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www.rnountainmessenger.com 3B - Mountain Messenger - March 1, 2014 - The Weekend Paper For The Greenbrier Va ey West Vir.ginia Writers Spring Writing Competttion presents Pearl S. Buck Award for Writing for Social Change For the third year, West Virgin- ia Writers, Inc. has joined forceg with the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation to honor West Virgin- ia's best-known literary daughter with a special category in its an- nual writing contest. The Pearl S. Buck Award for Writing for Social Change was added to the organi- zation's contest in order to honor Buck's legacy as a writer of both fiction and nonfiction that changed viewpoints on a national and global scale. Buck, who was born in Hills- bore, grew up in China as the child of missionaries, and spent half of her life there earning a first-hand perspective on life in the East. Her literary work reflected this in books ,like The Good Earth, Sons and A House Divided, among dozens of other works. According to Jolie Lewis, vice president of the board of directors for the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, Buck's work radically changed how people in this country viewed China. Read- ers of her work were exposed to the realities of life in a nation that had seen ugly stereotypes accepted as fact for decades beforehand. And this effort on her part did not go un- recognized. In addition to winning a Pulitzer Prize and the Dean How- ells Medal for her work, in 1938, Buck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces." "It was a little bit controversial, I think, among the literary elite at the time," Lewis says, referencing points made in Peter Conn's re- nowned biography, Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography. With writ- ers such as William Faulkner, Er- nest Hemmingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald as her peers, it might be surprising for 3uck, whose writing style contained a very plain-spoken lyricism designed to emulate the cadences of the language of the people she wrote about. However, Lewis further notes that at the time the prize was granted, Fascism was on the rise in Europe and Hitler had come into power in Germany. In the face of this, the Swedish Acad- emy, one of the governing bodies of the selection process for the prize, wanted to recognize work that pro- moted understanding and tolerance. "There's such a history in our world of honoring work that is try- ing to impact the way people see each other," Lewis says. "That's part of what our award is rooted in." As such, the Pearl S. Buck Award for Writing for Social Change cat- egory accepts prose and poetry de- signed to inspire or highlight the need for social change. The issues :addressed need not be global in !scope, but should addres matters in which the writer believes change is required. The stories or poetry sub- :miRed to the contest must be previ- ously unpublished works of under 5,000 words in length. Judging the category this year is a more mod- ern West Virginia literary figure, Meredith Sue Willis, author of such novels as Oradell at Sea, A Space Apart and Higher Ground, among many others. Born and raised in West Virginia, Willis was educated in the public schools of Shinnston, where her father was a science teacher. Her maternal grandfather witnessed the Great Monongah mine explosion of 1907, in which hundreds of miners were killed. Last year's winners included 3rd place winner Jill Sanders of South Bloomingville, OH; 2nd place win- ner Barry Rich of Lewisburg; and 1 st place winner Don Narkevic of Weston. Wt Virginia Writers annual writing contest also offers 12 other writing categories to choose from in its adult contest. Submissions are accepted through Mar. 15 (with a lat,e deadline of Mar. 31). The contest is open to all residents of West Virginia as well as to any member of WV Writers, Inc. resid- ing outside of the state. There is a $10 fee for each adult contest entry, and a $12 fee for the book-length category. In addition to the adult contest, WV Writers is also accepting en- tries for the 2014 New Mountain Voices Student Writing Contest, open to young writers in three dif- ferent age groups; grade 1-5, grade 6-8 and grade 9-12. There are no fees to enter the New Mountain Voices Contest, though only stu- dents who are residents of West Virginia are eligible to enter. For all other information and an official contest entry form and con- test rules, visit the contest page of WV