Communities across Northeast Pennsylvania are embracing the giving spirit with Thanksgiving events planned not just on the holiday itself — happening this year on Thursday, Nov. 28 — but throughout the month.
Here’s where you can find different activities in your town:
Assembling, filling and distribution of Thanksgiving food gift boxes, Sunday, Nov. 24, 5 to 7 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 25, 4 to 6 p.m., Corpus Christi Parish, 605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. 570-654-2753.
11th Community Thanksgiving Prayer Service, Sunday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m., Holy Mother of Sorrows, 212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont. Parishioners from Holy Mother of Sorrows, Sacred Heart of Jesus and all who live in Dupont and the surrounding areas are invited to attend. A collection will be taken at this service to support the Greater Pittston Food Bank. Refreshments follow the service in the parish hall of Holy Mother of Sorrows Church.
Four-Boro Ministerium Thanksgiving Service, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, 200 Stephenson St., Duryea. The Most Rev. Anthony Mikovsky, prime bishop of the Polish National Catholic Church, will be the guest homilist. Guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or monetary donation to benefit the food pantry at Moosic United Methodist Church. Social will follow in the church hall.
Zion Lutheran Church homemade pie and potato filling sale pickup, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Pumpkin, lemon sponge and apple crumb pies, $7; potato filling, $10 for 9-by-12-inch trays/$6 per quart) Mauch Chunk and Greenwood streets, Tamaqua. To order, pick up an order sheet at worship, call 570-668-4451 or visit ziontamaqua.com. Order by Friday, Nov. 22.
Pittston First Baptist Church annual free community Thanksgiving dinner, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 4 to 8 p.m., First Baptist Church, Water Street, Pittston, and Meals on Wheels, 59 S. Main St., Pittston. Dinner is open to all, especially homeless people, those in need and those who will be alone for the holiday. The dinner will include turkey and all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings. For takeouts and delivery in Greater Pittston, contact First Baptist Church at 570-654-0283 from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.
Thanksgiving Eve Mass, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m., Holy Mother of Sorrows, 212 Wyoming Ave., Dupont.
Schuylkill County councils of the Knights of Columbus free Thanksgiving Day meal delivery, Thursday, Nov. 28. For all needy and shut-in folks of Schuylkill County. For more information, contact Schuylkill Council of the Knights of Columbus by Friday, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m. at 570-628-3333, 570-617-5771 or 570-516-9514. If no one answers the phone, callers should leave their names and phone numbers and someone will get back to them for the required information.
New Ringgold Ministerium Thanksgiving community service, Thursday, Nov. 28, 8 a.m. Hosted by Zion United Methodist Church, Route 895 at Keim and School streets, New Ringgold. Pastors of the ministerium will lead the service. The ministerium includes 10 congregations in the greater New Ringgold area. A collection will support the ministerium ministry.
St. Mary’s Thanksgiving Mass, Thursday, Nov. 28, 8 a.m., St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, 200 Stephenson St., Duryea.
Celebration Mass, Thursday, Nov. 28, 9 a.m., Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 215 Lackawanna Ave, Dupont. Come sing your favorite Thanksgiving hymns.
Holy Apostles Episcopal Church free Thanksgiving Day dinners, Thursday, Nov. 28; delivery, 11 a.m.; pickups, noon; and eat-in, 1 p.m.; 307 E. Hancock St., St. Clair. To be recipients, people must RSVP by Thursday, Nov. 21, by calling 570-429-2272 or 570-429-7107.
Thanksgiving Together Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m. (Donations accepted) Takeouts only available after all guests have been served. No reservations required. No deliveries. Grace Episcopal Church, 827 Church St., Honesdale. 570-253-2760 or gracechurchhonesdale.org.
21st annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, Nov. 28, noon to 3:30 p.m. (Free) Features entertainment by the Frost Duo. Takeout available. Eagle Hose Company, 1 Eagle Lane, Dickson City. 570-383-0923.
Free Thanksgiving dinner, Thursday, Nov. 28, 1 to 3 p.m. Auburn Church of God, 230 Market St. 570-449-9642.
Elks Lodge 695 Turkey Ball Bash, Friday, Nov. 29, 8 to 11 p.m. ($7) 135 E. Centre St., Mahanoy City. Musical entertainment will be by Maggie and the Mutts. Ages 21 and older ; photo IDs will be required. 570-573-2649.
Caitlin Heaney West is the content editor for Access NEPA and oversees the Early Access blog in addition to working as a copy editor and staff writer for The Times-Tribune. An award-winning journalist, she is a summa cum laude graduate of Shippensburg University and also earned a master’s degree from Marywood University. Caitlin joined the Times-Shamrock family in 2009 and lives in Scranton. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5107; or @cheaneywest