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. A Summer Time Tea will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. June 24 at the church. $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 5 to 12; free for children under 5. Pre-sale tickets: 570-899-0906 or purchase tickets at the door the day of the tea. Menu features cucumber, egg salad, ham salad, tuna salad, chicken salad and cream cheese sandwiches, potato salad, broccoli and shells, an assortment of desserts and teas, coffee and water. Entertainment by Pastor William Dunn.

DALLAS — Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Road, Dallas, will hold its annual Rummage Sale June 2 in the Fellowship Hall at the rear of the church. Sale will take place from 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.

FORTY FORT — The Forty Fort United Methodist Church, will hold its annual Strawberry Festival from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 12 at the corner of Wyoming Avenue and Yeager Avenue in Forty Fort. Ticket may be purchased at the door, or patrons may call the church office at 570-287-3840. A ticket price of $4 includes ice cream, strawberries, cake and a beverage. There will be hot dogs and wimpies for $1.50 each as well. Take-out will be available.

FRANKLIN TWP. — Apostolic Faith Tabernacle, 536 Village Road, Franklin Township, will hold a Celebration of Hope at 4 p.m. June 2. Everyone is welcome for an afternoon of gospel songs featuring the Miller Family of Pottsville and the Harris Family of Cogan Station. Skits will be performed by the church youth, and the Rev. Frank Chorba. Following the service, refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall. Information: 570-333-5172.

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.

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 — 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 tickets are available by calling Roger at 570-288-6263.

MOUNTAIN TOP — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, will begin a summer worship schedule on June 17, offering one worship service at 9:30 a.m. during the summer months. Regular schedule will resume Sept. 9. The church will host a trip to Sight & Sound Theatres on June 16 to see the musical “Jesus.” The bus will leave from St. Paul’s at 8:30 a.m.; the production starts at 3 p.m.; and the bus will return home after the show. 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. The price includes bus, lunch at the Shady Maple, and the show. For more information, call the church office at 570-474-6616. Folk band Cedar Routes will perform at the church from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 24. A meet-and-greet will follow the performance. A free-will offering will be collected to balance the cost of travel. Open to the public.

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.

MOUNTAIN TOP — The Diocese of Scranton will hold its annual St. John Vianney Vocations Golf Classic July 9 at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountain Top. All donations are welcome. Proceeds help foster vocations to the Diocesan priesthood and support seminarian education. For reservations or information, call the Diocesan Development Office at 570-207-2250 or visit The tournament features a captain and crew format on the 27-hold course, and the day begins with lunch at 11 a.m. followed by a noon start and a reception dinner. Golfer packages of $250 include cart and green fess, lunch, dinner and reception. Hole sponsorships cost $100.

NANTICOKE — St. Faustina Parish, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, will hold a Monday Night Worship and Healing Service at 7 p.m. June 4. The event will feature Eucharistic adoration, praise and worship. A healing service will be part of the evening with Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, the Rev. Michael Kmiotek, CFR. Confessions will be available. “Miracle of Bethlehem” will be presented Dec. 7, 8 and 9. A new scene and song and casting changes will be discussed. Those who wish to re-join the play this year are asked to attend the meeting or call 570-550-7799 to assure all roles are filled. Those will will not be able to participate should call the number above.

PITTSTON — The United Methodist Church of Pittston will host a bus trip to see “Nunsense” starring Joyce DeWitt from classic TV show “Threes Company,” July 25 at Hunterdon Hills Dinner Theater. The trip costs $100 and is all inclusive. A trip to the American Music Theater in Lancaster for the Fall Doo Wop Cavalcade will take place on Sept. 29. The trip costs $118, and the show starts at 2 p.m. and features The Duprees, Dennis Tufano (voice of the Buckinghams), Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, Jay Sigel’s Tokens, The Marcels, and Randy & The Rainbows featuring Randy Stafuto. Bus leaves Pittston Plaza at 10 a.m. To make a reservation or for additional information, call Cathy at 570-603-1915.

PLAINS TWP. — Plains United Methodist Church, 133 North Main St., Plains Township, in conjunction with Making A Difference Ministries, of Wilkes-Barre, will present music of the Hilltop Christian Coffee House every first Saturday of the month through November.

WILKES-BARRE — The Jewish Community Alliance, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: Congregation Ohav Zedek will present scholar in residence Stephen Savitsky who will deliver the 2018 Fortinsky Lecture, “Hashem Is Calling: Please Answer Your Cellphone,” at 7 p.m. June 10 at 242 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Everyone 90 and over is invited to a Special Birthday and Welcome to Summer Party at noon June 21 at the JCA. 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. Rick Evans JCC Day Camp opens June 18 through Aug. 10 for girls and boys ages 2 to 14. Visit or call the JCC front desk at 570-824-4646 for camp applications. There is an open house for campers and parents to meet the camp staff at 6 p.m. June 14, rain or shine.

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.