Super Souper Bowl

Effort United Methodist Church is having its own version of the Super Bowl. The church calls it Souper Sunday, which is its way of replenishing stock in the church food pantry.

Begun last Sunday, and continuing this Sunday, Feb. 2, members and friends of the church have been asked to bring nonperishable items to help fill four large soup pots that will be in the narthex. (Donations of canned soups are an urgent need).

The church hopes to have a little fun and competition too. Two soup pots will represent the Super Bowl Teams, the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers and the other two will represent Pennsylvanian teams, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Worshippers are asked to place their respective donations in the pot that's labeled with their favorite team's logo.

At the end, the total of items placed in each pot will be counted. The winning team will be announced the following week.

Lions DG to visit

Lions District 14U Gov. Angie Mims will be at the Western Pocono Lions Club meeting on Feb 20. The Western Pocono Lioness Club has been invited by the Lions to join in welcoming DG Mims that evening. The meeting is set for the Old Mill Pizzeria in Sciota, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour.

Mim's visit was originally scheduled for the regular January Lions meeting, which was canceled due to the weather.

Thanks received

Western Pocono Lioness received a thank-you note from Karl Jones, director of Development, Northeast Pennsylvania Lions Eye Bank in Bethlehem, for support during the 2012 year. In the thanks, Jones cited gifts of time, talent, as well as support to help accomplish the mission of the eye bank of restoring sight, restoring lives.

Rotary speaker

Diane Gill will give a classification speech at this Thursday's West End Rotary Club meeting. The club meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Western Community Library.

Our Lady Queen of Peace

Our Lady Queen of Peace church will bless the new statue of Mary after the 8 a.m. Mass on Saturday, Feb. 2. The feast of the Presentation of the Lord will be celebrated that day.

Throats will be blessed during five Masses being held this weekend. Those Masses are at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, and at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 3.

Saturday worship

Zion Lutheran Church will hold its once a month Saturday evening service at 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2.

Willing Workers

Zion Lutheran's Willing Workers will meet after the 10:30 a.m. worship service, Sunday, Feb. 3.