Opening Prayer by Cookie West
Special Guest Speaker Mayor Dominick Mucci recalled events from his past 36 years serving in government and the 220-year history of Steubenville. He handed out an Informational Brochure of the City’s Managerial form of municipal government. Steubenville is a full service city: Provides same services as larger cities, such as paid departments of police, fire, recreation, health, building, plumbing etc. We need to think regionally to survive, including county, state and federal government agencies. For example Brook-Hancock-Jefferson council working together to maximize the use of shared assets, like the Ohio river. He emphasized the need to capitalize on education and health care services as opportunities for growth. Steele industry, pottery, coal are not the only sources of income. It should not be surprising that after 220 years, we need to improve our aging infrastructure.
The following recent improvements have been made. After years of planning, Steubenville opened the Prime Time Center for its seniors. City council has been developing our business district street scape and district planning. For example, the north district is residential, central district offers essential services and the south district is poised for commercial development. In the west end, near Hollywood plaza, council added a 5th lane on Sunset between Bob Evans. The Hollywood lane addition was unpopular at the time but now the businesses benefit from the relief of congestion. It was worth the investment. Now the plaza is fully occupied.
On the other hand, Fort Steuben Mall is struggling. However, we recently added a roundabout on Lover’s Lane. We also repaved Route 7, Washington St, and Market Street.
Lawson Ave Bridge received essential repairs through state and federal funding. We paid for adding a Steubenville sign to encourage pride in our city. Council is planning to repave Adams Street because of the traffic. We built the Fort Steuben Park and now have free concerts all summer. We just celebrated LAWS Birthday Bash, July 4th, Frontier Days, Greek Festival, Dean Martin Festival. Council meets every Tuesday evening.
The Bay Six Project in Mingo Junction –
Bobby Alan Westfall met with the landlord to arrive at a good resolution. Prayers were answered.
Urban Frontier –
Thom Way reported on their community development program, which is providing hiring partners, transportation services, financial counseling. Now they are using coach busses instead of vans. He announced tow hiring events, at the Urban Mission Thursday 5-8pm, July 20and Fort Steuben Hotel tomorrow 5-8pmJuly 18.
AIM’s 5k walk is coming in September.
Started 11 groups. Burgettstown is planning to start a group this fall. FCA is looking to bring in Pittsburgh Penguin Matt Cullen.
FCS at EGCC meets each Tuesday 8pmand is open to non-students aged 18 to 30. Liam, Trey Freeman, and Brandon Roach are leaders. It is the first Christian group in the history of the college.
Sonshine Bible Club –
Over 100 children attend every Monday 2:30 to 4pm. Marland Heights is planning to host a Sonshine Bible Club in Weirton on Fridays.
Mom’s in Prayer – Pamela Shea announced the Back to School prayer service on Thursday, September 14.
Tony Corella reported “What’s up downtown.” This Thursday, July 20features a trail event, 5k, 3k, and Bike Ride, including a scavenger hunt, followed by the free concert at the Fort. Free pizza, sliders, and other refreshments offered to participants. Next concert features a Country band. Free swing dancing lessons for all ages Wednesday evenings. The Harmonium Project has received a building and will be renovating it, planning to put on concerts. They are also working on a movie with 100 people in the cast.
LAWS Movement Birthday Bash
Cookie West reported on the Birthday Bash, a Christian way to honor Lee’s memory and celebrate life. About 500 people attended and were served hot dogs, hamburgers, snacks, dessert and games. The Fire Department brought a truck for tours.
Urban Mission –
Ashley Steele reported on the Back to School Bash & Concert Aug. 17th. They are collecting book bags and school supplies to give away. Local organizations are invited to set up a booth.
Last year 1600 people came even though it was pouring rain. September is hunger action month. The Mission is planning to host the longest table community fund raiser, which included 300 participants last year. They are receiving the City Rescue Mission and thrift store. They are always looking for partnerships with other organizations.
Liam reported on a Youth camp in TN coming this week. Praying for the leaders. Wednesday is their youth group weekly.
Summer Book Club –
The Benedict Option, is discussed next on July 31st Schiappa Library – Steubenville.
Family Recovery Center
Joe Rawson reported on their Student Drug Prevention Teen Group, giving presentations in schools. Starting to offer services this fall for minors who are at risk or abusing substances. The Programs are named EDGE and JAM. FRC is in new location at 1010 North 6th ST. This June, 18 teens from Jefferson county attended Summer leadership camp at Mohican Lodge to learn prevention skills to bring back to the community.
Cutting Edge and Teen Relationships Ministry– Liam McAfoose is mission rep for Pittsburgh. Cutting Edge prepares teens, grade 7 to 12, for working in ministry teams. Weekend Power Trip, partners with homeless missions to help at food pantries. Brandon and Liam give talks to youth groups on how to have a godly relationship.
Treasure Hunters Five Week Bible Camp– Tower of Power Church offered an all day Bible camp to 170 children, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, for five weeks, all for free.
Rising Stars Night –
The concert drew about 500 attendees to see 20 acts perform, such as solo and group singers, dancers. Thanks to Jerry Barilla for letting them use the stage.
Sonshine (Youth) Center
There are plans for the founding of a Steubenville “Sonshine” (Youth) Center. Please pray for a location, such as Sycamore Church, which may be loaned or deeded to the OVYN for youth activities, teaching, drama, coffee house, theater, arts, crafts, prayer etc.
Currently in Weirton, Dream Big offers private 30 minute music lessons, including progress reports, and concerts. The Families Leading Change grant is allowing him to bring the program to Steubenville. He is hoping to launch the program in Steubenville in September. There is so much talent in this town.
ONCE AROUND THE TABLE
Eric Timmons voiced appreciation for Mayor Mucci’s leadership.
WIC is available to many people eligible for other services.
Michael Poirrier is asking for musicians to donate songs to the “Comfort and Mother in Crisis” project. This initiative gives at risk mothers an mp3 preloaded with lullabies and soothing songs of encouragement.
Herb Fletcher emphasized the importance of tutoring and a Saturday kids club.
August 24th, 2017 6:30 PM1st Westminster Presbyterian in Steubenville