“Sun Dance Hoedown,” 7:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at the Betsey Mills Club; sponsored by The Green Sanctuary committee of the Unitarian Church; an old-fashioned line, square, and contra dance. Funds generated will be used to increase the energy efficiency of the church sanctuary and offices so the church can make the most out of the solar power they are now able to harness from their own roof; Chris Jacobs will be calling the squares and Dawn Hewitt will be calling the contras; $5 per person with snacks and family-friendly beverages available; for more information, Chris Jacobs at 740-373-6045.

“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.


Anniversary Sunday, 11 a.m., April 29, at Faith United Methodist Church, 503 Seventh St., Marietta; entertainment by Heather Freeman, Dale and Marlene Lauderman and Jodan Weber; potluck lunch will follow.

Special song service, with J.R. Mayle of Parsons, W.Va., at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 29, at Mount Hermon Church, located on Ohio 550 at Amesville, three miles from Bartlett; everyone is welcome.

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


H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Endure) — H.O.P.E. is a support group for those who have lost a family member, friend or co-worker to suicide; meetings are the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 5:30 p.m. at The River Family Christian Center, 19025 State Route 339 Waterford; for more information: LeeAnnPrice at 740-350-3365.


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 rrdostal@gmail.com, 740-885-8151, or the church, Pastor George Gaston, 740-374-8967.


Spring indoor yard sale, 4 to 7 p.m. April 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28, at Belpre Heights United Methodist Church,, located at 720 Clement Ave., Belpre; no early sales.

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.


Chicken pie dinner, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 27, in the fellowship hall at Gilman United Methodist Church, 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta; hosted by the Gilman United Methodist Women; menu includes chicken pie served with mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, dessert and beverages; cost is $8 adults and $4 for children under 12; monies raised will go toward the United Methodist Women’s many community and foreign mission projects.

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, Tunnel United Methodist Church, Ohio 550 and Coffman Road, Marietta.

¯ 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 www.christumcmarietta.org 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.

The Religion calendar appears each Saturday on the Focus on Faith page. Information to appear in the Religion calendar can be e-mailed to cheiby@mariettatimes.com; submitted through the Virtual Newsroom at The Times’ website, www.MariettaTimes.com (click on “Submit News”); mailed to The Marietta Times, 700 Channel Lane, Marietta, Ohio, 45750, Attention: Claire Heiby; or faxed to 740-376-5475. For questions, call Heiby at 740-373-2121, ext. 537. Deadline for information to be received is noon Monday for that Saturday’s edition.


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