Church happenings

Amsterdam Community Church of God Vacation Bible School starts Monday

The Amsterdam Community Church of God, located at 8247 Bear Rd. S.E., Amsterdam, will hold its annual Vacation Bible School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

On Aug. 3 at 10:30 a.m. there will be a children’s program with a luncheon held after the morning service.

The VBS program, entitled “Agency D3: Discover, Decide, Defend,” is for children ages preschool through sixth grade.

Participants will learn about Jesus Christ through Bible lessons, memory verses, songs, crafts, games and refreshments.

In addition to the VBS program/luncheon, the church’s annual Fellowship & Back-to-School Supply Giveaway also will be held on Aug. 3 following the morning service. Pre-registration for school supplies is required and can be done during the week of Bible school. For information, call (740) 543-3927.

Dillonvale church prepares for

64th-annual peach social

The First United Presbyterian Church in Dillonvale will hold its 64th-annual Peach Social from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 8 at the Dillonvale Fire Hall.

Tickets are $5 per adult and $3 per child. It includes peaches, ice cream, cake and a beverage.

Entertainment will be provided by Roger Warren and Friends. For information, call (740) 769-7765 or (740) 859-6809

Church happenings

Profession of vows set for Sunday

The Franciscan Sisters, T.O.R of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother, announce the final profession of vows of Sister Elizabeth Beussink, Sister Eliana Day and Sister Maria Teresa Tortorice, who will profess their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience before Bishop Jeffery Monforton, bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville.

The profession Mass will take place in the Father of Mercy Chapel of the Franciscan Sisters, T.O.R. beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The Mass is open to the public. The reception following the Mass, however, is by invitation only.

Anyone interested in learning about the Franciscan Sisters, T.O.R., a community founded to renew the contemplative dimension of the Franciscan Third Order Regular, can visit the website at

It is located off county Road 45 on Little Church Road.

Shelterhouse sale at Bell Chapel UMC

Bell Chapel United Methodist Church, 3419 state Route 213, Steubenville, will hold a shelterhouse sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 12. It will include yard sale items, a bake sale and sandwiches.

Shoes for children in need

Although school is out for summer, Wendy’s, WTOV, the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley and Information Helpline are teaming up again through Lace Up for Kids to provide shoes to children in need for new school year.

Children in grades K-12 in Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties and Belmont County, Ohio, and enrolled in grades K-12 who meet eligibility requirements may participate.

Applications will be accepted until Aug. 1. For information, call (304) 233-6300 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Those interested in donating new shoes may drop them off at any area Wendy’s restaurant or at Information Helpline in Wheeling. Monetary donations can be sent to: “Lace Up for Kids,” care of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, Suite 321, 51 11th St., Wheeling, WV 26003 or Lace Up for Kids, WTOV9, P.O. Box 9999, Steubenville, OH 43952.

Angela Goodson, Information Helpline director, said, “The purpose of Lace Up for Kids is to not only keep the kids’ feet warm and dry, but, to also provide a sense of confidence in the kids by having their brand new shoes. We are very aware of the need and desire to fit in at school. Not only do the kids feel better about themselves with their brand, new proper fitting shoes, they do better academically, as well.”

Cup of Life holding event

Cup of Life Ministries will hold its annual Back to School bash July 25 at the Follansbee Community Center.

Picnic-style food will be available from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and swimming will be open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

School supplies will be distributed to all attending children in grades kindergarten through fourth grade. For information, contact Joanne Redd at (724) 573-0333 or jredd125@comcast. net.

Camp to focus on ‘God’s Grace’

The 92nd-annual camp meeting services on the Tri-State Free Methodist Campground, located at 1027 Anderson Blvd., East Liverpool, will be held July 10-20. The services are open to the public.

Pastor Thomas J. Ramundo Jr., from Michigan, is this year’s camp evangelist. He and his wife, Noni, have served in the ministry of the Free Methodist Church since 1970. The first 35 of those years he served as a lead pastor, followed by eight years as the superintendent of the Southern Michigan Conference.

During his 18 years as lead pastor of the Free Methodist Church in Jackson, Mich., it grew from a worship attendance of 180 to 700 through his strong emphasis on prayer and evangelism. His pulpit ministry has been featured in a book by Donald Demaray and his work in the area of racial reconciliation in a book by Promise Keeper’s founder, Bill McCartney. Ramundo is a frequent pulpit guest in churches, as well as a revival, family camp, conference, convention, and campus speaker. He also teaches in the theology department at Spring Arbor University in Michigan.

During Family Camp 2014, Thomas will speak about “Unleashing God’s Grace.”

This year, campers staying on the grounds have the option to participate in a first-ever “Christmas in July” light-up night on July 16 after the evening services, which begin regularly at 7 p.m. Those staying in cottages, campers, tents and dorm rooms may decorate the front of their accommodations using a Christmas theme.

Parking is available on the grounds. Casual, but respectful, dress is appropriate.

Since its inception, people from many different faiths and backgrounds have attended and are welcome. This event draws families primarily from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, but people attend from as far away as New York, Florida and the New England area.

For information, visit the camp’s Facebook site under Tri-State Free Methodist Camp.

Salvation Army street fair July 26

The Salvation Army of Steubenville will be having its annual street fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 26.

It will be set up on Dock Street between Third and Fourth streets, Steubenville.

There will be games, food and inflatibles. There also will be face painting and tattoos (not permanent).

This is a free event and open to the “whole community,” according to a news release.

For information, contact Capt. Steven Griffin at (740) 282-5121 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Open Door Baptist WMU meets

The Open Door Baptist Church’s Women’s Missionary Union met with seven members attending and President Mildred Richter presiding.

Donna Garrison gave the opening prayer. Nancy Petrel served as hostess at the meeting where members gave funds toward the group’s three supported missions.

Reports were given by Garrison; Pam Holden, treasurer; and Lois Flemm, who read a letter from missionary Becky McGregor.

It was announced that the names of deceased members Mary Ann Kimball and Katherine Wise will be added to the church plaque.

The group will donate flashlights with batteries to the July shoebox collection of Samaritan’s Purse.

Several selections written to commemorate July 4 and the significance of the flag were read by Petrel, Holden and Garrison. was read by Rosemary Jennings read a devotion titled “Restoration of a Nation.”

Discussion was held about adopting a Voice of the Martyrs front-line worker.

The next meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 5. Holden will serve as hostess.