Mid-Ohio Valley pastors gathering to fight drug epidemic

PARKERSBURG —A “Pastors Awareness Breakfast” is scheduled for 9-10:30 a.m. Jan. 29 at the 14th Avenue Gospel Mission Church, 4124 14th Ave. in south Parkersburg. The breakfast is in the church’s fellowship hall. Breakfast is provided and speakers scheduled are Tim Craft, founder of ...

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Epiphany was celebrated at First Lutheran Church on Saturday with the traditional burning of the greens at the church’s community garden lot adjacent to the church on 19th Street in Parkersburg. The greens burned were used to decorate the church during the Christmas season, along with trees contributed by church members and neighbors.

First Lutheran Church celebrates Epiphany

PARKERSBURG — Christmas came to a close at First Lutheran Church on Saturday with the tradition of burning the greens after the church’s Epiphany service. According to tradition Epiphany is the traditional service of celebration conducted the 13th day after the birth of Christ, the day the ...

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Artist Roger Bonnette and Pastor Karl Kesselring talk in the sanctuary of the Waterford Church of the Nazarene below the mural Bonnette painted for the church.

Waterford Church of the Nazarene commissions mural for Christmas

WATERFORD — The mural shines down on the sanctuary as if generating its own light. The eye follows a road through snowy downs into a village in the distance, passing children and a snowman, around through a valley and up to a church, then fArther up a dark, ice-clad mountain range topped ...

First Lutheran Church to have Candlelight Christmas Eve services

PARKERSBURG —Everyone is invited to the traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve services Sunday at First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets. The services are anticipated each year as a wonderful and meaningful way to celebrate the birth of the Christ child, Jesus, said First ...

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Jim and Carol Anderson-Shores will perform 2 p.m. today at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church.

Acts of Renewal to perform at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church

PARKERSBURG — The national touring theater company Acts of Renewal will present the Christmas show “Rediscovering Christmas” 2 p.m. today at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 1210 20th St. Professional actors Jim and Carol Anderson-Shores will engage the audience with vignettes ...

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Those involved in a previous live nativity at Tunnel United Methodist Church pose for a picture. This year’s nativity will be open from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Live nativity set for Saturday at Tunnel United Methodist Church

TUNNEL — Last year, Warren High School student Faith Weyant got the ultimate Christmas-time role. The teen portrayed Mary in the live nativity at Tunnel United Methodist Church, her third time in the production. It was a bright spot in an event that she said really celebrates the ...

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Sister Lillian Sleight celebrates her 100th birthday at St. Margaret Mary Church in Parkersburg.

Celebration as Sister Lillian Sleight turns 100

PARKERSBURG — “When our belief gets pale and weak, there comes a person out of that need who is shining and warm and everyone living who has come in contact with her reflects a little of that light. “And so they gathered on Sunday, Oct. 15 at St. Margaret Mary Church in Parkersburg, ...

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Former NBA player Chris Herren will be speaking Monday at South Parkersburg Baptist Church on his struggles with addiction and substance abuse. Alcohol and drug free since Aug.1, 2008, Herren has refocused his life to put his sobriety and family above all else.

Former NBA player to speak at South Parkersburg Baptist Church

PARKERSBURG — A former NBA basketball player will be speaking in Parkersburg about his struggles to overcome addiction and substance abuse. Chris Herren, who played for the Denver Nuggets and the Boston Celtics, will be speaking 6 p.m. Monday at South Parkersburg Baptist Church at 1655 ...

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The Rev. Ian B. Reid, senior pastor of First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets, prepares to read the Bible lesson for an evening Compline service last year.  Compline services, the last prayer service of the day, this year are scheduled every Thursday before Christmas, 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21. Services are open to the public.

Candlelight Compline services slated

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets, celebrates the Advent Season each year with weekly candlelight Compline services. Compline services, traditionally the last prayer service of the day, is scheduled each Thursday evening leading up to Christmas. Services are ...

Vienna pastor delivers prayer at U.S. House of Representatives

WASHINGTON — Pastor Jon Lands of the Fellowship Baptist Church on Rosemar Road delivered the prayer opening Thursday’s session of the U.S. House of Representatives. Lands was introduced by Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., who recommended him to the chaplain of the House of Representatives to ...

West Virginia Baptist Convention hires executive minister

PARKERSBURG — In a special called meeting on Nov. 11, the Executive Board of the West Virginia Baptist Convention, acting on the recommendation of the Executive Minister Search Committee, voted to hire Dr. Michael B. Sisson as the executive minister for the West Virginia Baptist ...

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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 ...