CWU holds May Friendship Day celebration

PARTICIPANTS — Participants in Church Women United of Weirton’s May Friendship Day were, front, from left, Olivia Carter, Ronda Krebs, Beverly Branham, Joyce Summers, Maggie Clark, Program Coordinator Gerri Harbaugh, and back, Cathy Cooper, Gala Salatino, Norma Copenhaver, President Rebecca “Tish” Turner and Donna Gareis. Ute Teer and Nancy Brown also participated. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — “The Time is Now, “Agree to Differ” was the theme for the May Friendship Day celebration sponsored by Church Women United of Weirton and held May 3 at Oakland Presbyterian Church in Weirton.

Gerri Harbaugh, coordinator, introduced host Pastor Randy Krebs, who spoke of the good that the unit does. He gave the blessing for the gathering that brought together 30 members representing 12 churches. Ralph Bell, Gary Clark and Dale Walters served the brunch. Beverly Branham thanked the host church.

The worship service moved to the sanctuary where Branham addressed the overall theme for the 2019 celebration based on John 4:2-3 — “the time is coming and is here.” May Friendship Day focuses on unity in the spirit to do God’s work despite people’s differences, she explained, noting Friendship Day begin in 1933. By 1945, the name became May Fellowship and in 1999, May Friendship Day.

Krebs spoke about demonstrating love “so that people can see Jesus in our lives.”

Norma Copenhaver gave the scripture reading from Ephesians 4:2-3.

The skit “Agree to Differ,” was written by Shirley Belk and involved the participation of Cathy Cooper and Joyce Summers.

Olivia Carter played the organ; Maggie Clark conducted the offering; and Donna Garris gave the repsonsive reading.

Diane Pastoric, citizen action, presented project gifts to Sarah Hildetch of the Lighthouse domestic violence shelter.

Rhonda Krebs was the reader for the Fellowship of the Least coin, marking its 60th anniversary in 2016 and celebrated in more than 80 countries. It was initiated in 1956 by Shanti Solomon, a woman from India. The idea behind it is that it is to be collected or set aside all year long when women pray.

Rebecca “Tish” Turner gave a reading, “The Time Is Now.”

Guests included Joyce McFarland, Edie Tezziant, Freda Dulaney, Joanne Redd, Nancy Brown and Marge DiClemente.

Isobel Bell served as registrar. Ute Teer and Nancy Brown were ushers.

Turner announced the outing to Eat ‘N Park will be June 26 and July 24. The times are from noon to 2 p.m.

Gala Salatino gave the closing prayer.

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