Churches announce activities, events
Soup and pie sale at Harmony UMC
Harmony United Methodist Church located at 2119 Commercial Ave., Mingo Junction, will be hosting a homemade pie and soup sale on March 2, beginning at 11 a.m.
Pies are $8, and vegetable or bean soup by the quart is $5.
For information, contact Carol Maxwell at (740) 535-1557.
Friends to perform
The singing group Friends will be ministering through music on Sunday at 10 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church located at 1443 Belleview Blvd., Steubenville.
The performance is open to the public.
Members of the United Methodist Women of Harmony United Methodist Church in Mingo Junction met in the church’s social hall with Mary Joy VanDyne, president, opened the meeting.
Devotions were read by Ethel Kerwood, program hostess, entitled “Materialism” by Billy Graham.
Mission Moments were given by Chris Davis, who reported that the special offerings, entitled “I Thirst” Offerings, collected on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday will go to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, specifically to fund wells and equipment to help bring clean drinking water to people in Third World countries.
Pam Pietro, program leader, distributed an article entitled, “Seventeen Important Women in the Bible.” Participants took turns reading the descriptions and the strengths of the women and how they influenced history throughout the Bible.
Projects discussed included contributing toward the Urban Mission Ministries’s jelly bean challenge to collect 1,200 bags of jelly beans to fill Easter treat bags; the Urban Mission Feinstein Challenge running March 1 through April 30; the purchase of Easter lilies for the shut-ins and church sanctuary; the Mother-Daughter Banquet scheduled for May 9; and sending care packages to college students.
Davis will be the leader for March’s meeting. Tina Corder will be the Hostess.
bags of jelly beans
Urban Mission is attempting to collect 1,200 bags of jelly beans to be part of treat bags that will be given to families during the March distribution.
The donations need delivered to the mission by March 1.
For information, contact Linda L. Smith, program director, at (740) 282- 2911.
dinner on March 3
A free spaghetti dinner will be held March 3 from 1 pm. to 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Steubenville located at 334 Cedar Ave., Steubenville.
Open to the public, the free dinner is held on the first Sunday of the month as part of a community outreach effort. The dinner follows Sunday services that begin at 11:30 a.m.
For information, call the church office at (740) 282-2693 or visit the website at www.firstbaptiststeubenville.com.
The Methodist Men’s organization of the Wintersville United Methodist Church, 702 Main St., Wintersville, will hold a benefit spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today in the church’s fellowship hall.
at Mingo churches
“What the world needs now,” sang pop artist Jackie De Shannon in the late 1960s, “Is love, sweet, love.”
However, the churches of Mingo Junction are acting upon it, according to one of its pastors in the community.
“What the world really needs now,” offered Mingo First United Presbyterian Pastor Kenn Sickle, “is to find that common denominator of love in the things that we believe in in common so that we may better affect change in the world.”
In an effort to do so, he said, churches in this community have planned ecumenical services during the Holy Season on consecutive Wednesday evenings.
“We can honor our individual traditions and still focus on the good news of what this season is about,” said the Rev. James Dunfee of St. Agnes Parish. “The gap between man and God has forever been bridged by the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We all have this common belief.”
The series will continue on Feb. 27 at First United Presbyterian Church, and St. Agnes Church will serve as host on March 6.
Added this year is a fourth participant opening its doors on March 13: Mingo United Methodist Church.
“We’re small, but we have a big message to share,” said Mingo United Presbyterian Pastor Stephen Browning.
All the services start at 7 p.m. with receptions to follow.
Harmony United Methodist Church led by Pastor Sam Davis hosted the kickoff service Feb. 20.