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March/April 2024 Newsletter

Deadline for May/June Newsletter is Friday, April 19th.

From the Mayor

By: Gary Griffith 740.768.2632

  Hello Bergholz! I hope everyone has been enjoying this mild weather that we have been encountering so far this winter.

  As I had mentioned in the previous newsletter about the Village not getting the grant for paving, we are in the process of filing paperwork for another one. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the Village can obtain this one. We should know by mid-summer if this grant gets awarded to Bergholz.

  Cleanup day this year will be one day only, May 2, 2024. This is the same day as Springfield Township cleanup day.  At its February 13, 2024 meet-ing, Village Council decided to do it this way instead of on Saturday as in the past. The reason they decided to go this route is because of the declining number of volunteers to help. There will be roll off boxes positioned at the Springfield Township Garage at 722 Monroe Street. Because of the lack of volunteers, we are asking that everyone bring your unwanted items to the Township Garage to be disposed of in the roll offs. If you have no means to transport your unwanted items, you can place them in front of your residence, by the street, and someone will collect them. Please have them out by 8:00am on Thursday, May 2, 2024. Remember one day only! No Saturday pickup!

  No tires this year! The JB Green Team has a list of the (4) locations that you can dispose of tires on their website. Besides tires, no food waste, yard cleanup, construction-demolition debris, liquids, batteries, mattresses, box springs, electronics, or paints.

  If you have a question on what not to bring, please go to the JB Green Team website, and they have everything listed as the dos and don’ts. Or you can call the JB Green Team at 740-266-6899.

  Onto the subject of dogs. If a dog is running loose, as they all get away at times, try to get a picture of it and post on social media. Maybe the owner or someone who knows who’s it is, will be found. If the dog is aggressive, please don’t take any chances. Call the Jefferson County Dog Warden 740-264-6888 during the daytime. If at night or weekends call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office at 740-283-8600.

  In the last newsletter I had mentioned about the noise ordinance and that if something can be heard in the privacy of someone’s home that it is too loud! This pertains to music, loud cars, and barking dogs! Be a good neighbor and respect them by keeping noise to a minimum. Remember, we do live within the Village and not out in the country. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.

  A big Thank You to the Village residents that have been reinvesting in their properties and making the Village have a better appearance to the public.

  With spring coming, if you have yard cleanup, you can dispose of it at 901 Washington Street across the tracks. Please take notice that this is for leaves, grass, limbs, and old plants. No wood or items that should go to the landfill. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter. If you’re unable to take your cleanup to 901 Washington, please have it bagged and place it by the street, and someone will pick it up.

  As always thank you to all the residents both past and present for doing what you do to make Bergholz the envy of the Valley!

 Mayor Gary Griffith

Bergholz Diner Fire

By: Gary Griffith

   On Sunday February 18, 2024 Bergholz lost a piece of history with a fire that destroyed the Bergholz Diner.

  My memories of the building go back to the late fifties when Clayton and Herman Robbin’s operated a hardware store out of that building. My dad, being a farmer, would frequent the business to purchase bolts, pipe fittings, and the such as needed on the farm. I can still remember Dad purchasing a wheel barrow from there to use in feeding grain to the milk cows.

  When the Robbin’s retired, they had an auction and sold the building to Ralph and Edna Sensibaugh. Ralph sold car license, hunting license, magazines, and other novelties out of the one side, and Edna had a small cafe on the other side.

Sometime in the late 70’s Jim Ferris from Steubenville bought the building and continued as a restaurant. Later in the early 80’s Dale and Margi Matics bought the restaurant and continued serving meals to the locals. As time went on, Jim (Moose) and Debbie Marshall purchased the business and continued on as a restaurant.

  When Debbie Marshall Wagner decided to retire, she sold the business to Mike and Tammy McCoy who continued on as a restaurant until the devastating fire.

