Church happenings

Annual July 4 breakfast

at Bloomingdale UMC

The New Beginners Circle of the Bloomingdale United Methodist Church will hold its annual July 4 breakfast on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Cost is by donation.

The church is located at 113 High St., Bloomingdale.

Joint service Sunday at St. Thomas Episcopal

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, located at Three Springs Drive, Weirton, is hosting a joint worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday.

The joint service consists of churches of Olde St. Johns Colliers and Christ Church Wellsburg. Organist Chris Simmons will play special church hymns and patriotic music in celebrating July 4. The service is open to the public.

Strawberry Festival

at Brilliant UMC

Brilliant United Methodist Methodist Church, located at 525 Labelle St., Brilliant, will host its Strawberry Festival from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on July 14.

The menu will include chicken sandwiches, sloppy joes and hot dogs, pasta salad and potato salad and strawberries and ice cream.

In addition to food and fellowship, the event also will include entertainment provided by Ron Retzer from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

First Baptist plans

free dinner on July 7

As part of the First Baptist Church of Steubenville’s efforts for community outreach, the public is invited to attend its weekly Sunday services at 11:30 a.m.

As part of the outreach, a free monthly dinner open to the public is held on the first Sunday of the every month, beginning at 1 p.m.

Weather permitting, the next dinner on July 7 at 1 p.m. will be held at the church’s adopted Pleasant Heights Park shelter, weather permitting. It will be a barbecue.

The Arbor schedules

sale to benefit programs

The Arbor located at 208 South Chester St, just one block south of the traffic light in New Cumberland, will host a two-day “giant sale” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Free parking is available.

Items offered for sale will include gently used children’s and adult clothing, household items, and baby and toddler gear. Hot dogs, sloppy joes, desserts and coffee and iced tea will be available.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Arbor’s community outreach after-school programs.

For information or directions, call (304) 387-1190 or (304) 564-5326, or email

Annual camp meeting

scheduled July 11-21

The Tri-State Free Methodist Campground will host the 91st -annual camp meeting July 11-21 at the grounds located at 1027 Anderson Blvd., East Liverpool.

The Rev. Jake Huffman from Villa Heights Baptist Church in Roanoke, Va., is this year’s evangelist. Huffman began his ministry as a missionary in Africa where he coached basketball at the University of Zambia for two years.

During Family Camp 2013, Huffman will speak on a series of messages taken from Daniel, “Prophecy: Living a Holy Life in a Corrupted World.”

“It’s time for the church to rediscover this prophetic message in a culture that is slipping further away from the truth,” said Huffman.

Evening services begin at 7 p.m. and parking is available on the grounds. Casual, but respectful, dress is appropriate.

Since its inception, people from many different faiths and backgrounds have attended and are welcome. The event draws families primarily from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, but people attend from as far away as New York, Florida and the New England area. For information, visit the camp’s Facebook page by searching “Tri-State Free Methodist Camp.”

Church happenings

Women’s Missionary Union meets

The Women’s Missionary Union of the Open Door Baptist Church at 3432 Eldersville Road, Colliers, met June 11 at the church with eight members in attendance.

President Mildred Richter presided at the meeting where Katherine Wise led in prayer and reports were given by Donna Garrison and Pam Holden.

Sandra Tate, who served lunch, read a letter from Mission Dignity, the group that helps support retired ministers and their wives.

The group prepared envelopes of homemade peanut brittle that were given to fathers on Father’s Day.

Rosemary Jennings gave devotions, a reading by Nancy Lee DeMoss based on Solomon Chapter 5 entitled “He Is Perfect.”

The next meeting will be held July 2 with Wise as hostess.

Health center topic for group

The Sveta Petka Kolo women of Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church held their monthly meeting on June 6 at Eat ‘n Park, welcoming Linda Bain of the Women’s Health Center in Steubenville as the guest speaker.

An 18-year employee of the nonprofit center, Bain told the group services there include breast exams, pregnancy testing, safe sex practices, screening for blood pressure, anemia, diabetes and urinary tract infections. Referrals to primary and specialty care physicians also are done.

The group selected the center as its charity of the month for a donation.

Members made plans for the Pan-Orthodox picnic on July 24, and welcomed former area resident Marti Wukelic of Hawaii as a guest.

The next meeting will be held July 11 because the regular meeting date falls on July 4, a holiday.

Guest speakers at Sugar Grove

Sugar Grove United Methodist Church located at 159 county Road 68, Toronto, will welcome two guest pastors to the pulpit Sunday, beginning with the Rev. Ricky Riggs returning to his home church for the 10:45 a.m. worship service.

At the 7 p.m. service, the Rev. Robert Hanze will be the guest speaker.

Both services are open to the public.

Quinn new youth program to kick off

Quinn Memorial AME Church located at 515 North St., Steubenville, is offering something new summer.

The church will host an Ohio Valley Youth Development Knowledge Ambassadors summer program that will include reading, math and computer technology.

The program kicks off Monday and will continue for five weeks on Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It is open to boys and girls in grades one through four.

To register for the program, contact Renee Thompson at (740) 284-2667 or Cheryl Hython at (740) 346-5703.

Mount Zion Baptist anniversary set

Mount Zion Baptist Church will be celebrating its 94th anniversary on Sunday to the theme “Honoring the Past and Building the Future,” based on Hebrews 1:1-2.

