Church happenings

Thanksgiving?Day service at Steubenville church

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, located at 600 Lovers Lane, Steubenville, will conduct its 99th-annual community Thanksgiving Day service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

The one-hour program will include hymn singing; reading the U.S. Presidential Thanksgiving proclamation; a scriptural selection; a vocal solo; a brief sermon from the Bible and the Christian Science textbook on the subject of “Thanksgiving;” and a time when those in the congregation, who wish to speak, can share testimonies of gratitude for the good received during the past year.

James W. Higgins and Ronald P. Higgins will conduct the service. The organist is Ruth S. Brown, and the soloist is Lakin Weaver.

No collection will be taken, and a light continental breakfast is available before and after the service.

Thanksgiving eve service At Harmony UMC

Harmony United Methodist Church, 2119 Commercial Ave., Mingo Junction, will host a Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday with Pastor Sam Davis.

Holiday pierogie sale under way at St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Weirton will hold a holiday pierogie sale – frozen cheese and potato – through Nov. 30 The cost is $8 per dozen.

Patrons should pre-order by calling (304) 527-1319.

Orders can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the church, which is located at 604 Colliers Way, across from the Weirton Medical Center.

Sveta Petka Kolo plans Christmas party Dec. 8

Fourteen members of the Sveta Petka Kolo from Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church met Nov. 7 at Lancelot’s in Wintersville where Mim Santilli announced the Slava dinner was “a great success” and extended thanks to all those who helped with it.

The group’s Christmas party will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. Members are to bring a toy to give to Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla for distribution to needy children.

The group’s monthly charitable donation was designated for Coats for Kids.

Birthdays were acknowledged.

The next meeting will be held at noon on Dec. 5 at Eat ‘n Park.

Guest speaker Sunday

at Empire church

The River Christian Fellowship Church in Empire will welcome guest speaker Bill Yount to the pulpit at its 10:30 a.m. Sunday service.

Yount has been a member of Bridge of Life in Hagerstown, Md., for the past 33 years where he is an elder and a home missionary.

Yount is an adviser at large for Aglow International and has served in prison ministry at Mount Hope for 23 years.

He travels full time in the United States and abroad, ministering in churches and Aglow circles with a ministry incorporating “humility and humor.”

World Thank Offering service presented

The Richmond United Methodist Women’s Nov. 21 meeting in the church fellowship hall featured the annual World Thank Offering service presented by Connie Somerville, assisted by Twyla Pollock, Joyce Proffitt, Sandra Burruss and Gloria Mercer.

Marge Andres provided devotions to complement the program, reading 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15 and a Thanksgiving poem by Judith A Lindberg.

Sue Frye, unit president, presided at the business meeting attended by 11 members. The treasury was emptied with donations of $180 each to the following charities:

Red Bird Mission, McCurdy Mission School, Ohio Guidestone, the church’s emergency fund, the church’s junior youth group, the church’s senior youth group, Valley Hospice, Charity Hospice, Urban Mission Hutton House and the Ohio Valley District United Methodist Women Pledge.

Cards were signed for four shut-ins.

Frye announced that the planning committee met Nov. 20 to plan programs for 2014.

Andres and Donna Grimm will present the Prayer and Self Denial program at the UMW’s next meeting, which will be held Jan. 23 in the church fellowship hall.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving

service is Sunday

The Valley Pastors Network has announced that the annual Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Word of Life Fellowship, 565 Lovers Lane, Steubenville.

The service has become an annual event where people from various churches of the Valley come to collectively give God thanks for his many blessings, according to a news release.

The Rev. Nicholas Halkias of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church will deliver the keynote message at the service.

A newcomer welcomed to the service is the Rev. Nathan Malavolti, the recently appointed vice president of community relations at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Other participating clergy include the Rev. Anthony Bianchini, Lighthouse Evangelical Presbyterian Church; the Rev. Tom Bullard, Starkdale Presbyterian Church; the Rev. Vaughn Foster, Christ’s Community Church; Pastor Jeff Greco, Crossroads Christian Church; the Rev. Gary Hallberg, Word of Life Fellowship; the Rev. Noories Hood, Mount Zion Baptist Church; the Rev. John Kotsanos, Calvary Church; the Rev. Philip Makari, Starkdale Presbyterian Church; the Rev. Ron Miller, Steubenville Church of the Nazarene; Pastor Sharon Miller, Christ’s Healing Center; Pastor Everett Mitchell, Tower of Power; Pastor Dave Shores, Word of Life Fellowship; and the Rev. Ashley Steele, executive director of Urban Mission Ministries.

The service also will include special music and “a time of prayer over our pastors, our area leaders and our Valley.”

A light reception will follow the service.