Church news from throughout the area

Presbyterian Church of Cadiz to offer

new program for senior citizens

CADIZ — The Presbyterian Church of Cadiz, 154 W. Market St., is offering a new program for the community’s senior citizens.

Called Seniors Afternoon Social, the program is scheduled for the first and third Wednesdays of every month and will provide a soup and sandwich meal starting at noon. It will be followed by an activity, for example, such as bingo, card playing or sing-alongs.

“We’re excited to offer something for the community’s senior citizens,” said church Pastor Erica Harley. “So often times churches focus their community activities on youth, and that’s terrific, but a community’s older adults need to have a place to meet their friends and enjoy time together,” she said.

“And we at the Presbyterian church are happy to offer this twice a month,” Harley added.

Seniors Afternoon Social in December will meet Wednesday and Dec. 20. Bingo will follow Wednesday’s lunch, and Christmas crafts will ne made on Dec. 20.

All are welcome at the events. For information, contact the church office at (740) 942-2366.

Prayer vigil for peace, hope Sunday

at Hill Top Presbyterian Church

TORONTO — The community is invited to participate Sunday in a prayer vigil for peace and hope at the Hill Top Presbyterian Church located at 110 county Road 46, Toronto.

The doors will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for individuals who choose to attend. There will be a deacon and a minister there during the times listed.

Grace’s Cupboard notes changes

in December food distribution dates

STEUBENVILLE — Grace’s Cupboard at Grace Lutheran Church, 2105 Sunset Blvd., will change its food distribution days to Dec. 14 and Dec. 21 because of the holidays. Call the church at (740) 282-9064 to pre-register and bring a picture ID.

Pine Grove UMC to host

free Christmas dinner Dec. 15

HAMMONDSVILLE — Pine Grove United Methodist Church will host a free Christmas dinner on Dec. 15.

Devotions will begin at 4:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 5 p.m.

The church is located at 19 county Road 72 in Hammondsville near the old Pine Grove one-room school.

Two Ridges to hold light-up night,

host Ron Retzer Trio concert Sunday

WINTERSVILLE — Two Ridges Presbyterian Church, located on state Route 43, Wintersville, will hold its light-up night on Sunday, beginning at 6:45 p.m.

An indoor performance by the Ron Retzer Trio will follow at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Christ Episcopal Church in Wellsburg

having two-day cookie sale

WELLSBURG — Christ Episcopal Church in Wellsburg will be having a two-day Christmas cookie sale.

It will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 16. Many varieties will be available.

Pre-orders are being taken for lady lox and nut horns at $6 per dozen by calling Sylvia Ensell at (304) 748-4082. The last day to pre-order is Dec. 8.

Statler and friends planning

four area Christmas concerts

CARROLLTON — Longtime friends and Valley natives Mark Statler and Roger Hoard have joined their talents once again for four area Christmas concerts.

They will be joined by friend and amazing vocalist Karri Haglock Baker.

All concerts are free with la love offering taken to cover concert expenses with the rest going for the care of friend of Statler’s who had a massive brain bleed and stroke.

The first concert will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Giffin Park Church, home of Alternative Home Health Inc. at 280 E. Main St., St. Clairsville.

The second concert will be at held at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Century Farms Barn, behind Days Inn/Ponderosa Steakhouse), 1121 Canton Road, Carrollton.

The third concert will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at Etna United Methodist Church, 500 Pike St., Etna, Ohio.

The fourth and final concert will be at held Dec. 21, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Jewett Wildcat Center (former Jewett High School) gymnasium, 117 W. Main St., Jewett. For information visit Statler’s Facebook page or call (330) 280-0653.

Smithfield UMW involved

in various mission projects

SMITHFIELD — The Smithfield United Methodist Women held a craft session in the church social room where they made washcloth reindeer with Glenda Ogden and Karen Rish serving as instructors.

A gift exchange was held with Lorrie Greene in charge.

A dime collection was held to benefit a mission project and given in memory of Charlotte Simmons, who started the project.

Judy Galbraith led devotions.

Sarah Cusick and Sandy Murphy were presented gifts for perfect attendance.

A donation was given to Urban Mission Ministries for Thanksgiving baskets. The group is collecting socks, underwear, gloves, hats and coats to be given to those in need.

