“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 Cheryl Arnold will be teaching on the Gospel Reading, Luke 2:21-40, Jesus is presented at the temple. Children’s sermon and childcare are offered during both services. In addition, the 10:30 a.m. service offers the Sanctuary Choir’s anthem and children’s church for elementary age children. For more information, go to www.christumcmarietta.org or call 740-373-1512.
“My Gift for the King,” message on Sunday, Jan. 7, Epiphany, at Gilman United Methodist Church, 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta. This Sunday at Gilman United Methodist Church, as we celebrate the coming of the Wise Men to honor Jesus with their presence and their gifts, we will consider what gift we would bring to honor the newborn King. Worship service starts at 10:30 am and a staffed nursery is provided. There is a “Meet, Greet & Eat” fellowship time held at 10 am prior to worship. Pastor Diann O’Bryant presenting the message.
“My View of His Baptism,” message on Sunday, Jan. 14, Baptism of Our Lord Sunday, at Gilman United Methodist Church, located at 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta. This Sunday at Gilman United Methodist Church, as we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, we will explore what his baptism means for our lives. We will also reflect on the significance of our own baptisms as we remember them. Worship service starts at 10:30 a.m. and a staffed nursery is provided. There is a “Meet, Greet & Eat” fellowship time held at 10 a.m. prior to worship. Pastor Diann O’Bryant presenting the message.
“Everyday Disciples,” a three-part message series at Gilman United Methodist Church, 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta, beginning in January — Every Christian faces the same challenge: How do I live out my faith in my day-to-day life. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, used 21 questions to help the early Methodists to find a more sustainable union with God through everyday practices. This message series will examine Wesley’s question and help us to ask them of our own lives. — Jan. 21: Part 1, “Spiritual Life”; Jan. 28: Part 2, “Day to Day Life”; Feb. 4: Part 3, “Life with Others.” Worship service starts at 10:30 a.m. and a staffed nursery is provided. There is a “Meet, Greet & Eat” fellowship time held at 10 a.m. prior to worship. The church is located at 312 Gilman Ave. on the west side with the Pastor Diann O’Bryant presenting the messages.
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.
“He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart,” by Max Lucado, the second of three Lenten Bible studies, Sunday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. from Feb. 18 to March 25 (six weeks) in the fellowship hall, at Gilman United Methodist Church, 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta; lead by Jim Zoller. The cost is $7 for the book. Sign-up is between Jan. 7 and Feb. 4. Every gift from God reveals his love, but no gift reveals his love more than the gifts of the cross. These gifts came not wrapped in paper but in passion. They were not placed around a tree but around a cross. They were not covered with ribbons but sprinkled with the blood that Christ shed on our behalf. In this five-session video Bible study, Max Lucado explores the many gifts that Christ provided to us at his crucifixion. These include not only the gift of the cross, but also the gift of the thorns that pierced his brow, the nails that tore his flesh, the seamless robe that he removed for us, and the empty tomb where he forever defeated sin and death. The hill of the cross is rich with the gifts of God’s grace. These were gifts he didn’t have to give. The only required act for our salvation was the shedding of blood, yet God did so much more. So, as we unwrap these gifts, we need to pause and listen for his voice. As we do, perhaps we will hear him whisper, “I did it just for you.”
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.
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.
“Finding My Way Home: Pathways of Life and the Spirit,” by Henri Nouwen, the last in a series of three Lenten bible studies, Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m. from Feb. 27 to March 20 (four weeks) in the lounge off the sanctuary at Gilman United Methodist Church, 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta, lead by Judy Allen and Kathy Wentz. The cost is $13. Sign-up is between Jan. 7 through Feb. 18. Henri Nouwen became one of the most inspiring spiritual guides of the 20th century. Culled from a life of intense seeking, these profound meditations on living, waiting, power, peace, and dying offer important insights that will inspire all who dare to travel a spiritual path.
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.
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.
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, mini\ster).
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, noon, every Wednesday, Christ United Methodist Church, 301 Wooster St., Marietta. This intimate, open table service welcomes all and is held weekly in the Sanctuary. During inclement weather, communion service will be cancelled if Marietta City School are cancelled. For more information, call 740-373-1512.
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.
“The God We Can Know: Exploring the ‘I Am’ Sayings of Jesus,” by Rob Fuquay, the first of three Lenten Bible studies, 3 p.m., Thursday, from Feb. 8 to March 22 (seven weeks), in fellowship hall at Gilman United Methodist Church; lead by Judy Spahr and Pastor Diann. Sign-up is between Jan. 7 through 28. A suggested donation of $8 will cover the cost of the book. “The God We Can Know” is a seven-week study designed to explore the “I Am” sayings of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. This series will help participants find and form an answer to Jesus’ most essential question in the Christian faith, “Who do you say I am?”One by one, Jesus’s statements grab our imagination, reveal more about his identity and purpose, and connect us to the God of Moses, who spoke the first “I Am.” These significant, yet ordinary images (bread, light, shepherd, vine, and more) give us insightful ways to experience Jesus and point us to a God who wants to be known. The DVD, filmed on location in the Holy Land, allows you to travel with Rob Fuquay and actually see the places where Jesus stood while disclosing his true identity, and in what context he spoke each “I Am.”
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.
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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