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Reid marks ten years at Parkersburg church

The Rev. Ian B. Reid and his family share a celebratory cake in honor of his 10th anniversary at First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg. The cake was presented by the church council for the family to enjoy since pandemic restrictions would not allow an in-person celebration with the congregation. From left, Caleb, Cora, Becca, Eli and Reid. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The pastor of a Lutheran Church in Parkersburg has passed a milestone.

The Rev. Rev. Ian B. Reid has celebrated his 10th anniversary at First Lutheran Church on 19th Street. Reid is the senior pastor at First Lutheran.

He started at the church on July 18, 2010, the official date of his installation at First Lutheran. Bishop Ralph Duncan of the WV-WMD Synod officiated at the ceremony.

A 10th anniversary celebration Sunday service was held that included a presentation by Jim Hamrick, a member of the church, who highlighted many of Reid’s accomplishments, worship opportunities and activities serving the congregation during the past decade.

A 15-minute video developed by Doug Woolley that further highlighted many experiences through the decade with Reid, his family and the First Lutheran community also was shown.

Regular Sunday worship has been enhanced because First Lutheran has had many additional opportunities to participate in many special services. Among these are the annual candlelight Compline services every Thursday during Advent; the Burning of the Greens in the Community Garden lot adjacent to the Church following the annual Epiphany of our Lord service each January 6; the Ascension of our Lord celebrated 40 days after Easter, followed by root beer floats and cookies. How unique is that?

Many other special services and blessing events have also become the norm for Reid, including healing blessings, pet blessings and blessings at grave sites and homes.

He and his wife, Becca, have been involved with the youth at First Lutheran and instituted an annual trip to New York City for the youth to participate in serving food to the hungry and helping in the food pantry at the host church. They continue to work to develop new and various ways for the youth to worship, study, and fellowship.

In addition to Reid’s weekly study presentations with devoted attendees, he has worked with other churches in the area to provide many study opportunities, including inter-denominational studies. He and his wife led a tour group to visit Germany to visit sites especially meaningful to Lutherans and the development of their religious beliefs.

Outreach has also been an ongoing endeavor for Reid.

Among the results is the Community Garden at 19th and Liberty Streets adjacent to the church. Through the years since its inception, has produced many, many thousands of pounds of vegetables which have been freely distributed to neighborhood and community residents.

The food pantry has continued to develop and serve a growing number of the those in need.

The annual German Fest in October on the Church lawn has become a much anticipated event, this year being the exception since it has been canceled due to the pandemic.

Reid developed a bond with First Lutheran’s sister synod in Madagascar, traveling there twice and hosting some of its members when they visited the United States and toured West Virginia.

He also developed a sister church relationship with the Lutheran Church, Rekolan Seurakunta in Vantaa, Finland. Through his efforts a group of youth and their Music Director came from Finland to be with First Lutheran youth and families.

They went to Camp Luther for two weeks with our youth and traveled West Virginia. Several First Lutheran youth traveled in an exchange visit to experience worship and life in Finland.

Involvement in the community also has been a passion for Reid. He is an active in the Wood County Ministerial Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, Rotary and other groups.

Reid’s accomplishments are numerous, yet his sincerest thoughts were in a message to the congregation.

“…what is most important to me is that I have been able to serve God alongside you and I look forward to where God continues to lead us as a church in the future and me as your pastor,” he said.

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