Religion briefs


Homecoming Sunday set

TROY — This Sunday, Sept. 10, is Homecoming Sunday at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 130 S. Walnut St. in Troy.

The day will start at 9:15 a.m. with a continental breakfast. At 9:30 a.m., the children will be going through a prayer labyrinth and the adults will be in fellowship hall. The adult class will be discussing prayer and a worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m. During the sermon will be a baptism renewal. When you arrive for worship you will receive a stone representing our sins and you will move to the baptismal font and exchange it for a new beautiful stone representing our new life in Christ.

Labyrinth to be blessed

TROY — On Sunday, Sept. 10, the labyrinth at Trinity Episcopal Church will be blessed. The blessing will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the labyrinth, which is on the south lot of Trinity. It will be blessed before the Sunday service begins.

The labyrinth was built in 2015 by an Eagle Scout hopeful and church member. A year later, a pollinator garden was added to the entrance of the labyrinth. This year the garden was expanded.

Walking a labyrinth is an ancient practice used by many different cultures and spiritual traditions. It has only one path to the center, which is a place to pause, meditate and reflect on your life’s journey.

Trinity is located at 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. For more information about Trinity, please visit www.trinitytroyohio.org.

Fields of Grace accepting donations for Texas

COVINGTON — Beginning on Monday, Sept. 11, Fields of Grace Worship Center will provide a drop off site for anyone interested in donating to the victims of the recent hurricane in Texas. They will be accepting donations until Friday, Sept. 15. The hours for drop off are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the church parking lot.

Items that have been requested by the rescue teams are as follows: diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, Depends, rubber gloves, mosquito repellent and plastic totes with lids. Only these items will be accepted.

Fields of Grace is partnering with Matthew 25 Ministries, which is located in Blue Ash, Ohio. The donated items will be transported to Houston to the Matthew 25 Rescue teams that are already working in the area. The items will be dispersed from a Walmart parking lot in Rockford, Texas to the hurricane victims.

Fields of Grace is located at 326 E. Troy Pike in Covington. For more information call the church at 937-573-4282.

Blood drive planned for Sept. 11

DAYTON — Tipp City United Methodist Church will host a blood drive Monday, Sept. 11 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Great Hall, 8 W. Main St. Everyone who registers to donate will get a new gift from Community Blood Center that “knocks our socks off.” Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The “Saving Lives Knocks Our Socks Off” campaign marks the first time CBC had given away a pair of socks as a donor gift. The design features the CBC blood drop logo and a colorful dot pattern representing the different blood types. Everyone who registers to donate Monday, Sept. 11 through Saturday, Sept. 30 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives will receive a pair.

Family Fun Night set

PLEASANT HILL — The Pleasant Hill Church of God, 115 N. Main St., is hosting a “Family Fun Night” from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The event is free and open to the public. Tasty snacks, carnival-style games, bingo, door prizes, a bounce house and other activities will be available free of charge.

This night is the opening event for the beginning of a new series of Wednesday night activities at the church through the fall and winter. On each Wednesday night from 6:30-7:30 p.m. beginning on Sept. 20, there will be Bible classes and activities for all ages at the church. For more information, call (937) 676-5842.

Moore to make simulcast appearance

PIQUA — LifeWay Christian Resources and Living Proof ministries are partnering to simulcast Bible teacher and best-selling author Beth Moore, live from Toledo at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 16. Piqua Grace United Methodist Church is once again serving as a host location for the Piqua area.

The theme is “Captivated: The Wonder of Christ on the Winding Road.” Moore will share truth from Scripture to help guide women on their own journeys of faith.

Doors open at 9 a.m. for registration and light breakfast and the event ends at 4:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include a full day of music and worship, a catered lunch from Susie’s Big Dipper in Piqua, sessions led by Moore, and fellowship.

Women may purchase tickets at Grace United Methodist Church at 9411 N. County Road 25-A, Piqua, or go to pgumc.com and register and select lunch order under current events. Mail in registration and lunch orders can also be accessed through pgumc.com. Contact the church office for further information at (937) 773-8232.

Ginghamsburg to host Moore simulcast

TIPP CITY — Well-known Bible teacher and best-selling author Beth Moore will be simulcast live from Wichita, Kansas, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. Ginghamsburg Church is serving as a host location for the Miami Valley for this event from LifeWay Christian Resources.

The event both challenges and encourages women to grow deeply in their faith. Join 150,000 women around the world for this live, global, Internet-streaming event. The simulcast gives your church a front-row seat to one-of-a-kind Bible teaching and life-changing worship.

Tickets are $30 covering one full day of music and worship, sessions led by Beth Moore, lunch (gluten free and vegetarian options available) and opportunities for conversation and community with other women. The event will take place in The Avenue on the Tipp City Campus of Ginghamsburg Church, 6759 S. County Rd. 25A, Tipp City. To register for this event, visit bethmooreatginghamsburg2017.eventbrite.com.

To learn more about Ginghamsburg Church, visit our website—ginghamsburg.org.

Party and concert to be held

FLETCHER — The Fletcher United Methodist Church invites all to join them for a parking lot party and concert from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. Bring chairs and a covered dish to share. Hot dogs, drinks, and table service will be provided. Inflatables will be on site for the kids. Be sure to decorate your vehicle for your favorite football team and enjoy the music of Nothin Left, a high-energy Christian rock band from Lima, Ohio.

Blood drive planned

TROY — The Troy Church of the Brethren will host a blood drive Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 3-7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room, 1431 West Main St. Everyone who registers to donate will get a colorful pair of socks – a new gift from Community Blood Center that “knocks our socks off.” Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The “Saving Lives Knocks Our Socks Off” campaign marks the first time CBC had given away a pair of socks as a donor gift. The design features the CBC blood drop logo and a colorful dot pattern representing the different blood types. Everyone who registers to donate Monday, Sept. 11 through Saturday, Sept. 30 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives will receive a pair.

Zion to hold annual garage sale

TIPP CITY — Zion Lutheran Church, 14 W. Walnut St. in Tipp City, is holding its annual Mum Festival Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22.

Proceeds from the sale have traditionally supported many local, regional and international non-profit agencies, such as Needy Basket, Jeremiah’s Letter, and ELCA Disaster Relief, to name a few.

The half-price sale and the $2 bag sale begin at 5 p.m. on Sept. 22. There is plenty of parking in the church parking lot with entrances off North Third and North Fourth Streets.

Anyone who would like to donate items that are in good repair or working order ( no clothing or TVs can be accepted ) may bring them to the church on Sept. 17 from noon to 4 p.m. and on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 18-19, from 8:30 to noon and from 6-8 p.m.

For more information, contact the church at 667-3110.

Free gospel concert set

WEST MILTON — West Milton Nazarene Church is offering an evening of gospel music featuring the Morse Family Gospel Singers at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24. The event is free and a freewill offering will be taken. The church is located at 151 W. Baker Road.

The family has been singing together for a long time and Bill Morse has been playing the piano for more than 50 years.

St. John’s plans craft show

TROY — St John’s United Church of Christ, 130 S. Walnut St. in Troy, will host a craft show and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 10.

All vendors who would like to rent a space to sell items are asked to call (937) 405-7375. There will be hot dogs and chips and drinks for sale while people are shopping.