The National Day of Prayer will be observed in Marietta with a special program starting at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, May 1, on the steps of the Washington County Courthouse.
All churches and denominations are invited to participate in this public display of prayer support for the nation.
Marian DuVall, coordinator, has organized the event to include governmental leaders, church leaders, the military, students and educators from the region. Music will be provided by Julie Clark, Stephanie Lord and Rebecca Sammons. Soloists will include Pastor Mark Eaton of Porterfield Baptist Church and Taj Rohr.
The event will last for about one hour. The public is invited to attend during their lunch hour or for the entire time.
Cities across the country will be participating in the Day of Prayer. National chairman for the observance is Shirley Dobson.
National Day of Prayer, held the first Thursday of each May, invites people of all faiths to pray for the nation. The day was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
¯ For more information: www.nationaldayofprayer.org.
Bishop coming for Holy Communion
The Rt. Rev. W. Michie Klusmeyer, bishop of the West Virginia Episcopal Diocese, will celebrate Holy Communion on Sunday, March 30, at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, 409 Columbia Ave., Williamstown.
Klusmeyer will also confirm candidates at the church’s 11 a.m. service. Co-celebrating will be the Revs. Richard C. and Lisa Davis Heller.
After the service a potluck dinner will be served with meat and drink provided. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Church to host Fifth Sunday Hymn Sing
Warren Chapel United Methodist Church is hosting a Fifth Sunday Hymn Sing at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 30, in honor of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Charles Wesley, brother of John Wesley, founder of Methodism.
Charles Wesley, who is often called “the sweet singer of Methodism,” is credited with writing more than 5,000 hymns, many of which are still sung today.
Refreshments, including birthday cake in honor of the occasion, will be served after the hymn sing.
The church is on Warren Chapel Road, off Ohio 550, about five miles west of Marietta.
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