Religion briefs

School supply giveaway

TIPP CITY — Open Arms Apostolic Church will host a school supply giveaway from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13.

The giveaway will be held in the fellowship hall at the rear of church, 4075 S. Tipp-Cowlesville Road, Tipp City.

First Lutheran plans movie night

TROY — The community is invited to join First Lutheran Church for the first of the insightful sermon series “The Born Identity — Part 1: Our Secret Identity.” Based on the Book of Ephesians. Pastor Ric Barnes will be sharing this message.

Service is at 9:30 a.m. JAM (Jesus and Me) Kids will be teaching the little ones the story of, “The Lost Sheep,” during the service in the church lobby.

​Join​ us for a special screening of, “Woodlawn,” an unforgettable movie of a gifted high school football player that must embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field. View it on the big screen on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 2 p.m. Movie snacks will be provided. This is a free event.

On Sept. 18, the church will be celebrating National Back to Church Sunday with a day of worship, fellowship and new friends. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

Immigration controversy discussed at lifetree

TROY — The debate over national policies and practices regarding illegal immigration will be explored at Lifetree Café on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 at 7 p.m.

The program — titled “Border Wars: Is There a Compassionate Response to Illegal Immigration?”— features filmed interviews with a border patrol agent, Mexican nationals, and former U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo, an outspoken critic of immigration policy.

During the program, participants will examine various sides of the issue and be given an opportunity to share their own perspectives.

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.

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

Human trafficking presentation set

TROY — Local humanitarian and activist Brett Bogan will discuss human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others.

Bogan will present the basic facts and figures around human trafficking, as well as ways everybody can be involved in fighting for justice.

This event is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the St. Patrick Church undercroft, 409 E. Main St., Troy.

Covington Church to host salad luncheons

It’s once again time for the Women’s Fellowship of the Covington Christian Church, salad luncheon on Friday, August 19th. This is our third luncheon for 2016.

Come and enjoy our large assortment of homemade salads, desserts, finger sandwiches, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m in an air conditioned atmosphere for the small donation of $6.00. Have you tried our famous Hot Chicken Salad? Carry outs are available upon request.

Come, have good food and fellowship! All are welcome!

The church is located at 115 N. Pearl Street in Covington, and is handicap accessible.

The next salad luncheon will be September 16, 2016. Remember these luncheons will be held on the third Friday of each month thru October 2016. Come and join us!

Ice cream social set

TROY — On Saturday, Aug. 20, the community is invited to attend an ice cream social at Alcony Grace Church from 4-7 p.m.

Enjoy some ice cream along with sandwiches and homemade pies, and take something from the bake sale when for the road.

The church is located at 1045 S. Alcony Conover Rd., Troy.

LDS congregation to host seminar

PIQUA — The local congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host the third annual Family History Seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 20, at the church, 475 W. Loy Road, Piqua.

Classes will include DNA, Beginning Your Family History, Death Records, Google for Genealogy and more.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with a welcome at 8:45 a.m. The first session will begin at 9 a.m. with the last session ending about noon.

The Family History Seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Richard Kice at

Church plans block party

TROY — Once again the Troy First United Methodist Church will host their annual block party for the community. The party will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.

There will be free fun for the whole family: pizza, door prizes, games, prizes, popcorn and Sno Cones.

The block party will be held on South Cherry Street, between Franklin and Canal streets. Visit or call the church office at (937) 335-2826 for more information.

Church to host simulcast

PIQUA —On Sept. 17, LifeWay Christian Resources is slated to simulcast well-known Bible teacher and best-selling author Beth Moore live from Chicago, Ill.

Grace United Methodist church, 9411 N. County Road 25-A, Piqua, is serving as a host location for the area.

The simulcast will feature Moore’s dynamic storytelling and passionate Bible teaching.

The Living Proof Simulcast kicks off at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10, covering one full day of music and worship, afternoon refreshments and a catered lunch provided by Susie’s Big Dipper in Piqua. Tickets can be purchased from Susie’s Big Dipper or Grace United Methodist in Piqua.