Church briefs

ASHLEY — The Holy Name Society of St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Church, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley, will hold a Victorian Tea at 2 p.m. April 29 in the church hall. Tickets cost $12 for ages 12 and older. The menu features assorted finger sandwiches, scones, desserts and flavored teas. The event also features entertainment and a basket raffle. No tickets will be sold at the door. Reservations are required by calling Bonnie Lazar at 570-474-1031 or Jane Clarke at 570-824-3176. Tickets are also available before and after 4:30 p.m. Saturday Mass and 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday Mass on April 14 and 15 and April 21 and 22.

ASHLEY — Centenary United Methodist Church, 24 N. Main St., Ashley, is offering Saturday evening weekly church service. Worship service begins at 4 p.m. Questions: Contact Pastor Roger Noss Jr. at 570-735-1514. Everyone is welcome.

CLARKS SUMMIT — The Country Alliance Church and others will host the second annual Widows Banquet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 28 at the Ramada on Northern Boulevard in Clarks Summit. The banquet is offered to express encouragement and support for those women in the region who have lost their husbands. The banquet is open to all widows and will include a free meal, special music by Anna Vanderstel, a student at Clarks Summit University, a devotional message by Susan Pasquali, a widow who is a speaker for Christian Women’s Clubs, gifts for each woman and door prizes. Space is limited and reservations are required by April 23. Reservations and information: 570-587-2885 or 570-966-4800

COURTDALE — The Courtdale United Methodist Women are holding a Rummage-Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 3 and 4, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5 at the church, 225 Courtdale Ave., Courtdale. May 5 is bag day.

DALLAS — The Dorcas Society of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, Dallas, will hold its Spring Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. May 4 and 8 a.m. to noon May 5. Items for sale include clothing for men, women and children; shoes; coats; household goods; games, puzzles and books; linens; small appliances; household decorations; jewelry and more. Homemade baked good will be available for purchase.

EXETER TWP. — The Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 1422 Mt. Zion Road, Harding, will host a chicken barbecue from 4:30 to 7 p.m. May 19. Take-out will start at 4 p.m. Dinner costs $10 for adults and $6.50 for children.

HANOVER TWP. — Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, 420 N. Main Road, in the Buttonwood section of Hanover Township, will hold Gift Card Bingo on April 29. Doors open at noon and games begin at 1 p.m. Prizes include a wide variety of gift cards to restaurants, stores, gas stations and more. Admission costs $5. The event features raffles, a 50/50 drawing and food available for purchase. Tickets and info: 570-328-4004. Proceeds benefit the parish youth ministry program.

HARVEYS LAKE — Making A Difference Ministries will host a Concert Under the Stars from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 with national singer-songwriter Mike Lewis from Nashville, Tenn., and local country act Broken Road Duo during Lake Fest, at Pole 187, The Harveys Lake Beach Club.

HUNLOCK CREEK — The annual meeting of the members of the Maple Grove Cemetery Association, Inc. will take place on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. This annual meeting will take place in the Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 5876 Main Road, Hunlock Creek. The church is located just above the cemetery on Main Road in Sweet Valley. The current president, Eugene Holcomb, will give a “state of the cemetery” report, and a financial report for the calendar year 2017 will be presented. If members have any questions about the meeting or to suggest items for the directors to consider in their meetings, they may be addressed to Eugene Holcomb, President, at 5690 Main Road, Hunlock Creek, PA 18621.

MOUNTAIN TOP — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, will hold a Spaghetti Dinner from 3:30 to 7 p.m. April 24 at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall in White Haven. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. Call the pastor for tickets. Take-out will be available anytime. $8 for adults; $4 for children under 12. The church will host a trip to Sight & Sound Theatres on June 16 to see the musical “Jesus.” The trip costs $130 for adults, $73 for children and $50 for children 12 and younger. A $50 deposit is required to secure a seat. For more information, call the church office at 570-474-6616.

MOUNTAIN TOP — St. Martin in the Fields, little stone church at corner of Nuangola and Church roads in Mountain Top, will host a meatloaf dinner from 4 to 6:30 p.m. May 5. The meal costs $10 for ages 12 and older and $5 for ages 5 to 11. Those younger than 5 are admitted free. Welsh cookies will also be available for purchase. The church is also taking orders for pasties, which are available with or without onions. Orders can be placed by calling Joan at 570-474-5587. May 5 is the last day to order.

MOUNTAIN TOP — Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 7768 Blue Ridge Trail, Mountain Top will hold a Turkey Supper from 3 to 7 p.m. April 28. Menu features turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, cranberry sauce, homemade pickled cabbage, break, beverage and dessert. $11 for adults; $4 for children ages 6 to 11; free for children 5 and younger. Take-out costs $11. Reservations: 570-868-5675

NANTICOKE — St. Faustina Parish, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, will hold Monday Night Worship at 7 p.m. May 7. There will be Eucharistic adoration, praise and worship.

NANTICOKE — The Berean Lighthouse Church, 2 W. Green St., Nanticoke, will sell Welsh cookies from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21. Clothing and household items will also be available.

PITTSTON — St. Joseph Oblates Seminary Chapel , 1880 Route 315, Pittston, will benefit from a yard sale organized by the St. Joseph’s Homeschool Co-op. The co-op is seeking donations of gently used items. Household goods, decorations, toys, baby gear, purses, jewelry, beauty, small tools, and more will be accepted. No clothing electronics, large furniture or exercise equipment will be accepted. Donations can be made at the Oblates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28. Questions: Call Jessica at 917-239-3021.

