Churches announce activities, events

Triumph CWC has Christmas dinner

The Triumph of the Cross Catholic Women’s Club recently held its annual Christmas dinner at Froehlich’s Classic Corner Restaurant, welcoming as guests Bishop Jeffrey Montforton; the Rev. Thomas Nau, pastor of Triumph of the Cross Parish; the Rev. Bradley Greer; and the Rev. Bartholemew Ogumelu.

Entertainment was provided by the Anunciation, a group of students from Franciscan University of Steubenville who also are members of the university’s choir. Their selections included a mix of religious songs and modern tunes with a finale that included a sing-along of popular Christmas carols.

First Coordinator Terri Fernandes thanked the Christmas dinner committee comprised of Mickie Sellaroli, Nancy Schreck, Mary Ann Bushlow, Patricia Aruda and Dorothy McDonough.

A special thank-you was extended to Donna Kaine, who made all the Christmas centerpieces.

Terri and Pat Aruda distributed packets of wheat seeds to everyone with Terri explaining the custom of “Christmas wheat is given to friends to provide an opportunity to experience the joyful waiting of Advent.” The seeds are planted on Dec. 13, the Feast of St. Lucy, and watered daily. By Christmas Eve, the wheat will be 6 to 8 inches high and then can be cut and placed in a Christmas manger, or the entire container, with the growing wheat, can then be placed next to a manger scene.

The CWC’s next regular meeting will be held in March.

Sveta Petka Kolo

bake sale Dec. 22

The Sveta Petka Kolo of the Holy Ressurection Serbian Orthodox Church in Steubenville held its December meeting at Eat’n Park in Steubenville, discussing the Christmas party and voting to give the church a Christmas donation.

The group’s monthly receiving a donation is the International Orthodox Christian Charities.

The organization will hold a bake sale following church on Dec. 22 and will have a drawing for “a basket of cheer” following the Jan. 7 Christmas Eve service.

The next meeting will be held Feb. 6.

Nazarene church distribution

date changed to Wednesday

Because of Christmas, the Steubenville Church of the Nazarene will carry out its “compassionate ministry program” a week early.

In recent months, the church located at 511 Woodlawn Road, Steubenville, has been distributing items that can’t be purchased with food stamps to families who have need.

While this is normally done on the fourth Wednesday, because that is Christmas, the Rev. Ron Miller said the distribution will instead be held on Dec. 18 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Proper identification is required.

Starting in January, the regular distribution will resume.

Christmas organ, holiday music concert in Mingo

Area native Paul Moore, a 50-year veteran of the keyboards, will be the featured artist at an organ holiday concert offered free to the public at the First United Presbyterian Church of Mingo Junction on Sunday beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The concert also will include spiritual and Christmas music by the church’s choir and a special appearance by Mike and Shelby Styer.

“We’re offering a well-rounded evening of uplifting and spiritually-compelling music as an added treat to anyone looking to add live music to their Christmas celebration,” said the church’s choirmaster, Ken Duska.

The organ part of the evening’s program will be Moore playing the church’s new Allen digital computer organ.

Moore began his study on the piano at age 6 and has served and played various churches in the area. He serves as musical director at Brilliant Presbyterian and also is organist at the Mingo church.

“I’ve been blessed with so many supporting and loving people in my years of playing,” said Moore. “I’m pleased and excited to be able to give this concert as a Christmas gift to the people.

The Styers, fresh off the unveiling of their band Broken Arrow’s latest CD, will offer holiday music with a decided folk-Americana style.

“It will be an interesting contrast in styles that night,” continued Duska. “The diversity will enrich your Christmas season. We’ll also take requests at the end and all sing Christmas favorites suggested from the audience.”

There will be cookies and refreshments served after the concert; a free-will offering will be taken with proceeds going to the church’s organ fund.

The church is located at 650 McLister Ave.

