Faith

Liberty United Brethren Church celebrates 150 years of service

CUTLER — A small country church at the edge of Washington County marked 150 years of worship and service this past weekend. You won’t find the Liberty United Brethren Church by accident. Hidden in the hills north of Bartlett, it sits at the top of a rise, surrounded by forest and, as ...

Trinity Episcopal Church bringing improvements

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 ...

Parkersburg church offering pet blessings today

PARKERSBURG — Trinity Episcopal Church will offer blessings to pets this afternoon in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Located at 430 Juliana St., Trinity will offer blessings to all animals that show up to receive the special blessing, the Parkersburg church said. Blessings begin at 2:30 ...

Christian activities set for Parkersburg’s City Park

PARKERSBURG — Two days of youth-driven, Christian-oriented activities begin noon today at Parkersburg City Park for the second annual Party in the Park. The five-hour event features a 2 p.m. concert at the band shell by Chrematizo Label Group band Jason Lovins Band. The second part is ...

Twin Rivers Baptist begins Sunday School

WHIPPLE, Ohio — Twin Rivers Baptist Church, 110 D.A.V. Road, began its Fall Sunday School campaign Sept. 23 with a balloon launch. The campaign will continue through Oct. 21 with Sunday school beginning at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. A brief opening assembly is scheduled in the church ...

Faith panel discusses issues at Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action meeting

PARKERSBURG — Five local faith leaders described their denominations’ call for responsible stewardship of the earth 15 days after Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolinas at a meeting Thursday of Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action. The pastors and lay leaders said they were called by God ...

Pisgah United Methodist Church celebrating bicentennial

PALESTINE — Pisgah United Methodist Church has been on Garfield Road, about eight miles from Elizabeth in Wirt County, for a long time; emphasis on long time. “At least for the last 150 years,” said the Rev. Darrin DeVaughn, who has pastored the church for the last four years. The ...

Marietta’s First Baptist Church celebrating 200th year

MARIETTA — While Marietta celebrates its history as a river city the second weekend in September, the congregation of First Baptist Church will mark a milestone in its own history as a part of Marietta. On Sept. 8-9, the church will hold an open house, a combined worship service and a free ...

Lightning strike causes fire damage inside Parkersburg church

PARKERSBURG — Members of the Southside Southern Baptist Church are feeling blessed to be able to hold their church services in their church after a fire, started by a lightning strike, caused an estimated $7,500 damage. Southside Southern Baptist Church’s steeple was struck by lightning ...

First Baptist Church in Marietta turning 200

MARIETTA — On Sternwheel Festival weekend, the congregation of the First Baptist Church of Marietta will mark 200 years of worship with an open house, an anniversary worship service and a concert, all open to the public. According to church documents: “On Saturday, the 5th day of ...

St. Albans church celebrates its 150th anniversary

ST. ALBANS — With its wellknown bell tower, First Presbyterian Church of St. Albans has become a landmark church for the area. Located at Kanawha Terrace and 3rd Avenue, people have been congregating there for 150 years. To celebrate this milestone in their history, First Presbyterian is ...

Sanctus Real to perform at First Baptist Church of St. Marys

ST. MARYS — Less than two years ago, the First Baptist Church of St. Marys’ Family Life Center had a very large, empty lot beside it. “There were a lot of prayers offered for direction as to what the future of this building would be,” said Pastor John Strimer. Now, it is the site ...

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church to host reading camp

PARKERSBURG — The sixth annual reading camp at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 903 Charles St., is scheduled 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday July 30-Aug. 3. The free reading camp is for children in grades 1-4 during the last school year who are at least one grade level behind in ...

Kids Fest slated for July 7 at Parkersburg City Park

PARKERSBURG — Kids Fest returns 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 7 at Parkersburg City Park in the area of the band shell. The festival is sponsored by the Liberty Street Church of God, the Baptist Temple and the Bethel AME churches in Parkersburg. Numerous games and activities are planned for ...

First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg turns 125

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church, 19th Street, Parkersburg, has begun a celebration of its 125th anniversary. Parishioners gathered on June 6 at the site of the first church, 930 Avery St., known then as the St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church, to mark the anniversary where the ...

Middlebourne pastor embarking on 1,200-mile bicycle voyage of a lifetime

MIDDLEBOURNE — A Middlebourne preacher is embarking on a cross-country voyage. Pastor Troy Guild of the Middlebourne Baptist Church on June 4 will ride his bicycle 1,200 miles to Texas. The thought of such a voyage might make a person’s legs ache, but Guild said God has called him back ...

‘The Burn’ preps summer parks youth rally tour

PARKERSBURG — “The Burn” will begin its summer parks youth rally tour of the Mid-Ohio Valley starting Memorial Day weekend today at the Underwood Shelter in Fort Boreman Historical Park. The MOV Parks Tour will take place each Saturday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at different parks . The ...

Marietta church to hold Strawberry Festival Lunch and Bake Sale

MARIETTA — There are some moments you anticipate having every spring. For Kay Maidens, it’s biting into a ripe, red, juicy strawberry for the first time in the season. “It’s a heck of a time to bite into a strawberry,” she said. “It’s kind of the same as with green beans. You ...

Brother’s Keeper helps put faith into action

RIPLEY — Brother’s Keeper started at the Parchment Valley Conference Center in the year 2000 as a service project for Jackson County, repairing homes for senior citizens, those in financial difficulty and unable to pay for repairs, the physically unable and as Parchment Valley Director of ...