Religion briefs

Share-A-Meal held Oct. 1

TROY — The monthly Share-A-Meal at First United Church of Christ is set for Oct. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bring your family and friends for a warm meal and great fellowship. The menu includes chili, sandwiches, cake and beverages.

Share-A-Meal, held the first Saturday of the month, is a program to reach out to the community by providing nourishing meals and socialization.

First United Church of Christ is on the corner of South Market and Canal streets, Troy. Use the Canal Street entrance where the church is handicapped accessible.

Parking lots sale set

TROY — The Troy Gospel Tabernacle, corner of Ellis and Long streets, Troy, will have a parking lot sale from noon to 5 p.m. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to noon. Oct. 1.

For more information, contact Pastor Rich Baker at 308-7423.

Pancake and sausage breakfast planned

PLEASANT HILL — The Pleasant Hill United Church of Christ will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Donations will be accepted for the church organ repair.

The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, toast, juice, and coffee, tea, or milk.

The church is located in Pleasant Hill, one block west of the intersection of State Route 48 and State Route 718. Contact the church office at (937) 676-3193 for more information.

First Lutheran Church

TROY — The community is invited to join First Lutheran Church for a worship services on Sunday, Oct. 2.

There are two services Sunday, a traditional service at 8 a.m. and a contemporary service at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Chuck Beckett will be preaching on Luke 17:5-10, “Increasing Our Faith.”

Between services, at 9:15 a.m., will be Faith Formation classes for different age groups, including preschoolers through high schoolers.

An adult study based on the movie Woodlawn, entitled, “ONE,” is being taught by Kristin Scherer in the Library.

The ladies will begin accepting donations for the First Lutheran Church Fall Rummage Sale. If we can help you “unclutter,” drop your gently used items off at the church.

Rosh Hashanah services set

PIQUA — Congregation Anshe Emeth, in Piqua, will be observing Rosh Hashanah with services on Sunday evening, Oct. 2, and Monday morning, Oct. 3. The Sunday service will begin at 8 p.m. Services on Monday will begin at 10 a.m.

All services will be conducted by rabbinic intern Sara Otero-Eiser. The synagogue is located at 320 Caldwell St. in Piqua. Further information can be found at the website or by calling (937) 623-1234.

Church to offer pet blessing

COVINGTON — St. Teresa Catholic Church, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, will offer a Pet Blessing at 2 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 2. There will be a brief outdoor service and blessing of animals by Father Ron Haft.

All pets are welcome! If you don’t have a pet, children are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal to be blessed.

This blessing is open to people of all faiths and will take place in the shelter.

The church is located at 6925 W. US Route 36, Covington.

Rummage sale set

TROY — A rummage sale is being held by the United Methodist Women from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 8, at First Place Christian Center, 16 W. Franklin, Troy.

Many good, used household items and clothing are for sale. Proceeds will be used for local charities. For further information, please call the First United Methodist Church at (937) 335-2826.

Parker to appear in concert

CHRISTIANSBURG — Gaither Homecoming regular, Ivan Parker, will be featured in a concert, Fri, Oct. 7, at the Christiansburg CCCU Church.

Ivan was the former lead vocalist of Gold City Quartet, and has won Dove awards while in quartets and solo.

The concert will start at 7 p.m. and there will be a suggested $10 donation at the door to help cover expenses. The church is located at 5020 Panhandle Road. For more information, call (937) 335-2812.

Pot pie dinner set

LOSTCREEK TOWNSHIP — Lostcreek United Church of Christ will hold its annual chicken pot pie supper from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 8.

The meal consists of chicken pot pie, mashed potatoes, choice of vegetable, salad, pie or cake and drink.

Suggested donation is $9 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under.

Carryouts will be available.

Proceeds from the supper will be used local mission projects.

The church is located at 7007 E. Troy-Urbana Road, 2.5 miles east of Miami East Schools, and is handicapped-accessible.

CROP Walk planned

WEST MILTON — The Milton Union Council of Churches is sponsoring the annual Nancy Schlafman Memorial CROP WALK. It will be held Sunday, Oct. 9, at Hossman United Methodist, 201 S. Main Street, West Milton.

