Community news from around the area

Memorial gospel sing Sunday

at Weirton Heights Memorial

WEIRTON — The second-annual Nancy McKeen Memorial Gospel Sing will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday at Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church, located at 121 Ivy St.

“All are welcome to raise their voices and praise the Lord,” a spokesperson noted. The group Friends also will perform.

A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow in the fellowship hall.

Brooke Pastors Network

Lenten services continuing

The Brooke County Pastors Network has announced its continuing schedule of community Lenten services that will be held through Easter Sunday, April 21.

Remaining services include:

– Thursday, 7 p.m., Wellsburg Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Jim Seabright.

– April 4, 7 p.m., Windsor Heights Church of God, the Rev. Annie D. Parker.

– April 11, 7 p.m., Wellsburg Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Lori Williams.

Easter sunrise services will be held at Brooke Hills Park, led by Parker, and at Old St. John’s Episcopal Church, led by the Rev. Phil Van Dam and the Rev. Frank Lewis. Both begin at 7 a.m.

Tri-State Christian Academy

will hold consignment sale

WEIRTON — The Tri-State Christian Academy Kids consignment sale is gearing up for a three-day stretch in April.

It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 12; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13 at the R.J. Bush Center, directly behind the Mercy Baptist Church located at 3474 Pennsylvania Ave.

The sale is held twice yearly in the spring and fall and features gently used and new children’s items from more than 70 consignors. There will be approximately 30,000 items available at the sale.

April 13 will be half-off day, and anything that does not have a hole punched in the tag will be sold for half off.

Proceeds benefit scholarships at the academy. For information, visit or “like” their page on Facebook.

St. Peter Church CWC gets

reminders about events

STEUBENVILLE — The St. Peter Church Catholic Woman’s Club held its monthly meeting on March 13 in the church hall. President Bea Antol led the opening prayer.

Thank-you cards were received from BJKM Elementary and Jr. High Schools for the donations to Catholic Schools Week; from the Rev. Timothy Huffman, the Rev. Bradley Greer and seminarians Jeremiah Hahn, Brandon O’Nan and Peter Stetson for Christmas gifts; and from Nicholas Ward for a Christmas card. Sister Katherine sent a Valentine and a thank-you card for a donation to the Sacred Heart Center of Hope.

The club was reminded about the Day of Spirituality, which will be held April 6 in St. Clairsville. First Holy Communion is on May 5. The CWC will host a light reception in the church hall after the 10 a.m. Mass. Confirmation is on June 15. Plans for a reception will be finalized at the April meeting.

Follansbee UMC organizing

two-day spring rummage sale

FOLLANSBEE — The Follansbee United Methodist Church will be having its spring rummage sale in the community house at the Follansbee Park, across from Lyes Auto on state Route 2.

The two-day sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 11 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 12, which is 10-cent day. Donations are welcome April 8 and 9.

There will be household items, craft and sewing supplies, furniture, books, purses, clothing, shoes, jewelry and the “special men’s corner,” featuring tools and sports items.

There is ample parking, and the facility is handicap accessible.

Spring gospel meetings at

Weirton Heights Church

WEIRTON — “Power of Love,” “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” and “If Loving You Is Wrong.”

“Sounds like a rock concert featuring Tina Turner, Luther Ingram along with Huey Lewis and The News, right? Well, we hate to disappoint — they will not be here, but these are three sermon titles, part of the spring gospel meeting at the Weirton Heights Church of Christ,” notes a church spokesperson.

The gospel meeting schedule runs from April 21-26 with guest speaker Rico Brown of Chester. Services will be held on Easter Sunday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Weeknight services are at 7 p.m.

The complete list of sermon topics is:

¯ April 21: 9:30 a.m., “Adolescent Christians;” 10:30 a.m., “Power of Love;” and 6:30 p.m., “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

¯ April 22: 7 p.m., “The Benefits of Loving God.”

¯ April 23: 7 p.m., “If Loving You Is Wrong.”

¯ April 24: 7 p.m., “We Belong Together.”

¯ April 25: 7 p.m., “Let Us Go On.”

¯ April 26: 7 p.m., “Till Death Do Us Part.”

The Weirton Heights Church of Christ is located at 3169 Pennsylvania Ave. For information, call (304) 723-1160.

St. Lucy’s in Yorkville having

Polish dinner fundraiser

YORKVILLE — St. Lucy Parish in Yorkville will host a Polish dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 7 in the church hall.

The meal will include homemade pierogi with potato and cheese, kielbasa, cabbage and a roll for a $10 donation. Desserts and beverages will be available for purchase. Patrons can dine in or get takeout.

Frozen homemade pierogi will be available for sale at the dinner for $10 a dozen.

The fundraiser also will include a 50-50 drawing with tickets for $1 each or six for five.

For advance tickets, call (740) 859-6833 or (740) 859-4018.

Richmond United Presbyterian

Church to host performance

RICHMOND — The Richmond United Presbyterian Church, located at 310 E. Main St., will host a free concert March 31 featuring Michael James Facciani, who is in his eighth year of traveling the country full-time as a soloist and music evangelist.

There will be free refreshments at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m.

A free-will offering will be taken. For information, call (740) 765-4217.

According to promotional material about Facciani, “who is 5 feet 6 inches tall and only 170 pounds, his voice does not match his frame. He has been compared to the late Robert Goulet. With a mere three hours of professional voice training, Michael credits God in giving him a singing voice at age 22, having not sung since second grade Glee Club.”

While traveling as a road manager in 2010 with professional athletes of the Power Team and Strength Team, senior audiences began encouraging him to use his voice more often. He has now logged more than 580,000 miles of ground travel, giving God the glory for the encouragement he receives from his senior friends.

