Religion briefs

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. June 26. 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.

Events set for First Lutheran

TROY — The community is invited to join First Lutheran Church for the final session of the dynamic sermon series: “I WILL!” This week’s, “9 Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian” is “I Will Avoid the Traps of “Churchianity” I Will Make A Difference!” Pastor Ric Barnes will be sharing this message.

Service will be at 9:30 a.m. JAM (Jesus and Me) Kids will be teaching the little ones the story of, “Jesus Heals The Blind Man,” 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.” Registration for VBS students and volunteers is at our church or online at Plan to join us for an incredible week of adventure!

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. 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.

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.

Students confirmed at Good Shepherd Lutheran

WEST MILTON — Four students were confirmed on Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2016.

Katelyn Jebens, Ethan Tinnerman, Pr. Steve Gelletaly, Andy Baker and Logan Welhener studied for two years and have met the requirements for this special day in their lives.

A reception was held after the service with family members and guests attending.