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Faith

‘Dash for the Stache’ 5K race set for April 13

VIENNA— On April 13, McDonough Wildlife Refuge will host “Dash for the Stache, ” a 5K race which will serve as a fundraiser for the West Virginia Baptist Convention (WVBC) to build a leadership and activity center in Webster County. The event’s goal through a series of fundraisers is ...

Storm to visit McConnelsville churches to speak about human trafficking

McCONNELSVILLE — A national speaker, author and survivor of human trafficking will speak at three United Methodist Churches in McConnelsville April 14. Sandy Storm, a former resident of Morgan and Perry counties, broke free from a life of sex trafficking nearly 15 years ago. She gained ...

Pat, Jim McInness to discuss missionary work

PARKERSBURG — Almost 50 years ago a newly married young couple in Canada got a telephone call from a church in Parkersburg to come to speak about their call to become missionaries in Costa Rica. Surprised, and knowing no one in West Virginia, Pat and Jim McInness, arrived here. That visit ...

Churches adapting to the digital age

PARKERSBURG — You leave the house, get in the car and head out to work when you realize you have forgotten your phone. What do you do? If you’re not too far away, you go back to get it. That’s because so much of what happens today revolves around that small piece of electronic ...

Backus family to serve Rockpoint Church in Japan

PARKERSBURG — Bryan Backus received his Ritchie County High School diploma in the spring of 1991. The Gulf War had been declared over a few months before. While other classmates readied themselves to be fresh faces in college, Backus was busy being a fresh face at Parris Island, S.C., as ...

Mid-Ohio Valley pastor’s ministry distributes Gideon Bibles in Ghana

PARKERSBURG — Charles Leisure stands in the pulpit of the Smithville Baptist Church with a Bible in his hand. He is the pastor at the church. When he stands in a school in the villages near Swedru, Ghana, he stands there as a man on a mission with a Bible in his hand. He has many Bibles ...

Washington County churches plan Christmas Eve services

MARIETTA — Amidst gift exchanges and family dinners, local pastors, reverends and other religious leaders hope Marietta and surrounding residents take a moment to pause either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. “I hope you can take away an appreciation for the meanings behind the day, for the ...

Parkersburg woman gets PorchSwing Ministries off the ground

PARKERSBURG — Christine Fox Parker is a therapist who has an office away from the office; it’s her front porch. “I love my front porch,” she said. “It’s a haven for me. I can be alone there but never lonely. I read and I write. “I have this open-porch policy,” Parker said. ...

King’s Brass to perform at Fellowship Baptist Church

VIENNA — Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass will be appearing in concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at Fellowship Baptist Church, 3300 Rosemar Road in Vienna. Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass presents hymn classics with a contemporary flair. The King’s Brass features three trumpets, three ...

First Lutheran Church announces candlelight services

PARKERSBURG —Candlelight Compline services begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at First Lutheran Church, located at 1701 19th St. The services celebrating the Advent Season at First Lutheran are conducted Thursdays prior to Christmas on Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. This year a “minimal meal” of soup and ...

Marietta church, rehab form unique partnership

MARIETTA — God’s mysterious ways put Ryan Miller’s new church and its congregation of 45 in an obscure corner of an industrial park on the eastern edge of Marietta two years ago. It was several months before the first worshipper from the rehab clinic across the highway came through the ...

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 ...