Faith

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Trinity Episcopal Church announces Christmas Eve services

PARKERSBURG — Trinity Episcopal Church will be celebrating Christmas Eve with two services. The late service is a traditional Anglican service with choir, organ and brass and begins with a concert at 10:30 p.m.,  followed by the service at 11 p.m. The concert will begin with the choir ...

First United Methodist Church holds ‘Advent Celebration’

PARKERSBURG — Honoring the meaning of the season is what brought the community together for “An Advent Celebration” on Sunday. People from around the area filled First United Methodist Church on Juliana Street for the performance which heralds the arrival of the Christmas ...

Youth groups teaming up to raise funds for Salvation Army

PARKERSBURG — Youth groups from seven churches on both sides of the Ohio River are coming together Dec. 17 to ring bells at the Grand Central Mall to raise funds for the Salvation Army. And maybe learn a few things about themselves as well. “There’s going to be youth groups from ...

Donations accepted for Operation Backyard Shoebox

MARIETTA — Some children are less fortunate during the holidays than others. Gospel Mission Food Pantry is working to make sure that every child is given a gift during the season for giving with Operation Backyard Shoebox. “We just want every child to have the same opportunity as ...

Annual Cookeez sale slated at First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — The third annual Cookeez sale will be held 10-noon Saturday at the First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum Streets. This holiday sale gets bigger and better every year, offering a scrumptious way for you to “EEZ” into your Christmas entertaining. This year, in addition to a ...

Logan Memorial United Methodist Church to mark 150 years Sunday

PARKERSBURG — The Logan Memorial United Methodist Church, located on the corner of Sixth and Ann streets, will celebrate its 150th year of existence with song and music during a Sunday evening performance of the Christmas  musical “150 Years of  Christmases.” Songs and music from ...