Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of Oct. 9, 2016

Christian and Missionary Alliance

317 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

570-654-2500 or 570-654-7414


Wednesday prayer and praise, 7 p.m.

Bible study all ages Thursday, 7 p.m.

The Breaking Bread Soup Kitchen is serving meals from 5 to 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the church. The meal is being served without charge to interested individuals and families in the community.

Christ Community Clothes Closet will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Donations of clothing are accepted. Call for additional information.

First Baptist Church

Water Street, Pittston


Sunday Service schedule can be found on the website or by calling the church.

Wednesday Bible Study, 7:15 p.m.

Men’s Fellowship, 8:30 a.m., second and fourth Saturday of every month.

Women’s Fellowship, 10 a.m., fourth Saturday of every month.

Teen Fellowship, 10 a.m., second and fourth Saturday of every month.

First United Presbyterian Church

Corner of Wyoming Avenue and Institute Street, Wyoming


Sunday, Oct. 9: Holy Communion, 9 a.m.; Sunday School, 10:15 a.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 11: Choir Rehearsal, 6:30 p.m.; Deacons, 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 12: Morning Circle, 9 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 13: Chain Gang Needlework Group, 6:30 p.m.; Session, 7:30 p.m.

Langcliffe Presbyterian Church

1001 Main St., Avoca

Pastor Alex Becker


The church is teaming up with the Wyoming Valley Art League present a two-day art exhibit called “Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life and Cultures” that will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 and Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Wyoming Valley Art League, 130 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. This all-inclusive, non-denominational event will include an art exhibition, guest speakers, TED talk video screening, poetry readings and traditional ofrendas (or altars) created by the community. This event is free and open to the public, and for more information, visit the Wyoming Valley Art League’s website at or find this event on Facebook at

Lighthouse Fellowship Church

718 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston


Wednesday: Bible Study and Prayer will be at 6:30 p.m.

First and third Friday: Morning Bible Study will be at 10 a.m.

Oblates of St. Joseph

Highway 315, Laflin


Every Wednesday Novena prayers to Saint Joseph and St. Joseph Marello after the 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Masses. Confessions before Masses.

Thursday, First Thursday of the month, Holy Hour for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life at 7 p.m. Come and join in prayer to ask the Lord to send young and less young people to serve the Holy Church in the Priesthood and in the Religious Life.

Friday, First Friday of the month, Mass at 7 and 11 a.m. with devotion prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At 8 p.m. the Blue Army Vigil to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Holy Hour and confessions at 8 p.m. and a special Holy Mass at 9 p.m.

Saturday, First Saturday of the month, Mass at 8 a.m. with devotion prayers to the Blessed Mother.

Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish

535 N. Main St., Pittston


The 59th Annual Novena in honor of St. Jude will be held from Wednesday, Oct. 19 through Friday, Oct. 28. There will be two daily services. Mass, followed by novena prayers and veneration of the relic of St. Jude, Patron Saint of Hopeless Cases and Things Despaired Of, will be celebrated at noon and 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon and 4 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays. The Rosary will be recited before all services and confessions will be heard prior to all services, except on Sunday.

Religious education classes are held from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. All children enrolled in public or private schools, as well as home schools, are invited to participate.

In celebration of the Year of Mercy through Nov. 20, the church will have Eucharistic Adoration on Fridays after the 8 a.m. Mass.

The adult choir will practice at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the church. For more information about the choir, call Michael Sowa at 570-881-2301 or e-mail

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

215 Lackawanna Ave., Dupont


All altar servers are to robe 10 minutes before Mass in the sacristy and see Father for instructions.

There is still time to register children for the CCD Program. Forms are available in the church lobby or at the rectory office during regular office hours.

The Holy Rosary will be prayed in common every Sunday at 8 a.m. in October.

A Senior Bingo for parishioners ages 60 years and over will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 in the church hall. The event is sponsored by the Pastoral Outreach Apostolate. There will be refreshments and token prizes.

The parish office will be closed Monday, Oct. 10 in observance of Columbus Day.

Second Presbyterian

143 Parsonage St., Pittston


Sunday, Oct. 9: Christian Education, 9:30 a.m.

Monday, Oct. 10: Session, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 11: AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 13: Ladies Luncheon at Agolino’s, noon.

Saturday, Oct. 15: Fellowship Breakfast at Agolino’s, 9 a.m.

St. Joseph Marello

237 William St., Pittston


Anyone interested in helping the religious education program can email the director, Alicia Hintze, at Volunteers, including teenagers, are needed to serve as teachers, substitute teachers, classroom helpers, etc.

New members of the Knights of Columbus Council 16071 are always welcome. Contact Jim Nardone at 570-299-0717 or John Bingham at 570-947-4994 or email info@ for additional information.

Anyone interested in renting the parish banquet hall or conference rooms, call the hall manager, Christine Silinskie at 570-704-8861 or e-mail

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran

7 Wood St., Pittston


Facebook: stjohnslutheranchurchpittstonpa

A Ministry Preparing Extreme Disciples (AMPED) meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

Adult Bible Study will be held after service Sunday, Oct. 9.

