Churches announce special events, activities

St. Sava being honored Sunday

Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church will honor St. Sava, the patron saint of the Serbian people, on Sunday.

The celebration was rescheduled from last Sunday because of weather.

Following 10 a.m. services at the church located at 528 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, the celebration will be held at the church’s Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton at 12:30 p.m.

Dinner will follow the short service that includes cutting the patron saint cake. The highlight of the day will be the children’s program in honor of the patron saint of Serbian Orthodox schools and education. It will follow dinner.

St. Sava lived in the 13th century and was the youngest son of the Serbian ruler, according to the Rev. Rade Merick, pastor. “He ran away from his father’s royal court to become a monk and eventually became the first archbishop of the independent Serbian Orthodox Church. He did much to organize and improve religious, educational and cultural life among the Serbian people,” Merick said.

All are invited to the services, dinner and program. A free will offering will be taken.

Soup sale Feb. 8 at at St. Andrew’s

St. Andrew Orthodox Church located at 100 St. Andrew Drive, Mingo Junction, will host a soup sale on Feb. 8.

Patrons can dine in or get takeout during the sale that will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Soup will be $2.50 for a bowl and $5 for a quart.

“We will be making our famous vegetable and bean soups,” a church spokesperson said.

Women of Harmony make plans

Mary Joy VanDyne, president, presided and served as hostess when the Mingo Junction Women of Harmony held their January meeting in the church’s social hall.

Sallie Siva was welcomed as a guest.

Ethel Kerwood opened the meeting with prayer and served as program leader for the evening meeting. Kerwood read “Empty Stocking,” which emphasized the fruits of the spirit. She said it originated from “The Bishop’s Wife,” one of her favorite movies which was made in 1947 and is about an angel returning to Earth.

VanDyne read thank-you notes received from shut-ins appreciative of the fruit baskets and gifts they had received.

The Christmas party held at Manfred’s was a “great time” with “great food,” it was noted.

Under old business, discussion included purchasing large print hymnals for the church.

New business included cookies and candy for shut-ins for Valentine Day; donating jelly beans to Urban Mission Ministries for Easter treat bags; challenging everyone to bring a non-perishable item each Sunday for the Urban Mission during the Feinstein Hunger challenge; purchasing Easter lilies for shut-ins and the sanctuary; planning the mother-daughter banquet in May; and possibly organizing some fundraisers.

Ginny Howell will lead the February meeting. Pam Pietro will be the hostess.

‘Prayer, Self Denial’ program given

Twelve members were present for the Jan. 23 meeting of the Richmond United Methodist Women held in the church fellowship hall where Sue Frye, president, presided.

Marge Andres presented the program on “Prayer and Self Denial.” A poster map representing the UMW Mission Giving Supported National Mission Institutions and pictures were displayed on the altar table. There are 98 mission supported centers.

Pastor Carol Smith installed the officers for 2014 and offered prayer.

Each member was given an antique Lincoln log to bring forward to the altar table and put into place to symbolize that it takes the support of the UMW to build a mission center.

Also giving readings for the program were Barb Grimm, Donna Grimm and Joyce Proffitt. Devotions were led by Donna Grimm

Reports were given by Barb Grimm, Proffitt and Peggy Pratt.

Barb Grimm read a letter from 100-year-old Lena Hill.

Andres read from the prayer calendar.

Cards were signed and sent.

Connie Somerville served as hostess.

The next meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 27. Any interested women of the church are invited to attend.

Pasta dinner at Olde St. John’s

Olde St. John’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual Valentine’s Day spaghetti dinner from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 8.

The church’s social hall will be decorated with candles for the event, which is open to couples or groups. Take-out also will be available.

The cost is $7.50 for adults and $5 for children under 12 for the meal, which will include pasta with home-made meat or marinara sauce, salad and choice of beverage and dessert.

‘Let’s Fight Together’ presentation set

Thomas “TJ” Anderson of Annapolis will be the guest speaker for the 11 a.m. Sunday service at Wintersville Community Chapel, located on Ward Drive off Bantam Ridge Road, Wintersville.

Anderson said he will share how he started the “Let’s Fight Together” fund to help people in need and let them know they’re not alone in what daily struggles they have, that God is with them as well as people who care.

Anderson had a kidney transplant about five years ago, which his body rejected in February 2013, putting him back on dialysis and back on the transplant list. He was diagnosed with IGA kidney disease in 2006. “‘Let’s Fight Together” is a fund where 100 percent of the money goes “straight to the causes,” and donations are tax-deductible, according to Anderson.

From his own dialysis experience, Anderson said he would think of the circle in the dialysis unit, the chairs in a circle and the patients “arm in arm.” He thought of it as them fighting together, that it was a kind of prayer circle almost.

“If we pray together, we fight together,” he noted in previous correspondence to the Herald-Star.

Anderson said he generated interest in the “Let’s Fight Together” idea through Facebook. Tiger eyes are the logo because with “God in us we give somebody the eye of the tiger to keep fighting no matter what their fight. They’re never fighting alone.”

Anderson would like to share his message at other churches and venues. For information, contact Anderson at