Trinity Episcopal Church bringing improvements

Photo by Paul LaPann Trinity Episcopal Church, 430 Juliana St. in Parkersburg, has started making improvements to its parking lot at Fifth and Juliana streets with more landscaping coming this month.

PARKERSBURG — Trinity Episcopal Church is making improvements to its parking lot at Fifth and Juliana streets with recently installed fencing and stone pillars.

The black fencing ties in to the church’s iron fence across Fifth Street and the stone complements the church’s stone, said the Rev. Paul Hicks, rector at Trinity Episcopal Church, 430 Juliana St.

By the end of this month, trees and shrubbery will be added to the church parking lot, situated next to the Smoot Theatre, Hicks said.

Besides providing parking, the lot will be used as an outdoor area to hold church functions. A cookout for first responders is in the works for next spring.

Being a good neighbor, Trinity Episcopal Church is allowing Smoot Theatre patrons to use the parking lot. Hicks noted that downtown banks have been “good to us” by allowing the congregation to park in their lots.

This weekend, starting with the Heritage Dinner on Friday, Trinity Episcopal Church is celebrating 175 years as a church on the corner of Fifth and Juliana streets. The Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia, is in Parkersburg to help Trinity Episcopal celebrate this milestone.

Past clergy that attended the dinner were the Rt. Rev. Ken Price and the Rev. Bill Pugliese.

Bishop Klusmeyer will preside at Trinity Episcopal’s contemporary service at 5:30 p.m. today. The children will be involved in the service as they pay tribute to the Episcopal Church’s summer camp Peterkin during the service.

On Sunday, the Bishop will preside at Trinity Episcopal’s 8 a.m. traditional Rite I service and the 10:30 a.m. Rite II service, which will include a Confirmation service for individuals who are joining the church.

Trinity Episcopal Church’s 70th annual Book Sale begins Nov. 5 and runs the first full week of November.