Area church happenings

Calvary to host

special service

Calvary Church located at 255 N. Fifth St., Steubenville, will host an evangelistic service at 6 p.m. Sunday.

It will begin with worship and special singing by the Calvary Praise and Worship Team and feature the ministry of Evangelist/Pastor Kelly Caywood of Alliance, formerly of Texas.

Caywood, who pastors an Apostolic church in Alliance, has traveled extensively throughout the United States for the past 10 years and will be “preaching a message of deliverance by the awesome power of the saving grace of Jesus Christ,” according to a press release.

Caywood was a convicted felon who had been incarcerated in 22 different jails and prisons for most of his young adult life. Along with serving as pastor at the Alliance church, he still continues to evangelize and travel “to preach about the love of God and the grace of God as he proclaims hope and true liberty by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.”

Splendid Sound at Rosemont Chapel

Splendid Sound will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at Rosemont Chapel, which is located at the corner of Williams Boulevard and Goulds Road, Steubenville.

The program is open to the public.

St. Mark members

attend convention

Representatives of St. Mark Lutheran Church of Steubenville’s Lutheran Women’s Missionary League were among those in attendance when delegates to the 35th-biennial convention of the LWML held June 27-30 in Pittsburgh.

Janie Bull, Dee Guio, Karen Krause, Jean Reitter and Eila Vasich attended the convention where the LWML adopted a $1.83 million mission goal for the 2013-15 biennium that will fund 18 mission grants.

The funds raised by the organization’s members nationwide over the next two years will be used to support a variety of mission grants, including, among others, training K-9 comfort dogs for LCMS chaplains, rebuilding schools, Christ-centered tutoring, scholarships for mission trips, worship for shut-ins, strengthening and expanding campus ministry and support for Lutheran Public Radio.

The local delegation were among more than 3,100 in attendance at the convention where the theme was “Quenched! by the Water.”

LWML President Kay Kreklau of Dayton, N.D., said, “The LWML has existed for 71 years and by God’s grace will continue to thrive because we, quenched by the water and the word, will do God’s work in God’s time in God’s way. You are the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. With the help of God, go and tell the world.”

The keynote speaker was LuJuana Butts, an educator and author.

The 581 voting delegates elected new officers to four-year terms. The convention also featured an LWML neighborhood block party; speaker Mia Koehne, a worship leader, songwriter and recording artist; and presentations by Mites in Action speakers.

The LWML is the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to support global missions, according to a convention press release.

Ron Retzer in

concert Sunday

Ron Retzer will be performing at 4 p.m. Sunday at Brilliant United Methodist Church during its Strawberry Festival.

It will be a two-hour concert that also will include a guest appearance by the Chrisagis Brothers, with whom he travels and performs. Upcoming appearances with them will be in Indiana, Atlanta, Augusta, Ga., and Nashville.

Retzer has five CDs of his music and has worked on stage at WWVA Jamboree U.S.A. with numerous country music stars, including Roy Clark, the Oak Ridge Boys, Waylon Jennings, Lee Greenwood, Bellamy Brothers, Conway Twitty, Larry Gatlin, Brooks & Dunn, Loretta Lynn, Box Car Willie, Willie Nelson, the Judds, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters, George Jones, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Lorrie Morgan, Charley Pride, Ronnie Milsap and Brad Paisley.

Food pantry

closed for July

Grace Lutheran Church, Sunset Boulevard, Steubenville, has announced that its food pantry, “Grace’s Cupboard,” will be closed for the month of July.

The temporary closing will enable the outreach program time to remodel, refresh and restock. Usual visitors to Grace’s Cupboard who are in need are directed to call the 211 hotline for assistance.