Church briefs

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. The church will hold its annual Strawberry Social from 4 to 7 p.m. June 16. Full menu includes homemade strawberry shortcake. Donations: $9.50 for adults; $5.50 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger are free. $4.50 for just strawberry shortcake. Information: 570-735-1514

DALLAS — Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Road, Dallas, will hold its annual Rummage Sale June 1 and 2 in the Fellowship Hall at the rear of the church. Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1 and 9 a.m. to noon June 2, which will be bag day: all you can stuff into a large brown grocery bag for $2. Items include clothing for men, women and children; jewelry; household items; smaller pieces of furniture; knick-knacks; collectibles; toys; books; holiday items. Proceeds benefit church programs and community outreach projects.

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. Menu includes 1/2 chicken, baked potato, corn on the cob, pepper slaw, dinner roll, dessert and beverage. Tickets: Call Karen Daniels at 570-885-1650.

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.

HARVEYS LAKE — Alderson United Methodist Church, 1201 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake, pole 108, will hold a Roast Pork Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. May 19. Menu features roast pork, baked potato, applesauce, peas, rolls, butter, dessert and beverage. Take-out available all evening. $9 for adults; $4.50 for children under 12. Questions: Call 570-639-5401, and leave a message.

HUNLOCK CREEK — The Oakdale United Methodist Church, 485 Oakdale Drive, Hunlock Creek, will hold a Memorial Day Service and Roast Beef Dinner May 28. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., and dinner will be served at 11 a.m. Menu features roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, creamed cole slaw, baked beans, corn, apple sauce, bread and butter, homemade pie and beverage. An evening meal will be served from 3 to 6 p.m. and will feature hot roast beef sandwiches, mashed potatoes, hot dogs and homemade ice cream. $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Homemade ice cream costs $1 per scoop and $6 per quart. Call 570-735-1514 for more information.

KINGSTON — The Church of Christ Uniting, 190 S. Sprague Ave., Kingston, will host Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8 p.m. June 18 through 22. “Jesus is My Lifesaver” is this year’s theme. All students from age 3 to grade 6 are welcome. No charge. Call Amy Williams, director of Christian education at 570-288-8434 to register.

KINGSTON — A meeting of Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA) will take place at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Dorranceton United Methodist Church, 549 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. The group meets to help those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction manage their emotional and psychiatric illness in a healthy way. Contact: Allan, 570-820-7832

KINGSTON — St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 321 Chestnut Ave., Kingston, will hold a Turkey Dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. June 9. Take-out will be available from 4 to 5 p.m. $10 for adults; $6 for children under 12. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Advance rtickets are available by calling Roger at 570-288-6263.

MOUNTAIN TOP — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, will hold a Celebration of Women at 4 p.m. May 20. The program will celebrate the joys and sorrows, strength and power of sisterhood. Light refreshments will follow. Sign up in the narthex. 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 — Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 7768 Blue Ridge Trail, Mountain Top, will hold its annual 300 Club Fundraiser beginning at noon June 16. An admission fee of $35 gives a patron and a friend will be given a pass for free food and entertainment for the day plus a ticket which enters the patron in hourly drawings for monetary prizes with the grand prize drawn at 6 p.m. Patrons do not need to be present to win. If patrons wish not to be entered in drawings, they can still participate and enjoy food and entertainment by donating $15 per person at the door. A silent auction will take place with call at 5:30 p.m., and no 300 Club ticket is necessary to participate. Tickets/directions: Allen Dennis at 570-868-5120 or church office at 570-868-5675.

MOUNTAIN TOP — New Life Community Church, 570- S. Main Road, Mountain Top, in conjunction with Making a Difference Ministries, will present music of The Truth Cafe Christian Coffee House every second Friday of the month through October.

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 — 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.

PLAINS TWP. — Plains United Methodist Church, 133 North Main St., Plains Township, will host its annual Homemade Lasagna Dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. May 19. Dinner costs $9 for a large portion and $6 for a small portion. Tickets will not be sold at the door but can be ordered ahead of time by calling 570-200-5040. Handicapped parking available. In conjunction with Making A Difference Ministries, of Wilkes-Barre, the church will present music of the Hilltop Christian Coffee House every first Saturday of the month through November.

PLAINS TWP. — The Wyoming Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, 14 Martin St., Hudson section of Plains Township, will offer a free presentation titled “Understanding Addiction” from 3 to 5 p.m. May 19. Presenters Dale McElwee, CADC, and Brad Forsythe, BA, are professional drug and alcohol therapists in the area and will explain the risk factors that lead to drug and alcohol dependence. Light refreshments will follow the presentation. Information and questions: Dale McElwee, 570-852-1032.

PLYMOUTH — The First Reformed Church of Plymouth, 33 Willow St., Plymouth, will hold a Roast Beef Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. May 19. Menu features roast beef, mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll, drink and dessert. Take-out orders are welcome. $8 per person.

SHICKSHINNY — Town Hill UMC, 417 Town Hill Road, Shickshinny, will hold an Ice Cream Social from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 26. Menu also features homemade soup, sandwiches, pies and cakes. Take-out available. 570-864-2401

TRUCKSVILLE — The Trucksville United Methodist Church, 40 Knob Hill Road, Trucksville, will open an Election Day Cafe at 7 p.m. May 15. The menu will include hot and cold beverages, doughnuts, sticky buns, brownies and cookies, sandwiches, homemade soups and chili, hot dogs and wimpies. Lunch-to-go can be ready in minutes. Cafe will stay open until 7 p.m. and is handicap accessible with plenty of seating and table service if needed. Patrons can pick up lunch or dinner after voting. Proceeds go toward Mother Theresa’s Haven.

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 dinners 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 Night on May 26.

WILKES-BARRE — The Jewish Community Alliance, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 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. The Men’s Club will welcome speaker Larry Newman of the Diamond City Partnership at 11 a.m. May 15. Speak with Julius Copelan, club president, with any ideas or suggestions. The JCA Book Club will discuss “The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Dander, Newfoundland” at 12:45 p.m. May 24. Everyone 90 and over is invited to a Special Birthday and Welcome to Summer Party at noon June 21. A captain and crew Golf Tournament is scheduled for July 16 at Huntsville Golf Club. Proceeds to benefit Rick Evans JCC Day Camp Scholarship Fund and Autistic Program. Individual player costs $150.

WILKES-BARRE — The Board of Trustees of Central United Methodist Church, 65 Academy St., Wilkes-Barre, will sponsor a Spaghetti Dinner, from 4 to 7 p.m. May 19. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 12. For tickets, call the church office at 570-822-7246. Tickets will also be available at the door. Dine in or take out.

WILKES-BARRE — Making a Difference Ministries will hold the Miles for Missions One Hour Walk/Run A-Thon to benefit the Bishop’s Partners in Mission May 12 at Kirby Park, Market Street, Wilkes-Barre. Registration/check in begins at 8:30 a.m. A Christian Worship Concert will take place at 8:45 a.m. The Walk/Run kicks off at 9:30 a.m., and another Christian Concert follows at 11 a.m. Music by Stephen Perillo and the Followers. For more information and download resources, including a sponsorship form, or Contact Dorranceton United Methodist Church (570) 288-1477.

WYOMING — Wyoming United Methodist Church, 376 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, welcomes the public to join the congregation at 11:45 a.m. May 26 for a dedication to its new Carillon chime system and to proclaim its commitment to God through hymns. Inquiries: Call the church office at 570-693-2821 or Wayne Harris at 570—693-0905.

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 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. 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.