Church news from throughout the area

Presbyterian Church in Cadiz

to install new pastor Oct. 14

CADIZ — The Presbyterian Church of Cadiz welcomed the Rev. Alan Jeffries, a native of Shadyside, as its new pastor, effective Sept. 2.

Jeffries graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and was briefly employed as a high school language arts instructor. Prior to his call to the ministry, he was a Sunday School teacher, then a session elder at Cadiz Presbyterian. Church. Over time he began to sense that God was calling him to ministry and entered the process of exploring this call through the Presbytery under the guidance of the late Rev. William Hudson.

He entered Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and during his time there, he was given the opportunity to serve the Third Presbyterian Church in Wheeling as student pastor for three years. He graduated from PTS with a master of divinity degree. After Third Presbyterian closed, he accepted the position of temporary supply pastor at Trinity United Presbyterian in Bergholz, where he was ordained and served for 12 years.

Jeffries, who resides in Cadiz, will be installed as pastor of the Cadiz Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. on Oct. 14. There will be light refreshments served following the ceremony.

Christian music festival

scheduled for Oct. 13

BURGETTSTOWN — The Sing Praise MusicFest 2018, a Christian music festival, will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 at Abundant Grace Bible Chapel, 1080 Steubenville Pike, Burgettstown, located 1 mile from Iannetti’s Garden Center on old Route 22 in Florence.

The MusicFest is free of charge, and attendees will have the opportunity to donate to the Sycamore Youth and Community Center in Steubenville. Free food will be provided throughout the day along with live Christian music performed by Abundant Youth, noon; Allegheny Angels, 1 p.m.; Led By Mercy, 2 p.m.; Victory Life, 3 p.m.; and Cross Vision, 4 p.m. A worship service will be held at 5 p.m.

For information, visit the website at

Toronto CWC hears numerous

updates from committee chairs

TORONTO — The Toronto Catholic Woman’s Club met Sept. 12 at the parish rectory with Sister Grace Ann and Sister Agnes Therese from the Franciscan Sisters, TOR, welcomed as special guests.

The business meeting included committee chairpersons providing updates on their committees.

Judy Wnek reported on the work of the baking committee and the funeral committee for St. Francis Church. Anita Montgomery reported on St. Joseph Church’s funeral committee. Janet Olesky gave an update on the work by the Comfort Bears Committee and the St. Anne Society. To date, more than 6,000 comfort bears have been donated to Valley Hospice.

Sister Therese outlined the mission the Sisters would conduct for parishioners of both Toronto churches at St. Francis Church in mid-September. She also shed insight on their work in Steubenville.

Beth DeGarmo reported on the CWC’s participation in the Christmas Boxes of Joy project to benefit less fortunate children from around the world. The club also will set up for the annual Christmas Giving Trees for children of the area.

The meeting closed with a blessing by the Rev. Thomas Vennitti.

Lamb and chicken gyro

sale scheduled Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE — The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Philoptochos Society will have its next gyro sale on Tuesday at the church, located at 300 S. Fourth St., and there are two kinds — lamb and chicken.

The sales runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be gyros for $7 and chicken gyros for $8. There will be a 25 cent charge for extra tzatziki sauce. Also available are koulourakia (twist cookies) for $6 a dozen.

There is free delivery available for orders of four or more gyros. Orders may be phoned in to (740) 282-9835 the day of the sale or sent by Fax to (740) 282-2091. Patrons should allow a minimum of 20 minutes for phone and Fax orders. Walk-ins also are welcome.

Other sale dates are Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 8 and Feb. 12, the last one of the season.

Soup and sandwich sale

Sunday in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM — St. Joseph Parish CWC will host its annual soup and sandwich fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at St. School School Hall on Main Street.

The menu will include broccoli cheese, green pepper and vegetable soups and chili in addition to chicken salad sandwiches, sloppy joes, hot dogs and coneys. There also will be a variety of desserts available along with coffee and punch.

Cost is by donation. Patrons can dine in or get takeout. There also will be a Chinese auction.All proceeds benefit the St. Joseph CWC.

Rosary rally prayer service

set for today in Follansbee

FOLLANSBEE — A Rosary rally prayer service, with the theme “America Needs Prayer” will be held at 2 p.m. today in front of Hood’s Pharmacy on Main Street by the St. Anthony Catholic Church Altar & Rosary Society.

It will be held in observance of the Our Lady of the Rosary feast day and in gratitude to God for the freedom of religion, a spokesperson explained. Everyone is welcome to attend and bring chairs if needed.

Fall fundraiser, bake sale

in Weirton on Oct. 13

WEIRTON — Family of God Christian Center, 4215 Wells St., Weirton, will be holding a fall fundraiser and bake sale from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at its Christian Fellowship Park on the church property.

The rain-or-shine fundraiser will include pumpkin painting and games for children; a guest appearance by miniature horses Lily and Prancer; drawings for gifts; and pulled pork sandwiches and sides, cookies, pies, and pumpkin bread. There also will be rock painting tables.

Richmond UMW welcomes

speaker from Refuge 1:99

RICHMOND — Teresa Golden from Refuge 1:99, a local long-term adult residential program for trafficking victims, was the guest speaker at the Sept. 27 meeting of the Richmond United Methodist Women.

Women in the Word Ministries, a 501(c)3, opened the shelter recently and welcomes assistance from volunteers. The UMW collected a love offering for it.

President Sandy Burruss presided at the business session with reports given by Barbara Grimm and Joyce Proffitt. A gift in honor of Adam Kiaski was given to Kids 4 Christ.

Marge Andres reported she has new program books and a prayer calendar. Vice President Gloria Mercer announced the district fall meeting is Oct. 18 at Harsh Memorial United Methodist Church in Carrollton. Reservations should be made with Proffitt by Oct. 14.

The group agreed to serve the meal April 9 for the Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association.

Mission focuses included a Hong Kong education website and disaster relief. Sue Frye was the meeting hostess. Proffitt will lead the pledge service at the Oct. 25 meeting.

Gift of Years Fellowship

speaker series continues

WEIRTON — The Gift of Years Fellowship of First Christian Church in Weirton is continuing its speaker series that is open to the public.

The events are being held at 6:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church fellowship hall at 3252 Main St.

The second of three sessions will be held Oct. 18 and will feature Pam Zagula, a Weirton attorney who specializes in elder law and estate planning. Zagula will discuss trusts versus conventional wills.

The final session on Nov. 1 will feature Doug Finton, funeral director at Steele and Wolfe Funeral Home. He will discuss funeral pre-planning.

All the sessions will have a question-and-answer period. Refreshments will be provided. For information, contact Paula Brown at (304) 748-0783 or Janet Ford at (304) 527-3995.

Rummage sale under way

at Pleasant Valley UMC

WEIRTON — Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, 101 Lisa Court, Weirton, is holding its semi-annual quality rummage sale, which continues today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It also will be held next weekend — on Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Car, truck, bike show Sunday

RAYLAND — Meadowbrook Church of God, located at 10152 state Hwy. 150, Rayland, will hold its 12th-annual car, bike and antique equipment show Sunday. It will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with registration conducted from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per vehicle. Dash plaques will be available for the first 75 entrants. People’s choice trophies will be presented at 4 p.m. There will be a concession stand and live music provided by Two or More.

Proceeds benefit community events and national and world missions. For information call the church at (740) 859-6511.