Spring brings births, healings, district church meetings, Easter egg hunts and dinners.
It also brings the arrival of a meaningful day in the church, Easter, a time of sunrise services, regular services and cantatas, a time when the world seems right as Jesus Christ has risen.
Our church, Smithfield Christian, had an interim pastor, Mark Carpino of Martins Ferry, due to a surgery in the family of our pastor, Wilford Simeral.
FAMILY — Family members filled one table at the soiree, including, seated, from left, Erica and Lisa Cline, mother and daughter, and back, Emily and Connie Hajny, daughter and mother; Irene Hajny Sabo, family matriarch and Jean Digman, aunt and sister-in-law.
-- Esther McCoy
OFFICERS — Ohio Valley District United Methodist Women officers at the spring meeting held at the Wintersville United Methodist Church are, front, from left, Velma Gross, vice president; Karen McKinney, spiritual growth chairman; Kathy Oxley, education and interpretation; and Susan Brown, secretary; and back, Nancy Weyand, president; and Janet Amick, treasurer.
-- Esther McCoy
SOCIALIZE — Norma McHugh, left, and Clara Sue Milewsky get acquainted at the soiree. Clara Sue won a Riesbeck’s gift card, and Norma won a wine basket with snacks and a gift card.
-- Esther McCoy
CHAT — From left, Sandy Lamb, Orega Yanik and Patty Schnabel enjoy the fine dinner and entertainment at the county farm bureau soiree. Sandy said the Calypso Celebration will be held May 2 at St. Florian Hall for the Family Services Association. Steubenville and Catholic Central’s Steel Drum Bands will perform after the dinner.
-- Esther McCoy
HELLO — A receiving line greeted those attending the Farm Bureau soiree, including, from left, Lisa Cline, Mary Ellen Grafton, Joy Clements and Jeanne Roberts.
-- Esther McCoy
Carpino was inspirational in his sermon and touching with his guitar playing-solos. The great weather helped to make Palm Sunday a nice send- off to Easter, even if snow was predicted later in the week.
A time of healing took place since January for 4-year-old Cameron Kerkuta.
He went through a serious brain surgery for an infection in his sinus cavities, then had multiple seizures, showing that a second surgery was needed for infection between the layers of his brain.
This led to the second invasion of his brain, and then an MRI showed a buildup of bacteria in his brain, and he was in surgery again. He spent 23 days in Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh through the ordeal.
He came home with a peripherally inserted central catheter and was given therapy and is doing amazingly well now, according to his parents, Shelby Kerkuta and Ryan Long.
"He is our blessing and truly a miracle," his mother said.
The surgeries and hospital stay have been costly to the young couple, and a benefit was held in March, but the illness has been a drain on the family. Donations for the youngster who is now back to preschool at North Elementary can be sent to the Brilliant branch of the U.S. Bank, 901 Third St., Brilliant, OH 43913.
Zachary and Ramona Conley of Rayland are the parents of the Jefferson County Farm Bureau Agriculture Baby, born on March 27 at Trinity West Birthing Center. Grandparents are Jeff Conley and Patty Czuchran. The parents received some nice gifts for little Tanner Jeremy arriving on that special day.
In mentioning babies, I need to mention that the Women's Club of Adena is hosting a Community Baby Shower for the Wellspring Pregnancy Center, starting at noon on May 3 at the Harrisville Community Center. Carol Infante of the Adena club is in charge of reservations.
This is for clothes from 0-3 months to toddlers size 4. They must be wrapped with a tag from the person making the donation. Gently used clothes are welcome as well.
There is nothing cuter or more fun to buy than baby clothes. They make them so much more adorable now than when my children were tiny - and that seems so long ago.
The women of the United Methodist Women's organization extended an invitation for me to become a member of their group, even if I do not attend their church.
I attended the Ohio Valley District United Methodist Women spring meeting at the Wintersville United Methodist Church with Lorrie Greene and Betty Ruttencutter and was very inspired.
Karen Henke Zotta, featured speaker, gave a talk on "The Roma of Europe," in an effort to improve the lives of women and children there and all over the world.
Susan Potvin, leader at the Jefferson County Christian School, and Carol Sue Evans provided some beautiful music, and Tiffany Manley was right on spot in running the sound and technology equipment.
Nancy Hukill prepared a tasty luncheon, and many women in the group helped in serving the 80 some attendees.
Officers of the Ohio Valley District UMW are Nancy Weyand, president; Velma Gross, vice president; Susan Brown, secretary; Janet Amick, treasurer; Kathy Oxley, education and interpretation; and Karen McKinney, spiritual growth.
Linda Nolf is president of the Wintersville UMW, hostess for the meeting. Esther Van Dyke of Finley UMW and a former district and conference officer, told about her start in the UMW, going on to become president of the group, Ohio Valley president and many other endeavors over the years. She traveled to New York and other conferences during her many terms in office.
Finally, I have to tell you about the colorful dinner event the Jefferson County Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee put together. It was called a soiree, and everyone was in her finest apparel.
Mary Ellen Grafton, Jeanne Roberts and Jennifer Barnett were on the planning committee. Joyce Wetherell painted tiny buckets in spring colors and painted on spring flowers. She filled them with flower seed packets, jelly beans, chocolate pieces, mints and little fuzzy chicks.
Linda Chivers, Ruth Sanders, Lisa Cline and Roberts were on the welcoming committee, and everyone at the party got a door prize, something that doesn't happen often, but it makes everyone feel good about attending.
Something else that made them feel good was hearing oldies sung by the mother-daughter team of Roz and Lynn. They wandered from the 1950s through the 1980s and were dressed in apparel from the 1950s, complete with a poodle skirt and saddle shoes, and the Flower Child loose skirts, sandals, peace sign tatoo and scarf around the head worn by Roz.
Our table consisted of my guests, Suzy Crawford and Clara Sue Milewsky; my sister-in-law, Norma McHugh; a good friend, Joyce Wetherell and her daughter-in-law Monica; and granddaughter, Delia, who is a very cute 4-year-old.
That is all the uplifting Easter news for now. I wish you all a wonderful Easter and blessings throughout the year.
(McCoy, a resident of Smithfield, is a staff columnist and food editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.)