Pancake/sausage breakfast, 7 to 11 a.m., Saturday, March 17, at Cutler Chapel United Methodist Church, located at 11078 Veto Road in Belpre; also served will be sausage gravy/biscuits, eggs, toast, coffee and juice; questions: 740-373-2554.

Twin City Opera House in McConnelsville will host the musical drama, Chain Breaker, under the direction of Melanie Baldwin, on Palm Sunday weekend, March 24 and 25; cast and crew will present a performance of the Passion of Jesus Christ. Performance dates and times Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m.; doors open one hour prior to each performance; advance tickets on sale now; tickets available by donation at the door; for more information: 740-557-3025.

“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.


Westminster Bells will premiere a piece commissioned in honor of Helen Crago and all of the musical pioneers in the handbell program, at 10:15 a.m., Sunday, March 18, at First Presbyterian Church, 501 Fourth St., Marietta; music composed by Karen Lakey Buckwalter; primary melody is, “How Can I Keep From Singing,” with musical snippets from over 10 other familiar hymn tunes; cello part played by local musician Cynthia Puls; Denise Holmes directing the Westminster Bells; reception following the worship service; everyone is welcome; church is handicapped accessible.

GriefShare for 2018 — program to learn how to walk the journey of grief and be supported on the way; group meets every Sunday for 13 weeks, at Gilman United Methodist Church, 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta; concludes on Sunday, April 8; 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; 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, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Sunday evenings through March 25 (six weeks) in the fellowship hall, at Gilman United Methodist Church, 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta; lead by Jim Zoller; $7 for the book.

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, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., Tuesday mornings, through 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; cost is $13; Henri Nouwen became one of the most inspiring spiritual guides of the 20th century.


Wednesday Lent services, 6:15 p.m., in the sanctuary at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church at Fourth and Scammel; there will be a soup/sandwich dinner first at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall; soup provided.

Awana program at Twin Rivers Baptist Church — classes 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 “Truth & 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., Thursdays through March 22 (seven weeks), in fellowship hall at Gilman United Methodist Church; lead by Judy Spahr and Pastor Diann; suggested donation of $8 will cover the cost of the book.

GriefShare Support Seminars, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays 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.

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.


Lenten fish fries, 4:30 to 8 p.m., March 23, at Our Lady of Mercy Church, located at 5001 Lowell Hill Road in Lowell; all-you-can-eat fish, hush puppies, french fries, cole slaw and drinks; cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children age 13 and under.

All-you-can-eat Lenten fish fry, 5 to 7 p.m., Fridays, through March 23, at St. Mary Catholic School on Third Street in Marietta.

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., 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 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.

¯ “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.

¯ 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., third Saturday of each month, Faith United Methodist Church, 503 Seventh St., Marietta.

¯ Beverly United Methodist Church community lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the last Saturday of each month; church is handicapped accessible; call ahead for carryout at 740-984-2100.


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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