Vacation Bible School

“Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus,” theme of Vacation Bible School at Sandhill United Methodist Church, 725 Sand Hill Road, Reno, from July 22 to 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each evening; for ages 4 through 11; fun, crafts, stories, games, food and music.

“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.; for ages 3 and up; for more information: 740-374-5606.

“Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus,” theme of Vacation Bible School at Lawrence Baptist Church, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. each evening, Sunday, July 22 through Thursday, July 26; for children of all ages; there will also be a teen class; church is located on Ohio 26, 16 miles from Marietta; for more information, Dawn Gutberlet at 740-473-9123.

“Babylon: Daniel’s Courage in Captivity,” theme of Vacation Bible School, from July 29 to Aug. 1, 6 to 8:30 p.m. each evening at Gilman United Methodist Church; children ages 4 through fifth grade are welcome to attend; kids will learn how to keep their faith in a faithless culture and do what is morally right through story time, crafts, games and snack time; church is located at 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta; to pre-register children, call the church office at 740-373-6478, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. to noon, or register the first night of VBS.

“Polar Blast VBS: Where Jesus’ Love is Cool,” 6:15 to 8:30 p.m., from July 29 to 31, at Newport Baptist Church; for ages 4 through sixth grade; Bible adventures, crafts, games, snacks and music.

“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.

“SHIPWRECKED: Rescued by Jesus,” theme of Vacation Bible School at Tunnel United Methodist Church, 9 a.m. to noon, July 30 to Aug. 2; children from age 3 through those who have completed the 6th grade are invited to join in Bible stories, crafts, music, games, and snacks; closing program will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2; Tunnel UMC is located at Ohio 550 and Coffman Road behind the Warren Volunteer Fire Department. For information: 740-373-5401 or 740-373-2692.


Christian men volunteers needed to serve (laymen and clergy) for the Kairos prison ministry at St. Marys Correctional Center; informational meeting, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, at Holiday Inn Express, east Parkersburg, Emerson Avenue exit; coffee and breakfast snacks served; no reservation necessary – casual. Kairos means “God’s Time” and is a non-denominational ministry; Each spring and fall, a team of more than 20 men prepares for over eight weeks to enter the St. Marys Correctional Center for four days. They meet with 40 to 50 selected inmates in small groups, presenting them a message of hope and forgiveness. This program is proven to dramatically reduce recidivism among participants who make parole or simply serve out their sentence and return to the community; questions, contact Bruce Haas at 740-629-1277.

Free concert and block party for the entire community, 4 to 8 p.m., Aug. 25, at 501 Fourth St., Marietta; hosted by First Presbyterian Church; music, inflatables, animal balloons, face painting, chalk art contest, flip for habitat and more; low cost concessions and a dunk tank fundraiser for Washington County’s Homeless Project.

Craft show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at Norwood United Methodist Church, 23 Colegate Drive, Marietta; food will also be available for purchase; anyone interested in being a vendor, the cost to rent a table is $20 — those interested should call 740-374-5606 and leave a name and phone number in your message and calls will be returned.

“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.


Gospel sing with Irvin Mayle and Jimmy Howson, 2 p.m., Sunday, July 29, at Mount Hermon Community Church, located on Ohio 550 in Amesville.

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.


13 weeks of grief support seminars, presented by St. Paul’s Evengelical Church, Tuesdays, from Aug. 7 to Oct. 30, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. each morning, in parish hall (social room), 401 Fifth St., Marietta; materials specifically address topics and issues for those who are grieving the death of a loved one; content is Christ-centered, biblical, and non-denominational; presented three-phased: Video, group discussion and personal workbook; GriefShare support can be an especially effective outreach for the grieving person; pre-registration is suggested, however an “open” policy is honored; participation can be at any time during the 13 weeks; competent childcare provided; for more information and pre-registration: Pastor Joe Vasarheli at 740-373-3757, Facilitator Carolyn Becker at 740-585-2087, or Facilitator Becky Moore at 740-336-5704.


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.


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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