What’s going on throughout the area

Holiday dinner at

Crestview Inn

The Thanksgiving luncheon at the Crestview Inn at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School in Bloomingdale will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 26.

The menu will include slow roasted turkey, brown sugar baked ham, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, marshmallow topped yams, turkey noodles, sage stuffing, green beans, pumpkin pie and bread pudding.

Cost is $12 per person, and reservations are required by calling (740) 264-5545, extension 602.

JVS is located on 1509 county Highway 22A.

Wellsburg Elks

plan service

Wellsburg Elks Lodge No. 1553 will hold its annual memorial service at 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the lodge.

The service is performed by the lodge officers in remembrance of members who have died.

Each year the lodge donates a book to the Brooke County Library in memory of each member who has passed away during the past year. Throughout the years, more than 500 books have been donated to the library.

The service is open to the public as well as to all Elks and their families. A tea will be held afterwards.

Weekend events

at E.S. center

Two weekend events at the East Springfield Community Center have been announced.

The center will host a karaoke fun night with disc jockey Chelsea Matta from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday.

Admission is $3 with children under age 10 admitted for free.

All ages are welcome to participate. Refreshments will be available for sale.

There will be $1 from each admission going into the “singer reward jar.” Each singer will receive a ticket for a drawing that will determine the winner of the money.

A door prize ticket will be given to all who attend for a drawing of two free dinners that the center holds monthly.

On Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the center will welcome the Sands of Time, a country classic band that will perform a variety of selections.

Admission is $5. There will be a 50-50 drawing. Refreshments will be available for purchase.


reunion Nov. 30

The Mingo Junction Homecoming Reunion for all former graduates and residents of Mingo Junction will be held once again on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, meaning Nov. 30.

Festivities at the Mingo Junction American Legion will get under way at 7:30 p.m.

Rose Angelica will be performing and releasing her new CD. Old band footage also will be shown. There will be a fundraiser for the Mingo Revitalization Committee. Sponsors for the event are Spuds Parkview Inn, Drews Shutzen Club and the Legion.

Coburns entertain

Toronto group

Doris Matyas presided at the Nov. 14 Toronto Senior Citizens meeting, welcoming guests Tanya Weaver and Bernie White and new member Linda Ragsdale, who won the 50-50 drawing.

Mary Alice Meyer gave the blessing for the turkey dinner, read Thanksgiving and led in opening exercises.

Mr. and Mrs. Richie Coburn entertained the members with oldies songs. November birthdays and anniversaries were announced.

Lola Swanagan gave a report on 2014 trips. Reports were given by Shirley Rebich, Joyce Dobbs and Rosemary Bonofine.

Door prize winners were Bernie White, Joyce Zimmerman, David Krause, Rose Dials and Dee Fouts. Bingo winners were Debbie Custer, Pat Ferrell, Jane Hanuscin, Arlene Zahniser, Irene Sabados and Laura Mamula.

Scat winners were Laura Mamula, Sharon Carroll, Irma Straka, Jane Hanuscin, Pat Rose and Mary Alice Meyer.

The Christmas dinner will be held at 5 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the Stratton Municipal Building.

Breakfast with Santa scheduled

The Warren Township Lions Club will be hosting an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with Santa on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Tiltonsville United Methodist Church located at 106 Grandview Ave., Tiltonsville.

The cost is $5 per breakfast. Children age 8 and under eat for free.

For advance tickets contact Roger or Margaret Warren at (740) 859-4479; Russell Reed at (740) 859-3162; or any Warren Township Lions Club member. Proceeds will benefit the Warren Township Lions Club’s community projects.

Class of 1964 planning reunion

The Wintersville High School Class of 1964 reunion planning committee will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at C.J.’s Family Restaurant, Steubenville, to finalize addresses and get letters mailed out for its 50-year reunion to be held Aug. 16.

All classmates are encouraged to attend. Addresses or questions can be referred to Lola Dornbusch Swanagan at (740) 537-4977.

The committee’s last meeting on Oct. 25 at St. Florian Hall involved menu selection.

Crocheting group to meet

The Brooke County Public Library’s Crocheting Group will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The group is for adult beginners through experts.

Participants should bring their own supplies. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free group.