  I want to thank the Bergholz Volunteer Fire Department along with Fox Twp VFD, East Springfield VFD, Amsterdam VFD, Loudon Twp VFD, Richmond VFD, Wintersville VFD, Salineville VFD, Carrollton VFD, Unionport VFD, Bergholz EMS, and whomever I may have missed that helped fight this devastating fire! Our Volunteer Firefighters are one of our small Villages greatest assets! I’m not sure what would happen without our Volunteers!

  A Facebook page has been created, “Memories of the Bergholz Diner,” so people can request to join and post their memories of the diner over the years!

Bergholz Community Foundation

By: Nikki Klein

  The Bergholz Commu-nity Foundation will be offering scholarships for the 2024-2025 school year. To be eligible for consideration you must meet one of the following qualifications: a 2024 Edison High School or Edison JVS graduate, a 2024 private/home school graduate who lives in the Edison Local School District, a non-traditional student who graduated from Edison High School or one of the ELSD’s consolidated high schools and is seeking a first time Associate, Undergraduate degree, or technical training, or be any high school graduate that resides within the Edison School District.  Scholar-ship applications are available at EHS and JVS. They can also be obtained from our website at or by sending a request and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: The Bergholz Community Foundation, PO Box 201, Bergholz, Ohio 43908. The application deadline is Friday, April 5th, 2024.  Please be sure to complete all 6 pages of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

  Total Medical Care partnered with TEMS Emergency Medical District to provide a Narcan Box at the Lawrence P. Crow Medical Building. It is attached to the outside of the building.  This is a free, walk-up service and is available to anyone.

  Reminders: Mallory sees patients on Mondays in Bergholz.  Call 740-768-1001 on Mondays to make appointments. If it’s any other day of the week, please call the Canton office at 330-956-5236.

  Insight Clinical Counsel-ing is in the Bergholz office all day on Wednesdays, and every other Saturday. Call 330-397-6007 to schedule an appointment.

Let’s Fight Together Outreach

By: T.J. Anderson

740.512.3278 740.543.4353

[email protected]

First Thursdays in Annapolis will start in June. If any individuals, churches, or organizations have items to sell, setup is free. Come sell whatever you like or promote.

Produce and baked goods encouraged.

For more information call TJ Anderson.

First Thursday of each month June to October, 3pm-8pm

Bergholz EMS

By: Donna Dailey 740.768.1018

  We are still looking for additional members to help our community with EMS calls. Training is provided! We are available to our community 24/7, and additional people would provide better coverage for our area. New training classes will be coming up this spring. Please contact me or any other member for additional information.

Bergholz VFD

By: Dwayne Morley 740.543.3306

  Please keep the weekend of June 1 & 2 open for our annual Weekend of Dinners and Enduro Bike Race! The race committee moved up the race to June 2nd.

  We will again be having a dinner Saturday evening and a breakfast and dinner on Sunday. Also, this weekend we will have our 50/50 raffle, gift basket raffle and our big prize raffles. Please keep this weekend open and help support your local fire department.

  Also, upcoming training for new volunteers will be starting soon. New volunteers are welcomed to join and help support your community. Please see me or any other member for more infor-mation. It takes community support to keep our community safe!