18th-annual ‘Messiah’

performance planned

The Christmas portion of the Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1443 Belleview Blvd., on Friday beginning at 7 p.m.

This marks the 18th consecutive year that the work has been presented at Covenant.

The chorus is comprised of singers representing various local churches, and high schools, as well as returning college students.

The 20-piece orchestra includes professional and semi-professional musicians from throughout the Tri-state Area.

Soloists are Simone Lewis, Fairynne Mathison, Abby Andresen, Albert Macre, Tifton Graves, Xavier McAllister Eric Waugh, Jennifer Darling Mellott and Zoe Westfall.

The concert is under the direction of George Melhorn, Covenant music director.

An offering will be taken.

St. Agnes CWC holds

final meeting of 2013

Joanne Raha presided for the November meeting of the St. Agnes Catholic Woman’s Club held in the parish hall, offering a welcome and a thank-you to all those who helped with the pumpkin roll project.

The Rev. James Dunfee gave the opening and closing prayer and led in opening exercises.

The club received a thank-you card from Eddie and Katie Grantonic.

Pat Cramblett gave a report on cards recently sent.

Jeffrey Schuetz was introduced as a guest. He recently opened the Schuetz Funeral Home in Mingo Junction and discussed various aspects of regular funerals and cremations. A question-and-answer period followed.

Members voted to make a donation to the Brothers of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

A report on the recent deanery meeting was given.

Dunfee discussed the St. Agnes Catholic Church Parish Mission.

Jackie Parks won the drawing, and Lorraine Golec won the door prize.

Prayer cards were given as favors.

Denise Galownia and Kathy Hoover served as hostesses.

The next regular meeting will be held Jan. 27.

Women’s Missionary Union

reviews outreach projects

The Women’s Missionary Union of Open Door Baptist Church in Colliers met Dec. 3 at the church with seven members attending the covered-dish event that included games.

Mildred Richter, president, presided at the meeting where it was announced that money had been collected for three missions that the group supports.

Donna Garrison read a letter from missionary Beckey McGregor.

Garrison and Pam Holden, treasurer, gave reports.

Under old business, Richter noted there were 33 shoe boxes filled for Operation Christmas Child; two fruit baskets were sent to shut-ins; and six boxes were sent to those in need for Thanksgiving.

In new business, the group decided to not meet in January and February.

The group set a goal of $2,500 for the Annie Armstrong Easter offering.

The next meeting will be held March 4 with Lois Flemm serving as hostess.

Rosemary Jennings gave the devotions entitled “Christmas – A Personal Promise.”

Serve Others Circle

members meet

The Serve Others Circle of Kings Daughters and Sons met Nov. 19 at the YWCA in Steubenville for a noon luncheon meeting.

Ruth Ann McLaughlin presided, leading in opening exercises and reading from Silver Cross an article by Sue Buck, project chairman of Kings Daughters and Sons, entitled “Your Chance to Make a Difference.” Making dresses for girls in Haiti and around the world, to date, they have distributed 164,000 dresses to 65 countries.

Reports were given by Donna Grimm, treasurer; Lucille Smith, secretary; and JoAnn Birney, sunshine chairman.

The circle collected $65 for Urban Mission Ministries’ Thanksgiving food drive.

McLaughlin reported on the convention held Oct. 12 in Bowling Green.

She introduced Barb Thomas and Robbie Young, members from the McGowan Circle, who spoke about the North American Indian Fund. Circle members are saving canceled stamps and school labels on their behalf.

McLaughlin was hostess to five members and two guests.

The next meeting will be held Tuesday with Linda Cooper serving as hostess and program leader.

Christmas cookie sale

to be held Friday, Saturday

Christ Episcopal Church, at 1014 Main St., Wellsburg, will hold its annual Christmas cookie and treat sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 21.

The church will be selling a variety of cookies as well as banana nut and date nut bread, tea cakes and other treats, all suited for holiday giving or entertaining.