Church news from throughout the area

Mission coat drive, giveaway

‘a little different’ this year

STEUBENVILLE — The Neighborhood Community Development Center of Urban Mission Ministries is making plans for its fall coat drive and giveaway, which will operate a little differently this year, according to organizers.

“The drive will be a two-day drive only,” explained Cynthia Lytle, community development director.

“Donors can bring new or gently used coats to our Seventh Street Plaza building from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 6 and Oct. 20,” Lytle noted.

The “Seventh Street Plaza” means the site of the former Kroger and Save-A-Lot grocery store on the corner of North Seventh and North streets. The mission announced in May that it is leasing the building with intentions to purchase the entire plaza.

“We are kindly requesting that our donors take advantage of these two drop-off days only,” Lytle said.

“In addition to coats, we will be accepting hoodies, winter hats, gloves and scarves. We will not be accepting any winter clothing donations at this time,” she added.

The distribution itself will be a three-day undertaking at the Seventh Street Plaza building as well. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 29-31.

For information, contact the Urban Mission main office by phone at (740) 282-8010 or by e-mail to

House of Prayer pays

tribute to grandparents

RAYLAND — The House of Prayer Church in Rayland recently held a special service in observance of Grandparents Day.

Prizes were awarded to the following:

Sam Firm, oldest grandfather; Dotty McGee Mayle, oldest grandmother; Doug Bensie, youngest grandfather; Cathy Cline, youngest grandmother; Doug Bensie, grandfather of the year; and Brenda Burge, grandmother of the year.

Mount Olive to mark

pastoral anniversary

WEIRTON — Mount Olive Baptist Church located on Weir Avenue and Kessel Street will be celebrating the 10th pastoral anniversary of Pastor Rudy McAllister on Sunday.

It is being coordinated by Clemmie Payton Frierson. A dinner will be served at 1 p.m. at the Dunbar Recreation Center, and the program will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the church.

Delivering the anniversary celebratory message will be Pastor Norries Hood of Cleveland. The choir from the First Baptist Church and members from the church will be traveling from Cleveland along with Hood to honor McAllister.

Hood formerly served as pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Steubenville.

Kenneth Miller and Earlene Jones will serve as master and mistress of program ceremonies, respectively. Other participants will include Claudia Thompson, Henrietta Trice, Tina Edwards and Loma Nevels. The meal will be prepared and hosted by Tracey Veal of Mount Olive Baptist Church. The public is invited to this event. There will be a free will offering.

Car, truck, bike show at

Meadowbrooke on Oct. 7

RAYLAND — Meadowbrook Church of God, located at 10152 state Hwy. 150, Rayland, has rescheduled its 12th-annual car, bike and antique equipment show for Oct. 7.

It will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with registration conducted from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per vehicle. Dash plaques will be available for the first 75 entrants. People’s choice trophies will be presented at 4 p.m.

There will be a concession stand and live music provided by Two or More.

Proceeds benefit community events and national and world missions. For information call the church at (740) 859-6511.

Philoptochos Society has

membership drive dinner

STEUBENVILLE — The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos Society met for its membership drive dinner held Sept. 6 at the Ville in Steubenville. Fifteen members attended.

The president presided, and the Rev Nicholas Halkias gave the opening prayer.

A.L.I.V.E., an acronym for Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments, was designated as the September charity.

Rikki Kamarados passed out calendars noting society events for the new meeting season.

The gyro sales are beginning for the next six months and are held on the second Tuesday of the month.

The group bid farewell to longtime member Neove Young, who is relocating.

The next meeting will be a luncheon at Janoski’s in October.

Class plans anniversary

dinner celebration Oct. 2

WEIRTON — The Myrtle McHendry Class of Cove Presbyterian Church met Sept. 4 with 10 members present. Peggy Baldt, president, opened the meeting with prayer.

A dessert prepared by Betty Virtue and Darlene Johnson was served.

Diana Durst read “Let Gratitude be Your Attitude.” The lesson was “Free at Last” by Beth Moore.

Eleanor Cline was thanked for making get well and birthday cards.

The anniversary dinner will be celebrated on Oct. 2, beginning at noon in the fellowship hall.

St. Peter CWC plans

October bake sale

STEUBENVILLE — The St. Peter Church Catholic Woman’s Club held its monthly meeting on Sept. 4 with a covered-dish luncheon. President Bea Antol led the opening and closing prayers.

Antol thanked members who had helped with the First Holy Communion reception in May. Thank-you cards were received from “adopted” seminarian Joseph Hahn for the birthday gift; the Rev. David Huffman and the Rev. Bradley Greer for the Father’s Day gifts; and the Rev. Joshua Erickson for the ordination card.

Discussion was held about changing the day of the CWC meetings.

St. Peter’s CWC will be sponsoring a bake sale on Oct. 6 and 7 in the church vestibule after all the Masses. All proceeds will go to the Seminarian Fund.

The next scheduled meeting will be at noon on Oct. 3 in the church hall.

Garage and bake sale at

Bloomingdale United Methodist

BLOOMINGDALE — The Bloomingdale United Methodist Church will be the site of a garage sale and a bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 6.

The fundraiser is being sponsored by the church’s New Beginners Women’s Circle.

Pastoral anniversary held

at Quinn Memorial A.M.E.

STEUBENVILLE — A pastoral anniversary celebration in honor of the Rev. Reloy F. Gainey and First Lady Cynthia F. Gainey was held Sept. 9 at Quinn Memorial A.M.E. Church in Steubenville.

Loma Nevels served as mistress of ceremonies. The program involved Evangelist Clarissa Speaker, prayer and scripture; Elise Rainbow, song; Carol Ann Simmons, welcome; the Rev. Ashley Steele, greetings; Patricia Fletcher, occasion; music included Emmanuel Praise Team of Emmanuel Church of God in Christ and Delores Wiggins, minister of music; speakers, the Rev. James Wooden of Tower of Power, Evangelist Clarissa Speaker and Mike Florak of Franciscan University of Steubenville; and Eloise Curenton, presentation of gifts.

Refreshments were served afterward.

Church topics focus of

Bethany College conferences

BETHANY — A variety of topics related to church and religion will be the focus of several conferences to be held by Buffalo Seminary at Bethany College.

They include:

¯ “Preaching the Prophets,” the Rev. Rick Lowery, Oct. 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

¯ “On Jordan’s Bank, the Baptist’s Cry,” the Rev. Bonnie Thurston, Nov. 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

¯ Case Study Sessions, the Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The cost for each is $35. To register, visit

National Trail Stitchers

Chapter to meet Tuesday

WHEELING — The National Trail Stitchers Chapter of the Embroidery Guild of America will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, located at 1210 Chapline St.

The focus of the meeting will be collecting crazy quilts the club has been working on during the summer.

The guild focuses on education and supporting participants’ endeavors to keep embroidery craft alive. It welcomes anyone with an interest in “creating beautiful heirlooms or creating fun from fabric.”