The Wintersville Baptist Temple located at 617 Fernwood Road will celebrate its 47th anniversary Sunday with reflections from the Rev. Dr. Ralph Wingate Sr. on the beginning of the local ministry and Dr. Steve Zienner, president of Bearing Precious Seed Global, as guest speaker.
Wingate's stories will be shared during the 10 a.m. Sunday school hour while Zienner will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. worship service. Zienner was one of the first missionary ministries sent out by the church who preached worldwide and distributed thousands of Bibles and New Testaments in extremely isolated sections of the world.
Following the morning worship service, there will be a fellowship dinner open to all.
The 7 p.m. service Sunday, meanwhile, will feature special music, the opportunity for parishioners to select favorite hymns, testimonies and the message from the Rev. John A. Beard, pastor of the church. His theme will be "Thanksgiving Unto the Lord for His Blessings."
The Wintersville Baptist Temple started March 15, 1964, in the Wintersville fire hall located on Grove Street under Wingate's leadership. During his ministry, the present church buildings were constructed and fostered record attendance.
Wingate received his doctor of divinity in 1971 from Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Mich. His sons, the Rev. Ralph Wingate Jr. and the Rev. Danny Wingate, came on staff the same year, serving in many different ministries. In 1979, the Rev. Dr. Ralph Wingate Sr. moved out of the area because of his wife's health condition.
Today, the Rev. Danny Wingate pastors a large church in Wooster while the Rev. Dr. Ralph Wingate Jr. has a large congregation in Indiana.
The public is welcome to attend the anniversary events. Questions can be directed to Beard at (740) 264-7786.
Sons of Second
marking 29 years
The Sons of Second at Second Baptist Church located at 717 Adams St., Steubenville, will be celebrating their 29th anniversary of singing songs of Zion to the glory of God.
The celebration will get under way April 10 at 5 p.m. at the church where the highlight of the service will be "Men of Vision" from the Greater Faith Church of Industry, Pa., pastored by the Rev. Andrew Monterio.
"Please come and hear, come and fellowship with us for we intend to have a joyous celebration in the Lord," a spokesman said.
The Rev. Calvin McLoyd Jr. is pastor of Second Baptist Church.
Melton Gospel Trio
set to perform
The Melton Gospel Trio will perform a concert on March 27 at 6 p.m. at the LaBelle View Church of Christ located at 301 Ohio St., Steubenville.
All are welcome to attend.
Hopewell UMC to
have 'Spring Sing'
Hopewell United Methodist Church located on county Road 16, Rayland, will present a "Spring Sing" on Sunday at 6 p.m.
The program will feature the Joy Trio, Harrisville UMC choir, South Bellaire UMC choir, Jim and Janet Branscom, Linda Brown, Metta Hoff and others.
There will be a fellowship time with refreshments following the program. The public is invited to "an evening of singing praises to our Lord," said the Rev. Jim Hoff, the church's pastor.
The Finley United Methodist Missionary Circle met March 1 with Mary Ann Wagner, president, presiding and leading devotions. Six members attended.
It was announced that the district spring meeting called "A Day Apart" will be held April 14 at the Wintersville United Methodist Church while the School of Missions is set for July 15-17 at Mount Union College.
A dessert list, prayer chain update and shut-in list were distributed.
A collection was taken for the pledge to service, Heifer project and "least coin."
Carmen A. Frye, vice president, presented the program on the Rev. James B. Finley, founder of Finley UMC.
Refreshments were served by Wagner and Frye.
The next meeting is April 5 with Betty Alvey presenting the program.
The Rev. Norries A. Hood Sr., pastor of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, will begin his 10th anniversary celebration Sunday at 4 p.m.
The Rev. Walter Houston of the Temple of Praise Baptist Church in Cleveland, along with his male chorus, praise ministry, mime ministry and congregation, will be the special guest.
The celebration will continue March 26 at 6 p.m. with a dinner and comedy show featuring comedian minister Joe Recca of Baltimore, Md., and soloist evangelist Carla Thomas of Akron, accompanied by Minister of Music Eric Dyson of Cleveland.
The anniversary celebration will culminate March 27 with morning and afternoon worship services. Thomas will be the special guest at the 11 a.m. service where music will be provided by the Mount Zion Mass Choir.
The afternoon service will begin at 3:30 p.m. where the Rev. Calvin McLoyd Jr., the Second Baptist Congregation, Waves of Glory Flag Ministry, Voices of Second Choir and the Young Girl's Praise Ministry will be the featured guests.
The anniversary theme is "Trusting God In The Midst of It All." The public is invited to attend the services.
Charlene Reid is the anniversary chairman, and Vanessa Styles is the co-chairman. Committee members are Wylene Alexander, Bunswella Brown, Virginia Brown, Cheryl Austin, Sharron Cain, Estelle Dalton, Paulette Johnson, Lynn Knight, Isabelle Lavender, Vera Martin, Rose Lavender, Ruth Pendergast, BJ Prentice, Mignon Simon, Juanita Thorn, Rose Slaughter and Millicent Slaughter.
The Martha Circle of the First Presbyterian Church of Toronto met at the home of Bonnie Wilson, president, who presided for the March meeting. The group meets the second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. Its purpose is for study, fellowship and mission outreach.
One of its outreaches is preparing friendship baskets for the sick and shut-ins of the church and community. The members will prepare two such baskets in March.
The group voted to contribute to the Teramana TEAR Fund for the Campbell-Dickinson Run/Walk today.
The program followed the business meeting when Mary Stratton reviewed a story from the book "Where Angels Walk" by Joan Wester Anderson. The next meeting will be held April 9 at the home of Phyllis Hagy. Nancy Lewis will lead the program.
Roast pork dinner at St. Thomas'
There will be a roast pork dinner at St. Thomas Episcopal Church at Three Springs Drive, Weirton, on Wednesday.
It will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The menu will be roast pork, red potatoes, green beans, applesauce, dessert and beverage. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.
Youth revival set in Wellsburg
A Youth Revival will be held March 24-26 at 7 p.m. at Riverview Baptist Chapel, located at 225 Charles St., Wellsburg.
Featured will be missions camp minister the Rev. Ben Knotts; song leader Nick Fry and special music by the Riverview Baptist Praise Band; and other specials by area teens.
The website is rbcwellsburg.com. The e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. The phone is (304) 737-2399.