Band to present
The Tri-State Community Band, under the direction of Rick Hicks, will present a concert of inspirational and seasonal music at 3 p.m. Sunday at Covenant Presbyterian Church, located at 1443 Belleview Blvd., Steubenville.
The band originally was formed in 1980 as the Toronto High School Alumni Band for football games. Interest from local band members quickly grew, and the Toronto Community Band was formed, performing throughout the year. The band has since expanded to include members from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania and adopted the name Tri-State Community Band.
The band rehearses at Harding Middle School every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. New players are always welcome. Associate directors include Anthony Violi, Joe Lancia and Homer Bower.
A free will offering will be taken.
Mark' event theme
"Pressing Toward the Mark for the Prize" is the theme for a "Soul-Reviving Pastoral Appreciation" at Second Chance Ministries Church of God in Christ located at 255 S. Third St., Steubenville, celebrating Elder Mark Gilliam's pastoral anniversary.
Services will begin Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Everett Mitchell, Tower of Power Church, as the featured speaker kicking off the event.
The Rev. Norries Hood of Mount Zion Baptist Church will be the speaker at the 7 p.m. Oct. 19 service.
The Rev. Johnny Austin of New Covenant Outreach Ministries in Warren will conclude the event at 5 p.m. Oct. 21.
Colonial Baptist Church at 201 Gumps Lane, Wintersville, has begun a new seniors ministry from 9 a.m. to noon Monday and Friday at the Ryan Activity Center.
The senior center provides an indoor walking area, volleyball, basketball, board games, coffee and danishes and carpet ball.
"Everything is offered at no charge," said the Rev. Randy Sells, the church's pastor.
For information or directions, call (740) 266-4949.
Ministry event Sunday at YWCA
The "mega ministry" of Elder Andrew Monteiro and Greater Faith Family Worship Center of Industry, Pa., will be featured as House of Prayer Outreach Ministries hosts the event for 5 p.m. Sunday at the YWCA of Steubenville located at 320 N. Fourth St.
It is open to the public.
"Come out and hear a life-changing word. God has what you are looking for," said Evangelist Clarissa Speaker, founder of House of Prayer Outreach Ministries.
VLQ to perform
at Jewett church
VLQ will be featured in concert at St. James Lutheran Church, 203 E. Main St., Jewett, on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at the annual Rudy Bertka Memorial Concert.
VLQ, an acronym for Very Large Quartet, is a part of the Schoenbrunn Valley Barbershop Chorus out of Tuscarawas County.
Refreshments will follow the free concert.
Held in conjunction with the annual church homecoming, former parishioners are invited to come home for a worship service at 10:30 a.m., followed by a covered-dish dinner.
The 153-year-old congregation is led by Pastor Blanche Tyree.
The Women's Missionary Union of Open Door Baptist Church of Colliers met Oct. 2 at the church with nine members attending.
Mildred Richter, president, presided at the meeting were reports were given by Donna Garrison and Pam Holden.
Money was collected for the three missions the group supports.
The group agreed to collect clothing for children in grades one through four, including pants, shirts and sweaters to meet a need reported.
Richter read a letter from Becky McGrager, a missionary serving overseas who requested prayers.
The church birthday dinner will be held Oct. 28. The group will decorate the tables to reflect the four seasons.
Rosemary Jennings gave devotions on "Repentance."
The next meeting will be Nov. 6. Members are to bring supplies for a package to be sent to a serviceman at a military base overseas. Jennings will serve as hostess.
St. Agnes CWC
Joanne Raha presided for the St. Agnes Catholic Woman's Club meeting held in the parish hall where the Rev. James Dunfee gave the opening and closing prayers.
Discussion was held on the pumpkin roll fundraiser in progress with orders accepted through Nov. 1. They are $8. The last pick-up day will be Nov. 5. Orders can be placed by calling (740) 535-0174, (740) 282-1612 or the parish hall at (740) 535-0098.
It was announced that the deanery meeting will be held Nov. 18 at Triumph of the Cross, beginning at 2 p.m.
Discussion was held on the international traveling statue of Our Lady of Fatima that will be at the Mingo parish this month. Dunfee also spoke on the Year of Faith.
Raha introduced guests in attendance, including Charlotte Hauber, Jean Kovalan and Dorothy Means.
Christine Barrett won the drawing and door prize.
Pat Giuliani and Dolly McCormack were hostesses, and Dunfee provided the dessert.
The club's next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the parish hall.
The Needhams, an acclaimed Southern Gospel family known for their versatility, traditional and progressive family harmony, will be performing during the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service at Memorial Baptist Church, 121 Ivy St., Weirton.
"The community is invited and encouraged to attend to hear this talented, spirit-filled group," said Nancy McKeen, a representative of the church's music committee.
Wintersville Community Chapel, located at 27 Ward Drive has extended its "Lunch Bunch" program to being a year-round outreach.
