Faith

Jesse Osborn becomes Eagle Scout

PARKERSBURG — Within the ranks of the Boys Scouts of America, the rank of Eagle Scout is the highest. Part of the requirement is an approved service to the community project. Lauckport United Methodist Church sponsors Troop 16. Jim Osborn was the first Eagle Scout awarded in ...

First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg slates annual Compline service

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets, will celebrate the Advent Season with weekly candlelight Compline services beginning Dec. 1. Compline services, the last prayer service of the day, will be held every Thursday leading to Christmas.  Services will begin at 7 ...

Faithful enjoy movies, food at Lowell church

LOWELL — St. John’s Evangelical Church in Lowell is sharing its ministry through movies. On Sunday, the church showed the film “God’s Not Dead,” and provided all attendees with a free catered meal from Joe Momma’s Kitchen to engage in good fellowship. According to Pastor ...

Mid-Ohio Valley churches hold celebrations

Churches held events Saturday when trick or treat was held by numerous communities in the region. At the Lauckport-Park View United Methodist Charge, the focus of the mid-afternoon celebration was All Saints’ Day, the day following all hallows eve, which is shortened to ...

Rodney Barbour to perform at First Presbyterian Church in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — Renown organist, musician and entertainer Rodney Barbour will perform 6 p.m. Sunday at the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 1421 Juliana St., on the church’s Austin organ. Barbour, a Huntington native and resident of Cincinnati, is a highly regarded church organist, ...

Liberty Street Church of God’s ‘Escape’ youth program plans concert

PARKERSBURG — It will be an acoustical concert to “Escape” to next Friday. The Liberty Street Church of God “Escape” youth program is hosting what director Eric Tucker said is “a concert which is going to have a coffee shop feel with an open mic feel, but we already have the ...

Fall Festival set for Sunday

PARKERSBURG — South Parkersburg Baptist Church is hosting its 20th annual Fall Festival 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the church, located on Blizzard Drive. The free festival will feature food, music, a petting zoo, inflatables and a mechanical bull. The church is located next to Parkersburg South ...

Vienna worship service focuses on mental illness

VIENNA — A Communities of Faith worship service will be 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at Christ Lutheran Church, 4513 Grand Central Ave. in Vienna. “Our  ecumenical service is to help eliminate the stigma of mental illness, promote understanding and support to the mental health systems in our ...

Crossroads United Methodist Church Camp to hold fundraiser

PARKERSBURG — Since 1945 the Crossroads United Methodist Church Camp located just outside of Parkersburg has been a destination, but the facilities are in need of an upgrade. Today’s Fall Festival at the camp from 3 to 7 p.m. is a fundraiser for the Great Things Campaign to build a ...

German translation reveals church history

MARIETTA - As the final volume of an endeavor spanning decades awaits final approval for print, members of the German Records Project for Washington County are ready to celebrate their family history with a potluck dinner."The German immigrant group is a huge part of the history of Washington ...

St. Paul’s Evangelical Church in Marietta receives updates

MARIETTA - St. Paul's Evangelical Church has been a part of the Marietta community since its charter in 1838.The congregation over the past few years has been making improvements, including several over the summer to the stained-glass windows, painting, replacing carpet and refurbishing wood ...

Summitt Valley United Methodist reaches milestone

VIENNA - The Summitt Valley United Methodist Church will host its 100-year anniversary celebration during the homecoming celebration Sept. 11.The service starts at 1 p.m., and dinner will be served beforehand around noon. Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball will be speaking and there will be special ...

Mid-Ohio Valley residents join W.A.R.M. mission trip

PARKERSBURG - Nine youth and four adults from St. Andrews and First United Methodist churches of Parkersburg participated with five out-of-state United Methodist churches from Wilmington, N.C., June 29-July 2 in the Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry Inc., known as W.A.R.M.Eighty youth and ...

Mid-Ohio Valley pastors discuss importance of growth

PARKERSBURG - Church growth is what all pastors want. People in the pews. Church growth is more than numbers and according to four local pastors, requires a spiritual growth in the congregation and worshippers as well to have visitors join their numbers."There is no simple response," said ...

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church program ends first year on high note

PARKERSBURG - After eight weeks, a group committed to provide positive reinforcement to area children ended its first year on a high note with plans to expand the program in 2017, its second year.In June, two groups - the Neighbors group in the Parkersburg City Council Fourth District and the ...

Parkersburg High School graduate writes Biblical warning book

PARKERSBURG - Two loves of 1949 Parkersburg High School graduate Judy Becker have come together in a book she has authored, "After Global Warming What?"Becker, who is known as J.E. in the literary circles, has combined a 1953 geology degree from Marietta College and a love for the Bible to ...

Singers sought for Parkersburg gospel event

PARKERSBURG - First Christian Church, 1400 Washington Ave., is inviting singing groups -- including soloists, quartets, duets - to perform at a community gospel sing planned for 6 p.m. Aug. 13 in its church sanctuary.Several groups have already said they would be singing at the event, said the ...

Mid-Ohio Valley residents, police officers pray together

PARKERSBURG - Residents Sunday gathered with local law enforcement throughout Wood County to offer them prayers and support in light of the recent shootings of police officers.Residents gathered at different locations for a short prayer service and met with officers to thank them and offer ...