CWU celebrate Day of Prayer

WEIRTON – Church Women United observed World Day of Prayer March 7 at the Cove Presbyterian Church located at 3404 Main St.

President Karen Tate gave the welcome and read the poem “The Promise of the Rainbow,” then presented guest pastor the Rev. Ed Rudiger with a dove pin, reflecting the 2014 theme, “God’s Promises.”

Tate and Carol Skerbetz gave the introduction and invitation to worship, reading Isaiah 44:2-4. Coordinator Tate and first-year delegates participated with the theme “Streams in the Desert,” with the procession including Donna Durkin holding an ankh and lotus; Hattie Mosley, a pitcher of water; Helen Tate, a laptop computer; and Nancy Sanders, a cellphone and Egyptian flag.

Tate was the narrator, with Skerbetz as a Samaritan and Durkin representing Jesus in the Bible Story adapted from John 4:3-42.

The Church Women United Choir sang “It Is Well With My Soul.” The choir includes Music Coordinator Wadeanne Nardo, Isobel Bell, Georgia Cogas, Norma Copenhaver, Donna Garles, Naomi Jeter, Carolyn Shockley, Nancy Millich, Penny Mourat, JoAnn Morrison and Karen Tate.

The community project was snacks for the Weirton Christian Center, which Citizen Action Chair Diane Pastoric presented to Center Executive Director Kim Weaver.

Those attending sang “May God’s Blessing Surround You,” the 2014 theme song.

Penny Mourat lead the responsive reading, Isaiah 41:18-19. Isobel Bell led the prayer of dedication. Dee Campbell and Connie Gilbert were ushers, and Norma Yingest was the registrar.

Eloise Evans, Jinny VanGilder, Eleanor Cline, Betty Virtue, Bess McCaffery and Penny Mourat hosted the fellowship tea which immediately followed the celebration. Hospitality Chair Cline thanked the church for hosting the event.

More than 40 women, representing 15 local churches, were in attendance.

May Friendship Day service will be held at 10 a.m. May 2 at the First United Methodist Church located at 3301 West St.