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December 2, 2013
Salem News

First Presbyterian Church of Salem to present "Appalachian Winter"

The First Presbyterian Church of Salem will present "Appalachian Winter," a cantata for Christmas as part of worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 during the 10:30 a.m. service. Following the service a ticket auction will take place in the Fellowship Hall.

Themes for the auction baskets include: A Christmas Country Cottage, Baking, Celebrate Salem, Cheese and Wine, Chocolate, Closet of the Unknown, Coffee and Dessert, Education, Entertainment, Fun in the Sun, Music, Ohio State, Party Time and Princess Crystal House / Hallmark. Proceeds from the auction, sponsored by The Presbyterian Women, will benefit area charities including: The Banquet of Salem, The Community Pantry, The Salvation Army, SAFCO, AID, The R.O.C. and Habitat for Humanity. "Appalachian Winter" is a collection of Advent and Christmas music with roots in our Appalachian heritage.

A small consort ensemble will accompany the Haviland Choir, including flute, violin, guitar, mandolin, 'cello, piano and percussion. Soloists for the cantata are Jayne Bricker and Cheryl Kekel. Mark Smith and Rev. Meta S. Cramer will provide narrative readings for the musical portion of the service. Nancy McNeal, church organist, will accompany the choir and solo instruments. Director of Music at First Presbyterian is John Krauss. This special service is open to the general public. ]

Salem Ministerial Association members hosted at Essex of Salem II

Darlene Hutton hosted the Salem Ministerial Association December meeting at Essex of Salem II. A hot breakfast was served to the ministers in attendance in appreciation for all they do to help the community. Guest speaker Ohio State Supreme Court Justice Judi French shared her story and her thoughts on the court's role in our state. Among those in attendance were Connie Sassenella, Judi French, Darlene Hutton, Kristin Price; middle row, from left, Ross Jackson, Fred Kirchner, Bob Rowley, Ken Sevacko; back row, from left, Jason Price, Steve Wassie, Larry Paxson, Austin French, Meta Cramer, Bill Medford and Tony Maroni.

Calla Community Church hosting cookie walk

SALEM - Calla Community Church is holding its annual cookie walk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14.

Cookies are $4.50 per dozen. There will also be other homemade items available for purchase. The church is located at 6482 W. Calla Road, Canfield, between state Route 46 and Lisbon Road. For more information call the church at 330-533-6007 or visit its new website at

Breakfast served at N.Benton Presbyterian

NORTH BENTON - An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be served from 7:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at the North Benton Presbyterian Church.

Cost is $6,50 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free.

United Methodist hosting holiday event

DAMASCUS - "Christmas Home &?Craft Show and Cookie Walk" will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Damascus United Methodist Church.

The church at 300 Valley Road, a quarter-mile south of SR 62. For additional parking there will be free hayrides during the craft show from Damascus Friends Church to United Methodist Church.

Sebring Friends presenting drive-thru

SEBRING - Sebring Friends Church, located at 615 Johnson Road, is hosting a Christmas drive-thru from 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 13 & 14.

The drive-thru will begin off of Johnson Road. It will go north past the old meeting house. There will be carolers, angels, wise men, shepherds and a nativity scene. CDs will be provided to listen to those driving through. There will be live animals including a camel. Following the drive-thru, visitors are welcome to the church. Cookies, coffee and hot chocolate will be served downstairs.

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Gospel Quartet will perform Sunday

CANFIELD- The Circle of Friends Gospel Quartet from Painesville will be performing at 6 p.m. Sunday at Western Reserve United Methodist Church, 4580 Canfield Road-U.S. Route 62 (Cornersburg). There is no charge to attend.

Victory Gospel Jubilee is this evening

NORTH LIMA- The Southern-Aires Gospel Quartet from Dayton will be the featured group for the Victory Gospel Jubilee at 7 p.m. tonight at the North Lima Business Complex (formerly the South Range High School) on South Avenue. The Golden Street Singers of Farmdale, Ohio, will be the hosts for the evening.

