Faith

Devin Brown to discuss author C.S. Lewis

PARKERSBURG — The ninth annual Spring Apologetics Lectures, hosted by the Warren Apologetics Center of Parkersburg, will be Thursday, May 9 in the Charleston Ballroom of the Blennerhassett Hotel. Registration is from 1-1:30 p.m. and the free program is from 1:30-4:30 p.m. The speaker is ...

Twin Rivers Baptist Church marking anniversary

WHIPPLE — Twin Rivers Baptist Church, 110 D.A.V. Road, is hosting services Sunday to mark its 23rd anniversary. The observance marks 23 years to the day of the church’s first services, which happened May 5, 1996. Activities begin at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school with classes for all ...

Day of Prayer observances set throughout Mid-Ohio Valley

PARKERSBURG — Mid-Ohio Valley residents are invited to gather in prayer for the nation, state and local communities Thursday at National Day of Prayer observances. Vienna will start things off at 9 a.m. at the flagpole in front of the City Building on 29th Street, Mayor Randy Rapp ...

Emmanuel Baptist Church displays quilts

PARKERSBURG — The entry way at Emmanuel Baptist Church on 23rd Street has at times looked more like an art gallery or a quilt shop. It’s intentional. It’s the abilities of its members on display for other worshipers to see. The last gallery was from people with an ability to sew, ...

Historic Marietta church to reopen

MARIETTA — It’s been a little more than a decade since the humble structure was filled with gospel song. But 713 1/2 Second St. will have songs once again filling the small church on May 4. “We don’t really want to draw any denominational lines, we want to keep it simple,” said ...

Good Friday Walk to be hosted by downtown Parkersburg churches

PARKERSBURG — The annual inter-faith Stations of the Cross Good Friday walk will be held noon April 19, starting at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 532 Market St. The Stations of the Cross joins people of various faiths worshipping together at several downtown churches and depicts 14 ...

Yosts to discuss global work

PARKERSBURG — Larry and Willa Yost traveled the world for over 43 years helping others after leaving Parkersburg in 1972. In 1975, the Yosts became members of Wycliffe Bible Translators and have served on South Pacific islands and all continents except Antarctica. They have visited over ...

Parkersburg church to present ‘Shadow Passion’

PARKERSBURG — The story of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection will be presented through images and song during the “Shadow Passion” at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church at 2500 Dudley Ave. at 7 p.m. Monday. A light Lenten dinner consisting of bread and 10 soups will be served prior ...

‘Dash for the Stache’ 5K race set for April 13

VIENNA— On April 13, McDonough Wildlife Refuge will host “Dash for the Stache, ” a 5K race which will serve as a fundraiser for the West Virginia Baptist Convention (WVBC) to build a leadership and activity center in Webster County. The event’s goal through a series of fundraisers is ...

Storm to visit McConnelsville churches to speak about human trafficking

McCONNELSVILLE — A national speaker, author and survivor of human trafficking will speak at three United Methodist Churches in McConnelsville April 14. Sandy Storm, a former resident of Morgan and Perry counties, broke free from a life of sex trafficking nearly 15 years ago. She gained ...

Pat, Jim McInness to discuss missionary work

PARKERSBURG — Almost 50 years ago a newly married young couple in Canada got a telephone call from a church in Parkersburg to come to speak about their call to become missionaries in Costa Rica. Surprised, and knowing no one in West Virginia, Pat and Jim McInness, arrived here. That visit ...

Churches adapting to the digital age

PARKERSBURG — You leave the house, get in the car and head out to work when you realize you have forgotten your phone. What do you do? If you’re not too far away, you go back to get it. That’s because so much of what happens today revolves around that small piece of electronic ...

Backus family to serve Rockpoint Church in Japan

PARKERSBURG — Bryan Backus received his Ritchie County High School diploma in the spring of 1991. The Gulf War had been declared over a few months before. While other classmates readied themselves to be fresh faces in college, Backus was busy being a fresh face at Parris Island, S.C., as ...

Mid-Ohio Valley pastor’s ministry distributes Gideon Bibles in Ghana

PARKERSBURG — Charles Leisure stands in the pulpit of the Smithville Baptist Church with a Bible in his hand. He is the pastor at the church. When he stands in a school in the villages near Swedru, Ghana, he stands there as a man on a mission with a Bible in his hand. He has many Bibles ...

Washington County churches plan Christmas Eve services

MARIETTA — Amidst gift exchanges and family dinners, local pastors, reverends and other religious leaders hope Marietta and surrounding residents take a moment to pause either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. “I hope you can take away an appreciation for the meanings behind the day, for the ...

Parkersburg woman gets PorchSwing Ministries off the ground

PARKERSBURG — Christine Fox Parker is a therapist who has an office away from the office; it’s her front porch. “I love my front porch,” she said. “It’s a haven for me. I can be alone there but never lonely. I read and I write. “I have this open-porch policy,” Parker said. ...

King’s Brass to perform at Fellowship Baptist Church

VIENNA — Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass will be appearing in concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at Fellowship Baptist Church, 3300 Rosemar Road in Vienna. Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass presents hymn classics with a contemporary flair. The King’s Brass features three trumpets, three ...

First Lutheran Church announces candlelight services

PARKERSBURG —Candlelight Compline services begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at First Lutheran Church, located at 1701 19th St. The services celebrating the Advent Season at First Lutheran are conducted Thursdays prior to Christmas on Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. This year a “minimal meal” of soup and ...

Marietta church, rehab form unique partnership

MARIETTA — God’s mysterious ways put Ryan Miller’s new church and its congregation of 45 in an obscure corner of an industrial park on the eastern edge of Marietta two years ago. It was several months before the first worshipper from the rehab clinic across the highway came through the ...