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What’s going on throughout the area

November 16, 2013
By JANICE R. KIASKI - Herald-Star community editor ( , The Herald-Star

Led By Mercy

set to perform

The contemporary Christian band Led By Mercy is hosting a free Thanksgiving concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at Mercy Baptist Church at 3474 Pennsylvania Avenue, Weirton.

The two-hour concert will feature original contemporary Christian music, the music of the leading contemporary Christian artists and scripture. Refreshments will be served.

Those wishing to attend are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item, or other donation, which will be taken to a local food pantry to assist with meals for Thanksgiving.

For information, visit or call (304) 374-5686.

Gyro sale set for Tuesday

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Philoptochos Society will have its next gyro sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church located at 300 S. Fourth St., Steubenville.

The gyro sells for $6 each, and the koulourakia (twist cookie) is $5 per dozen.

There is free delivery for orders of four gyros or more. There will be a 25 cent charge for extra tzatziki sauce.

Orders can be phoned in to (740) 282-9835 or fax to (740) 282-2091. Patrons should allow a minimum of 20 minutes for phone-in and fax orders.

Walk-ins also are welcome.

Doc Roe at Faith Chapel

Doc Roe from Mingo Junction will be ministering in song and music at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service at the Faith Chapel Church, which is located at 201 township Road 375, Steubenville, according to Pastor Herman Tranter.

For information, contact the church at (740) 282-3439.

Craft show in Hammondsville

Pine Grove United Methodist Church will hold its annual holiday craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 23 at the Saline Township Complex in Hammondsville.

The complex is an indoor heated facility, so the event will be held "rain or snow," according to a news release.

The show will feature "lots of crafters," more than 60 vendors, homemade food to eat in or take out, a Thanksgiving dinner drawing, a 50/50 drawing and a Chinese auction.

T.R.Y. service, concert set

The T.R.Y. (Tiltonsville, Rayland, Yorkville) Community of Churches will be hosting a community Thanksgiving service and concert featuring Ron Retzer and the Chrisagis Brothers at 6 p.m. Nov. 24 at Tiltonsville United Methodist Church.

A love offering will be taken, and there will be a canned food collection to benefit local food pantries.

A time for refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.

The church is located at 106 Grandview Ave., Tiltonsville.

Harmony elects officers

The Mingo Junction Women of Harmony held their November meeting at Harmony United Methodist Church's social hall with Mary Joy VanDyne, president, opening the meeting with a welcome and prayer.

Tina Corder read devotions entitled "Peacemakers" by Billy Graham.

Chris Davis reported on the book "The Hole in Our Gospel," a true story by Richard Stearns, "a corporate CEO who set aside worldly success for something far more significant and discovered the full power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to change his own life."

Old business included turning in the Urban Mission Ministries gift bags and donating to the mission's hat and mitten tree; ordering fruit baskets and poinsettias for the shut-ins for the holidays; ordering large print hymnals for the church; and reminding everyone about the upcoming Christmas party to be held at Manfred's on Dec. 11.

Officers for 2014 were elected with VanDyne continuing as president. Other officeholders are: Pam Pietro, vice president; Tina Corder, treasurer; Ginny Howell, secretary; Chris Davis, mission moments; and Ethel Kerwood, devotions.

Members volunteered to be leaders and hostesses for each of the meetings in 2014.

Lillian Criss was the hostess for the evening.

Ecumenical service set

The Valley Pastors Network has announced that the annual Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Word of Life Fellowship, 565 Lovers Lane, Steubenville.

The service has become an annual event where people from various churches of the Valley come to collectively give God thanks for his many blessings, according to a news release.

The Rev. Nicholas Halkias of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church will deliver the keynote message at the service.

A newcomer welcomed to the service is the Rev. Nathan Malavolti, the recently appointed vice president of community relations at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Other participating clergy include the Rev. Anthony Bianchini, Lighthouse Evangelical Presbyterian Church; the Rev. Tom Bullard, Starkdale Presbyterian Church; the Rev. Vaughn Foster, Christ's Community Church; Pastor Jeff Greco, Crossroads Christian Church; the Rev. Gary Hallberg, Word of Life Fellowship; the Rev. Noories Hood, Mount Zion Baptist Church; the Rev. John Kotsanos, Calvary Church; the Rev. Philip Makari, Starkdale Presbyterian Church; the Rev. Ron Miller, Steubenville Church of the Nazarene; Pastor Sharon Miller, Christ's Healing Center; Pastor Everett Mitchell, Tower of Power; Pastor Dave Shores, Word of Life Fellowship; and the Rev. Ashley Steele, executive director of Urban Mission Ministries.

The service also will include special music and "a time of prayer over our pastors, our area leaders and our Valley."

A light reception will follow the service.

Time to order sweet bread

The Sacred Heart of Mary Holy Family Guild in Weirton will be baking sweet bread for the holidays on Dec. 5 and 6.

Order forms can be found in the vestibule, or interested individuals can call Irene at (304) 748-2628; Betty at (304) 723-1886; or Theresa at (304) 797-7263. The bread is $6.50, plain, and $7 with raisins. The order deadline is Dec. 1. The bread will be available for pickup on Dec. 7 and 8 after Mass.

