Churches announce events, activities

The Rev. Charles Mascolino marks 60th anniversary of the priesthood

The Rev. Charles Mascolino, a native of Steubenville, celebrated his 60th anniversary of the Catholic priesthood recently during a dinner held at Scaffidi’s Restaurant and Tavern with family and friends.

Fifty-one people attended the celebration for the man who has served the church and its people for many years at Ohio parishes, including St. Joseph Church in Bridgeport, St. John Vianney Church in Powhatan Point, Christ Our Light Parish in Cambridge, All Saints in Blaine, St. Frances Cabrini Church in Colerain, Assumption Church in Barnesville and St. Mary’s Church in Temperanceville.

After he moved back to Steubenville, Mascolino assisted at both Blessed Sacrament Church in Wintersville and St. Peter’s Church in Steubenville at various Masses.

He is both the last surviving member of his immediate family and the last surviving member of his seminary class.

The celebration was hosted by the Knights of Columbus St. John Neumann Council No. 11828, who were assisted by the Serra Club of Steubenville.

Doughnut sale at Riesbeck’s in June to benefit Salvation Army

Riesbeck’s Food Stores will observe National Doughnut Day with a sale June 2-8, 13, 20 and 27 benefiting the Salvation Army, including its service centers in Brooke, Hancock and Jefferson counties.

The Follansbee, Wintersville and Toronto Riesbeck’s stores and others in the local grocery chain will be selling boxes of nine doughnuts for $3.99 each, with 10 percent of the sales going to the Salvation Army.

The doughnuts available will be glazed, powdered sugared, granulated sugared, cinnamon sugared or in mixed variety packs.

National Doughnut Day originated with the Salvation Army in 1938 in Chicago as a way both to raise funds for its social services during the Great Depression and recognize the “doughnut lassies,” about 250 Salvation Army volunteers who provided doughnuts to American soldiers in France during World War I.

Strawberry festival, rummage sale at Olde St. John’s Episcopal Church

Olde St. John’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual strawberry festival and rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 7.

In addition to large strawberry shortcakes, the church will be serving taco in a bag, hot dogs, chili dogs and other food. There will be a variety of household items, including many seasonal decorations, for sale. The church is at the intersection of Eldersville and St. John’s roads, Colliers.

Pentecost Sunday celebration set

for Sunday at Weirton church

The Voice of Pentecost, 106 Mendenhall St., Weirton, will host its annual Pentecost Sunday celebration on June 8, beginning at 11 a.m., followed by a covered-dish dinner in the fellowship hall.

The 3 p.m. service will include special singing, the Hands of Praise sign group and the Voice of Pentecost Choir.

The Rev. Jarrod Price of Charleston, W,Va., will be the featured speaker in both services.

The Day of Pentecost is observed 50 days after Easter and is the celebration of the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the modern-day church.

The public is invited to both services. For information, call the church office at (304) 748-5400.

‘Huge basement sale’ to benefit

Helping Hands Ministry in Jewett

The Jewett Community Park will be the site of “a huge basement sale” sponsored by St. James Lutheran Church to support its Helping Hands Ministry from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7, when items will be half price or less.

The Helping Hands ministry provides paper goods, cleaning supplies and personal care items to local families who qualify for food stamps, with a monthly distribution.

For information, call (740)946-5151.

New Beth Moore Bible study at

Empire United Methodist Church

A new Beth Moore Bible study titled “Children of the Day” is being offered at Empire United Methodist Church, 81 First Ave., Stratton.

Guests are welcome to attend any time during the duration of the study focusing on first and second Thessalonians with day and evening sessions available.

Workbooks are available for purchase for $15.

The two, nine-day sessions run on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon on June 3 through July 29 and on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from June 9 through Aug. 4.

Susan Clegg is pastor of the church.

For information, contact Mary by phone at (740) 424-8699) or

Finley United Methodist Church to host annual youth revival services

Finley United Methodist Church, 958 Lincoln Ave, Steubenville, will hold its annual youth revival Sunday through Wednesday.

Sunday services begin at 8:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the church. The Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday services will be outdoor under a tent at 7 p.m. nightly at the church’s ministry center located at 128 Raynes Road, Mingo Junction.

The youth evangelist will be Pastor Luis Martinez, a native of Guatemala who leads crusades in the United States and in Spanish-speaking countries around the world.

He has been a missionary evangelist for more than 25 years.

The worship leaders will be “Adventure,” a summer ministry team from Asbury University.

A love offering will be taken for the evangelist and the worship leaders.

Two-day rummage sale at First

Christian Church (Disciples)

First Christian Church (Disciples), 220 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, will hold a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 6 and 7 in the fellowship hall.

