Faith

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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 ...

Murphytown Baptist Church welcomes new pastor

MURPHYTOWN — Jason Hickman is the new pastor at Murphytown Baptist Church. Hickman is the son of Alfred and Jeanie Hickman, of Calhoun County. He resides in Wirt County, with his wife Gayle (McVey) and their two children, Allyson, 10, and Lucas, 5. He was raised with the Word of God ...

Fairlawn Baptist Church schedules annual Sportsmen Banquet and Expo

PARKERSBURG — Fairlawn Baptist Church will host its seventh annual Sportsmen Banquet and Expo on Feb. 4. The expo includes several vendors and displays about hunting, fishing and outdoor activities. There will be a wild game sampling available. Dinner will consist of pulled pork, baked ...

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The sanctuary of the church has 150 chairs ready for Sunday’s first service, but Pastor David Bounds said the church has room to seat many more and expects to for Sunday’s service.

Pentecostals of Parkersburg prepare for first worship service

PARKERSBURG — The edges may be a little rough and not every nail in place but “finished” is not far away for the Pentecostals of Parkersburg. “The most important thing,” said Pastor David Bounds, “is we’re having church here Sunday at 2 p.m. It’ll be a good way to ...

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Senior Pastor Ian B. Reid of the First Lutheran Church ignites a bonfire following the Epiphany Service in 2015. This year’s Epiphany Service and bonfire will be held 7 p.m. Jan. 6.

First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg slates Epiphany Service, bonfire

PARKERSBURG — The First Lutheran Church at 19th and Plum streets will close the Christmas season with the celebratory Epiphany Service at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at the church. The Rev. Ian B. Reid, senior pastor of First Lutheran, will be joined by other area pastors. Following the service ...

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The sanctuary at First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets, has been prepared for the traditional candlelight Christmas Eve services at 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. today. Music will precede each service beginning at 5:15 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. A nursery is available for the early service.

First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg slates candelight services

PARKERSBURG — Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve services are scheduled today at First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets. The early service begins at 5:30 p.m. with music beginning at 5:15 p.m. The late service begins at 11 p.m. with music beginning at 10:30 p.m. Both ...

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Caleb Anderson, 13, of Fleming, leads a goat through the barn of Sweetapple Farm in Vincent during the live nativity show Thursday.

Families enjoy annual live nativity at Sweetapple Farm

VINCENT — Returning for their annual pre-Christmas tradition the Coleman family joined in singing carols during the 14th annual live nativity at Sweetapple Farm Thursday. “We’ve come for years, it helps put us in the right frame of mind,” said Andy Coleman, 52, of Marietta. “This is ...