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AIM Women’s Center plans annual dinner

February 18, 2012
The Herald-Star

The AIM Women's Center of Steubenville will host its annual fundraising banquet, "Love, Life and Healing: Making a Difference for 25 Years," on March 22 at the Serbian American Cultural Center, Weirton.

Sharon Maedke, director of AIM, will highlight milestones of the Tri-State Area's ministry such as the social climate and need for services and how the center has risen for 25 years to meet those demands.

The event will begin at 7 p.m., featuring guest speaker David Bereit, co-founder of 40 Days for Life. Last year, Bereit rallied more than 500,000 people across the country and 14,000 church congregations to pray for an end to abortion, saving more than 5,000 documented babies' lives and closing nearly 20 abortion facilities, according to Maedke.

Bereit previously worked with American Life League and as national director of Stop Planned Parenthood. In 2005, he moved to Washington, D.C. His work has been featured in the media hundreds of times, including coverage on Fox News, HBO, ABC, NBC and CBS television, numerous radio programs and in more than 100 newspapers across the country, including USA Today, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times.

Along with dinner and dessert, the evening will feature inspirational talks, a slide show and musical entertainment. Table reservations can be made by contacting AIM at (740) 283-3636.

When it began in 1987, the center was A.I.M., an acronym for Assistance in Motherhood. The center was renamed AIM Women's Center in 2002.

For information about AIM, visit the website at

Finley Missionary

Circle meets

The Finley United Methodist Church United Methodist Women Missionary Circle met recently with Betty Alvey presiding for the business meeting and opening with prayer.

She shared an article about the earthquake in Haiti and its need for clean water in the wake of it. The collection generated will go to the Haiti Relief Fund.

Tillie Hickle read a prayer about self-denial with February being the month to honor it.

Collections also were taken for the pledge, Heifer Project and the Least Coin.

Dee Whisman gave a report.

It was decided that the organization will not host the United Methodist Women's Sunday this year but will help financially toward the Sunday.

The Margarite Circle will organize the Mother's Day banquet sometime in May.

The next unit meeting is April 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the church.

No March, April

lunches at church

Because of obligatory circumstances, the Thursday luncheons at Two Ridges Presbyterian Church in Wintersville will not be held during March and April. They will resume on May 3.

Friends to sing

at Covenant

The popular Christian singing group Friends will perform at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1443 Belleview Blvd., Steubenville, on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Consisting of members from throughout the Ohio Valley, Friends are known for their enthusiastic and inspirational music ministry. A free will offering will be taken.

Mount Carmel site

of musical event

The music ministry of Mount Carmel will perform a "Black History Month Musical Celebration" on Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. at Mount Carmel Community Baptist Church.

It will feature male quartets, choirs and independent artists.

The church is located at 708 N. Fifth St., Steubenville.

For information contact A. Glenn Freeman by phone at (724) 513-7709 or by e-mail

Gospel singer at

Kadesh Chapel

Kadesh Chapel United Methodist Church, Apple Pie Ridge, Hammond Community, will feature gospel music by Patty Abel at its regular 11 a.m. service on Sunday.

Abel is a frequent performer at various churches in the Ohio Valley.

Pastor Bonnie Gilbert will preside at the service. A Valentine luncheon will follow the service. The service and luncheon are open to the public.

For information, call (304) 336-7790. The church is located near Beech Bottom.

Starkdale movie open to public

The movie "Courageous" will be shown Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Starkdale Presbyterian Church, 4600 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville. It is rated PG-13.

Admission is free and open to the community.

The movie billing submitted by the church reads: "Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused brave men, well-equipped to deal with hardened criminals. But when they remove their badges, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood. As their children drift away from them, and tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith and their fathering. Can these stalwarts find a way to defend and protect those nearest and dearest to them and draw closer to God? While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they're quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark, and honor begins at home.

"Filled with action-packed police drama, moviegoers will find themselves laughing, crying and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children.

"Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That's courageous."

For information, call the church at (740) 264-5309.

Registration due

for district training

The Ohio Valley District United Methodist Church's leadership training event called "Vitality in Ministry: Finding the Bright Spots" will be held Feb. 26 at the Wintersville United Methodist Church, 702 Main St., Wintersville, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is designed for United Methodist pastors, leaders and members who want to grow vital congregations focused on the mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, according to the Rev. James Winkler, district superintendent.

Workshops will cover:

Passionate worship;

Radical hospitality;

Intentional faith development;

Risk-taking mission;

Extravagant generosity; and

-- Vital youth ministry.

Although walk-ins will be welcomed, pre-registration by Tuesday is encouraged by contacting the district office at (740) 264-1601 or by e-mail at

Child care will be provided.

Event day registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

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