What’s going on throughout the area

Led By Mercy

set to perform

The contemporary Christian band Led By Mercy is hosting a free Thanksgiving concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at Mercy Baptist Church at 3474 Pennsylvania Avenue, Weirton.

The two-hour concert will feature original contemporary Christian music, the music of the leading contemporary Christian artists and scripture. Refreshments will be served.

Those wishing to attend are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item, or other donation, which will be taken to a local food pantry to assist with meals for Thanksgiving.

For information, visit LedByMercy.com or call (304) 374-5686.

Gyro sale set for Tuesday

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Philoptochos Society will have its next gyro sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church located at 300 S. Fourth St., Steubenville.

The gyro sells for $6 each, and the koulourakia (twist cookie) is $5 per dozen.

There is free delivery for orders of four gyros or more. There will be a 25 cent charge for extra tzatziki sauce.

Orders can be phoned in to (740) 282-9835 or fax to (740) 282-2091. Patrons should allow a minimum of 20 minutes for phone-in and fax orders.

Walk-ins also are welcome.

Doc Roe at Faith Chapel

Doc Roe from Mingo Junction will be ministering in song and music at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service at the Faith Chapel Church, which is located at 201 township Road 375, Steubenville, according to Pastor Herman Tranter.

For information, contact the church at (740) 282-3439.

Craft show in Hammondsville

Pine Grove United Methodist Church will hold its annual holiday craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 23 at the Saline Township Complex in Hammondsville.

The complex is an indoor heated facility, so the event will be held “rain or snow,” according to a news release.

The show will feature “lots of crafters,” more than 60 vendors, homemade food to eat in or take out, a Thanksgiving dinner drawing, a 50/50 drawing and a Chinese auction.

T.R.Y. service, concert set

The T.R.Y. (Tiltonsville, Rayland, Yorkville) Community of Churches will be hosting a community Thanksgiving service and concert featuring Ron Retzer and the Chrisagis Brothers at 6 p.m. Nov. 24 at Tiltonsville United Methodist Church.

A love offering will be taken, and there will be a canned food collection to benefit local food pantries.

A time for refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.

The church is located at 106 Grandview Ave., Tiltonsville.

Harmony elects officers

The Mingo Junction Women of Harmony held their November meeting at Harmony United Methodist Church’s social hall with Mary Joy VanDyne, president, opening the meeting with a welcome and prayer.

Tina Corder read devotions entitled “Peacemakers” by Billy Graham.

Chris Davis reported on the book “The Hole in Our Gospel,” a true story by Richard Stearns, “a corporate CEO who set aside worldly success for something far more significant and discovered the full power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to change his own life.”

Old business included turning in the Urban Mission Ministries gift bags and donating to the mission’s hat and mitten tree; ordering fruit baskets and poinsettias for the shut-ins for the holidays; ordering large print hymnals for the church; and reminding everyone about the upcoming Christmas party to be held at Manfred’s on Dec. 11.

Officers for 2014 were elected with VanDyne continuing as president. Other officeholders are: Pam Pietro, vice president; Tina Corder, treasurer; Ginny Howell, secretary; Chris Davis, mission moments; and Ethel Kerwood, devotions.

Members volunteered to be leaders and hostesses for each of the meetings in 2014.

Lillian Criss was the hostess for the evening.

Ecumenical service set

The Valley Pastors Network has announced that the annual Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Word of Life Fellowship, 565 Lovers Lane, Steubenville.

The service has become an annual event where people from various churches of the Valley come to collectively give God thanks for his many blessings, according to a news release.

The Rev. Nicholas Halkias of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church will deliver the keynote message at the service.

A newcomer welcomed to the service is the Rev. Nathan Malavolti, the recently appointed vice president of community relations at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Other participating clergy include the Rev. Anthony Bianchini, Lighthouse Evangelical Presbyterian Church; the Rev. Tom Bullard, Starkdale Presbyterian Church; the Rev. Vaughn Foster, Christ’s Community Church; Pastor Jeff Greco, Crossroads Christian Church; the Rev. Gary Hallberg, Word of Life Fellowship; the Rev. Noories Hood, Mount Zion Baptist Church; the Rev. John Kotsanos, Calvary Church; the Rev. Philip Makari, Starkdale Presbyterian Church; the Rev. Ron Miller, Steubenville Church of the Nazarene; Pastor Sharon Miller, Christ’s Healing Center; Pastor Everett Mitchell, Tower of Power; Pastor Dave Shores, Word of Life Fellowship; and the Rev. Ashley Steele, executive director of Urban Mission Ministries.