Mooretown Monument

By: Virginia Boyd Glenn


  We have had a busy year at the Mooretown Civil War Monument starting last winter. Vandals pretty much destroyed the grounds with ATVs. Both the monument yard up top and the lower yard along County Road 53 were rutted all around. The flagpole was destroyed and the flag thrown on the ground. The handicap parking lot had ruts in it so deep that it made parking nearly impossible. We have an idea who did this damage and since the repairs were made, we have only had one incident, so we are thankful for that. We wrote grants and received money to repair the damage, and we could not have fixed this problem without the help. While we were deciding how to proceed with repairs and because the front yard was so severely damaged, my husband Curt decided to fill the front yard and bring it up to road level. Many of you may remember how bad the road flooded through there, and the County decided to raise the road all through the little valley in the 1970’s. That left a deep, wet hole in the front yard. When we restored the monument in 2010, we should have filled the hole then. At the time we were more concerned with getting an access road and a parking lot at the top. It took a lot of dirt to fill that hole.  Thanks to the County, the Township Trustees and Rosebud Mining Company getting this work done for us back then. This time the county and the Ross Township Trustees brought us the fill for the yard, and it took a bunch. One of the stipulations we got from both the Jefferson County Commissioners and The Pugliese Foundation was that we ameliorate the problem of vandals so the grounds were protected. I had the County bring us sandstones and we placed them around the back yard. Thanks to Doug Pinkerton Excavating and our Yellow Creek Neighbor, Slim Pieniazek, for a wonderful Landscaping job and setting the sandstones. If you ever need a landscaping team call Doug and Slim. With Curt helping, our sixteen-year-old grandson, Colman Granatir, built the fence using grant money. There was some discussion with the Ross Township Trustees about a vinyl fence, but because of cost and the look we went with wood.  With the yard filled in and the front fence in place it made a huge difference in how the site looks.

  If you get a chance, take a ride down the creek and stop at the monument, you will be amazed at how it looks. We also took out a lot of the old trees, and the view from the creek road is spectacular. We have had a lot of comments. We pick up the trash once a week and thankfully everyone is using the trash can. There are picnic tables and benches and it’s a nice place overlooking old Lake George to have a picnic. We still have to get the flagpole installed which is being donated by Cathy Shultz from Bacon Ridge. Her nephew from ???? Welding is making the pole and installing it.

  On another note, we are in the process of finding a publisher and finishing up the Follow the Yellow Crick Road book. We are still accepting stories and family histories and sorting out chapters, but we hope to be published by late summer. If you want some of your family history or stories in the book, let us know. We are doing a lot of interviews this winter, and you will be amazed at some of the stories in the book.

  We also are finishing up a project with the old Graduation Photos from JU and Edison Local High School. The photos are from 1939 to 1995, which explains adding the name Edison to the project. The photos are being restored digitally by Nelson’s Fine Arts in Steubenville. A special thanks to Patrick at Nelson’s for donating his time for this project. Thanks to all of you who have contributed to this project and a special thanks to James Bostick, (class of 54) for his very generous donation of $5,000 dollars. When we start these projects it’s on a wing and a prayer and we never know where the money is coming from.  Thanks to the Salem Township Trustees for painting the Glenn Mills Senior Citizen Hall and getting it ready to hang the photos and helping us find a home for them. We will be hanging them in March, added by Eagle Scouts from the Richmond area. We are planning an Open House on Memorial Day and want to invite everyone to come and see the photos. I will give you more info on this in the next newsletter.

WEBA Food Pantry

By: Ann Wiley 740.543.3972

  The WEBA Outreach Food Pantry continues to service northern Jefferson County and surrounding areas with much needed fresh fruits, vegetables, and pantry items.

  Fresh produce and pantry dates are as follows:            

Produce March 15; Pantry March 23. Produce April 19; Pantry April 27. Produce May 17; Pantry May 25.

  Everyone loves a good yard sale. Mark your calendar for the spring sale sponsored by the WEBA Food Pantry. It will be held on Friday and Saturday May 9 & 10 at the WEBA site. Hours will be from 9am to 1pm. There is bound to be something you could use or want. Come and check it out in May.

  At the February board meeting of WEBA, Director David Guess presented some interesting statistics to the board. In 2023, unduplicated numbers of persons who were served and the number of meals provided by our pantry were as follows:

  • 468 households
  • 1205 individuals served
  • 56,358 meals provided to our clients

The need is still great in our area.

John Gregg Elementary PTO

By: Jamie Wiley, President


  John Gregg PTO is excited for spring and all the events that come along with it!  We are gearing up for the Scholastic Spring Book Fair.  This week-long event allows students to shop for books.  It is held in conjunction with the parent/grandparent lunches which allows our students to shop with their families.  We are gathering student’s shirt sizes for the free t-shirts that we gift to each student.  PTO does this in the early spring so that the shirts can be worn for classroom field trips and the end of the year events. 

