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Faith

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, ...

Volunteers step in to run Marietta food pantry

MARIETTA — The Gospel Mission Food Pantry was busy Wednesday morning, with volunteers helping dozens of people seeking assistance with food and other necessities. The pantry, a warehouse-sized facility with a garage door that opens onto Lancaster Street, was dealt a blow in late May when ...

Belpre bistro lets patrons buy meals for others

BELPRE —Who is my neighbor? Anita Vaughan’s answer to that question is anyone, any passerby, any homebound, and any child in need. “But the point isn’t just helping, but helping with dignity,” said the 63-year-old, grandmother who coordinates Love in Action through Belpre Church ...

Jackson County church youth group helps those in need

RIPLEY — For the last 19 years, churches have gathered their youth groups in Jackson County to help people who can’t help themselves. The youth participate in Brothers’ Keeper, an annual community outreach program that does basic construction and clean-up on properties for the disabled ...

Ministry brings message of hope to inmates in Caldwell

CALDWELL — Inmates at the Noble Correctional Institution in Caldwell are getting a chance to give back messages of hope to their peers through dance, music, spoken word and drama. Jeff Bohn, executive director of Shining Light Ministries, and his team have been working with 32 inmates for ...

Redeemer adds Parkersburg natives to staff

PARKERSBURG — Redeemer will welcome two long-term Parkersburg natives on staff. The Rev. Gregory Myers, who grew up in Lubeck and has served in ministry with the Priory of St. Patrick and Valley House of Prayer, will be the worship pastor. Ryan Romine, who grew up in Vienna and has been ...

Parkersburg, Vienna churches to celebrate the Ascension

PARKERSBURG —Three churches are joining in a public service celebrating the Ascension 7 p.m. Thursday at Fort Boreman Park. Participating are First Lutheran Church of Parkersburg and the Rev. Ian B.Reid, Christ Lutheran Church of Vienna and the Rev. Emilie Theobald-Rowlands and Trinity ...

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 ...