Live nativity, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, at Tunnel United Methodist Church, Ohio 550 and Coffman Road (behind Warren Volunteer Fire Department). Come out and drive through to enjoy the live animals. Hear Mary and the angel tell the story of the birth of Jesus. Watch the shepherds tend their flocks. Find out when the Wise Men really came. Presented by the youth. For information: 740-373-4571.
Center Valley Baptist Church of New Matamoras having a Holiday Bus Trip, Dec. 16; bus will leave CVBC parking lot at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and travel to The Highlands (Cabela’s) retail park in Triadelphia, W.Va., for shopping and lunch. The bus will then travel to Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, W.Va., for additional shopping and an on-bus tour of the Winter Festival of Lights. The bus will make one final stop at a fast food restaurant on the return trip to Center Valley Baptist Church. Expect a late return arrival of 11 p.m. or later. The public is invited to participate in the bus trip. Seats are $25 each. One person to a seat, including children. Seating is limited so early registration is advised. To register or for more information call or text 740-350-8852. Reservations paid before Nov. 20 will be confirmed as final. Reservations made after Nov 20 are first come, first served. Payment must be received before seat is confirmed. No refunds for no shows. No alcohol or tobacco permitted on the bus. Children are the responsibility of their parents.
“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.
GriefShare for 2018 — program to learn how to walk the journey of grief and be supported on the way; a place where hurting people find healing and hope; group will meet every Sunday for 13 weeks; begins on Sunday, Jan. 14, and conclude on Sunday, April 8, for a total of 12 sessions; no meeting on Easter Sunday, April 1; in each session, the group will watch a video featuring personal stories of those grieving the death of a loved one; after the video, there will be a discussion and sharing time together; there is a workbook, provided at no charge, for participants to take notes during the video; workbook also includes daily exercises to help those in attendance grow and heal; group will meet from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in fellowship hall; light refreshments will be served; feel free to bring a brown bag lunch and join the group as they take this journey from mourning to joy; to sign up for the class, contact facilitators Lucy Scott at 740-525-4952 and Vivian Brown at 740-373-8643; or call the church office Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon, 740-373-6478.
Holy Communion & Advent 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 Advent Reading, Mark 1:1-18, John the Baptist prepares the way for the Messiah. Advent readings, Advent candle lighting, children’s sermon and childcare are offered during both services. In addition, the Sanctuary Choir’s anthem and children’s church for elementary age children are part of the 10:30 a.m. service. For more information, go to www.christumcmarietta.org or call 740-373-1512.
Christmas Eve Service, 7 p.m., Dec. 24, at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, 409 Columbia Ave., Williamstown; service will be led by Rev. Gene Sheppard; come celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with us; public is invited.
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.
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.
Advent Study, Christ United Methodist Church, 301 Wooster St., Marietta, 7 p.m. in the church library. Pastor Don Archer will be leading a four-week study on Jesus’ birth from Joseph’s perspective using Adam Hamilton’s Forever: Christmas through the Eyes of Joseph. Books are available through the church office. For more information, go to www.christumcmarietta.org or call 740-373-1512.
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.
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. This 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: Ms. Gail Popp. For more information or to register call the church office at 740-373-1512.
Pickleball, 1 p.m. every Tuesday and 6 p.m. every Friday, at Wayside United Methodist Church, 3001 Grand Central Ave., 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Advent Brown Bag Study, Christ United Methodist Church, 301 Wooster St., Marietta, noon, Pastor Don Archer will be leading a four-week study on Jesus’ birth from Joseph’s perspective using Adam Hamilton’s Forever: Christmas through the Eyes of Joseph. Books are available through the church office. For more information, go to www.christumcmarietta.org or call 740-373-1512.
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.
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.
Barlow Presbyterian Church has homemade mincemeat for sale; prices are $5 a pint and $10 a quart; call Pat at 740-678-8022; if no answer, leave name and number and she will return your call.
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.
The Religion calendar appears each Saturday on the Focus on Faith page. Information to appear in the Religion calendar can be e-mailed to email@example.com; submitted through the Virtual Newsroom at The Times’ website, www.MariettaTimes.com (click on “Submit News”); or mailed to The Marietta Times, 700 Channel Lane, Marietta, Ohio, 45750, Attention: Claire Heiby. For questions, call Heiby at 740-373-2121, ext. 537. Deadline for information to be received is noon Monday for that Saturday’s edition.