Religion briefs

Celebrate Halloween at St. John’s

TROY — On Oct. 29, from 6-8 p.m., there will be a Halloween party for community children. Children 5 and under will need an adult to stay with them. Join us for the Haunted Sanctuary, games, pumpkin bowling, snacks and beverages, and lots of fun. This event is free.

The church is located at 130 S. Walnut St.

FLC prepares for Reformation Sunday

TROY — The community is invited to join First Lutheran Church for our worship services on Sunday, Oct. 30.

The traditional service is at 8 a.m. and a contemporary service is at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Chuck Beckett will lead in worship and celebrate communion at both services. This Sunday is Reformation Sunday and the sermon will be based on John 8:31-36 and entitled, “By Grace Alone!”

Between services, at 9:15 a.m., will be Faith Formation classes. Children of pre-school through fourth grade will meet in room 126. All junior high students will meet in the H2H classroom and the high school class will continue their study on the movie, “Facing the Giants.” Beginning this weekend for adults, Debbie Rudisill will start the study, “War Room,” based on the very popular movie of the same name. All are welcome to join.

FLC is actively collecting small items to be placed in the Operation Christmas Child Boxes. Donations of small toys, school supplies, hygiene (non liquid) items or crafts that will fit in a shoe-box are greatly appreciated.

The Fellowship Team will be hosting a matinee showing of “God’s Not Dead 2” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6.

Pancake and sausage breakfast

PLEASANT HILL — The Pleasant Hill United Church of Christ will hold a Pancake & Sausage Breakfast from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Donations accepted for 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.

Share-A-Meal Nov. 5

TROY — The First United Church of Christ’s Share-A-Meal will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring your family and friends for a warm meal and great fellowship.

A Thanksgiving feast will be served, including turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry salad, dessert 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. It is held on the first Saturday of each month at First United Church of Christ on the corner of S. Market and Canal Street, Troy. Please use the Canal Street entrance where we are handicapped accessible. Come join us the first Saturday of each month.

The Frye Family Band in concert

TROY — In a world that screams “look at me,” the Frye Family offers a different message — “Look to Jesus.”

While the name Frye Family Band may conjure up images of The Partidge Family, this family is about more than just traveling around in their “family van” playing concerts. They are also worship leaders in their local church, they enjoy gardening, football, and performing in live theater.

Join them Sunday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m. at First United Church of Christ 120 South Market Street, Troy, for an afternoon of music, stories, and encouragement.

For more information on the Fryes, their ministry, and their work with Compassion International, visit

Election Day dinner set

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 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 more 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

Surviving the Holidays seminar scheduled

TROY — “GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays” is a helpful, encouraging seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death. The seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the St. Patrick Church Parish Center, 444 E. Water St, Troy.

The seminar features practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death.

Those who attend will receive a book with over 30 daily readings providing additional insights and ideas on holiday survival. A free will donation will be asked to help cover the cost of the books.

For more information, call Pat Smith at the parish office at 335-2833, ext 105 or Registration is not necessary.

All are welcome to this event.

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 St., 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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