Church briefs

December 2nd, 2017 6:00 am

ASHLEY — The Ashley Presbyterian Church, 32 N. Main St., Ashley, will hold its annual Christmas Carols and Candlelight Service with Centenary United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Rev. Rebecca Tanner and Pastor Roger Noss will both officiate the service. A Thanksgiving free-will offer of food and donations will be accepted at the service to be donated to the Ashley Food Bank. The public is invited.

DRUMS — Good Shepherd Church, 87 S. Hunter Highway (Route 309), Drums, will host its annual Christmas play at 6 p.m. Dec. 8, immediately following the 5 p.m. Holy Day Mass of the Immaculate Conception. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served in the church basement following the performance.

EDWARDSVILLE — The parishioners of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Church, 70 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville, are hosting a Ukrainian Pierogie (Pyrohy) Sale. The final day to order is Nov. 26. Pick up orders at the rear kitchen beginning at 1 p.m. on Dec. 4, 5 and 6. $8 per dozen. To order, call Anne at 570-714-3394 or Dorothy at 570-822-5354. Volunteers are welcome. All proceeds will benefit St. Vladimir’s mortgage debt on its new church.

EXETER TWP. — Apostolic Faith Tabernacle, 536 Village Road, Orange, will hold a special service on Dec. 2. Service starts at 4 p.m. followed by a complementary dinner. Everyone is welcome to enjoy new and old gospel songs by various singers. The service will also feature skits and a brief message by Pastor Frank Chorba entitled “Thy Kingdom Come.” For more information, call 570-333-5172.

FORTY FORT — No Room At The Inn, the annual display of nativity sets will be shown Dec. 1, 2, and 3 at the Forty Fort Presbyterian Church, 1224 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1; 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2; noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 3. Over 500 nativity sets will be displayed from a private collection gathered from countries around the world. Admission is free. Donations accepted to benefit Salvation Army’s Kirby Family House, Wilkes-Barre.

LARKSVILLE — St. John the Baptist Church, 126 Nesbitt St., Larksville, is making pierogies beginning Nov. 6 and lasting through Dec. 11 with the exception of Nov. 27. Pierogies cost $8 a dozen and can be picked up on Mondays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. To place an order, call Mary Mack at 570-779-3626 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

MAYFIELD — Parishioners of St. John’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 700 Hill St., Mayfield, will hold a Homemade Pirogie Sale from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at St. John’s Center. Fried pirogie will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis, and orders will be taken for frozen pirogie. $7 per dozen. To place orders for frozen, raw pirogie, call St. John’s Rectory at 570-876-0730 or 570-876-3576. Deadline for orders is Dec. 11. The church’s Bread & Kolachi sale will take place between noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 22. Plain and raisin bread, homemade nut, poppyseed, lekvar and apricot kolachi. $5 per loaf; $10 per round; $10 per kolachi. Deadline for orders is Dec. 19.

OLD FORGE — St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church, Church and Winter streets, Old Forge, will sponsor a pirohi sale on Dec. 13. The deadline for ordering is Nov. 25, and orders can be placed by calling Sandra at 570-457-9280 or the church hall at 570-457-2875 (leave a message). $6.50 per dozen. Limited amounts so order early.

SCRANTON — St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Parish is conducting a Christmastime bus trip to New York City on Dec. 9. Departure is at 8 p.m. from the church at 428 N. Seventh Ave. with return trip home at 8:30 p.m. The trip includes three sightseeing stops in Manhattan. $42 per person. For details and reservations, call Paul at 570-563-2275.

SCRANTON — The Diocese of Scranton will begin a year-long celebration of the 15oth Anniversary of its founding with a Pontifical Mass at 12:15 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. His Eminence, Justin Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia and former Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Scranton, will preside. Bishop Joseph C. Bambera will be the principal celebrant and homilist.

SHAVERTOWN — The Shavertown United Methodist Church Fine Arts Concert Series will present “Carols by Candlelight” at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the church, 163 N. Pioneer Ave., Shavertown. The evening will feature carol singing accompanied by The Anthracite Brass, hand bells, piano and organ. SUMC choirs and guests will be singing and playing special arrangements of favorite Christmas and Advent carols. A reception will follow and a free will offering will be received. All are welcome. For more information, call 570-675-3616.

TRUCKSVILLE — The Cross Creek Community Church, 370 Carverton Road, Trucksville, will stage a production of “A Christmas Carol” at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 9 and 10. The event is free and friends, family and neighbors are invited. For more information, call the church office at 570-696-0399.

WILKES-BARRE — The Council of Catholic Women of St. Benedict’s Parish, 155 Austin Ave., Wilkes-Barre, will present Changing Habits, an outreach ministry from Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas, at 2 p.m. Dec. 3 in the church hall. A free-will donation is requested. Refreshments will be served.

WILKES-BARRE — The First Presbyterian Church, 97 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, will hold its 19th annual Alternative Christmas Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 2. Families can learn to make wreaths, purchase handmade crafts from local artisans and fair trade crafts made in locations around the world. A light lunch will be available. No entry fee. Tables available for small fee. For information, call the church at 570-824-2478.

WILKES-BARRE — The Holy Trinity Orthodox Church will hold a Christmas Cookie sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 23 at 401 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. $10 for one pound off assorted cookies; $5 for a half-pound assortment. To place orders, call 570-313-2180.

WILKES-BARRE — The Slovak Heritage Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania will hold its annual St. Nicholas Hymn Sing and Social at 2 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Our Lady of Fatima Parish Center, St. Mary’s Church of Immaculate Conception, 134 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. The event is open to the public.

WILKES-BARRE — The Order of Alhambra, an organization of Catholic men and women dedicated to providing activities and support to special needs children and adults and assisting people with disabilities, is planning a Christmas caroling event. Alhamar Caravan No. 4 will carol at at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the White Haven Center and 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton. Participants will meet at 6:10 p.m. each time at St. Nicholas’ church parking lot in Wilkes-Barre. If interested, contact Kathy Kennedy at 570-825-3272.

WILKES-BARRESt. Aloysius Church, 143 W. Division St., Wilkes-Barre, will hold Christmas Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in the St. Aloysius cafeteria. All you can eat buffet. $8 for adults; $4 for children ages 7 to 12; free for children 6 and younger. Santa will arrive at 9 a.m. Christmas shopping with Christmas vendors, door prizes, 50/50 drawing.