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. 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 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 28 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 — Gate of Heaven Church, Machell Avenue, Dallas, will hold Youth Music Camp for singers ages 8 to 15 from area Catholic parishes. Camp will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon daily Aug. 6 through Aug. 10 and will culminate with a children’s liturgy at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 12. Camp director if Anthony J. Kubasek, conductor of the youth choir at Gate of Heaven. Register by calling the church at 570-675-2121 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays. No fee will be charged for the camp.

DALLAS — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, Dallas, will hold its annual Summerfest 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

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 4:30 p.m. Dinner and dancing will follow at 6 p.m. 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 inaugural 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. The inaugural Bean Bag Tournament will take place at 2 p.m. Aug. 5, open to the first 16 youths that want to participate. Call Pastor Perillo.

KINGSTON — St. Ignatius Loyola Parish, 339 North Maple Ave., Kingston, will hold Grandma’s Attic Flea Market in Conlan Hall, 339 North Maple Ave., Kingston. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon July 28, which is bag day. Bake sale and food items are available for lunch. The church will host Alpha events on Tuesdays from Sept. 11 through Nov. 20, which include a meal, a video and an open discussion about the meaning of life and the path to happiness. Free of charge. Registration at 6:15 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m.; video at 7 p.m.; discussion at 7:30 p.m. Pre-register by Sept. 4 by calling the church at 570-288-6446.

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.

LAFLIN — A bus pilgrimage to the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., will take place Oct. 5, the 80th anniversary of the death of St. Maria Faustina. Bus leaves 7 a.m. from the back section of St. Maria Goretti parking lot, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin. Estimated arrival at shrine is 11 a.m. Itinerary includes a talk on St. Faustina, Eucharistic adoration and confessions, rosary, Mass, chaplet and benediction, blessing of religious articles and veneration of a first-class relic of St. Faustina. Departure from shrine is 4:45 p.m., dinner at Bogie’s Restaurant in Great Barrington, Mass.; arrival at St. Maria Goretti 11 p.m. Cost is $67 per person. Please contact trip coordinator Cathy Mack for reservations. 570-654-6063.

LARKSVILLE — St. John the Baptist Church, 126 Nesbitt St., Larksville, will hold its annual Parish Family Picnic Aug. 10 through 12. The event will feature a theme basket stand, “gigantic” flea market, bingo, games and prizes for all ages. Homemade pierogies, haluski, potato pancakes, piggies, clam chowder and assorted Polish, Slovak and American food will be available for purchase. Live music by John Stevens’ Double Shot from 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 10, George Tarasek from 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 11, and Tommy & The Original Tones from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 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. Faustina Parish, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, will hold Monday Night Worship at 7 p.m. Aug. 13.

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 trip to the American Music Theater in Lancaster for the Fall Doo Wop Cavalcade 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.

PITTSTON — St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 100 Rock St., Hughestown, will host a Rummage Sale from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4 and noon to 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 4, which is bag day. Food items will include wimpies, hot dogs, cakes, soda and water.

PLAINS TWP. — The Wyoming Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, 14 Martin St., Hudson section of Plains Township, will hold Vacation Bible School from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6 through 9. It will be geared for ages 4 through 12 and feature songs, Bible stories, crafts and refreshments. Online registration is available at Registration will also be taken at the door.

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


WILKES-BARRE — The Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 401 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, will hold its Bazaar from 4 to 10 p.m. July 28. Live music will be provided by 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-BARRESt. Robert Bellarmine Parish at St. Aloysius Church, 143 W. Division St., Wilkes-Barre, will hold its annual bazaar Aug. 2, 3 and 4. Homemade food, games, prizes and an indoor flea market will be featured. Live music includes Tommy & The Original Tones on Aug. 2, The Tommy Guns Band on Aug. 3 and the Sperazza Band and Barbershop Quartet on Aug. 4. Aug. 4 also features an Exotic and Sports Car Display provided by Wyoming Valley Racing.

WILKES-BARRE — The Jewish Community Alliance, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre: 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 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. Friday Night Live on the Riverfront will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 31. Shabbat services will be led by Rabbi Larry Kaplan and Cantor Ahron Abraham, followed by a picnic-style Shabbat chicken dinner. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held at the JCC. Reservations are needed by Aug. 24. $14 for adults; $7 for children 6 and younger; free for children under 3. Questions: 570-824-4646 or [email protected]

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — St. John Byzantine Catholic Church, 526 Church St., Wilkes-Barre Township, will hold a rummage and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2 in the parish hall, 756 East Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre Township. Thurday will be bag day, with half price on larger items. The hall will be filled with furniture, glassware, toys, books, knick-knacks, tools, lamps and household items, but no clothing this time. Home-baked desserts will be available. Info, 570-825-4338.

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 — Holy Cross Church, 23 Sheridan St., Wilkes-Barre, will hold a Flea Market/Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18. Homemade food items and baked good will be sold, and a basket raffle will be featured. Free admission and parking.

WYOMING — Wyoming United Methodist Church, 376 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, 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.

WYOMING — St. Monica’s Church, West Eighth St., Wyoming, will hold its fifth annual golf outing and dinner Aug. 26 at Emanon Golf Course. Registration is at noon with shotgun start at 1 p.. Cost is $65 per person or $260 per foursome. Features dinner, raffles, prizes and on-course refreshments. Anyone wishing to sponsor a hole for $50, donate a gift or request information, please contact Howard Kelley at 570-574-1677 or John Piszak 570-313-8586 or Frank Casarella 570-313-5515. Payment is due by Aug. 15.