– Annual Gilman United Methodist Women (UMW) Fall Bazaar & Luncheon, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Gilman United Methodist Church, 312 Gilman Ave., Marietta; luncheon includes soup, sandwich, beverage and dessert; also selling crafts, baked goods and attic treasures.

– 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; Lynn Stoll at 740-374-3708 or Stollworkshop@att.net

– Watertown Presbyterian Church serving spaghetti dinner to sponsor Courtney and Dava Clark on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at Watertown Fire Department on Ohio 676; donations accepted in lieu of a cost per meal; trip scheduled for Jan. 4 to 11, with donations accepted until Jan. 3.

– Beverly Lions Club inside flea market and vendor show, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Beverly United Methodist Church; vendors may have a 5×10 space for $10 for one day or $12 for two days; 8-foot tables available for $5; food available; Heather at 740-350-1624 or Kay at 740-885-8021.

– 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.

– Spaghetti dinner fundraiser, 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at Evergreen Community Center (behind Hadley Funeral Home – Reno Chapel); event a fundraiser for Gospel Mission; homemade spaghetti sauce (Don Schafer’s), pasta, bread, salad and dessert; door prizes, a silent auction, a country store, two 50/50 drawings, musical entertainment, and much more; donations taken at the door.

– Our Lady of Mercy CWC Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at OLM church hall on County Road 60, one mile west of Lowell, (5001 Lowell Hill Road); church serving its famous chicken pie and famous homemade noodles and dessert pies; many local vendors will have their unique crafts on display for purchase; limited amount of vendor spaces available; (a vendor space is reserved upon confirmation of payment); for booth information, contact Angie Lang at 740-896-2491; pre-order whole chicken pies and or homemade noodles by Monday, Nov. 5 by contacting Marilyn Peters at 740-350-1751 or Heather Peters at 740-350-6972.

“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.


– Creation Seminar, from Oct. 14 to 17, at First Baptist Church of Marietta, corner of Fourth and Putnam in Marietta, to address questions about earth’s creation, seminar led by Dr. Grady McMurtry from Creation Worldview Ministries, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services on Sunday, Oct. 14; he will also speak Monday through Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the church.

– 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.

– Cutler Community Center 3rd Sunday Dinner, noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 21, at Cutler Community Center, 4550 Two Mile Run Road; meals are $7 for adults or $4 for children; all proceeds benefit Cutler Community Center; hosted by Federal Creek Indian Organization of Ohio; homemade soup and sandwiches, homemade desserts and drinks; live musical entertainment.

– Fall Sunday School campaign at Twin Rivers Baptist Church, 110 D.A.V. Road, Whipple, continues through Oct. 21; Sunday school will begin at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday of the campaign with a short opening assembly in church auditorium; other special events and activities planned for the campaign: Oct. 14, Rally Day, those attending encouraged to wear the jersey of their favorite team; Oct. 21, Parents Day, with parents of all children attending recognized and to receive a gift; church is on D.A.V. Road, off Ohio 821, and is located just 300 yards north of Exit 6 of Interstate 77; for more information: 740-376-0440.

– Marietta Church of the Nazarene, 100 Mill Creek Road, sponsoring annual Trunk or Treat, 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, for children up through sixth grade; festivities will begin in the sanctuary for a time of worship, short children’s sermon, and directions; children are encouraged to attend in family friendly costumes; no zombie zone; prizes, pumpkins, candy, hot dogs and refreshments.

– Good News from Christ, radio program, 10 a.m. every Sunday on WMOA, 101.3 FM and 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: 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.


“Hope Rally” for the Mid-Ohio Valley and surrounding areas, sponsored by Hope Bible Church in Reno; each evening special singing from various groups and an inspirational message from Evangelist Rodney Keister; free; open to public, Oct. 13 to 14, on Armory Lawn, 241 Front St., Marietta; 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.

– Awana program for 2018-19 at Twin Rivers Baptist Church, 110 D.A.V. Road, Whipple, program for boys and girls each Wednesday through May, with sessions to be held from 7 to 8:20 each week; classes for children from 3 years of age through teens; each week’s session includes lesson time, Bible verse memorization, snacks and games; 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 available to pick up boys and girls for the program; for more information or transportation: 740-376-0440.

– 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 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; 740-350-9117.

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.; dinner served from 5 to 6 p.m.; church is located at 320 Second St. in Marietta; parking available in 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; 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 to help with the Fifth Annual Christmas Day Feast in Marietta; growing event has teams for deliveries, publicity, janitor/cleanup, kitchen and cooking, hospitality and serving, desserts and more; need for variety of home-cooked dishes from casseroles to cakes, and smaller items such as milk and juices and fresh fruits and Christmas cards; public invited to next organizational meeting, 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14; at Marietta First Presbyterian Church, Fourth and Wooster streets; to volunteer, 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.


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