Facciani lives and travels out of Iowa. He and his wife have four children. He has completed eight music CD projects, and his latest release is a DVD called, “The Night When Time Rolled Back…,” which is the story of his Turn Back The Hands Of Time musical production of legendary love songs of the 1950s and 1960s that is now regarded as one of the top seniors’ programs in the country, his website notes.

He also is the host of a 30-minute weekly radio program called “The Encouragement Express Radio Show,” which can be heard worldwide over the Internet.

New Cumberland churches

organize April 27 prayer walk

NEW CUMBERLAND — The churches of New Cumberland invite area residents to pray for family, friends, jobs, finances, government and community at their annual prayer walk, which will be held April 27, beginning at 10 a.m.

Participants can start at the Hancock County Savings Bank on Ridge Avenue in New Cumberland or at the South Chester Street ball fields. The prayer walk will end at the New Cumberland gazebo at 11:30 a.m. with music and prayer.

For information, call (304) 564-3951.

Toronto Catholic Women

hear report on food sales

TORONTO — The Toronto Catholic Women met March 13 at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church. Members gathered in the sanctuary for the rosary, then moved to the social hall for their business meeting.

A report was given on the pirohi and nut roll sales, which are held following all the weekend Masses.

After discussion, it was decided to start the year off with the next meeting in September to be held at the rectory. At that meeting, the group’s annual participation in the Giving Tree Project, Boxes of Joy Project (Cross Catholic Outreach), November fall festival and Christmas social will be finalized.

Following remarks by the Rev. Thomas Vennitti, President Dede Kidder led the women in praying the Catholic Women’s Club prayer.

Weirton church holding

Thursday distribution

WEIRTON — The First Christian Church, 3252 Main St., will be having a community food and personal hygiene items distribution from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday or until everything has been given away.

For information, contact the church between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday at (304) 797-7300.

Fundraiser luncheon Sunday

to benefit Rainbow Girls

STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville Assembly of International Order of the Rainbow Girls will be holding a fundraiser to help with the cost of the girls attending Grand Assembly this summer.

The spaghetti luncheon fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Steubenville Masonic Temple, located at 227 N. Fourth St.

The menu includes spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert, punch, tea or coffee. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and younger. Patrons can dine in or get takeout.

There also will be a Chinese auction.

The Steubenville Assembly of International Order of the Rainbow Girls has started up again and will receive its charter in October, according to a spokesperson.

Rainbow Girls is a Masonic youth organization for girls and is sponsored by the LaBelle Chapter of the Eastern Stars.

Lincoln-Douglass Scholarship

banquet to feature Littlejohn

WEIRTON — The Morning Star Baptist Church, located at 3124 Weir Ave. will sponsor the 73rd Lincoln-Douglass Scholarship banquet on April 13 at the Holiday Inn, 350 Three Springs Drive, Weirton, beginning at 6 p.m.

Edward L. Littlejohn Jr., assistant prosecuting attorney, Jefferson County, will be the keynote speaker.

Tickets for the event are $30. For information, contact Beverly Branham at (304) 377-1293 or Stephanie Valentine at (304) 794-8423.

Littlejohn has “devoted his career to representing the hard-working residents of the Ohio Valley in their real estate, business, estate planning and personal injury matters,” according to a news release.

He is a 2004 graduate of Steubenville High School who continued his academic career at Capital University, majoring in political science with a minor in international business. While there, he worked for the Ohio Supreme Court’s specialized docket division from 2007-08. In May 2008, he received his bachelor’s degree in political science. He went on to attend law school at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich., where he graduated cum laude in May of 2011.

After graduating from law school, Littlejohn returned to the Ohio Valley and became an assistant prosecuting attorney for Jefferson County. In January of 2012, he opened his own law firm, Littlejohn Law, focusing on real estate, business, estate planning and personal injury matters. He has authored several books and consumer guides with the hope of helping residents of the Ohio Valley make well-informed legal decisions, the release notes.

He is the son of Edward and Vicki Littlejohn and is married to Kellee Littlejohn. They have a daughter, Kyzlee.

LaBelle Chapter 414, OES, to welcome veteran as speaker

STEUBENVILLE — The LaBelle Chapter 414, Order of the Eastern Stars, met recently at the Steubenville Masonic Temple with Sara Joe Peeler, worthy matron, and Howard McClure, worthy patron, presiding.

Those with December-through-March birthdays were honored.

Peeler gave the temple board meeting report. The line officers meeting was to be held March 9 at the Steubenville Masonic Temple with the LaBelle chapter serving as host.

A charities dinner is being held today at the Bolivar Temple.

The Rainbow Girls will be having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Sunday at the Steubenville Masonic Temple.

Retired Marine Sgt. Jack Ernest, a Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient, will be the guest speaker after the April 2 meeting.

Refreshment chairmen for the evening were Carolyn Bickerstaff and Eileen Alloggia.

JOSHUA applications now

available at Urban Mission

STEUBENVILLE — Applications for the Journeys of Service Helping Upper Appalachia program through Urban Mission Ministries are now available.

The JOSHUA program assists low-income homeowners in making repairs free of charge as a result of volunteer labor and donations from the community. Typical projects include interior and exterior painting, landscaping, porch and stair repair and other small home improvements.

A grant to do additional home repairs this year has been received, according to the mission’s March newsletter, which acknowledges “special thanks to the Affordable Housing Program offered through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati, we can now provide significant home repairs to eight additional families.”

To qualify, applicants must own their home and be income eligible. For information, call (740) 282-8010. Applications will close on May 1.