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St. Vincent de Paul Ministry

planning craft extravaganza

WINTERSVILLE — The ninth-annual St. Vincent de Paul Ministry Valentine’s Craft Extravaganza will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at Blessed Sacrament Church, Sargus Hall, 852 Main St.

Local artisans will sell baked goods, candles, jewelry and other handcrafted items during the extravaganza, the only fundraiser held annually to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul ministry. The event is a combined effort of Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Lourdes parishes.

Money raised at the extravaganza is used to purchase food for the ministry, according to organizers.

Throughout the extravaganza, vendors will offer samples, and drawings will be held for handmade items from the vendors. For information on the event, contact Linda Freed by phone at (740) 264-6539 or by e-mail to

For information on the St. Vincent de Paul Ministry at the Wintersville parishes, call (740) 264-9547.

Gathering Place Coffee Shop offering

variety of events during January

BURGETTSTOWN — The Gathering Place Coffee Shop at Paris Presbyterian Church, 127 Steubenville Pike, Paris (Burgettstown), has announced a number of events being held there in January. They include:

— Color Me Calm, an opportunity for adults to relax and color, will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Jan. 23.

“We have a great time of fellowship and enjoy a time to express our creative side by coloring. You need not be an expert or have elaborate materials to join us. We simply come together for fellowship and a time to unwind while coloring,” a spokesperson said.

— The Sharing Hope luncheon series kicks off with speaker Carol Chwala, who has battled cancer three times and will share her story Wednesday. The event begins at noon with a light lunch. There is no cost but an RSVP is appreciated.

“Carol will be sharing her miraculous healing story with us,” a spokesperson noted.

— A free movie event featuring “Miracles from Heaven” will be held Jan. 15, beginning at noon. Popcorn will be provided. Another free movie event will be held at noon on Jan. 22, featuring “UnPlugged.”

— An evening of music with Julie Nickell will be held at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26.

— Bingo for fun will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 29. Coffee, ice tea and a bagged snack will be provided. A small prize will be awarded for each bingo winner.

— Lunch with Andy Sykes, an elder law attorney, will be held at noon on Jan. 31. Sykes will be sharing information on elder law and hold a question-and-answer time.

For information on events, call (724) 729-3450 or visit the website at or the church’s Facebook.