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Community church happenings

December 1, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

Guild hears presentation

on Jeff. Co. Christian school

The Mary of Bethany Guild of St. Mark Lutheran Church located on Lovers Lane in Steubenville welcomed Julie Marshall as the featured speaker at its November meeting held in the fellowship hall.

Representing the Jefferson County Christian School which has relocated from Mingo Junction to Wintersville, Marshall explained the school stresses academic excellence, builds faith, cultivates character and develops leaders. Its goal, she added, is to inspire students to develop a love of learning that will last a lifetime. With an average class size of 12, a student is able to have individualized attention, she said. The school offers classes for kindergarten through 12, is chartered by the state of Ohio Department of Education and has public school transportation.

In other business, guild members discussed the distribution of Thanksgiving baskets to the needy in conjunction with the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Also discussed was the annual nut roll fundraiser and the Christmas party. The next meeting will be held Jan. 8.

Philoptochos helps charities

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church's Philoptochos Society held its anniversary dinner meeting on Nov. 1 at Scaffidi's Restaurant with Marianne Balakos, president, presiding.

The Rev. Nicholas Halkias gave the opening prayer.

The group's charity for November was Coats for Kids, and December's is the United Way of Jefferson County. October's charity was the Women in Action Against Cancer Coalition, and September's was Athena's Closet.

Representatives of the organization who rang the kettle bells on behalf of the Salvation Army were Neove Young, Stella Panagis, Georgiann Hart, Louise Riley, Christine Joyce, Frankie Collaros and Mary Jean Mahfood.

The next gyro sale will be held Dec. 11. The next meeting is set for Dec. 6.

Recording artist to perform

Christian recording artist JJ Heller will be performing a live concert in Wellsburg at 7 p.m. Dec. 8.

The concert is being held in the new sanctuary of Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church on Washington Pike.

Heller is a 32-year-old singer/songwriter from Phoenix. She has recorded multiple albums, and her songs are frequently played on KLOVE and other Christian radio stations across the United States. Several of her songs have made it onto Billboard Magazine's song chart. Her music also has been played on television shows such as "Make It Or Break It," and "One Tree Hill."

Her song of redemption, "What Love Really Means," has been viewed more than 3 million times on YouTube. Her website is

Tickets are valued at $20 each, but because of sponsorship, the concert is being offered to the community at no charge. Seating is limited, so advance tickets are being distributed at the Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church, (304) 737-0186, and HIS Place Christian Bookstore in Wellsburg. (304) 737-2911.

Concert series kicks off

The music of Splendid Sound, a southern gospel quartet, and Word of Life Singers will combine to present three Christmas concerts during December, with the first geared exclusively for shut-ins and the physically challenged.

That one will be held Sunday, beginning at 3 p.m. at Word Of Life Fellowship located at 565 Lovers Lane, Steubenville, which is a handicap-accessible facility. A reception will follow the program. Several area nursing homes are bringing residents, but seating remains available.

The other two concerts are open to the general public.

One will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Riverview United Methodist Church, 105 N. River Ave., Toronto.

The other will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at Word of Life Fellowship.

Splendid Sound, which consists of David Meyer, Jim Ray, Craig McCasland, and Chelsea Clegg, will be headlining the events. Other musical guests include the Word of Life Singers, comprised of Sandy Wilson, Gloria Hallberg, Erin Moro, Nick Rojak, Myron Rees, John Kaminski, Dr. Michael Scarpone, Billy Haines and Gary Hallberg, and friends Marla Inderbitzen and Lois Popejoy.

The 75-minute concerts will consist of a potpourri of festive holiday music that includes favorite Christmas classics and new Christmas favorites. A reception will follow the events.

All three events are free of charge; however, a free will offering will be taken at the Dec. 9 and 16 performances. All proceeds will go to benefit the Toronto Unit of the Salvation Army and Urban Mission Ministries of Steubenville. For information, call (740) 537-2210, (740) 317-2970, or (740) 264-1227.

