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EVENTS, PROGRAMS, HAPPENINGS, SEMINARS:
FUN DAY cookie exchange, Wednesday, November 19, 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, New Milford.
SPAGHETTI DINNER, Wednesday, November 19, 5 – 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.
TURKEY PARTY, Thursday, November 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, Friendsville. Free admission. Refreshments.
PIZZA NIGHT, Thursday, November 20, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.
OPEN MIC COUNTRY, Thursday, November 20, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.
DINNER, roast beef or fish, Friday, November 21, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.
ENDLESS MT. CHILDREN’S CHOIR concert, Friday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Community Church, Great Bend.
SPAGHETTI SUPPER, Friday, November 21, 4 – 7 p.m. at the Hallstead-Great Bend Rod & Gun Club.
November 21 & 22
CHARLEY’S AUNT, a comedy, Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22, 7 p.m. at the Susquehanna Community High School. Call 853–4921, ext. 2399 for reservations.
D&H TRAIL TENDERS workshop, Saturday, November 22, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Union Dale Methodist Church. Call the Rail–Trail office for info, 785-7245.
HOLIDAY BAZAAR, Saturday, November 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the VFW Post 6223, Great Bend. Crafts, bake sale, refreshments available. Call 879-4101 for info.
BREAKFAST, Sunday, November 23, 8 – 11 a.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.
WING NIGHT, Tuesday, November 25, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.
DINNER, lasagna or fish, Friday, November 28, 6 – 8 p.m. at the Kirkwood Elks Lodge.
WINTER SPORTS TIP-OFF, Saturday, November 29, 6:30 p.m. at the Elk Lake gymnasium. ’82 state runner-up team vs. ’08 faculty. Refreshments available. Admission.
VICTORIAN TEA and musical interlude, Saturday, November 29, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Old Mill Village’s old church in the park in New Milford.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST and Sight-In day, Sunday, November 30, at the Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Club, New Milford. Breakfast from 7 a.m., sight-in from 9 a.m.
PARISH RETREAT, Sunday, November 30, 7 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary, Montrose. Fr. Leo McKernan will lead a celebration of the advent season.
BINGO, Sunday, November 30 at American Legion Post 357, Hallstead. Doors open 11 a.m., bingo starts at 1 p.m.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE for an Intergovernmental Cooperation Workshop to be held Tuesday, December 4, 5 p.m. at the Wyalusing Fire Hall is Monday, December 1. For info or to register, call NTRPDC, 888-868-8800 or e-mail email@example.com.
PARISH RETREAT, Monday, December 1, 7 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary, Montrose. Confession available from 6-7 p.m.
HUNTERS’ LUNCH, Monday, December 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church.
PARISH RETREAT, Tuesday, December 1, 7 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary, Montrose. A service of prayer and healing will be led by Fr. Leo McKernan.
POMONA GRANGE #7 meeting, Saturday, December 6, 10:00 a.m. at the South Auburn Grange Hall. Dinner will be served.
FAMILY STYLE BREAKFAST, Saturday, December 6, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Springville United Methodist Church.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, Saturday, December 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose. White elephant table, baked goods, craft items, Christmas decorations, more. Breakfast and lunch available.
PANCAKE & SAUSAGE BREAKFAST, Saturday, December 6, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the East Ararat United Methodist Church. Bake sale for Christmas fund.
CHRISTMAS CANTATA, “And This shall Be The Sign,” Sunday, December 7, 3:00 p.m. at the Thompson United Methodist Church.
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, December 7 at the Susquehanna County Historical Society, Montrose. Santa arrives at noon, photos and refreshments until 2 p.m. No admission.
CHRISTMAS IN MONTROSE, a program of sacred and secular music, Sunday, December 7, 3:00 p.m. at the Montrose Area High School. Presented by the Montrose Community Chorale.
RESERVATION DEADLINE for the Clifford Township Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary Christmas party, to be held December 11 at Crystal Pines Restaurant, is December 7. Call 222-5578 or 222-2429.
Monday, December 1: meatloaf, baked potato s/c, red beets, rye bread, mixed fruit.
Tuesday, December 2: stuffed shells, Italian green beans, garden salad, wheat bread, cinnamon applesauce.
Wednesday, December 3: beef stew, buttered egg noodles, ww bread, chilled peaches.
Thursday December 4: baked chicken, mashed potatoes, peas & carrots, fresh fruit.
Friday December 5: vegetable soup, turkey sandwich w/lettuce & tomato, salad, multi-grain roll, cake.
Father Leo J. McKernan, a former pastor at Holy Name of Mary Church and the Diocesan Preacher for the Diocese of Scranton, will lead a Parish Retreat to start the Advent Season. The retreat will begin on the first Sunday of Advent, November 30, and continue for the next two evenings, each session starting at 7 p.m. and lasting about one hour. Homemade refreshments will be served in the church hall after each service. This will provide a great opportunity for former parishioners to visit with Fr. Leo. Congregations from surrounding parishes are invited to attend these special evenings at Holy Name of Mary Church, 60 South Main Street, Montrose.
On Sunday, November 30, the session will begin with Father Gerry Safko singing Evensong and Father Leo will then speak on “The Call of God.”
On Monday, December 1, confession will be available from 6 to 7 p.m. At 7 p.m., a mass will be celebrated with the homily given by Fr. McKernan on “The Call to Holiness and Love.”
