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Pets invited to blessing service

October 3, 2009
By Janet Gossett
An informal “Pet Blessing” service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., Marietta. The community is invited to participate with pets of all sizes and shapes and their “families” welcome. Pets should be on leashes or appropriately restrained so they are comfortable and not a hazard to others. There will also be a memorial board for those who have had to say good-bye to their pets. Owners can write their pet’s name on the board or they may bring a photo or drawing to post during the service. There is no cost to attend the service, but any contributions of cat or dog food or cat litter will be given to the Marietta Community Food Pantry to share with those of limited means who need help with pets they love. ¯ For more information: 373-0741. ‘Festival of Joy’ will be at Buckeye Park A “Festival of Joy” is being held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Buckeye Park in Marietta. Area churches will be joining together in the park for a gospel sing and for witnessing and testifying. Pastors and church members in the community are invited to attend. Those attending should bring lawn chairs and a picnic lunch to the pavilion at Buckeye Park. Seminar will show how to express love  “Sweetest Day” is just around the corner on Oct. 17 and Christ United Methodist Church at Third and Wooster streets, Marietta, is offering a free two-hour seminar that will help participants learn how to express their love. The seminar will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15. Participants will learn how to express their love in the style or “language” their loved one prefers and which enables their loved one to feel deeply loved. Although the seminar is excellent for those in a marital or romantic relationship, it is not limited to couples. The principles also apply to children, grandchildren and friends, and to even learning more about yourself. Linda Stockton, licensed professional counselor with The Counseling and Wellness Center in Parkersburg, will facilitate the seminar, which is based on Gary Chapman’s book, “The Five Love Languages.” ¯ For more information or to pre-register: 373-1512. Safe alternative to Halloween planned Crossroads United Methodist Church is having its seventh annual Trunk ’N’ Treat for children age 12 and under from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at the church. The activity is intended as a way of providing the children of the church and the surrounding neighborhoods with a safe alternative to Halloween. Vehicles with decorated trunks or tailgates will be parked in the church parking lot and children will be able to go from car to car to receive goodies. Children and adults are encouraged to dress in costume, but are asked to be selective in their costume and to not choose something scary or “ghoulish.” The church is on Route 2 (¢ mile north of Route 31), behind Truss Rafters in Parkersburg. Send church news to Janet Gossett in care of The Marietta Times, P.O. Box 635, Marietta, Ohio 45750. Information can also be e-mailed to jgossett@mariettatimes.-com, faxed to (740) 376-5475 or submitted through the Virtual Newsroom on the Times’ Web site,


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