SHAMOKIN - Following its success in Elysburg, the Lifetree Cafe program will now be presented in Shamokin, at 531 N. Market St., starting Thursday.

The "conversation cafe" has been running at the Elysburg Presbyterian Church since March 2013, providing thought-provoking talk and information in each 60-minute session.

Local director Kathy Vetovich, host of the program in Elysburg, felt the time was right to bring it to Shamokin with all of its "stories and conversations to feed the soul."

The hour typically includes a short original film and guided conversation with a local host directing the hour.

"It's sort of like a live, local talk show - with an inspirational twist," Vetovich said.

Topics, which change weekly, focus on popular life issues and may include loneliness, immigration, health, angels, guilt, prayer and life after death. The exclusive documentary-style films feature everyday people with unusual stories, as well as nationally known figures.

The Shamokin location's first program will be "To Heaven and Back" featuring an exclusive filmed interview with Todd Burpo, author of New York Times best seller "Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back."

In 2003, Todd nearly lost his 4-year-old son, Colton. The boy's appendix burst, and he fought a life-threatening infection. To save Colton's life, emergency surgery was conducted. After the surgery, Colton began telling his parents about his "visit to heaven." Colton's parents had to decide: Had their son gone to heaven and returned? Visit Lifetree Cafe and decide for yourself.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free and snacks and beverages will be available.

The Lifetree Cafe programs will be presented on Sundays at Elysburg Presbyterian Church and Thursdays in Shamokin.

Questions about Lifetree Cafe may be directed to Kathy Vetovich at 570-672-9346 or kvetovich@gmail.com