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Look For Our Up Coming CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Featured In The Dec. 21th Issue Of The Susquehanna County Transcript

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Senior Menu

Christmas Dinner Set In Montrose
Blue Ridge Chorus In The Swing
Universalists Schedule Christmas Plans
Blue Christmas At Great Bend UMC
Court House Closing Notice
Christmas Story At Forest Lake Baptist
Madigan To Hold Local Outreaches



December 20

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, December 20, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out. All are welcome.

TWELVE MONTHS OF HISTORY Calendar available, commemorating Clifford Township’s upcoming bicentennial. Call 222–4035 for info.

December 21

SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, December 21, 5-8 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. All are welcome.

BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE, Wednesday, December 21, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend. For info call 879-4506. All are welcome.

December 22

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, December 22, 5:30-9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out. All are welcome.

December 24

CANDLELIGHT SERVICE, Saturday, December 24, 7:00 at Forest City Centennial United Methodist Church. No services on Sunday, December 25 at East Ararat United Methodist Church or Forest City Centennial United Methodist Church.

December 27

WING NIGHT, Tuesday, December 27, 5:30-9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out. All are welcome.

December 29

PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, December 29, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Binghamton Elks Lodge, Kirkwood. Eat in or take out. All are welcome.

December 31

WORLD PEACE Meditation, Saturday, December 31, 7 a.m. at the Self-Discovery Wellness Arts Center, Montrose. Donation. Bring food to share for breakfast. For info call 278–9256.

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Senior Menu December 26 – 30

Monday, December 26: Centers closed for Christmas holiday.

Tuesday, December 27: beef stew, cranberry juice, biscuit, graham crackers and peanut butter, vanilla pudding/diet vanilla pudding.

Wednesday, December 28: vegetable lasagna, mixed vegetables, orange juice, whole wheat bread, pears.

Thursday, December 29: spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, seeded rye bread, lemon meringue pie, diet vanilla pudding.

Friday, December 30: breaded cod filet, brown rice, peas and carrots, honey wheat bread, tartar sauce, mandarin oranges.

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Christmas Dinner Set In Montrose

The fifth annual Christmas Day dinner sponsored by Endless Mountains Health System Staff and Friends will begin at 12 noon, December 25 at the Montrose Senior Center, Church Street, Montrose, PA. This free dinner includes turkey, ham and all the trimmings and is prepared by EMHS Staff and Friends. This meal is open to anyone who cares to attend, but is targeted for those people who might be spending Christmas alone. As a special treat, Kelly Rucker will offer vocal selections. Renee Tyler will lead group singing of seasonal carols. There will be a raffle of Christmas centerpieces for the guests. Please join us!

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Blue Ridge Chorus In The Swing

This year’s WNEP Christmas Eve Special will feature the Blue Ridge High School and Middle School Choir Program in an hour-long segment, which will be aired on Channel 16 beginning at 11:30 p.m. on December 24. The special Christmas music program will also be aired on Adelphia cable during the Christmas holiday.

The Blue Ridge sixth and seventh grade full choirs, the eight grade elite select choir, the high school concert choir, and the high school elite choir will all be performing. During the month of December, the high school elite select choir will also be singing for the enjoyment of holiday shoppers at the Steamtown Mall, as well as for patients at Barnes Kasson Hospital and residents at the Scranton Veterans Center. This group of 23 students, who are the best voices from Blue Ridge’s high school choir, has also been invited to do workshops at Baptist Bible College in January, at Marywood College in March, and at the Penn State University Main Campus in April. They will demonstrate to the college music education students the type of music that can be performed at the high school level.

