Empty Bowls food pantry fundraiser, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 5, First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., Marietta; co-sponsored by the potters of the area, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, First Unitarian Universalist Church, and The Congregational Church; hand crafted ceramic and crafted wooden bowls; lunch of soup donated by area restaurants, bread, and home baked cookies available for a contribution of $10; lunch only $5; or 373-4510.


Good News from Christ, half hour of worship and music from Christ United Methodist Church, every Sunday at 10:05 a.m. on WMOA radio, 1490 AM.


Big Fish Play Day, 10 to 11:30 a.m., every Tuesday, Newport United Methodist Church, Greene Street, Newport; kids will play, learn colors, sing songs, interact with others; free activity; children under age of 6 are welcome; parents must be present at all times; to register, 473-2598


Beverly-Waterford churches joint services, 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays and Good Friday during Lent; April 9, Waterford Nazarene, speaker, the Rev. John Harra; April 18, Beverly United Methodist, speaker, the Rev. Tom O’Connor.

Marietta First Church of the Nazarene series of lessons, 7 p.m., Wednesdays, 100 Mill Creek Road, Marietta; on the aspects of death and dying from a Christian perspective; the public is invited; 373-5406 or

Twin Rivers Baptist Church in Whipple children’s Awana program, 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, September through May, D.A.V. Road, off Ohio 821, just 300 yards north of Exit 6 off Interstate 77; for ages 3 through sixth-grade; small group counsel time to work on Bible memorization, large group lesson and game time; “Cubbies” for ages 3 to 5; “Sparks,” for students in kindergarten through the second grade; “Truth in Training,” for third through sixth grades; teen program for grades seven through 12 meets at the same time; 376-0440.

Daily Bread Kitchen free lunch to the community, Wednesdays, Knights of Columbus Hall, 312 Franklin St., Marietta, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; everyone is welcome.

Holy Communion and Healing Services, every Wednesday, noon, Christ United Methodist Church, 301 Wooster St., Marietta; 373-1512.

Lowell Christian Church hosts ‘Family Ties’ Fellowship weekly potluck dinner and Bible study, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays, 322 4th St., Lowell; bring a covered dish for dinner; fellowship at 6:30 p.m.; Bible study, 7 to 8 p.m.; youth programs for ages preschool through 12th grade available; all are welcome; transportation within the Lowell Area may be arranged; (740) 525-8324.

S.A.L.T. (Single Adults Learning Together) meeting, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays, First Baptist Church of Williamstown, 431 Highland Ave., Williamstown, Room 306; meets weekly for a Bible study; open to all single, divorced or widowed adults 30 years and up; do not have to attend FBCW to come; (304) 375-5888.

Upcoming events

Beverly United Methodist Church sponsoring free community lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., last Saturday of each month, 700 Park St, Beverly; handicapped accessible; all are welcome; no reservations required; 984-2100.

Mid-Ohio Valley The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team one day seminar, registration, 8 a.m.; seminar, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., May 17, Porterfield Baptist Church, 39 Hollywood Drive in Little Hocking; hosted by Mid-Ohio Valley Churches; intended for everyone and anyone in the church; $40; (740) 423-8442 or

The Religion calendar appears each Saturday on the Focus on Faith page. To submit information, send to Christy Hudson, The Marietta Times, 700 Channel Lane, Marietta, Ohio 45750; e-mail to; submit through the Virtual Newsroom at The Times’ Web site (; fax to 376-5475; or call 376-5446. Deadline for information to be received is Monday for that Saturday’s edition.