Looper Family comes to Troy
TROY — At a special service 6 p.m. tonight, the Looper Family will perform at the Troy Freewill Baptist Church.
The church is located at 2482 S. County Road 25A, Troy. The public is welcome and the performance is free. For more information, call (937) 335-2639.
‘Freed Up’ financial living
TROY — First Lutheran Church, 2899 W. Main St. in Troy, will offer a new adult elective entitled “Freed Up Financial Living” which begins tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. (immediately following the 9:30 a.m. worship service). It will run from 11:45 a.m. or noon every week for 4-6 weeks.
Are you in debt and looking for a plan to get out of debt? Are you feeling out of balance in your financial life? Are you feeling controlled, or out of control by money or the lack of money? Are you looking for God’s direction in your financial life?
This six-hour, DVD based course is designed for everyone, regardless of their financial situation. Participants explore what the Bible and the culture say about the five financial areas of life (earning, giving, saving, debt and spending). The course provides simple tools to assist in developing spend plans, goals and tracking of financial progress. There are also references to web resources available for help in walking the road to financial freedom.
The class is free. To register or for more information, contact Kristin Scherer at (937) 339-9740.
Take a trip to ‘donoritaville’
WEST MILTON — The West Milton United Church of Christ will host a Community Blood Center (CBC) blood drive Wednesday, July 23 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the church social hall, 108 South Main St. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the free “Donoritaville – Relax, lei back, donate… Givin’ is easy!” T-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at www.DonorTime.com.
The tropical-colored “Donoritaville – Relax, lei back, donate… Givin’ is easy!” T-shirt design features a parrot in straw hat and lei clutching an ice cream cone.
CBC’s “Summer Cruze-In 2014 Blood Drive” is in full swing. Everyone age 18 and older who registers to donate at any CBC Donor Center or CBC mobile blood drive May 30 through Sept. 30 will be automatically entered in the drawing to win a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze.
CBC has extended its traditional summer blood drive campaign to four months (May 30 through Sept. 30) and is also allowing eligible donors to enter the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period. Official rules are available at www.givingblood.org.
Reading program planned
CASSTOWN — The Casstown United Methodist Church at 102 Center St., Casstown, will host a summer reading program for students entering kindergarten through sixth grade, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through July 29.
Students will learn reading skills and participate in crafts, music and exercise. Special and interactive presentations also are planned, as well as a healthy lunch and afternoon snack.
The program is being supported by a grant from the Miami Valley District of the United Methodist Church and will be led by college students and church adult members.
For more information and to register, call Pastor Maggie Sykes or Nancy Kirk at 937-339-4828.
Homemade ice cream at Laura
LAURA — Laura Christian Church invites the community to attend its late summer ice cream social from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2.
There will be six flavors of homemade ice cream - vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, peanut butter, lemon and pineapple. Sloppy joes, hot dogs, coney dogs, pies, cake, lemonade and coffee will also be available for purchase. Attendees can eat in or carry out.
The church is located at 1 S. Main St., Laura. Proceeds benefit the Laura Christian Deacons’ Fund, which assists local families in need.
St. Teresa holds festival
COVINGTON — St. Teresa Catholic Church will be having its annual festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Aug. 1-3. Many activities are planned for adults and kids.
There is a 5K run/walk on Saturday at 9 a.m. for $20 ($25 day of race) and breakfast is included. Participants can register at www.alliancerunning.com.
There will be a clown Saturday and Sunday and games for kids. A car show will be held Sunday afternoon and there will be homemade food available all three days. Bingo will be Saturday evening and Sunday at noon.
St. Teresa Catholic Church is located at 6925 S. U.S. Route 36, Covington. For more information, call 937-472-2970.
See the art at Hoffman
WEST MILTON — The seventh annual art show is taking place this weekend at Hoffman United Methodist church. The show is in the activity center located at 201 S. Main St. (one block west of St. Rt. 48). It is a non-juried show. The purpose of the show is to provide a showcase for area talent of all ages. There is no admittance fee and all three days of the show are open to the public.
The show is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
There is also entertainment offered: today, Louise Adams will offer violin music from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and tomorrow, Brett Weaver will sing and play guitar from 12:30-3 p.m.
Two-thousand dollars in cash awards will be presented thanks to a generous donation by Bill Netzley of Netzley Roofing.
People’s Choice voting from both days will determine ten winners. Winners will be announced and awards presented at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday. Some pieces by participating artists may be available for purchase.
For further information call Cheryl at (937) 698-7030 or visit www.HoffmanUMC.org.
VBS visits Arrow Island
LUDLOW FALLS — Grace Baptist Church is holding its Vacation Bible School 6-8:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, Aug. 4-8. The theme is “Arrow Island - Choosing God’s Way.”
The school is open to kids 4-years-old through sixth grade. The church is willing to provide a ride to anyone that needs it.
Grace Baptist Church is located at 2500 State Route 48, Ludlow Falls. Call 937-698-4342 for more information.
Cancer-Companions support group available
TROY — With the help of a grant from the Troy Foundation, St. Patrick Church is offering a cancer support group, Cancer-Companions, Bringing Hope to the Journey on Thursdays.
The support group will meet at St. Patrick Parish Center, 444 E. Water St., upstairs in Room 3 on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
The support group will offer information on cancer resources and individual support from someone that understands.
For more information, call Pat Smith at (937) 335-2833, Ext. 105, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Compiled by Joyell Nevins