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Churches plan programs, events

May 30, 2008
By MARIAN HOUSER, Community editor
Finley revival to feature Chewning

The Rev. Lawrence Chewning will be the song evangelist and preacher for youth revival services Sunday through Thursday at Finley United Methodist Church, 958 Lincoln Ave., Steubenville. Sunday services will be at 8:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. The weekday outdoor tent services are at 7 p.m.

He is a Christian songwriter, recording artist and speaker who has shared the message of Jesus for the past 30 years.

His most well-known compositions are the Ray Boltz standards, “The Anchor Holds” and “At the Foot of the Cross.”

Chewning grew up in rural South Carolina, the son of a cotton farmer, ginner and merchant. He accepted Christ as his Savior at his boyhood church when he was 8 years old.

After graduating from high school, he moved to Anderson, Ind., attending Anderson University, majoring in religion and social work.

In September 2004, Chewning made the decision to quit his social work position to launch into full-time Christian ministry.

Lowell Mason to present concert

Lowell Mason, a television and recording artist and full-time evangelist, will present a concert at Brilliant Christian Church, 323 High St., Brilliant, Sunday at 7 p.m.

Mason is called the “world’s smallest gospel singer” because of his 46-inch height

He has conducted more than 1,000 gospel music concerts at the Precious Moments Chapel complex in Missouri. He is associated with the American International Ministries of Joplin, Mo. The concert will feature “gospel music Branson style.”

An offering will be taken, but the concert is free to the public.

For information, call (740) 598-4581 or 424-3689.

Benefit planned for Kelley

A “Dreams Do Come True” benefit service will be held for Belinda “Janie” Kelley at 4 p.m. June 8 at Agape Apostolic Church, 535 Slack St.

Community choirs will sing, and the Rev. Linda McClain will speak.

A mini reception will be held after the service.

Donations will be accepted in her name at Chase Bank, 4012 Market St.

The event is sponsored by Kelley’s friends. Persons who want to serve on the committee or who want information, should contact Diana Wilson, chairman, (740) 264-3848; Vera Martin, co-chairman, 282-8707; the Rev. Willa Wade, reception committee, 282-6039; or Victoria Dameron, ads and sponsors committee, 282-0640.

Church to hold strawberry festival

Olde St. John’s Episcopal Church Episcopal Church Women’s Strawberry Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7 at the church, near the intersection of Eldersville and St. John’s roads.

The group and other members of the church will be selling strawberry shortcakes, assorted baked goods and for lunch, hot dogs. There also will be used books for sale, with proceeds going to buy soccer balls for children in Iraq and other church projects.

The church’s Sunday school students have been collecting money to purchase the balls and other items for children in Iraq , which are distributed by American troops as a good-will gesture.

The church is one of the oldest in Brooke County.

Church to offer free activities

Wellsburg Church of the Nazarene, 835 Washington Pike, will hold a Community Family Fun Day from noon to 3 p.m. June 7.

The event will include a variety of free activities, including inflatable attractions for children from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., pony rides from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., a classic car show from noon to 3 p.m., a dunk tank and various outdoor games and music by a disc jockey and local entertainers.

There also will be a blind auction at 2:30 p.m. and assorted food and baked goods for sale. The event also will coincide with the church’s 10th-annual chicken roast, with tickets available in advance for $7 per dinner by calling the church at (304) 737-0570.

Mount Zion VBS starts June 9

Mount Zion Baptist Church, 221 N. Seventh St., will hold its Vacation Bible School June 9 through June 13 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lunch will be served.

For information, call 282-9244.

Church plans trash or treasure sale

Community of Christ Church of Wellsburg will hold a trash or treasure sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 at the Dollar General Market at the intersection of state Route 2 and Bruin Drive/Cross Creek Road.

A variety of household items will be sold.

Follansbee library to hold story hour

Follansbee Branch of the Brooke County Public Library will be holding a story hour for children, ages 2-5, and their caregivers Monday at noon.

Children will enjoy a story, craft, games and snack.

Please call the circulation desk at 527-0860 to register.

New Somerset church plans yard sale

New Somerset Christian Church will hold a community yard sale June 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be served and a bake sale held both days.

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