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First Presbyterian Church’s mission was to help create a children’s corner at House to Home in Parkersburg and donate toys for young children. From left are Jessy Towner of House to Home, Dawn Eddy of House to Home and Kay Dunn and Barbara Lucas from First Presbyterian Church.

Church volunteers help House to Home

PARKERSBURG — Volunteers from First Presbyterian Church in Parkersburg have remodeled and painted the children’s corner at House to Home, 413 Eighth St. The church volunteers also have delivered toys for young children staying at the day shelter. Barbara Lucas, from the mission and ...

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The Interfaith Amigos — Imam Jamal Rahman, left, Pastor Don Mackenzie, center, and Rabbi Ted Falcon, right — spoke, laughed and even sang to a group of about 300 people in the Alma McDonough Auditorium at Marietta College.

Interfaith Amigos talk inclusiveness at Marietta College

MARIETTA — They’re on a mission, so to speak. The Interfaith Amigos offered an hour of humor, wisdom and insight for about 300 people who gathered in the Alma McDonough Auditorium at Marietta College Friday night. The three clergymen — Imam Jamal Rahman, a Muslim Sufi minister, Pastor ...

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Pictured are the Interfaith Amigos, from left to right, Imam Jamal Rahman, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Rabbi Ted Falcon.

Q&A: Interfaith Amigos coming to Marietta College

MARIETTA — Three clergymen who met after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 will visit Marietta for a presentation and workshop on how to promote positive interaction among people of different faiths. The trio, known as Interfaith Amigos, is comprised of Jamal Rahman, an Imam of the ...

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The Low Gap Christian Union Church sits  above Ohio 26 in Cline. The church marks its 200th anniversary this year.

Low Gap Christian Union preps bicentennial

MARIETTA — Anyone who wants to get to Cline in a hurry is probably going to the wrong place. The 30-mile drive up the smooth but unforgiving Ohio 26 takes an hour from Marietta, passing Sitka, Dart, Wingett Run and finally Cline, situated across the Monroe County border. Two miles past that ...

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Lori Frees with a pair of Cambodian villagers.

Parkersburg resident helps purify water, and spirits, during trip to Cambodia

PARKERSBURG —When is a missionary in Cambodia, not really a missionary but a geologist? When Lori Frees of Parkersburg was involved. “It was against the law to be a missionary,” she said. “I was a geologist, a geologist with Resource Development International, which is located in ...

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Lori Frees was in Cambodia from November 2009 to March 2017 working with Resources Development International, which is based in Louisville, Ky. She also was a missionary.

Missionary says churches need to think W.I.S.E. regarding trips

PARKERSBURG — Lori Frees said she had an acronym for her mission work in Cambodia. “It’s what churches sending groups to Cambodia need to think about during the planning period. They need to be thinking W.I.S.E.,” Frees said. “W” — “Is it wholistic?” she said. “Yes, I know ...

Fundraiser to aid Gospel Mission Food Pantry

MARIETTA — The number of visitors to the Gospel Mission Food Pantry last week was 465 men, women and children. That is an enormous number of people coming in to ask for food, toiletries and other basic necessities, according to Candy Waite, who runs the food pantry with husband, ...

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A new St. John Church in Benwood, W.Va., will be dedicated today after the church was destroyed by fire in 2015.

St. John Church to be dedicated today

BENWOOD, W.Va. — Two years after fire destroyed their church, Benwood, W.Va., Catholics will join Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, as he officially opens the new church by celebrating the Mass of Dedication of the Church today at 4 p.m. The ...

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The Rev. David Freshour, left, stands with Bishop Getaneh M. Getaneh, founder of Watch and Pray Ministries. The two will be in Parkersburg, Marietta and St. Marys for meetings Sept. 8-13.

Rev. Freshour returning to Parkersburg area for meetings

PARKERSBURG — A former assistant pastor in Parkersburg who has pastored in the Washington, D.C., area for almost 20 years is returning to the area Sept. 8-13 for a series of meetings with an Ethiopian minister imprisoned and beaten for his faith. The Rev. David Freshour, who co-pastors the ...