Betty Ruttencutter presided at the meeting where Galbraith and Mildred Waldman served as hostesses.

New time, new day for this

year’s Handel’s Messiah

STEUBENVILLE — The performance of the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah, held each year at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Steubenville, will be performed at a new time and day of the week this year.

The performance will be held Dec. 17, beginning at 3 p.m., according to George Melhorn, director of the choir. The church is located at 1443 Belleview Blvd., Steubenville. Those interested in participating can contact Melhorn at (740) 282-1320.

Chrisagis Brothers to perform at

Wintersville Community Chapel

WINTERSVILLE — The Wintersville Community Chapel, 27 Ward Drive, will host a concert by the Chrisagis Brothers on Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m.

The event also will include a special memorial tree service honoring loved ones.

For information, call (740) 264-7873.

Smithfield Council of Churches

sponsoring Ron Retzer Trio concert

SMITHFIELD — The Smithfield Council of Churches invites the public to an evening of special Christmas music to be performed by the Ron Retzer Trio in concert.

“The Sounds Of Christmas” will be presented Dec. 10 at Smithfield United Methodist Church, 278 High St., beginning at 6 p.m.

Admission is free, but a love offering will benefit the community Vacation Bible School program, which is made available to all children in the neighboring communities.

A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the concert.

The Smithfield Council of Churches includes Smithfield UMC, Smithfield Evangelical Friends Church, Shaffer Chapel AME Church, Smithfield Presbyterian Church, Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Smithfield Christian Church and Piney Fork Presbyterian.

The Ron Retzer Trio is comprised of Ron Retzer, Jennifer Galownia and Bob Wolfe.

Brilliant United Methodist planning

annual Christmas bazaar Dec. 9

BRILLIANT — The Brilliant United Methodist Church at 525 LaBelle St., will hold its annual Christmas bazaar from 8:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 9.

Featured will be large and small nutrolls, fudge, buckeyes and a cookie walk with a variety of homemade cookies. The bazaar also has handmade crafts and specialty baskets for sale. Hot food also will be available. Proceeds will go toward church repair projects and community mission projects.

Christ UMC in Weirton

having cookie walk Dec. 9

WEIRTON — Christ United Methodist Church, 3598 Pennsylvania Ave., will host its annual cookie walk from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 9 in the church fellowship hall.

All cookies are homemade, freeze well and are $6 a dozen. The event also will include a variety of soups for patrons to dine in or get takeout in addition to a rummage sale of gently used Christmas decorations.

The cookie walk begins with patrons receiving a Styrofoam container and glove, then walking around the fellowship hall and filling the box. “There is no limit to the boxes you fill. At the end of the cookie walk, you will be charged $6 per dozen cookies,” a news release notes.

Point Pleasant Ladies Aide

members make numerous donations

WEIRTON — The Point Pleasant Ladies Aide members met recently in the fellowship room, which was decorated with pumpkins, leaves and fall flower arrangements.

Lora Bailey, Marla Simmons, Tracy Lemley and Linda Dulaney served as hostesses. President Carolyn Allison welcomed members and guests and lit the memory candle for those not in attendance.

The Rev. Bob Staub offered the blessing for the meal catered by Joyce Littell.

Following dinner, the group was entertained by Alex Staub, who performed several songs on the keyboard, including ones he composed.

Allison opened the business meeting, reading a devotion titled “Comfort and Friendship.” Ruth Fuller led the women in the “Five-Finger Prayer.”

Reports were given by Secretary Nancy Conkle and Treasurer Carla Fryer. Betty Glenn gave a report on greeting cards sent from the group.

The members voted to make donations to Allison and New Manchester Elementary Schools, Oak Glen Middle School, Oak Glen High School, Backpack Project for Children of Northern Hancock County, Christ Tree at Point Pleasant Church, Operation Christmas Child Project at Paris Presbyterian Church and Table of Hope through the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church.

Allison reported on the fundraising information from Texas Roadhouse. “Think of the Ladies Aide” bottles were given to members to fill with dimes. Each bottle contained a name of a member so that person can “Keep in Touch” until the next meeting, which will be held March 14.

Joys and concerns were heard, and Allison offered a “Prayer for Friendship.” The benediction was recited by all members.