Ice cream social scheduled for today

An ice cream social to benefit the Special Olympics and Beverly Masonic Foundation Charities will be held Sunday, from 11- 4 p.m. in Dodge Park in Beverly. The Social will include “All-You-Can-Eat” sloppy joes, hamburgers, hot dogs, pie, ice cream, tea, and lemonade. The cost is simply a donation and all donations are appreciated. Music for the event will be provided by D.J. Jim Davis of WKEE 100.5 in Huntington. Stop by the park in Beverly to help this worthy cause.

“Day Apart” registration beginning

The 2014 Women’s Retreat at the Beverly United Methodist Church is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9-3 p.m. All area women are invited to sign up to attend this informative and enjoyable day. This year’s theme is “Pioneering Spirit” and will feature a portrayal of Susannah Wesley by Jackie Christensen from Canal Winchester, Ohio; Keith Weaver sharing his story of mission work in Kenya and his Urban Ministry in Akron; and Louise Zimmer speaking about pioneering life.

Workshops will include studies of Frances Gage by Dr. Cathy Mowrer from Marietta College; Susanne Burchett speaking about Lelia Morris, a noted local organist and hymn writer; Carolyn Allen sharing and building prayer beads; a follow-up with morning speaker Keith Weaver; a study of Mary Reed by Beth Saling; making rag dolls with Aimee Weaver; Helen Fisher sharing how to keep and maintain church records; and Teri Thomas sharing how to make jewelry and ornamental objects from human hair that was common in the 18th and 19th centuries. A visit to the local historical museum is also planned for one of the sessions.

Anyone interested in registering to attend the ‘Day Apart’ are encouraged to call the Beverly United Methodist Church from 9-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at 740-984-2100 or e-mail the church at Please include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address when signing up by e-mail and indicate which workshops you are interested in attending. The deadline for registration is Sept. 15.

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Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for The Parkersburg News & Sentinel.