Blessing of the Animals! — To commemorate the feast of St. Francis and Honor all of God’s creatures, Our Lady of Mercy Church will conduct a blessing of pets at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. The event will be held in the parking lot of the church at 5001 Lowell Hill Road, Lowell, with Father Tim Shannon officiating. There is no charge. All are welcome. For more information: 740-896-2207.
The Marietta First Church of the Nazarene Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, at the church, 100 Mill Creek Road, Marietta; variety of crafters with self made crafts and wares, Lularoe, 31 Bags and Self defense items for women; concession stand and bake sale; all attendees receive a ticket for door prizes; free admission; still spots for crafters to display; 10′ x 8′ booth $25; all proceeds go to the church’s children’s department to help children with special needs; contact person: Lynn Stoll at 740-374-3708 or Stollworkshop@att.net
Craft show, at The Children’s Department at the First Church of the Nazarene, 100 Mill Creek Road in Marietta, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 21; proceeds will help with the cost of installing a special needs bathroom in the children’s department; crafters interested in renting a space should call the church at 740-373-5406.
Cutler Community Center presents the 3rd annual Cutler Country HEEHAW, Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Cutler Community Center, 4550 Two Mile run Road; doors and the kitchen open at 4:30 p.m.; show starts at 6:30 p.m. $1 admission; amateur players from the Cutler area will present their version of HeeHaw for the third year; hot dogs, sloppy joes and nachos available for purchase from the kitchen; pre-orders for DVDs of the show will be taken at the door; proceeds benefit Cutler Community Center.
Baked steak dinner with drink and dessert, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, at First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., Marietta; live and silent auction and carry-out and delivery; cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children under age 10; proceeds will go toward the General Fund and debit and credit cards will be accepted.
Annual Fall Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday Nov. 4, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 320 Second St., Marietta; fall and Christmas crafts made by church members; home baked goods, antiques and collectables, quilt raffle drawing; Tombola, a carnival-style game and popular mainstay of bazaars in Great Britain; luncheon of homemade beef/vegetable soup, sandwiches and homemade pies.
“Good Samaritan Free Meal and Clothing Giveaway,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., third Saturday of every month, at Faith United Methodist Church, 503 Seventh St., Marietta.
Worship services, Christ United Methodist Church, 301 Wooster St., Marietta, at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Pastor Don Archer will be speaking on the Gospel Reading, Matthew 22:15-22, where Jesus says, “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s”; the Sanctuary Choir sings and children’s church is available in the 10:30 a.m. service. Both services children’s sermon, and childcare. For more information, go to www.christumcmarietta.org or call 740-373-1512.
Sunday School, Christ United Methodist Church, 301 Wooster St., Marietta, at 9:15 a.m.; classes available for Pre-K through adult; childcare is also available; for class listings, go to www.christumcmarietta.org or call 740-373-1512.
Special guest speaker, The Rev. Dr. Dennis Miller, preaching, on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Gilman United Methodist Church; the United Methodist Church Foothills district superintendent, the Rev. Dr. Dennis Miller, will be sharing the message this day at Gilman United Methodist Church; worship service starts at 10:30 a.m.
Annual Trunk or Treat, at The First Church of the Nazarene, located at 100 Mill Creek Road in Marietta, Oct. 29, for children up through the sixth grade; festivities will begin at 6 p.m. in the Family Life Building and as a reminder costumes should not be frightening to young children; the church is a zombie free zone.
Free Will Community dinner and concert, Sunday, Oct. 29, at Reno Memorial Christian Church, State Route 7 in Reno; dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, followed immediately by a concert by the Clark Family from the Ohio Valley Opry in the sanctuary. All are welcome.
Laity Sunday service, Sunday, Oct. 29, at Gilman United Methodist Church; service will be led by laity members of Gilman, that is, who are not ordained ministers; on Laity Sunday, we remember that we are all ministers of Jesus Christ taking his love and message into the world; worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. and the church is located at 312 Gilman Ave. in Marietta; all are welcome.
St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Porterfield’s annual ox roast, noon to 2 p.m., Nov. 5; church will be serving pit roasted beef or turkey breast, mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw or applesauce and pie or cake of your choice; tea, coffee and lemonade; adults pay $10 and children ages 6 to 12 pay $5.