"We will continue to serve a hot meal every Friday from noon until 2 p.m.," Pastor Adam Bowman said.
"Our doors are open to all ages, and meals are available to eat-in or or take out. We will produce when available. We will also continue our once a month grocery distribution," he said.
Questions can be directed to Bowman at (740) 264-7873.
Fall Fest at
Marland Heights Community Church, 3900 Brightway, Weirton, will host its fall fun fest on Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It will includes games, face painting, puppets, food and fun, according to a spokesperson, who said the event is free to the public.
Treat bags will be distributed to children age 3 to 10. The event will be moved indoors in the event of inclement weather.
Triumph of the Cross Catholic Women's Club met Oct. 2 with Terri Fernandes, first coordinator, opening the meeting.
Items discussed included:
International Day to Eradicate Poverty: Fernandes distributed the Universal Prayer, which everyone is asked to pray on Oct. 17 to end poverty. It was written by the Rev. Joseph Wresinski in 1987 and used by Pope John Paul II to open the 1997 Paris World Youth Day.
CWC Sunday will be Oct. 28. "White Ribbons against Pornography" will be distributed again this year to the women of the parish. The CWC Mass will be at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary, and members will meet for breakfast at Zalenski's Restaurant after Mass.
The CWC will host the Mother of Hope Deanery meeting Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church .
The Christmas party will be held Dec. 4.
The pastor's report included the following:
The Rev. Thomas Nau expressed appreciation to all who worked during the last two months to prepare for the bishop's installation.
The next event will be the ordination of the Permanent Diaconates on Nov. 10 at Holy Name Cathedral. Richard Adams, a member of Triumph of the Cross, will be one of six candidates who will be ordained a permanent deacon.
Bishop Patrick Montforton will celebrate his first Mass at Triumph of the Cross on Thanksgiving Day at 9 a.m. at Holy Name Cathedral. He also will be celebrating Mass at Triumph of the Cross on Nov. 25; Dec. 8 at Holy Name Cathedral; and at 10:30 a.m. on Christmas Day.
Nau expressed gratitude over the number of responses received from the parishioners regarding the challenge to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church during the Year of Faith.
Triumph of the Cross Parish has three seminarians - Ed Maxfield, Tom Nelson and Ryan Gray - and one pre-theologate student, Luke Bennette.
Prize winners at the meeting were: 50/50 winner, Lottie Grajewski; and door prize winners, Marge Wilson, Nancy Ciamacco, Rose Ciarra and Dorothy McDonough.
Ham loaf dinner
at Hill Top
There will be a ham loaf dinner from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hill Top Fellowship Hall at the intersection of county Road 46 and state Route 213, Toronto.
The menu will include ham loaf, scalloped potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, applesauce, homemade pies, Italian bread and hot and cold beverages. There will be eat-in and carry-out available. Donations will be accepted.
Strongheart Quartet will present a Southern gospel concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Carrollton Bible Chapel, 365 Steubenville Road S.E., Carrollton.
Each person who attends is asked to bring two food items to be donated to the local food pantry Loaves and Fishes. A love offering also will be taken.
Strongheart Quartet is a men's quartet that was formed in 2008 and is comprised of tenors Shawn Anderson and Luke Roth, baritone Mike Davis and bass Bill Graber with piano accompaniment from Lynn Graber.
For directions or information, contact Richard and Judy Cunningham at (330) 739-4005 or Pastor Chuck Wilson at (330) 627-7376.
at Toronto church
The Presbyterian Women's Association of the First Presbyterian Church of Toronto will be holding a spaghetti dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Cost is by donation, and all proceeds will go to support the Youth with a Purpose Boys' Home near Salineville.
Patrons can dine in or get takeout orders. The church is located at 116 N. Third St., Toronto.
Church's gospel extravaganza set
Mount Zion Baptist Church's Men's Choir will present a Gospel Extravaganza II concert at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 that will include the music of Tri-State Men of Standard, the Mount Zion Men's Choir and special guest recording artist the Singing Wonders of Canton.
The event will be held at Mount Zion Baptist Church at 221 N. Seventh St., Steubenville.
The Rev. Norries A. Hood Sr. is the church's pastor.
site of breakfast
The annual Hugh Smith Pancake Breakfast will be held at the Dillonvale Presbyterian Church on Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee or juice. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
Two Ridges makes
holiday party plans
The evangelism committee of Two Ridges Presbyterian Church in Wintersville met recently to begin planning for its third-annual Community Christmas party that will be held Dec. 9.
It will begin at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary with the singing of Christmas carols, followed by a brief service outside to light the live Christmas tree. Afterwards, participants will be invited to the fellowship hall for hot chocolate, Christmas cookies and a visit with Santa, who will present each child with a gift.
Committee members said there will be four special surprises that children up to age 10 "will definitely want to be present for a chance to win one. More details will be revealed as time draws near," said Mary M. Paice, chairman of the evangelism committee.