Religion briefs



Missionary to speak in West Milton

WEST MILTON — Simon Avila will share his missionary experiences and music on Sunday, Jan. 22, at Hoffman United Methodist Church in West Milton. He will have charge of the 9 a.m. and the 11:15 a.m. services.

Avila will also appear at Center Friends Church — located one mile west of West Milton at 8550 W. State Route 571 — at 6 p.m. the same day.

Avila grew up in Mexico and attended a Methodist Mission School in Texas. He now lives outside Galion, Ohio, where he heads a prison ministry in Mt. Gilead. Besides sharing his music ministry throughout the Michigan and Ohio area, he travels extensively with the Way of the Cross Ministries throughout Mexico and Central and South America.

All services are open to anyone wanting to enjoy his music and hear about his various missionary endeavors. Hoffman is one block west of State Route 48 at 201 S. Main St.

First Lutheran welcomes all

TROY — The community is invited to join First Lutheran Church for worship services on Sunday, Jan. 22, for a traditional service at 8 a.m., or a contemporary service at 10:30 a.m. Both services will celebrate Holy Communion.

Mark Condy will be the guest and his sermon, based on Proverbs 3: 3-6, is entitled, “Flow in the Stream of God’s Love.”

The doors are open to all, please find comfort within our walls and let us help, as we all continue on our journey.

Lunch & Learn at St. Pat

TROY — Learn more about consumer protection at the latest Lunch & Learn at St. Patrick Church.

“Shop Smart: Know Your Rights” will be presented from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 in the church undercroft.

The guest presenter will be Ryan Lippe from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Ohio consumer laws will protect you from the savviest scam artist — if you only knew what they were. Find out the top ten complaint categories and learn how understanding your rights can protect your wallet.

Lunch will be provided by StoryPoint. Please RSVP to Kristy Osting at (937) 541-5182 by Jan. 23.

Healthcare crisis explored at St. John’s

TROY—St. John’s UCC Economic Justice Team will host a showing of the documentary “Fix It,” at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 25, at 130 S. Walnut St.

“Fix It” explores the healthcare crisis that continues in our country despite the Affordable Care Act and threats of its repeal. The hour-long documentary also offers a solution to the crisis.

A panel discussion and question and answer session will follow the showing. Panelists include Bill Davis of Dayton, a member of Single Payer Action Network Ohio; Dr. Matthew Noordsij-Jones, a Dayton primary care physician and regional coordinator for SPAN Ohio; and Dr. Katherine Lambes, a Dayton primary care physician and longtime healthcare advocate.

The event is free. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Deb Hogshead at (937) 332-0443 or

St. Teresa to host Italian dinner

COVINGTON — St. Teresa church in Covington is sponsoring an authentic Italian dinner from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29.

The menu includes meatballs and spaghetti, stuffed shells, salad with Italian dressing, bread and dessert. The cost is $6 and coffee will be provided. Drinks are extra.

This delicious cuisine is being prepared by Carolyn Magoteaux, a renowned Italian cook. The dinner will be held at the church, 6925 W. US Route 36, Covington

Church welcomes new pastor

TROY — The Troy Assembly of God, Abundant Life Church, is pleased to announce the installation service of Rev. Richard F. Brogden Sr. as full time pastor.

The installation service will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, at the church, 661 N. County Road 25-A. Leaders of the Ohio District of the Assemblies of God will be officiating. There will be a fellowship dinner following the service. All are invited to remain and meet Rev. and Mrs. Brogden, district leaders and other pastors.

Brogden is a graduate of Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo. He and Soula Brogden, also with years of ministerial training, served as missionaries for 35 in Kenya and Israel. They are honored to take this responsibility and minister from their experience.

Troy Assembly of God as a congregation is looking forward to grow both spiritually and numerically. With a fresh start, they will join hands with the other Troy churches to experience God’s blessing within the community.

For additional information about services, please call the pastor’s cell phone, (937) 239-4475, or the church office, (937) 339-4769.