WEIRTON - The Church Women United Weirton United celebrated World Community Day Nov. 2 at the First Baptist Church.
World Community Day is held the first Friday in November, and the ecumenical service in support of peace and justice around the globe had been celebrated for 70 years.
Program Coordinator JoAnn Morrison, with the assistance of third-year delegates, led the observance, which had the theme, "Abiding in Community," with more than 55 women representing 17 area churches.
NEW OFFICERS — The Church Women United installed their 2013 officers at the World Community Day services. Isobel Bell was the installation officer and the Rev. Don Dague was the host church pastor. Those attending the installation included, from left, front, Co-Auditor Olivia Carter, Corresponding Secretary Helen Jeter, Treasurer JoAnn Morrison, Secretary Carol Village, Second Vice President Cathy Cooper and President Karen Tate, and, back, Bell, First Vice President Nancy Sanders, Dague, Co-Auditor Rebecca Turner and Action Chair Diane Pastoric. -- Summer Wallace-Minger
The Rev. Don Dague, host pastor, welcomed those attending and led them in prayer. President Olivia Carter spoke about the importance of having tools always ready.
The Church Women United choir led the call to worship. Isobel Bell, Dee Campbell and Marge Trinone read scripture. Nancy Sanders read the litany, "Love in Action," and Morrison read the fable "The Lion and the Hare," noting that, despite difficulties, all can cooperate and love their neighbors. Barbara Visnic lead in the passing of the peace, and Naomi Jeter led the offering prayer.
The community service project was collecting snacks for the Dunbar Recreation Center. Citizens Action Chair Diane Pastoric presented the gift, and Carter accepted it on behalf of the center.
Bell, 1984 president, installed the 2013 officers, with the theme "Angels, God's Messengers." The officers included President Karen Tate, First Vice President Nancy Sanders, Second Vice President Cathy Cooper, Recording Secretary Carol village, Corresponding Secretary Helen Jeter, Treasurer JoAnn Morrison and Co-Auditors Olivia Carter and Rebecca Turner. Bell presented each officer with an angel ornament.
The choir included Bell, JoAnn Gorrell, Naomi Jeter, Morrison, Mourat, Carolyn Shockley, Carol Skerbetz and Tate. Mary Ellen Groves was choir director, and Wadeanne Nardo was music coordinator.
Penny Mourat and Norma Yingst were registrars, and Hattie Mosley and Gayla Salatino were ushers.
Following the service, the First Baptist and St. Paul Catholic Church women hosted a luncheon in the church fellowship hall. Edie Tizziane, Donna Durkin, Fraee Aperfine, Georgia Cogas, Donna Gareis, Cathy Cooper, Diane Pastoric and Norma Gasney were hostesses. Hospitality Chair Eleanor Cline thanked the hostesses for the luncheon.
The Christmas covered-dish luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at St. Peter's AME Church located on County Road. Members are asked to bring a wrapped gift and pajamas sized child 4 to medium and large adult and socks for distribution at the Weirton Christian Center and Dunbar Center.