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GriefShare program begins in August

A GriefShare program will be offered from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursdays from Aug. 16 to Nov. 8 in the fellowship hall at Gilman United Methodist Church, 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta.

GriefShare gives help and encouragement after the death of a loved one. GriefShare meets weekly for 13 weeks and is designed to help people rebuild their lives. Light refreshments will be served. Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. The program is free and open to anyone who is in need of help dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Facilitators will be Lucy Scott, Debbie Mincks and Vivian Brown.

To preregister (for any session): 740-373-8643 or 740-373-6478

Woodsfield church

to host festival

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will hold it Annual Festival-Picnic on Sunday, Aug. 5.

Country-style chicken and beef dinners will be served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Meals include homemade noodles, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, coleslaw, fresh vegetables, dessert and beverages. Take-out will be available. There will be games, food and refreshments all day. A dance will be from 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday night with music by Deep Down Country. The public invited and the church is located at 35560 Miltonsburg-Calais Road, Woodsfield (on Monroe County 2).

Yard sale planned at Barlow Church

The Barlow Presbyterian Church will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. The church is located at Ohio 550 and Warrior Drive.

Church to host basket bingo Saturday

The Barlow Presbyterian Church will be joining Christmas in the Village by hosting a Longaberger Basket Bingo on Saturday, Aug. 11. Bingo will be held in lower level of the Barlow Library, located on Ohio 339 in Barlow. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bingo begins at noon. All proceeds will benefit The Barlow Presbyterian Church. For advance registration, call Susie at 740-236-3502.

Volunteers needed for men’s ministry

Christian men volunteers are needed to serve (laymen and clergy) for the Kairos prison ministry at St. Marys Correctional Center. An informational meeting will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Holiday Inn Express, east Parkersburg, Emerson Avenue exit. Coffee and breakfast snacks will be served and there’s 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.

Anyone with questions should contact Bruce Haas at 740-629-1277.

Free concert, block party planned

A free concert and block party for the entire community will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at 501 Fourth St., Marietta. The event is being hosted by First Presbyterian Church. There will be music, inflatables, animal balloons, face painting, chalk art contest, flip for habitat and more. There will be concessions and a dunk tank fundraiser for Washington County’s Homeless Project.

From local reports