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First Baptist Church of Pittston plans

free community outreach picnic

First Baptist Church of Pittston will hold its annual free community outreach picnic from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at the church on Water Street.

The public is welcome.

For information, call 570-654-0283 or visit Facebook.

Oblates of St. Joseph will celebrate

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be celebrated Friday, June 23, at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary, Route 315, Laflin. The Eucharistic liturgy celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus will begin at 7 p.m. in the seminary chapel. The Rev. Joseph Sibilano, OSJ, will be the principal celebrant.

Music ministry will be provided by the Sacred Heart Singers, under the direction of Ernie Pappa and Jennifer Michel. A prelude of contemporary selections will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Fellowship and refreshments in the dining area will conclude the gathering following the Mass. Everyone is welcome to attend.

St. John’s Church announces activities

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7 Wood St., Pittston, announced the following activities:

Sunday, June 11, was Pastor Murray Brindle’s last service, as he and his wife, Marion, are moving to Florida to be with family. Pastor John Zimmerman, from Immanuel Church of Scranton will lead worship starting at the 8 service Sunday, June 18.

Planning will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 19.

Council will meet Sunday, July 9, after the service.

Vacation Bible School will be held July 17-21. The theme is “Destination Peru.”

Hiawatha paddle boat ride will be held Saturday, Aug. 19. Times to be announced.

The church will celebrate its 160th anniversary Sunday, Nov. 12, with a dinner at the Jenkins Twp. Hose Company. The celebration will include a service of Thanksgiving and a dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. More details will be announced. Sharleen Palaima is planning committee chairwoman.

Outside of council meetings, all events are open to the public.

The church is renting out its lower level for $100 for three hours and $35 for each additional hour, plus $100 returnable security deposit. The hall can accommodate a maximum of 50 people. Email the church to receive photos of the space.

The church has gift cards available for a variety of locations and in a variety of denominations. See Mary Ann Denman or Alan Drummond after the service.

The church has off-street parking, with handicap parking next to the building. There also is an enclosed chair lift.

For information, visit Facebook, call 570-655-2505 or email

St. Michael’s plans piggie sale

St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston, is having a pre-order, takeout only piggie sale. Piggies are $2 each; $12 for a container of six. Anyone who is placing a large order is asked to bring their own containers.

Pickup is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at the rear door of the church hall. Call 570-905-7387 beforehand to place an order.

Corpus Christi Parish plans bazaar

The Corpus Christi Parish will hold its seventh annual bazaar from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 22, and Friday, June 23, and 4:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at the Immaculate Conception Church grounds, 601 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston.

The public event includes games, food, gigantic flea market, basket raffle, children’s games, instant bingo and more. Entertainment will be provided by Handsome Devils on June 22, Iron Cowboy on June 23 and Sperazza Band on June 24.

Corpus Christi Parish is comprised of Immaculate Conception Church, West Pittston, and Holy Redeemer Church, Harding.

Slocum Chapel plans Vacation Bible School

Slocum Chapel, 1024 Exeter Ave., Exeter, will host a Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, through Friday, June 23. The free program will have a sportscast theme and will include snacks, Bible discussion and games.

For more information about the program, call 570-388-2513.