Community news from around the area

MLK community musical

tonight at Agape Apostolic

STEUBENVILLE — A community musical beginning at 6 p.m. tonight at Agape Apostolic Church at 525 Slack St., kicks off a variety of events and activities planned by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Steubenville to honor the legacy of the civil rights movement leader.

The Rev. Robert Montgomery is the host pastor at Agape Apostolic.

Some of the participants in the MLK musical will be Wayne Lytle, organist; Anthony Feaster, drums; and choir members including Mary Jeter, Barbara Wilson, Tina Feaster, La Shauna Wilson, Calvin Wicker, Michael Jett, Stanley Brown, Erica Johnson, Cheryl Johnson, Princess Thompson and Gloria Crossland.

The date of the musical was incorrect in a news item on Thursday’s community page.

Project Rachel announces

Retreat to be held March 2

STEUBENVILLE — The Project Rachel ministry of the Diocese of Steubenville extends a special invitation to women suffering from the pain of a past abortion to attend a one-day retreat on March 2

The “Entering Canaan” Retreat will be led by a specially trained priest and counselor. The retreat is completely confidential, according to a news release.

As Theresa Bonopartis, retreat founder, writes: “I can remember the struggle to be faithful, searching in the dark to find God, holding on to His Word because I had tried everything else and longed to be healed. I remember having to keep moving in spite of the pain, the darkness, the fear, because there was nothing to lose. There could be no greater hell than the one I had made for myself.”

The news release notes, “She experienced God’s healing and forgiveness, and it radically changed her life to design this retreat, which has helped many women across the country and world.”

There is no cost for the retreat, but a free will offering will be taken. For information, contact Project Rachel via voice or text at (740) 275-7038 or

Project Rachel was founded nationally in 1994 and was launched in the Diocese of Steubenville in October of 2017. The ministry has a confidential phone line which connects callers with priests and counselors trained in facilitating healing for men and women suffering in the aftermath of abortion. A Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat also will be facilitated through Project Rachel the weekend of April 5-7. Those who have attended either retreat in the past are welcome to attend again, and “our phone line is always open for those who are not able to come at this time but would like to talk.”

Installation service Sunday at

Follansbee Nazarene Church

FOLLANSBEE — A formal installation service will be held at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the Follansbee First Church of the Nazarene, officially marking the beginning of the ministry, in Follansbee, of Pastor Larry Barkley and his wife, Jane.

The Rev. Kevin Dennis, West Virginia North District superintendent, will preside over the installation service.

Barkley and his wife reside in Weirton where he served as the pastoral care and senior adult ministries pastor at the Weirton First Church of the Nazarene. Previous to that, he was lead pastor at the Fairmont First Church of the Nazarene.

The service is open to the public. The church of the Nazarene is located at 144 Mahan Lane.

Brentwood UMC hosting

dancer at special service

WINTERSVILLE — Brentwood United Methodist Church, 148 Stephens St., will host a “Plugged In Hot Cocoa, Dancing & Jesus” evening service on Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m.

The free event will feature dancer Millie Gist, who will express “her powerful testimony of how Jesus saved her from a childhood of abuse and a troublesome young adult life,” a church spokesperson noted.

Local Indian Creek teacher Toni Gray and local musician Paul O’Brien also will lead some contemporary worship songs.

The evening also will include a hot chocolate stand with all the toppings and an extra surprise.

All ages are invited to attend. To ride the van or attend without an adult, children should be 13. Local transportation is available with pick-up at the Ridgewood Apartments at 5:50 p.m.

For information, call (740) 264-4531 or text (740) 346-5068.

Vendors being recruited for

annual craft extravaganza

WINTERSVILLE — The 10th-annual Valentine’s Craft Extravaganza for St. Vincent dePaul Ministry will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at Blessed Sacrament Church’s social hall, 852 Main St.

“This event offers a unique opportunity for our community to support the local craftspeople as well as St. Vincent dePaul,” noted Linda Freed, event coordinator. “It is a perfect time to buy or sell that special gift for Valentine’s Day and help support St. Vincent dePaul. “We already have a nice variety of vendors from jewelry, candles, body lotions, cookies, crochets items, wood crafts, fudge and much more. ”

There is a $25 table fee for vendors interested in participating in the event. Spaces are limited. Cash or a money order payable to the St. Vincent dePaul Ministry can be sent with an application to 852 Main Street, Wintersville, OH 43953.

For information about becoming a vendor or to receive an application, contact Free by phone at (740) 264-6539 or by e-mail at

Weirton Kiwanis Club to hold

quarter auction on Jan. 27

WEIRTON — The Weirton Kiwanis Club will be holding a quarter auction on Jan. 27 at Undo’s Restaurant in the Holiday Inn, 350 Three Springs Drive.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m., and the auction starts at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 which includes one paddle. Additional paddles are available for $1 each.

Tickets are available at the door or in advance by contacting Kitty Kochman at (304) 374-0308 or Jackie Snoderly at (304) 670-2235. Food will be available for purchase at Undo’s Restaurant.

Proceeds support Weirton Kiwanis Club community projects.