Good News from Christ, radio program, 10 a.m., every Sunday, on WMOA-1490 AM; 9 a.m. on WJAW-FM, 100.9; 9:30 a.m. on WJAW-AM, 630; and on the church website: www.christumcmarietta.org.
Worship services, 10:45 a.m., every Sunday, at Barlow Presbyterian Church, Warrior Drive and Ohio 550, Barlow; Rick Hastings, pastor; Keith Richards, pianist.
Services at Bartlett Bible Baptist Church — Sunday School, 9:30 a.m., worship service, 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; and 7 p.m. Wednesday; Pastor Mike Gibson; church is located at 1385 State Route 550, Amesville; 740-551-2774.
Services, 10:15 a.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 100 Mill Creek Road, Marietta; Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. (classes for all ages).
Worship services, 10:30 a.m., Sundays, at Gilman United Methodist Church, 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta.
Worship services, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 401 Scammel St., Marietta, includes service of the word at 8:15 a.m. and liturgical service at 10:30 a.m.; adult and children’s Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m.
Morning services, 10:30 a.m., every Sunday, at River of Life Assembly of God, 200 Franklin St., Marietta, 10:30 a.m.; children’s ministry, 10:30 a.m.; 740-374-8967.
Worship services, 11 a.m., every Sunday, at Sand Hill United Methodist Church, 1295 Old River Road, Williamstown.
Services, at Brownsville Church of Christ — Sunday services, morning bible study at 9:45 a.m.; morning worship services at 10:30 a.m.; and evening worship service at 6:30 p.m.; also, 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; church is located at 42050 Trail Run Road, New Matamoras.
Services, every Sunday morning at Reno Memorial Christian Church on Ohio 7 in Reno; Bible study is at 9:30 a.m with worship services beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday school, 9:45 a.m., and holiness meeting (worship), 11 a.m., Sundays, The Salvation Army of Marietta, 136 Front St.; 740-373-4043.
Bible study, 7 p.m., Mondays, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 401 Scammel St., Marietta; meets in the fellowship hall; everyone welcome; 740-373-1716.
“Surviving the Holiday” seminar, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the parish hall (social room) of St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, 401 Fifth St., Marietta; seminar consists of three important components designed to help you heal and prepare you to face the coming holiday season following the death of a loved one, with a measure of peace and assurance; for more information: Pastor Joe Vasarhelyi at 740-373-3757 or Facilitator Carolyn Becker at 740-585-2087.
Blanket and coat drive — North Hills Baptist Church is collecting new and slightly used blankets and coats. Items collected will be donated to the local Gospel Mission Food Pantry for give away to those in need of warm items this winter; can drop off at North Hills Baptist Church, 108 Stonecrest Dr., Marietta on Tuesdays 8 to 10 a.m. and Thursdays 2 to 5 p.m. or call 740-373-9816 if a different drop off time is needed.
ESL Class, Christ United Methodist Church, 301 Wooster St., Marietta, 1 p.m., in the church library; class is intended for those whom English is not their native language and have a desire to understand, speak, read, and write more proficiently; ESL class is offered at no charge and meets weekly on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Instructor: Gail Popp; for more information or to register call the church office at 740-373-1512.
GriefShare seminars, presented by St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, held on Tuesdays through Oct. 31, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the parish hall (social room), 401 Fifth St., Marietta. The materials specifically address topics and issues for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. The content is Christ-centered, biblical, and non-denominational. It is presented three-phased: Video seminar, group discussion and personal workbook. Registration is recommended, however an “open door” policy is honored. Participation is open at anytime during the 13 weeks. For more information and registration: 740-585-2087, 740-336-5704 or 740-373-3757.
Pickleball, 1 p.m. every Tuesday and 6 p.m. every Friday, at Wayside United Methodist Church, 3001 Grand Central Ave. in Vienna, W.Va.
Bible study, 9:30 a.m., Tuesday mornings, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 401 Scammel St., Marietta, in fellowship hall; everyone welcome; 740-373-1716.
