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Church Women United hold World Community Day event

CWU EVENT HIGHLIGHTS — Taking part in the Church Women United’s World Community Day program recently were, from left, President Rebecca “Tish” Turner, Gerri Harbaugh with youngest member Luna Edwards, Joanne Redd, Kay Kempler, Helen Jeter, Ronda Krebs and Donna Gareis. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — The World Community Day worship service, sponsored by Church Women United organizations around the world, is celebrated on the first Friday in November, and this year was no exception.

The theme was “2020 Vision for the Future — Resolve to Love.”

The Church Women United unit met Nov. 6 at Shiloh Apostolic Faith Assembly Church with a welcome given by President Rebecca “Tish” Turner and the prayer offered by Isobel Bell.

The song “His Banner Over Me is Love” was accompanied by Turner playing the tambourine. Barbara Mermon gave the scripture reading, which was Matthew 5:38-47.

The highlight of the program was the skit “World Community Day” written by Joe Ann Hoffman. The skit is about what happens at World Community Day celebrations. A woman invited a nonmember to the meeting with two other women from the local unit. They discuss the importance and origin of World Community Day and about the vision for 2020, noting “If there is to be a better and more peaceful world, let it begin with us.”

The celebration brings a different theme each year. In 1942 various denominations met at the first biennial and recommended that a single day be set aside in the fall for the study of peace, it was explained. It was noted that this year’s theme and scripture reference from Habakkuk 2:2 challenge the membership as Christians.

The skit participants were Donna Garels, JoAnn Redd, Krebs and Helen Jeter.

A brief business meeting followed. U.N.I.C.E.F. money was turned in. Earlean Jones gave the offering prayer. Gayla Salatino, nominating chair, said key officers will serve another year through 2021, because of COVID.

The December Christmas luncheon is canceled.

The project for World Community Day was collecting snacks for the Weirton Christian Center’s after-school program. Cards were filled out to the question “What is our vision for 2021?”

There were seven churches represented at the event.

Krebs led in the song “May God’s Blessings Surround You.”

A luncheon was served in the fellowship hall. Turner and Jeter were hostesses. Jeter gave the benediction.

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