"Hearts of Love," a women's expo featuring everything from health screenings and music to food and 50 vendor booths, will be held Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Masonic Temple located at 227 N. Fourth St., Steubenville.
Admission is free to the event being sponsored by the First Christian Church of Steubenville located at 220 N. Fourth St. Debbie Barton, an elder of the church, is the event chair with assistance from Kim Donnelly, co-chair.
The first 150 women will receive a free tote bearing an inspirational message. While there will be a variety of vendors, free glucose and blood pressure screenings, and an on-site glass-blowing demonstration, there also will be radio personalities on hand for a "meet and greet." They will represent K-Love adult continuing Christian music radio and WTRF.
READY FOR EVENT — “Hearts of Love” women’s expo will be held Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Masonic Temple located at 227 N. Fourth St., Steubenville. It is an outreach of First Christian Church of Steubenville, which is located near the Masonic Temple. Admission to the event is free with the first 150 women receiving a free tote with an inspirational message. Displaying the totes are, from left, Debbie Barton, chair; Kim Donnelly, co-chair; and the Rev. Trina Morgan, recently appointed as the church’s first woman pastor.
-- Janice R. Kiaski
The idea for the expo is the brainchild of the Rev. Trina Morgan, a Weirton native who officially became the church's pastor on Jan. 6, although the Brooke High School graduate began filling in there as of Oct. 11, 2012.
Morgan's appointment makes her the church's first woman pastor in First Christian Church's more than 100-year history.
"Hearts of Love is something I always wanted to do, and when I was in corporate America, I worked for Key marketing (Froggy Radio) of Carnegie, and we sponsored 'My Big Fat Froggy Wedding,' and it was such a draw of people and a lot of fun, I thought the best way to introduce ourselves and Steubenville is to have a smaller version of that for women, and what more perfect time than around Valentine's Day," Morgan said, crediting the "hard work" of Barton and Donnelly in bringing it to fruition.
"It has exploded," Morgan said. "We are having 50 vendors, most of whom came to us in request of a booth."
Morgan, 42, earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Phoenix in 2005. She is a 2008 graduate of Liberty University with a masters degree in theology and biblical counseling and is anticipating earning her doctorate in divinity in 2013.
She is married to Bryan B. Morgan and is the mother of two sons, Zachary and Darren.
"I am humbled and honored by the outpouring of love that has been given to me by the First Christian Church of Steubenville members," Morgan said. "The church has a very good structure of members who want to take this church in a slightly new direction and increase the growth. Steubenville is a 'good soul' foundation of believers. You cannot go within 50 feet on North Fourth Street and not see a house of worship. They are stunning and architecturally beautiful. We're among that group," Morgan said.
"One of the things I want to do for the First Christian Church is have a lot more involvement with the community and more activities from the church. Our hope is to bring hope and joy to those who have no church to call their place of worship and maybe make a spiritual connection and welcome them as a member," said Morgan, who substituted at various Tri-State Area churches from 2007-11 during her college internship and then post graduation.
A future event on the church's agenda is a variety show in March that will showcase local talent.