Church Women United will host this year's World Day of Prayer service at noon March 1 at the First Baptist Church in Elkins. Women from all churches in Randolph County and the surrounding areas are invited to join in a celebration that is shared by more than 170 countries around the world.
A luncheon will precede the program and meeting. Those attending are asked to bring a salad or sandwiches to share.
"I was a stranger and you welcomed me" is the program theme developed by Church Women United in France for this year's service. Jesus' identification with "the least of these" from Matthew 25 and the customs of hospitality found in Leviticus help Christians focus on issues of welcoming strangers and on issues of immigration. They also remember their own feelings of being on the outside and the blessings of being welcomed.
World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March.
On a local level, members of Church Women United and congregations from more than 15 local churches help provide the food for Holy Week luncheons following the ecumenical service at noon. Final planning for the luncheons will be part of the March 1 meeting and service. The group's members invite and would welcome new members.