“Mother’s Day was Sunday, May 12, 2013. ON this day it seems fitting to remember the mothers and families of Susquehanna County through your sharing and contribution to the work of the “Adopt-a-Family” program of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre MIssion District. Why do we link the two?
First, do you know the original “Mother’s Day” was begun as a church related function? In 1868, Ann Jarvis created a committee to establish a “Mother’s Friendship Day” with the purpose of “reuniting families that had been divided during the Civil War.” Previously she had organized a “Mother’s Day Work Club” to improve the sanitation and health for both Union and Confederate encampments undergoing a typhoid outbreak. After her death, her daughter, Anna Jarvis, with the assistance of Philadelphia merchant John Wannamaker, established the official “Mother’s Day.” On May 12, 1907, a special service was held in Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church, Grafton, West Virginia where Anna’s mother had taught Sunday School.
Second, the mothers and families of Susquehanna County find themselves in similar situations. Families are divided and sanitation and health are threatened. However, in today’s environment, the cause is not Civil War but violence and abuse, economics, education, socialization, and fear.
This month consider the women and families in Susquehanna County. Perhaps Pastors, Lecturers and Chaplains will highlight the “Adopt-A-Family” program in talks and prayers. Your efforts and assistance is valued and needed in this ministry. With your help, we can create opportunities there!
GROW-A-ROW for the Back Mountain Food Pantry! Spread the word about this great project. The garden is located ona section of The Lands at Hillside Farms and has been a work in progress for the last three years. Last year the garden produced 1,000 lbs. of fresh produce that went to the clients of the Back Mountain Food Pantry and the Noxen Food Pantry. This year the hope is to provide 1,500 lbs. of fresh produce to those same clients. To ge successful, the garden needs your help in many ways:
For those who are able, we need physical help at the garden to plant, water, harvest, etc.
Donations of equipment and supplies are accepted (a wish list can be found on the website).
Monetary donations are accepted for the purchase of needed items.
Spread the word about the project.
Grow some extra produce in your own gardne. The Grow-A-Row program can be found on the website.
For more information, to see the wish list and photos from last year, please visit www.foopanga.org. Check back throughout the season to check our progress. Contact Bob McGuire at 570-216-8326 for more information.
May’s meeting is on May 7th at 7 pm in the Grange Hall. Everyone is invited to bring a friend or relative!
The Kingston Township Chief of Police announces that Officer Frank Ziegler, D.A.R.E. and C.O.P. Officer will be on hand collecting unwanted and / or expired prescription drugs on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm at the Kingston Township Police Station located at 180 East Center Street, Shavertown. The service is free of charge and anonymous, no questions asked. This is a great opportunity to safely dispose of accumulated, unwanted and / or expired prescription drugs.
Mountain Grange No. 567 cordially invites parents and children to a Mother’s Day Brunch to be held on Saturday, May 4th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Grange Hall, 1632 West 8th Street, Kingston Township, Wyoming, PA. Come for brunch, meet Grange members and learn about Grange at this Open House. Admission is free with one item of food, per person, to be donated to the Back Mountain Food Pantry.
The Grange is a place for the entire family. Meetings and activities are open to all ages. The Grange has always met together in a family atmosphere where everyone is equal.
Mountain Grange No. 567 is meeting Tuesday, May 7th at 7 pm in the Grange Hall, 1632 West 8th Street, Kingston Township, Wyoming, PA. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Mountain Grange No. 567 is hosting a Blood Drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross.
When: Saturday, June 8, 2013
Where: Kingston Township Municipal Building Lower Level
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p. m.
Refreshments will be provided by the American Red Cross and Mountain Grange No. 567. Mountain Grange is pleased to be of service to the community
FAMILY BENEFITS OF GRANGE MEMBERSHIP:
TOGETHERNESS – The Grange is a place for the entire family. Meetings and activities are open to all ages. The Grange has always met together in a family atmosphere where everyone is equal.
ROLE MODELS – Grange members are good citizens with a great moral center. These are the type of people that children can look up to as role models.
INTERESTS – The Grange offers many different ways to involve and interest members and allow families to come together in times of service, community, engagement, fellowship, learning and entertainment.