Church happenings

Luncheon at George’s Run UMC

A soup and sandwich luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 15 at George’s Run United Methodist Church, located at 1436 state Route 151, Mingo Junction.

There will be a variety of homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts. Cost is by donation.

Fellowship Group meets at E.S. center

The East Springfield Senior Fellowship Group for those 50 and older will meet at 5:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month at the East Springfield Community Center which is located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.

The second Monday will be a covered-dish dinner followed by a business meeting and games.

The fourth Monday will be a time to play games with participants encouraged to bring a favorite snack.

Questions can be directed to (740) 543-3803 or (740) 543-3986.

St. Agnes CWC sets spring card party

Joanne Raha presided and offered the welcome for the February meeting of St. Agnes Catholic Woman’s Club that was held in the parish hall.

The January meeting was canceled because of inclement weather.

The Rev. James Dunfee gave the opening prayer.

The club received thank-you notes from Chris Bracone, Nicholas Ginnetti, GFWC Woman’s Club of Mingo, AIM Women’s Center and the family of Ruthann Afek.

Discussion was held on the spring card party which will be held April 27 in the parish hall. The theme will be “The Good Ol’ Summertime.”

Clara Sue Milewsky is in charge of the church drawing. Barbara Crugnale will handle the table prizes. Chairman of the special drawing is Pat Giuliani with Lorraine Golec in charge of other special drawings.

Also helping will be Karen Giuliani, bingo; Dorothy Mazik, drinks; Mary Louise Boka, Jane Crisante, Denise Galownia, Kathy Hoover, Mary Karovic, Jeannie Mazik, Karen Sabatino and Rose Ann Sacco, kitchen; Mary Ellen Colabella and Donna Chichick, entrance table; and Barbara Crugnale, Dorothy Mazik and Clara Sue Milewsky, solicitation letters.

Upcoming events were announced, including the spring retreat, a lenten day of spirituality for women of the Diocese of Steubenville. It will be held April 5 at St. Mary Church in St. Clairsville and presented by Sister Melannie Svoboda, an author, teacher and retreat director. The theme is “Celebrating God’s Presence in Nature.” The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is sponsoring the event.

The Rite of Election is on Sunday.

Because the CWC’s next meeting date is on the feast of the Annunciation, the meeting will follow the 6 p.m. Mass.

Raha gave the closing prayer.

Milewsky won the drawing, and Denise Galownia won the door prize which she donated back.

Refrigerator clip magnets were given as favors.

Hostesses were Crugnale and Giuliani. Galownia assisted. Dunfee made the soup.

The next meeting will be held March 25, with Jane Crisante, Paula Robson and Karen Sabatino serving as hostesses. Dessert will be served.

Follansbee church adding service

The Follansbee United Methodist Church, 1002 Virginia Ave., Follansbee will add a Sunday evening contemporary service beginning March 16.

“Alive in Worship” will take place every Sunday starting at 7 p.m.

Anyone interested in being part of the praise band can contact Roy James at (304) 374-0291.

The church has Sunday school for both children and adults at 9:30 a.m. with worship services every Sunday at 10:45 a.m. Junior church in the fellowship hall with lessons, crafts, stories and a snack is held during the worship service.

In addition, the sanctuary will be open and available to the public every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a time of prayer and meditation with a free luncheon at noon in the fellowship hall on the second Wednesday of each month.

Bible study also is held at 7 p.m. every Wednesday.

For information, contact Pastor Penny Calmbacher at (304) 639-5301.

Richmond UMW meets

The Richmond United Methodist Women met in the church fellowship hall on Feb. 27 with 13 members in attendance.

Pam Smith welcomed everyone and presented the February program to the theme “Calling To Act.” Smith encouraged women to act on and advocate for social issues confronting women and children in their communities and around the world.

Barb Grimm gave devotions, referring to the scripture Joshua 6:22-25.

Sue Frye, president, presided at the business meeting where reports were given by Grimm, secretary; Joyce Proffitt, treasurer; and Connie Somerville, committee reports.

Grimm shared correspondence, and Peggy Pratt brought cards to be signed for the shut-ins.

A mission moment was given when Marge Andres read from the prayer calendar and presented a brochure on Freedom Stones, a social enterprise that employs students vulnerable to human trafficking along the Cambodia border. It teaches them how to make jewelry and earn an income from it that enables them to stay in school while contributing to their families. This reduces the pressure to send them with human traffickers to work in exploitive conditions or in the commercial sex industry, according to Andres.

Pratt served refreshments.

The next meeting will be held March 27.

Church starting ‘coffee hour’

The Bloomingdale Presbyterian Church will be having a “coffee hour” immediately following its 9:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday.

The time of Christian fellowship, coffee and breakfast pastries will be held the second and fourth Sunday of every month.

Bloomingdale Presbyterian Church is located at 871 state Route 152, Bloomingdale. For information, contact Keith Wilson by phone at (740) 381-5243 or by e-mail at