Church briefs

ASHLEY — Centenary United Methodist Church, 24 N. Main St., Ashley, 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.

BENTON — Patterson Grove Campground, approximately 2 miles off Route 239 between Shickshinny and Benton. All events open to public. Free will offering at vesper services, which begin at 7:15 p.m. Questions: Joan at 570-925-0244. June 15, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Pig Roast, features pulled pork, mac and cheese, potato salad, vegetable, pickled cabbage, rolls, desserts, iced tea and coffee; $10 adults; $5.50 children. July 20, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Roast Beef Supper, features roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, Jell-O salads, desserts, iced tea and coffee; $10 adults, $5.50 children. Aug. 17, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Chicken & Biscuits, features chicken and biscuits, gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetable, desserts, iced tea and coffee; $10 adults; $5.50 children. June 22 and 23, Flea Market; info: Jeanette Harvey at 570-864-3957; breakfast and lunch available; vendors welcome at no set-up charge. Vesper services: July 1, the Rev. Chip Norton, retired Baptist minister; July 8, the Rev. William Kuhn, retired UM minister; July 15, Debra Harvey, UM lay speaker; Aug. 12, the Rev. Dr. Dave Mansfield, Christian Church (doc); Aug. 19, Greg Hoover, UM lay speaker; Aug. 26, the Rev. Gary DeSanto; Sept. 2, 150th celebration Public Saturday Night Summer Concerts: July 7, Raven Creek, bluegrass gospel; July 14 Stephen Benscotter, pianist; July 21, Grabow Family, talented teens; July 22 to Aug. 5, camp meeting; Aug. 11, Evansville Gang, gospel music; Aug. 18, Redeemed, sweet gospel; Aug. 25, Catawissa Military Band, big band music; Sept. 1, campground capers.

DALLAS — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, Dallas, will hold its annual Summerfect from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 28. Popular area musicians Jesse & Friends will perform throughout the afternoon, and the Hi-Lites Motor Club will present its classic vehicle display from noon to 4 p.m. The Summerfest will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All those interested in contributing are invited to visit and click on “Make an Appointment” or call 1-866-996-5100. Walk-ins are also welcome.Other Summerfest attractions include opportunities to adopt a new pet from the Luzerne County SPCA, and the Back Mountain Railroad Club will offer a display of model trains. In addition, Young’s Funny Farm from Berwick will display their therapy animals. A Silent Auction with themed baskets, an inflatable sports arcade and a dunk tank, children’s games, face painting, bee keeping and ceramic art displays, bake sale, plant sale, and delicious picnic food will also be featured. An auction of outstanding baked goods and the evening outdoor service will bring the Summerfest to a close. For more information, contact St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 570-675-3859 or visit

DALLAS — The Orange United Methodist Church, 2293 W. Eighth Street, Dallas, will be holding Vacation Bible School from 5:45 to 8 p.m. June 24 through 28. The theme will be “Rolling River Rampage” where children will participate in a variety of activities including crafts, science, recreational activities and interactive Bible lessons. Closing program will be Thursday evening. For more information, call 570-675-1513.

DRUMS — Valley Community Church, 4 Rittenhouse Place, Drums, will hold an Independence Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 8. The events features a bounce castle, cross-fit fitness screening, yard games for all ages, Jackie’s French Fries and Funnel Cakes, a car show, snow cones, hot dogs and Pie-O Neer Pizza. Proceeds benefit the church. No alcoholic beverages permitted. Live patriotic music and celebration begins at 10 a.m. inside the church and continues outside throughout the day.

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.

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 — Loyalville United Methodist Church will hold a Meat Loaf Dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 9. $9 for adults; $3.50 for children ages 12 and younger. Take-out will be available. Call ahead at 570-477-3521 and leave a message with your phone number, number of dinners and pickup time. The church is located 1/2 mile off Route 29 south, 9 miles from Noxen. Turn left onto Loyalville Road, church is 1/2 mile. From Route 118, 4 miles west of Dallas. Turn right onto Loyalville Road, approximately 3 miles, church is on left. From Nanticoke, proceed to Hunlock Creek intersection, continue north on Route 29, approximately 4 miles, Loyalville Road on right. Church is 1/2 mile on right.

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.

KINGSTON — Dorrancton United Methodist Church, 549 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, will hold Vacation Bible School on June 18, 19 and 20. The theme is “Shipwrecked — Rescued by Jesus” VBS takes kids onto an uncharted island where they survive and thrive. It anchors the kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. for grades kindergarten through 5. Contact the church office at 570-288-1477 for information or to register.

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.

MOUNTAIN TOP — Christ Uniting Methodist Church, 175 S. Main Road, Mountain Top, will host its annual Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 18 through 22. Children from age 3 (potty trained) through grade 6 are invited. Pre-register by calling 570-474-6060. The cost is $1 per child and one can of juice per family. Donations will be accepted.

NANTICOKE — St. Faustina Parish, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, will present “Miracle of Bethlehem” at the Cultural Centre of St. Faustina, 38 W. Church St., Nanticoke, on Dec. 7, 8 and 9. Those who wish to re-join the play this year are asked to call 570-550-7799 to assure all roles are filled. Those who 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.

SHICKSHINNY — Town Hill UMC, 417 Town Hill Road, Shickshinny, will hold an Ice Cream Social from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 23, featuring homemade soup, sandwiches, ice cream, pies and cakes. Take-out available.

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.

WYOMING — Wyoming United Methodist Church, 376 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, will host a bus trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse Dinner Theater for their new show “Christmas in the Air” on Nov. 14. Deluxe motor coach departs from church. To sign up or for information, call Audrey Harris at 570-693-0905.

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.