Area churches will offer the following Sept. 11 anniversary services and events: Christ Church United Methodist and the Charleston Baptist Temple are inviting other churches to join them in a memorial service at 7 p.m. today at the Baptist Temple. First United Methodist Church, 905 Glendale Ave., South Charleston, will hold "Remembering 9/11: A Community Service of Remembrance" at 7 p.m. today at the church. A nursery will be provided for children birth to age 4. For information, call the church at 744-3211. Village Chapel Presbyterian Church, 3818 Venable Ave., will have its sanctuary open for prayer and reflection from noon to 8 p.m. today. The public is welcome.
St. Albans Ministerial Association and Kanawha Valley Fellowship of Christian Firefighters will sponsor a memorial worship service at 7 p.m. today at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 815 Kanawha Terrace, St. Albans. Music and messages will be given by local fire, police and emergency medical service personnel. Child care will be provided for children 5 and younger. Refreshments will follow. Buffalo community churches will host a candlelight remembrance service at 7 p.m. today at the Buffalo Gazebo. The event is a community effort to remember the tragic events and will include special recognition of local firefighters and emergency medical personnel. Music, Scripture readings, prayers and a candlelight service will be featured. For information, call 937-2970 or 937-2872.
Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church will have a "To Remember ..." presentation at 7 p.m. today at the church, 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane. The program consists of music, spoken word and prayer to help remember Sept. 11 in light of God's constancy and grace. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 246 South Pinch Road, Pinch, will have a special remembrance service at noon today. The Rev. James Walter will deliver a brief homily. The service will be approximately 40 minutes and there will be music. Child care will be provided. The church is located 1/4 mile past Pinch Elementary School. St. John's Episcopal Church, Charleston, will have a prayer and meditation service today, beginning with Lectio Divina at 7:30 a.m., continuing with morning prayer at 8:30 a.m. and silent meditation through noon. Members and guests may come and go as they wish. Holy Eucharist follows at 12:10 p.m. First Baptist Church of South Charleston, D Street, will have a special remembrance service at 6:30 p.m. today. The service will remember those who died in the terrorist attacks on America. For information, call 744-1375. Brown United Methodist Church will hold a special Sept. 11 memorial service at 7:10 p.m. today at the church on Woodrum's Lane. Elizabeth Baptist Church, 410 Washington St., Bancroft, will have a special sing from The Foundations and dedication to Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Saturday at the church. Cross of Grace Lutheran Church and St. Timothy-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church will have a candlelight service of remembrance for Sept. 11 today at the church's new location, 515 Hurricane Creek Road, off the Hurricane exit of Interstate 64. Open Bible Temple, Powellton, will have a patriotic service at 7 p.m. today at the church. Kanawha United Presbyterian Church, 1009 Virginia St. E., will have a brief service of Scripture readings, silent prayer and reflection on the anniversary of the attacks on the United States from 8:30 to 9:05 a.m. today. The tower bell will toll at 8:48 a.m. and 9:05 a.m. All personnel in all surrounding businesses and offices as well as the general public are invited to attend. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kanawha Valley, 520 Kanawha Blvd. W., will have a day of commemoration today. The church sanctuary will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and services offered at 12:15 and 6:45 p.m. The Rev. Mel Hoover and the Rev. Rose Edington will be available throughout the day for conversation, counseling and support. The public is welcome. St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1423 Lee St. E., will sponsor a day of prayer and commemoration today. The church will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today for private prayer and meditation. Special prayers, scriptures and inspirational readings will be held at 8:45 a.m. and hourly until 6:45 p.m. A candlelight service of the word will be held at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Reinhold Schlak officiating. Secular services
