CWU hosts World Day of Prayer

SPECIAL OBSERVANCE — Church Women United of Weirton sponsored World Day of Prayer on March 1 with participants including, front, Ronda Krebs; middle, from left, Jo Ann Morrison, Joyce Summers, Kay Kempler and Isobel Bell; and back, Carol Village, Rebecca “Tish” Turner, Gerri Harbaugh and Olivia Carter. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — The Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church was host for the World Day of Prayer held March 1 and sponsored by Church Women United of Weirton.

The observance of World Day of Prayer was initiated in the United States in 1887 with the first Friday set aside for worship, prayer and offering of material resources.

“Prayer Changes Things” was the theme for the event attended by 38.

Ronda Krebs, program coordinator, introduced Pastor Randy Krebs of Oakland Presbyterian Church, who gave the welcome and opening prayer.

The celebration began with the hymn “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” It was followed by six categories of prayer: Praying for the community violence and affected families with Cathy Cooper and Rebecca “Tish” Turner, prayer; praying for the sick, Jo Ann Morrison and Olivia Carter, prayer; praying for the economy, Carol Village and Ronda Krebs, prayer; praying for the presidents and national leaders, Kay Kempler and Gerri Harbaugh, prayer; praying for the church, Helen Jeter and Isobel Bell, prayer; and praying for children, Joyce Summers and Rebecca “Tish” Turner, prayer.

Olivia Carter performed a solo, “He Is Lord.” Ushers were Connie Gilbert and Helen Tate.

The World Day of Prayer project was collecting items for the Weirton Christian Center. citizen Action Chair Diane Pastoric welcomed Assistant Director Deronda Bruich, who accepted the gifts with thanks on behalf of the 91 children registered.

Following the benediction by Pastor Krebs, lunch was served in the fellowship hall by Nancy Tourney, Connie Gilbert, Connie Gettinger, Patty Brady, Lexie Woisnet and Terrie Yoho. Tables were decorated to a St. Patrick’s Day theme.

Beverly Branham, hospitality, thanked the church for hosting the celebration.

The 2019 board meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on April 5 at Shiloh Apostolic Faith Assembly at 3000 Weir Ave.