Religion briefs

Ranch to host film, musicians, and speakers

TROY — 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

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.

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.

First Lutheran Church

TROY — The ladies have begun 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. The Rummage Sale is scheduled for Oct 21-22, 2016.

The community is invited to join First Lutheran Church for a worship services on Sunday, Oct. 9.

There are two services Sunday, a traditional service at 8 a.m. and a contemporary service at 10:30 a.m. Dan Reke will be preaching on Luke 17:11-19, and his sermon will be, “GOD’S WORK.”

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,” will not be taught this weekend, but will resume Oct. 16.

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.

St. John’s to host events

TROY — On Sunday, Oct. 9, St. John’s United Church of Christ will be dedicating a new pastor, The Rev. Donna Morton.

Pastor Morton came to be with us on Aug. 1, 2016. The guest speaker that day will be Earl Rieves, who always has a wonderful message. Rieves lives in Troy, and he and his wife Joyce have been members of the church for 18 years.

On Oct. 16, at the 10:30 a.m. worship, will be the Children’s Sabbath. Worship will be led by the children of the church. On Oct. 22, will be Trick or Treat and Eat. There will be a free meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

After the downtown Main Street activities, come to St John’s at 130 S. Walnut St., Troy, and enjoy a meal and trick or treat.

Self-injury examined at Lifetree

TROY — Cutting and other forms of self-mutilation will be discussed at Lifetree Café at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10.

The program, titled “Cutting: The Epidemic of Self-Mutilation,” features filmed interviews with two individuals who committed acts of self-harm including cutting and burning.

During the program, participants will have an opportunity to discuss emotional wounds they’ve experienced in their own lives and how they’ve responded to them.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Café is located inside St John’s United Church of Christ, 130 S. Walnut St., Troy. Use the Canal Street door for entrance to the café and the Walnut Street ramp for the handicapped entrance.

Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Pat Robinson at 937-405-7375or

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

Kickoff set for Cancer-Companions

TROY —A special fall kickoff for Cancer-Companions has been set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, at St. Patrick Church.

The community is invited to hear Dr. M. Belayet Hussain, MD, discuss bladder cancer, including risk factors, signs and symptoms of early detection, treatment options and chance of recurrence. There will also be a question and answer session.

Cancer-Companions meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Meetings are held in the St. Patrick Parish Center, 444 E. Water St., in room 3 at 7 p.m.

The group welcomes anyone who has been impacted by cancer in some way, as a patient, caregiver, family member, friend, or anyone who would like more information about this Christian cancer support group.

Cancer brings uncertainty but at Cancer-Companions you can find hope, understanding, peace, strength, faith and kindness.

For more information, please contact the Parish Office at (937) 335-2833.

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.

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

Sing with the Christmas Choir

WEST MILTON — If you love to sing — especially at Christmas — this is your opportunity to join the Good Shepherd Christmas Choir as they present their annual musical.

It will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1209 S. Miami Street, West Milton.

High school students through adult ages are invited to sing the songs of the season with the choir. You don’t need to memorize the music, you don’t need to audition, and you don’t need to be a “solo” singer. You just need to love to sing.

All are welcome to join us as we sing the beautiful music of Christmas.

Please call Marsha Fischbach, Musical Director, at (937) 698-6036 with any questions and for information about the practice schedule.


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