M.O.W. (Men of the Word), men’s bible study, 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays, at First Church of the Nazarene, 100 Mill Creek Road, Marietta; 740-373-5406 or e-mail email@example.com
Bible study, 7 p.m., Tuesdays, The Salvation Army of Marietta, 136 Front St.; Home League (women’s fellowship), 6 p.m. Tuesdays; and Men’s Club (men’s fellowship), 6 p.m., Tuesdays; 740-373-4043.
Marietta Ukulele Choir rehearses Tuesday nights at Christ United Methodist Church, 301 Wooster St., Marietta, at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. This is an instructional choir and all are welcome to join, regardless of musical experience. Age requirements are 4th grade and up. For more information, go to www.christumcmarietta.org or call 740-373-1512.
Awana program at Twin Rivers Baptist Church — classes are held from 7 to 8:15 p.m. each Wednesday from September through May, throughout the school year, for boys and girls through the sixth grade; each evening’s session includes lesson time, Bible verse memorization, snacks and games; Awana classes are conducted for “Cubbies,” for preschoolers; “Sparks,” for children in kindergarten through the second grade; and “Youth & Training,” for students in third through sixth grades; also at 7 p.m. each Wednesday there is a teen class for students in grades seven through12, and an adult Bible class; Twin Rivers Baptist Church is on D.A.V. Road, off Ohio 821, and is located just 300 yards north of Exit 6 off Interstate 77; a bus route is available to pick up boys and girls for the Awana program; for more information: 740-376-0440.
Live the Adventure – Royal Rangers, an activity based program for boys and young men in grades kindergarten to 12th grade, will be offered Wednesday nights from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Fort Harmar’s River of Life Assembly of God Church, located at 200 Franklin St. in Marietta. Royal Rangers teaches boys to have fun while learning leadership skills. It’s a merit based program, camping, rope craft, tool craft, archery, computers, sports and many others. For more information, contact Commander Rick Dostal at firstname.lastname@example.org, 740-885-8151, or the church, Pastor George Gaston, 740-374-8967.
Wednesday Night Family Ties, 6 to 8 p.m., every Wednesday, at Lowell Christian Church, 322 Fourth St., Lowell; for entire families; food from 6 to 7 p.m., class from 7 to 8 p.m.; bible study for adults, and bible study for all age groups; for more information, 740-568-8429 or 1-740-541-1702 (Rob Tuttle, minister).
Wednesday night Ladies Bible Study, begins at 6:45 p.m, at Reno Memorial Christian Church on Ohio 7 in Reno; all ladies are welcome.
Teen class, for students in grades seven through 12, and an adult Bible class, 7 p.m., each Wednesday, at Twin Rivers Baptist Church, 110 D.A.V. Road, Whipple; for more information, 740-376-0440.
Holy communion service, noon, Wednesdays, Christ United Methodist Church, 301 Wooster St., Marietta; for more information, 740-373-1512; during inclement weather, service will be cancelled if Marietta City Schools are closed.
Adult bible study, 7 p.m., Wednesdays, at First Church of the Nazarene, 100 Mill Creek Road, Marietta; public invited to attend; 740-373-5406 or e-mail email@example.com
W.O.W. (Women of the Word), ladies bible study, 7 p.m., Wednesdays, at First Church of the Nazarene, 100 Mill Creek Road, Marietta; all women welcome, 740-373-5406 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teen bible study, 7 p.m., Wednesdays, at First Church of the Nazarene, 100 Mill Creek Road; teens welcome to attend; fellowship, games and bible study; for more information, 740-373-5406 or e-mail email@example.com
Young men’s bible study, 7 p.m., Wednesdays, at First Church of the Nazarene, 100 Mill Creek Road, Marietta; 740-373-5406 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Department at Marietta First Church of the Nazarene, at 100 Mill Creek Road, meets at 7 p.m. each Wednesday for bible story, games/craft, and snacks; children ages 3 years old through the sixth grade welcome to join; nursery provided for children up to 3 years of age for those attending a bible study or service; for more information, Judy Phillips at 740-373-5406 or e-mail email@example.com.
Bible study, 6 p.m., Wednesdays, at River of Life Assembly of God, 200 Franklin St., Marietta; 740-374-8967.
Bible study, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., Wednesdays, Sand Hill United Methodist Church, 1295 Old River Road, Williamstown.
