Religion briefs

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.

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 Not Be a Church Dropout!” Pastor Ric Barnes will be sharing this message.

The Relay for Life Team will be celebrated Survivor Sunday during worship service.

The church is on their summer worship schedule. Service will be at 9:30 a.m. JAM (Jesus and Me) Kids will be teaching the little ones miraculous story, “Jesus Walks on Water,” 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 church or online at

Vacation Bible School 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.

Benefits of honesty discussed at Lifetree

TROY — Whether honesty really is the best policy will be examined at Lifetree Café AT 7 P.M. Monday June 20.

The program, titled “Tell Me the Real Story: The Amazing Power of Honesty,” features conversations surrounding whether telling the truth is best in all circumstances.

Participants will be given the opportunity to share experiences of when honesty, or a lack of it, has impacted their lives.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Café is located inside St John’s United Church of Christ, 130 S. Walnut St., Troy. Use the Canal Street door for entrance to the café and the Walnut Street ramp for the handicapped entrance. Refreshments will be available.

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 Pat Robinson at (937) 405-7375 or

Casstown church offers reading program

CASSTOWN — Casstown United Methodist Church will be offering its annual reading program again this summer for youth entering Kindergarten through sixth grade, thanks to the “Live Free” grant provided by the Miami Valley District of the United Methodist Church.

The summer program, which highlights reading skill development lead by college students and church members, will also include crafts, games, music and tips for healthy living. A tasty, healthy lunch and an afternoon snack will also be included.

Todd Rappold, Superintendent of Miami East Schools supports the work the church is doing with this program. “We encourage all kids to maintain their academic skills over the summer. Reading is a key skill for students of any age.”

The program will be offered every Tuesday for six weeks, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning June 21 at the Casstown UMC, 102 Center St. in Casstown.

For more information or to register, call Pastor Maggie Sykes at (937) 339-4828 or visit to download the registration form from the Children’s Ministry page.

Trinity Episocpal to celebrate anniversary

TROY — Trinity Episcopal Church is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the dedication of their current location beginning with worship at 9:30 a.m. This year marks 185 years for Trinity in the Troy community.

The service will include special music. Following the service there will be a carry-in picnic on the lawn. A tent, tables, and chairs will be set up. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided, but guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share. The One More Time Swing Band will play during the picnic.

In 1956 Trinity celebrated 125 years at the Franklin Street location. The Troy Daily News Wrote: “It is the smallest but most quaint edifice in this city but what a glorified history with 125 years of service to the Community. We are referring to Trinity Episcopal Church, which has tended the spiritual needs in Troy longer than any other house of worship…”

The church is located at 60 S. Dorset Rd., Troy. All are welcome to attend.

Donation garage sale set

TIPP CITY — A donation-only garage sale will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7 and 8, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 9 at The Covenant at Sugar Grove.

All monetary donations will go to help the ministry of Orphan Voice. Orphan Voice is a Christian orphan relief organization providing spiritual, physical and emotional support to impoverished orphans, at-risk and special needs children in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

Please come and find out more about Orphan Voice while shopping for great bargains. The Covenant is located at 7875 S. Kessler-Frederick Road., Tipp City.

Church to host VBS

WEST MILTON — West Milton Church of the Nazarene will host Vacation Bible School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 11-15.

VBS is open to children ages three through sixth grade. Registration starts at 6 p.m.

The event will feature games, snacks, crafts, and Dave’s Barrel Train.

The church is located at 151 W. Baker Road, West Milton. For Information, call (937) 698-5782.