Churches announce events, activities

Pastors Network

meeting scheduled

All local pastors are invited to the next Valley Pastors Network meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday at Starkdale Presbyterian Church, 4600 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville.

This informal association of pastors from many denominations across the Ohio side of the Valley gathers monthly for fellowship, prayer and to plan a few ecumenical activities, which included the Good Friday service held at the First Westminster Presbyterian Church in Steubenville.

All pastors are welcome to participate in this time of fellowship, discussion and prayer.

For information, contact Pastor Gary Hallberg at (740) 264-1227.

Thermes Women

at coffeehouse

The Pleasant Hill Coffeehouse will host the Thermes Women during a performance set for Friday from from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The coffeehouse is located at 3279 state Route 213. Admission is a suggested donation of $5. Snacks are available for purchase. Proceeds go to charity.

The Thermes Women, a mother-daughter team of Christian singers, have been blending their harmonies and performing mostly contemporary Christian selections for more than 30 years. They have been presenting their testimonies and love for their Lord in churches and at social events throughout the Tri-State Area, according to a news release.

The trio consists of Barbara Thermes and her daughters Lesa R.Thermes-Costlow and Leslie Thermes.

Church to host

revival services

Pastor Stephen Manley will be preaching in revival services at the Wellsburg Church of the Nazarene, 835 Washington Pike, Wellsburg, April 7-11.

The Sunday services begin at 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., while the Monday through Thursday services get under way at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the evening services, Manley will be leading Bible studies Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the church.

Manley, pastor of Cross Style Church in Lebanon, Tenn., has traveled for more than 40 years, preaching and teaching. According to a press release, Manley believes God has called him to evangelism training as well as teaching and preaching and that God has used him to start informal Bible training centers in more than 23 countries.

Pastor Dennis K. Yingling said the public is welcome to attend the preaching services and Bible studies. For directions, visit

Fundraiser dinner

at area church

The Tiltonsville United Methodist Church located at 106 Grandview Ave., Tiltonsville, will host a spaghetti dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday.

The cost is $7 with the menu including spaghetti, salad, roll, drink and dessert. Patrons can dine in or get takeout. Local delivery will be available.

For information, call (740) 859-2280.

Free dinner part

of church outreach

The First Baptist Church of Steubenville located at 334 Cedar Ave., Steubenville, will host its monthly free spaghetti dinner on April 7 at the church from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

It is open to the public as a community outreach and follows the church’s Sunday service at 11:30 a.m.

The church will hold a free monthly dinner on the first Sunday of each month, beginning at 1 p.m. For information, contact the church at (740) 282-2693 or visit the website at


dinner April 6

Bell Chapel United Methodist Church on state Route 213, Steubenville, will host a chicken-n-biscuit dinner on April 6 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Adult meals are $7, and children’s meals are $3.50.

Patrons can dine in or get carryout orders, which can be placed by calling (740) 283-2239.

Kum Joyne Us

Class has meeting

The Kum Joyne Us Class of Kolmont Church met March 1 in the fellowship hall with Ruby Grimes offering the blessing for the covered-dish dinner. There were seven members and two guests in attendance.

Shirley McCartney, president, presiding, leading with Nancy Tucker in devotions entitled “The Heart.” McCartney presented a Tootsie pop as an object lesson, explaining that the soft center represents the heart; the hard shell a heart hardened by sin (Romans 3:23); and the wrapper a cover, to cover up sins (Jeremiah 2: 3-24).

Other scriptures were shared to illustrate different conditions of a heart.

Sandy Wilson read “The “U” in Jesus.”

Prayer requests were heard with McCartney closing devotions with prayer.

Reports were given by Sharlene Wade, secretary; Virginia Young, treasurer; and Lora Grimes, project fund.

Planning continued for the mother/daughter banquet set for May 4 in the fellowship hall, beginning at 7 p.m. Sara Peeler will be program chair.

Following the meeting, an auction was held with McCartney as the auctioneer.

The next meeting will be held Friday with Alice Brandon serving as hostesses. All women of the church are invited to attend.

Richmond UMW

members meet

The Richmond United Methodist Women of the Richmond United Methodist Church met in the church multi-purpose room on March 28 with Sandra Burruss leading the Lenten program.

Pots of Spring flowers and a wooden cross encircled with ivy were displayed for the worship center.

Burruss titled her program, “Thoughts on Visions of Spring, New Birth, and the Gift of Easter.” As part of her program she read three poems: “The Miracle of Springs,” “O Easter” and “The Master’s Garden.”

The members sang the hymn “Majesty, Worship His Majesty.” Cheryl Cline closed the program by reading “An Easter Prayer.”

Sue Frye, president, presided at the business meeting where Connie Somerville, vice president, reminded the members that the organization would be serving the luncheon for the Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association luncheon at the church on April 9.

Somerville also announced that the Ohio Valley District UMW Spring Meeting would be held April 18 at Thoburn UMC in St. Clairsville.

