Faith

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 ...

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 ...