Annual strawberry festival Friday

at Bell Chapel United Methodist

Bell Chapel United Methodist Church, 3419 state Route 213, Steubenville, will host its annual strawberry festival from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

“Come join us for some delicious treats of the season,” a promotional flyer is worded.

For information, call (740) 283-2239 or (740) 282-8342.

House of Prayer honors mothers

during special service

The House of Prayer Church on Riddles Run Road, township Road 163, near Brilliant, held its annual Mother Day services where awards were presented.

In addition to potted flowers presented to each mother in attendance, there was special recognition for Dotty McGee Mayle, oldest mother; Christy Tompkins, youngest mother; and Linda Jackson, Mother of the Year.

The church will honor fathers at its Fathers Day service on June 15.

Toronto church hosts annual

banquet for daughters, guests

In conjunction with Mother’s Day, Toronto North River Avenue Christian Church again hosted its annual steak dinner banquet for daughters and guests.

David Sutherin served as chairman of the event attended by 65 church members and guests.

The kitchen committee included: dining room setup, Joe Coma; table decorations, Ruth Sutherin and granddaughter Danielle; food preparation, Rex Mossor, Bob Freeman and David Sutherin; dinner servers, Dave Meyer, Eli and Jeremiah Cline, Tom Voll, Howard Cunningham, Joe Coma and Minister Luke Highshue; and kitchen cleanup, George and Caleb Bozman.

Following dinner, entertainment was provided in the church sanctuary by guest pianist/vocalist Marvin White, who performed a program of gospel songs. Caleb Bozman assisted with the sound system.

Churches announce events, activities

Valley Youth Rally Sunday at Starkdale

The Valley Youth Workers Network will be hosting a “Valley Youth Rally” at Starkdale Presbyterian Church in Steubenville from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

The rally will feature the Second Baptist and Mount Zion Baptist Youth Choirs from Steubenville and Starkdale’s Allegheny Angels Youth Band.

The evening will close out with “The Voice” TV show contestant Jeff Anderson, who will perform and offer a message.

“There were more than 150 at the first rally, and it was dynamite,” said Youth Pastor Bobbyjon Bauman of Starkdale Church. “We have six church youth ministries committed to attend this rally that did not go to the last one, so it should be a packed house.”

Free pizza and pop will be provided at the rally, and all ages are welcome to attend. For information, go to or call (608) 556-3068.

Indoor garage sale May 31 at church

Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church, 206 10th St., Steubenville, will hold an indoor garage sale from 8 a.m. to noon on May 31.

Coffee will be provided.

For information call the Rev. Gregory Thompson at (330) 509-4260.

Triumph of Cross CWC holds meeting

First Coordinator Terri Fernandes presided when the Triumph of the Cross Catholic Women’s Club met recently.

It was announced that the CWC’s new adopted seminarian is Gerald Alessi, a student at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pa.

Members were reminded of the May 16 Priestly Ordination at Holy Name Cathedral for Deacon Ed Maxfield and Deacon Tom Nelson. Maxfield’s first Mass was to be at 10 a.m. today at Holy Name Cathedral with the CWC to host a luncheon afterwards at Froehlich’s Classic Corner.

Fernandes thanked Nancy Schreck and Sue Stanko for providing gifts to the first communicants. The girls received rosaries; the boys received medals; and their mothers received roses.

The CWC pre-convention dinner will be held June 3 at Froehlich’s Classic Corner. The convention will be held June 4 at Holy Family Church. This year’s theme will be “Women Celebrating Women.”

In a pastor’s report, the Rev. Thomas Nau reported work has begun on the roof of Holy Name Rectory and at the Holy Rosary building entrance.

There will be an additional Saturday evening Mass at Holy Rosary once renovations begin at the Holy Name Cathedral building in June. Nay also discussed his recent trip to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The CWC’s next meeting will be held Sept. 2, and the annual fall card party is Sept. 21.

Prize winners were Fernandes, Nancy Schreck and Jean Zrinyi.

‘Heart of a Mother’ banquet theme

The Kum Joyne us Class of Kolmont Church held its mother/daughter banquet May 9 in the fellowship hall to the theme “The Heart of a Mother.”

Sara Peeler, chairperson, welcomed guests and was assisted by Margie Westfall, who offered the prayer.

The dinner was catered by Michelle Trikones.

The program consisted of readings and a skit. Lorna Flesher read “A Mother’s Love,” and Shirley McCartney read, “It’s The Heart That Counts.” A skit entitled “The Beautiful Burden” was put on by McCartney, Angel Nixon and Mariah Nixon.

Shawna Westfall won the door prize. Deanna Price and Angel Nixon were the winners of the two games played by the guests. The Nixons sang “Mama’s Prayer.”