  We will be assisting our Physical Education teacher, Mrs. Byers with the Heart challenge.  This event allows students to raise funds to help battle heart disease and features a jump rope contest! 

  We will have a special visitor when the Easter bunny hops by for a visit!  The students will get a classroom visit from the Easter bunny and then get to participate in an egg hunt.  

  Popcorn day and spirit corner will be happening each month through May.  Always a wonderful event to celebrate our student’s accomplishments in the classroom. 

  The month of March and April will be utilized for preparation for the end of the school year events…. Think spring!!!!!  We wish our community health and happiness!!!

Northeast Jefferson County Food Pantry

By: Ronnie Shockley

Keep these dates handy:

Working Folks Pantry: Saturdays: April 6, May 4, June 1. From 9 am till 11 am

Regular Food Pantry: Thursdays: April 18, May 16, June 20. From 9 am till 12 Noon

Located at the back of Trinity United Presbyterian Church on 2nd Street in Bergholz.

Questions or Additional help: Please call: Ronnie Shockley at 330-627-4080 or Director Kathy Warner at 740-543-3590 or email us at: [email protected]

Something to Think About

By: Dave Miller

  In 1973 there was an underground propane tank explosion on Staten Island that killed 40 men. (I should mention I was ministering to the Staten Island Christian Church at the same time.)

  The men were inside cleaning the lining of the tank when the explosion occurred. Two workers, getting ready to enter the tank, felt a wave of extremely hot air rising from the tank, hesitated to go in, and then came the explosion. Many items were found on the men that were not to have been taken into the tank, including a gun.

  A few years later, I met the driver of the first emergency vehicle (a fire truck) to arrive on the scene. He told me that he would never forget the look on the faces of the men who were outside the tank when he arrived at the scene.

  Back when our three grandchildren were little and living in Steubenville, I would sometimes on a Saturday, go down to Kings, meet their mother and bring the little ones out to spend the day with us. One day, Rachel, two or three at the time, had been whimpering a little, then stopped. I asked her sister Emily if Rachel had gone to sleep. Emily looked at her, then replied, “She has a happy face.”

  My mother’s mother, Grandma Fliehman was one of the sweetest women you would ever meet. But she had this habit when doing some chore or other, wiping her face with her hand and ask, “Is my face clean?” At age 95 because of dementia, she had to go into a nursing home. Living in New York during those years, we visited her only once. Though she did not know us, or her daughter once during our visit, she wiped her face and asked, “Is my face clean?” She would live six months less than one hundred years.

  I write the above scenes because of a scene in the Gospel of Luke 22. The Apostle Peter has denied Jesus three times when the rooster crowed. Earlier Jesus had told Peter that he would deny him three times before the rooster crowed. Verse 61, “The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter.”

  What does our face look like as we journey through life? Are we happy, sad, cheerful, angry, blessed, or mean? When we think of Jesus, what does He see when He looks at our face?

Faith Community Church

By: Chad Thompson 740.768.2835 / 740.512.3238

  As Winter leaves us and we begin to anticipate Spring, I cannot help but think how blessed we are to experience this season each year; not only do we get to see the rebirth of all the beauty around us, but we get to celebrate the very act that made our own rebirth possible. One of the ways we do that here at Faith Community Church is through celebrating Christ’s sacrifice with Christians all over the Ohio Valley.

This is done on Good Friday at our 16th annual Christ Walk. This walk has become a staple in our area and is an amazing chance to experience fellowship and unity with all the area churches involved. Last year we had walkers from 30 different congregations come together and join us for this time of prayer and worship. Spending the day with our fellow Christians, worshipping the Lord as one, in unity in remembrance of His sacrifice for us, is an experience we should all get to partake in. Please join us, March 29th at noon at the Sycamore Youth Center in Steubenville. We will begin our walk from there after a Worship Service led by Jenna Porter, and a brief sermon. After that we begin our 7-mile walk leading to Crossroads Christian Church in Wintersville where there will be an ecumenical service with contemporary worship and communion. If you can’t walk the entire walk, reach out to us, and we will let you know ETAs for the prayer stops.