State of West Virginia: state Capitol (north side) at 8:30 a.m. — religious readings, 249th Army Band, Appalachian Children's Chorus. All state facilities will fly flags at half-staff throughout the day. Charleston Town Center: Center Court at noon — remembrance ceremony beneath 30-by-20-foot U.S. flag. Speakers include: Charleston Mayor Jay Goldman, Police Chief Jerry Pauley and Acting Fire Chief Gary Taylor. Miniflags and flag pins will be distributed, along with commemorative wristbands. West Virginia University: Morgantown (downtown campus) at 8:45 a.m. — chiming of bells at Woodburn Hall, memorial wall, tree planting. Mountainlair at 9:15 a.m. — panel discussion: "One Year Later: Controlling International Terrorism." Woodburn Circle at 7:30 p.m. — candlelight vigil, bell ringing from bell of USS West Virginia, speeches, WVU Choir. Montgomery/West Virginia University Tech: City Hall at 8 a.m. — memorial service; sirens sounding at 8:45 a.m., then church bells will toll. University and town officials to speak. Reception follows. Marshall University: Ashland Commons at 9 a.m. — All classes canceled for one hour for Sept. 11 anniversary observance. Student Government Association will conduct a ceremony titled, "9/11: Student Reflections, One Year Later." Music by Marshall Chamber Choir. Public is invited. Davis & Elkins College: Chapel service at noon; candlelight vigil at 9 p.m. Booth Library at 7 p.m. — first in a seven-week series of multidisciplinary public forums exploring the war on terrorism. Students and the public are invited. South Charleston: Corner of Sixth Avenue and D Street at noon — remembrance service, bell ringing, music by South Charleston High School band and choir. Mayor Richie Robb and Pastor Charles Hamby will speak. South Charleston Museum: 312 Fourth Ave. from 1 to 5 p.m. — HBO documentary film "In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01" will be continually screened. A book of remembrance and freedom will be available for all to sign. Boone County: Courthouse at noon — memorial service. Local law enforcement, members of VFW Post 5578 and Madison Middle School students will participate. Secretary of State Joe Manchin will speak. Yeager Airport: Top of the parking deck at 6:45 a.m. — flag-raising ceremony. Flag will be raised then lowered to half-staff at 6:55 a.m., sunrise. Air National Guard, firefighters and local EMS will serve as color guards. Woodmen of the World, Lodge 254: South Charleston State Police detachment at 4 p.m. — dedication ceremonies to present flagpoles, U.S. flags and commemorative plaques. South Charleston officials, Boy Scout Troop 64, Emmanuel Baptist Church members and area military personnel will attend. Clendenin Branch Library: Noon until 6 p.m. — all ages invited to stop in to make thank-you cards for local emergency responders. Fayette County: Courthouse steps at 11 a.m. — memorial service for those who died in Sept. 11 attacks. Fayette Circuit Judge John Hatcher to speak, patriotic selections by the Fayetteville High School band. Military personnel and emergency responders will attend. Gauley Bridge: At the triangle at 8:30 a.m. — Sept. 11 Remembrance Service. Flag lowering, national anthem, bell ringing. Military and emergency responders invited to take part. Weirton: Weirton Steel's general office, Three Springs Drive, at noon — memorial service. Local security, fire and emergency medical services personnel will attend. Nicholas County: Courthouse steps at noon — memorial service with towns of Summersville and Richwood. Nicholas County and Richwood high school bands will play; prayers from local pastors; speakers include Nicholas Circuit Judge Gary Johnson and Roger Beverage, command sergeant major of the state Army National Guard. Greenbrier Community College Center: Front lawn at 9 a.m. — flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies. Lewisburg Mayor DeEtta Hunter and others to speak. U.S. District Court: Federal courthouses at the following times and locations — Charleston, 12:30 p.m.; Beckley, 11:30 a.m.; Bluefield, noon; Huntington, 1 p.m. Patriots Day observances. Music by local college and high school bands and choruses. Jarrett Terrace: Residents of the public high-rise building on Charleston's West Side will hold a service at 1 p.m. Roane County: Courthouse at 11 a.m. — memorial service. Local elected officials, American Legion Post 21 members, Roane County High School choir will attend. Sen. Oshel Craigo, D-Putnam, will speak.