Lighting of graves
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, has announced plans for its annual Lighting of the Graves observance for All Souls and All Saints days. The ceremony serves to remind church members and friends of those who have passed away.
On Saturday, Oct. 31, the lighting of the luminaries at the parish's White Bear cemetery will take place after the 4 p.m. Mass.
On Sunday, Nov. 1, the lighting will take place at 6 p.m. at the parish's Summit Hill cemetery.
League to meet
The Summit Hill-Nesquehoning Little League will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. in the Summit Hill Borough Building. This meeting is for all families to attend. Election of new board members for the 2010 season, registration, and other important items will need to be addressed.
SHCIO to meet
The Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization will meet on Monday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the borough hall. Debra Ranck, president, will be in charge of the session.
To aid troops
Lance Corporal John J. Kennedy Jr. and the 2nd Battalion/2nd Marines will be deploying to Afghanistan this fall. Parents and families of the division are planning to honor them by sending each of the 1,000 members a package during the holidays. It is their hope to bring comfort, smiles and a bit of home to them.
One item they are hoping to include in each package is a hand-knitted helmet liner. The group is seeking people willing to make them. The directions are specific to fit under their helmets and supply needed warmth.
They can be found on the Internet at www.the2-2family.blogspot.com  or by contacting the Kennedy family, (570) 645-5709.
Other items needed are: chap-stick, disposable razors, baby wipes (small portable-size packages), and Colgate Wisp disposable toothbrushes.
If you are willing to knit (or know someone who would like to knit), donate items or contribute financially to purchase items and help with postage, contact the Kennedy family, 12 E. Walter St., Summit Hill. Monetary donations will also be used to purchase wool to supply local volunteers for knitting the helmet liners.
The deadline for the collection is Nov. 4.
The Slovak Catholic Sokols will host a business meeting/dinner at the Lansford AMVETS Post on Sunday, Nov. 8. The day will begin with a Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford, followed by the meeting at noon at the post and the dinner. There is no charge to attend.
Members of the organization can make reservations by calling Mike or Susan Lukac, (570) 645-7458.
Will remember loved ones
On All Saints' Day, Nov. 1, the congregation of St. John's Lutheran Church (1 East Abbott St., Lansford) will remember all its members as well as other family and friends' loved ones who have died in the last 12 months.
At the 9 a.m. worship service the following names will be read in memory: members Jay A. Breiner, Eleanor Zlock Fignar, Andrew Kmetz, Ann Pekurny Zielinski; friends and relatives of the church family Emily M. Bachorik, Ronald Barto, Mary B. Kresge, Clarence Marsden, Ginger McClernan, Lulu Mertz, Joseph L. Miller, Barbara Pecha, Christine Phillips, Sandy Simmons, Robert Terray, John Tonkin, Anna Wargo, and Margaret Witycyak.
Anyone who wishes to participate in the remembrance is welcome to be present and light a candle as their loved one's name is read and the bells toll.
The executive board of the Nesquehoning Woman's Club will hold a meeting on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at the home of Pat Sasserath.
First Congregational Church
Services and activities scheduled at First Congregational Church, Coaldale, for next week are as follows:
Sunday, Nov. 1 - 9 a.m. Morning Worship; 10 a.m. Sunday School.
Monday, Nov. 2 - 7 p.m. Church board meeting.
Tuesday, Nov. 3 - 7 p.m. Women's Class.
Wednesday, Nov. 4 - Nursing home services at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at St. Luke's-Miners and MapleShade, respectively.
Thursday, Nov. 5 - 7:15 p.m. Choir rehearsal for the Veterans Day Service on Nov. 8. Anyone who is interested in singing in the choir is welcome to attend.
Sunday, Nov. 8 - 9 a.m. Morning Worship; 10 a.m. Sunday School.
Pastor Wayne Benack welcomes everyone to attend.