Religion briefs

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. 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. 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.

Demons, Satan explored at Lifetree Café

TROY — Demons, exorcism and the existence of the devil will be examined at Lifetree Café at 7 p.m. on Monday April 25

The program titled “Is the Devil Real: An Exorcist Tells All,” features interviews with people who claim to have had encounters with demons, including a clergyman who has conducted many exorcisms — the removal of demonic spirits.

The Lifetree Café is located inside St John’s United Church of Christ at 130 S. Walnut St. Troy. Use the Canal Street door for entrance to the café and the Walnut Street Ramp for the handicapped entrance.

For more information contact Pat Robinson at (937) 405-7375 or

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, call (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.

Community health fair set

TROY — A community health fair will be held at First Place Christian Center, 16 W. Franklin Street, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. The health fair is free and open to the public.

Free health screenings will be available. There will be over 30 booths, which will provide education and information on health topics such as: sun damage, sleep disorders, restless leg syndrome, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chiropractic and wellness services by Dr. Jeff Studabaker, eye health by Primary Eye Care and oral health with the Miami County Dental Clinic.

Search continues for new pastor

TROY — St. John’s United Church of Christ at 130 S. Walnut St., Troy, is searching for a new pastor. During this process, the church will have speakers from the community, including lay people from the church providing the service on Sunday mornings.

This week will be Earl Rieves. The title of his sermon is “God Is Blessing Me.” The May 2 service will be led by The Rev. Al Marheine and he is always a treat for us.

Worship service starts at 10:30 a.m. The church also offers fellowship time, snacks and coffee in the Lifetree Café.

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