Church Women United mark World Community Day
The Greater Huntington Unit of Church Women United of West Virginia celebrated World Community Day on Nov. 2, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Huntington. A worship service, "Abiding in Community," followed a period of fellowship with light refreshments.
President Dolores Johnson welcomed the group and gave the call to worship and opening prayer. Nancy Hazeldine was the song leader. Carolyn Thomas gave a reading, "Amazing Peace" by Maya Angelou. Other participants in the service were: Lois Wallace, Loretta Hagler and Elinore Taylor.
Harriet Tucker introduced the Rev. Charles Caserta, Chaplain of the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, who in turn introduced Chad Ketchum, director of Inmate Services. They gave interesting talks about their work. There are 10 regional jails in the state. This one has 384 cells. At this time, there are 663 inmates, of whom 595 are men and 68 women. Some people have to wait to go to prison. The speakers estimated that 80 to 90 percent of the crimes are drug related. So far this year, Rev. Caserta has had 390 services. A total of 772 inmates claim to have found salvation. All inmates are eligible to attend one 45-minute service each week.
Bibles are much appreciated by the prisoners. Julie Damewood, treasurer, reported that Church Women United is sending a gift for that purpose. Margaret Van Zandt, Ecumenical Celebrations Chair, was in charge of the program.
Church Women United is committed to seek justice and peace for all. An offering was taken to support needs of the community. Twenty-five people representing 13 churches and six denominations were present.