Faith

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 ...

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Carrying the cross into First United Methodist Church during the annual Stations of the Cross in downtown Parkersburg is Shane Bowersock.

In His Footsteps

PARKERSBURG — For more than 20 years the annual interfaith Good Friday Stations of the Cross Walk has been a tradition in downtown Parkersburg. Organizers of the event said the bright clear April skies and warmer temperatures brought out one of the largest groups in recent years. Sherry ...

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The Rev. Thad Allen, regional minister for West Virginia, Pennsylvania and parts of Maryland in the Disciples of Christ, stands near the altar of the prayer room at the First Christian Church. Allen is the only regional minister in the Disciples of Christ denomination who oversees two regions.

Allen oversees multiple regions for Disciples of Christ

PARKERSBURG — Within the Disciples of Christ denomination, there are 32 regions in the United States and Canada. In the mid-morning hours the Rev. Thad Allen sits in his second floor office at the denomination’s First Christian Church on Washington Avenue. A cup of coffee in one hand, a ...

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An open house is scheduled 4-6 p.m. today to introduce the new pastor of the Murphytown Baptist Church, Jason Hickman. He is married to his wife, Gayle, and they have two children, Allyson, 10, and Lucas, 5.

Murphytown Baptist Church to hold open house

MURPHYTOWN — The congregation of Murphytown Baptist Church will host an open house to introduce the new pastor, Jason Hickman and his family, 4-6 p.m. today at the church. The church is located five miles east of Parkersburg at the Murphytown Road exit of Route 50. The first road to the ...

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Internationally known gospel pianist Huntley Brown will perform at the First Presbyterian Church in Parkersburg at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 2.

Huntley Brown to perform at Parkersburg church

PARKERSBURG — Internationally known gospel pianist Huntley Brown will perform at the First Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 2. The music of Huntley Brown has been described as inspired, anointed, powerful, and explosive. His “electrifying” playing earned him the Top ...

Marietta church preps men’s conference

MARIETTA — What does it mean to be a man? Bill Terry, national director of the Men’s Ministries of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, plans to help local men of multiple faiths answer that question this weekend during a cross-denominational men’s conference to be held at The ...

Catholic schools official to receive award

PARKERSBURG — An official with the Catholic schools in Parkersburg will receive an award at the annual Bishop’s Dinner in April in Morgantown. Donna Smith, who has served Parkersburg Catholic High School and Elementary School in various roles for the past 13 years, is among five people ...

Williamstown church to host benefit concert

WILLIAMSTOWN —Dunamis Concerts is hosting a contemporary Christian music concert March 25 at the Evergreen Bible Church, located at 118 West Ninth Street, featuring Melody Joy. The church is adjacent to the Williamstown Christian School. A love offering will be recieved. The event will raise ...

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The First Presbyterian Church of Williamstown

Two Mid-Ohio Valley churches share pastor

WILLIAMSTOWN — The intertwined history of the Presbyterian Church with Bethel, Waverly and Williamstown can be traced back to 1845 when the church at Bethel produced a branch church in Waverly and then one began in Williamstown as settlements migrated toward the other. The one thing the ...

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The Rev. Elizabeth Campbell Maleke has pastored the First Presbyterian Church of Williamstown and the Waverly Presbyterian Church for the last six years.

Maleke discusses dual pastorships

WILLIAMSTOWN — The road to the pulpit for the Rev. Elizabeth Campbell Maleke was anything but a short one. And it’s still anything but a quick trip each Sunday to the church she pastors in Williamstown at First Presbyterian. From the front porch of her Williams Avenue home you can see ...

Lenten series set for Parkersburg, Vienna churches

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church, located at 19th and Plum streets, and its sister church, Christ Lutheran, located at 46th Street and Grand Central Avenue in Vienna, will join again for Wednesday services during the 40 days of Lent, according to the Revs. Ian B. Reid and Emilie ...

Prayer walk set for Sunday in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Area churches are coming together Sunday to take a stand against drugs, prostitution, murder, suicide and more. The “Boots on the Ground” prayer walk is slated for 3 p.m. Sunday, starting at Downtown Bethel Church, 517 Market St., Parkersburg. Walkers will go through ...

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Nellie Beardmore and her brother, Bill Hess, both of Marietta, unveil the plaque that honors their late uncle, Dean Hess, at the Memorial Garden beside the First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday afternoon.

Marker at First Presbyterian Church in Marietta honors Col. Dean Hess

MARIETTA — Marietta is full of rich history and the new Memorial Garden beside the First Presbyterian Church on Wooster Street is as well. On Tuesday, a new marker was unveiled by members of the church commemorating the late Col. Dean Hess. Hess attended the original Presbyterian church as ...

Catholic Charities annual gala scheduled for Feb. 25

WHEELING — Catholic Charities West Virginia’s seventh annual Gala, titled “Impressions of Hope,” will be celebrated Feb. 25 at Wheeling Park’s White Palace ballroom from 6-10 p.m. The gala will be hosted by the Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of ...

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Members of the new ukulele choir at Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta practice strumming on their instruments Wednesday evening at the church.

Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta forms ukulele choir

MARIETTA — Pastor Don Archer wants to bring a taste of Hawaii to the Mid-Ohio Valley through Hawaiian shirts and strumming ukuleles. Starting next week, any local residents are able to join the new ukulele choir at the Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta. “I got the idea ...