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December 14, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

Parish set to perform cantata, hold children's program

WEIRTON - The Christ United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church choirs will present the Christmas Cantata "Behold the Star!" by Lloyd Larson during the 9:15 a.m. worship service at Christ United Methodist and the 11 a.m. worship service at First United Methodist Sunday.

Choir Director Tom Dohnal will accompany on organ. Michael Moran is the soloist.

The cantata includes "Light of the World," "Do Not Be Afraid," "O Holy Night," "Shepherds, Leave Your Flocks," "See Amid the Winter's Snow," "Behold the Star!" and "The Star Still Shines."

Choir members include Tom Chernisky, Lester Chilcote, Carolyn Clements, Pat Cotherman, Lois Cox, Ralph Cox, Desiree Dennis, Willard Douglas, Nancy Fridley, Scott Holt, Beverly Kelley, Diane Kopa, Paulette Letwen, Jackie Nixon, Judy Pievach, Eleanor Pritchard, Susan Spencer-Smith, Tom Taylor, Chelsea Virden, Karen Virden, Jennifer Wallace, Michele Wallace, Bob Watson, Jane Watson and Teresa Yoder.

Linda Kennedy and Deanna Marsh will narrate at the Christ United Methodist service while Bud and Suzie Dalrymple will narrate at the First United Methodist service.

The parish will hold its annual children's Christmas program and family covered-dish dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Christ United Methodist Church sanctuary on Weirton Heights.

The covered-dish dinner will immediately follow the program in the church's fellowship hall. Santa will visit. The public is invited to attend.

The Rev. Tim Conrad is senior pastor of the Weirton United Methodist Parish which includes both churches and Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church. The Rev. Micheala Jasper is associate pastor.

School holding pastor's breakfast

PARIS, Pa. - The Tri-State Christian Academy will hold its annual pastor's breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 17 at the school, located at 750 Steubenville Pike, next to Iannetti's Garden Center.

The pastors of the community are invited to attend the breakfast, and those whose congregation members are students at the school are encouraged to attend and have breakfast with the children.

For information or to make a reservation, call Patty Rhoades at (724) 947-8722.

'Light the Night' walk scheduled

WHEELING - The Western Pennsylvania Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will hold its Light the Night Walk at 7:30 p.m. April 17 at Wheeling Jesuit University's McDonough Center.

The pre-walk registration and celebration begins at 7:30 p.m.

The non-competitive walk celebrates and commemorates lives touched by cancer. Those walking will carry illuminated balloons - white for survivors and red for supporters - to "light the way." Those participating may either walk individually or as teams. There is no registration fee, but all walkers are encouraged to raise $25 in order to carry a balloon. There are additional incentives at higher fundraising levels.

For information, contact Shaunna Dunder Hershberger by phone at (800) 726-2873, extension 2853, or (412) 697-2853, or by email at Visit the website at

Club holds traditional tea

BETHANY - The Bethany College Japanese Culture Club, with assistance from the Japanese Outreach Program, hosted a traditional tea ceremony at the Mountainside Conference Center.

Known as Chanoyu, Sado or Chado, the ancient art form focuses on the aesthetics of tea preparation. Associated heavily with the rituals of Zen Buddhism, tea ceremonies feature images of beauty, such as flowers and art, to reflect and mediate.

Professor Fujiko Sawtarie hosted the ceremony, with Nobuyuki Tanaka, Nobuko Felt and club members serving as demonstrators, with commentary provided by Professor Sachiko Wood.

Audience members had an opportunity to participate. A dinner of yakisoba followed the demonstration at Harder Hall.

Club helps children in Africa

BETHANY - The Bethany College business administration and accounting club and the college's economics club raised more than $100, through a bake sale, for the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, a charity that aids young children in Africa.

The organization provides treatment against parasitic worms that can cause anemia and long-term development problems. It costs $5 to protect a child for 10 years, according to the group.

The students involved in the bake sale were Amber Ridings, Jared Roque, Allison Snyder, Cameron Cooper, Alexander Tyre, Peter Franklin, Evan Sargo, Kelly Becquet and Johntel Coleman.

Professor David Youngberg is adviser to the economics club, and Professor Anju Ramjee is adviser to the business and accounting club.

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