The service also will include special music and “a time of prayer over our pastors, our area leaders and our Valley.”

A light reception will follow the service.

Time to order sweet bread

The Sacred Heart of Mary Holy Family Guild in Weirton will be baking sweet bread for the holidays on Dec. 5 and 6.

Order forms can be found in the vestibule, or interested individuals can call Irene at (304) 748-2628; Betty at (304) 723-1886; or Theresa at (304) 797-7263. The bread is $6.50, plain, and $7 with raisins. The order deadline is Dec. 1. The bread will be available for pickup on Dec. 7 and 8 after Mass.

Sugar Grove services listed

Several holiday events open to the public will be held at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church where the Rev. James “Jim” Willson serves as pastor.

There will be a Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. on Nov. 24 at the church which is located at the top of the hill, off state Route 152 from Empire on county Road 68.

Other events at Sugar Grove UMC include:

  • Dec. 8: The Edison Local Choir will present a concert at the 7 p.m. service. A love offering will be accepted to help support the choir.
  • Dec. 22: The choir of Sugar Grove UMC will present the evening service in song, beginning at 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 24: There will a Christmas Eve candlelight service, beginning at 7 p.m.

Kum Joyne Us Class meets

The Kum Joyne Us Class of Kolmont Church met Nov. 1 in the church fellowship hall with Virginia Young offering the blessing for the Thanksgiving dinner prepared by hostesses Ruby and Lora Grimes and Maureen Black.

President Shirley McCartney presided at the meeting attended by eight members. Ruby Grimes led devotions from Psalms 100 “A Song of Praise.”

Readings included: Young, “Thanksgiving and the Path of Peace;” Sara Peeler, “Autumn Rainbow;” and Lora Grimes, “Thanksgiving Prayer.”

McCartney fielded prayer requests. Members answered roll call with a scripture. Reports were read by Sharlene Wade, Young, Lora Grimes and Peeler.

Black, chairperson for the annual Christmas party, reported the theme for this year will be “Everlasting Light.” Michele Trikonis will cater the dinner. Prices are $15 for adults and $6 for children 6 and up. Children under age 6 will eat for free. There will be a $10 optional gift exchange. Reservations must be in to Alice Brandon by Dec. 6.

All women from the church are invited to attend.

McCartney closed the meeting with prayer. Peeler held the monthly auction.

Church plans free dinner

There will be a free roast beef dinner at the Beech Bottom Community Christian Church on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The dinner is free, but donations will be accepted with proceeds going toward evangelism projects. The menu will include an open face roast beef sandwich, mashed potatoes, corn and dessert. Patrons can dine in or get takeout. Questions can be directed to Missi at (304) 639-7193.

Hill Top to host dinner

The Hill Top Fellowship Hall located at the corner of state Route 213 and county Road 46, Toronto, will host a baked steak dinner on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The menu will be baked steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, salad bar, Italian bread, homemade pie, and hot and cold beverages.

Patrons can dine in or get takeout.

Donations will be accepted. The dinner proceeds will go toward the fund for replacement of windows in the manse.

Triumph CWC gathers

Triumph of the Cross’ Catholic Women’s Club met Nov. 5 with Terri Fernandes, first coordinator, presiding.

Members heard reports that four members attended the Day with the Bishop held in Cadiz, and this year’s CWC Sunday was held at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Name Cathedral.

The deanery meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Holy Family Church.

The CWC Christmas party is set for Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at Froehlich’s Classic Corner in Steubenville. The cost is $21 per person. Reservations are due by Nov. 24.

There will be sign-up sheets in back of both church buildings. Payments can be given to Fernandes, Mickie Sellaroli or Francesca Veltri by Dec. 1.

Nancy Schreck, Dorothy McDonough, Fernandes, Mary Ann Bushlow and Sellaroli are serving on this year’s Christmas party committee.