Pastor Norries A. Hood Sr. will bring the morning worship message. The Mt. Zion Mass Choir will render songs of praise.

The afternoon service will begin at 3 p.m. The special guest will be the Rev. Willie Nevels of Morning Star Baptist Church in Weirton, accompanied by his choir and congregation.

House of Prayer honors fathers

The House of Prayer Church on Riddles Run Road near Brilliant held its Father’s Day services, which involved the presentation of special gifts.

Billy Hayes was honored as the youngest father and as Father of the Year.

Estey “Bud” Gaines was singled out as the oldest father.

Weirton church to host Polish fest

Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Weirton will celebrate its annual Polish Fest on June 30 with festivities being held at the Serbian Picnic Grounds in Weirton from noon until 8 p.m.

The event, which will feature music, dancing, games, food and fun, kicks off with a noon polka Mass as the parish “welcomes home” Monsignor Joseph Peterson, who will celebrate the Mass.

Music for the Mass will be provided by Tom Zielinsky on his accordion. He also will provide musical entertainment from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Traditional Polish cuisine will be available, including cabbage rolls, haluski, kielbasa and pierogi, all being served after 1 p.m. Roast beef, hot dogs and baked goods also will be available.

The Charlie Tansek Band will provide the musical entertainment from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tickets for drawings are available for $10 each, with prizes of $2,000, $1,000 and $500 to be awarded. Tickets can be purchased at the church office. The winning tickets will be drawn just prior to the close of the festival at 8 p.m.

The festival is open to the public. Admission is $2 per person, or $3 per car. For information, call the parish office at (304) 723-7175.

Church happenings

Finley UMC youth revival kicks off Sunday

Finley United Methodist Church will hold its annual youth revival Sunday through June 5.

Services will be held at 8:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the church located at 958 Lincoln Ave., Steubenville, and 7 p.m. Monday through June 5 at the ministry center at 128 Raynes Road, Mingo Junction.

The Rev. Ryan Bash, pastor of Trinity Chapel in Milford Center, Ohio, will be the youth evangelist.

A 2001 Asbury University graduate, Bash has been a youth pastor for six years in the Pittsburgh and Lancaster, Ohio. He was the evangelist of the youth revival in 2011 also has preached at the Hollow Rock camp meeting in rural Toronto.

The worship leaders will be Ablaze, a summer ministry team from Asbury University.

A love offering will be taken for the evangelist and worship leaders.

Special revival services

at Calvary Church

Special revival services will be held at Calvary Church located at 255 N. Fifth St., Steubenville, beginning Sunday and continuing through Wednesday with Evangelist Bobby Wade from Hartford, Mich., as guest evangelist.

Wade has traveled extensively throughout North America and also more recently in the Philippines and has been preaching, teaching and conducting revivals and evangelistic crusades full-time for the last 10 years.

The Calvary Praise and Worship Team will be leading the worship, and there also will be special singing as well.

Service times Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Strawberry festival

At Bell Chapel UMC

A strawberry festival will be held at Bell Chapel United Methodist Church located on state Route 213, Steubenville, on June 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

It will feature a variety of salads as well as hot dogs, hamburgers and many strawberry dishes. Patrons can dine in or get carryout orders.

Cost is by donation. To place an order, call (740) 283-2239.

Roger Hoard to perform

at 213 Coffeehouse

Roger Hoard, who was country music star Brad Paisley’s guitar teacher and performed with Paisley as well as Chet Atkins, Lenny Breau and Steve Wariner, will perform at the 213 Coffeehouse on June 7 from 7:30 .m. to 9:30 p.m.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5. Snacks are available for purchase.

The coffeehouse is located on the Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church on state Route 213, Steubenville, and is “a ministry that includes wholesome entertainment for the area,” according to a promotional flyer.

Flea market, car wash, today at Weirton church

Marland Heights Community Church located at 3900 Brightway, Weirton, is holding a flea market, car wash, and sale of baked goods, hot dogs and popcorn from 8 a.m. to noon today.

The car wash is free and will be held by the men of the church.

Shiloh Apostolic Faith

presents local talent

The Shiloh Apostolic Faith Usher Ministry presents “God’s Servants: We Serve and We Believe,” featuring Tri-State Area performers at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the church located at 3000 Weir Ave., Weirton.

Light refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall following the program. Call (304) 797-7848.

Colliers UMC sets vacation

Bible school for June 17-21

The Colliers United Methodist Church will hold the 2013 vacation Bible school from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 17-21 at the church located at 318 Pennsylvania Ave./Harmon Creek Road, across from the Colliers Post Office.

Registration will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 17-21.

The theme is “Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God.” A light dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m., and children will participate in Bible stories, science experiments, games and songs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The children will present a program for parents on June 23.

The program is free.

For information, call (304) 748-2989, (304) 527-2018 or (304) 527-2478.

Weirton church to host

free recitals on Sunday

Torrance Music Studios students will hold free recitals at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church located at 121 Ivy St., Weirton.

The younger children will participate in the 2:30 p.m. recital, and the 5 p.m. recital features youth aged 11 to 18. Thirteen area high school seniors will be honored at the conclusion of the 5 p.m. program.

The children will give vocal, piano, organ and guitar performance. It is free and open to the public.