In their regular monthly breakfast meeting the Wellsville Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) gets prepared for the upcoming holiday season. The meeting was held Tuesday, November 13, at Tonda’s Place located in the 4th Street Square. WAMA President Aaron Smith presided.Joshua Project member Toni Pastore reported on the recent drive for donations for victims of Tropical Storm Sandy. Ms. Pastore told members that the project was in conjunction with a Brother’s Keepers mission and said Wellsville area donations filled up a 17’ U-Haul, two pick-up trucks and one car with 372 cases of water that was being sent to Hilllside, NJ.
Pastore added that another load of donations will be gathered for the storm victims, noting that they are in contact with Staten Island ministers to determine just what is needed. Once that is determined a second drive will commence. Apparently the Red Cross has requested that clothing items not be sent according to another WAMA member. Pastore is looking a donation of a tractor trailer with a driver for the next trip. The amount charged for mileage for a rental is exorbitant. Pastore added they do have money to pay for the fuel. Members of WAMA voted to donate $500 toward the relief effort.A deposit to bring the circus back to town was approved. It is the same company that performed in Wellsville two years ago. It will be booked to perform in Wellsville on May 27, 2013. More details will be released at a later date.
Save Immaculate Conception Parish Committee Member Beverly Hentzell reported that Youngstown Diocese Bishop George Murry has advised the former Wellsville parishioners that the church will be opened once a week for individual devotions and Mass will be offered one time a year beginning in December 2013. The former parish was consolidated with the Catholic parish in East Liverpool over a year ago and the Wellsville members were locked out of their church. Former Immaculate Conception members formed a committee and appealed the Bishop’s decision to close the church. Vatican officials in Rome sided with the Wellsville parishioners. Additional appeals can be expected if Bishop Murry doesn’t start acting more like a clergyman instead of a cold hearted businessman.First Christian Church will host the annual Community Thanksgiving Service, Sunday evening, November 18 beginning at 6 PM. The next Community Prayer Service will be held at Mt. Sinai FBH located 1617 Main St. Pastor Darlene Zanders will lead the service which is scheduled for Sunday evening, December 6 beginning at 6:30 PM. The Community Prayer Service is held monthly with member parishes rotating locations. Both services are open to the public.
First Baptist Food Pantry will be having a turkey give-away for the Thanksgiving holiday. For details call the church at 330-532-2654. New Life Ministries pastor, Bishop Bill Rudder, announced that they will be having a free Thanksgiving Dinner for anyone that cares to partake. The dinner will be held at the Harvest House at 1329 Main Street on Thanksgiving Day from 2 to 4 PM. WAMA members donated $200 to help defray the cost of the food.Another $200 was donated to the Youth With A Purpose boy’s home out near Salineville. A while back the officials of the home withdrew from accepting any government financing in order that they may keep Christian doctrine as part in helping of their residents. They are presently helping 11 young men and are entirely supported by faith based donations.
Instead of a regular meeting in December WAMA members and invited guests will be treated to a Christmas Dinner at Tonda’s. The next regular meeting will be held January 8, 2013 at Tonda’s Place, 400 Main St.