The bishop’s anniversary Mass was held on Nov. 4 at the 5:30 p.m. Mass at Holy Name Cathedral. The Mass was held to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage, and Bishop Jeffrey Monforton honored all married couples celebrating significant anniversaries this year -25, 30, 35 years and longer.

There were 47 couples registered, and about 120 people attended a reception in the Holy Name Undercroft after the Liturgy.

The CWC hosted the reception, appreciating the donated refreshments from the Catholic Women’s Clubs of Blessed Sacrament, St. Peter’s, Our Lady of Lourdes and Holy Family churches. Fernandes also expressed appreciation to all who helped with the event.

Prize winners were Rose Sciarra, Mary Manfresca and Trish Evans.

Concert at Carrollton church

The Carrollton Bible Chapel, 365 Steubenville Road SE, Carrollton, will host a concert by Tab Beechler, a pianist/soloist from Bluffton, Ind., on Nov. 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

With six recordings and thousands of performances to his credit, Beechler is “a celebrated pianist/vocalist and seasons workship leader whose words and music have brought hope, encouragement and God’s truth to countless listeners,” according to a news release.

Two food items are requested for admission. A love offering will be taken during the concert.

A cookie reception will be held afterwards. For information or directions, contact Pastor Chuck Wilson at (330) 627-7376 or Richard and Judy Cunningham at (330) 739-4005.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child’s national collection week is Monday through Nov. 25.

Shoeboxes filled with gifts for children in need will be accepted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 22, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Nov. 23, noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 24 and noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 25 at the First Westminister Presbyterian Church located at 235 N. Fourth St., Steubenvlle.

Local volunteers will pack and transport the boxes to the regional center.

Though the shoebox gifts will often travel thousands of miles, Operation Christmas Child offers a way for participants to follow their box by using the donation form found at samaritanspurse.org.

Donors will receive an e-mail telling the country where their shoeboxes are delivered.

Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 100 million shoebox gifts to suffering children in more than 100 countries since 1993. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect another 9.8 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2013. It is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.

For additional drop-off sites and information, call (800) 567-8580 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

What’s going on throughout the area

TIMET retirees to meet Tuesday

Retirees of TIMET in Toronto will have occasion to chat, reminisce and stay connected at the next get-together luncheon scheduled for Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at CJ’S Restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, Steubenville.

It’s open to all TIMET retirees. For information, contact Bob Olexia at (740) 535-0937.

Art association

events detailed

The Steubenville Art Association workshop and meeting on Wednesday will feature SAA member and longtime teacher Diana Holcombe offering instruction and demonstration of colored pencil use.

The workshop class Wednesday runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held at Historic Fort Steuben, 120 S. Third St., Steubenville.

Holcombe has won many local and regional awards for her intense pencil drawings.

Cost of the class is $40. For information contact Marnee Muhleman at (330) 340-4577.

The SAA meeting Wednesday also will be held at Historic Fort Steuben, beginning at 7 p.m., and will feature Holcombe.

The social committee is chaired by Arlene MacQuown and also includes Kim Hohlmayer, Janet Polverini and Jeanne D’Anniballe. Members are asked to bring $22 for the Christmas dinner that will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.

Music seminar

at Quinn AME

The senior choir of Quinn Memorial AME Church will sponsor a music seminar on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church located at 515 North St., Steubenville.

The seminar is designed for choir members, choir directors, musicians, soloists and all interested individuals.

Classes to be offered will include music theory, choir directing, choir discipline, harmony, music ministry, hymnody and appropriate song selections.

Featured will be area musicians and choir directors.

Registration is $6 with a continental breakfast and lunch to be served.

Delores Wiggins, minister of music, is the facilitator. The Rev. Raymond Mickens is the minister.

Holiday luncheon, bazaar Saturday

St. Thomas Episcopal Church’s St. Elizabeth Guild recently held its November meeting with plans finalized for the annual holiday luncheon and bazaar.

It is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the church’s fellowship hall located on Three Springs Drive, Weirton.

The event will include crafts, soups, sandwiches, desserts and baked goods. For information, call (304) 723-4120.

