Church happenings

Starkdale participates in Souper Bowl of Caring

The youth group of Starkdale Presbyterian Church in Steubenville participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring event Feb. 3, collecting more than 100 canned and dry goods and donating $212 to Urban Mission Ministries of Steubenville.

The presentation was made to the Rev. Ashley Steele, the mission’s executive director, by Bobbyjon Bauman, youth pastor.

More than 20 years ago, the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group, according to Bauman. “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat.”

Since that day, more than $90 million has been raised for local charities across the country through Souper Bowl of Caring, he said. “It has become a powerful movement that is transforming the time around Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving. Through this mission, young people learn what it’s like to make a positive difference in the world – as they collect food, raise money and volunteer to work in charities that provide shelter to the homeless, food to the hungry and compassion to those in need,” according to a news release.

Vasilopeta topic for

Philoptochos Society

Twenty-five were in attendance when the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos Society held a luncheon meeting in January at Lancelot’s Restaurant with Marianne Balakos, president, presiding.

The vasilopeta, a new year’s cake or bread and symbol of good luck, is always cut in church during January, it was explained. Inside it is a hidden coin. The person who gets that slice of bread is said to have good luck for the year.

The woman who donated toward the bread were Balakos, Mary McElhaney, Helen Satiropoulis, Gloria Sergakis, Louise Kronstein, Christine Joyce and Neove Young.

Sveta Petka Kolo plans

to make pogaco bread

The Sveta Petka Kolo of Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church made plans to make pogaco bread when members of the organization met Feb. 7 at Eat’n Park in Steubenville.

The bread will be made in the church kitchen on Feb. 26.

The group also discussed plans for the Lenten dinner to be held April 24 and voted to send $50 to A Caring Place Child Advocacy Center in Wintersville as the monthly donation.

Treasurer Millie Pavlic reminded members that 2013 dues can be sent to her or paid at the next meeting.

After the meeting, members were treated to a cake made by Dottie Bossert in celebration of members with January and February birthdays.

The next meeting will be held at noon on March 7 at Eat’n Park.

Ham loaf dinner at Hill Top

Fellowship Hall Wednesday

A ham loaf dinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hill Top Fellowship Hall located at the intersection on county Road 46 and state Route 213, Toronto.

The menu will include ham loaf, scalloped potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, homemade pies and hot and cold beverages.

Donations will be accepted with patrons welcome to dine in or get carryouts.

St. Peter CWC events

include dinner on March 3

The St. Peter Church Catholic Woman’s Club held its monthly meeting on Feb. 5 with Linda Edgar, president, leading the opening prayer.

A report was given about the free-will collection for the homeless elderly of Cuzco, Peru.

Plans were finalized for the pasta dinner to be held in the church hall on March 3. The CWC also will host a soup-and-bread reception on March 27 after the 6 p.m. Mass for “Praying through Lent.”

It was decided that the money from the meeting’s 50/50 drawing would be added to the Cuzco collection.

The Rev. Timothy Huffman led the closing prayer.

After the meeting, the Rev. Jonas Shell’s birthday was celebrated.

The next CWC meeting will be held at noon on March 5 in the church hall. The hostess will be Gerri Kelly.

Free dinner at Jewett UMC scheduled for Feb. 26

The Ark Olive Branch Program will provide a free dinner at the Jewett United Methodist Church from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Feb. 26.

The menu will include spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and beverage.

The church is located at 202 W. Main and Rumley streets.

Christian Coffeehouse

for Women plans event

The Christian Coffee House for Women (Cup of Life Ministries) will be held on March 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Marland Heights Community Church located at 3900 Brightway, Weirton.

Tina Schoolcraft will be the Bible teacher.

There will be refreshments, desserts and beverages available with free child care provided for those age pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Advance registration would be appreciated.

For information, contact Joanne Redd by phone at (724) 573-0333 or by e-mail at

Concert, variety show

Sunday at Brentwood UMC

Brentwood United Methodist Church, 148 Stephens St., Wintersville will be holding a concert and variety show for the entire family on Sunday, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“Through the Eyes of Love” will feature guests and entertainers, including Ron Retzer, J.D. Garrison, Jennifer Galownia, Bob Wolfe and the church’s own Leslie Thermes. The main attraction will be the Chrisagis Brothers.

There is no charge for the concert, but a love offering will be taken. Refreshments will be served immediately afterwards.

For information, call the church at (740) 264-4531.

Pasta dinner Feb. 23 at

Harmon Creek church

Harmon Creek Community Church in Paris, Pa., will host a pasta dinner from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Feb. 23.

Meat and meatless sauce will be available.

The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Takeout will be available.

The church is located at 1080 Steubenville Pike, at the crossroads of state Route 18 and Steubenville Pike.

For information, check out the Facebook page or contact Michelle Vacca at (724) 947-2384.