Religion briefs

First Lutheran Church to host events

TROY — The community is invited to join First Lutheran Church for their dynamic sermon series: “I WILL!” This week’s, “Trait of the Outwardly Focused Christian” is “I Will Go.” Pastor Ric Barnes will be sharing this message.

Worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m. JAM (Jesus and Me) Kids will be teaching the little ones the story of, “Jesus Feeds 5,000 People,” during the 9:30 a.m. service in the church lobby.

Vacation Bible School will be July 10–14, from 5:30-8 p.m. This year’s theme is “Cave Quest: Following Jesus the Light of the World.” Register for VBS at our church or online at

Light Up the Park set

FLETCHER — Fletcher United Methodist Church will host their “Light Up the Park” program on Sunday, June 12 from 5-7 p.m. at the Fletcher Community Park.

All are invited to join us in the park as the community gathers for walking tacos, line dancing, and fellowship with one another.

Political correctness discussed at Lifetree Café

TROY — Where to draw the line between political correctness and free speech will be examined at Lifetree Café at 7 p.m. on June 13.

The program — titled “Political Correctness: Where Do You Draw the Line?” — includes a filmed interview with former Navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, who made national headlines after disobeying a direct order to stop praying “in Jesus’ name” while in uniform outside a sanctioned divine service.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Café is inside St John’s United Church of Christ, 130 S. Walnut St., Troy. Use the Canal Street door for entrance to the café. The Walnut Street ramp is under construction. If you are handicapped, help entering the café will be provided.

Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Pat Robinson at (937) 405-7375 or

All church family garage sale set

WEST MILTON — Hoffman United Methodist Church will host its annual garage sale on Thursday, June 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Most items are a quarter. The church is handicap accessible. The location is 201 S. Main St., West Milton. Proceeds go to local missions.

Covington Church to host salad luncheon

COVINGTON — Once again, it is time for the first salad luncheon of 2016 sponsored by the Women’s Fellowship of the Covington Christian Church. The first luncheon will be held in the basement of the church on June 17.

Come and enjoy a large assortment of homemade salads, desserts, finger sandwiches, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m for a small donation of $6. Carry out is available upon request.

The church is located at 115 N. Pearl Street in Covington, and is handicap accessible. Please use the basement entrance in the alley on the north side of the church. These luncheons will be held on the third Friday of each month through October.

Church to host drama camp

TROY — The First United Methodist Church will once again hold a Drama Camp the week of June 13-17.

The camp will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at First Place Christian Center, 16 W. Franklin St., Troy.

The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, June 17, in the Church Sanctuary.

The camp is for anyone who has completed grades K-6. Registration forms are available at the church or may be downloaded on the church website,

Questions? Contact Susan Furlong at

VBS at Pleasant Hill First Brethren Church

PLEASANT HIL — Plan to send your children to Lifeway’s ’Journey Off the Map’ Vacation Bible School at Pleasant Hill First Brethren Church. Here they will learn God’s Truths, June 13-17, from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

The week will be filled with Bible-learning experiences, games, songs, a snack, as well as other exciting activities.

The program is for those age three (potty-trained) through eighth grade.

On Monday, please arrive at 8:45 a.m. so your child can register.

First Brethren Church is located at 210 N. Church St. For more information, or to pre-register, call (937) 676-2802 Tuesday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to noon or

Jehovah’s Witness to host convention

DAYTON — Jehovah’s Witnesses will soon hold their annual regional conventions at the Ervin J. Nutter Center, Wright State University. They extend an open invitation for all to attend. The theme of this year’s program is “Remain Loyal to Jehovah!”

The three-day program will feature 49 presentations, each exploring the theme “loyalty.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses invite people of all ages to attend. The first of four three-day events to be held in Dayton will begin Friday, June 17, at 9:20 am.

There is no admission fee. For more information about Jehovah’s Witnesses and the 2016 Conventions, visit:

Church to host 5K

TROY — On Saturday June 18, Grace Family Worship Center will host the Make Every Mile Matter 5K run, walk or ride. This event is in memory of Pastor Howard Collier, the founding father, pastor, and friend who touched countless lives during his 43 years of ministry.

The race begins at 9 a.m., with check-in and registration beginning at 8:15 a.m. The cost to register is $20. The first 50 registered will receive a free T-shirt.

Register online at make checks payable to Grace Family Worship Center and send to: PO Box 237, Troy, Ohio 45373.

Grace Family Worship Center is located at 1477 S. Market St., Troy.

For additional information call (937) 397-0603 or (937) 552-7670.

VBS set

COVINGTON — The Covington Community Vacation Bible School theme will be “Deep Sea Discovery: God Is with Me Wherever I Go!”

The VBS will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Covington Church of the Brethren, 101 N. Wall St. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 20.

The program is for 3 years of age and up for those who have completed sixth grade. The VBS will finish on Friday evening with a picnic and children’s program afterwards.

For more information, call (937) 473-5242.