Registration begins at 1:45 p.m. The approximately 3 mile walk will start at 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate in this fund raiser to help end hunger. Twenty-five percent of funds raised will be used to purchase food and given to families in need at Christmas time who live in Union Township.

CWS/CROP is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that reaches out to the millions who are hungry. For further information please call Les Trittschuh at 937-478-8093.

Follow the Star … of Ohio

TROY — The Star of Ohio Quilt, made for St. Patrick’s Church as it celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the present church, is now on display at Around About Books in downtown Troy until the first week of October.

Just as people of the Troy community had the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for the “Old Quilt” more than a 100 years ago, present Troy residents can also purchase raffle tickets at Around About Books or at the St. Patrick’s Parish office, Tuesday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There are two other prizes, another quilt, colors of the “Stars and Stripes” just like the flag, and an afghan, in the colors of St. Patrick, green and white. Everyone can view all three prizes on St. Patrick’s website at

The cost of the raffle tickets which covers all three prizes are $1 each or six tickets for $5. Contact Susan Smith at 524-2550 or Pam Simon at 332-8042, both members of St. Patrick’s 100th Anniversary Committee.

Church to discuss inequality

TROY — St. John’s United Church of Christ will host “Inequality: A Christian Response,” from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 12 at 130 S. Walnut St.

The event is free, open to the public, and includes a light supper and childcare. Registration is required.

The event offers a venue for conversation without the rhetoric of the presidential campaign. Using short videos and other materials, St. John’s UCC Economic Justice Team will lead an informal discussion exploring the nature of inequality, its affect on all people, and ideas for reducing it. Participants will receive a copy of “A Fair Balance,” by Edith Rasell, Ph.D., an economist and the minister for economic justice with UCC national offices in Cleveland. A downloadable copy of the article is available at

St. John’s UCC is the seventh UCC church in the nation to be recognized by UCC national offices as an economic justice covenant church.

For more information about the event or to register, visit or contact Deb Hogshead at (937) 332-0443 or

Saxton to speak at conference

VANDALIA — Living Word Church will have its Fall Women’s Conference on Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12, at 926 E. National Road.

Early bird registration is open now for $50 at

The conference will feature guest speaker Jo Saxton, who inspires all believers to engage the world in the same way God does — by going out rather than just reaching out. Her message specifically equips women for leadership and influence- she is a leader, visionary and practitioner.

Follow the church on social media at @lwcdayton, and learn more about their mission at

Last salad luncheon set

COVINGTON — The Covington Christian Church Women’s Fellowship’s last salad luncheon of 2016 will be held Friday, Oct. 21.

Come enjoy food and fellowship while shopping theCountry Store. A large assortment of homemade salads, desserts and finger sandwiches will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for $6. Carry outs are available upon request.

This year, the women have made their famous apple dumplings. To reserve yours, give the church office a call at 473-3443. A limited supply will be available for sale The [rice is $3 each or 12 for $30.

The church is located at 115 N. Pearl St., Covington, and is handicapped accessible.

The salad luncheon will resume the third Friday of June 2017.

St. Patrick to host open house

TROY — St. Patrick Parish, Troy, is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the current church building. The parish has been holding events throughout the year to commemorate this anniversary and to recognize the dedication and sacrifices of our forebears to provide a beautiful worship space that ensures a healthy Catholic community in Troy.

Have you ever wonder what St. Patrick Catholic Church looks likes on the inside? Now is your chance. The parish is having an open house for everyone to see the church. Parishioners will be stationed at key points throughout the church to explain the function and history of the worship space. The committee will be hosting the open house from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 23. All are welcome to attend at 409 E. Main St., Troy.

Ranch to host film, musicians, and speakers

Springfield High Street Naz 365 Ministries will coordinate a fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 8 called “Rock the Ranch” for the support of the animals of Idle-Hour Ranch with a free all-day concert at Idle-Hour Ranch at 4845 Fenner Rd, Troy. There will be five musicians and two guest speakers throughout the day, and then the showing of the Christian film “God’s Not Dead 2” on the barn at dusk. For all details see


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