Sugar Grove services listed

Several holiday events open to the public will be held at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church where the Rev. James "Jim" Willson serves as pastor.

There will be a Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. on Nov. 24 at the church which is located at the top of the hill, off state Route 152 from Empire on county Road 68.

Other events at Sugar Grove UMC include:

Kum Joyne Us Class meets

The Kum Joyne Us Class of Kolmont Church met Nov. 1 in the church fellowship hall with Virginia Young offering the blessing for the Thanksgiving dinner prepared by hostesses Ruby and Lora Grimes and Maureen Black.

President Shirley McCartney presided at the meeting attended by eight members. Ruby Grimes led devotions from Psalms 100 "A Song of Praise."

Readings included: Young, "Thanksgiving and the Path of Peace;" Sara Peeler, "Autumn Rainbow;" and Lora Grimes, "Thanksgiving Prayer."

McCartney fielded prayer requests. Members answered roll call with a scripture. Reports were read by Sharlene Wade, Young, Lora Grimes and Peeler.

Black, chairperson for the annual Christmas party, reported the theme for this year will be "Everlasting Light." Michele Trikonis will cater the dinner. Prices are $15 for adults and $6 for children 6 and up. Children under age 6 will eat for free. There will be a $10 optional gift exchange. Reservations must be in to Alice Brandon by Dec. 6.

All women from the church are invited to attend.

McCartney closed the meeting with prayer. Peeler held the monthly auction.

Church plans free dinner

There will be a free roast beef dinner at the Beech Bottom Community Christian Church on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The dinner is free, but donations will be accepted with proceeds going toward evangelism projects. The menu will include an open face roast beef sandwich, mashed potatoes, corn and dessert. Patrons can dine in or get takeout. Questions can be directed to Missi at (304) 639-7193.

Hill Top to host dinner

The Hill Top Fellowship Hall located at the corner of state Route 213 and county Road 46, Toronto, will host a baked steak dinner on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The menu will be baked steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, salad bar, Italian bread, homemade pie, and hot and cold beverages.

Patrons can dine in or get takeout.

Donations will be accepted. The dinner proceeds will go toward the fund for replacement of windows in the manse.

Triumph CWC gathers

Triumph of the Cross' Catholic Women's Club met Nov. 5 with Terri Fernandes, first coordinator, presiding.

Members heard reports that four members attended the Day with the Bishop held in Cadiz, and this year's CWC Sunday was held at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Name Cathedral.

The deanery meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Holy Family Church.

The CWC Christmas party is set for Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at Froehlich's Classic Corner in Steubenville. The cost is $21 per person. Reservations are due by Nov. 24.

There will be sign-up sheets in back of both church buildings. Payments can be given to Fernandes, Mickie Sellaroli or Francesca Veltri by Dec. 1.

Nancy Schreck, Dorothy McDonough, Fernandes, Mary Ann Bushlow and Sellaroli are serving on this year's Christmas party committee.

The bishop's anniversary Mass was held on Nov. 4 at the 5:30 p.m. Mass at Holy Name Cathedral. The Mass was held to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage, and Bishop Jeffrey Monforton honored all married couples celebrating significant anniversaries this year -25, 30, 35 years and longer.

There were 47 couples registered, and about 120 people attended a reception in the Holy Name Undercroft after the Liturgy.

The CWC hosted the reception, appreciating the donated refreshments from the Catholic Women's Clubs of Blessed Sacrament, St. Peter's, Our Lady of Lourdes and Holy Family churches. Fernandes also expressed appreciation to all who helped with the event.

Prize winners were Rose Sciarra, Mary Manfresca and Trish Evans.

Concert at Carrollton church

The Carrollton Bible Chapel, 365 Steubenville Road SE, Carrollton, will host a concert by Tab Beechler, a pianist/soloist from Bluffton, Ind., on Nov. 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

With six recordings and thousands of performances to his credit, Beechler is "a celebrated pianist/vocalist and seasons workship leader whose words and music have brought hope, encouragement and God's truth to countless listeners," according to a news release.

Two food items are requested for admission. A love offering will be taken during the concert.

A cookie reception will be held afterwards. For information or directions, contact Pastor Chuck Wilson at (330) 627-7376 or Richard and Judy Cunningham at (330) 739-4005.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child's national collection week is Monday through Nov. 25.

Shoeboxes filled with gifts for children in need will be accepted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 22, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Nov. 23, noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 24 and noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 25 at the First Westminister Presbyterian Church located at 235 N. Fourth St., Steubenvlle.

Local volunteers will pack and transport the boxes to the regional center.

Though the shoebox gifts will often travel thousands of miles, Operation Christmas Child offers a way for participants to follow their box by using the donation form found at

Donors will receive an e-mail telling the country where their shoeboxes are delivered.

Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 100 million shoebox gifts to suffering children in more than 100 countries since 1993. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9.8 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2013. It is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.

For additional drop-off sites and information, call (800) 567-8580 or visit

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