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Members of the First Lutheran Church youth mission trip to New York City were, front, from left, Becca Reid, Lauren Swarr, Kaitie Keller, Michelle Onate, Devon Wolfe. Second row, Rachel Puls, Madi Parks, Sarah Smith. Third row, Barb McDowell, Delainey Parks, Krista Keller, Grace Curry, Sarah Wigal. Fourth row, Kevin Howard, Matthew Curry and Pastor Ian Reid.

First Lutheran youth group completes New York City mission trip

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church of Parkersburg youth recently returned from its annual mission trip to New York City. The group was comprised of 12 teenagers accompanied by four adult chaperones, including the church’s senior pastor, Ian Reid, and his wife, Becca Reid. The group ...

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Around 45 people attended a prayer gathering Sunday at the Wood County Justice Center to pray for the well-being and safety of local law-enforcement officers. Around 147 people attended a series of prayer events held throughout the day Sunday in Williamstown, Vienna and Parkersburg near local police agencies.

Wood County residents offer prayer, support for law enforcement

PARKERSBURG — People took time to come out Sunday and pray for local law enforcement officers during the Wood County Law Enforcement Officer Prayer Walk. The second annual event, organized by Greg Hoover of Parkersburg, was originally scheduled in mid-July but had to be postponed. Around ...

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The Rev. Kurt Busiek, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church on 23rd Street in Parkersburg, stands in front of the church. The church is hosting support groups this fall.

Support groups at Parkersburg church stand at crossroads

PARKERSBURG — The Rev. Kurt Busiek offered up one word for a theme for the support groups at Emmanuel Baptist Church and that word was “crossroads.” “A minister gets to be there for the crossroads in a lot of people’s lives,” he said. “Each group meeting here is having people ...

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Gus Letto works at unpacking and shelving books and documents he’s donating to the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Churchtown. Letto has been researching the area for nearly 60 years.

Man donates decades of research about Churchtown

CHURCHTOWN— Gus Letto has a near-guarantee for the residents of Churchtown, past and present. “If anybody from this (St. John the Baptist Catholic) parish walks through the door, I can almost certainly tell you your ancestors, including 16 great-grandparents,” he said. Letto, 85, of ...

Pilgrimage to National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception set for Sept. 16

WHEELING — The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston will have a diocesan pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on Sept. 16, gathering Catholics of West Virginia as one in prayer with the Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the diocese, ...

Wood County residents elected to United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia

PARKERSBURG — Two Wood County residents are among the new officers and trustees elected by the United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia. David Ellwood of Wheeling was elected chairman of the board. D. Lyn Dotson of Morgantown was elected vice-chairperson. Ben Vincent of Gassaway was ...

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A youth conference held in October with Bishop Jeffrey Monforton included a Procession March that will be similar to the event coming up at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption on June 24.

Marietta Basilica part of statue pilgrimage

MARIETTA — A beloved symbol of faith on June 24 will be at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption as the Immaculate Heart of Mary makes her pilgrimage through the parishes of the Diocese of Steubenville. The statue is traveling to Marietta after Nelsonville, Carrollton, Steubenville and ...

Family provides snacks for children at Parkersburg church

PARKERSBURG — The first of several bags of snacks were handed out Friday to local children at First Christian Church, 1400 Washington Ave. in Parkersburg. A local family, who wants to remain anonymous, donated $1,000 to purchase 13 food items, such as breakfast bars, juice, pudding, fruit ...

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The Experience Touring Choir from Christ Lutheran Church in Charlotte, N.C., will perform  during the 10 a.m. service June 18 at First Lutheran Church, located at 1701 19th St.

Experience Touring Choir to perform in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The Experience Touring Choir, a 44-member choir from Christ Lutheran Church at Charlotte, N.C., will perform at a combined service at 10 a.m. June 18 at the First Lutheran Church, 1701 19th St. The choir is comprised of 44 high school students who share their faith in Jesus ...

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church to host choir concert

PARKERSBURG — The Touring Choirs of the Choir School of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of Charlotte, N.C., will offer a concert in Parkersburg on June 15 at 7 p.m. Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at 903 Charles St. will be the site of the concert. Talented young singers from Charlotte’s ...

Twin Rivers Baptist Church celebrating 21st anniversary

WHIPPLE — Twin Rivers Baptist Church at 110 D.A.V. Road, Whipple, will be celebrating its 21st anniversary on Sunday, May 7. The morning service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a meal to be served in the church’s Family Center. A brief afternoon service will follow the meal. There ...