Carol Village presided at the business meeting where Wendy Speer and Rick Mergen gave reports.

Members were reminded the covered-dish Christmas party will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at the church.

Village gave a program on St. Francis of Assisi and his love for animals. Ronnie Block was hostess. The group won’t meet again until February.

Senior center events scheduled

The Greater Weirton Senior Center will be selling coffee, hot chocolate and hot dogs during the Weirton Christmas parade, which begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 and travels Main Street from Virginia Avenue to Marland Heights Road, Weirton.

The senior center also will be open from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 for quarter bingo.

Christmas bingo will be held Dec. 6. The doors open at 5 p.m., early birds begin at 6:30 p.m., and regular games begin at 7 p.m. Door prizes will be available.

The New Year’s Eve party will be held Dec. 31. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Sands of Time will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. A midnight buffet and desserts will be served. Tickets are $15 per person and $25 per couple. They are available at the senior center or by calling (304) 748-3490.

Nifty Needles

members meet

The American Sewing Guild Neighborhood Sewing Group Nifty Needles recently meet at the First Christian Church on Main Street, Weirton.

Nancy Sanders presided, and there were eight in attendance.

Sanders reminded members of the group Christmas party Dec. 3 at Scaffidi’s in Steubenville. The American Sewing Guild Pittsburgh Chapter’s Christmas tea will be held Dec. 15 at the Edgewood Country Club in Pittsburgh.

The show-and-tell segment included the following: Middie Freese, Christmas applique tea towels; Carol Village, tea cosies; Dolly Grossman, quilt and table cover; Dale Negle, children’s play quilt; and Nancy Linn, machine-quilted square.

Freese presented a program on coffee cup holders, and each member received a take-home kit. Kay Nixon was awarded the door prize.

The next meeting will be held Jan. 1, and Village will present a program on embroidery.

Meetings offering

caregivers support

The Alzheimer’s Association will hold its monthly caregiver support group meetings on the following dates:

  • Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. at Eastern Gateway Community College, 4000 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, Room 1506.
  • Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 400 Walnut St., Martins Ferry.

The meetings are free of charge and open to all caregivers, family members and friends with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

For information, call the Greater East Ohio Area Alzheimer’s Association at (330) 650-0552 or (800) 272-3900.

Leo club pointers

offered in Adena

Susan Yeso, Leo Club chairman for the Martins Ferry Lions Club, shared information with the Adena Lions Club on how to establish and maintain a Leo Club in the local high school.

“It gives a club a challenge to form a Leo Club, and making such a club function and become active in the community takes dedication,” she said.

Yeso told the Adena members about the number of youth in Martins Ferry who are Leo Club members and about some of their accomplishments, such as helping at Lions functions and offering an opportunity to become a Lions club member later in life.

She noted that there has to be an adviser from the Lions club to work with the youth to keep them involved and active. There are 5,700 Leo Clubs around the world, she noted, and this will be the future of Lions. “We need to be working with high school students,” she said.

R.J. Konkoleski has been the focal point of getting a club started at Belmont College. At the last board meeting, he reported on the progress of this venture, suggesting that the club be the sponsor and help them with their dues for the first year. There are about 30 members interested, and dues will be $21.50 yearly, as they are students, he noted. The club approved giving them a donation for dues.

With the rose sale approaching, Randy Bednarski reported to the club about ordering roses and carnations by Tuesday, with the delivery date being Nov. 26. Roses are $15 and carnations are $13 per dozen.

Martin McKim took peace poster information to the Buckeye Local schools. He collected clothes for Urban Mission, a community project of the club each year. Laura Konkoleski reported on two names from which to choose for the Lions Club mascot. The cub voted on Hal from the choices of Hal and Dean.

Lloyd Hutchinson, president, reported that money for concrete for the handicapped parking places for the election board at the Lions Club meeting room was received and Dennis Kinsey needs to be informed about the church bell at Georgetown, it was noted.

The club will have a “giving tree” again this year for the Christmas season. They will change the forms to apply to include a telephone number so they can reach them to make delivery.

