in this life.

I have a pretty nice living situation. My parents drive me nuts but they’re pretty great roommates and they don’t charge me rent. I’m eternally grateful for that and I don’t thank them enough for it (Thanks, guys!) I have family that loves me and supports me in absolutely everything I do. I have a fiercely loyal friend group that lifts me up when I’m feeling down. I have a nice car that works well that I get to drive everyday to a job that I enjoy and drive at nights to rehearsals for shows. I have a lot going for me.

This all rushed through my head standing in line at Burger King. Given how truly lucky and blessed I am in this weird, wonderful life, I felt a little bit silly standing there and getting annoyed having to wait five minutes for some chicken tenders.

This Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, I encourage you all to take a moment and think of all the things you are grateful for. Maybe it’s your family. Maybe it’s a pet. Whatever. Think about the things you are grateful for and if someone matters to you tell them so. It doesn’t need to be anything profound, just a simple thank you for all that you do.

From my family (which I am so immensely grateful for today and everyday) to yours, have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

Here’s what else is happening this week:

Christmas tree lighting

West Pittston’s annual Christmas tree lighting will be held Sunday, Dec. 2. A parade to the Christmas tree will begin at 5 p.m. on Erie Street 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.

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

Corpus Christi’s new ministry schedule, which will run from December 2018 through February 2019, can be picked up the weekend of Nov. 24-25. 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.

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; just leave them in the vestibules of the churches.

Library news

West Pittston Library will hold the following activities:

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 holds monthly meetings 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. The Public Works Department asks that residents place their 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, a day early due to the Thanksgiving holiday.