By Melody Vallieu
Food and fellowship offered at First United
TROY — Everyone is invited to enjoy food and fellowship at the First United Church of Christ’s Share-A-Meal from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today.
The meal features baked spaghetti, bread, salad, brownies and beverages.
Share-A-Meal is a program to reach out to the community by providing nourishing meals to anyone wishing to participate while giving an opportunity to socialize with others in the community.
The monthly Share-A-Meal Program is on the first Saturday of each month at First United Church of Christ on the corner of South Market and Canal street, Troy. First United requests people use the Canal Street entrance where there is handicapped accesss.
For more information, call (937) 339-3134.
Remember, donors: ‘every drop counts’
TIPP CITY — Community Blood Center is reminding donors about the importance of donating during the heart of winter with the “Blood Donor — Every Drop Counts” speckled campfire mug.
It’s free to anyone who registers to donate at the Ginghamsburg Church blood drive from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 8 in the South Campus Chapel, 7695 S. County Road 25-A, Tipp City. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.
The stout, ceramic mug is crème-colored with black speckles and molded in a campfire design. It features the slogan “Blood Donor – Every Drop Counts” in bold red letters and includes the CBC blood drop logo. The mug a gift to everyone who registers to donate now through Feb. 22 at any CBC Donor Center or most CBC mobile blood drives.
CBC asks donors to keep appointments to donate if possible, but do not put yourself at risk if you feel uncomfortable about driving on snowy roads or going outdoors in extreme cold.
A night out for single parents
TROY — No matter what’s your story or how you became a single parent, maybe your spouse is deployed and you feel like a single parent, moms and dads, this is for you. Come enjoy a free dinner, adult company and conversation at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 8. Attendees will hear from some other single parents who “made it” and who will share helpful ideas and suggestions with an opportunity to ask questions.
There also will be information about the program “Single & Parenting,” a 13-week seminar. It will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 in St. Patrick Parish Center.
The seminar will cover the following topics: Tired & Overwhelmed, Your Children & Your Fears, Rest & Comfort, Money & Career, Parenting Goals & Expectations, Suffering & Adversity, Emotions & Stability, Parenting Tools & Projects, Parenting Approaches & God’s Love, Talking & Listening, Conflict & Resolution and Dating.
Make reservations by Tuesday at St. Patricks, 409 E. Main St., or call Pat at the parish office at (937) 335-2833, Ext. 105, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child care will be provided if requested.
Synagogue holds Shabbat service
PIQUA — Congregation Anshe Emeth in Piqua will hold a regular Shabbat service at 10 a.m. Feb. 8. Services will be conducted by rabbinic intern Marc Kasten. An oneg will follow services.
The synagogue is located at 320 Caldwell St. in Piqua. For more information, see the website at www.ansheemeth.org or call (937) 547-0092. Call to confirm if weather is threatening.
Get comfort for a grieving heart
TROY — St. Patrick Church will once again be offering the GriefShare to the community. The program is a weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the death of a loved one. It’s a place where you can be around people who understand how you are feeling and are able to offer you encouragement. At GriefShare, you’ll learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life. The group will feature videotape seminar sessions with nationally recognized experts on grief.
GriefShare will be held in the St. Patrick Parish Center, 444 E. Water St., upstairs in Room 3. It goes from 1-2:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m.
GriefShare will begin Feb. 12. This program will run for 13 weeks.
For for more information, call Pat Smith at (937) 335-2833, Ext. 105, or email email@example.com.
Joseph comes back to Potsdam
POTSDAM — Joseph Helfrich, known to his fans just as “Joseph,” is coming to the Potsdam Church of the Brethren on Feb. 16.
Jospeh is a storyteller, singer and plays up to five musical instruments during his worship performance.
Snacks in the church basement will be available at 5:30 p.m.; music starts at 6 p.m.
The church is located at 22 E. Cross St., Potsdam. For more information, call (937) 477-3420.
Appraisal fair supports missions
WEST MILTON — Local auctioneer Bob Honeyman will be appraising objects Feb. 16 at Hoffman United Methodist Church in West Milton.
It will be 2-4 p.m. in the activity center at 201 S. Main St. (one block west of State Route 48). Bring those items you have been wondering about: their value or maybe even what they are. This is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.
There will be a $5 fee for every two items to be appraised. All proceeds go to the Methodist Women to be used for various mission projects.
For more information, call (937) 698-4401.
— Compiled by Joyell Nevins
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