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December 8, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

Gyro, pastry

sale Tuesday

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

The gyros are $6 each, and the koulourakia or twist cookies are $5 a dozen.

Other pastries for sale will be baklava, $2 each; galatobouriko, $2 each; spanakopita, $2.50 each; and dolmades or grape leaves, three for $2.

Orders can be phoned in to (740) 282-9835 or sent by Fax to (740) 282-2091.

There is free delivery for orders of four or more gyros.

Patrons should allow a minimum of 20 minutes for phone-in and Fax orders. Walk-ins also are welcome.

Community carol program Dec. 16

The First Presbyterian Church of Wellsburg's annual Community Carol Sing will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 in the church sanctuary located at 901 Charles St., Wellsburg.

In addition to Christmas carol sing-alongs, the handbell choir and chancel choir will perform.

Refreshments will be served. It is open to the public.

'All is Well'

Sunday, Dec. 16

Several new singers have been added to the program for the final two presentations of the valleywide Christmas concert "All is Well," to be held Sunday at Riverview United Methodist Church in Toronto and Dec. 16 at Word of Life Fellowship, Steubenville.

Both presentations begin at 7 p.m.

Child vocalist Sara Johnston will be joining with Splendid Sound and the Word of Life Singers for the Christmas standard "Happy Birthday Jesus." She also will have the lead solo line in Michael W. Smith's new Christmas favorite entitled "All is Well."

New musical guests Burl Jernigan and Jason Ray also will be joining the program with their duet "Let It Be Christmas."

Splendid Sound, which consists of David Meyer, Jim Ray, Craig McCasland, and Chelsea Clegg, will be headlining the event. Other musical guests include the Word of Life Singers, comprised of Sandy Wilson, Gloria Hallberg, Erin Moro, Nick Rojak, Myron Rees, John Kaminski, Dr. Michael Scarpone, Billy Haines and Gary Hallberg, and friends Marla Inderbitzen, and Lois Popejoy.

The 75-minute concert will consist of a potpourri of festive holiday music covering a variety of styles and moods.

For information, contact (740) 537-2210, (740) 317-2970, or (740) 264-1227.

Smithfield UMW

holds meeting

A program on "A Remembrance of Thanksgiving" and how the Pilgrims had to endure hardships, at times eating only five grains of corn for a meal, was planned by Lorrie Greene when the Smithfield United Methodist Women met in the church social room.

After seven weeks on the Mayflower, the women and children had to remain on the boat until shelter could be made, and there were several families living in cramped spaces for a time. Nearly half became ill and died that winter, but their encounter with Squanto, an Indian who spoke English, helped them during the planting season and taught them fishing, Greene explained.

For their first feast there were five grains of corn on their plate to symbolize the hard times they survived, although there was a big feast of home-grown foods and wild animals.

Virginia Young presided and addressed prayer needs.

A dime collection was conducted.

Green presented perfect attendance gifts to Ginny Young, Pauline Paso and Sarah Kusic. A $150 pledge was made to the Pledge for Missions and a $25 love offering was collected. Members approved giving money for two Thanksgiving baskets for Urban Mission Ministries and spent $10 for a UMW program book.

Attending the UMW Fall District Conference in Scio were Green, Sherry Matthews, Mildred Windmill and Coarsely Re.

In complying with the message of gifting to someone in need, members voted to give a cancer victim a $50 gift card for the holidays.

Greene expressed the need for all members to take a turn in the monthly programs and devotions which will resume March 18 after the winter hiatus. She presented Christmas cards explaining the story behind the candy cane being made in the shape of a J to symbolize the name of Jesus. The white was for His life, without blame and the red was for his blood, so pure and freely given, she said.

Waldman served as hostess.

Point Pleasant

Ladies Aide meets

The Point Pleasant Ladies Aide held a covered-dish dinner and meeting Nov. 14 at the Point Pleasant Methodist Church in New Cumberland with President Carolyn Allison presiding.

Louanne Huff said grace, and Allison lit the memory candle to remember members unable to attend because of illness, obligations or traveling. The tables were decorated in a Thanksgiving theme.

Huff read scripture on attitude and gratitude from Psalms 104 and asked members to express gratitude for those things for which they were thankful every day. A time of sharing followed.

Reports were given by Mick Gaffoli and Kathleen McDonald.

Patty Bruce and Ruth Fuller gave a report on delivering coats to local elementary schools, and Gaffoli read thank-you cards from the schools. Members donated hats and gloves to be distributed to the Salvation Army, New Manchester Elementary School, A.T. Allison Elementary School, Food Closet, Oak Glen High School and Oak Glen Middle School. Huff volunteered to distribute the items.

Roni Poling reminded members afghans are still available for $25 each. Those interested in purchasing one should contact Poling at (304) 564-5378.

The group donated a poinsettia to the church in memory of a deceased member, and members voted to make a donation to the Christ Tree, which are donations given in honor or memory of a loved one. The group also agreed to make a donation to the United Churches of Social Services.

Marian Caine reminded members they could purchase fudge from the United Methodist Men by contacting Tom Tate.

Linda Marsh, Poling, Carrie Graff and Marian Caine were hostesses.

The Dec. 12 meeting will be held at Patty Bruce's home, and members are asked to bring an item for the gift exchange.

Serve Others

Circle meets

The Serve Others Circle of King's Daughters and Sons met Nov. 20 at the YWCA for a noon luncheon meeting with five members attending.

Ruth Ann McLaughlin presided and led in opening ceremonies.

For devotions, Lucille Smith related how the cornucopia serves as a symbol of Thanksgiving and abundance. She displayed a ceramic cornucopia filled with fruit. Jo Ann Birney gave the blessing and served as hostess and program leader.

McLaughlin read the Ohio Branch Standards of Excellence Program. Each circle receives a special citation if it earns 150 points from October 2012 until September 2013. She also read a poem, "Make This Your Daily Prayer," by Helen Steiner Rice.

Donna Grimm and Smith gave reports. The circle collected money for Urban Mission Ministries and signed Thanksgiving cards for shut-ins.

Birney presented the program, recounting the history of King's Daughters and Sons, which was organized in 1916. She displayed old journals from different circles. Each member received a copy of "The Beginning of Our Order," compiled by Laura S. Goodhue.

The circle will meet Dec. 18 with McLaughlin serving as hostess and program leader.

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