Love was in the air at the Wintersville United Methodist Church on April 11 when Urban Mission Ministries honored its volunteers who gave of their time during 2013.
Accordion player Alex Porreca provided backdrop music that included Italian love songs with mission staff members donning chef's hats, aprons and mustaches for their rendition of "That's Amore."
"Our Volunteers A Cut Above the Rest!" was the theme of the luncheon where guests attending entered "an Italian pizzeria" upon arriving. The lunch menu consisted of salad, pizza and Italian desserts.
Urban Mission Ministries staff do their rendition of ‘That’s Amore.’
The Rev. Ashley Steele, left, executive director of Urban Mission Ministries, with, from left, Doris Harris, Female Volunteer of the Year; and Shirley Snyder and Vera Adams, Female Quiet Servant of the Year award recipients.
Business of the Year: Steubenville Post Office
represented by George Dziatkowicz, Steubenville postmaster, left, and Bob Bottegal, mail carrier
Mission volunteer Quinton Littlejohn, left, with Billy Mason, Quiet Servant award recipient
The Rev. Ashley Steele, left, with the Church of the Year, Brentwood United Methodist Church, Wintersville, represented by, from left, Jodi Westling, the Rev. Bill Westling, Darlene Woods and Bob Woods
Volunteers receiving honors included:
-- Doris Harris: Female Volunteer of the Year;
-- Tony Thompson: Male Volunteer of the Year;
-- Billy Mason, Vera Adams, Shirley Snyder and Estelle Dalton: Quiet Servant awards;
-- Steubenville Post Office: Business of the Year; and
-- Brentwood United Methodist Church, Wintersville: Church of the Year.
A time of games followed the awards presentation.
"It is the goal of the staff of the Urban Mission to do all we can to make the lives of the families we serve better," said Linda Smith, the mission's program director. "With the help of our volunteers, we strive to show love and compassion so our families will know someone cares. What our volunteers don't realize is that, through their love and support and the thousands of hours they unselfishly gave, they have made the lives of the staff better as well. On behalf of the Urban Mission staff and to the volunteers, thank you for all that you do. You are appreciated," Smith said.