Panther Valley news
Panther Valley Senior Center
The remaining list of activities at the Panther Valley Senior Center, 90 East Catawissa St., Nesquehoning is as follows.
On Jan. 17, Deal or No Deal, played at 11 a.m.; Jan. 18 line dancing in the morning; Jan. 19 birthdays celebrated for the month and bingo at 11 a.m. and there will be a salad bar; Jan. 20 darts; Jan. 21 shopping at 9:30 a.m. The center remains open.
On Jan. 24 play checkers and cards; Jan. 25 line dancing; Jan. 26 penny game at 11 a.m. and a casino van trip; Jan. 27 prize bingo at 11 a.m.; Jan. 28 horse racing at 11 a.m.; Jan. 31 eye screenings at 11 a.m.
All van trips are weather permitting.
Remember to sign in by 10 a.m. for the next day lunch.
Come in and get in shape for the New Year and try out the exercise equipment.
St. Paul Lutheran
The schedule for St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, for the upcoming week is as follows:
Sunday, Jan. 9 - Sunday school class (children ages 5-10), 9 a.m.; and worship service, 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. John Hazel, pastor, officiating.
Tuesday, Jan. 11 - church council meeting, 7 p.m.
Church members and volunteers are needed to help take down the Christmas decorations at the church. That project will take place on Saturday, Jan. 8, beginning at 10 a.m.
A meeting of St. Paul's confirmation class is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 p.m.
Members are reminded that financial reports for the annual congregation report are due by Feb. 6.
A literary item by Gary Blake, a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Summit Hill, has been selected to appear in "The Lutheran," the national publication of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Blake submitted the article for consideration to be published in the "Favorite Bible verses" section of the January edition of the magazine.
In the article, he selected 2 Corinthians 3:6 (Our competence is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life."
Blake is quoted in the article, "Having gone from Roman Catholic to charismatic (neo-Pentecostal) to Lutheran, I can say that I've been on a pendulum from the letter side of the law to the spirit side of the law and back again. Each time I told myself I wouldn't become judgmental. Yet, I'd again find myself judging others by the letter of the law, not the spirit of the law. Though I'm a Lutheran by choice, I'm a Christian by God's will and the love of Christ. This verse always brings me back to God's balanced view."
The Summit Hill Heritage Center, 1 W. Hazard St., is seeking new members and volunteers.
The center houses the Summit Hill Food Pantry and promotes entertainment, educational, cultural and social activities for the entire family.
Persons interested in joining the center can contact one of the following directors: Debra Ranck, David Wargo, Elnora Clay, Rose Marie Armon or Lyle Mantz.
St. John's Church
At 7 p.m. each Wednesday, St. John's Lutheran Church, 1 East Abbott St., Lansford, holds a spiritual, peaceful evening worship service with Holy Communion.
All are welcome to this relaxed brief evening prayer.
For those who wish to come early, a simple supper is served at 6 p.m., followed by a brief adult and children's Bible study at 6:30 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to this interfaith evening.
For more information or in the case of inclement weather, call the Rev. Marjorie Keiter, pastor, at (570) 645-0356.
The Coaldale Lions Club will meet at 5:45 p.m. Jan. 11 and 25 at the Viennese Villa in Coaldale.
President Robert E. Ames will preside.