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Faith

Churches turn to drive-in model during pandemic

WAVERLY — For the past five years, Williamstown resident Rock Wilson has been working to bring an open-air, drive-in church to the community. Similar to a drive-in move theater, Wilson got the idea for Crossroads Open Air Sanctuary after attending a drive-in church in Daytona Beach, ...

Washington County church marks milestone

MARIETTA — The congregation of the Tunnel United Methodist Church has been through many changes over the years, but they are celebrating a milestone. They have been in their current, and third, facility for 50 years. Tunnel UMC is located behind Warren Elementary School on Ohio ...

Coronavirus taking a toll on services at churches

PARKERSBURG — The Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia has canceled all public services for the foreseeable future because of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the bishop announced on Friday. The Right Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer said he ordered the cancellation after speaking with the Roman Catholic ...

Church organist shortage poses challenge

MARIETTA — Although there has been a shortage of church organists nationwide in recent years, local churches say for now they’re still able to fill those seats and fill their sancturies with live music. USA Today reported that many churches face aging organists, but are trying to fill ...

Lenten season fish fries serve a mix of food, fellowship

MARIETTA — Vehicles clogged the intersection at Third and Marion streets Friday afternoon, jockeying for parking places in the lot behind St. Mary Catholic School. A line of hungry people shuffled slowly into the back door of the building to join hundreds waiting to get into the first fish ...

‘The Burn’ bringing program to Parkersburg church

PARKERSBURG — “The Burn,” a young adults ministry at 946 Market House of Prayer, invites seekers of all ages to attend a two-day Leap Year 2020 Christian celebration on Feb. 28 and Leap Day Feb. 29, beginning with food served at 6 p.m., according to a press release. This year’s ...

First Lutheran begins 40 days of Lent with Ash Wednesday service

PARKERSBURG — First Lutheran Church, 1701 19th St., begins the season of Lent with worship services at noon and 7 p.m. on Ash Wednesday. Communion will be celebrated at both services and a nursery will be available. Weekly Wednesday Lenten services will begin March 4 and continue 12:30 ...

Kiwanis Pancake Days has sweet opener

MARIETTA  — The smell of sausage and pancakes filled the First Congregational Church in Marietta as day one of the 66th annual Kiwanis Pancake Days kicked off Friday morning. Despite the snow, 230 people had purchased pancakes by 12:30 p.m. “It’s not bad considering the weather,” ...

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 ...