Matters of Faith: Greater Pittston church listings for the week of Oct. 16, 2016


    Christian and Missionary Alliance

    317 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston

    570-654-2500 or 570-654-7414

    [email protected]


    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 Methodist Church

    408 Wyoming Avenue

    West Pittston

    The church will hold a pastie sale Thursday, Oct. 20. Pasties offered are meat with or without onions, vegetable with cheese, and sausage and pepper. Orders may be called into the church at 570-655-1083 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Orders can also be placed by calling Ann Alaimo at 570-654-3850 or Warren and Nancy Pollard at 570-654-5745. Orders must be in by Tuesday, Oct. 18 and no orders will be taken the day of the sale. Cost of pasties is $6 each.

    Langcliffe Presbyterian Church

    1001 Main St., Avoca

    Pastor Alex Becker


    [email protected]

    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 [email protected]

    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.

    The Children’s Choir will practice following the 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, Oct. 16.

    CCD class will resume at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. All Confirmation students, including Catholic school students, must be present.

    The Legion of Mary will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 18 and 25 in the basement of the rectory.

    The Pastoral Outreach Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the church hall.

    The Pastoral Outreach Committee will hold a bake sale following all masses Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30. Baked goods may be brought to the church hall beginning at 1 p.m. Oct. 29. Cash donations are also appreciated.

    Cemetery Sunday will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 in the church. Following Benediction and Reposition, a procession to the cemetery will take place. Father will bless the cemetery and visit the graves.

    Second Presbyterian

    143 Parsonage St., Pittston


    Sunday, Oct. 16: Christian Education, 9:30 a.m; Hayride at Dymond’s Farm Pumpkin Patch, 1:30 p.m.

    Monday, Oct. 17: Deacons, 6:30 p.m.

    Tuesday, Oct. 18: Mission Committee, 6:30 p.m.; AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m.

    The Christian Education Committee will hold a Trunk or Treat event from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22. there will be hot dogs, hot cider, face painting, candy, a bounce house and music. This event is free to all children who dress in costume.

    St. Joseph Marello

    237 William St., Pittston


    [email protected]

    Anyone interested in helping the religious education program can email the director, Alicia Hintze, at [email protected] 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 [email protected].

    St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran

    7 Wood St., Pittston


    [email protected]

    Facebook: stjohnslutheranchurchpittstonpa

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

    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. Monica’s Parish

    363 W. 8th St., West Wyoming

    Phone: 570-693-1991

    Rev. Peter A. Tomczak, Pastor

    Email: [email protected]

    “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


    Email: [email protected]

    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.

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

    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.

    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.

    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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