Tuesday’s session will be a special service of prayer and healing. Father McKernan’s talk will be “From the Upper Room – New Evangelization,” followed by the singing of night prayer. There will be an opportunity for individual healing, and several priests will be available for the sacrament of reconciliation. This will serve as the Advent Penance service for Holy Name of Mary.
Families are encouraged to bring their children as a terrific way to prepare for the birth of Christ during this holy season. The music will be inspiring and Father McKernan is an amazing speaker. All who attend will have the opportunity to be brought closer to God.
The Northern Tier Community Crime Watch will hold their 2008 Open House featuring a K-9 demonstration on Tuesday, December 9, 6:00 p.m. at the Great Bend Fire Hall.
Susquehanna County canine officer Cash will be putting on a demonstration. If you have never seen a K-9 demonstration, it really is an amazing thing to witness. Sheriff Lance Benedict, Deputy Michelle Hillard, and District Attorney Jason Legg will be in attendance to facilitate the demonstration.
This exciting, free event is open to the public – bring your children – and free refreshments will be served.
For more information, call Stacie Telnock at 879-2872.
On Friday, December 5 and on Sunday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m., the choir and drama group of First Baptist Church, Susquehanna will be presenting the cantata entitled, "Then Jesus Came" by Ron and Shelly Hamilton. The choir is under the direction of Mrs. Miriam Page. Characters in the drama are Ruth Price and Nelda Leonard, two little old ladies who “never” gossip. Pastor Fred Johnson plays a grandpa who has been running both the little town of Forest Grove and the church for neigh-on forever. Jerry Treible plays a young whippersnapper of a pastor fresh out of Bible school, and Cameron Barnes is a boy who, to say the least, has been quite the cut-up. The drama group is under the direction of Fran Sheldon. Charlie Wormuth will be the narrator. All are welcome.
The Thompson United Methodist Church is delighted to host the annual Christmas Cantata with the hope of peace and good will to all during the Christmas season.
The Ecumenical Choir, consisting of voices from various multi-denominational churches from Wayne and Susquehanna Counties, will perform a Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m. (The bad weather date will be Sunday, December 28 at 3:00 p.m.)
The Cantata, entitled “And This Shall Be the Sign,” proclaiming God’s promise fulfilled, is written for music and orchestration by Larry Shackley with lyrics and narration by John and Audra Parker.
The choir is presented this year at the direction of Mrs. Brenda Tiffany, with piano accompaniment by Doctor Christine Sezer.
The Cantata is a gift that is given ever year to all who wish to celebrate the real reason for Christmas. Guests are urged to arrive at the church a little early this year, as a record number of celebrants are expected.
The Montrose Community Chorale will present their annual “Christmas in Montrose” program of secular and sacred music on Sunday, December 7, 3:00 p.m. at the Montrose Area High School auditorium. The Chorale is directed by David Andre, and accompanied by organist Richard VanAuken and pianist Evelyn VanAuken. Thomas Follert, baritone, is featured soloist of “In Old Judea” by Geibel. A sing-a-long will include several familiar Christmas carols. The program will end with the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah.
The Montrose Lathrop Street Choir of forty-one elementary students, under the direction of Antonio Benicci, will present five selections including “African Noel” and “Candle in the Window.”
A freewill offering will be accepted, and donated to local charity. Light refreshments will be served in the high school cafeteria.
The Christmas season has always been a time of giving and sharing. One of the best ways to celebrate the spirit of the season is to share some of our blessings with the needy and less fortunate in our communities. The true reward for helping others in need is found in the wonderful biblical theme, “It is in giving, that we receive.”
The Kiwanis Club of Montrose Area wants to provide just such an opportunity to the people of Susquehanna County. For the past 28 years, the Kiwanis Club has conducted their annual Christmas Toy Drive. Last year, over 740 children were able to enjoy Christmas in a very special way because of the generosity of so many caring neighbors and organizations that contributed to the Toy Drive. Because of the critical economic environment that currently exists in both our country and our county, it is anticipated that the need will be even greater this year.
The Kiwanis Club is asking for the public’s help and support again this year in this worthwhile service project. Donations of new toys and used toys in clean, reusable condition are requested. Cash donations are urgently solicited and gladly accepted, to be used to purchase new toys in order to meet the goal of giving at least one or two new toys to each child. Cash contributions may be sent to the Kiwanis Club of Montrose Area, P.O. Box 275, Montrose, PA 18801.
Toys will be accepted from now until Saturday, December 13, and may be dropped off at the following locations: Tom Kerr Chevrolet, Grow Avenue, Montrose; or Robinson’s Market, South Montrose. For additional information, contact the Montrose Kiwanis Club at 278–3537.
Distribution of toys will be coordinated by the Interfaith Christmas Bureau. Christmas toys and food baskets will be given out on Thursday, December 18 at the Montrose Bible Conference, located on Lake Avenue.
The Kiwanis Club of Montrose Area invites everyone to participate in this annual service project. Help make a Christmas dream come true for the needy children in our area.
The Susquehanna County commissioners announced the Courthouse will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. All court related offices will be available.
The Mountain Aire Brass, a premier brass quintet located in Susquehanna County, will be co-leading a lively concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 7 at Christ Episcopal Church, Susquehanna. They will be playing a variety of traditional and contemporary Advent and Christmas music, with a range from classical to Dixieland. They will also be assisting Christ Church’s Molly Birosak on hymns and service music. The concert is free and Christ Church extends its invitation to everyone. Light refreshments will be served after the service.
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