Community news from around the area
Wellsburg community VBS
program starts Monday
WELLSBURG — Several Wellsburg churches are working together once again to offer a Vacation Bible School program with this year’s event to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday through Friday.
It will be held at the First Baptist Church of Wellsburg, located on the corner of 18th and Charles streets near the town park.
Open to children ages 4 to sixth grade, the program theme is “The Incredible Race — One Family, One Race, One Savior.”
“Through Bible stories, crafts, games, songs and drama, children will learn about creation; the Tower of Babel and God’s response to the tower by making the differences in the human race; the uniting of all people praising one God; and the ‘Good Samaritan’ example of how we are to treat each other with love and respect, not prejudice and judgment,” a spokesperson noted.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on July 22. Registration forms also are available in advance from the following supporting churches: Wellsburg United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Christ Episcopal Church, Wellsburg Christian Church, St. John Catholic Church, Franklin United Methodist Church, Community of Christ Church and the First Baptist Church of Wellsburg.
St. Joseph the Worker Church
to hold annual Italian Festival
WEIRTON — St. Joseph the Worker Church in Weirton is having its third-annual Italian festival from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Serbian Picnic Grounds, Kings Creek Road.
It will feature live Italian entertainment by Mirella Volpe the Musician, who has entertained for more than 25 years throughout the Pittsburgh and Tri-State Area. The festival also offers Italian food — everything from pasta, meatballs and wedding soup to pizza and calzones — along with pastries and a full-service bar. There will be seven drawings for prizes from $500 to the grand prize of $10,000.
The festival also will feature games, inflatables for children, a dunking tank, bingo and a Chinese auction with up to 30 themed baskets, including an opportunity to win wine baskets with homemade wines made by parishioners.
Also available for $10 is a 16-ounce glass beer mug with a colored logo of the festival imprinted on it.
The festival is sponsored by St. Joseph the Worker Pastoral Council. Co-chairs are John Dovec and Walter Ruszkowski.
Ladies Day on July 27
at Weirton Heights church
WEIRTON — Weirton Heights Church of Christ, located at 3169 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, will host its 2019 Ladies Day on July 27 to the theme “Telling the Story — Through Your Faith and Through Serving Others.”
The speakers will be Oklahoma residents Rhonda Northcraft Martin, who grew up in Weirton, and Tammy Northcraft, wife of Charles “Tuffy” Northcraft, also of Weirton.
The program will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration will be conducted from 8:15 a.m. to 8:55 a.m.
For information, call the church at (304) 723-1160.
Sacred Heart of Mary planning
annual Polish Fest for Aug. 4
WEIRTON — Sacred Heart of Mary Church will hold its annual Polish Fest from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Serbian Picnic Grounds, 38 Kings Creek Road, Weirton.
The festivities will begin with Mass at noon with food, games and dancing starting at 1 p.m. Mark Kaczmarek will DJ from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jody Maddie’s Uptown Sound from Cleveland will perform from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“Come and enjoy great Polish food — cabbage rolls, potato pierogi, haluski, kielbasa and kraut,” an event spokesperson noted. Hot roast beef and hot dogs also will be served along with homemade baked goods, funnel cakes and Sno cones.
There will be a cash bar, games and drawings. Parking is $5 per vehicle.
Planning under way for
13th-annual corn festival
WEIRTON — Plans are under way for the 13th-annual corn festival at Christ United Methodist Church on Weirton Heights. The festival will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 11 on the church grounds at 3598 Pennsylvania Ave.
The event includes a Chinese auction and corn hole games. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. Back by popular demand are The Two Old Geezers.
The festival features all-you-can-eat fresh corn on the cob, pulled pork, hot dogs, coleslaw, baked beans, dessert and beverage.
Tickets are available in advance or at the door and are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under 6.
For information, call (304) 723-0800. Beverly Myers is festival chairperson, and the Rev. Carol McKay is pastor.
Weirton Heights church to
host the Needhams
WEIRTON — The Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church will host the gospel group The Needhams on Aug. 4.
The service begins at 10 am. All are welcome, and there will be a freewill offering taken for the group at the end of the service.
The well- known family travels all over this country spreading God’s word through their incredible music. They not only perform, but write songs as well.
Messengers of Life to
perform Sunday at Bell Chapel
STEUBENVILLE — The Harrisville-based Messengers of Life will be making their fourth 2019 stop of an eight-town tour on Sunday from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at Bell Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 3419 state Route 213.
The presentation will contain an hour and 45 minutes of music, serious skits, testimonies and a sermonette in addition to choir songs and solos.
Committee member Dustin Kinsey noted, “During last year’s eight-stop tour, more than 400 people came to experience our presentation. We are praying for even more people this year and for more lives to be changed.”
This is a free event with no monetary collections of any kind.
For information about the Messengers of Life, contact Kinsey by phone at (740) 391-6052 or at email@example.com.
Organized in 2018, the Messengers of Life is a Christian group aimed at spreading the Good News of Christ’s salvation and also challenging Christians to a deeper faith.
Day on the calendar for Aug. 3
PARIS, Pa. — The fourth-annual Paris Presbyterian Church Community Day will be held Aug. 3.
“Come out and help us support our first responders and enjoy activities for the entire family from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.,” an event spokesperson noted. “There will be everything from food and games to a Life Flight helicopter and Bouncy House. This event gets bigger every year as our little community rallies together in big ways,” the spokesperson added.
The event is located at 127 Steubenville Pike, Burgettstown.