The Southern-Aires has recorded more than 40 albums since the group was formed in 1955 when Southern Gospel was considered a "new music." The quartet was the first Christian group to participate in a Southern-Gospel concert in Jerusalem in 1970. The group has introduced numerous songs to gospel music, including "I'll See You in the Rapture" and "I'll Never be the Same Anymore," which received worldwide acclaim. For information call 800-284-9709.

First United Methodist announces schedule

SALEM- The First United Methodist Church is announcing its Christmas service schedule.

On Dec. 15 a special Christmas service will be offered for those who will be travelling or unable to attend services on Christmas Eve.

This service is open to the public and will begin at 4 p.m. It will feature the United Methodist Bell Choir, Adult Choir and other special music. The service will conclude with lighting candles and singing "Silent Night." Pastor Wayne Clark will be presiding in the sanctuary.

Two traditional Christmas Eve services will also be offered, the first service will begin at 7 p.m. At this traditional service the Adult Choir will present the cantata "Night of the Father's Love" by Pepper Choplin. The Vesper's Service will be held at 11 p.m. with special music and meditation.

The First United Methodist Church is located on South Broadway Avenue, and anyone wishing to participate in worshipping this Christmas Season is invited to attend.

Drive-thru ham dinner planned

COLUMBIANA- The Columbiana First United Methodist Church, 210 S. Main St., will hold a drive-thru ham dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 10 for a $7 donation.

Chartered bus to March of Life planned

ALLIANCE- The Alliance First Friends Church will be sponsoring a chartered bus to the 41st Annual March for Life will be held in Washington D.C. on Jan. 22.

The initial pick-up point will be at 11:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the church; then the bus will travel to Damascus to pick up more riders at 11:55 p.m. The expected return time will be 2 a.m. Jan. 23. Additional pick-up points may be added in Waynesburg and Columbiana depending on interest in those areas.

Reservations include the bus trip, a DC metro ticket and supper. Adult reservations are $70, teens (12-20) and senior citizens (over 60) are $60; and children (11 and under) are $50. No bus seats will be reserved without full payment. The reservation deadline is Jan. 8.

For complete information and reservation forms, call 330-823-4210 or visit

Banquet in Salem in honor of Vic Mattevi

SALEM - Monday's Banquet in Salem from 5-7 p.m. Monday in the Memorial Building will be a sponsor memorial for Vic Mattevi.

The menu will include chicken noodle soup, ham, scalloped potatoes, peas or corn, applesauce, fresh veggies, fresh fruit and ice cream sundaes.

First United Methodist hosting show, sale

LISBON- The Lisbon First United Methodist Church, 114 E. Washington St., will hold a craft show and cookie sale entitled "Christmas Blessings" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 in the fellowship hall. The public is welcome and admission is free.

Harvest Baptist Church choir will perform

LISBON- The Harvest Baptist Church will be celebrating with its Christmas programs on Sunday. The church choir will present its cantata, "His Very Own Star," at the 6 p.m. service.

The Sunday school department will also present its program, directed by Rebecca Jones. There will be refreshments following the service. The church is located on state Route 45 five miles south of Salem and two miles north of Lisbon. For information call Pastor Ron Laughlin at 330-337-1373.

God's Squad will perform honor vets

GREENFORD- The God's Squad will entertain from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the SMOKEhouse Restaurant in the Bob Cat Space Center (former South Range Middle School), 7600 W. South Range Road. The groups sings southern gospel and will be honoring veterans in commemoration of Pearl Harbor.

'Carols Around the World' planned Dec. 12

SALEM - The Kent State Salem CommUniversity Choir is presenting its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 in the Kent State Salem City Center auditorium. This year's theme is "Carols Around the World."

The free public concert will feature the blended voices of Kent State students, faculty and community members. It is under the direction of Mel Fucci, music instructor at Kent State Salem.

Christmas Cookie Walk scheduled Dec. 14

CANFIELD - Western Reserve United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a Christmas Cookie Walk from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 14.

Money raised will fund a youth mission trip. The church is located at 4580 Canfield Road, near Cornersburg.



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