Library programs

are announced

The following programs are being organized by the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County:

Babygarten (caregiver and children ages birth to 2) can participate in this lap-sit program that involves activities to help babies with language development and early literacy skills. It will be offered at the Schiappa branch on Nov.1 at 10:30 a.m. and at the Adena branch on Nov. 21 at 11:15 a.m.

Registration begins Nov. 18 for Story Time (caregiver and children ages 4-6) that will be held at the Schiappa branch on Mondays, Dec.2-16 at 6 p.m. Songs, rhymes and an art activity are offered. Register by calling (740) 264-6166. Story Time also will be held at the Adena branch on Nov. 18 at 10:30 a.m. Call (740) 546-3782 to register at the Adena branch.

Teen book club will be held at the Schiappa branch on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. Join by calling the library at (740) 264-6166.

Stop in the Schiappa branch for game night for teens that will be held Nov. 20 any time from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Holiday appetizers will be made at the Schiappa branch’s cooking club on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. It is $10 to watch a demonstration and taste samples. To register call (740) 264-6166.

Story Hour (caregiver and children ages 2-6) will be held at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch on Nov. 19 at 10:30 a.m.

Book discussion group for the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Branch will meet on Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. To join, call the library at (740) 769-2090. The Adena branch’s group will meet on Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. Call the Adena branch at (740) 546-3782.

Play and Learn the Alphabet (caregiver and children ages 2-6) will be held at the Toronto branch on Nov. 20 at noon and at the Schiappa branch on Nov. 19 at 10:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m. It also will be at the main library on Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. and on Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. Children can play with letter-learning toys.

Learn about therapeutic essential oils at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch on Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Susie Weiss of Young Living will discuss how oils can be used for healing, cleaning and more. Register by calling (740) 769-2090.

Cookbook club will be at the Adena branch on Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. and at the Tiltonsville branch on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. Participants bring in a covered dish from selected cookbooks. Join the Adena branch by calling (740) 546-3782 and the Tiltonsville branch at (740) 859-5163.

Children can make a Thanksgiving craft at the Brilliant branch on Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. and at the Tiltonsville branch on Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Enjoy coffee, doughnuts and a movie at the Brilliant branch on Nov. 22 at 10 a.m.

What’s going on throughout the area

Mount Moriah to

honor veterans

Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Bloomingdale, will honor veterans and active duty service personnel at its 11 a.m. Sunday service.

Participants in the service will include Jim DiBenedetto, Dr. William Johns, Jim Thompson, and Tom Styles in a color guard from the Tri-State Marine Corps Club, Weirton. A flag-folding ceremony and taps will be part of the observance.

Special concert

at Mingo church

A special concert featuring Tammy Davis will be held on Tuesday at Harmony United Methodist Church in Mingo Junction, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is free, but there will be a basket available for a love offering.

“Bring your family and your friends for an evening that everyone will enjoy,” a church spokesperson said.

There will be refreshments served afterwards in the fellowship hall.

Event honors ancient martyrs

The Starkdale Presbyterian Church Youth Ministry hosted an “All Hallows Eve” celebration on Nov. 3 honoring the ancient martyrs of the Christian Church.

More than 30 participated in events such as pumpkin bowling, bobbing for apples, “pumpkin” pinata, “All Hallows Eve”-themed Pictionary and a talk led by Youth Pastor Bobbyjon Bauman on the early Christians who gave up their lives – martyrs – rather than give up their faith in Christ.

Church bake sale

To buy fuel oil

The Riddles Run House of Prayer Church will hold a bake sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Nov. 22 at the Super C Service Station in Smithfield.

There will be a large variety of pies, breads, egg noodles, cakes and cookies.

All proceeds will go to buy fuel oil for the church.

Clothes Closet

seeks donations

Kelly Bozeman of the Christmas Clothes Closet is seeking donations of toys and coats for its Christmas giveaway and will be holding its first winter clothing and coat giveaway on Nov. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Jewett school.

The Christmas Clothes Closet will be accepting monetary donations this year for the first time, according to Bozeman, who said monies will be used to run the clothes closet and to buy coats on clearance sales at the end of the year for next year as well as to buy toys for this year.

For information, call (740) 424-6059.

Church planning

cookie sale

Christ Episcopal Church located at 1014 Main St., Wellsburg, will be holding its annual Christmas cookie sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 20 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 21.

