■ Borough office hours for next week are:
Monday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, 3:30 to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m., budget meeting at 6:30 p.m., open to the public; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 3:30 to 7 p.m.
■ Beaver Meadows Senior Citizens will not meet until further notice.
■ Pirohi workers of Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church will prepare ingredients Monday at 9 a.m. to make pirohi Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the church hall.
New helpers are welcome.
■ The Mass for the Immaculate Conception ,a holy day of obligation at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, will be held today at 9 a.m.
■ Oplatki is on sale before and after all weekend Masses at All Saints Parish and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.
Cost is $3 per envelope. Call Janis at 570-929-2921 for delivery to the homebound.
■ St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Second Street, will hold worship Sunday at 9 a.m. It is the second Sunday in Advent.
The Rev. Richard Bardo will officiate the service. All are welcome.
■ Freeland American Legion auxiliary dues are due by Dec. 31.
Dues can be paid at post home.
■ Freeland American Legion 100th anniversary hoodies and T-shirts will be available for available for pickup at the Freeland American Legion on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Those who purchased items must sign for them at the time of pickup.
For more information, call 570-636-3525.
■ Members of Freeland American Legion Post 473 encourages the community to remember less fortunate children by donating a new unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots drive.
The post will accept donations until Dec. 15. Anyone who wants to donate can drop off new toys at the post at 523 Centre St., Freeland.
■ On Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Reformed UCC, the Rev. Glenn Limbaugh will preach and celebrate the second Sunday in Advent.
His sermon is “A Manger and a Cross.” The scripture is Romans, Chapter 6, verses 1-11.
Also on Sunday, the Freeland Community Choir will perform a candlelight Christmas cantata at 3 p.m.
Refreshments will follow. The food pantry collection will end a week earlier this month, on Dec. 18.
The featured item this month is dry beverage mixes. Thanks to all who participate.
■ The Freeland Chamber of Commerce will hold an official meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at The Other Side.
The chamber is open to board nominations and elections will be held at this meeting.
■ St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Washington and Main streets, will observe the second Sunday of Advent at the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday.
Pastor John Hazel will lead the worship service. Everyone is welcome to come today at 10 a.m. to help decorate the Christmas tree and Nave.
Sunday School will be held from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Confirmation class we be held Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
All are welcome to worship at St. Luke’s.
■ The Eckley Social and Sports Club has changed the time of its monthly meeting on Sunday to 2 p.m. at the clubhouse.
All members are encouraged to attend.
■ Freeland Pool League: Results from Dec. 3 — Highland I 15, Legion II 6; Firemen’s 12, VFW 9; Highland II 11, Legion I 10.
Overall standings — Highland I 117-72, Highland II 10683, Legion I 105-84, Firemen’s 85-104, Legion II 79-110, VFW 75-114.
Monday’s matches — Highland II at Legion II, Firemen’s at Highland I; Legion I at VFW.
■ Faith United Church of Christ, 21 Faith Drive, off Airport Beltway, will hold worship services today at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8 and 10 a.m.
Sunday school students will be holding their annual Christmas cookie sale after the worship services both days.
There will be a Bereaved Parents Christmas candlelight service Sunday at 7 p.m.
■ St. John’s P.M./Mission Life Church, Poplar and Juniper streets, will hold a Christmas cookie sale just in time for the holidays.
Three dozen assorted homemade cookies will be available for $8 per box.
To order, call Stephanie at 570-384-0437, Ruth at 570-4545666 or Dorothy at 570-4542245.
The deadline to order is Sunday. Pickup is Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. using the Juniper Street entrance.
Proceeds from the sale will benefit the church outreach programs.
Hanging of the greens will be held Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. to decorate the church for the Christmas season.
A time of fellowship is also being planned for Dec. 23.
■ In memory of Tony Udovich, his niece, Kayla Kierys, will be collecting toys for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
CHOP provides the highest quality of care to children, who due to the critical nature of their illness, will not be home for Christmas.
Udovich battled a lymphoma for 32 years and was always open to helping everyone.
He loved Christmas, and being Buddy the Elf was most enjoyable for him.
Bins are available at Holy Rosary Church, 240 S. Poplar St., Hazleton, today and Sunday after all Masses and between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. during the week, except Thursday.
The office of Dr. Joseph Pelly, 20 E. Broad St., West Hazleton, also has a bin available.
The last day for dropoffs is Friday so that all toys could be transported to CHOP.
Toys for infants, toddlers and adolescents should be unwrapped.
■ The Most Precious Blood Youth group will hold its annual cookie walk Dec. 15 and 16 in the church hall after the weekend Masses.
A bakers dozen of cookies will sell for $5, biscotti for $6 a dozen and pizzelles for $5 a dozen.
Also available are cookie trays for $20 holding three and a half dozen.
Orders can be placed by calling Maureen at 570-4014596.
■ Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton, 700 E. Broad St., Hazleton, will host a Miller-Keystone Blood drive Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.
■ The second Sunday of Advent will be observed during the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday at Hazleton Trinity Lutheran Church, Church and Hemlock streets, Hazleton.
The Rev. Wayne Kaufman, pastor, will conduct the worship service. Kaufman will deliver a children’s sermon to the young people. He will also administer Holy Communion to the congregation.
The senior choir, under the direction and leadership of Sheila Butkiewicz, Trinity’s music director and organist, will sing an anthem, titled “Let There Be Light.”
This Sunday, the second candle on the Advent wreath will be lit. The first candle, which was lit last Sunday, represents hope. The second candle represents peace.
Everyone is invited and welcome to attend Trinity as we anxiously prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of a tiny baby to come into the world. That baby is our lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
A holiday soup sale will be held Dec. 16. Soup must be picked up after the worship service that day at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel.
The deadline to order soup is Sunday. Cost is $7 per quart. The three kinds of soup available to purchase are chicken noodle, split pea and vegetable beef.
Anyone interested in ordering soup should call the church office at 570-454-3492, ext. 10, and leave a message for the church secretary.
The sale is open to the public, as well as church members.
The hanging of the greens will take place Wednesday at 6 p.m.
The church, chapel and lounge will all be decorated that evening for the Christmas season.
The church council will meet Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in the church library.
Hazleton Trinity Nursery and Kindergarten School will hold its annual Christmas program Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the church.
Trinity’s Christmas Eve candlelight and Holy Communion service will be held Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m. A pre-service festival of Christmas music will begin at 7:15 p.m.
The church will be decorated beautifully for the Christmas season as we celebrate the birthday of the Christ child.
Red poinsettia plants and a beautifully decorated and lit Christmas tree will adorn the sanctuary.
The wonder, the beauty and holiness of the Christmas season will all come alive during the celebration of our Lord’s birth.
Everyone is invited and welcome to attend this very inspiring service.
■ Soul Kitchen will offer a free community meal Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 100 N. Church St., Hazleton.
All are welcome. A special thanks goes out to the Hazleton Rotary Club. For more information, call 410-627-8774.
■ The community is invited to the second Sunday in Advent at Sunday’s 9 a.m. Holy Communion worship service at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sixth and Vine streets, Hazleton.
The Rev. Joseph Leech will preach on “Prepare the Way of the Lord.”
Leech will have a message for the children of the congregation. Immediately following the service, a coffee break will be held.
The Sunday school children will practice their hymns for the Christmas Eve service.
Mid-week Advent services will be held Wednesday. Leech will preach on the “Candle of Faith/Bethlehem” at 7 p.m. and on Dec. 19 at the Candles of Joy/Peace and Shepherds/Angels.
Due to Christmas services at the church, the free community luncheon scheduled for Dec. 22 has been canceled.
A Christmas service is scheduled for Dec. 23 with a special hymn sing at the 9 a.m. worship hour.
On Christmas Eve at 7 p.m., the church will hold an interactive worship experience, “the Word on the Street,” with the Sunday school participating in the service.
On Christmas Day, the 10 a.m. Holy Communion service will emphasize the “Word Made Flesh,” based on the Gospel of John.
■ The Lansford History Society will hold its annual Christmas open house Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at the museum, 119 E. Bertsch St., Lansford.
Many vintage toys will be on display, many dating back to the early 1900s.
Vintage dolls, trains, books and more will make up the display.
Refreshments will also be served. Admission is free.
Bill Harleman, president, invites everyone to attend and see the many new items on display at the museum as well.
■ Worship for the second Sunday of Advent will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday at Lattimer United Methodist Church.
Continuing with thoughts about “finding a way through the darkness,” the Rev. Earl Roberts, pastor, will speak about “Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.”
The second of four Advent candles wreath will be lit. There will also be a time with young disciples.
The gathering of non-perishable food items for the United Charities Food Pantry continues. Clothing for infants to teens will be collected for the Children’s Closet at Our Lady of Grace Church.
The church’s prayer garden is always open. All are welcome.
■ McAdoo VFW and VFW Auxiliary Post 6708 will host its annual children’s Christmas party Dec. 15 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the post home.
The party is open to children of McAdoo and surrounding local communities of the Southside.
The party is for children up to 9 years old.
Those interested must register the children by calling the post at 570-929-1740 anytime after noon daily.
The last day for registration is Sunday.
No registrations will be accepted after Sunday.
■ The McAdoo Lions Club will be sponsoring a Christmas home-decorating contest.
All McAdoo and Kline Twp. residents are eligible. To register a house, call Anne Berlitz at 570-929-1732 by Dec. 15.
Homes will be judged the week of Dec. 16. There will be three monetary prizes.
■ McAdoo Basketball League signups for the 2019 season will be held Sunday and Monday 6 to 8 p.m. at The Strand Roller Rink, West Blaine Street, McAdoo.
