Father Kurt has been celebrating services via ZOOM. It is a wonderful way to feel our sense of community in worship and love. We do not know when we will be able to return to the church, so if you are interested in attending a ZOOM service, please contact Father Kurt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-640-1738. He will be most happy to include you. For now, ZOOM services are scheduled for each Sunday at 9:30 through June 7. Once the pandemic decreases, more information will be forthcoming about scheduling future services. Please stay safe and well — we hope to gather together soon.
When flowers are donated for memorials or thanksgivings, please contact the church office if you want special flowers or colors in the arrangements. Please continue to sign the flower book in the ambulatory, but contact Edna if you have a special request. That will make our standing order much easier to handle with just one call and less chance for confusion. Thank you! The price for two arrangements on Sunday is $35; however, if you want to offer more for something special, that can be arranged.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Because of the stay at home restrictions and the upcoming summer months, there will be no home or nursing home visits for Communion. We want to keep everyone safe and healthy. We hope to resume these visits in September. We pray that everyone is safe and well. Please call the church if you need anything and we will do our best to help you. God bless all of you!
We are so grateful for the response to the recent parish letter. Your donations and pledges arriving have given us hope of paying the church’s bills as we attempt to maintain normal operations.
As we move into the lazy days of summer and vacations, please remember the church building and the chapel require the same amount of maintenance and repair. We appreciate your staying up to date with your commitment so the day to day upkeep maintains our beautiful buildings and the staff who so loyally and lovingly help to preserve them. Thank you!
Forward Day By Day
The latest edition of these daily meditations is now available. If you would like a copy, please call the office and Edna will mail one to you. This edition is May/June/July.
Italian Cooking Class
In order to comply with both Governor Wolfe’s and Diocesan guidelines for COVID-19, we had to cancel our Italian Cooking Class which was scheduled for April 4. Because of the interest that we had in this class; we will be rescheduling it when it safe to have public gatherings once again. This might not happen until the fall, but it is on the agenda. Announcements will be coming in the near future in the Topics and the church bulletin. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact barb Tokarz at 570-739-4123.
Summer Reading Camp News
COVID-19 is affecting Summer Reading Camp, much like it is affecting every aspect of our lives. We are still in the process of gathering applications but progress has slowed because schools are closed. We are unable to coordinate with some of our partners because they are currently sheltering at home and their agencies are closed. Meetings to plan activities have been delayed due to the shelter at home rules so we are looking at on- line options for meetings. We have had an overwhelming response from restaurants in the past with donations of free or half priced meals for the children but restaurants cannot afford to be this generous because they are just trying to keep afloat during the mandatory closures.
Despite the challenges that COVID-19 has given us, there are some bright spots and things to be thankful for. We have two new volunteers for team of teachers this year. Child Development is donating two tables and chairs so we can create learning centers in our classrooms. Giant and Weiss market are willing to donate gift cards to help defray expenses in our food program. Mc Donald’s will donate free lunches for one day of camp and Domino’s is willing to donate pizza for lunch. Dairy Queen is providing coupons for free ice cream for children who increase their reading time. Our teachers and assistants are enthusiastic and have great ideas to improve camp and provide better experiences for our children.
For those of you who are still interested in contributing in some way, I have included a list of books that would be suitable for our book give away. Since many of the children don’t have a home library and we don’t have a book store in the county, we provide the children with books to take home to keep and enjoy. As we get closer to the time of camp, we will need help in assembling learning materials. There will also requests for additional materials coming after we have a chance to meet and plan our daily activities. If you can offer any assistance, please call Barb Tokarz at 570-739-4123. Most important of all are your prayers for a safe and successful camp. Thank you for any way that you can support this outreach to the community.
Suggested Book List for Summer Reading Camp
Any assistance that you could provide with books to be distributed to children for summer camp is appreciated. Many of these children do not have home libraries and providing books makes a great difference in enhancing their literacy development. Books can be purchased at Amazon or Barnes and Noble online. Thanks so much for your support.
Backyard Bug Book for Kids- Laura Davidson
On Beyond Bugs: All About Insects-Trish Rabe (Cat in the Hat Learning Library)
Bugs A-Z – Carolyn Lawton
The Bug Book- Sue Fliess
Hello World! Back Yard Bugs- Jill Mc Donald
Bugs, Spiders, and Insects: A fun Activity Book for Kids and Bug Lovers
Don’t Feed the Worry Bug- Andi Green
Some Bugs- Angela Di Terlizzi
Little Ant and the Butterfly- S.M.R. Saia
My, Oh My--A Butterfly!: All About Butterflies - Tish Rabe (Cat in the Hat Learning Library)
Grouchy Ladybug- Eric Carle
Bugs Galore- Peter Stein
Mrs. Peanuckles Bug Alphabet- Mrs. Peanuckle
National Geographic Readers: Caterpillar to Butterfly
Very Hungry Caterpillar- Eric Carle
Learning About Insects- Catherine Veitch
100 Questions About Bugs- Simon Abbott
Wednesday Healing Service
Because of the pandemic restrictions, the Wednesday Healing Service will not be held in May or June and right through the summer— hopefully the service will resume on Wednesday, September 16. If the schedule changes, we will notify those who usually attend.
New Church Sign
The new sign for the front of the church has been designed and will be placed in a small garden in the front of the church between the two sets of steps. It is painted on both sides and will be placed perpendicular to Centre Street so it can be seen going north or south. The bottom part of the sign is replaceable to allow for changes in the future if necessary. Donations are welcome to help defray the cost of the sign.