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In my younger days, August and I had a very complicated relationship. For one, there was my birthday. Presents, birthday cards, and the only kind of acceptable birthday cake that there is — Funfetti. As the Grateful Dead famously wrote, “every silver lining has a touch of grey.” August’s touch of grey would be of course school starting up. Once it started, there was a sense of a fresh start, but all of August leading up to it I would absolutely dread.

The start of school could be a difficult time for some families. New clothes, notebooks, school lunches, backpacks, etc. That can all add up pretty quickly. Corpus Christi Parish is doing the community a great service as they do at the start of every school year. The goal is to help equip local students with the tools needed to have a successful school year. They will supplying children in need with backpacks filled with school supplies that they will need for school. They will also include a bag filled with personal hygiene products for children and a food gift box filled with non-perishable foods. To request some back to school help, call the rectory at 570-654-2753 or email Joyce at jcecconi50@gmail.com.

West Pittston First United Methodist Church news

West Pittston First United Methodist Church Pastor Tenny Rupnick announced the new time for Sunday service is 10:30 a.m. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to noon. For information, call the church at 570-655-1083. Officer and members of the church’s Class 18 are sponsoring a bus trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse on Tuesday, Oct. 15, to see “Barefoot in the Park.” The bus will leave the Pittston Plaza at 9 a.m. The cost is $100 and a $50 deposit is required by Thursday, Aug. 15. Contact the church office at 570-655-1083 to make reservations.

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish has begun taking Mass requests for 2020. The stipend for a Mass or candle is $10. To schedule Masses, call Dorothy at 570-654-2753 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Or, drop it in the collection with a note with the following information: who the Mass or candle is intended for, who it is requested by and a phone number to confirm the request.

Religious education classes for the 2019-20 school year will begin in the parish Sunday, Sept. 8. Classes for boys and girls in kindergarten through seventh grade will be held Sunday mornings. Confirmation prep classes for students in grade eight will be held twice a month on Sunday evening. A letter and registration forms for the 2019-20 year will be mailed to the families of children who attended classes last year. For information, call the office.

Volunteer classroom aides are needed to periodically assist in the classrooms as aides to the teachers and/or to take over the class in the absence of the teacher. Grandparents, parents and teens who have been confirmed are all welcome to help out with religious education. For information or to volunteer, please contact Joyce at 570-654-27583 or jcecconi50@gmail.com.

Library news

West Pittston Library announces the following upcoming programs and activities:

West Pittston Writers Workshop — 6 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of the month. Jamie Marino’s writing workshop continues through Aug. 15. This free workshop is designed to challenge and inspire the poet or storyteller in you with writing exercises, coaching and community. The group meets in the reading room.

A Universe of Stories: Woodstock Celebration Planet Bangle — 7 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. Relive the Summer of Love with a small celebration of Woodstock. The group will make a solar system bangle with a solid soundtrack to accompany participants as they work. Come wearing your tie dye and mini skirts! This class is $5, which covers all materials, and payment is needed to register. Feel free to join in after hours for a viewing of “Taking Woodstock,” a story of how the famous festival ended up in the now famous town of Bethel. This movie is rated R and is for adults only.

West Pittston Walkers — The final Friday walk of the summer season will be held at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 16. Each walk is unique as the group strolls around the Garden Village and talks about local trees, history and even birds. Call the library for information on this walk’s theme.

Registration is required for these events in advance. Call 570-654-9847.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To list an item, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.