Marge Andres read from the UMW Prayer Calendar and lead the group in a prayer in honor of all missionaries.

Frye served refreshments.

All women of the church are invited to attend the next meeting, which will be held at 2 p.m. on April 25.

Youth Night

being organized

The anniversary committee of Mount Carmel Community Baptist Church in Steubenville will be hosting a Youth Night on April 12, beginning at 7 p.m.

Special guests will be the mime ministry of Arletta Reed and Jamar Harvey and poetry from Eugene Williams.

The Anointed Children of God Mime Ministry from Macedonia Baptist Church in Duquesne, Pa., will be the featured guests in concert.

For information call (740) 282-9257 or e-mail

‘Another Level’

seminar theme

Pastors, ministers, evangelists, teachers and leaders are sought to attend a seminar on April 6 entitled “Another Level” and led by the Rev. Calvin McLoyd, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Steubenville.

The seminar, “teaching how you can increase your gift to reach a new destiny,” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the House of Faith located at 1913 Estelle Ave., Steubenville, where Trudy Toson serves as pastor.

Registration gets under way at 9 a.m. The cost is $20 per person. For information, call (740) 264-5070.

Philoptochos gives to charities

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos Society’s March 7 luncheon meeting was held at Scaffidi’s Restaurant with Marianne Balakos, president, presiding, and 24 attending.

The Rev. Nicholas Halkias gave the opening prayer.

The March charity was Valley Hospice. The group also made a donation to the Hellenic school.

The group’s February meeting was held at the Ville Restaurant with 33 members present. The February charity was Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County.

The next meeting will be held Thursday.

Church to host

vendors night

The Marland Heights Community Church will hold an annual vendors night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the church located at 3900 Bright Way.

Vendors will offer Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple, jewelry, totes, Avon, baked goods, magnets and key chains.

Food will be available.

Mount Carmel to host concert

Mount Carmel Community Baptist Church will celebrate its 14th church anniversary by hosting 1NE Ministry in concert at 6 p.m. April 6 at the church located at 708 N. Fifth St., Steubenville.

The group performs five-part a capella, beatbox and half-step, whole-step in harmony.

For information, visit their website at or contact the church by calling (740) 282-9257 or e-mailing

Smithfield UMW

donate to Sawkas

The Smithfield United Methodist Church’s United Methodist Women’s group met at the church social hall with Virginia Young presiding.

Lorrie Green distributed schedules detailing the month that each hostess is to serve. The group approved donating the monthly dimes collection to Ken and Sue Sawka, a missionary family in Zambia who does Bible translation work.

Greene announced that the Ohio Valley District UMW spring meeting will be held April 18 at Thoburn UMC in St. Clairsville.

Greene requested the names of those attending by April 11. Members are to bring toiletry items and makeup for donation to young girls at the Epworth Center group home in Bethesda. The Rev. Patricia Christ of Firestone Park UMC in Akron will be the guest speaker.

Greene was in charge of the program, with Sherry Matthews, Mildred Waldman, Betty Ruttencutter, Young and Esther McCoy participating,

Ruttencutter lead in the purpose.

Bags of jelly beans were distributed with an explanation of what the different colors symbolized in relation to Easter. Pauline Pasco won a prize in the jelly bean segment.

Sarah Cusick was in charge of refreshments for the evening.

The next meeting will be April 15 with Young as hostess.

St. Agnes CWC

members meet

The St. Agnes Catholic Woman’s Club held its March meeting in the parish hall with Joanne Raha presiding and leading in opening ceremonies.

Raha thanked Barbara Crugnale for the favors and table decorations and the officers who served as meeting hostesses.

Discussion was held on the April 21 card party to the theme “Easter Parade.” Glenda Zane, kitchen chairman for the event, discussed the menu. Pat Giuliani provided information on her table of prizes.

Discussion was held on the SDCCW Convention that will be held June 4-5.

The Mother of Hope Deanery “Day with Bishop Jeffrey Monforton” will be held Oct. 17 at St.Teresa of Avila.

Raha announced that the next Mother of Hope Deanery meeting will be held either on June 9 or June 23 at Holy Family Church. All the members are invited.

Raha gave the closing prayer. Clara Sue Milewsky won the drawing. Jeannie Mazik the door prize.

Crocheted cross favors were given to the members. Hostesses were Crugnale, Rose Giampolo, Milewsky and Raha.

The CWC’s next meeting will be held April 23. Since it the last meeting until August, the members will meet at a restaurant.

Divine Mercy

Celebration set

Divine Mercy Celebration will be held at Sacred Heart of Mary Church, 200 Preston Ave., Weirton, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, which is April 7.

“This devotion is held on the second Sunday of the Easter season by directive of Blessed Pope John Paul II,” a church spokesperson explained. “It will include hymns, readings, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Reconciliation and the Divine Mercy Chaplet written by St. Faustina of Poland,” the spokesperson said.

All are welcome to attend the time of prayer, grace and “thanksgiving for the goodness God has shown to man through the merciful act of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection,” according to the spokesperson.