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Faith

First Lutheran Church closes Christmas season

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church, 19th and Plum streets, closed the Christmas season with its annual Epiphany service and bonfire on Monday, Jan. 6. This bonfire is the traditional “burning of the greens,” the seasonal decorations from the church, as well as many trees and ...

Sisters Health Foundation awards grants

PARKERSBURG — Thirty-two nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Ohio Valley received grants from the Sisters Health Foundation in support of the foundation’s vision of “healthy people in healthy communities.” Funding totaled $342,231. Eight organizations providing direct services, such as ...

First Lutheran Church to hold Epiphany event in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church, 1701 19th St., Parkersburg, is hosting its Epiphany event, a large bonfire to burn Christmas greenery, 7 p.m. Monday. Epiphany is the traditional service of celebration held on the 13th day after the birth of Christ, the day the wise men, the first ...

Trinity Episcopal Church plans two services on Christmas Eve

PARKERSBURG — Trinity Episcopal Church will be celebrating Christmas Eve with two services on Tuesday. The late service is a traditional Anglican service with choir, organ, and brass and begins at 10:30 p.m. The musical prelude will begin with the choir processing to “Once in Royal ...

First Lutheran Church to light up season with candlelight services

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church, 1701 19th St. in Parkersburg, invites everyone to the traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24. These candlelight services will include an early service at 5:30 p.m. and traditional late service beginning at 11 p.m. Both of these ...

‘Loads of Love’ ministry offers free laundry help

MINERAL WELLS — Love spread through clean laundry is part of the initiative of the Loads of Love program through Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Mineral Wells. Loads of Love is part of a nationwide ministry that helps folks pay for their laundry at the Laundromat and to provide ...

Archbishop Fulton Sheen to be beatified

On Dec. 21, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen will be beatified in solemn ceremonies at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria, Illinois. In the Catholic faith, beatification is the final step in a process before one is declared a saint. Archbishop Sheen was a gifted orator and world famous media pioneer. ...

Marietta workshop assists clergy in working with veterans

MARIETTA — As they work to reintegrate into civilian life, many veterans and their family members seek help from their faith community. An upcoming event in Marietta is designed to help prepare clergy and laypeople to support them and build pathways to care and resources. The Ohio ...

Rev. Ken Calebaugh honored in Williamstown

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Rev. Ken Calebaugh and wife, Pat, were honored this past Sunday in a celebration at the First Presbyterian Church of Williamstown at 314 West Fifth Street. The 76-year-old Calebaugh was bestowed the honor and title of Pastor Emeritus, while Pat, a retired Williamstown ...

Meads receives 2019 Helping Hands Award

GLENVILLE — Judith Ann Musgrave Meads is the 2019 recipient of the Helping Hands Award presented by the women of Marthas and Marys, an ecumenical group of Gilmer County women representing 13 churches. A celebration will be held 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Glenville Presbyterian Church. ...

Warehouse Church brings food, fellowship to Quincy Park

PARKERSBURG — Church and community members came together Friday evening at Quincy Park in Parkersburg to enjoy food and fellowship in a new outreach program from the Warehouse Church. Several hundred people from the church at 3417 Murdoch Ave. and from the neighborhood around the park ...

Fifth annual Rosary Rally set for City Park

PARKERSBURG — The 5th annual Rosary Rally, hosted by the Catholic churches of the Mid-Ohio Valley and the Knights of Columbus, will take place Saturday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Parkersburg City Park bandshell, rain or shine. The first rally took place in 2015 by the Parkersburg Council ...

Sidewalk Prophets performing at Porterfield Baptist

LITTLE HOCKING — Chart-topping Christian band Sidewalk Prophets will perform tonight at Porterfield Baptist Church as part of a tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album. Known for hits such as “You Love Me Anyway,” “Live Like That” and “Something Different,” ...

John Wilbur Douglas memorial sing set for Oct. 11

PARKERSBURG — The life of John Wilbur Douglas will be celebrated on Oct. 11 during a memorial sing at Broadway Church of the Nazarene in Parkersburg. Douglas, who was pastor of River Valley Community Church/the One Church in Vienna, passed away on Dec. 3, 2018 during open heart surgery, ...

Two Wood County churches to mark milestones Sunday

PARKERSBURG — Two local churches are marking a combined 225 years as part of the community, celebrating the past while looking toward the future. Vaught Chapel United Methodist Church in Leachtown will hold special activities around its Sunday morning service in honor of both its 101st ...

Lowell church marks 100 years of service

LOWELL — The green, placid grounds surrounding Our Lady of Mercy Church sit in the midst of forests and fields at the top of Lowell Hill Road. The church building, rectory and landscape, flanked by a well-kept cemetery, feel fresh and quiet on a cool, cloudy morning. The church’s ...

New Wheeling-Charleston Diocese bishop discusses transition

Mark E. Brennan, the new bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, met with reporters at The Wheeling Intelligencer for a question and answer session. Brennan was installed in August and succeeds Michael Bransfield. * What are your initial thoughts on the state of Catholicism in West ...

First Lutheran Youth return from Finland

PARKERSBURG — Youth from the First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg have returned to the United States after a trip this summer to its sister church Lutheran Church Rekolan Seurakunta in Vantaa, Finland. Friendships were formed last summer when young visitors from Finland spent two weeks ...

New vicar general appointed to diocese

PARKERSBURG — A new vicar general and moderator of the curia was named Friday for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Monsignor Eugene S. Ostrowski’s appointment is effective Tuesday, Bishop Mark E. Brennan said. “I am happy to be of service to Bishop Brennan in the ...

Royal Rangers rebuilding

MARIETTA — The aim of the Royal Rangers, commander Rick Dostal said, is to be the world’s best mentoring program. Dostal, who arrived in Marietta three and half years ago and set up the internationally based program then, said the Royal Rangers, founded in 1962 by Texan Johnnie Barnes, ...