Faith

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 ...

Twin Rivers Baptist Church to mark anniversary Sunday

WHIPPLE — Twin Rivers Baptist Church, 110 D.A.V. Road, will celebrate its 22nd anniversary during Sunday services Sunday. The day’s services begin during Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. with classes for all ages. The morning worship service is 10:30 a.m. and followed by a carry-in dinner in the ...

Grace Gospel Church turning 50

PARKERSBURG — May 6 is a day of celebration for Grace Gospel Church. Not just because it is a Sunday, but it is the day the church has chosen to mark its 50th anniversary. Roger Benson is the pastor of the church, the third in the church’s history. Grace Gospel was not a church when ...

Climate change program slated at Marietta church

MARIETTA — Jean Ambrose and Giulia Mannarino, co-vice chairs of Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action and certified members of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, will present a two-part program on climate change issues and solutions for the adult religious education classes at the First Unitarian ...

Churches present Indelible Grace at Marietta High School

MARIETTA — Five churches are working together to bring a concert featuring Matthew Smith and Indelible Grace to the Marietta High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. April 27. The churches — Williams Creek Baptist in Williamstown, The Journey Church in Marietta, Grace Baptist Church in ...

Global Leadership Summit slated

PARKERSBURG — A simulcast of the Global Leadership Summit from Chicago’s Willowcreek Baptist Church will be broadcast Aug. 9-10 at North Parkersburg Baptist Church, according to Tim Cinnamon, pastor of CONNECT Ministry, and Ryan Brooks, pastor of the i12 Ministries. This is the third year ...

Parkersburg woman to receive Bishop’s Cross

PARKERSBURG — A teacher from Parkersburg will be among three lay women who will receive the Bishop’s Cross from Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. The 24th annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools is scheduled April 22 at the Morgantown Event ...

Parish Faith Missions Conference opening in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — People who have come to Christ in the last 50 years are encouraged to attend the Parish Faith Missions Conference in Parkersburg this weekend, event organizers said. This year’s event, which starts tonight, marks the 50th year of “Giving to the Lord.” “We want people ...

High On Hope event coming to Parkersburg’s City Park

PARKERSBURG — High On Hope Ministries is hosting the second annual High On Hope The Movement event April 28 at Parkersburg City Park from noon-8 p.m. The ministry is focused on attacking the addiction crisis in this region. The goal of the event is to unite the community together, connect ...

‘Empower 2018’ conference set for Parkersburg High School Auditorium

PARKERSBURG — A women’s conference “Empower 2018 — It’s Time!” is scheduled for the Parkersburg High School Auditorium April 13 at 7 p.m. and April 14 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration is required, but the conference is free, by going to the link on the Empower 2018 Facebook event ...

Parkersburg ministers to speak at services

PARKERSBURG — Good Friday Services will be today at 6 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church, Eighth and Clay streets in Parkersburg. The service is on the seven last words, which will be delivered by seven area ministers. The following are the words and the ministers who will be delivering the ...

Good Friday walk slated in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The annual inter-faith Good Friday walk is March 30 and begins at noon at St. Francis Xavier Church at 532 Market St. The community Stations of the Cross continues its tradition of people of various faiths worshipping together and touring downtown churches. The Stations ...

St. John Central Grade School students learn lessons of Lent

MARIETTA — Out in the community, if you look closely, many people are under some degree of stress right now. But it’s for a good cause. This is Lent, a period intended to mirror among Christians Jesus’s voluntary deprivation in the wilderness in his last days on Earth, and many give up ...

Twin City Opera House to host ‘Chain Breaker’

McCONNELSVILLE, Ohio — The Twin City Opera House will host the Christian musical drama “Chain Breaker,” under the direction of Melanie Baldwin, on Palm Sunday weekend, March 24-25. Showtime is 7 p.m. March 24 and 3 p.m. March 25. Doors open one hour prior to each performance. Tickets ...

Bethel Baptist Church pastor retiring

PARKERSBURG — The pastor at the Bethel Baptist Church is retiring. Pastor Randy Kochersperger has been the lead pastor at Bethel since 1986 and will preach his last sermon on Sunday. “I’ll just be kind of reminiscing,” Kochersperger said about the sermon. He has been cleaning out ...