West Virginia Methodists help flood victims after state recovery program falls short

With a multi-million dollar state run program under heavy scrutiny, one local group has been stepping up since day one, helping families affected by the 2016 flood rebuild. (WCHS/WVAH)

By: Jessi Starkey | Posted: May 24, 2018 | Source: WCHSTV

As the two-year anniversary of the deadly West Virginia flood approaches, many flood victims are still in need of assistance, and fingers are being pointed at the state capitol over who is responsible. (more…)

Emergency Food Pantry Helps Those In Need

The emergency food pantry, located at the Clendenin United Methodist Church, provides a valuable service to the local residents. The pantry is operated by the Clendenin Ministerial Association, which includes the United Methodist Church, Church of the Nazarene, Clendenin Advent Christian Church, Liberty Christian Ministries, Clendenin First Baptist Church, and Reamer Gospel Tabernacle.

Food PantryAccording to Clendenin United Methodist Church Minister and food pantry coordinator, Scott Ferguson, the pantry has been helping 8-10 families per week, which translates to 40-50 people per week in the 25045 area. Those who need emergency food assistance can contact the Clendenin United Methodist Church. At this time emergency assistance is available to qualifying families every two months.

Donations to the food pantry are always needed and can be delivered to the Clendenin United Methodist Church on Tuesdays 5PM to 6PM. Items accepted include: boxed food, pancake mix, jiffy mix, dry beans, canned food, canned fruit, canned vegetables, pasta, mac & cheese, sugar, flour, oil, ramen noodles, cereal, granola bars, bottled water, and other non-perishable items.

Beloved Kanawha Valley Pastor and Musician Retires

By: Mark Curtis | Posted: Jan. 29, 2018 at 5:55 p.m. EST | Source: WOWKTV view video here

ST. ALBANS, WV – A Kanawha County pastor and prominent musician calls it a career Sunday.
Reverend Paul Romine was in the pulpit at First Presbyterian Church of Saint Albans for the past 15 years. “Pastor Paul” was also a member of the popular Appalachian music group, “The Presby Pickers” who played at Sunday’s service. Reverand Romine is also well known for helping lead the Presbyterian churches recovery and rebuilding efforts after the June 2016 floods.

“I think the fact that we hosted work-camp groups that did flood recovery work in Clendenin, has made such a difference in our community. And we’ve made those folks welcome and I think we grew in the process…. “But I’m very sorry to leave these people.  It’s just been wonderful over the years. A great congregation,” Rev. Romine said.

“Paster Paul” and his wife Julie will be moving to Kansas to be closer to children and grandchildren.
The congregation gave him a brand new guitar as a farewell present and to keep him involved in music.

First Presbyterian of St. Albans pastor retiring after 15 years

Pastor Paul Romine of the First Presbyterian Church of St. Albans is retiring later this month after 15 years at the helm of the historic church on Kanawha Terrace. The church is planning a celebration of his tenure on Sunday, Jan. 28, at the church.

By: Ben Calwell, Metro Staff | Posted: Jan. 11, 2018 | Source: Kanawha Metro

Pastor Paul Romine’s eyes seemed to glisten slightly as he talked about missing the mountains.

They moistened a bit more when he talked about missing the people.

Romine, pastor at First Presbyterian Church of St. Albans, is retiring later this month after 15 years at the helm of the historic church at 201 Kanawha Terrace. (more…)