   As great as all this is, we do not need to wait until Christ Walk to fellowship and unify with our family in Christ. Our goal this year is to start spring with our own rebirth of sorts. We want to do that as a church body with all of you in this community. That is why we want to ask you to come to church with us! Sundays at 10:45 am we have our service. Feel free to stop in a bit early and have some coffee, cocoa or just to hang out. We have a nursery for the little ones infants to 4yrs, which has amazing and loving volunteers that possess generous, loving hearts and have been serving the children of this community for many years. In the nursery they have a short lesson for the toddlers. Parents you get to just enjoy and grow knowing that your babies are in good hands. We also have a Children’s ministry for those from 5yrs old to 6th grade. The classes are age appropriate with a great curriculum and our teacher has 15 years ministry and youth experience. If you have teens, no worries because Blaze Youth is starting back up and will be meeting Tuesdays at 6pm. This group is for 7th-12th grade and is a ministry focused youth group that teaches through serving as well as lessons. We are blessed to have a Ladies Group that gathers for fellowship, serving & fun. We also have AA meeting at our church Thursdays at 6:30. 

   Our Facebook page will have the most up to date information on classes and events so please take a moment to follow us at 

   We cannot wait to see you all and worship Jesus together with you. We are praying for you! If you have any questions feel free to contact Pastor Chad Thompson.

Trinity United Presbyterian

By: Steve Jenkins


Bergholz Trinity Presbyterian Presents a Free Dinner and Speaker Series

“You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know”

  Bergholz Trinity Presbyterian Church is pleased and honored to present an informational series developed to benefit everyone in our commun-ity. The members of Trinity Presbyterian believe that education and information, based on facts and truth is important in our lives with which we are blessed. Our members and staff are working diligently to provide information and programing which con-tains accurate and useful information through various educational sources. Please consider joining us for this series to better understand how we can help you and your family and friends have a better life through education.

  During our lives, there are times that we will need to make important decisions that will have long-term effects on us, our family, and friends. Often these decisions are made only once or twice in a lifetime, however, it is extremely important that we make them with a clear understanding and correct information. Too many times you find out to late the decision you made was not the best choice simply because “you didn’t know.”  Had you only known and had the correct information, you would have made better choices and a more well-informed decision.

  Bergholz Trinty Presby-terian Church is having a series of FREE infor-mational dinners and speakers to help you better understand how the different organizations in our own area can provide you with valuable information that will help you make better decisions that will help you, your family and friends get the best results that will not only protect your finances but may also protect the fracturing of relationships and families.

  The series will begin March 21, 2024. All programs begin with dinner at 6:00 pm in the Trinity Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. 245 2nd St. Bergholz. For additional information call the Church.

  March 21, 2024, with presentation from Valley Hospice. The presentation will provide the facts about hospice services and a newer trend for many patients called palliative care. May 23, 2024, the veterans’ administration will present a program regarding the benefits that the VA has to offer those who have served our country. Does your family know what a DD-214 is and where yours is located when they will need to produce it?

  August 22, 2024, the Jefferson County Job, and Family Services will offer a wide range of subjects regarding both family assistance as well as Elder Abuse and Child neglect and how they can be managed.

  October 17, 2024, we will hear from experts to help you in understanding the insurance you may already have and see if it still fits your intended needs and the understanding of funeral law in the State of Ohio. This topic catches more families off guard than you could imagine and can produce a host of issues, Hint: Your executor is not in charge of your funeral as your body is not part of your estate in Ohio.

  Plan to join us and invite anyone from anywhere for this free evening of food, information, fellowship and bring all your questions. We hope this series will provide you with knowledge and truth that will provide both information and contacts. that will benefit you and your family in the coming years.

