Religion briefs

Family parish event set

TROY — Frank Runyeon will present Luke: Stories on the Road at St. Pat’s on April 16. Frank is a well known actor who now dedicates his life to interpreting scripture and traveling around the world.

A spaghetti dinner in the under croft will be held after the 5 p.m. mass, followed by the presentation at 7:15 p.m. in the church.

Free will donations will be accepted. Child care will be provided for children 6 and under.

Smoke to leave Trinity

TROY — The Reverend Joan Smoke will celebrate her final Eucharist at Trinity Episcopal Church of Troy next Sunday, April 17. After more than two years of faithful service she will be answering a call to St John’s Episcopal Church in Bedford, Ind., an area where she has long-term family ties.

Rev. Smoke will be missed by more than her church family. She was a board member for the Family Abuse Shelter and a cast member for two productions in A Barn in the Park, as well as a Troy Noon Optimist. She graduated from Leadership Troy and was a willing and able volunteer in several community functions. She also enjoyed the miles of paved bicycle trails and kayaking in the Great Miami River. Under her leadership, Trinity Church made important strategic decisions for the future, created a labyrinth, and is enjoying the revitalizing of youth groups and Bible studies.

A potluck will be served after the 10:30 a.m. service on Suday, April 17 for a time of thanksgiving for her ministry in Troy. The public is invited.

Community invited to free meal

FLETCHER — The Fletcher United Methodist Church will host their free community meal from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19.

The menu includes homemade chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce and desserts.

Homemade Amish foods for sale

COVINGTON — The apple dumplings and Amish homemade noodles made and served in Covington for many years are back and will be sold by the Covington Church of the Brethren from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 23.

Eat in or carry out will be available. The church is located at 101 N. Wall St., Covington.

Church to celebrate 150 years

TROY — Zion Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Joseph Baldwin Jr., will be celebrating her 150th church anniversary. The theme is “Upon this rock I will build my church — Matthew 16:18.”

The celebration will begin with a pre-anniversary concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, featuring the the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc., Greater Dayton Chapter.

From Monday, May 9, through Friday, May 13, the church will hold a week of celebration services beginning at 7 p.m. nightly with guest pastors and their church families participating. On Sunday, May 15, the celebration will continue beginning with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., morning worship with the reunited ZBC and Alumni Choir at 11 a.m., and an afternoon service at 3:30 p.m.

The church is located at 711 W. Franklin St., Troy.

For more information, call (937) 339-2515.

Carillon Brass to play

Troy — Carillon Brass, a quintet from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, will present a free concert at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, at the First United Methodist Church in Troy. The concert is sponsored by Troy Mayors’ Concerts, Inc., the same group that brings a concert to the Square in downtown Troy each August.

The Carillon Brass will be joined in a few compositions by the First United Methodist Church Chancel Handbell Choir under the direction of David Pinkerton of Troy.

Senior Spring Fling features handbell artist

WEST MILTON — All senior citizens in Union Township are invited to a “Senior Spring Fling” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. The Senior Shepherds of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host the event.

David Pinkerton, a solo handbell artist will be the featured entertainment. His programs are a mixture of golden oldies and sing-a-longs, the classical and the humorous, interesting bell lore stories, and his famous bell tossing.

For more information, please phone (937) 698-6036. The church is located at 1209 S. Miami St., West Milton (next to West Milton IGA.)

Sr. Dorothy to speak at women’s retreat

TROY — St. Patrick Church welcomes Sr. Dorothy Ederer, O.P., to speak at the women’s retreat.

Sr. Dorothy is an inspirational speaker and author of 10 books. She has been a campus minister for 24 years, as well as a liturgist, retreat director and spiritual counselor. Sr. Dorothy’s books will also be available at the retreat.

The retreat will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the parish center at 444 E. Water St.

The cost is $25 before April 20, late registration is $35. Lunch is included.

Contact Pat Smith at or (937) 335-2833, Ext. 105.

Ice cream social postponed

LAURA — Laura Christian Church regretfully announces that its late April ice cream social will not be held this year. It is unknown at this time when the next social (typically in August) might be held; however, an announcement will be made at the appropriate time.

Meanwhile, Laura Christian wishes to thank all those who have attend past ice cream socials. Proceeds from the many ice cream socials have enabled the church to modify its building to include an elevator, making it handicapped accessible; as well as assist those in need within the community.

Pennsylvania rail adventure planned

TROY — Looking for a fun trip this summer? Wendt Touring is offering a four day, three night vacation June 27-30.

Participants will travel by motorcoach to Pittsburgh, then take a scenic train ride to Lancaster, Penn. Travel into the heart of the Alleghenies and around Horseshoe Curve, before continuing across the state through mountainous terrain and into the Amish farmlands of Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country.

Trip highlights include: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, the world famous Horseshoe Curve, Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market, and more.

The tour fare is $699 per person based on double occupancy, $684 per person based on triple occupancy, $879 per person based on single occupancy. A $100 per person deposit is due to secure reservations with the balance due by May 6.

Check out St. Patrick Church’s website for the itinerary and reservation form or contact Pat Smith at the parish office (937) 335-2833, Ext. 105.

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