Book sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 17, Unitarian Universalist Church of Marietta, 232 Third St., Marietta; bargain prices, good variety.

Good Samaritan Free Meal and Clothing Giveaway, 1 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 17, June 21 and July 19 at Faith United Methodist Church, 503 Seventh St., Marietta.

Mid-Ohio Valley The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team one day seminar, registration, 8 a.m.; seminar, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., May 17, Porterfield Baptist Church, 39 Hollywood Drive, Little Hocking; hosted by Mid-Ohio Valley Churches; for everyone and anyone in the church; $40; (740) 423-8442 or


Book signing of “Little Toes,” by Erma Channell Cale, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 18, Congregational Church fellowship hall, Main Street, Belpre; everyone welcome; poetry about her life; (740) 423-4900.

Strawberry festival, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May 18, First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., Marietta; eat in or take out, $6 adults, $5 ages 7 and under; sandwich lunch, strawberry or peach shortcake; ala carte items; baked goods, jellies, strawberries for sale; free face painting for children; 373-0741.

Good News from Christ, half hour of worship and music from Christ United Methodist Church, every Sunday at 10:05 a.m. on WMOA radio, 1490 AM.


Big Fish Play Day, 10 to 11:30 a.m., every Tuesday, Newport United Methodist Church, Greene Street, Newport; kids will play, learn colors, sing songs, interact with others; free activity; children under age of 6 are welcome; parents must be present at all times; to register, 473-2598


Marietta First Church of the Nazarene beginning new series of lessons, going through the Book of Hebrews on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The church is located at 100 Mill Creek Road, Marietta. The public is invited. Children and teen activities and college and career Bible study will also be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evenings; 373-5406 or

Twin Rivers Baptist Church in Whipple children’s Awana program, 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, September through May, D.A.V. Road, off Ohio 821, just 300 yards north of Exit 6 off Interstate 77; for ages 3 through sixth-grade; small group counsel time to work on Bible memorization, large group lesson and game time; “Cubbies” for ages 3 to 5; “Sparks,” for students in kindergarten through the second grade; “Truth in Training,” for third through sixth grades; teen program for grades seven through 12 meets at the same time; 376-0440.

Daily Bread Kitchen free lunch to the community, Wednesdays, Knights of Columbus Hall, 312 Franklin St., Marietta, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; everyone is welcome.

Holy Communion and Healing Services, every Wednesday, noon, Christ United Methodist Church, 301 Wooster St., Marietta; 373-1512.

Lowell Christian Church hosts ‘Family Ties’ Fellowship weekly potluck dinner and Bible study, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays, 322 4th St., Lowell; bring a covered dish for dinner; fellowship at 6:30 p.m.; Bible study, 7 to 8 p.m.; youth programs for ages preschool through 12th grade available; all are welcome; transportation within the Lowell Area may be arranged; (740) 525-8324.

S.A.L.T. (Single Adults Learning Together) meeting, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays, First Baptist Church of Williamstown, 431 Highland Ave., Williamstown, Room 306; meets weekly for a Bible study; open to all single, divorced or widowed adults 30 years and up; do not have to attend FBCW to come; (304) 375-5888.

Upcoming events

North Hills Baptist Church celebrating its 50th church anniversary, May 25 at 10:45 a.m.; The Rev. Terrell Moore will be the speaker for the morning service; everyone is welcome; 373-9816 or

Putnam Congregational Church’s second annual car show, May 31, 707 Masonic Park Road (Devola); registration starts at 10 a.m.; show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; prizes, food, music, country store, and a limited number of dash plates; rain date June 21; 538-3555 or 373-9722.

Beverly United Methodist Church sponsoring free community lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 31, last Saturday of each month, 700 Park St, Beverly; handicapped accessible; all are welcome; no reservations required; 984-2100.

Belpre Heights United Methodist Church hosting annual Dog Days of May, 12:30 to 2 p.m., May 31, Dr. Schooley, DMV from the Belpre Animal Clinic will be there from 1 to 2 p.m. to give rabies shots and place micro chips at a reduced cost; The Humane Society will be in attendance with animals, and someone to show trained dogs and what they accomplish; other pet information will be available.

Faith United Methodist Church holding basement and bake sale, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 6, and 9 a.m. to noon, June 7; baked goods and assorted items for sale.

God and Me At Sea VBS fair for the entire family, 11 a.m to 2 p.m., June 21, Marietta College lawn; story time, crafts, games, food, sno cones, cotton candy; first 50 to RSVP receives free gift bag; call First Baptist Church of Marietta for details, 373-1273.

Free community meal and Christian fellowship, 5 to 6:30 p.m., third Friday every month, Norwood United Methodist Church, 23 Colegate Drive, Marietta; 374-5606 or

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