Ruehl to lead Wood County religious group

PARKERSBURG – The Rev. Chrissy Ruehl, associate pastor at Stout Memorial United Methodist Church in Parkersburg, has been named president of the Wood County Ministerial Alliance for 2013-2014.

The organization will be meeting at noon Tuesday at the Camden Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Campus Conference Room.

This group is open to all those working in ministry, regardless of denomination or religion. “We try to be as ecumenical as possible and have members from Protestant, Catholic, Unitarian Universalists and Baha’i faith communities,” Ruehl said.

The Ministerial Alliance continues to strive to make a difference in the community and provide support for others in ministry, Ruehl said.

Lunch is available for a $2 donation at the meetings. Annual membership dues for this year are $20 payable to WCMA and can be brought to the meeting or sent to the treasurer/secretary Johnny Briles, 1824 Murdoch Ave., Box 327, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

All pastors are welcome to attend the meetings, held on the first Tuesday of every month at the hospital’s conference room at noon.

Upcoming sessions are Oct. 1, Pastoral Support Table Chat; Nov. 5, Community Resource Fair; Dec. 3, Counseling Table Chat; Jan. 7, meeting with Parkersburg mayor; Feb. 4, Prayer Labyrinth; March 4, Stewardship of the Earth Table Chat; April 1, Habitat for Humanity build, and May 6, Fellowship Picnic.

The Ministerial Alliance leadership for this year 2013-2014 is Chrissy Ruehl, president; Ian Reid, vice president (pastor at First Lutheran Church) and Johnny Briles, secretary/treasurer.

The main goal of the organization is to unite all the ministries in Wood County (although it has welcomed some from the Marietta/Belpre area) in fellowship, support and community service, Ruehl said.

“We truly strive to be ecumenical and welcoming to all. Our meetings will look a little different this year because we will not be following the same format as last year, which was typically one person presenting on a topic,” Ruehl said.

“This year we hope to vary the meetings with a few open table discussions on topics like pastoral support and stewardship of the earth as well as walking the prayer labyrinth together at First Presbyterian Church and hosting a community resource fair,” she said.

“We also hope to invite the Parkersburg mayor to one of our meetings in 2014 to talk about how the WCMA can be more involved in the community.”