A candle sale will be held until Sunday, Oct. 16. See the Narthex Bulletin Board for more information.

Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17.

Planning meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17.

Congregation will meet after service Sunday, Oct. 23.

Reformation Breakfast setup will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 and the Reformation Breakfast will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.

A Trunk or Treat will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 in the parking lot next to the church. Refreshments will be served in the lower level of the church. Children must wear costumes, but adult costumes are optional and the event is open to all area families. Decorating will start around 1 p.m. and monetary donations will be accepted. For more information, call 570-655-255.

St. John’s is renting out the lower level for non-members for events. Cost is $25 per hour plus a $25 per hour security fee. Cost for members of St John’s is $12.50 per hour and a $12.50 security deposit, maximum four-hour limit.

St. John the Evangelist Church

35 William St., Pittston

The Greater Pittston Kids Clothes Closet is open from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Care and Concern Free Health Clinic is open every Wednesday and is free of charge. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. in the former Seton Catholic High School and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Patients for The Pediatric Health Clinic opens at 4:30 p.m. on the first Thursday and third Thursday of the month at the Care and Concern facility, 37 William St. Children’s immunization records are required upon registration. Parents or guardians must be present to have their child examined. All services are free and confidential.

The food pantry always in need of the following items: cereal, tuna, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, soups, vegetables, canned hams and other non-perishable items. Call 570-654-9923 for more information.

The Pennsylvania Northeast Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) is conducting its seventh “Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza” program for children and adults from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. Children and adults who play the piano or organ are invited to bring a piece to play on the church’s Kilgen pipe organ. Pennsylvania Northeast AGO chapter members will serve as presenters for the event. Pizza will be served at the end of the day’s activities. This event is free and open to the public. Register online at For more information, call 570-881-2301.

St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church

205 N. Main St., Pittston


The Very Rev. Gary J. Mensinger

Secondary Site – St. Nicholas Byzantine – 570-714-8411

A trunk sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 with a rain date of Saturday, Oct. 22. in which participants can bring a trunk full of unwanted items to the church parking lot to sell. Pre-registration is required at $10 per spot. Set up will be at 7 a.m. and food will be available. For more information, call 570-905-7387.

St. Monica’s Parish

363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming

Phone: 570-693-1991

Rev. Peter A. Tomczak, Pastor


“Urgency of the New Evangelization: Answering the Call to Announce Jesus” is a seminar by Dr. Ralph Martin, an internationally known speaker and professor at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. Martin has written extensively and hosts a national TV show. He will be at St. Monica’s from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. Register by mail: Send name, address and name of home parish along with a check made out to St. Monica Parish, 363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming, PA 18644. Register online at

Check out the updated website for upcoming events, important links, and schedules for services, a photo gallery and more.

Prayer and Praise Group meets after the 7 p.m. Mass every Thursday in the chapel. Guitar music is provided by Ted and Ann Mike.

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

100 Rock St., Hughestown



Bible Study is held at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Pastor Newman will start a Bible study entitled The Divine Drama. Classes will be held Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. and Sunday mornings following service.

The year 2017 marks the 500th Anniversary of The Reformation. The church is beginning to plan events for a Martin Luther Reformation Celebration. Various committees are forming. Sign up sheets are available in the rear of the church.

Committee sign up sheets for the Martin Luther Reformation Celebration are available on the desk in the back of the church.

A “Honey Sunday” fundraiser will be held Sundays, Oct. 9 as a fundraiser and mission project. Bottles of honey (11 oz.) can be ordered for $7 each and are payable at time of order. This project will benefit the events planned by the Reformation Committee and Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, a social ministry organization of the ELCA.

Sunday school will collect non-perishable food items Sundays, Oct. 9 and 16. Donations will be displayed at the front of the church on Oct. 16 for Harvest Home Sunday.

The WELCA will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10. New members are welcome.

Church council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12.

The children’s annual Halloween Party will be held on Reformation Sunday, Oct. 30.

Anyone interested in joining the choir is asked to see Kim.

Pastor Newman leads The Divine Drama Bible study at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and at 11 a.m. following 11 a.m. Sunday worship. Class will not be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 or Sunday, Oct. 23.

A celebration of Pastor Newman’s 15th anniversary of his ordination will be held Sunday, Oct. 23.

The church is collecting names of loved ones who have passed away between Nov. 1, 2015 and Nov. 6, 2016 for a remembrance prayer to be read on All Saints Sunday.

United Methodist Church of Pittston

Corner of Broad and Church streets, Pittston

570-655-4340, leave message

The “Samson” Bus trip to Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster is Tuesday, Nov. 1 for the 2:45 p.m. show. Cost is $118 which includes bus seat, driver tip, show ticket, dinner, all tips and taxes. Dinner at Shady Maple’s famous Smorgasbord after the show. In addition to the regular buffet, it is Seafood Night. Bus will depart promptly at 11 a.m. from Pittston Plaza. To make a reservation or for additional information Cathy at 570-603-1915 please leave a message if no answer.
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