Community news from around the area

Mount Zion plans pastoral

anniversary celebration

STEUBENVILLE — Mount Zion Baptist Church, 221 N. Seventh St., is planning the pastor’s second anniversary celebration in honor of Bishop Jermaine V. Moore Sr.

It will be held March 22-24 with the three-day celebration kicking off with “The Bishop’s Ball,” a black-tie event to be held beginning at 8 p.m. at Froehlich’s Classic Corner in Steubenville. It will include liturgical dance, a special guest soloist, dinner, gospel jazz and a message from the Rev. Ivory Jones of Cleveland, president of the United Missionary Baptist State Convention of Ohio. Tickets are available for $35.

On March 23, beginning at 6 p.m., the church’s music ministry will host a musical featuring choirs and groups from near and far.

A special church worship service beginning at 4 p.m. March 24 will feature the Rev. Curtis Johnson of Sandusky, vice president of the United Missionary Baptist State Convention of Ohio.

For information, call (740) 282-9244 or e-mail

Franciscan University

unveils Lenten website

STEUBENVILLE — In anticipation of Lent, Franciscan University of Steubenville has launched a website to serve as a spiritual resource for Catholics during the penitential season.

The 40 Days of Devotion website features reflections, videos, blogs, Lenten recipes and other spiritual resources to prepare for Easter, focusing on themes related to penance, preparation, suffering and Christ’s Resurrection.

Among the many reflection videos will be an interview with Franciscan University President the Rev. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, on common Lenten penitential practices. In the interview, Sheridan will discuss the Scriptural basis for almsgiving, fasting and penance and how these practices push participants to grow spiritually.

Additional content will include blog posts on popular movies and books to incorporate into Lenten practice as well as reflections from current and former Franciscan University students.

During Holy Week, the website will feature a special reflection from Franciscan University’s chaplain, the Rev. Shawn Roberson, TOR, about the cross and its message of forgiveness, as well as a feature about Franciscan students who will be welcomed into the church through the sacraments this Easter.

New content will be released weekly and continue through Easter Sunday, April 21.

Free concert, service set for

Sunday at Brentwood UMC

WINTERSVILLE — Brentwood Church, 148 Stephens St., Wintersville, will host a free concert and service featuring Christian musician and singer

Dave Byers of East Liverpool. It will be held Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m.

Byers will perform many songs popular in the Christian community and heard on radio stations such as KLove, and he also will perform some of his original music. He will be performing songs from his newly released CD, “Finish Strong.”

The concert is free. A love offering will be taken. Local transportation is available upon request by calling (740) 283-3347.

Southern gospel concert

tonight at Carrollton church

CARROLLTON — The Joneses from Wheelersburg, Ohio, will present a southern gospel concert at the Carrollton Bible Chapel, located at 365 Steubenville Road S.E.

It will be held tonight, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Two food items are requested for admission and will be donated the Loaves and Fishes, a local food pantry. A love offering will be received, and there will be a door prize drawing. For information, call Richard and Judy Cunningham at (330) 323-9253 or (330) 323-5610 or the church at (330) 627-7376.

St. Paul’s Church in Weirton

holding fish frys on Friday

WEIRTON — St. Paul’s Church in Weirton will once again sponsor a fish fry every Friday during Lent and continuing through Good Friday, April 19.

The expanded hours this year will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the fish will be from Coleman’s Fish Market in Wheeling.

Featured will be fried fish, baked cod, breaded shrimp and peel-and-eat shrimp. Sides will include french fries, cole slaw, macaroni and cheese and “our beloved ‘Haluski Ladies’ will make their famous haluski (noodles, cabbage and onions),” a spokesperson said. The fish fry will be held in the St. Paul School cafeteria located on Walnut Street. Patrons can eat in or get takeout, and there will be delivery for orders of more than $20. To place an order, call (304) 797-1182.