Religion briefs

First Lutheran invites community

TROY — Join First Lutheran Church this weekend as Dan Reke preaches from John 3. There will not be communion this week. Two services to choose from: an 8 a.m. traditional service and a 10:30 a.m. contemporary service.

This Wednesday, and every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. in Lent we will coming together for a drama piece from, “How To Be A Disciple,” and a short service.

This is the season to prepare ourselves for the crucifixion of our Savior and then to celebrate His resurrection on Easter morning.

Two opportunities to donate

DAYTON — There will be two opportunities to donate blood on March 14 and 15.

Fletcher United Methodist Church will help replenish the spring blood supply and celebrate the week of St. Patrick’s Day by hosting a community blood drive Tuesday, March 14, from 3-7 p.m. at 205 S. Walnut St.

The Troy Church of the Brethren will be hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, March 15, from 3-7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room, 1431 W. Main St.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the Community Blood Center “Kiss Me — I Donate Blood” St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call (800) 388-GIVE.

Lenten bible study, dinners at Trinity

TROY — On Wednesdays from March 15 through April 5, Trinity Episcopal Church invites the community to join in a light dinner of soup and fellowship at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Bible Study led by Joel Cade at 6:30 p.m. A Wednesday evening Celtic Prayer Service will begin a 7:30 p.m. Come for all, or part of these offerings as we experience together this Holy Season of Lent.

Lent is a time of reflection and contemplation. Joel Cade will lead a Lent themed Bible experience covering the Gospel of Matthew. In this four-week study, explore the role of Jesus as the prophetic giver of the new “law”, his ride into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the events of Good Friday concluding with a look at the events surrounding the empty tomb.

Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 60 So. Dorset Rd., Troy.

LaGrone to speak at Ginghamsburg

TIPP CITY — Jessica LaGrone, author of “Namesake,” will be at Ginghamsburg Church on Thursday, March 16, from 7-8:30 p.m. for a one-night only speaking engagement.

LaGrone is the Dean of the Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. She is an acclaimed pastor, teacher, speaker and writer whose engaging communication style endears her to groups throughout the United States. Her books and studies have been used in personal and group studies around the world.

Admission is free, and a love offering will be taken. For more information on attending this event, contact Carli Amlin Dean, Women’s Ministry coordinator, at (937) 231-7563, or

Lenten book study offered

TROY — Pastor Donna Morton will lead two Lenten book studies featuring Max Lucado’s “He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart,” on Wednesdays until April 12, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 130 S. Walnut St.

The times are noon to 1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Both six-week sessions are free and open to the public.

Participants attending the noon-hour study are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch. Those attending the evening study will decide at the first meeting whether to have potluck or soup suppers for the remaining weeks.

To order a book, contact Morton at (937) 335-2028 by Feb. 21. For questions or more details, contact Morton or the church secretary, Barb Owen, at (937) 335-2028.

Boot Camp for the Soul

TROY — First United Church of Christ invites you to join them for Lenten Supper and Study: Boot Camp for the Soul every Wednesday during Lent, March 8 through April 12, at 120 South Market Street in Troy.

A light supper will begin at 6 p.m. in the dining room with the study to follow in the parlor. Join us as we follow the journeys of Paul from the Road to Damascus, to Greece and Turkey, and to a Roman Prison. Rev. Hamilton shares Paul’s story and reflects on the meaning of Paul’s life and its message for our own lives and our world today.

For more information please call the church office at (937) 339-5871.

Spaghetti dinner set

TROY —On Saturday, March 18, from 4:30–6:30 p.m., First United Church of Christ will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper.

Enjoy homemade spaghetti with marinara sauce and meatballs, bread, applesauce, a variety of desserts and beverages, plus unlimited trips to the salad bar. Tickets are only $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-10 and free for children 4-years-old and younger. Carry outs will be available. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life.

The church is located 120 S. Market St., Troy. Please use the Canal Street entrance, which is handicapped accessible.

Get messy at First United

TROY — You’re invited to “Messy Church” on Sunday, March 19, from 4-6 p.m. at First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market St., Troy.

Join First United Church of Christ for a casual and fun way for families to worship God together. There will be lots of fun and “messy” activities, plus a short celebration service and a light dinner.

Messy Church is for people at all stages of their faith journey and of any age. It’s held on the third Sunday of every month. Use Canal Street entrance, which is handicapped accessible.

Liles to play at Fletcher UMC

FLETCHER — Fletcher United Methodist Church invites you to a special morning of worship on Sunday March 19. Jeremy Liles will be provide special music at both the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services.

He plays well-known songs you hear on Christian radio as well as original songs from his debut album entitled “New Man.” He travels throughout Ohio and nearby states sharing his testimony and has opened for CCA acts such as Unspoken, Mikes Chair, and more.

On Tuesday, March 21, Fletcher Church will host a free community meal. A baked potato bar will be open to all from 5-6:30 p.m.

Local agencies to host heroin conference

TROY — Our region is among the most heavily hit in the country by the nationwide heroin epidemic. At a conference entitled, “Be Bold: Healing Our Communities,” Steve Justice, of Hope Over Heroin, and Jill Kingston, of Brigid’s Path, will shed light on the impacts of the heroin epidemic here in the Miami Valley, while pointing to the healing work already underway by their own and other agencies.

The conference will focus on the variety of steps individuals can take to become a part of the healing force.

“Be Bold: Healing Our Communities” will take place Saturday, March 25, at First Place (located across from Troy United Methodist Church). Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by brunch at 9 a.m., and speakers and discussion from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The conference is sponsored by the Miami Valley UMW.

A registration fee of $15 will include brunch for those who register before March 13. After that date, the fee will increase to $20. Registration will be limited to the first 150 registrants. Contact Beth at for more information. Pay online at, or in person at the event.

Fields of Grace presents “Hee Haw”

COVINGTON — On Sunday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m., Fields of Grace Worship Center in Covington will be providing a very entertaining and funny evening that can be enjoyed by the whole family — their own rendition of the television show “Hee Haw.”

The show is free but the church will be taking up a free will donation for Lily Pad Haven which is an organization that provides respite, housing, and protection for victims of human trafficking. This organization is non-profit and located in Charolotte, N.C.

There will be free child care for children ages 3 through third grade provided by Covington High School band members.

Cookies, punch and coffee will be provided before the performance. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. Come early to get your seats.

The church is located at 326 Troy Pike (St. Rt. 41) in Covington. For further questions you can visit us at or on Facebook, or call (937) 573-4282.

Easter egg hunt planned

COVINGTON — On April 8, Fields of Grace Worship Center will be hosting the seventh annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. There will be more than 25,000 eggs to hunt this year, and baskets and bikes are to be given away. New sizes and more bikes have been added to the drawings this year.

The event will take place this year at the Covington Community Park at 1 p.m. — rain, shine or snow. The hunt will begin promptly at 1:20 p.m.

The event is free and open to all children ages 0-11 years in all surrounding communities. Participants are asked to please bring something to collect their eggs in. The plastic eggs will be recycled after the hunt is over.

The Easter Bunny will once again be available for pictures.

Park at Finfrock Construction and surrounding streets of Main Street. The only entry into the park on the day of the hunt will be off of Main Street. There will be no parking at the park. Transportation will be provided down to the park for those who need it.

For further information, go to the church’s website or visit FOG on facebook. You can also contact the church at 573-4282.


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