Longest Night-Blue Christmas Service

For many of us, Christmas is a bittersweet time of year. It is a time for remembering both persons and events that have been a part of our lives in the past, but that are now changed or gone. This is the time of year with the longest nights, so at this time St. John's Church is offering a quiet, meditative worship service that makes time for remembering, sharing our hurting places with God, and preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ. The public is invited to St. John's Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott St., Lansford, on Monday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. for a time of special music, scripture, silent reflection, healing prayer, and Holy Communion. Please come.

Free dinner

The Meed's Methodist Church will distribute a free spaghetti dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at the church. Everyone is invited.

Nesquehoning

Food pantry

Nesquehoning will distribute its food for the food pantry on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 1-3:30 p.m. Please bring your bags.

Coaldale

House Decoration Contest

C.H.O.S.E. Recreational Organization is sponsoring a Christmas House Decoration Contest in Coaldale, Thursday, Dec. 17. Judges will be from an out of town organization.

Summit Hill

Historical society

The Summit Hill Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting and Christmas party at the museum on Wednesday, Dec. 16, beginning at 7 p.m.

Those attending are reminded to bring an appetizer or dessert. After a short business meeting and election of officers, members will celebrate the holiday season.

President Maxine Vermillion will be in charge of the business session.

Lions Club news

The first annual Summit Hill Lions Club Caroling/Concert will be held on Friday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the gazebo in Ludlow Park. The carolers, "Lions Members," under the direction of Lion Kathy Crampsie, will present a concert, during which time members of the community are invited to sing along. Following the event, members will be visiting several shut-ins in town to brighten their Christmas holiday. A social time will follow to end the night's festivities.

As part of the evening, the Lions have invited representatives of the various organizations to whom the club makes donations. The check presentations will take place before the concert.

Pastoral assistant

Sr. Mary Florence Hawe, former pastoral assistant and longtime educator at Summit Hill Catholic schools, is currently residing at the Sisters of Mercy Convent in southeastern Pa. Parishioners and friends of Sister wanting to remember her with Christmas wishes can mail them to her at 515 Montgomery Ave., Merion, Pa. 19066.

Water authority

The Summit Hill Water Authority will hold its monthly meeting tonight at 7 o'clock in the borough hall. John Michalik, president, will be in charge of the session.

Food pantry

The Summit Hill Food Pantry will be open for the distribution of food on Monday, Dec. 21 from 10:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. at the UCC Church in Summit Hill.

Please bring your bags.