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Twin Rivers Baptist readies celebration

WHIPPLE — Twin Rivers Baptist Church, 110 D.A.V. Road, Whipple, will celebrate its 25-year anniversary in May with services and activities. Anniversary Sunday will be observed on May 2. Speaker will be James Rushing, founding pastor of the church. He is the pastor of Temple Baptist ...

‘Share Your Faith’ seminar starts today

PARKERSBURG — Encouraging people to share their faith is the focus of the 53rd Missions Conference today, Saturday and Sunday in Parkersburg. For 53 years, Christ United Methodist Church and during the last 15 years St. Andrews and other United Methodist churches have hosted missionaries ...

First Lutheran Church hosting Stations of the Cross all week

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church, 1709 19th St., started the 14 Stations of the Cross in the parking lot adjacent to the church on Monday, which will continue through Easter. The Stations of the Cross Walk is among the most popular devotions of the Lenten and Easter season, helping ...

Historic Logan United Methodist Church undergoing major renovation and repair

PARKERSBURG — When a member of the Logan Memorial United Methodist Church at Sixth and Ann streets is asked what church they attend and they say “Logan,” more often than not the response is “Oh, that church is still around? I thought it was closed.” It is still around and has been ...

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to livestream Holy Week, Easter Mass

WHEELING — The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston will present Holy Week celebrations to the faithful throughout the state by internet and broadcast television. As COVID-19 restrictions on church attendance and social distancing guidelines remain in place in West Virginia, Catholic faithful are ...

West Virginia bishop condemns attacks on Asian Americans

WHEELING — The bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Thursday issued a statement condemning the attacks on Asian Americans. “Along with millions of other Americans, I deplore and condemn the recent deadly attacks on Asian Americans in Georgia and other incidents of violence against ...

High on Hope, Parkersburg churches team up to help addicts

PARKERSBURG — A group effort between High on Hope Ministries, Reach United and local churches has formed to help the community. Their goal is to reach addicts of all forms, not just drug and alcohol users and connect them to Christ. “We are not a church, but are able to connect people ...

Parkersburg church recognized for work with Samaritan’s Purse

PARKERSBURG — A local church received an award earlier this month recognizing its work over the past decade with the Samaritan’s Purse organization. Fairlawn Baptist Church in Parkersburg has been a drop-off location for shoeboxes that are collected, filled and shipped to needy children ...

Mid-Ohio Valley churches continue Ash Wednesday tradition amid pandemic

BELPRE — Like so many activities and traditions in the last year, Ash Wednesday 2021 looked a little different around the Mid-Ohio Valley. Instead of spreading the ashes in the shape of a cross on the foreheads of parishioners to mark the start of the Lenten season, Father John Rice, ...

Marietta church helps feed the hungry

MARIETTA — Several members of the community drove through the parking lot of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Marietta to drop off monetary or food donations for the local Gospel Mission Food Pantry. Church member Randy Shrider said he was very pleased with the amount of impact the ...

Pastoral council to assist Bishop Brennan

WHEELING — The Diocesan Pastoral Council Bishop in the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese has been re-established. The council will assist the Most Rev. Mark E. Brennan, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, who will confer with lay and religious representatives from across the ...

Wood County Christian School, Tunnel church bring nativity to life

MARIETTA — Many in the Mid-Ohio Valley community enjoyed live nativities Saturday evening. Two groups hosted drive through nativities. At Tunnel United Methodist Church, people could drive through scenes, meeting the inn keeper, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and wise men, who were ...

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 ...