Faith

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 ...

Grants available for Parkersburg area Christian youth

PARKERSBURG — Grants from the Proclaimers Gospel Quartet Fund for Christian Youth are available through the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates. The fund provides support for Christian youth and Christian youth groups in need of financial assistance to attend or ...

Mid-Ohio Valley pastors discuss Billy Graham’s legacy

PARKERSBURG — The Rev. Michael Seely of Parkersburg attended a Billy Graham crusade in Pittsburgh. It was a long time ago, said Seely, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church on Juliana Street, but he remembers it was so moving only the most steadfast unbelievers wouldn’t change. “You ...

‘Be Still and Know He Is God’ to be performed at Parkersburg church

PARKERSBURG — A musical about the trials and tribulations of African Americans from being forced into slavery to the civil rights movement will be presented by the ladies of St. Paul A.M.E. Church of Charleston 3 p.m. today at the Zion Baptist Church, Eighth and Clay streets. “Be Still ...

St. Paul Lutheran Church to install Pastor Stinnett March 4

PARKERSBURG — A new pastor will be installed next month at the St. Paul Lutheran Church. Aaron Stinnett’s installation service is scheduled for 4 p.m. March 4 at the church, located at 3500 Broad St. Stinnett was born in 1969 in Fullerton, Calif. He and his wife Nancy were married June ...

Marietta doctor recalls Mother Teresa

MARIETTA — An area doctor may have the opportunity to reconnect with one of his most famous patients when a relic of Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta comes to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption this week. Joseph Mayo, MD, is a cardiologist who established a Cardiac Catheterization Lab ...

Mid-Ohio Valley pastors discuss addiction solutions

PARKERSBURG — Hosted by the 14th Avenue Gospel Mission Church on Monday, several pastors from the Mid-Ohio Valley gathered to hear about what they could do to help fight the addiction crisis this region is facing. High On Hope Ministries founder Tim Craft challenged the churches to partner ...

MOV Interfaith to screen ‘Malala’ documentary

MARIETTA — The story of Malala Yousafzai is one that most of the world has heard. In 2009, the young Pakistani girl was shot by Taliban militants for her pursuit of education but miraculously survived. She is now an international advocate for the right to education for all people, ...

Mid-Ohio Valley pastors gathering to fight drug epidemic

PARKERSBURG —A “Pastors Awareness Breakfast” is scheduled for 9-10:30 a.m. Jan. 29 at the 14th Avenue Gospel Mission Church, 4124 14th Ave. in south Parkersburg. The breakfast is in the church’s fellowship hall. Breakfast is provided and speakers scheduled are Tim Craft, founder of ...

First Lutheran Church celebrates Epiphany

PARKERSBURG — Christmas came to a close at First Lutheran Church on Saturday with the tradition of burning the greens after the church’s Epiphany service. According to tradition Epiphany is the traditional service of celebration conducted the 13th day after the birth of Christ, the day the ...

Waterford Church of the Nazarene commissions mural for Christmas

WATERFORD — The mural shines down on the sanctuary as if generating its own light. The eye follows a road through snowy downs into a village in the distance, passing children and a snowman, around through a valley and up to a church, then fArther up a dark, ice-clad mountain range topped ...

First Lutheran Church to have Candlelight Christmas Eve services

PARKERSBURG —Everyone is invited to the traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve services Sunday at First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets. The services are anticipated each year as a wonderful and meaningful way to celebrate the birth of the Christ child, Jesus, said First ...

Acts of Renewal to perform at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church

PARKERSBURG — The national touring theater company Acts of Renewal will present the Christmas show “Rediscovering Christmas” 2 p.m. today at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 1210 20th St. Professional actors Jim and Carol Anderson-Shores will engage the audience with vignettes ...

Live nativity set for Saturday at Tunnel United Methodist Church

TUNNEL — Last year, Warren High School student Faith Weyant got the ultimate Christmas-time role. The teen portrayed Mary in the live nativity at Tunnel United Methodist Church, her third time in the production. It was a bright spot in an event that she said really celebrates the ...

Celebration as Sister Lillian Sleight turns 100

PARKERSBURG — “When our belief gets pale and weak, there comes a person out of that need who is shining and warm and everyone living who has come in contact with her reflects a little of that light. “And so they gathered on Sunday, Oct. 15 at St. Margaret Mary Church in Parkersburg, ...

Former NBA player to speak at South Parkersburg Baptist Church

PARKERSBURG — A former NBA basketball player will be speaking in Parkersburg about his struggles to overcome addiction and substance abuse. Chris Herren, who played for the Denver Nuggets and the Boston Celtics, will be speaking 6 p.m. Monday at South Parkersburg Baptist Church at 1655 ...

Candlelight Compline services slated

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets, celebrates the Advent Season each year with weekly candlelight Compline services. Compline services, traditionally the last prayer service of the day, is scheduled each Thursday evening leading up to Christmas. Services are ...

Vienna pastor delivers prayer at U.S. House of Representatives

WASHINGTON — Pastor Jon Lands of the Fellowship Baptist Church on Rosemar Road delivered the prayer opening Thursday’s session of the U.S. House of Representatives. Lands was introduced by Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., who recommended him to the chaplain of the House of Representatives to ...