Ruth Ann Fugett presented Taunya Winland, Mother of the Year, with a gift from the class.

Ruby Grimes gave the closing prayer.

At the May 2 meeting held in the fellowship hall, plans for the banquet were finalized.

McCartney gave the blessing for the covered-dish dinner and presided at the meeting attended by seven.

Price led devotions with scripture from Philippians 2:12-16 and read “The Little Things in Life” and “Yellow Roses.” Her emphasis was on being thankful. She sang “I’m Blessed.”

Sharlene Wade, Alice Brandon, Sara Peeler and Ruby Grimes gave monthly reports.

McCartney gave the closing prayer. Peeler held the auction.

The next meeting will be held in September.

St. Peter CWC members meet

The St. Peter Church Catholic Woman’s Club met May 13 in the church hall where President Linda Edgar led the opening and closing prayers and expressed gratitude to all those who helped with the First Communion reception.

The club was reminded about the ordination into the priesthood of two of its seminarians on May 16 at Holy Name Cathedral. Members volunteered to take up a free-will collection after the Masses today and Sunday for the Madonna Plan.

Reservations were taken for the DCCW Convention on June 4. Tickets for the annual drawing to benefit its seminarians will be sold at the convention.

It was decided that the CWC would make a monetary donation to the DPSC. Several fundraising ideas were discussed for October.

Gerri Kelly won the 50-50 drawing.

The next meeting will be held Sept. 2 at noon in the church hall with a covered-dish lunch to follow.

Women of Harmony hold banquet

The Mingo Junction Women of Harmony held their Mother-Daughter banquet on May 8 in the church’s social hall where President Mary Joy VanDyne welcomed those attending, and Pam Pietro gave the invocation.

The buffet dinner was catered by Judy Manfred.

A toast to grandmothers was given by Britanie Oliver with a toast to granddaughters given by Ethel Kerwood. Tina Corder acknowledged award winners from previous years who were in attendance, including Lillian Criss, Carole Maxwell, Pietro, VanDyne, Virginia DiBerardino and Chris Davis.

VanDyne announced this year’s Woman of the Year present would go to Sharon Kolopajlo for her years of dedication and service to Harmony United Methodist Church.

Corder and Ginny Howell presented the door prizes with money envelopes won by Davis, Marge DeMark, Maxwell, Terry Mullins and Patty Wetherell. Gift baskets made by Criss were won by Linda Hibbard, Lucianna Pietro and Kimberly Senile. Hallmark gifts were won by Nancy Morris, Sallie Siva and Burla Williams.

VanDyne gave the benediction.

The evening closed with entertainment provided by Rachael Beck, a country Christian singer.

Scio church concert to benefit relay

The Scio Presbyterian Presbyterian Church, 101 N. Eastport St., Scio, will host the Mabel L. Thompson Memorial Concert beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday.

There is no admission, but a free will offering will be taken. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

Proceeds will benefit the Harrison County Relay for Life. For information, call (740) 945-0260.

HeavenScent, Four Friends to perform

HeavenScent and Four Friends will join forces Sunday to present an evening of music at the First United Methodist Church in Toronto as part of its once-a-month Sunday evening service.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the church, which is located at Sixth and Main streets, Toronto.

HeavenScent is comprised of Pat Keenan, Bill Danaher, Earl Tuttle and Harry Nicholson.

George Allan, Bob Burns, Paul Visyak and Jody Glaub make up Four Friends, who have been performing together for 16 years and are all members of Starkdale Presbyterian Church choir.

‘Let’s Fight Together’ event Sunday

The Edison Middle School gym at 4569 county Road 75, Bergholz, will be the site of a “Let’s Fight Together” fundraiser concert and program on Sunday beginning at 6 p.m.

Performing will be the Chrisagis Brothers, Chelsea Matta and Tammy Davis with special speakers including Denise McCourt, teen challenge; Kelley Waller, testimonial; and T.J. Anderson, founder of “Let’s Fight Together” sharing his story about his kidney transplant.

There will be a military and veterans tribute.

Proceeds will benefit patients on dialysis “who have no families and many daily struggles they face,” according to a promotional flyer. “We will pray together, fight together and raise funds together, and the power of God within us gives us the eye of the tiger to fight anything.”

Philoptochos Society has luncheon

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos Society met for an end-of-the-meeting-season luncheon held on May 1 at the Janoski Restaurant in Clinton, Pa.

The Rev. Nicholas Halkias presided and gave the opening and closing prayer.

Myra Halkias was a special guest.

The lone business item was Marianne Balakos reading a thank-you note from Pete Caleodis, expressing gratitude for the society’s donation to the choir.

Members enjoyed a time of shopping after the luncheon.

The next meeting will be held Sept. 4.