  To RSVP you may call and leave a message at the Church office or send an email to either [email protected]  or [email protected]

East Springfield Christ UMC

By: Nicki Tennant 740.543.3002

  Lent has always been a special time at Christ UMC. We gathered for the Ash Wednesday Service on Valentine’s Day and have continued to celebrate Christ throughout the month of March with our Lenten offering. Instead of “Giving Up” something for Lent, we focus on our many blessings. Blessings of light, food, clothing, entertainment, health, shelter, and most of all Jesus and the opportunity to worship Him. Our offering this year will be given to AIM Women’s Center in Steubenville. If you would like to participate in this special offering, you can mail your donation to PO Box 127 East Springfield, Ohio 43925.

 Maundy Thursday Service will be held at Scio UMC at 6:30pm and Good Friday Service will be at Christ UMC at 6:30pm. Easter Sunday Services begin at 8am with Sunrise service, followed by breakfast. Sunday School is at 9:45am and Easter Worship Service is at 11 am.  Please join us on the special days.

   If you are looking for a home church, or just want to stop in for a visit, we have Sunday School at 9:45am and Morning Worship at 11am. Bible Study is each Wednesday at 6:30pm – 7:30pm, followed by a brief prayer service. Come and join us.

 Amsterdam Community Church of God

8247 Bear Road SE

By: Tony Kovalesky 740.543.4041

Pastor David Guess

Church:740. 543.3927

Parsonage:740. 543.3036

[email protected]

  We are continuing to focus on our 2024 Theme is “Bring Life (Jesus) to the “garden” God has placed you with your gifts, resources, and talents.” Our theme verses from Genesis 2:15 “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it” and Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

  The first Sunday of Lent was February 18 and we began a six-week sermon and small group series called “Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table: It’s Time to Win the Battle of Your Mind…” We are discovering how to break free from the chains of negative thinking and experience true freedom from unhealthy thoughts and emotions. The framework for the series is Psalm 23. Join us, if you do not have a church home, for lessons on finding peace and security in all of life’s situations

  On Sunday, February 11, we held our annual Souper Bowl Luncheon. This is one of our favorite social times and this year we had 10 soups for the congregation and guests to taste and enjoy. Donations were received for the local food bank.

  Following the AM service on Sunday, March 17, we will have a Baked Potato and Salad Bar in honor of St Patrick. We will have all kinds of add-ons for potatoes. Green will be the theme for the punch and cake, too. We will start eating around 12:30 and the public is welcome to join us.

  We are planning an “Eggstravaganza” with other community leaders and organizations. The event will be held Saturday, March 23 at noon at Roger’s Park. Registration will begin at 11:00 am. How can you get involved? This will be an Easter egg hunt, so we need candy to stuff the eggs. We would also like to have Easter baskets that will be given away as prizes as well. Additionally, we are looking for volunteers to work the event and to prepare. We will need people to help stuff the eggs, put the eggs out, and other little jobs. If you would like to donate candy or baskets, or would like to volunteer, call the church.

  During Holy Week, the church will recognize Palm Sunday (March 24) with the children marching with Palm branches, observe Maundy Thursday (March 28) with a SEDAR meal including Communion and Foot washing at 7:00 PM.  A Good Friday Tenebrae Service will be at 7:00 PM. This service is a solemn service where scriptures concerning Jesus’ suffering and death are read and candles are extinguished. On Easter morning, March 31, we will host a Community Sunrise Service at the downtown park in Amsterdam around 6:45 AM followed by breakfast and then an Easter Celebration service at 10:30 AM.

  Pastor David will be traveling to Pakistan from April 11-27 with Children of Promise (a child sponsorship ministry) to interview children and visit his sponsored child.  He will stay an extra week and visit and encourage several churches and pastors. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

  On Sunday, April 28, during the AM service the church will celebrate their 114th Anniversary with lunch to follow. We plan to have a special guest from the past celebrate with us. As always, everyone is invited to celebrate with us.

