Finding hope in tough times discussed

ELYSBURG - Remaining hopeful while facing difficulties will be discussed at Lifetree Cafe from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Elysburg Presbyterian Church, 320 W. Valley Ave.

The program, titled "Why Do Bad Things Keep Happening? Finding Hope... Against All Odds," features a screening of the short film "My Last Days." The film chronicles the experiences of Ryan and Amy Green and their young son Joel while he faces repeated health challenges.

Participants in the Lifetree program will experience an hour of encouragement and hope. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. For more information, contact Alexis Spade at 570-672-2873 or

Dinner to help soccer player

THARPTOWN - A spaghetti dinner will be held noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church to benefit Shamokin Area High School junior soccer goalkeeper Brianna Martin, who has been selected to play on a United States under-19 team this summer in the San Marino Cup in San Marino, Italy.

A meal, which includes garlic bread, salad, meatballs and a drink, is $8. Eat-in, takeout and delivery to retirement homes is available.

The Easter bunny will make an appearance. Parents must provide their own camera. A small raffle will be held to help defray costs. Prizes include a $250 recliner and tickets to the Williamsport Crosscutters.

Call Kurt Martin at 570-205-1653 to pre-order your meal.