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Parkersburg church establishes prayer wall

The First Lutheran Church has installed a Prayer Wall at 19th and Liberty streets were everyone can write a prayer on the fabric strips provided in the blue Blessing Box and tie the prayer to the fence. (Photo Provided)

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 the area a way to stay connected in this time of social distancing.

Everyone is invited to write prayers on the fabric strips provided in the blue Blessing Box next to the wall and tying the strip onto the fence. The number of prayers and prayer strips are increasing each day, the church said.

The Rev. Ian B. Reid, pastor at First Lutheran, has remained connected with the congregation at through Facebook LIVE, the parking lot and other electronic means to hold services.

Tuesday Bible study continues at 10 a.m. Tuesdays on Facebook LIVE.

Wednesday worship services continue at 10 a.m. on Facebook LIVE. Wednesday evening Holden Prayer Services will be held in the parking lot of the Church at 7 p.m. All are invited and welcome to drive into the lot and participate from their cars. Sunday services continue to be available on Facebook LIVE. Plans are underway for appropriate timing for re-opening the church.

These will be announced when finalized.

The Food Pantry continues to operate and provide food 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday-Wednesday. Special arrangements have been made to serve these folks through the handicap-accessible entrance at the back of the church.

Activity has also begun in the Community Garden at the church under Mike Lockney’s leadership. Anyone wanting to help with this activity may call the church for details about the garden schedule.

For further information, contact First Lutheran Church, 304-428-6174.

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