Support for bereaved offered

COLUMBIANA Seasons of Hope, a support group for the bereaved, will meet at 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at St. Jude Church, 180 Seventh St. Meetings will continue for six weeks at the same time and place. For more information contact Chris Evans at 330-402-5450 or call the church office at 330-482-2351.

Winona cookie walk planned

WINONA – The Hazel Circle of the Winona United Methodist Church, 32114 Winona Road, will host its annual cookie walk and craft sale from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7. A large variety of cookies will be available to choose from at $4 per dozen.

Christmas boutique set in Salem

SALEM – The women of the First United Methodist Church are hosting a Christmas boutique from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 at the church, 244 S. Broadway Ave.

A soup and sandwich lunch will be available on Friday. A cookie walk is planned on Saturday. Decorated wreaths, gift baskets, gift items, children’s gift items, centerpieces and decorated trees, etc., will be available. All old and new items have been donated by members of the church. All proceeds from the sale will be applied to the capital improvements fund. For more information call Norma Byers at the church at 330-337-9531.

Gospel concert set Sunday

EAST ROCHESTER – The New Alexander Christian Church, located at the corner of Rochester Road and state Route 172, will host a concert with gospel musician Thomas Shelton at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Over the last 35 years, Shelton has shared his God-given talent with thousands. He has traveled as the lead singer of the “Gospelites” of Dobbins, Calif., as well as a tenor with the “Watchmen” of “Operation Evangelize.” As a soloist, his ministry as taken him to all 50 states, as well as to 11 other countries.

The public to attend. There is no cost, but a free-will offering will be received to help with Shelton’s ministries.

Foster Family Fun Night planned

NEW WATERFORD Abundant Life Fellowship, 46469 state Route 46, is hosting its annual Foster Family Dinner and Fun Night at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 in the fellowship hall. All area families who are or have been foster or adoptive families are invited to the buffet style dinner which starts at 6 p.m. The evening will include entertainment, games and prizes and gifts for children.

Reservations with a list of all the children and their first names must be turned in by Dec. 2 at 330-426-9061 or 330-457-7317.

The church will host the Crestview Churches Community Concerns (4C’s) Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Sunday. The theme for the service is “This is My Story” featuring testimonies from community members.

The 4C’s is an outreach organization operated by the six churches in the Crestview School District: East Fairfield United Methodist, Middleton Friends Meeting, New Waterford United Methodist, New Waterford United Presbyterian and Zion Lutheran and Abundant Life.

A community choir has been practicing for Sunday night’s service. The final practice begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Abundant Life. Refreshments will be served after the service.

The 4C’s operates a food pantry, in conjunction with Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, every Wednesday from 11 to 1 p.m. The pantry will be closed the last two weeks of 2013.


Breakfast offered at Damascus church

DAMASCUS – The monthly community breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. today at the Damascus United Methodist Church, 300 Valley Road. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10.

‘Chicken drive-by’ set at Leetonia church

LEETONIA – The Leetonia United Methodist Church at 50 Lisbon St. will hold its monthly “chicken drive-by” from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 21, or until sold out. The meal consists of a stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and a brownie. Cost is $7. Proceeds will be used for the new roof at the church.

Drive-thru ham dinner planned Nov.19

COLUMBIANA – A drive-thru ham dinner will be available for purchase from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Columbiana First United Methodist Church. Cost is $7.

Free Thanksgiving dinner in North Lima

NORTH LIMA – The North Lima Calvary United Methodist Church at 12062 South Ave. will host a free dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Dinner includes turkey, stuffing, potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, cole slaw, applesauce, rolls and pie. Reservations are required by calling the church office at 330-549-2588.

Gospel Music set Sunday in Hanoverton

HANOVERTON – An evening of traditional country gospel music by the Highway Nine Band (Dale Cusick and friends) begins at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hanoverton Presbyterian Church on Plymouth Street.

North Lima Thanksgiving service set

NORTH LIMA – The North Lima Mennonite Church will host this year’s community Thanksgiving service at 6 p.m. Nov. 24. Music will be provided by the Good News Blenders and a combined choir. Pastor Gary Mariano from The Gate in North Lima will bring a message. The ministry project will be an offering for the South Range Council of Church and Community. Refreshments will be served in the church fellowship hall following the service. People who want to sing in the choir are invited to practice at 5:25 p.m. Nov. 24.

An all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet will be available from 7 to 10 a.m. Nov. 30 at the church. Donations will be accepted. For information call the church at 330-549-2333.


