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.

LAKE TOWNSHIP — A meeting for the Chestnut Grove Cemetery will take place at 1 p.m. May 6 at the Loyalville United Methodist Church, Loyalville Road, Lake Township.

MOUNTAIN TOP — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon May 5. $1 bags will be on sale from 2 to 4 p.m. Setup will take place from noon to finish May 4. Rummage can be dropped off starting April 30. “New evening hours drop-off” from 6 to 8 p.m. May 2. No furniture or exercise equipment. Questions: Call Sue at 570-474-6558. 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.

PITTSTON — St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston, will hold a Stuffed Cabbage Roll (Piggie) and Halushki Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 and 19. Piggies cost $2.25 each and $13 for six. Halushki costs $6 per quart. To place orders, call Linda at 570-905-7387.

PITTSTON — St. Joseph Oblates Seminary Chapel , 1880 Route 315, Pittston, will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 featuring household goods, decorations, toys, baby gear, purses, jewelry, beauty, small tools and more. 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.

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.

TRUCKSVILLE — The Trucksville United Methodist Church, will hold its annual Spring BBQ on May 4 and 5 at its educational facility, 40 Knob Hill Road, Trucksville. Menu features half a chicken, baked potato, fixings, homemade desserts and beverages. Tickets cost $9. Eat in from 5 to 7 p.m. Take-out begins at 4:30 p.m. Reservations required: 570-696-3897

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 — 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.

WILKES-BARRE — St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral, 35 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, will hold Celtic Spirituality Nights on April 28 and May 26.

WILKES-BARRE — The Jewish Community Alliance, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 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, will present “Reflections on My Grandfather,” celebrating 70 years of Israel. Following the speaker, a reception will be held and Israeli food served. An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 15 in the Weiss Auditorium.

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.

WYOMING — The Hinkle Family, traveling from coast to coast ministering to seniors in nursing homes and retirement centers, will be in concert at 7 p.m. May 22 at the First Baptist Church, 52 E. Eighth St., Wyoming. The public is invited for a night of gospel music and message. Admission is free; a free-will offering will be taken. Parking is available at Luzerne Bank.

WHITE HAVEN — The Beaumont Free Methodist Church and Making a Difference Ministries will hold a three-part mini Christian music Concert Series at the church, 380 Buck Blvd., White Haven. April 28: The Cedar Routes, bluegrass, nationally known singer-songwriter from Oley. June 23: Yvonee Hartman, American folk and contemporary worship from Allentown. Aug. 3: Mike Lewis, nationally known songwriter from Nashville, Tenn. All concerts take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and admission is free.