Religion calendar


¯ “Wayside Fall Craft and Vendor Fair,” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 29, at Wayside United Methodist Church, 3001 Grand Central Ave., Vienna; interested vendors should email djarcher@wgu.edu for an application; concessions by Wayside youth.

¯ Marietta First Church of the Nazarene’s Third Annual Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at the church, 100 Mill Creek Road, Marietta; crafters with handmade items needed; cost for a 10′ by 10′ booth is $25; concession stand and bake sale; all attendees receive a ticket for door prizes; free admission; all proceeds go to church’s children’s department to help children with special needs; for more information, Lynn Stoll at 740-374-3708 or Stollworkshop@att.net

¯ Craft show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, at Norwood United Methodist Church, 23 Colegate Drive, Marietta; food available for purchase; cost to rent table is $20 — call 740-374-5606 and leave name and phone number in 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.


“Friends Sunday,” Sept. 23, at Moss Run Community Church; bring a friend or family member for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., morning worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by “Fall Church Picnic” at Joan Adams’ home on Ohio 26; public invited.

¯ Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Williamstown community picnic and worship service, 11 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 30, at Williamstown Women’s Club, located at 112 West 7th St. in Williamstown; special guests Grace, Saint Paul’s and Saint Ann’s Episcopal churches; bring a covered dish dinner.

¯ Moss Run Community Church 83rd Homecoming, observed Sunday, Oct. 14; morning worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by dinner in church basement; evening services at 6:30 p.m. with special singing group, Laurel Creek; church is 9 miles out Ohio 26 on the right.

¯ Good News from Christ, radio program, 10 a.m., every Sunday, on WJAW FM; 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: LeeAnn Price at 740-350-3365.


¯ 13 weeks of grief support seminars, presented by St. Paul’s Evengelical Church, Tuesdays, through 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.


¯ Autumn Leaves Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Faith United Methodist Church, 503 Seventh St., Marietta; homemade vegetable soup, bean soup and chili sold by the quart and pint, baked goods, crafts, country store; lunch served.

¯ “Hope Rally” for the Mid-Ohio Valley and surrounding areas, sponsored by Hope Bible Church in Reno; each evening there will be special singing from various groups and an inspirational message from Evangelist Rodney Keister; free and open to the public, Oct. 10 to 14, on the Armory Lawn, 241 Front St., Marietta; Wednesday through Saturday event will start at 7 p.m. Sunday there will be an event at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; community meal after Sunday afternoon service; bring dish to share and lawn chair, as limited seating available; 740-336-9046.

¯ Live the Adventure – Royal Rangers, an activity based program for boys and young men in grades kindergarten to 12th grade, offered Wednesday nights from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Fort Harmar’s River of Life Assembly of God Church, 200 Franklin St., Marietta; Royal Rangers teaches boys to have fun while learning leadership skills; 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.


¯ GriefShare program, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursdays through 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; meets weekly for 13 weeks and is designed to help people rebuild their lives; light refreshments served; participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch; 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.

¯ 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, 4 to 6 p.m., fourth Thursday of each month, at Waterford Church of The Nazarene, 111 Marquis Ave., Waterford; for more information: 740-350-9117.


¯ St. Luke’s Lutheran Church’s 17th Annual Community Give-Away Day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, at the church, located at 401 Scammel St., Marietta; the congregation will be donating slightly used items to be given away for free to those in the community in need; items include toys, household goods, clothes, books, shoes, etc.; everyone is welcome; anyone with questions should call 740-350-8984.

¯ Autumn Leaves Bazaar , 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 5, at Faith United Methodist Church, 503 Seventh St., Marietta; homemade vegetable soup, bean soup and chili sold by the quart and pint, baked goods, crafts, country store; lunch will be served.

Free community meals

¯ St. Luke’s Episcopal Church serves a free community meal the first Tuesday of every month. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner is served from 5 to 6 p.m. The church is located at 320 Second St. in Marietta. Parking is available in the church lot off of Third Street. Each month is a different meal, but all meals consist of a homemade meat-based entree (beef, chicken, pork, ham), a side dish (usually pasta-based), and a vegetable (e.g. tossed salad, green beans, spiced carrots, mixed vegetables). If appropriate, rolls may be served with the main meal. In addition, there is a variety of desserts and a variety of beverages. The Community Meal meets the health department’s standards for balanced nutrition, food preparation, and service. For more information, contact Marybeth Peebles: mbjcpeebles@gmail.com, 740-374-6922 (home), or 740-568-8194 (cell).

¯ 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.


¯ Volunteers needed for Fifth Annual Christmas Day Feast in Marietta; more guests expected to be served on Christmas Day than in previous years, and there’s a need for delivery drivers, delivery coordinators, kitchen helpers, servers, hospitality staff, clean up crews, cooks, help with publicity and social media and posters and flyers distribution, pre-event preparations, meat carvers, bakers, and help soliciting donations for all the food items; contact Bruce Edward Haas, project manager, at 740-629-1277.

¯ 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.

Send religious news to Claire Heiby at The Marietta Times, 700 Channel Lane, Marietta, Ohio 45750. Information can also be emailed to cheiby@mariettatimes.com or submitted through the Virtual Newsroom on the Times’ website, www.MariettaTimes.com. Deadline for information for the Focus on Faith page is noon Monday each week for that Saturday’s edition.