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World Community Day observed

SPECIAL EVENT — In observance of World Community Day, after-school snacks were presented by CWU ecumenical action representatives, seated, from left, Joyce Summers and Diane Pastoric, to, standing, Kim Weaver, left, executive director of the Weirton Christian Center, and Deronda Bruich, assistant director. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — The World Community Day 2019 worship service, sponsored by Church Women United organizations around the world, was celebrated on the first Friday in November to the theme “The Time is Now: Resolve to Love.”

The CWU unit met at the First Christian Church on Nov. 1 with a welcome and opening prayer given by Jo Ann Morrison, who introduced host pastor the Rev. Sharon Watkins, interim pastor at First Christian Church, Weirton. Watkins served as general minister and president of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from 2005-17. Upon her election, she was the first woman to head mainline denomination. She most recently served with the National Council of Churches (US) as director of its truth and racial justice initiative (2018-19). Her first ministry calling was to the Church of Christ in Congo, then Zaire. She has pastored congregations in Connecticut, Indiana, Oklahoma and West Virginia. She is the author of “Whole: A Call for Unity in Our Fragmented World.”

Scripture readers were Diane Pastoric and Joann Redd. The choir, directed by Ellen Groves, sang “Instruments of Your Peace.” Members included Isobel Bell, Norma Copenhaver, Carla Glover and Ronda Krebs. A skit — “U-BUN-TU” — was presented by Karen Tate, Maggie Clark, Joann Redd, Gerri Harbaugh, Ronda Krebs and Tate, Clark, Copenhaver, Bell, Helen Jeter, Olivia Carter and Gala Salatino. U-BUN-TU means “living unselfishly on behalf of others in a caring community, working as a team while exemplifying our oneness in community,” a spokesperson explained.

Speaker Joyce Summers used the theme “The Time Is Now,” taken from Colossians 3:12-14 to speak to being gentle, kind, humble, meek and patient and to love.

Pastoric made the Citizen Action presentation to the Weirton Christian Center, which included after-school snacks. Kim Waver, executive director, accepted the donation and thanked the CWU group. Weaver also said she is in need of volunteer helpers.

Hymns were performed with pianist Roberta Feduosh. Lunch was served in the fellowship hall by Morrison, Connie Norwood, Beth Younciak, Janet Rymer and Janet Fulciniti. Watkins gave the blessings.

The Christmas luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 6 at the First Baptist Church, Homewood Avenue and Adams Street, with St. Paul’s Church. Contact Salatino for information. Members are reminded to bring a nonperishable item for donation to a local food bank.

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