  The Annual Women’s Retreat is scheduled to be held at Century Farms in Carrollton May 3-5. All women in the area are invited to attend. More details coming soon. If you are interested in attending contact Donna Whitmore (740.457.6675)

Amsterdam Community Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered program with large and small groups where everyone can find freedom from any hurts, hang-ups and habits that are controlling their life. We cover any topic from anger, codependency, eating disorders, food addiction, love and relationship addiction, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, chemical dependency, anxiety, depression and much more! We begin the evening with large group worship and then transition into open share small groups. We want everyone to find a sense of family at ACCR so after small group, everyone is invited for dinner in the Warrior Way Café located in the fellowship hall. We also have classes for kids ages 5-11 in the Celebration Place and grades 7-12 in the Landing. Each program meets on Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Bring the kids and make it a family night!

  Our worship service starts at 10:30 AM on Sundays with children’s church offered. The youth meet on Monday evenings at 6:00 PM. During the week we have a Mixed Adult Bible Study on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM, Women’s Book and Bible Study on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, and Men’s Bible Study that meet on Thursdays at 7:00 PM.

  Like us on Facebook or contact us at 740.543.3927 [email protected]. A place where imperfect people are welcomed. If you do not have a church home, join with us as we bring life (Jesus) to the communities God has called us to serve in.

Bergholz Fellowship /Chestnut Ridge Churches

By: Pastor Lee Iden


  We had what I thought, was a good Ash Wednesday service at Bergholz Fellowship Church on Ash Wednesday. OK, I may be a bit prejudiced but I thought that the Holy Spirit was with us, He brought a descent message, the good folks at Bergholz and Chestnut Ridge participated and nobody got hurt or sued! GOOD EVENING!

Ash Wednesday is an important day in the life of the church, it is a time when we go before God and seek His forgiveness. Ashes and sackcloth were instrumental parts of the redemption process in biblical times, it was how the people went about mourning, and seeking forgiveness. That’s just how it was done. Today we are blessed to be able to go right to the God who created us for His forgiveness! THANKS BE TO GOD!

  Easter is a bit earlier this year than some. It falls on March 31st which means, of course, that Palm Sunday is on March 24th. We will celebrate Palm Sunday as usual with the sharing of the palm branches, then Easter Sunday morning, we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ with a SON rise service at Chestnut Ridge Church, 1177 Cinder Rd. SE. Bergholz, Ohio at 8:00am. (Yes, I know that the sun will rise MUCH earlier than that, but this is not a sun rise, it’s a SON rise service!) Please pray about joining us in this special time of worship and praise! We will enjoy a nice continental breakfast after the service and then proceed to our Easter Sunday service an hour early at 10:00am right there at Chestnut Ridge Church.

  If you don’t already have a home church, please pray about joining us at either Bergholz Fellowship church at 266 2nd St. Bergholz, Ohio where we worship at 11:00am on the even months of the year or at Chestnut Ridge Church 1177 Cinder Rd SE where we worship at 11:00am on the odd months of the year.

  God is alive and well in our world and we look forward to a time coming, maybe soon, when we will get to see Him in all His glory! COME, LORD JESUS, COME!

Shalom Pastor Lee

The Homestead Rendezvous

By: Bob & Polly Givens 740.768.2483

The Homestead Rendezvous will be held on May 18, 2024 9am – 3pm on the Bergholz Firehall grounds. The theme of this year’s field day is “Revitalizing Your Homestead” and will feature speakers addressing many ways you can improve, update, and add value to your homestead and small farm.

Topics include Timber Harvests, Alternative Products from the Forest (ginseng, mushrooms, etc.) Elderberry Propagation, Ponds and Fixing Pond Problems, Beekeeping for Food Production and more.

As always, the field day will feature homestead produced foods and products, animals, agricultural agencies and businesses, live demonstrations, and much more.

Jefferson County Farm Bureau will have a children’s scavenger hunt and SWCD will be doing Creek Walks.

This is a family friendly event and is free to attend. No pets on the grounds as there will be farm animals present.  Check out The Homestead Rendezvous Facebook page for information and frequent updates.

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