Boy Scouts of America is celebrating Scouting's 100th anniversary, as of Feb. 8. As such, many Boy Scouts were involved in local churches this past weekend for Scout Sunday.
Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 98, Steve Rhoads, and his son, Nathaniel, a member of Troop 98, helped with the Saturday service at Effort UMC.
The elder Rhoads served as lector and joined his son in leading the Scoutmaster's Benediction, before the service was concluded by the guest preacher, the Rev. Robert Argot Sr.
During the Sunday services, other Scouts participated. The altar flowers were presented at Effort UMC, which hosts Pack, Troop and Crew 99, by those three groups.
In addition, nine individuals were officially received into church membership
The Pleasant Valley School District is looking ahead to its 50th anniversary and the Class of 1961 is looking ahead to having a reunion and celebrating the golden anniversary of its graduation in 2011.
It is members of this class who forged a friendship between the old archrivals of Chestnuthill and Polk High School and who were the trail blazers to the PVHS school play, the school newspaper, the school yearbook and the like.
The district has asked for help in lending or donating memorabilia for the celebration. Anyone having said items can contact Lorraine McCutchan at (570) 402-1000, ext. 1246
World Day of Prayer
The Monroe County Unit of Church Women United will be holding its World Day of Prayer service, with the theme of "Let Everything that has breath praise God," on Friday, March 5, beginning at 10 a.m. with brunch and the service to follow.
It will be hosted by the Middle Smithfield Presbyterian Church, 5205 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg.
For more information, contact B. Campbell at (570) 629-0649
The annual Night of Unity, as hosted by the Pleasant Valley School district, will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Many school groups and community institutions will have activities ongoing and information on display.
The Pleasant Valley School District Board of Education will meet at 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, in the district office on Route 115, in Brodheadsville.
The program being provided to the folks attending the Chestnuthill Senior Center which meets at Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville on Friday, Feb. 26 will be focused on "The Heart Muscle."
These programs are free and open to the public.
For more information, call (570) 420-3746.
GASP gearing up
The German American Society of the Poconos will be meeting again in March. The first meeting of 2010 will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 15, at the Elks Lodge in East Stroudsburg. A video will be shown after the meeting.
For more information call, Heidi Gnoyke, president, at (570) 421-4232.
Last week, the Rev. Deb Hoffman of Effort UMC, received her Full-Time Local Pastor License after successfully completing an interview with the Board of Ordained ministry. That license will be made permanent as soon as she completes another required educational item.
West End Rotary
Bill Adamski will give a classification speech at the Feb. 25, meeting of the West End Rotary Club.
The club meets at 7:30 a.m., at the Western Pocono Community Library in Brodheadsville.
Celebrating their birthday this week are: Caren Morris, Helena Cowling, Joshua Ashmore, Feb. 24; Norman Harris, Evelyn Miller, David Mead, Feb. 25; Nancy Heckman, Matthew Rissmiller, Nathaniel Snyder, Kaila Szuch, Feb. 27; MaryAnn Iko, Bob Bennyhoff, Kristen Mathious, William Wolf Sr., Feb. 28; Janet Pierson, March 1; Norm Scheller, Deborah Mayer, March 2.
Celebrating their wedding anniversary are: Matthew and Bobbi Jo Krpata, March 2.