Community news from around the area

Second-annual free community

Easter Sunday dinner planned

WELLSBURG — Wellsburg United Methodist Church, located at the corner of 11th and Charles streets, will host its second-annual free community Easter dinner from noon to 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday.Those attending can dine in or get carry-out.

The dinner will include ham, scalloped potatoes, sweet potatoes casserole, green beans, stuffing, rolls, salad, dessert and coffee.

For information, call Wellsburg UMC at (304) 737-0488 or Franklin UMC at (304) 737-1656.

Colliers UMC having sunrise

service, breakfast, cantata

COLLIERS — Colliers United Methodist Church The Easter Sunday sunrise service begins at 6:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday on the hill overlooking the church.

“If you would like to join us, be at the church parking lot at 6:15 a.m., and we will all walk the path up the hill together,” a church spokesperson explained.

A light breakfast will be served in the fellowship hall after the service.

The Colliers UMC choir will present its Easter cantata, “The King is Coming,” during the Easter Sunday service that begins at 9:30 a.m.

The church is located in Colliers at 318 Pennsylvania Ave. (Harmon Creek Road) directly across from the Colliers post office.

Oakland Presbyterian having

Easter Sunday sunrise service

WEIRTON — Oakland Presbyterian Church, Wylie Ride Road, Weirton, will hold its Easter Sunday sunrise service, beginning at 7 a.m. It will be followed by breakfast in the fellowship hall.

Pastor Randy Krebs will be speaking at the 11 a.m. service.

Brilliant UMC announces

calendar of upcoming events

BRILLIANT — Brilliant United Methodist Church, located at 525 LaBelle St., has announced a number of upcoming events, including a sunrise service on Easter Sunday, beginning at 7 a.m. with breakfast to follow.

A special 11 a.m. service will be held on Easter Sunday also.

On May 7, Brilliant UMC will host an Election Day lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with takeouts available. The church phone number is (740) 598-4472.

The strawberry festival, meanwhile, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on June 19 in conjunction with the Wells Township concert series featuring the Ron Retzer Trio performing from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the former Buckeye North football field.

Annual wine-tasting event

On April 27 at St. Paul’s

WEIRTON — St. Paul’s Holy Name Men’s Group and Christian Mothers will have their annual wine-tasting event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 27 in the school cafeteria.

St. Paul’s School is located at 140 Walnut St.

Tickets are $15 at the door, and everyone attending must be 21 or older. The fundraiser will feature several local winemakers, appetizers and other activities.

‘The Time Is Now’ theme

of May Friendship Day

WEIRTON — May Friendship Day, sponsored by Church Women United, will be celebrated on May 3 at Oakland Presbyterian Church, Wylie Ridge Road, Weirton, beginning at 10 a.m.

“The Time Is Now” is the theme of the observance with Gerri Harbaugh serving as coordinator. The project will be the Lighthouse, which provides protection, intervention and support to victims of domestic violence.

A practice session will be held at 10 a.m. on May 2. Brunch will be served.

Angie Mahfood new president

of Philoptochos Society

STEUBENVILLE — The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church’s Philoptochos Society members had their April 4 dinner meeting at the Sesame Grill Restaurant in Steubenville with 19 members attending.

The Rev. Nicholas Halkias gave the opening prayer, and the Ohio Valley Health Center was designated as the April charity.

New officers voted in are: President, Angie Mahfood; first vice president, Rana Mahfood Levenderis; second vice president, Marianne Balakos; treasurer, Joanne McCraley; recording secretary, Georgiann Hart; and corresponding secretary, Irene Petrides.

The Philoptochos made plans to host the Palm Sunday luncheon.

Donations were made toward the Grecian Food Festival, which will be held in June.

The next meeting will be held May 2.

St. Peter CWC members

are updated on activities

STEUBENVILLE — The St. Peter Church Catholic Woman’s Club held its monthly meeting on April 4 in the church hall. President Bea Antol led the opening prayer.

Antol reported that about 40 men attended the city-wide Lenten Series. The club received an invitation from Nicholas Ward to attend his ordination to become a transitional deacon.

Reception plans were finalized for First Holy Communion, which will be held at the 10 a.m. Mass on May 5. Doughnuts will be provided in the church hall after the First Communion Mass for all who attend the Mass. Plans for the confirmation reception will be finalized in May.

The next CWC meeting will be held May 8. The luncheon menu theme is Mexican food.

Easter Afterglow service

April 28 in Wellsburg

WELLSBURG — Wellsburg Christian Church, 1001 Charles St., will host an Easter Afterglow service on April 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This will be an inter-denominational night of praise and worship. Several area churches will come together to continue the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection through music and song.

Light refreshments will be served following the service.

Ramp Fest on April 27 at

Olde St. John’s Episcopal

COLLIERS — Olde St. John’s Episcopal Church, located at the intersection of Eldersville and St. John’s roads, will hold its annual Ramp Fest from noon to 5 p.m. April 27.

Patrons may choose from ramps served with fried potatoes and bacon, ramp sausage sandwiches. ramp dogs or, for the less adventurous, regular hot dogs.

Desserts also will be sold.

A ramp is a wild onion found in the Eastern United States and Canada. It has been a staple of Appalachian cooking for many years but in recent years has become very popular among “foodies.”

It can be found on the menus of gourmet restaurants and has sold for as much as $20 per pound.

Darcy Riggs-Suslovic, who coordinates the event, said while raw ramps are known for their pungent odor and strong taste, they are milder when cooked.

She said they are versatile and she has used them in place of garlic in spaghetti.as well as in other dishes.

Riggs-Suslovic said ramps appear in early spring, with the arrival of warmer weather. She and family members usually pick them in mid-April.

The church fundraiser is among ramp-centered events held in several West Virginia communities as well as Virginia and North Carolina.

‘A Pale Horse Rides’

seminar at area church

WEIRTON — “A Pale Horse Rides,” a free Bible seminar featuring footage filmed on location, will be held across three nights at the Weirton Seventh-Day Adventist, located at 600 Colliers Way, and explore the question “Is Christianity facing its death?”

A news release notes: “Many people have an uneasy feeling that something is wrong with organized religion and feel betrayed by the news they hear about religion throughout the world. Are their fears justified? Did something go wrong at the dawn of Christianity? Yes, and the Bible predicted that it would happen.”

The sessions starts at 7 p.m. The days and topics are: April 25, “Rome is Burning;” April 26, “Barbarian Fire;” and April 27, “An Underground Movement.”

Families Anonymous meetings

Monday at Wintersville UMC

WINTERSVILLE — Families Anonymous meetings are held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday at Wintersville United Methodist Church, 702 Main St. Wintersville.

The meetings are for families of addicts and alcoholics and have been in place there since October 2014.