CWU celebrate Friendship Day

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Weirton Church Women United celebrated May Friendship Day May 3 at Oakland Presbyterian Church on Wylie Ridge Road, with 50 women, representing 16 local churches, attending.

The theme was “Swinging Wide the Doors of Hospitality.” Helen Tate was the coordinator, and second-year delegates participated.

Brunch was served by Jim Arnold, Ralph Bell, Gary Clark and Mark Harbaugh of the host church.

President Karen Tate gave the welcome, extending it to the Rev. Ed Rudiger of Cove Presbyterian Church, in the sanctuary.Tate opened the service by reading “God’s Rainbow.” Nancy Sanders gave the prayer of invocation. Members supported the International Fellowship of the Least Coin, giving prayer and collected funds to support needy women throughout the world. Marge DiClemente is the Least Coin Chair.

Carol Skerbetz read Luke 10:38-42, and members reflected on partaking of God’s hospitality. Eloise Evans read Luke 19:1-10, and members reflected on the consequences of Jesus declining to become involved in others’ troubles. Helen Tate read the poem “Friends.” Gerri Harbaugh led a skit “Here I Am! I Stand at the Door and Knock!” based on Revelations 3:20. Joyce Summers gave the reading “Jesus.” Gayla Salatino led prayer, and Corliss Brown led a prayer of commitment.

Mary Ellen Groves directed the choir, which included Isobel Bell, Norma Copenhaver, Georgia Cogas, Donna Gareis, Carol Skerbetz, Karen Tate and Norma Yingst. Wadeanne Nardo was the pianist. The choir performed “Weave,” “Reach Out” and “Touch.”

Eleanor Davis and Jeanette Wetzel were greeters and registrars. Cathy Cooper and Diane Pastoric were ushers.

The celebration project was collecting laundry products and diapers for the Lighthouse shelter for abused women and children. Diane Pastoric is Citizen Action Chair, and victim advocate Marissa Collett accepted the donation on behalf of the center.

The service ended with the song “May God’s Blessings Surround You.”

The group planned to meet at noon June 4 at Eat’n Park for a summer luncheon. For information, call Lynn Bish at (304) 797-9785.

The Church Women United World Community Day will be held Nov. 1 at the Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church located at 121 Ivy St.