PITTSTON — The United Methodist Church of Pittston is sponsoring a bus trip on May 19 to the American Music Theater in Lancaster to see “Songs of the Silver Screen,” which pays tribute to the biggest hits from movies of the past and present. After the show, participants will have dinner at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord with time to visit the gift shop. $100 per person includes the show, dinner, bus seat, taxes and tips. Bus leaves from Pittston Plaza at 11 a.m. For information or to reserve a seat, call Cathy at 570-603-1915.

SHICKSHINNY — Town Hill UMC’s first Ice Cream Social of the year will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 28 at 417 Town Hill Road, Shickshinny. Features homemade soup, sandwiches, ice cream, pies and cakes. Take-out is available.

SHAVERTOWN — The Shavertown United Methodist Church, 163 N. Pioneer Ave., Shavertown, will present a Fine Arts Concert Series event, “Celebrating Our Faith In Song,” at 7 p.m. April 22. Featured will be vocal and bell choirs from SUMC along with the Anthracite Brass and congregational singing of favorite hymns with organ and choirs. A free offering will be taken, and an ice cream social reception will follow the concert. Information: 570-675-3616

SUGAR NOTCH — Holy Family Parish, 828 Main St., Sugar Notch, will hold its annual Spring Derby Night at the Races beginning at 5 p.m. May 5. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. and post time is 6:30 p.m. A four-star buffet is free with horse donation (dessert and beverages included. Menu features salsa chicken, pulled pork with rolls, chili, kielbasa, ziti and meatballs, pasta salad, coleslaw, bean salad, copper penny salad, tortilla chips and dips. To sponsor a horse, call the rectory at 570-822-8983.

WAPWALLOPEN — St. James Lutheran Church, 827 E. County Road, Wapwallopen, will host a Roast Beef Dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. April 21. $11 for adults; $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Take-out will be available. Information: Shelly at 570-854-2161

WILKES-BARRE — First Assembly of God, 424 Stanton St., Wilkes-Barre: WOW Ministry will hold its Spring Craft show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 5 in the church parking lot. The event is rain or shine. The craft show will consist of canvas prints, purses, soy candles, Lularoe, Scentsy, It Works, Pinkn Zebra, Norwex, Usborne Books, Avon, vitamins, supplements, handmade jewelry, cake pops, handmade cards, and more. WOW Women’s Ministry will sell refreshments. Free and open to the public. Proceeds benefit the First Assembly Women’s Ministry. For more information or an application to participate, contact Robin Burridge at 570-868-3194.

WILKES-BARRE — First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre, 97 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, will welcome the Wilkes University Chamber Singers as a guest choir for the 10 a.m. April 22 worship service. Selected pieces are “Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, “Sicut Cervus;” Peter Lutkin, “The Lord Bless You and Keep You;” and Eleanor Daley, “In Remembrance.”

WILKES-BARRE — St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, 905 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre will host spaghetti dinners from 4 to 6 p.m. each Thursday in the church hall. $8 includes salad, pasta dinner, bread, dessert and beverage. Choice of six pastas and five sauces. Ample parking. 570-823-6692. Spaghetti dinner run through May and possibly into first week of June. The Ladies of St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church will hold their semi-annual Book and Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21. A bag sale will be conducted at noon on April 21. Plenty of parking available. Public is welcome.

WILKES-BARRE — St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, will offer a Jazz Eucharist at 6 p.m. April 21, a Choral Eucharist at 10:30 p.m. April 22, and a Choral Evensong at 4 p.m. April 22. Celtic Spirituality Night will be held on April 28 and May 26.

WILKES-BARRE — The Jewish Community Alliance, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. April 21: performances by Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutlik and American pianist Spencer Myer. April 29: A Tour, Information Meeting and Brunch for the Friedman Center for Jewish Life will take place beginning at 10 a.m. at 613 Third Ave., Kingston and moving to the JCA at 10:30 a.m. RSVP to 570-824-4646 or [email protected] April 29: The 2018 Benjamin August Memorial 3-Mile Run will take place at 10:30 a.m. and take runners through South Wilkes-Barre, beginning on Northampton Street and ending on the River Common. Registration fee is $15 before April 29 and $17 on race day. Preregistration packets may be picked up starting at 9:15 a.m. Registration closes 10 minutes prior to race start. Make checks payable to Jewish Community Alliance, and mail pre-entry form to Rick Evans, JCA, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA, 18702. May 2: Yom Ha’atzmaut, speaker Alon Ben Gurion, grandson of Israel’s founding father and prime minister David Ben Gurion.

WILKES-BARRE — The Catholic Men’s Conference will take place on May 5 at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre. The conference will feature inspirational speakers, Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and a concluding Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph C. Bambera. Featured speaker Jessie Romero, a bilingual Catholic speakers, former US middleweight kickboxing champion and retired sheriff, will encourage the audience to rise above mediocrity and embrace the true hope that comes from Jesus Christ. Register at beamanconference.com or call the Diocesan Pastoral Center at 570-207-2213. Information: Michael Kilmer at 570-746-0100 or [email protected]

WILKES-BARRE — The Board of Trustees of Central United Methodist Church, 65 Academy St., Wilkes-Barre, will sponsor a Chicken and Biscuits Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. April 28 with take-out available. Tickets cost $9 for adults and $4.50 for children ages 12 and younger. To reserve tickets, call the church office at 570-822-7246. A limited number of tickets will also be available at the door.

WYOMING — The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wyoming Valley, 20 Church Road, Wyoming, is hosting a monthly discussion group which explores the history behind the concept of race in America. The congregations will be listening to a series of podcasts from Scene on Radio called “Seeing White” to help them find new stories and understandings about our history and our current racial and ethnic reality. They meet on the first Thursday of the month, 7 to 9 p.m. It is open to the public. For more information, visit www.uucwv.org or contact the church at [email protected] or 570-696-3949.