WEIRTON - Church Women United observed World Day of Prayer March 1 at the First Christian Church on Main Street.
President Karen Tate gave the welcome, sharing a time of remembering the sick in the unit and the passing of a member. Tate read "Our thinking Verses God's Promises." The Rev. Kevin Bowers gave the prayer.
Co-ordinator Joyce Summers and the first-year delegates took part in the celebration, with the theme "I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me." The procession represented France's diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. Summer portrayed the leader; Helen Jeter, Odile; Helen Tate, Jeanne and the stranger; Kathy Cooper, Greta; Julie Rocchio, Marguerite; Marge Trinone, Cecile; Norma Copenhaver, Genevieve; Hattie Mosley, Vera; Carol Village, Francoise; Maggie Clark, storyteller; Donna Durkin, king; and Nancy Millich, Marie-Leon. The women wore red, yellow and orange. Summers gave a meditation on the World Day of Prayer theme and closed with "The Visitor."
CHURCH WOMEN UNITED — The Church Women United observed World Day of Prayer March 1 at the First Christian Church on Main Street. Helping plan and execute the event were, from left, the Rev. Kevin Bowers of the First Christian Church, Church Women President Karen Tate, Event Co-ordinator Joyce Summers, Citizen Action Chair Diane Pastoric, Weirton Christian Center Assistant Director Deonda Bruich and Elinor Cline. -- Summer Wallace-Minger
The Church Women United Choir sang "Together." The choir includes Music Co-ordinator Wadeanne Nardo, Isobel Bell, Georgia Cogas, Norma Copenhaver, Donna Garles, Naomi Jeter, Carolyn Shockley, Carol Skerbetz, Nancy Millich, Penny Mourat and JoAnn Morrison.
The World Day of Prayer project was collecting items for the Weirton Christian Center. Citizen Action Chair Diane Pastoric organized the project, and Deonda Bruich, center assistant director, accepted the donation.
Maggie Clark and Jean Verner were ushers, and Penny Mourat and Betty Virtue were registrars.
Karen Blanc, Carol Skerbetz, Carol Hendon and JoAnn Morrison hosted the fellowship tea which immediately followed the service.
There were more than 40 members, representing 16 area churches, in attendance. The Rev. Eddie McDaniels of St. Peter's AME Church and the Rev. Ed Rudiger of Cove United Presbyterian Church also attended.
Tate presented host pastor Bowers with a dove pin, reflecting the 2013 theme, "God's Promises."
The Church Women United will host May Friendship Day at 10 a.m. May 3 at the Oakland Presbyterian Church located on Wylie Ridge Road.