Religion briefs

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

First Lutheran

The community is invited to join First Lutheran Church for 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, August 28th at 2:00 p.m. Movie snacks will be provided. This is a free event.

An Adult Study based on the movie Woodlawn, entitled, “One,” will be taught by Kristin Scherer beginning Sept. 11, at 9:15 a.m.

On Sept. 19, 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.

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.

Pilgrimages planned

DAYTON — As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015 — Nov. 20, 2016, called by Pope Francis, the St. Boniface/St. Mary Parishes Adult Faith Formation Commission has organized three pilgrimages to designated sites in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Each site has a designated “Holy Door of Mercy.”

The tradition of pilgrimages dates back to early times for many different religions. A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person’s beliefs and faith. For the early Christians, pilgrimages were made to the Holy Land or to a site associated with early saints and martyrs.

The next pilgrimage is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 21, to St. Helen Catholic Church in Dayton.

Each pilgrimage will start from St. Mary Catholic Church, 528 Broadway at 1 p.m. All are invited to carpool with fellow pilgrims or to meet at the site. For further information or questions, call the parish offices 773-1327 or 773-1656.

Challenges of living a grace-filled life discussed

TROY — The potential impact of living out the Golden Rule will be explored at Lifetree Cafe on Monday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m.

The program titled “Give Me a Break! Living a Grace-Filled Life,” features conversations surrounding the giving and receiving of breaks in life.

Lifetree cafe 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 cafe and the Walnut Street ramp for the handicapped entrance.

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

Blood drive set

DAYTON, Ohio – Tipp City United Methodist Church will host a community blood drive Monday, Aug. 29, from 3-7 p.m. in the Great Hall, 8 W. Main St.

It comes during the final week of the “Wild About Alaska Summer Blood Drive” with a last chance to win an Alaska vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Blood Donors Don’t Moose Around” t-shirt, the final Alaska t-shirt in the summer blood drive campaign.

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.