Divisions include boys in fifth to eighth grades and ninth through 12th grades and girls in fifth to eighth grades and ninth to 12th grades.
Cost is $65 per player and is payable at the time of registration.
Teams will be picked after all registrations are complete. Practice will then begin. A party will be held at the end of the season.
The season will start March 1.
All games will be held at McAdoo-Kelayres Elementary/Middle School with PIAA referees.
The season consists of two games per week. Each team will play a total of 12 games, plus playoff games.
Games will be played on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
For more information, call Al at 570-436-6146.
■ The eighth annual Tamaqua Community Advent Breakfast will be held today, beginning at 8:55 a.m.
The breakfast will feature the musical talents of the Tamaqua Area High School jazz chorale, under the direction John Buglio.
The speaker is Loren Collura, manager of the Hope & Coffee Shop in Tamaqua.
The program includes a candle-lighting ceremony.
The breakfast is sold out with 180 people expected.
■ The Weatherly Ecumenical Community Choir will present its annual Christmas cantata, “Behold the Glory,” by Stan Pethel, on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church, Carbon Street.
The public is invited to attend.
■ The Weatherly Recreation Committee will host “Christmas in the Park” on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Eurana Park.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 4:30 p.m. and the Christmas tree-lighting will be held.
Visitors should bring their cameras for pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Elsa from “Frozen” will be at the event from 6 to 7 p.m. and free trolley rides will be available from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
There will be free children’s activities, vendors and crafters, as well as food and refreshments, some of which will be free.
The public is welcome.
■ American Legion Auxiliary Unit 360 will hold its monthly meeting Monday at 7 p.m. at the post home.
All members are urged to attend.
■ The curriculum/technology committee of the Weatherly Area School Board will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the large group instruction room.
The regular meeting of the WASB will follow at 7 p.m.
■ The Weatherly Recreation Committee will hold a holiday light decorating contest.
Homes in the Weatherly borough and surrounding Packer, Lehigh and Lausanne townships are eligible to enter.
To register, call Shannon at 570-401-8599, Jessica at 570401-6358 or email weatherly recre[email protected] with the entrant’s name, contact information and address (specify borough or township).
Photos of the home may also be submitted to appear on their Facebook page.
Registrations are due by Sunday.
Decorations should be lit by dusk Dec. 19 for judging.
Prizes will be given to four winners at the committee’s January meeting.
The four categories will be: best of the season, classic Christmas, holiday spirit and children’s choice.
■ The senior parents group for the Weatherly Area High School Class of 2019 will hold a bingo to raise money for the all-night party held after graduation.
Help is needed from all the parents to make this happen.
The event will be held Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. at Weatherly Area Middle School.
This bingo is the third fundraiser so far and will be the biggest.
Donations of food to sell, tricky tray baskets to raffle and also people to help the day of the event are needed.
For those who have not been able to get to a meeting yet, now is the time to start.
The next senior parents meeting will be held Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Weatherly Borough Building.
For more information, call Michele at 570-427-4927 and leave a message or email mic[email protected]mail.com.
■ West Hazleton Trinity Lutheran Church, 2 Jackson Ave., West Hazleton, invites all to worship Sunday at 9 a.m.
The Rev. John Hazel will preside.
This is the second Sunday in Advent.
Sunday school and confirmation classes will be held at 10 a.m.
Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troop 232 will meet Monday at 7 p.m.
Friends and family are invited to a Christmas potluck dinner Dec. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex.
Poinsettia orders are being taken for the 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service.
February lottery tickets are now available.
For more information about West Hazleton Trinity Lutheran Church, call 570455-3411 and leave a message.
The Rev Wayne Kaufman is the designated pastor on call. He can be reached at 570954-4430.
■ West Hazleton Fire Company Hose Hook and Ladder No. 1 will hold the third reading of its by-laws Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the regular monthly meeting of the fire company.
The meeting will be held in the fire company meeting room.
For more information, call Kyle Kaschak, president, at 570-455-3696.
■ VFW Post 6615, White Haven, will sponsor an allyou-can-eat breakfast Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon.
The menu includes eggs (made to order), pancakes, French toast, waffles, potatoes, sausage, bacon, toast (white, wheat or rye), orange juice, coffee and tea.
Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and under. Takeouts are subject to 50-cent extra charge and are not all you can eat.
For more information, call 570-443-3333 after 2 p.m. daily.
■ A Christmas party for adults will be held Dec. 21 at White Haven VFW Post 6615.
Everyone is welcome for a dinner of lobster tail, fries, cole slaw, and dessert served from 6 to 8 p.m.
There will be an open bar from 8 to 10 p.m. with a DJ from 8 to 11 p.m.
Cost of dinner and open bar will be $25 per person. Dinner without open bar is $20. There will be a limited number of reservations taken.
For reservations, call 570443-3333 by Dec. 14. Members and nonmembers are invited.