Churches announce programs and activities

Valley Pastors Network to hear about Easter crosses

The Valley Pastors Network, an association that includes pastors from various denominations and local communities, will meet at 9 a.m. on Feb. 6 at Starkdale Presbyterian Church in Steubenville.

All area ministers are welcome to attend.

The meeting will include a presentation by Mike Smith, who is the secretary-treasurer of the Weirton Ministerial Association. An ordained minister for 27 years, Smith currently serves as a pastor at the Weirton Covenant Church and also is the coordinator of distribution for the annual Easter Crosses Campaign.

“The Easter Crosses Campaign is an endeavor to impact communities by providing yard crosses for every resident. It is an exercise of American rights and a demonstration of unity among Christians throughout the Valley. Last year, more than 6,800 crosses were distributed throughout a city of 9,600 homes,” according to a news release.

“It is the hope of the Weirton Ministerial Association that the Easter Cross Campaign goes viral and that other community ministers and businesses will partner to impact their communities in this way,” the news release notes.

At the upcoming Valley Pastors Network meeting, Smith will be presenting “various ways that Ohio pastors can enable their churches to get involved with this valuable ministry potential.”

For information about the Valley Pastors Network, call (304) 264-1227.

For information on the Easter Cross Campaign, e-mail Smith at

Super Bowl sub sale

at Jewett United Methodist

The Jewett United Methodist Church is hosting a Super Bowl Sub sale with orders accepted through Jan. 31.

A 6-inch sub costs $5. The types include turkey, turkey and ham or “our famous ham/bologna/salami.” The subs come with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, pickles and Italian dressing on the side.

Orders can be placed through Jan. 31 by calling Ray Gross at (740) 946-2201; Nedra Bailey at (740) 946-1188; of the church at (740) 946-5591.

Orders can be picked up at the church between noon and 1 p.m. on Feb. 3 or delivered during this time.

‘Fat Tuesday’ fundraiser planned at Brilliant church

Brilliant United Methodist Church, 525 LaBelle St., Brilliant, is planning a “Fat Tuesday” event.

Its “Never Ending Pasta & Salad Bar & Chinese Auction” will be held at the church on Feb. 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The menu will include spaghetti, lasagna or ziti with marinara sauce and meatballs and a variety of salads.

Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children age 12 and under.

The church’s phone number is (740) 598-4472.

Donations made by

Serve Others Circle

The Serve Others Circle of King’s Daughters and Sons met Jan. 15 at the YWCA for a noon luncheon meeting.

Linda Cooper served as hostess and program leader and gave the blessing.

Ruth Ann McLaughlin presided and presented the devotions, reading from “Our Daily Bread, Genesis 28” and “Blessings for any Day” from “The Book of Prayers” by Holly McKissick.

Reports were given by Lucille Smith, secretary, and Donna Grimm, treasurer.

The circle donated $125 to the Salvation Army and $30 to the YWCA staff in December and voted to send a $25 donation to the Children’s Dyslexia Center in memory of Betty Armitage, a former member who died on Jan. 3.

Cooper played tapes of several old hymns, explaining the history of the women and men who wrote them.

John Newton, for example, a former ship captain, became a Christian and wrote a piece of music entitled “Faith, Review and Expectation,” a hymn known today as “Amazing Grace.”

Thomas Dorsey, not the band leader, wrote more than 3,000 songs, she said, including “Peace in the Valley,” “Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone” and “Take My Hand Precious Lord.” Known as Georgia Tom, he teamed with Mahalia Jackson to usher in the golden age of gospel music.

Sarah Fowler Adams, born in 1805, wanted to become an actress, but because of poor health, turned to writing both articles and poems. Her pastor wanted a hymn for an upcoming sermon based on Jacob’s vision in Genesis 28. The following Sunday the congregation sang her new hymn – “Nearer My God to Thee.”

Charlotte Elliott, a portrait artist and humorous poet, became bedridden by age 30. When she told a visiting minister that she didn’t know how to become a Christian, he told her, “Come as you are, a sinner, to the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world.” She penned “Just as I Am” in addition to 149 other hymns by the time of her death in 1871 at age 82.

The tables were decorated with snowmen in a winter theme for the meeting attended by six members.

The circle’s next meeting will be Feb. 19 with Smith serving as hostess and program leader.

Hoagie, soup sale orders being taken at local church

The fellowship of First Christian Church, 220 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, is preparing for its annual Super Bowl carryout hoagie and soup sale and is accepting orders.

The meatball hoagie kit is available for $5. The soups are stuffed peppers or creamed broccoli with noodles and are available for $5 a quart or $2.50 for a pint.

Orders can be placed by calling (740) 282-6502 or (740) 282-9082.

Orders can be picked up from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 2 or Feb. 3.

First Baptist Church to host

monthly free dinner Feb. 3

As part of the First Baptist Church of Steubenville’s efforts for community outreach, the church located at 334 Cedar Ave., Steubenville, hosts a free monthly dinner on the first Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The next one will be held Feb. 3.

Its weekly Sunday services begin at 11:30 a.m. For updates on future community outreach events and programs, visit the church’s website at or call the church office at (740) 282-2693.

Valentine spaghetti dinner

at Marland Heights church

The Marland Heights Community Church will hold a Valentine spaghetti dinner, beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at the church located at 3900 Bright Way, Weirton.

The cost is by donation. Free child care will be available for children ages 3 to 9.

Reservations can be made by Jan. 30 by calling (304) 748-4897.

Those planning to attend should note their name and the number of adults and children attending when leaving a message.

Friends to sing at Toronto First United Methodist

Friends will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church located at Sixth and Main Streets, Toronto.

Smithfield Church Council

offers Lenten season info

The Smithfield Church Council has selected the community churches to host services, along with guest pastors during the Lenten season.

Services are as follows:

Feb. 17: St. Paul A.M.E. Church will be the host at the Smithfield Christian Church, with the Rev. Phil Bliss of the Smithfield Friends Church as the speaker.

Feb. 24: Smithfield United Methodist Church, host, with Pastor Wilford Simeral of the Christian Church as speaker.

March 3: Smithfield Evangelical Friends Church, host, with the Rev. John Oliver of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church as speaker.

March 10: Mount Moriah Church, host, with Walter Jancura, lay minister at the Smithfield Presbyterian Church as speaker.

March 17: Piney Fork Presbyterian Church, host, the Rev. Anthony Gatewood of the St. Paul Church as speaker.

March 24, Palm Sunday: Smithfield Christian Church, host, with special Easter music.

No refreshments will be served following the services as in the past.

Applications available for

Hutton Memorial scholarship

Applications for the Robert E. Hutton Memorial Scholarship are available to low-income students of any age pursuing higher education. The scholarship was named in memory of the late Robert E. “Bob” Hutton, a former director at the mission.

There will be four scholarships awarded this year. Candidates must demonstrate financial need and provide letters of acceptance and reference in order to be eligible for consideration. Other evaluation criteria will include community and church involvement.

Applications are available at Urban Mission Ministries located at 301 N. Fifth St., Steubenville, or by calling there at (740) 282-8010 to have one mailed. Applications must be received by April 2.