Briefs…

‘Saying Goodbye’

“Saying Goodbye; How Today’s Funerals Are Changing” will be presented on Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Warren Public Library in the Slater Room from 6 to 7:30 p.m. For more information on this program or services available visit hospiceofwarrencounty.com or call (14) 723-2455.

Mrs. Claus program

After School with Mrs. Claus: Stop by the Warren Public Library Children’s Department on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 4:30 p.m., to visit with Mrs. Claus as she reads holiday stories, sings songs, and shares some holiday snacks and crafts. Preregistration is appreciated but not mandatory. Leave a message for Children’s staff at 723-4650 or sign the registration sheet located next to the staff computer in the Children’s Department.

Play books for sale by 4-H

The Warren County Plat book offers 50 pages of maps showing landowners of 5 acres or more. The book is indexed alphabetically by landowner. The upcoming holiday season is a great opportunity to purchase the book for the hard to buy for person. The sale of the books benefits the Warren County 4-H program.

The books can be purchased for $35 at Penn State Extension – Warren County office located in Youngsville. Several area offices and businesses have books for sale to help support the 4-H program. Be sure to check out one of these local offices or businesses: Assessment Office in the Warren County Courthouse; Jefferson DeFrees Family Center in Warren, D & L Enos Milling in Sugar Grove, Lottsville Milling in Bear Lake, and Tidioute Trading Post. For questions regarding the plat books or the Warren County 4-H program, please contact Jennifer Grooms at (814) 563-9388.

The 4-H program is a youth development program of Penn State Cooperative Extension. It is open to all youth between the ages of 8 and 18, without regard to ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or place of residence.

ReStore donations

Habitat for Humanity of Warren County’s ReStore is operating from the basement of Warren Antiques & Giftware, located at 306 Second Avenue in Warren. The store is open for donations and purchases Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donating large items such as appliances and furniture should be prearranged with Habitat for Humanity; other home improvement items may be donated during normal business hours. Habitat reserves the right to deny any item based on its potential resale value and/or usefulness to the organization. Contact Habitat at info@habitatwarrenpa.org.

Art League Christmas dinner

The Warren Art League will hold its Christmas dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Jack’s Tap House. RSVP with your reservation to dianedelarme@westpa.net, or call her at (814) 688-5265 by Dec. 1.

The Starving Artist Sale begins Dec. 1-23 at the former Blue Ribbon Rental building. Hours are Thursdays/Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members willing to take a shift should call (814) 726-2044. There will be no meetings in January or February.

The November meeting featured spiritual artist Heidi Jimerson, who led a session creating art through meditation.

Paws memorials

Paws Along the River received donations recently in memory of or in honor of:

Bill Rhode

Calvin “Gus” Rossman

Carla Mae Gay

Deborah Lord

Dick Ristau

Jeffrey D. Werner

John David Pirillo

Marvin Heeter

Matthew Beyeler

Paul Leofsky

Rex Graham

Robert Ruhlman

Sally J. Darling

Tasha O’Connor

Vercil “Sue” Pierce

Clint Crandal

Mark Garrett

Tasha O’Connor

Paul Leofsky

Blue Christmas

Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult. The constant refrain on the radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many people of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation — all these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern; we need to know that we are not alone.

For these reasons, First United Methodist Church and First Lutheran Church once again offer a special “Blue Christmas” Service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the First United Methodist Church, 200 Market Street in Warren.

Music will be provided by Chad Betts, cellist, and Ruth Nelson, piano. Come and join us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle, and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome.

Advent services

The Warren Area Ministerial Association will sponsor midday services during the Advent Season at the First United Methodist Church at 200 Market Street Warren. The prelude will begin at 11:55 a.m. followed by a brief service which will conclude by 12:30 p.m. A soup and dessert luncheon will be available following the service for a donation of $5.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, the speaker will be Rev. Bill Beatty from the Grace UM Church, and the liturgist will be Rev. Marcus Briggs, Rouse and Jail Ministry. Music will be provided by David Powell, Lois DeMarco, Patty Hannold, Heidi Ketzko, and Hope Punsky from the First UM Church. Lunch will be served by First UM Church.

On Thursday, Dec. 14, Rev. Kyle Pollen from the Warren Wesleyan Church will deliver the message, and Rev. Dorothy Hilliard from Faith Fellowship will be liturgist. Music will be provided by Michele Sandberg and Pam Lewis from the First UM Church. Lunch will be served by Emmanuel United Church of Christ.

On Dec. 20, Rev. Rebecca Taylor from the Warren First Presbyterian Church will be the speaker, and Rev. Buddy Warren from North Warren Presbyterian Church will be liturgist. Music will be provided by Beverly Petersen and LuAnn Saeli from Grace UM Church. Lunch will be served by First Church of God Mission Team.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Polka Sunday

The Slovenian Polka Boosters will be having their dance from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Eagles at Ridgway, with the Vagabonds, of DuBois, performing. There will be music for all types of dancing and the public is invited.

For information, call John or Pat Moore at 837-9218.

Class breakfast

The men of Warren High School class of 1951 will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Perkins.

Explorers open house

The Fire/EMS and Law Enforcement Explorers post will hold an open house on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Russell United Methodist Church, 17 North Main Street in Russell. Anyone age 14 to 18 considering future careers in Fire/EMS or Law Enforcement is invited to learn about the Explorer posts. Sea Scouts will also be present to share information on their program as well, for anyone 14 to 18 interested in boating, swimming, or sailing.

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