Writers website at wvwriters. org/contest.html, or email contest coordinator, Eric Fritzius, at wvw- contest@gmail.com. West Virginia Writers, the larg- est writers' organization in the state will celebrate its 37th Anniversary Church Bulletin Henning Church of 5 will be a spoken Liturgy with God the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion. The service at 7 p.m. will hold an INDOOR YARD will include a sung Liturgy with SALE, Saturday, Mar. 1 from 8 the Imposition of Ashes and Holy a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permit- Communion. The congregation in- ting). They will have a Brown vites the community to join them Bean & Cornbread Luncheon for either service as they begin along with many sale items. The their Lenten journey. The church is church is located on Vago Road in located at 810 N. Jefferson Street, Frankford. For more information, Lewisburg; phone 304-992-2365. please call 304-497-2602. New River Unitarian Graystone Baptist Church Universalist Fellowship will host THE ROCKESTWR service Sunday, Mar. 2 will begin FAMILY OF BLACKSBURG, at 11 am. Visitors are welcome to SC Sunday morning, Mar. 9, at 10 attend. The Fellowship is located a.m. Pastor Youel Altizer and the at 911 South Kanawha Street, congregation extend an invitation Beckley. For further information to those of the community, friends call 304-252-4016. and extended family to join them that day for worship to the Lord in Christ Our Savior of the music. Graystone Baptist Churchis Valley Lutheran Church located at 249 Skylar Drive, Lew- FiberArts Network represontativesto Mid Atlantic giberAssociation, will host a MARDI GRAS PAR- isburg. For information, call the Marie Murtaugh; Leah Trent, Carnegie Hall education director; and weaving instructor Toni Ogden with one of the l;Wo looms purchased TY Sunday, Mar. 2 following wor- church at 304-645-4220 between by FAN with a Grant from MAFA. The loom will be used by FAN ship. The party plans include lunch the hours of ]0 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. members and children who take weaving at CH Kids' College. The of Red Beans 'n Rice, Mardi Gras loom is a Purrington. The company, located in Scott Depot, WV, Salad and King Cake (hot dogs will The Annual Woodland gave a generous discount To FAN be available); after lunch there will be games that include a Moon Pie Community Meeting CH Kids' College/Fiber Arts Throw and a Bead Toss. Attendees is scheduled for Sunday, Mar. 9 will participate in a noisy parade at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall of wearing masks and beads in the Woodland Church. A covered dish Network receive grant lunch will follow. Questions may true festival style. Come join us for worship at 11 a.m. and stay for be directed to 304-497-2792. the fun at the church located at 810 A $1,000 grant from the MidAtlantic member Leah Trent and Marie N. Jefferson Street, Lewisburg. Greenbrier Valley Fiber Arts Association (MAFA) along Murtaugh, FAN member and For additional information contact Aglow Community with an additional $2,000 from the representative to the North Atlantic Pastor Lohmeyer at 304-992-2366. Lewisburg Fiber Arts Network (FAN) Fiber Arts, worked together to apply Lighthouse will be used by both Carnegie tlall's for the grant. MurtaUgh added, "One Kids' College and area FAN members, of the reasons we were able to get Saint James Episcopal will hold monthly meetings the third Monday of each month at Also, part of the money will provide so much weaving equipment for Church the Fairfield Inn in Lewisburg. For a Kids' College scholarship. Two our studio and students was due to will hold a PANCAKE SUPPER more information, please call 304- new looms, a Purrington Workshop the generosity of both Purrington (a Loom and a Schacht Wolf Pup, along WV company) and Schacht Spindle Tuesday, Mar. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. 