Community news from around the area

Matsiko World Orphan Choir

to perform at Toronto church

TORONTO — The Matsiko World Orphan Choir will be performing on May 29 at First Presbyterian Church of Toronto, located at 116 N. Third St.

It will begin at 7 p.m.

It is a choir of International Children’s Network, whose mission is “to provide as many of our world’s 600 million orphaned and at-risk children sponsorship for a complete education through their nation’s highest university or vocational levels. By doing so, every child will be on equal footing with their nation’s most privileged children. They will return to their villages to help other children who are in the same condition they once were in order to break the cycle of utter dependency and despair and replace it with empowerment and hope,” according to the choir’s website.

“Matsiko means hope in the Ugandan language,” according to information on the church’s website. “Come and experience an evening where hope is shared through energetic and cultural dances, original songs and live testimonies of how these children have overcome the most difficult of circumstances.”

A love offering will be taken, which will benefit these children in their travels and as they return to their home countries. Merchandise from the choir will also be available for purchase.

The church’s pastor is the Rev. Tyler Bayless.

Calvary Community MBC

to host bazaar June 1

STEUBENVILLE — Calvary Community Missionary Baptist Church, 255 S. Seventh St., will be hosting a bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 1.

Table space is available for $25 with set-up from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. the day of the event.

For information, call Willie Hilson at (845) 775-8001 or DeSaree Marshall at (740) 274-9435.

Wintersville Church of Christ

to welcome special singer

WINTERSVILLE — Steven Foster, a Christian singer/songwriter and native of Sebring, Ohio, will perform a southern country and gospel concert at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at the Wintersville Church of Christ, 316 Two Ridges Road.

Throughout the years, Foster has traveled extensively and ministered with groups such as Built on Love and the Faithful Watchmen before becoming a soloist. His performance will include a program saluting the nation’s soldiers.

A free-will love offering will be collected.

‘Talents & Treasures’ event June 8 at Follansbee UMC

FOLLANSBEE — A “Talents & Treasures” event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 8 at Follansbee United Methodist Church.

The festivities and day of “fun, food and fellowship” will unfold in the church parking lot at 1002 Virginia Ave.

Members of the Follansbee United Methodist Church have been blessed with many talents, a new release notes, and the “Talents & Treasures” event will be an opportunity to demonstrate that.

There will be themed gift baskets, handmade jewelry by Betty, a variety of homebaked goods, Japanese maple saplings, handmade crafts by Dee and Dawn and a car wash. For animal lovers, pictures with pets will be offered along with bandanas and homemade dog biscuits. Pastor Penny Calmbacher will be available to bless pets.

A trinkets and treasure table and “Bambino Boutiqiue” will offer children activities, games and items to purchase.

The women of the church will be serving food in the church basement, including hot turkey sandwiches, a variety of homemade favorites such as pasta salads, linguini salad, macaroni or potato salad, three-bean salad, homemade noodles, broccoli casserole and baked corn. Desserts and root beer floats also will be available.

House of Prayer Church

acknowledges mothers

BRILLIANT — The House of Prayer Church held a Mother’s Day service with a tea party, luncheon and cookies.

The women were encouraged to wear hats.

At the church service on Mother’s Day, flowers were given to all mothers. Special arrangements were presented to: Dotty McGee Mayle, oldest mother; Nancy Grim, youngest mother; and Margie Bensie, mother of the year.

A special Father’s Day observance is planned for June.

Strawberry Fest scheduled

for June 1 at Olde St. John’s

COLLIERS — Olde St. John’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual Strawberry Fest from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 1.

There will be “generous portions” of strawberry shortcake for sale as well as hot dogs and taco in a bag. There also will be an indoor yard sale.

The church is near the intersection of Eldersville and St. John’s roads.

Weirton church kicking

off H.O.P.E. project June 4

WEIRTON — The First United Methodist Church in Weirton, located at 3301 West St., is kicking off its H.O.P.E. project, an acronym for Healthy Opportunities, Education and Praise.

It will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Tuesday beginning June 4 and continuing through July 2. Children and teens of all ages are welcome to attend.

During each session the children will be taught how to exercise via teacher and video instruction. Exercise mats will be provided for each child who attends. After the exercise session, the children will be served dinner.

The sessions will run for five weeks, leading into Vacation Bible School.

The church’s children’s and youth ministries will be holding its free monthly movie, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” and celebrating Father’s Day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 15. Fathers are encouraged to attend the movie with their children. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

For information about the church’s children’s ministry events, contact Holly Everhart at (304) 374-0945.

Vintage clothing program for

Point Pleasant Ladies Aide

WEIRTON — President Carolyn Allison welcomed 20 members of the Point Pleasant Ladies Aide to the May 8 meeting.

A memory candle was lit for members unable to attend.

Linda McNeil presented a program on vintage clothing and various items from the Hancock County Museum. She explained how the articles of clothing have to be handled with extreme care and stored in special boxes. McNeil overviewed various programs that are held at the museum which is located on Ridge Avenue in New Cumberland.

After reading a blessing in unison, refreshments were served by hostesses Lora Bailey, Linda Dulaney, Nancy Holdsworth and Karen Randolph.

Allison read the “Heart Sisters Caring and Sharing” devotions to begin the business meeting.

Louanne Huff read the April minutes; Carla Fryer presented the financial report; and Betty Glenn reported on cards sent.

Members were updated on the results of the quarter auction results. Connie Barr-Mason was thanked for organizing and running the event.

A donation was made to CASA, the advocate organization for children.

Joys and concerns were voiced followed by silent prayer for those mentioned.

Eight members won pots of tulips provided by the hostesses.

Each person attending picked a member’s name to pray for until the June meeting.

The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on June 12.

Zion Church of Christ

to welcome new pastor

STEUBENVILLE — Zion United Church of Christ, 139 N. Fifth St., will welcome the Rev. Walter Coy as its interim pastor, beginning with the June 2 worship service.

Coy graduated from Youngstown State University with an associate’s degree in police science and a bachelor degree in religious studies. He graduated with a Master of Divinity Degree with specifications in pastoral psychology and counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary.

He was ordained in 1989 with the Disciples of Christ and has duel standing with the United Church of Christ. He is on the Pulpit Supply for the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Presbyterian Church and the UCC. He has served many churches throughout Northeastern Ohio, Pennsylvania Northeastern Indiana and Massachusetts.

He has served as assistant chaplain at Leavittsburg Correctional Institution in Leavittsburg, Ohio and helped establish the religious department and programming at Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Conneaut, Ohio, while serving as its head chaplain. He has served on the executive board of the Ohio Conference and the Western Reserve Association of the United Church of Christ. He served as a mental health therapist for five years and has been a substitute school teacher for 20 years.

He and his wife, Joyce, live in Boardman and have four children between them and four grandchildren.

‘Ushering in His Presence’

June 9 at Greater Zion

STEUBENVILLE — The Greater Zion Temple Usher Ministry will present the 16th-annual “Ushering in His Presence.”

It will be held June 9 at the Greater Zion Temple Family Worship Center, 500 N. Fifth St., beginning at 4 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend, according to Tyrone Thomas, Greater Zion Temple Usher president.

Bishop Roy C. Dawkins is host pastor. For information, call (740) 282-1046.

Richmond UMC to host

Memorial Day breakfast

RICHMOND — The Richmond United Methodist Church, located at 112 S. Sugar St., will again host its annual Memorial Day breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday.

The meal includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, toast, coffee, milk and juice. Cost is by donation with proceeds to be split between the American Cancer Society and Boy Scout Troop 20 camperships.

COMMENTS