Religion briefs

Take part in “Messy Church” acitivities

TROY — First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market St., Troy, is hosting a church-wide rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 15

Everything must go — from TVs, fans, holiday decorations, sports equipment, hardware, games, luggage, books, toys, stadium seats, clothes, Longaberger baskets, and much more. All proceeds go to Relay for Life.

On Sunday, Oct. 16, all are invited to “Messy Church” from 4-6 p.m., a casual and fun way for families to worship God together. Join us for some fun and “messy” activities, a short celebration service and a light dinner. Please use Canal Street entrance.

Alcony Grace to celebrate 135 years

TROY — Alcony Grace Church will be celebrating its 135th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 16. There will be a special church history and anniversary celebration at our 10:30 a.m. worship service. In this service, there will be reading the history of the church, honoring members who have served in the church and a special honoring of members who have passed on. After the service, there will be a carry in dinner for people to eat and fellowship.

On the church’s 125th anniversary celebration, we removed a time capsule that was buried in the cornerstone of the church. This Sunday, on our 135th anniversary, we will add a few more items to the time capsule and will place it back inside the cornerstone of the church.

We would like to invite any past attendees, family and the public to attend this celebration of God maintaining our church for all of these years.

Alcony Grace Church is located at 1045 S. Alcony Conover Rd., Troy.

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. 16. Pastor Chuck Beckett will be preaching on Luke 18:1-8, and his sermon will be, Don’t Take “NO” For An Answer.

There are two services Sunday, a traditional service at 8 a.m. and a contemporary service at 10:30 a.m.

Between services, at 9:15 a.m., will be Faith Formation classes. Children of pre-school age through grade four will meet in room 126. All junior high and high school students will meet in the H2H classroom for the second session of Faith Webbing.

An adult study based on the movie Woodlawn, entitled, “ONE,” will not be taught this weekend, but will resume Oct. 16.

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.

Church to host Nigerian fundraiser

POTSDAM — Potsdam Church of the Brethren will host a Nigerian Fundraiser at 5 p.m. on Oct. 22.

Come learn about and support the work in Nigeria while enjoying pizza, hot dogs, and homemade ice cream.

The church is located at 22 Cross St., Potsdam. For more information or questions, call (937) 329-8405.

Trunk-n-Treat set

TROY — The Troy First United Methodist Church will host their 11th Annual Trunk-n-Treat from 5:30-7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 23, in the parking lot of the First Place Christian Center, located at the corner of W. Franklin & S. Cherry Street.

This free event provides an opportunity for children to celebrate fall and collect treats in a safe and fun environment. Vehicles with decorated trunks or tailgates will be parked in First Place parking lot, and children in costume may walk from car to car to receive goodies. There will be free games, music, candy and a hot dogs dinner.

Medicare update class offered

FLETCHER — Fletcher United Methodist Church will sponsor a free Medicare Update Class for 2017 on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. in the coffee bar. This is for people going on Medicare and for those already on Medicare to update them on the changes coming in 2017. This is open to everyone.

Enter at the back entrance and it is handicapped accessible. If you have questions, call (937) 339-4185.

WEST MILTON — On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Hoffman United Methodist Church, 201 S. Main St., West Milton, will be serving its 133rd Election Day Dinner.

The hours are 4:30-7:00 p.m. The menu will include homemade chicken pot pie, mashed potatoes, green beans, slaw, roll, assorted desserts and beverages. Meals are dine in or carry out. The cost is a $7.50 donation.

Please note that there will be no Grandma’s Kitchen on Wednesday, Nov. 9. For further information call (937) 698-6039.

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.