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April 27, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

Revival services

At Empire church

Mike Adams will be the evangelist when the Empire United Methodist Church holds revival services today at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

A Nazarene pastor for 21 years and an evangelist for 16, Adams and his wife, Elizabeth, have ministered in many camp meetings across the United States as well as in many countries around the world.

Adams preaches Bible-based messages, incorporating humor into a relevant message of salvation and holiness.

The church is located at 84 First Ave., Stratton.

Program Sunday at Mount Zion

The Rev. Theodore White Scholarship Committee will present its annual musical program at 4 p.m. Sunday at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Steubenville.

Featured guests at the program will be Angelic Sounds of Second Baptist Church, the Harmonizers of Morning Star Baptist Church, a group from Greater Zion, soloist Roberta Jordan from Agape Apostolic Assembly and liturgical praise by Phyllis Freeman of Shiloh Apostolic.

Groups from Mount Zion, including the mass choir and male chorus, will perform. Rose Lavender will conduct the proceedings. The purpose will be given by Millicent Slaughter. Paulette Johnson and Regina Blackwell are in charge of the gifts and donations.

The scholarship committee strives to promote academics and encourage the pursuit of higher education. The Rev. Norries Hood is the founder of the scholarship committee.

"You are invited to share in this music ministry as we further the cause of education by supporting our youth and helping to ensure their future success in life," a news release notes.

Gospel musical stage play set

The Ohio Valley Acts of Faith will present its annual Mother's Day weekend gospel musical stage play on May 11 beginning at 7 p.m. at Steubenville High School's auditorium.

The play, a gospel comedy written by Wylene Alexander, opens with part of the cast at a local beauty salon discussing the events of their personal lives and deciding to go on a cruise.

"The play is a comedy, but the message is that there are going to be times in our lives when our faith is tested," Alexander said. "God can keep us calm during these raging times and has promised to guide us safely through the storms."

Cast members are Arletta Reed, Gloria Terry, Rhonda Parrish, Melvin Creech Jr., Brenda Ware, Ronni Edwards, Horace Hampton, Dauwud Abullah, Trina Lawson, Manard Reed, Michael Jett, Eddie Alexander, Michael McIntyre, Karla Martin, Eliza Kelly and Sharron Cain.

The Acts of Faith is a joint venture by a group of individuals who have combined their talents, gifts and abilities to spread the word of God in an entertaining and spiritual manner, with dramatizations of religious themes as well as moral and ethical issues of today, according to Alexander.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from Ronni at "Things We Grow" Hair Salon located at 178 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, or by calling June Beal (740) 264-9028; Alexander at (740) 282-9207; Sandi Rue at (740) 283-2832; or Bunswella Brown at (740) 284-2766. Tickets also can be purchased from cast members.

Flood conducts academy chorus

James Flood, son of Laurie Welday of Smithfield, was invited to conduct the Lyceum Academy chorus to perform at EWTN, the international cable Catholic television station, on April 25.

The chorus performed during their three Mass schedules at 8 a.m., noon and 12 a.m.

Lyceum Academy, located in the Cleveland area where Flood resides with his family, is a private Catholic school for grades six through 12. The chorus, with Flood conducting, has been nationally critiqued as per the EWTN invitation.

Flood serves as music director at St. Clements Church as well.

Ministry event to

honor mothers

The Cup of Life Ministries with Tina Schoolcraft is sponsoring an event to honor mothers on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Weather permitting, the event to include dinner, music, fun and fellowship will be held in the pavilion next to the playground at Marland Heights Community Church located at 3900 Bright way, Weirton. Otherwise, it will be moved indoors.

Bible reading

campaign detailed

The Bible is the best-selling book in history, but how many people in the area are actually reading it?

A Gallup survey reports the average American household has four Bibles; however, research by Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that only 16 percent of Americans read the Bible every day.

The Bergholz Church of Christ hopes to reverse that trend, beginning with its own congregation. According to a news release, Pastor Dave Miller believes that "The Story," a Zondervan best seller, is the right tool to increase Biblical literacy, helping readers understand God's story from Genesis to Revelation and how their own stories intersect with God's.

"I want the people in my congregation as well as the city of Bergholz and surrounding areas to realize the incredible love God has for them and how their story is found in his story," Miller said.

The Story Church Campaign is a unique program, he said, providing up to 31 weeks of curriculum for children, teen and adult Sunday school and up to 31 weeks of corresponding sermons.

When accompanied by reading through five age-related books, the entire church can be literally on the same page for 31 weeks.

Bergholz Church of Christ plans to begin the experience, he said, starting Sunday.

For information, visit the church's Facebook page or call (740) 768-2745.

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