Church Women United celebrate World Community

WEIRTON – The Weirton Church Women United celebrated World Community Day Nov. 1 at the Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church.

There were 50 members in attendance, representing 16 area churches.

Coordinator Nancy Sanders and third-year delegates participated in the service, with the Rev. Bill Stout, host pastor, welcoming the group and leading them in prayer.

The theme was “Walking Through Doors of Opportunity,” based on Revelations 3:2-6. During the service, a photo of Jesus Christ knocking at a door was displayed, reminding those attending to open their hearts.

The Church Women United choir performed “Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul.” The choir was joined by the host church’s choir members, including Isobel Bell, Susan Bowers, Patty Brady, George Cogas, Norma Copenhaver, Donna Gareis, Kathy McCarrick, JoAnn Morrison, Penny Mourat, Jackie Zaslocke and Choir Director Mary Ellen Groves.

Sanders spoke about World Community Day, which the Church Women United holds the first Friday of November to bring attention to areas of international concern. Julie Rocchio read from Isaiah 42:1-3; Bell read from Mark 2:1-12; and Mourat read Psalm 122.

The group collected snacks for the Dunbar Recreation Center as a community service project. Citizen Action Chair Joyce Summers presented the gift to Olivia Carter, who accepted on behalf of the center.

Hospitality Chair Eleanor Cline thanked the host church for sponsoring the celebration and luncheon.

Hostesses were Connie Gilbert, Vonita Miller, Nada Spencer, Patty Brady, Freda West and Jeanette Wetzel.

Dee Campbell was the registrar, and Norma Copenhaver and Ann Hawthorne were ushers. Carol Village gave the benediction.

Sanders announced the annual Christmas luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Paris Presbyterian Church located at 127 Steubenville Pike. Those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the food pantry and sleepware and socks sized child to adult for the Weirton Christian Center and Dunbar Center.

Weirton Woman’s Club President Diane Pastoric gave a brief presentation on on “ICE Your Phone,” recommended those with cell phones put an emergency contact under the listing “ICE” for “in case of emergency” to help first responders reach family members.