Faith

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 ...

West Virginia Baptist Convention hires executive minister

PARKERSBURG — In a special called meeting on Nov. 11, the Executive Board of the West Virginia Baptist Convention, acting on the recommendation of the Executive Minister Search Committee, voted to hire Dr. Michael B. Sisson as the executive minister for the West Virginia Baptist ...

Church volunteers help House to Home

PARKERSBURG — Volunteers from First Presbyterian Church in Parkersburg have remodeled and painted the children’s corner at House to Home, 413 Eighth St. The church volunteers also have delivered toys for young children staying at the day shelter. Barbara Lucas, from the mission and ...

Interfaith Amigos talk inclusiveness at Marietta College

MARIETTA — They’re on a mission, so to speak. The Interfaith Amigos offered an hour of humor, wisdom and insight for about 300 people who gathered in the Alma McDonough Auditorium at Marietta College Friday night. The three clergymen — Imam Jamal Rahman, a Muslim Sufi minister, Pastor ...

Q&A: Interfaith Amigos coming to Marietta College

MARIETTA — Three clergymen who met after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 will visit Marietta for a presentation and workshop on how to promote positive interaction among people of different faiths. The trio, known as Interfaith Amigos, is comprised of Jamal Rahman, an Imam of the ...

Low Gap Christian Union preps bicentennial

MARIETTA — Anyone who wants to get to Cline in a hurry is probably going to the wrong place. The 30-mile drive up the smooth but unforgiving Ohio 26 takes an hour from Marietta, passing Sitka, Dart, Wingett Run and finally Cline, situated across the Monroe County border. Two miles past that ...

Parkersburg resident helps purify water, and spirits, during trip to Cambodia

PARKERSBURG —When is a missionary in Cambodia, not really a missionary but a geologist? When Lori Frees of Parkersburg was involved. “It was against the law to be a missionary,” she said. “I was a geologist, a geologist with Resource Development International, which is located in ...

Missionary says churches need to think W.I.S.E. regarding trips

PARKERSBURG — Lori Frees said she had an acronym for her mission work in Cambodia. “It’s what churches sending groups to Cambodia need to think about during the planning period. They need to be thinking W.I.S.E.,” Frees said. “W” — “Is it wholistic?” she said. “Yes, I know ...

Fundraiser to aid Gospel Mission Food Pantry

MARIETTA — The number of visitors to the Gospel Mission Food Pantry last week was 465 men, women and children. That is an enormous number of people coming in to ask for food, toiletries and other basic necessities, according to Candy Waite, who runs the food pantry with husband, ...

St. John Church to be dedicated today

BENWOOD, W.Va. — Two years after fire destroyed their church, Benwood, W.Va., Catholics will join Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, as he officially opens the new church by celebrating the Mass of Dedication of the Church today at 4 p.m. The ...

Rev. Freshour returning to Parkersburg area for meetings

PARKERSBURG — A former assistant pastor in Parkersburg who has pastored in the Washington, D.C., area for almost 20 years is returning to the area Sept. 8-13 for a series of meetings with an Ethiopian minister imprisoned and beaten for his faith. The Rev. David Freshour, who co-pastors the ...

First Lutheran youth group completes New York City mission trip

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church of Parkersburg youth recently returned from its annual mission trip to New York City. The group was comprised of 12 teenagers accompanied by four adult chaperones, including the church’s senior pastor, Ian Reid, and his wife, Becca Reid. The group ...

Wood County residents offer prayer, support for law enforcement

PARKERSBURG — People took time to come out Sunday and pray for local law enforcement officers during the Wood County Law Enforcement Officer Prayer Walk. The second annual event, organized by Greg Hoover of Parkersburg, was originally scheduled in mid-July but had to be postponed. Around ...