Church briefs

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. 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. Vesper services: 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, Bonning Family; 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/KINGSTON — Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 420 Main St., Dallas, and the Episcopal Church of Grace in Kingston will participate in their first pulpit exchange on July 8. Celebrating the mass and preaching at Grace will be the Rev. Joseph Rafferty, rector of Prince of Peace, and celebrating and preaching at Prince of Peace will be the Rev. John Harman, rector at Grace. Both parishes are planning to conduct a joint service of Compline July 18 at Prince of Peach Episcopal.

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

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.

DRUMS — Good Shepherd Church, 87 South Hunter Highway, Drums, will hold its 2018 Summer Festival from 1 to 10 p.m. July 7 and 1 to 7 p.m. July 8. The event features live music, fireworks, food and activities to kids and adults. For more information, call Good Shepherd Church at 570-788-3141 or email [email protected]

EXETER — The Parish of St. Barbara,28 Memorial St., Exeter, will hold its Summer Festival and Car & Truck Show July 21 and 22. The event will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

EXETER TWP. — The Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 1422 Mt. Zion Road, Harding, will host its 27th annual Chicken BBQ from 4:30 to 7 p.m. July 21. Take-out begins at 4 p.m. $10 for adults; $6.50 for children

HANOVER TWP. — The Ladies of Mary Society of Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, 420 N. Main Road, in the Buttonwood section of Hanover Township, will sponsor a Polka Mass and Polish Dinner on Aug. 25. Mass will be at 4 p.m. Dinner and dancing will follow on the church grounds. Music will be provided by John Stevens Double Shot. Dinner costs $25 per person and includes Polish food along with beer, soda and water. Tickets will be available until Aug. 12. For tickets and/or more information, call 570-824-5965.

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.

MOUNTAIN TOP — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top:, is in its summer worship schedule, offering one worship service at 9:30 a.m. during the summer months. Regular schedule will resume Sept. 9.

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. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 231 State Street, Nanticoke, and Making a Difference Ministries will present singer-songwriter Bill Hunt from 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 27. A goodwill offering will be collected to defray the cost of the travel for the artist. Sundaes will be available for a minimal cost.

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.

NANTICOKE — Zion United Church of Christ, 40 W. Main St., Nanticoke, will hold a One Day Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 14 in the church basement. A variety of items will be on sale including clothing, household items, books and more. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

PITTSTON — The United Methodist Church of Pittston will host a bus trip to see “Nunsense” starring Joyce DeWitt from classic TV show “Three’s 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.

PITTSTON — St. John the Evangelist Parish will hold its annual bazaar on Aug. 9, 10 and 11.

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.

SUGAR NOTCH — Holy Family Parish, 828 Main St., Sugar Notch, will hold its Summer Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. July 14, rain or shine. Traditional ethnic and American homemade food will be available. Menu includes potato pancakes, pierogies, wimpies, hot dogs, french fries, sausage and peppers, red clam chowder, halushki, nachos and cheese, and ice cream. Event also features bingo, games of chance, children’s games, instant bingo, and a cash and prize raffle. Live entertainment by Sammich Kings.

SWOYERSVILLE — St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish (Holy Trinity Church), 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville, will hold its Parish Festival from 5 to 11 p.m. July 12 through 14. The event features games, a cash raffle, 50/50 drawing each night, bingo, themed baskets and homemade ethnic foods including pirohy, piggies, haluski, kreple, potato pancakes and funnel cakes. Each night features live entertainment at 7 p.m. July 12: John Stevens’ Double Shot. July 13: Sweet Pepper & The Long Hots. July 14: Hoopla Band.

WILKES-BARRESt. Robert Bellarmine Parish at St. Aloysius Church, 143 W. Division St., Wilkes-Barre, will offer St. Ann’s Solemn Novena at 7 p.m. nightly from July 18 through 26 with the Rev. James Price of St. Rose of Lima Church in Carbondale. All are welcome to join the nine-day Novena. The church is handicap accessible and air conditioned.

WILKES-BARRE — The Jewish Community Alliance, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: 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. The JCA building will be closed on Sundays throughout the summer. JCC Summer Camp will be open to all community members from noon to 4 p.m. on July 8, 15, 22 and 29; and Aug. 5. No charge for JCC members, $5 per non-member and $25 maximum per family. Rick Evans JCC Day Camp is open 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.

WILKES-BARRE — St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1000 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, will hold the ordination and installation of Pastor Elect DeYoung at 3 p.m. Aug. 12. There will be a dinner reception following at St. Faustina’s Hall in Nanticoke. All are welcome. Reservations required for the reception and can be made by calling 570-823-7332.

WYOMING — Wyoming United Methodist Church, 376 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, will host a bus trip to Hiawatha Paddleboat for a leisurely cruise down the Susquehanna River on July 17. The bus leaves promptly at 10 a.m.m from the church. Lunch will be at the buffet at The Country Cupboard in Lewisburg. $48 due by July 3. Call Audrey Harris at 570—693-0905. The church will host a trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse Dinner Theater for their new show “Christmas in the Air” on Nov. 14. A price of $110 includes the show, deluxe motor coach, full-course meal, tax and gratuity. 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. 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.

WHITE HAVEN — St. Patrick’s Church, 411 Allegheny St., White Haven, will hold its Summer Festival from 2 to 10 p.m. July 7 and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 8. The 5K race starts at 9 a.m. July 7, and Polka mass takes place at 6 p.m. July 7. The event features food, music, games, raffles and a flea market.