“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.


“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.

Good News from Christ, radio program, 10 a.m., every Sunday, on WMOA-1490 AM; and on the church website:


“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. 20 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. 11. Henri Nouwen became one of the most inspiring spiritual guides of the 20th century.

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.


Ash Wednesday service, 7 p.m., Feb. 14, at Gilman United Methodist Church; message: “The Gift of Confession”; service conducted by Pastor Diann O’Bryant and everyone is welcome to participate in the service; church is located at 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta.

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, 740-885-8151, or the church, Pastor George Gaston, 740-374-8967.


“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 through Jan. 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.

GriefShare Support Seminars, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings, from Feb. 22 through May 17, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, Parish Hall (social room), 401 Fifth St., Marietta; registration is recommended; child care provided (call in advance when possible); contact Information: Pastor Joe Vasarhelyi at 740-343-3757; Facilitator Carolyn Becker at 740-585-2087; Facilitator Becky Moore at 740-336-5704.

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 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.; new members 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.


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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