445-7742 or 304-667-9869. Aglow with more shuttles, reeds, raddles and Company. Both gave us discount, and Proceeds will go to the WVSOM International is an Inter-denomi- warping board are now available for we want to publicly express our thanks PAX group for medical supplies national group of women, and men use. Toni Ogden, weaving instructor to themY used in their mission trip. whose vision is to carry the truth of for the popular summer weaving class Trent emphasized again that because the kingdom that restores people to said, "Not only will we make use ofgreatteamwork, FiberArtsmembers Christ Our Savior of the a radiant place of relationship with of the new equipment, we can now and Kids' College student have'gained Valley Lutheran Church God and one another. enroll another interested student in our both money and equipment which will will observe ASH WEDNESDAY summer program which always has a be used wisely and often. For more waiting list!" information contact Leah Trent, CH with two worship opportunities. A CH Education Director and FAN education director, at 304-645-7917. service at noon Wednesday, Mar. this year. Two Ash Wednesday Services to be offered Women of the Henning Church of at Lewisburg United Methodist Church God hold February meeting season of Lent will begin and lp,m. with Ash Wednesday on Wednesday, The second service will begin at Mar. 5. Among Christians, Len.t is a 7 p.m. and will be a Taize service. The Women of the Henning Church to meet the children the church and Dyan Hefner, Barb Seld0mridge, Mar- 40-day devotional period observed The evening Ash Wednesday service of God held their regular monthly members' sponsor, ty Burns and Bonnie Dodrill. They in preparation of Easter. Ash will include musical accompaniment meeting in the church fellowship hall The group reported sending i06 will be meeting prior to next meeting Wednesday is the first day of Lent by a variety of instruments; sung, on Feb. 11 with the officers as hostess- cards, making 23 visits and making to prepare the ballot, and involves a custom of placing spoken and silent prayer; and Holy es. Carole Spencer presided and Scar- 50 phone calls. Six 'members went to Joan Vance dismissed in prayer ashes on the heads of believers. Communion. A nursery for pre- lett Zicafoose gave the opening prayer, the connector rally in Teays Valley and Shirley Loudermilk won the door Lewisburg United Methodist school age children will'be provided All devotions and reports were dis- on Feb. 8. They really enjoyed it. The prize. Church will offer two Ash during the 7 p.m. worship service. pensed with so members Bonnie Do- group was reminded about the indoor The next meeting will be held on Wednesday worship services on All in the community are welcome drill, Lynn Poage, Dyan Heftier and yard sale to be held Saturday, Mar. Mar. 11 with the finance committee as Mar. 5 that will provide persons with to take part in one or both of the Ash Scarlett Zicafoose, who went to Peru 1 in the church fellowship hall. The 'hostesses. an opportunity to receive the mark Wednesday worship services offered in 2013, could share about the expe- members will be having a brown bean Attending were: Rosie Blake, Marty of a cross on their foreheads with at Lewisburg United Methodist rience. They shared about the land- and corn bread luncheon that date. Bums, Carole Spencer, Dyan Heftier, ashes from last year's Palm Sunday Church. Lewisburg United scape, climate, food, poverty and the The spring convention will be held in Joan Vance, Donna Scott; Marguerite branches. MethOdist Church is located on 214 hard life the people live. They went Beckley on Apr. 25-26 sponsored by Scott, Barb Seldomridge, Kim Brook- The first Ash Wednesday service East Washington Street in downtown to help raise a roof for a school near " the Crosspoint Church of God. The man, Even Persinger, Jamie Harvey, will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Lewisburg (beside the Post Office). the town of Chiclayo. Each felt it was prayer retreat will be held Sept. 19-20 Shirley Loudermilk, Patty Owens, This will be a silent service that will If you would like additional a humbling experience and enjoyed at Cedar Lakes in Ripley. Lynn Poage, Scarlett Zicafoose, Mad- include Holy Communion and self- information, please call the church the love that the children showed and Next month elections will be held. die Dodrill, Pauline Perkins, Bonnie guided meditation, You may come office at 304-645-2727. The nominating committee consists of Dodrill and Cindy Fleshman. and go at any time between noon Social Security Disability DUI CLAS SES DUI classes for the West Virginia Safety & Treatment Program will be held at Seneca's Maxwelton Clinic beginning on: Monday, April 7, 2014 Call Seneca Health Services at 304-497-0500 to obtain enrollment information. Advance Enrollment REQUIRED H E A I T H.SEIVICI $. hN C, Get the Benefits You Deserve! EXPERIENCED DISABILITY LAWYER Roger D. Forman Forman Law Office: Winning Cases By Knowing the System and Getting to Know You Appointments in Lewisburg No charge if unsuccessful (304) 799-6406 www.rogerformanlaw.com