Community news from around the area
Christmas country kitchen
bazaar today and Sunday
WINTERSVILLE — Blessed Sacrament Catholic Women’s Club will be holding a two-day Christmas country kitchen bazaar at Sargus Hall, located at 852 Main St., Wintersville.
The bazaar is being held from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Most featured items are uniquely homemade, according to a club spokesperson. They include miscellaneous goods and freshly baked cookies, pies, cakes, candy and fudge. Prices of items are from $1 to $5. No vendors are permitted.
Samples of baked goods along with coffee and Italian popcorn will be complimentary.
Christmas concert tonight at Brooke Hills Free Methodist
WELLSBURG — Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church, 1340 Washington Pike, will present a Christmas concert from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.
There will be snacks, crafts and a live nativity. The church will hold a candlelight service at 6 p.m. Dec. 24.
Cookie sale under way today
at St. Mark Lutheran Church
STEUBENVILLE — St. Mark Lutheran Church, located at 133 Lovers Lane, will be having a cookie sale today.
The event will start at 9 a.m., and cookies will be sold for $6 a pound. The sale will benefit Mary of Bethany Ladies Guild.
Richmond UMC to host gazebo
community service Thursday
RICHMOND — An outdoor community Christmas candlelight service hosted by the Richmond United Methodist Church will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the gazebo beside the church.
All are welcome to attend the service led by the Rev. Byron Bufkin, the church’s pastor.
The church located at 112 S. Sugar St. also will hold traditional Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
‘Blue Christmas’ service set
Wednesday at Gathering Place
BURGETTSTOWN — Paris Presbyterian Church’s Gathering Place at 127 Steubenville Pike, Burgettstown, will host a “Blue Christmas” service, “a night of worship, bringing the light of Christ into the sadness, sorrow and loss of the season.”
It will be held Wednesday, beginning at 7 p.m.
The Gathering Place Coffee Shop is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Questions can be directed to Joel Peterson, outreach director, by phone at (724) 729-3450 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas cantata Sunday
at Hopewell United Methodist
RAYLAND — The South Bellaire United Methodist Church choir will present its Christmas cantata titled “The Christmas Offering” at 6 p.m. on Sunday at Hopewell United Methodist Church, located on county Road 16 in Rayland.
There is no admission, and there will be a fellowship time following the concert.
For information, contact Pastor Jim Hoff at (740) 310-6949.
Church taking orders through
Thursday for baklava sale
STEUBENVILLE — Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 300 S. Fourth St., Steubenville, is having a baklava sale and is taking orders through Thursday by contacting Cindy at the church at (740) 282-9835.
They are $2.50 each. Orders can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Dec. 22. Patrons can enter through the bar door by the alley.
at Follansbee church Sunday
FOLLANSBEE — Gospel singer/musician Brent Kimball will be presenting a Christmas concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Follansbee First Church of the Nazarene on Mahan Lane.
Kimball is a 24-year-old singer who has been performing for more than two decades throughout the Ohio Valley. He is a graduate of West Liberty University and is working on his masters in music for vocal performance at Duquesne University. Most recently, he has sung with the internationally known “Chuck Wagon Gang.”
‘Evening of Music’ Sunday
at Finley United Methodist
STEUBENVILLE — Finley United Methodist Church, located at 958 Lincoln Ave., Steubenville, will hold its annual “Evening of Music” on Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m.
The evening will feature several Christmas selections with piano and organ duets. The program will include the “Praise In Bronze” handbell choir and the vocal cantata choir accompanied by trumpet and trombone.
“The church invites everyone to celebrate this Christmas season in song,” a spokesperson noted.
Tucker UMC hosting Christmas
concert tonight at 6 p.m.
BURGETTSTOWN — Tucker United Methodist Church, located at 641 Steubenville Pike, just across the West Virginia line, will be hosting a Christmas concert with the K Band tonight, beginning at 6 p.m.
Pastor Kenn Jacobs cordially invites the community to “join us as we celebrate the season with an evening of fun, music and fellowship,” noted Pastor Kenn Jacobs, adding the concert is open to the public.
‘Come Let Us Adore’ cantata
Sunday at Colliers UM Church
COLLIERS — The Colliers United Methodist Church choir will present its 2019 Christmas cantata, “Come Let Us Adore,” at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The children and youth will do several songs with the choir. There will be refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus immediately following.
The church is located in at 318 Pennsylvania Ave. (Harmon Creek Road). The church also will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. with Brett Cain sharing special music during the service.
Covenant Presbyterian Church
to host ‘Messiah’ performance
STEUBENVILLE — The Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1443 Belleview Blvd., at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
This marks the 24th consecutive year the work has been presented at Covenant. The chorus is composed of singers representing various local churches and high schools as well as returning college students. The orchestra includes professional and semi-professional musicians from throughout the Tri-State Area.
The concert is under the direction of George Melhorn, Covenant music director. An offering will be taken.
Combined choirs to present
annual Christmas cantata
WEIRTON — The annual Christmas Cantata presented by the combined choirs of the three United Methodist churches in Weirton will be a part of the morning worship Sunday with the combined congregations at First United Methodist Church on West Street. The service begins at 10 a.m.
The cantata “Messiah Heaven’s Glory” will be presented under the direction and accompaniment of Tom Dohnal, music director of the Weirton United Methodist Tri-Parish.
In all, about 30 people will be involved with the cantata, including the adult choir and a children’s choir. Paula Haggerty will be the narrator during the cantata, and Taniesha Jones is the assistant director of the children’s choir. The Rev. Carol McKay is pastor.
The cantata songs are: “Angels, From The Realms of Glory (Emmanuel); Sing Noel Medley; “Messiah” with Diane Kopa featured as soloist; “Silent Night” with the children’s choir; “He Shall Reign Forevermore” with Corinda Nail featured as soloist; God With Us Medley; “What A Beautiful Name“; and “Joy To The World (Emmanuel).”
Choir members are Carolyn Clements, Pat Cotherman, Lois Cox, Ralph Cox, Amy Dalton, Phyllis Doak, Holly Everhart, Marja’i Johnson, Diane Kopa, Layla Kovach, Chelsea LaPosta, Kevan LaPosta, Paulette Letwen, Corinda Nail, Kathleen Nail, Jackie Nixon, Deeann Pulliam, Karen Virden, Michele Wallace, Bob Watson, Jane Watson and Teresa Yoder. Children’s choir members are Daniel Alexander, Mariya Burns, Takayla Jones, Terell Jones, Adriana Lamone, Arianna Pulliam, Makaylynn Sponaugle and Micha Sponaugle.
Community tree lighting today
at East Springfield Christ UMC
EAST SPRINGFIELD — East Springfield Christ United Methodist Church is hosting a community Christmas tree-lighting that begins at 3 p.m. today. “We are asking everyone to bring an outside ornament for the tree, and afterward we will be caroling around the tree and then go in to the fellowship hall for cocoa and cookies,” church spokesperson Nikki Tennant noted.