Vacation Bible School

“The Golden Rule,” theme of Vacation Bible School at Belpre Heights United Methodist Church and St. Marks United Methodist Church, which will be held at 720 Clement Ave. Belpre, 1 to 5 p.m., June 23. Virtuous Reality Puppeteer Group will present Black light Puppet Ministry. Make your own puppets and learn how to work them. Whole families are invited.

“Heroes Central,” theme of Vacation Bible School at Reno Christian Church, Ohio 7 in Reno, from July 9 to 13, 6:30 to 8:30 each evening; all children pre-kindergarten through sixth grade are invited.

“Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus,” theme of Vacation Bible School at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 873 Farson St., Belpre, from July 9 to 13, 6 to 8:30 p.m. each evening; for kids ages kindergarten to grade 6; kids at Shipwrecked VBS will join a missions effort to provide mosquito netting to aid in the reduction of malaria in Africa; registration will begin Monday, July 9, at 5:30 p.m.; for more information, 740-423-5890.

“GAME ON,” theme of Vacation Bible School at North Hills Baptist Church, 108 Stonecrest Drive, Marietta, from July 16, 17 and 18; will be held each evening from 6 to 8 p.m.; call 740-374-7156 for any questions and pre-registration.

“Noah’s Ark,” theme of Vacation Bible School 2018 at Norwood United Methodist Church, 23 Colegate Drive, Marietta, from Sunday, July 22-Thursday, July 26; each evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; or ages 3 and up; for more information: 740-374-5606.

“SHIPWRECKED,” theme of Vacation Bible School at Pine Grove Baptist Church, from July 30 to Aug. 3; held each evening from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Contact the church for questions and pre-registration for this event at 304-464-4853.


“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.


The 2018 Garden Plant and Bake Sale, 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 24, at Marietta’s historic Unitarian Universalist Society, 232 Third St; plant sale will feature a variety of perennials, annuals, bulbs, plant divisions, seeds, native plants, houseplants, and succulents from local gardeners, along with gently used garden tools and planters; among the plant donations are heritage irises, native red honeysuckle, jewel orchid, liatris, ostrich fern, daisies, moonflower, kousa dogwood, and spiderwort; baked goods will be available for purchase in the church courtyard. All sale proceeds go to the maintenance of the society’s 1857 Gothic Revival building, designed by architect John Slocum, who also designed the Castle. Parking is available in the Huntington Bank lot, but you are asked not to block the ATM and night deposit lanes.

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.


St. Bernard’s Catholic Church Social, Wednesday, June 27, chicken or ham dinner; serving from 4 to 7 p.m.; $10 per person; $5 (12 and under); games, bingo, raffle, country store, Take a Chance; snow cones.

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.


Operation Christmas Child and Porterfield Baptist Church fundraiser and silent auction, June 28, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Wendy’s in Belpre; baked goods will be available for purchase, as well as a silent auction and prizes; all proceeds will benefit Operation Christmas Child.

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.

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. 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 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.

¯ 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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