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 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 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 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

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

FORTY FORT — The Forty Fort United Methodist Church, corner of Wyoming and Yeager avenues, will hold its third annual flea market and craft fair in the church parking lot from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sept. 8. Event features a bake sale, and light refreshments will be available for purchase. Approximately 25 vendors will be in attendance. Information: Pat at 570-417-4920 or the church office at 570-287-3840.

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. The organization will also host the innaugural Horseshoe Tournament at 1 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Harvey’s Lake Beach Club and is looking for 16 teams with two players per team. $20 donation is the entry fee. The winning team receives $100 and two trophies and pays no entry fee the following year. Winners must return trophies the following year. Reservations: Pastor Stephen Perillo at 570-899-2264.

KINGSTON — Dorrancton United Methodist Church, 549 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, will hold a Chicken BBQ from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 15. The dinner features 1/2 chicken, corn on the cob, baked beans, baked potato, cole slaw and dessert. For tickets, call 570-288-1477 or visit the office between 8 a.m. and noon Monday through Wednesday. Eat in or take out. $9 for adults; $7 for children under 12.

MOUNTAIN TOP — 65th Annual St. Jude Parish Picnic will take place Aug. 10 and 11 from 4 to 11 p.m. and Aug. 12 from noon to 9 p.m. on the parish grounds at 420 South Mountain Boulevard, Mountain Top. The picnic features local, ethnic and international foods – new this year husk-steamed corn, desserts galore in the Sweet House and an open pit Chicken BBQ on Aug. 12, starting at noon. Entertainment on Aug. 10 will be Peaceful Chaos from Above with karaoke from 7 to 10 p.m. and on Aug. 11, Sister Esther from 7 to 11 p.m. The picnic grand prize raffle is $10,000. There is plenty of on-site parking including handicap parking and shuttle service parking to and from Crestwood High School.

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 — 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.

NANTICOKE — The Berean Lighthouse Church, 2 W. Green St., Nanticoke, will hold an indoor, outdoor flea market beginning at 9 a.m. July 21. Household items, collectibles, records, CDs, jewelry and miscellaneous items will be for sale. Something for everyone.

PITTSTON — St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston, will have its 22nd annual Flea Market & Ziti Dinner on Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The Ziti Dinner will be on Aug. 4 from noon to 3 p.m. and Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults: $10; children under 12: $6. A bake sale will be held outside on Aug. 4. There will be ethnic foods, potato pancakes and traditional foods.

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 on the church grounds, 35 William St., Pittston, and will open at 5:30 p.m. each night. Featured entertainment includes Hillbilly D’Lux, Emerald Isle Irish Step Dancers, Sweet Pepper and the Long Hots, Pat Ward Magic Show and Flaxy Morgan. A variety of ethnic foods and baked goods will be available for purchase. Booths, raffles, children’s games, bingo and a huge indoor flea market will be presented in the auditorium.

SHICKSHINNY — Town Hill UMC, 417 Town Hill Road, Shickshinny, will host an Ice Cream Social from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 28 with homemade soup, sandwiches, ice cream, pies and cakes. Take-out available. Info, 570-864-2401

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 continue its Parish Festival from 5 to 11 p.m. July 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 14: Hoopla Band.

WILKES-BARRE — The Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 401 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, will hold its Bazaar from 4 to 10 p.m. July 27 and 28. Live music will be provided by Jump Start on July 27 and John Stevens’ Double Shot July 28. The menu features the ethnic food platter (stuffed cabbage, fried pierogies, halushki and kielbasa), pierogies with butter and onions, clam chowder, sausage and peppers, cheesesteak with peppers and onions, hamburgers with or without cheese, hot dogs with sauerkraut, fries, corn on the cob, potato pancakes and funnel cake. Event features a bake sale, children’s booth, instant bingo, gift cards and large baskets. Info: 570-825-6540

WILKES-BARRE — First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre, 97 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, will host its annual BBQ and Strawberry Social on the front lawn after the worship service on July 22. Reservations are not required but they do assist with the preparation of the event. To make a reservation, please call the church office at 570-824-2478. There is no charge for the event. Baby and toddler nurseries are provided on the third floor. Parking is available and free in the municipal lot across from the church on Northampton Street.

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 — St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, will hold its Parish Bazaar on July 19, 20 and 21 on the parish grounds. Raffle will feature a 50/50 cash grand prize and 22 additional prizes. American, ethnic, Mexican and Caribbean foods will be available. Giant flea market opens 1 p.m. July 19, 3 p.m. July 20 and 21. Bountiful baskets, various booths, something for all ages. Live music on July 19 by Flaxy Morgan, July 20 by The Sperazza Band and July 21 by The Home Town Boyz. Bazaar times: July 19 and 20, 5:30 to 11 p.m. and July 21, 6 to 11 p.m.

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 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.

WILKES-BARRE — Camp Moose on the Loose will be held at Calvary Bible Church, 186 Sambourne St., Wilkes-Barre, from July 30 through Aug. 3. The Bible School begins promptly at 6:15 p.m. each day. All ages will be included as well as adults. Bible stories, music, games, puppets, snacks and the camp store will be a part of the program. The Bible School is free. More info and to arrange transporting, please call 570-824-5868.

WILKES-BARRE — Central United Methodist Church, 65 Academy St., Wilkes-Barre, will hold its annual Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 4 with something for everyone. A lunch menu and bake sale will be available.

WILKES-BARRE — The Welsh Bethel Baptist Church, 290 Parish St., Wilkes-Barre, will be hosting Vacation Bible School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 22 through 26. Child Evangelism Fellowship of Luzerne County, Inc. will be teaching. This year’s theme is “Jesus: My Saviour and Friend.” VBS is for children ages 5 to 12. For more information, call the church at 570-822-3372.

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 complete its three-part mini Christian music Concert Series at the church, 380 Buck Blvd., White Haven, on 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.