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Dunbar Recreation Center

to hold MLK celebration

WEIRTON — The Dunbar Recreation Center in Weirton will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Monday, according to Earlean Jones, center president.

The festivities will be held Monday with a two-part event, including a walk down Weir Avenue in honor of the civil rights leader.

“Anyone interested in participating in the event will line up at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Family Worship Center on Weir Avenue where the march will proceed to the Dunbar Recreation Center at 11 a.m.,” Jones explained.

Doughnuts and coffee will be provided by Pastor Sam Williams of Christ the King Family Worship Center.

The city of Weirton Police Department and the Weirton Fire Department will escort marchers to the center. Weirton Transit will provide transportation for anyone needing to pick up cars to and from the church and center.

Following the march, there will be a program starting at noon with Pastor Rudy McAllister of Mount Olive Baptist Church as guest speaker.

A light lunch will be provided following the event.

For information, contact Jones at (304) 748-7834.

MLK ecumenical memorial

service Sunday at Finley UMC

STEUBENVILLE — Finley United Methodist Church at 958 Lincoln Ave., will host the Martin Luther King Jr. annual ecumenical memorial service that begins at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The Rev. Rick Dawson is the pastor of the host church.

The featured speaker will be the Rev. Michael Harrison of Union Baptist Church in Youngstown, with special music by the Brooke High School Acapella Concert Choir.

The service is part of events organized by the Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Steubenville.

Monday’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day begins with a 9 a.m. MLK reflective hour and complimentary continental breakfast at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center at 905 Market St. The event coordinated by Duane Jennings and Carol Ann Simmons will feature the Rev. Marshall Davis III as guest speaker. He is pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Wheeling.

The march from the center to Steubenville High School will get under way at 10 a.m. and welcomes community participation. The march accommodates walkers as well as accessibility for automobiles for those who wish to drive. A trophy will be presented to the largest group participating.

At the high school, the MLK essay awards program begins at 11 a.m. It is coordinated by Asantewa Anyabwile and Sandra Williams.

Directly following it will be a complimentary luncheon open to the public in the high school commons.

Free training offered

for therapists, pastors

WEIRTON — Dr. Aldo Pucci, pastor of Abundant Grace Bible Church and president of the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists, is offering a free six-hour training for mental health professionals and Christian pastors titled “Christian Counseling: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach.”

The training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 17 at Abundant Grace Bible Church, located at 3900 Brightway St. Weirton.

Attendees will learn:

¯ A brief overview of the background and philosophy of CBT and the Biblical basis for it;

¯ “The Systematic Approach: How to Know Where You Are in the Process at Any Give Point;”

¯ Goal setting, the cognitive-behavioral way;

¯ “The ABCs of Emotions: How to Teach Folks What Causes Their Feelings and Behaviors (As a Man Thinketh);”

¯ “The Rational Questions: How to Help Clients Determine for Themselves Whether Their Thinking is Rational Based on God’s Principles;”

¯ “How to Identify and Correct Underlying Assumptions;”

¯ “Helping People Develop and Practice New Rational Replacement Thoughts;” and

¯ “How to End Counseling.”

In addition to the systematic, step-by-step approach, the Biblical basis for each step will be presented, according to a news release.

Feb. 10 is the registration deadline. To register, call (304) 670-9334. Space is limited to 30 attendees.

Second-semester classes for

Sonshine Bible/Sycamore listed

STEUBENVILLE — The second-semester classes for the Sonshine Bible Club/Sycamore Youth Center, located at 301 N. Fourth St., will start Jan. 27 and run until May 15.

“If your child has already signed up, you do not need to sign up again, but we are having open sign-ups in January to better prepare for the number of students we will have this semester,” noted Bobbyjon Bauman, the center’s founder and director.

Parents of children are free to sign up for their child to attend the Sonshine Club either Monday or Tuesday or both but Monday is designated as the day for East Garfield students and Tuesday for Wells/Pugliese and STEM Academy students since the school buses will only provide transportation for the students according to that schedule, Bauman explained.

The Sonshine Bible Club meets from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. The programs that run after the Sonshine Bible Club on Monday are a martial arts class w/Patrick LeMasters, an art class with Kristy Seditz and a “Story Time with Mama Arnold” class that will include a time of snacks, coloring and hearing stories led by Linda Arnold. These classes run from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. There also will be a tumbling class that runs from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. led by Kristy Seditz. The three programs that run on Tuesday after the Sonshine Bible Club are a ballet and tap dance class, creative art and play class and the “Story Time with Mama Asci” class that will include a time of snacks, coloring and hearing stories led by Michelle Asci. These classes run from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

If the students sign up for the Sonshine Bible Club, the school will bus children to the center from the child’s school or parents are free to drop them off at 4 p.m. and pick them up at 4:45 p.m. after the story time, creative art or ballet and tap class.

The leaders will not be available to watch the children from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. as they wait for a class at 4 p.m., according to Bauman. “They must be in the Sonshine Club from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. if they are bused from the school,” he explained. Students attending the Sonshine Bible Club only are to be picked up at 4 p.m. All of the classes are free of charge.

The lessons that the leaders teach at the Sonshine Club on Tuesday are the same lessons taught Monday.

“Students can be added at a later time to the programs, but we would like to get the sign-ups back by Jan. 24 so we can prepare for the classes and arrange busing for the students if they need it,” Bauman said. Parents should turn in the permission form to their child’s school office. “Students from other area schools are welcome to attend, but transportation will not be provided,” Bauman said. Those interested in signing up can text or call Bauman at (608) 556-3068 or go to www.sycamorecenter/classes.

Benefit concert set for Jan. 31 at Newell Church of Nazarene

NEWELL — A benefit concert for Pastor Steve and Edwina Cummings, who lost their home to a fire, will be held Jan. 31 at the Newell First Church of the Nazarene, located at Third and Grant streets.

“Out of the Ashes” will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is open to the public. It will include local singers Cliff and Lori Hutchison.

A free will offering will be taken with checks made payable to Steve Cummings. Refreshments will be served following the concert. For information, contact Randy Hilliard at (724) 573-1558.

Holy Trinity Philoptochos

Society members meet

STEUBENVILLE — The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos Society held its dinner meeting on Jan. 2 at the Steubenville Country Club with Vice President Rana Levenderis presiding.

The Rev. Matthew Moore gave the opening prayer.

The hostesses for the meeting were Marlene Figurski and Suzanne Synodinos.

The speaker for the meeting was Connie Shea, who works for Dr. Charn S. Nandra. She provided information about the heart and heart attacks.

Coats for Kids was designated as the charity for January. The vasilopeta was cut in church on Jan. 12.

The next meeting is Feb. 6.

CWU executive board

schedules Feb. 7 meeting

WEIRTON –The executive board of Church Women United will meet on Feb. 7 at the Shiloh Apostolic Faith Assembly Church, 3000 Weir Ave.

Coffee hour will begin at 10 a.m. President Rebecca “Tish” Turner will preside. The national theme for 2020 is “Proud Past with a Clear Future.”

If local schools are delayed or canceled because of snow, the CWU meeting will be called off.

The meeting will include planning for World Day of Prayer.

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