Swiss steak dinner planned in East Rochester today

EAST ROCHESTER – A Swiss steak dinner to raise funds for East Rochester’s United Methodist Church will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. today at the church, 24754 state Route 30. The homemade dinner will include Swiss steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, applesauce, cole slaw, rolls, dessert and beverages. Cost is $8.50 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Donations are encouraged. Carryouts are available by calling the church at 330-894-2515.

Majestic Sounds to perform for Victory Gospel Jubilee

NORTH LIMA – The Majestic Sounds Quartet from Wilmington will be the featured group for the Victory Gospel Jubilee at 7 p.m. today at the former South Range High School which is now the North Lima Business Complex on South Avenue.

The Golden Street Singers of Farmdale, Ohio, will be the host for the evening and a special appearance will be made by Bill Hill of Leavittsburg. The Majestic Sounds Quartet is the first group to make a return visit to the Victory Gospel Jubilee. The group brings a the rich sound of a true traditional gospel quartet and each member of the group has a strong Christian testimony to share. The two-hour concert is free and registrations will be taken to win a two-night stay with meals included at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. The drawing will be held at the New Year’s Eve Jubilee. For additional information call 800-284-9709.

Hazel Circle plans cookie sale Dec. 7

WINONA – The Hazel Circle of the Winona United Methodist Church is hosting its annual cookie walk and craft sale from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 at the church, 32114 Winona Road. A wide variety of cookies will be sold at $4 per dozen.

‘Surviving Holidays’ program offered

GREENFORD – DivorceCare/GriefShare’s “Surviving the Holidays” is slated from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17 in Building C at Greenford Christian Church. “Surviving the Holidays” consists of a video, discussion group and devotional material to help you find strength, healing and tools to move forward in your daily walk through a difficult time. To register call Ron Dicken at 330-533-3278 Ext. 317.

Veterans honored at Calla Church

CANFIELD – Calla Community Church at 6482 W. Calla Road will honor veterans of family and friends of its church family with a dedication of a veterans plaque and service ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. To honor these veterans of war and peace a plaque containing their names, military branch of service and years served will be dedicated and placed in the church vestibule. Chairwoman Gail Owens will read the names on the plaque. The playing of taps by trumpeter Ed Schlegel follows.

Fun Night features turkey dinner

NEW WATERFORD – The Thanksgiving Guardian Angels Jesus Party and Family Fun Night begins at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the East Fairfield United Methodist Church, 45675 state Route 558. This event is open to people of all ages with special needs and disabilities, and their entire family. Activities include crafts, a lesson on thankfulness, playing with puppets, singing songs and playing games.

The menu offers turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, gravy, corn, applesauce, cranberry sauce, bread, dessert, coffee, tea and punch.

Angel tree papers will be accepted for the Christmas gift program. For more information call Kelli Harding at 330-692-1427.

Nativity Display to open at Villa Maria

VILLA MARIA, Pa. – The Sisters of the Humility of Mary will present its eighth annual Nativity Display from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7 and 8.

Held at Villa Maria Community Center on Evergreen Road, this free, indoor exhibit features hundreds of nativities from around the world.

Musical entertainment featuring local choirs and musicians will be scheduled throughout both weekends. The Villa Shoppe will be open for the purchase of nativities and other unique fair trade items from around the world. The Villa Farm’s home-grown poinsettias and Christmas wreaths and swags will also be for sale. Free, light refreshments will be served both weekends.

Dec. 1 and 8 will feature full-course roast beef and spaghetti dinners, respectively, from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets for the roast beef dinner are $10 for a large and $6 for a small. Tickets for the spaghetti dinner are $7 for a large and $5 for a small. Children 7 and under are free. Carryout is available. Dinner tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 724-964-8920 Ext. 3348.

The nativity display is free and open to the public. Freewill offerings will be accepted. No registration is required. For more information contact or

Giving page

The Sisters of the Humility of Mary have announced the launch of the new online giving page of its website,

The new pages lets donors easily direct where they want their contributions made, such as in honor or memory of a loved one; as a monthly gift; in celebration of a birthday, wedding, graduation, anniversary or reunion; as a dedication; as an event; and/or as a bequest.

“We especially like the “friend-raising” component of the new landing page, where someone can set up an occasion, such as a wedding, to enable friends and family to give to the Sisters’ ministry fund in lieu of gifts to the couple,” said Wendy Wareham, Sisters of the Humility of Mary development director. “This feature allows the person to email friends and family, share photos and give updates.” To take a look, go to and click “support us” in the upper right corner. “I am very excited about the new landing page and hope it helps donors find what they need more quickly,” said Wareham.

For more information on this or other giving opportunities to the ministries of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, call Wareham at 724-964-8920, option one, Ext. 3232.