Lighthouse Baptist Church will be welcoming Appalachian Bible College and Magnify, the college's men's ensemble, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14.
Magnify will bring the Bible to life as members of the group perform vocal arrangements centered around the theme of "Come Magnify the Lord With Me."
Lighthouse Baptist Church is on Ohio 339, between Barlow and Vincent. A.C. Smith is the pastor.
For more information: 678-2738.
Benefit to help family with adoption grants
An adoption fundraiser lunch for the family of David and Mary Billman will be held at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Valley Harvest Church, 104 Tennis Center Drive, Marietta.
Soup beans, ham, cornbread, drinks and desserts will be served. Food will be served until 2:30 p.m. or for as long as it lasts. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and under. Take out food will be available.
The benefit will provide matching funds for adoption grants the family has applied for. The Billmans have applied for a Shaohannah's Hope adoption grant. They did get approval of a grant from Gift of Adoption Fund with stipulations about how it can be used.
The Billmans have already adopted several children to grow their family, which also includes biological sons. The children are (from youngest to oldest) Maliya, Gabriella, Samantha, Veronica, Ethan, Stephen, Joshua and his fiance, Ashton, and Nicholas and his wife, Amanda.
Jewelry will also be sold. The beads, which are called 925 beads, and charms will be available for the Pandora style bracelets.
For more information: 373-0867.
Campus Excursion at Ohio Valley Univ.
Ohio Valley University in Vienna, W.Va., will be hosting a Campus Excursion on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27.
The experience will provide an opportunity for high school freshmen, sophomores and church youth groups to explore a Christian, liberal arts campus.
"Excursion is designed for freshmen and sophomores, as well as whole youth groups, to get students on campus at an earlier age to take a 'fun peek' at OVU," said Amy Bortell, OVU director of admissions. "Whereas Encounter takes a more academic and serious look for juniors and seniors, Excursion offers younger high school students the opportunity to experience the lighter side of campus life."
The Campus Excursion is free and open to all high school freshmen, sophomores and church youth groups. The structured experience will allow students to have the opportunity to discover what college life is really like. The event will include an opportunity to spend the night in the dorms. Students must register in advance.
For more information or to register: Valerie Wright at 877-446-8668 or (304) 865-6200, or www.ovu.edu/excursion.
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