Church having pierogi sale

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Weirton will hold a frozen pierogi sale, with cheese and potato pierogis available, from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the church, located at 604 Colliers Way, across from the Weirton Medical Center. For information or to place an order, call (304) 527-1319.

Brilliant church notes events

The Buckeye Local Chamber Choir will be performing at 7 p.m. Monday at the First United Presbyterian Church in Brilliant.

The church is located at the corner of Main and Second streets.

The church also will host a memorial service honoring World War II veterans during its 10:45 a.m. Dec. 9 service.

All veterans and the public are welcome to attend.

For information on the service, contact Dave Buchanan of the Brilliant American Legion Post 573.

Brentwood to host concert

An old-fashioned Christmas concert will be held Sunday beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Brentwood United Methodist Church, 148 Stephens St., Wintersville, directly off Bantam Ridge Road.

The featured singers will be the Chrisagis Brothers, Ron Retzer, Leslie Thermes, J.D. Garrison, Jennifer Faulkner Galownia, Ann Secheverell and Bob Wolfe.

The concert is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Questions can be directed to the church at (740) 264-4531 or (740) 266-6613.

Harmony UMW meeting held

The Mingo Junction Harmony United Methodist Women held their November meeting in the church's social hall with Mary Joy VanDyne, president, presiding.

She read devotions entitled "A United Family" from the book, "Hope for Each Day" by Billy Graham."

Chris Davis' mission moments included an article about a Christian outreach program called Youth With A Purpose Boys Home in Salineville. It is a Christian ministry for troubled youth. The UMW has pledged a monthly donation to benefit it.

Davis also read an article about collecting coins for the Least Coin fund and praying for less fortunate women throughout the world.

Tina Corder was the leader for the evening. She distributed several pages of Bible verses for Thanksgiving which could be used throughout the year and read a letter to the editor entitled, "Help in Finding Jesus."

Donations were sent to Urban Mission for Thanksgiving, to Boatsie Inc. for soldiers overseas, and items will be collected for the Urban Mission Ministries hat and mitten tree and teen stocking program.

Fruit baskets were to be delivered to shut-ins for Thanksgiving and poinsettias for Christmas.

The UMW Christmas party will be held Dec. 14 at Scaffidi's Restaurant.

Lillian Criss served as hostess. January's leader will be Ginny Howell, and VanDyne will be hostess.

New church in Wintersville

Grace Christian Fellowship, an independent, charismatic church located in Wintersville, is "a teaching church with contemporary worship" new to the area.

Services are being held on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in the upper ground floor level of the Origin Fitness Center at 129 Reichart Ave. Coffee and doughnuts are served between 9:40 a.m. and 10:20 a.m.

"It is the goal of Grace Christian Fellowship to dig once again the wells of our religious heritage in the Ohio Valley," notes a release from church pastor Ted Davis. "By doing this, we believe we can rediscover the best of what brought about such a mighty move of God as the Charismatic experience. We once blended the new Charismatic message with our traditional beliefs and found one of the mightiest moves of God in the valley's history. Our desire is to blend the Charismatic church with the deep respect for God and a respect for the church itself that the Ohio Valley held at one time," notes the release.

For information, contact Davis at (740) 512-4677.

Rich Donnelly to speak

Steubenville native Rich Donnelly will speak at Holy Family Church located at 2565 Alexander Ave., Steubenville, on Dec. 9, beginning at 5 p.m.

Donnelly crisscrosses the nation with his work as a coach in professional baseball. In his 40-plus years in professional baseball, he is especially remembered for his years with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"Raised in a devout Catholic home, Donnelly had a long period where he was spiritually adrift from the Catholic faith, yet like a true champion, he has managed to overcome these setbacks and find new meaning and happiness in his life through the rediscovery of his faith," a church spokesman said. "He now shares his rugged journey, urging people not to let pursuit of success, or the lure of selfishness, keep them from their faith and family," the spokesman added. The event is free and open to the public.

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