During November, orders will be taken for specialties such as nut horns and lady lox (cream horns). Orders for these items can be picked up the days of the sale.

To place an order, call (304) 737-1506. No orders will be accepted after Nov. 30.

A variety of cookies as well as the nut horns and lady lox will be available on the sale days. That includes raisin filled cookies, sugar cookies, thumbprint, chocolate chip, peanut butter kisses, pecan pie, biscotti, pizzelles, chocolate nut, peanut butter, fudge, banana nut bread, date nut bread, buckeyes and tea cakes.

Lunch, bake sale at St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will hold a haluski and kielbasa sandwich lunch and bake sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday at the church, which is located at 604 Colliers Way, Weirton, across from the Weirton Medical Center.

Cabbage rolls are $4 each. There is a limited number.

The lunch cost is $7.

For takeout orders call (304) 723-9746.

‘Famous nutrolls’

can be ordered

Members of St. Andrew Orthodox Church, 100 St. Andrew Drive, Mingo Junction, are baking their “famous nutrolls” for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The nutrolls are $12, and raisin nut rolls also are available. To place an order, call (740) 535-1379 or (740) 264-5374.

Thank Offering

service Sunday

The Presbyterian Women of Two Ridges Presbyterian Church, 1085 Canton Road, Wintersville, will observe their annual Thank Offering service during the 9:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday.

Several women of the congregation will be participating in the service where the Rev. Bill Lawrence’s sermon topic will be “Think Small.”

Special guests will be the members of Holy Family Catholic Church choir who will join the the Two Ridges choir in the anthem under the direction of Joe Zamberlan, organist/choir director.

The service is open to the public.

‘Afternoon of Song’ at Covenant

An “Afternoon of Song (from Baroque to Broadway)” will be presented on Sunday at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Steubenville, beginning at 3 p.m.

The vocalists are all graduates of Steubenville High School who have either completed college degrees in music or are enrolled in a music program. Those artists participating are Abby Andresen, Albert Macre and Xavier McAllister, Capitol University; Simone Lewis, Catholic University of America; and Eric Waugh, West Liberty University.

They will be accompanied at the piano by George Melhorn, music director at Covenant Presbyterian Church, located at 1443 Belleview Blvd.

“These talented musicians have been and continue to be soloists for Covenant’s annual presentation of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ which will be presented Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.,” a church spokesperson said.

Church welcoming

Power Surge

The First Presbyterian Church, 200 Court St., New Cumberland, will host a social services benefit featuring Power Surge at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Donations of non-perishable items will be accepted and a free will offering will be collected. Light refreshments will follow.

Art, craft fair

set for Nov. 16

An art and craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church, located at 1340 Washington Pike, Wellsburg.

There will be more than 50 vendors, concessions and a silent auction. Admission is free.

Proceeds will benefit the youth at Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church.

Concert planned

at Toronto church

The Toronto First United Methodist Church at Sixth and Main streets, Toronto, will host a concert at 7 p.m. featuring Heaven Scent and the Thermes Women.

Finley UMC set

for fall revival

Finley United Methodist Church, 958 Lincoln Ave, Steubenville, will have its annual fall revival Sunday through Wednesday with services beginning Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., and at 6:30 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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

The evangelist will be the Rev. George Holley, who attended Marshall University and Point Pleasant Bible School and College. Holley was ordained in the Wesleyan Church in 1991. He has been a full-time evangelist since 2002.

The Rev. Brock Barnhouse, who grew up at Finley Church, graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Barnhouse has been the worship leader at Hollow Rock camp in previous years and serves as pastor of Barrs Mill Church of God in Sugar Creek, Ohio.

Barnhouse will be leading in worship and speaking at both Sunday morning services with Holley speaking at the evening service.

Soup, sandwich

luncheon today

St. Thomas Episcopal Church located on Three Spring Drive in Weirton, is holding a Christmas soup and sandwich luncheon from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

Soups will include beef vegetable and wedding soup. Sandwiches include meatball hoagie and ham barbecue. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12.

A Christmas bake and craft sale also will be held. Soup is $6 for a quart. Take-out is available. To order a quart of soup, call the church at (304) 723-4120.