The Blue Ridge choir has the distinction of having had the most students accepted to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District Chorus from more than 38 school districts for over a decade. This year was no exception, with 16 students from Blue Ridge chosen to participate in the District Chorus Festival, which will be held February 1 to 4 at West Side Vo Tech High School in Scranton. The following Blue Ridge students were selected at auditions, which were hosted by Blue Ridge in October: Malinda Van Gorden, Alexis Axtell, Becky Latz, Bethany Page, Laura Van Cott, Bill Liepinis, Mike Rifenbury, Tim Stonier, Josh Hartman, Jordan Van Cott, Tyler Calkins, Todd Ferry, Tim Carey, Brad Fisher, Logan Nalbone, and Bryon Rood.

Mr. Nino Bennici, Blue Ridge High School choir director, is very excited and proud of all the accomplishments of his choir students. Mr. Bennici says, “Hard work and dedication are the keys to a successful program.” He also very much appreciates the support given to the choir program from Blue Ridge parents, staff, administrators, and the school board.

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Universalists Schedule Christmas Plans

Amid the scent of pine and candlelight, the First Universalist Church of Brooklyn will celebrate the Christmas Eve Service at 8 p.m. The service will open with the solo sound of “Once In Royal David’s City,” followed by special arrangements by the church choir. Pastor Christianson will deliver the evening message entitled, “This Child Cradles All.” The service will close with Communion, open to all and the sharing of light as “Silent Night” is sung.

On Sunday, December 25 (Christmas Day) at 10 a.m., join for the service entitled, “Especially at Christmas!”

Sunday, January 1, 2006 (New Year’s Day), at 10 a.m. the New Year’s Service will bring a message from father time.

Sunday, January 8, at 10 a.m. the congregation welcomes the season of Epiphany and a message from the wise men bearing gifts to Bethlehem’s Child. The service will close with all sharing an Epiphany charm cake. The public is invited.

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Blue Christmas At Great Bend UMC

A Blue Christmas Service will be held Wednesday, December 21, 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Main Street, Great Bend.

For many people the approaching Christmas holiday does not bring with it the joy and happiness that is advertised on television or in greeting cards. They may be facing a holiday after the death of a loved one, following a divorce, or having lost their employment. Perhaps they have been unable to have a child, or have suffered through an emotional trauma. Or perhaps they feel pressured and overwhelmed by holiday preparations.

In recent years, many churches have attempted to reach out to people who feel such burdens by adding Blue Christmas services to their worship offerings. This service has also been referred to as a “Longest Night Service” and has been traditionally held on the evening of the Winter Solstice. This is often called the shortest day of the year, which makes it the longest night, and the longest time of natural darkness that we experience.

The service will have a more quiet, somber feel than a traditional Christmas worship service but is directed for everyone to celebrate the greatest gift the world has ever received... Jesus. Scripture, music and meditation will focus on the comfort God offers during dark times and the comfort that we are never alone.

Be a friend. Invite a friend.

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Court House Closing Notice

The Susquehanna County Commissioners announce the Courthouse will be closed on Monday, December 26, in observance of Christmas Day. All court related offices will be available.

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Christmas Story At Forest Lake Baptist

Nothing rings in Christmas like music – familiar carols and the grandeur of a multi-voice choir, all surrounding the beloved Christmas story. All are invited to join at Forest Lake Baptist Church on Sunday, December 18 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon for this special musical and drama presentation. The FLBC Singers and the Children’s Choir will join with the Orchestra and Drama Team to share the Christmas story with traditional carols, inspirational ballads and joyous gospel songs. The church is located six miles west of Montrose at the south end of the lake. For additional information, call the church office at 570-553-2323. Bring the whole family and celebrate the heart of Christmas – the greatest gift of all time.

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Montrose Evangelical Candlelight Service

The community is invited to attend the Christmas Eve candlelight service at the Evangelical Free Church of Montrose, 89 Lake Avenue, on Saturday, December 24, at 7:00 p.m. Hear the message of God’s great love for all people through the Biblical account of His birth, enjoy singing Christmas carols, and participate in the candle-lighting. You’ve been busy with holiday preparations, now take the time to quiet your heart by focusing on the One whose birth we are celebrating. On Christmas morning the church will have a worship service, at 10 a.m.

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