Country Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 19, at Putnam Congregational Church, located at 707 Masonic Park Road, Devola (3 miles out of Marietta on Ohio 60); lunch will be served — vegetable soup, chicken sandwiches, bake sale, and more.
Big basement sale, at Belpre Heights United Methodist Church, 720 Clement Ave., Thursday, Oct. 26, from 4 to 7 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday, Oct.28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Some things will be set up outside, weather permitting.
Christ United Methodist Church United Methodist Women (UMW) has two Circles: an afternoon Circle that meets on the third Thursday of each month at 12:30 p.m. and an evening Circle that meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.; each circle will hold its first meeting in September; new members are always welcome.
Brown Bag Study: Understanding Islam, Christ United Methodist Church, 301 Wooster St., Marietta, Thursdays, Sept. 21 to Oct. 26, noon in Room 104; nine-week course is led by Dr. MJ Ebenhack of Marietta College; no books or materials required; bring a lunch and join in learning more about Islam; discuss how we grow in our own faith while appreciating the paths of others; all are welcome; to register or for more information call 740-373-1512.
GriefShare’s one session seminar “Surviving the Holidays,” is designed to help those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. A one-day seminar will be offered Thursday, Nov. 16, at Gilman United Methodist, 312 Gilman St., from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. This same seminar will also be offered again on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pre-register for either seminar by calling the church: 740-373-6478; Vivian Brown:740-373-8643; or Lucy Scott:740-525-4952.
GriefShare, free program designed to help and offer encouragement after the death of a loved one, meets weekly for 13 weeks, on Thursdays, from Aug. 17 to Nov. 9, 12:30 to 2 p.m., in the fellowship hall at Gilman United Methodist Church, 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta; program is designed to help you rebuild your life; light refreshments will be served; participants welcome to bring a brown bag lunch; facilitators, Lucy Scott and Vivian Brown; for questions and to preregister (you can also register at any session): 740-373-8643 or 740-373-6478.
Free Clothing Closet, 9 to 11 a.m., second and fourth Thursday of each month, at Waterford Church of The Nazarene, 111 Marquis Ave., Waterford; good, clean clothing of all sizes available.
Weekly bible study, 10 a.m., Thursdays, in office complex at Crown of Life Lutheran Church, Third and Wooster streets; led by Pastor Clinton Kreuziger.
Bible study, 7 p.m., Thursdays, at River of Life Assembly of God, 200 Franklin St., Marietta; 740-374-8967.
Free community meals
¯ 5 to 6 p.m., first Tuesday of each month, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 320 Second St., Marietta.
¯ 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., fourth Tuesday of every month, First Presbyterian Church, corner of Fourth and Wooster streets, Marietta.
¯ Daily Bread Kitchen, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., every Wednesday, at St. Mary’s K of C Hall, 312 Franklin St. Marietta.
¯ 5 to 6 p.m. (instead of until 6:30 p.m.), second Thursday of each month, at Tunnel United Methodist Church, located at Ohio 550 and Coffman Road; handicapped parking is available in the upper parking lot by the church entrance; to request to have a meal delivered within a five-mile radius, leave a message at 740-374-5634.
¯ Free community meal, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., first Friday of each month, at Christ United Methodist Church, 301 Wooster St., Marietta; free home-cooked meal served in fellowship hall; all are welcome; no charge, donations accepted; for more information, go to www.christumcmarietta.org or call 740-373-1512.
¯ 5 to 6:30 p.m., second Friday of each month, at The First Unitarian Universalist Church, 232 Third St.; everyone welcome; fellowship hall is accessible and meals offer a variety of healthy choices; for more information, 740-373-1238.
¯ 5 to 6 p.m., third Friday of every month, at Norwood United Methodist Church, 23 Colegate Drive, Marietta.
¯ 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., third Saturday of each month, Faith United Methodist Church, 503 Seventh St., Marietta.
¯ “Caring and Sharing Free Community Lunch,” 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., second Saturday of every month, at First Baptist Church, 301 Fourth St., Marietta, in the church dining hall; all are welcome for food and fellowship.
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society accepts donations of clean, used furniture or bedding. They also accept used appliances in good working order. These items are given free to families in need. Call their helpline at 740-376-1334 and a member will meet you at their storage bin or pick up the items at your home.
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