Religion briefs

All welcome to share a meal

TROY — The First United Church of Christ’s Share-A-Meal will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Potatoes au gratin with ham casserole, are on the menu, with green beans, rolls, applesauce, cake and beverages.

Share-A-Meal is a program designed to reach out to the community by providing meals to anyone wishing to participate.

The monthly Share-A-Meal program is 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, which is handicapped accessible.

Paganism explored at Lifetree Café

TROY — The beliefs and practices of Wiccans and pagans will be examined at Lifetree Café on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at 7 p.m.

The program — titled “The Witch Next Door: What’s the Appeal of Wicca and Paganism?”— features filmed interviews with self-identified pagans and a Wiccan who says she began exploring the religion as a teenager and still practices it today.

“I think what initially attracted me to Wicca was that it wasn’t the traditional patriarchal, standard American religion,” the woman says. “It was stepping outside of the box. There weren’t rules, and there wasn’t a man at the top.”

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Café is located inside St. Johns United Church of Christ at 130 S. Walnut St. Troy, OH. Use the Canal St door for entrance to the café and the Walnut St. 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 Patricia Robinson at (937) 405-7375 or

Ash Wednesday worship service set

TROY — All are welcome to the First United Church of Christ’s service of Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.

For more information, please call 339-5871. The church is located at 120 S. Market Street, Troy.

GriefShare support group to meet

TROY — St. Patrick Church will be offering “GriefShare,” a seminar and support group for the local community. This is a weekly seminar and support group for people grieving the cessation of a close personal relationship by death.

This program will be held in the St. Patrick Parish Center, 444 East Water St, Troy upstairs in Room 3, each Wednesday for 13 weeks.

Two sessions will be offered: afternoon, 1-2:30 p.m., or evening 7-8:30 p.m. The next session begins Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Contact Pat Smith at 937-335-2833, ext 105, or for more information.

Cancer Companions meetings set

TROY — Cancer Companions continues to meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month in the St. Patrick Parish Center (444 East Water St) at 7 p.m.

Anyone who has been impacted by cancer is welcome to this Christian cancer support group.

Contact Ruth Groff at 339-4625, Harrietta Sommer at 339-3946, or May Ann Gerlach at 305-7453 for more information.

Runyeon to present Lent program

TROY — Frank Runyeon will be the presenter of the St. Patrick Parish Lenten Program on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the church.

All are invited to join as Runyeon presents a fresh take on familiar Lenten stories. He has received national acclaim for his work as a translator and performer of Biblical texts over the past 20 years.

He is probably best known, however, for his many roles on television, film and theater, including As the World Turns opposite Meg Ryan.

Sunday Drive to appear in Concert

PIQUA — Sunday Drive, a gospel trio, will perform at Bethel United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 6 p.m. Sunday Drive, from Knoxville, Tenn., travels across the country sharing the message of joy and hope in Jesus.

They have won more than 20 Entertainer and Vocal Group of the Year awards and were voted the 2013-2014 ICM Vocal Group of the Year. They have had many #1 songs in several areas and have performed at the Grand Ole Opry, Theme Parks, Riverboats and Festivals, sharing the stage with great artists as the Oak Ridge Boys, Tanya Tucker, Stella Parton and others.

Refreshments will be served following the concert. A freewill offering will be collected.

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