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Faith

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston received nearly $2M in PPP loans

WHEELING — The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston received nearly $2 million in federal Paycheck Protection Program loans to help pay its administrative staff and every active priest working in West Virginia during the coronavirus pandemic. The request was not unusual as numerous dioceses across ...

Parkersburg church puts faith to work to battle hunger

PARKERSBURG — The outreach program at The Rock church in Parkersburg, called Brothers Keeper Ministry, is working closely with the community, food pantries and groups such as Momma T’s Warriors, Brandies legacy in Marietta and Recovery Point Parkersburg to fight hunger in our communities. ...

Celebrate Recovery offers faith-based support

VIENNA — Pastor Bill Frey of the Thrive Worship Center in Vienna is promoting a faith-based recovery program at the church. Celebrate Recovery meets 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays and recently restarted meetings because of the pandemic restrictions to stop the spread of the virus. “Celebrate ...

West Virginia churches a growing COVID-19 concern

CHARLESTON — The outbreak of COVID-19 at a state prison in Randolph County at the end of May has largely subsided and testing at all state prisons and jails has come up with few positive cases, but churches continue to raise red flags for small outbreaks. Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday ...

PKB Peace Gathering set for Point Park

PARKERSBURG — Three residents have organized a gathering to help spread love throughout the community. “There is a lot of fear, anxiety and hate in our world today,” said Azarian Bennett, 17, who is co-organizing the PKB Peace Gathering with his mother Kim Bennett and Andrew Myers, ...

Brennan urges peaceful activism in Floyd’s honor

WHEELING — The memory of George Floyd and others who died in similar incidents can be honored by working for justice, the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Monday told the faithful. In the meantime, the U.S. Attorneys for the Northern and Southern districts of West ...

Brother’s Keeper offers community projects during pandemic

RIPLEY — For 20 years, Brothers’ Keeper has ministered to the community around the Parchment Valley Conference Center in Ripley, but due to concerns with the pandemic, the camp has been canceled for 2020. “Our students, volunteers and staff work each year serving as the hands and feet of ...

Parkersburg church establishes prayer wall

PARKERSBURG — The First Lutheran Church on 19th Street has established a prayer wall at 19th and Liberty streets on the fence of its community garden. The prayer station is among the many activities First Lutheran initiated during the pandemic to give parishioners, neighbors and everyone in ...

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston preparing to reopen Mass

WHEELING — The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is preparing for the restart of Mass in Roman Catholic churches across West Virginia. While public mass will not be held this Sunday, the Most Rev. Mark Brennan, bishop of the diocese, said Tuesday a committee of religious and lay leaders was ...

‘Light up the lot’ prayer event honors hospital staffers, first responders

MARIETTA — The Mid-Ohio Valley community came together Monday night to three different parking lots, but with only one purpose; to show appreciation for everything first responders and hospital staff have been doing to combat COVID-19, and pray for their continued safety. “The hospital ...

Church plans drive-in service for additional medical facilities

Local residents have been gearing up to fight the coronavirus in whatever way they can. For some that means long shifts at the hospital, for others it is producing masks to help combat the need and for others it means prayer. The One Church Vienna has joined forces with the Pastoral Services ...

Catholic Charities West Virginia adapting to pandemic

WHEELING — Catholic Charities West Virginia is adapting services according to the pandemic, officials said. “Working with Catholic Charities across the country on COVID-19 efforts, we continue to make service modifications and anticipate need,” said Beth Zarate, chief executive officer, ...

More people using North Parkersburg Baptist Church’s Friendship Kitchen

PARKERSBURG — A local ministry has seen an increase in the number of people taking advantage of its meals program since the pandemic arrived, an organizer said. “Oh my gosh yes,” said Susie Meredith of the Friendship Kitchen, a ministry of the North Parkersburg Baptist Church. Many of ...

Holy Week celebrations to be televised, live streamed

WHEELING — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston,. which has suspended public Masses because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will live stream and televise Holy Week celebrations including the Sacred Triduum and Easter Sunday Mass. Through the sponsorship of the Welty Corp., Mass of the ...

Drive-in prayer services in the works

PARKERSBURG — As the community continues to face the threats present with coronavirus numbers growing daily, more groups come together to help in any way they can. One of these ways is through prayer. Two different groups have come together to organize prayer sessions for city officials, ...

Wood County church feels a drive to feed busy truckers

PARKERSBURG — Over the past few weeks, many people have been stepping up to fill the roles of being a community. One such way is with food donations. Michelle Burnside, of Mineral Wells, is among those people. Burnside, along with a group of about 10 volunteers set up in the Williamstown ...

Churches turn to drive-in model during pandemic

WAVERLY — For the past five years, Williamstown resident Rock Wilson has been working to bring an open-air, drive-in church to the community. Similar to a drive-in move theater, Wilson got the idea for Crossroads Open Air Sanctuary after attending a drive-in church in Daytona Beach, ...

Washington County church marks milestone

MARIETTA — The congregation of the Tunnel United Methodist Church has been through many changes over the years, but they are celebrating a milestone. They have been in their current, and third, facility for 50 years. Tunnel UMC is located behind Warren Elementary School on Ohio ...

Coronavirus taking a toll on services at churches

PARKERSBURG — The Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia has canceled all public services for the foreseeable future because of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the bishop announced on Friday. The Right Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer said he ordered the cancellation after speaking with the Roman Catholic ...

Church organist shortage poses challenge

MARIETTA — Although there has been a shortage of church organists nationwide in recent years, local churches say for now they’re still able to fill those seats and fill their sancturies with live music. USA Today reported that many churches face aging organists, but are trying to fill ...