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Hospitals evaluating resources after COVID-19 discussion

PARKERSBURG — Officials at area hospitals are continuing to evaluate services as the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to increase locally. Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday elective surgeries will be limited due to shrinking bed capacity at state hospitals due to the rise in cases of ...

Parkersburg ministry hosts dinner for Recovery Point members

PARKERSBURG — Nearly 100 men were served an early Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday at Recovery Point on Emerson Avenue in Parkersburg. Momma T and the Warriors, a local street ministry that has served the community for two years and originates out of Parkersburg First Assembly of God, ...

United Methodist youth invited to drive-in event

VIENNA — The West Virginia United Methodist Youth Council Conference on Youth Ministry will hold a live drive-in style event at 18 sites across West Virginia from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21. The two sites in the Little Kanawha District are Wayside UMC in Vienna and Epworth UMC in Ripley. “This ...

West Virginia Supreme Court: Diocese exempt from consumer protection law

CHARLESTON — West Virginia consumer protection laws do not apply in a case against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston brought by the Attorney General, the state Supreme Court said on Monday. The court was asked by Wood County Circuit Judge J.D. Beane, who in November 2019 ...

Reid marks ten years at Parkersburg church

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 ...

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston increases reporting options

WHEELING — Expanding its commitment to addressing instances of abuse, the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has expanded third-party reporting systems for concerns and allegations of abuse and harassment. In West Virginia, the Diocese has partnered with Navex Global to roll out a new version ...

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 ...