Religion briefs

Community invited to share meal

TROY — First United Church of Christ’s Share-A-Meal will be on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This program is one way of reaching out to the community by providing warm nourishing meals to anyone wishing to participate, while giving an opportunity to socialize with others.

The menu includes meatloaf, potatoes, carrots, pie and a beverage.

The monthly Share-A-Meal Program is on the first Saturday of every month and is located at 120 S. Market St., the corner of S. Market and Canal Streets in Troy. Please use the Canal Street entrance where we are handicapped accessible. Come join us the first Saturday of each month.

Being the light at FLC

TROY — The community is invited to join First Lutheran Church for worship services on Sunday, Feb. 5. There will be a traditional service at 8 a.m, or a contemporary service at 10:30 am. Both services will celebrate Holy Communion. Pastor Bob Forsberg’s sermon, “Be The Light of Christ,” is based on Matthew 5:14-16.

FLC offers Faith Formation for all ages during education hour at 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. each Sunday.

Traveling Shamrocks plan tours

TROY — Join the Traveling Shamrocks of St. Patrick Church for a travel presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Learn more about trips like “Spotlight on South Dakota”, scheduled for Aug. 25-31, 2017, which will tour Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills, the Badlands National Park, and more.

Another, closer to home trip is scheduled for Sept. 26-27, touring Catholic Kentucky, the Maker’s Mark distillery and visiting the Ark Encounter.

The Traveling Shamrocks are also planning a Hawaiian adventure for January 2018. The trip will feature the islands of Oahu, Kauai and Maui and all the highlights. Fr. Eric Bowman will share his expertise on Hawaii, along with a Collette guide.

If you have questions on any of these trips, contact Pat Smith at (937) 335-2833, ext 105. Yf you would like a flier sent to you, leave your name and address.

St. Patrick offers support groups

TROY — St. Patrick Church hosts support groups for those who are affected by cancer and for those who have lost loved ones.

Cancer-Companions sessions meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the parish center, upstairs room 3. Anyone who has been impacted by cancer in some way, as a patient, caregiver, family member, friend or who would like more information, is invited to attend Christian cancer support group.

GriefShare next sessions begin Wednesday, Feb. 15, and run for 13 weeks. An afternoon session will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. and another in the evening at 7 p.m. Sessions are held in St. Patrick parish center. GriefShare is a special weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the death of someone close.

Please contact Pat Smith at the parish office, (937) 335-2833, ext. 105, with any questions. The church is located at 444 E. Water St., Troy.

Ginghamsburg to host blood drive

TIPP CITY — Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City is helping boost the blood supply during the heart of winter with a community blood drive Saturday, Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

Due to a scheduling conflict the Feb. 11 blood drive will move from the South Campus Chapel to The Avenue classroom on the main campus, 6759 South County Road 25-A. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Pancake and sausage breakfast set

PLEASANT HILL — The Pleasant Hill United Church of Christ will hold a Valentine’s Day pancake and sausage breakfast from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. Donations will be accepted for the benefit of the organ repair fund.

The menu includes all you can eat pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, toast, juice, and coffee, tea, or milk.

The church is located in Pleasant Hill, one block west of the intersection of State Route 48 and State Route 718. Contact the church office at (937) 676-3193 for more information.

Princess for the night

COVINGTON — On Feb. 18, Fields of Grace Worship Center will be hosting their 3rd annual Princess Ball.

The ball will this year feature Belle from the movie “Beauty and the Beast”.each little girl will have a chance to meet her and have their picture taken with the princess.

There will also be a photo booth with a princess theme for additional pictures and fun. Light snacks and drinks will be served. There will be a $10.00 per family admittance.

The ball will take place at the Covington Eagles Hall from 6-8 p.m. All who are attending are asked to enter at the entrance located on Debra Street.

Gentlemen bring out your little girls for an enchanted evening of dancing and fun.

For more information please contact Fields of Grace, Monday through Thursday at (937) 573-4282 or visit our website at

St. John’s to show “Legalize Democracy”

TROY— St. John’s UCC Economic Justice Team will host a showing of the documentary “Legalize Democracy,” 6:30–8 p.m., Feb. 22, at St. John’s UCC, 130 S. Walnut St.

The 30 minute video explores how large corporations have gained a greater voice in public policy and legislation than ordinary people exercising their right to vote at the polling place. Corporate power influences the daily lives of citizens in a variety of ways, affecting such things as wages and access to quality healthcare and clean environments. The movie also examines the role of grassroots movements — such as the Civil Rights Movement — in promoting social change and economic justice.

A Q&A following the documentary will be led by Mary Sue Gmeiner, a Dayton resident and affiliate coordinator of Greater Dayton Move to Amend. Gmeiner will provide examples of how corporations affect our lives and discuss how a 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution would help restore power to the people.

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

Church seeks items for auction

COVINGTON — Seven years ago, Haiti was hit with a major earthquake. The Cornerstone Dunkard Brethren Church organized a benefit auction to raise funds for recovery efforts. Now in their eighth year of hosting the event, the church is seeking donations of new, slightly used, or handmade items to auction.

They are accepting offers of services rendered (catered meals, yard work, cleaning service), furniture, event tickets, tools, coupons, handmade items or children’s toys. The church is located at 5430 Greenville Falls-Clayton Road, Covington. For more information about how to help, contact

The event will be held March 10-11 at the Darke County Fairgrounds in Greenville. The event will begin at 5 p.m. Friday with a benefit dinner, followed by the children’s auction. Saturday’s auction begins at 9 a.m.

One hundred percent of the proceeds go to established, Bible-based missions that directly serve the needs of Haitian citizens.

For more information, call (937) 524-509 or visit