Religion briefs

First Lutheran invites the community

TROY — The community is invited to join First Lutheran Church for worship services on Sunday, Feb. 19. There will be a traditional service at 8 a.m. and a contemporary service at 10:30 a.m. Communion will be celebrated at both services. Pastor Doug Jacobs will be the guest.

Faith Formation for all ages will be offered during education hour from 9:15-10:15 a.m. each Sunday.

Get messy at First United

TROY — You’re invited to “Messy Church” on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 4-6 p.m. at First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market St., Troy.

Join First United Church of Christ for a casual and fun way for families to worship God together. There will be lots of fun and “messy” activities, plus a short celebration service and a light dinner.

Messy Church is for people at all stages of their faith journey and of any age. It’s held on the third Sunday of every month. Use Canal Street entrance, which is handicapped accessible.

Community meal offered

FLETCHER — Fletcher United Methodist Church will host a community free meal on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The meal, which includes grilled cheese sandwiches, soup, salad and dessert, will be served from 5-6:30 p.m. All are invited to join in the food and fellowship.

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

Healthy U workshops planned

TROY — One in two Americans have at least one chronic disease — those conditions that are treated and managed, but not often cured. The Area Agency on Aging urges you to start down your own path to better health by attending Healthy U where you will learn skills and coping strategies needed to manage your symptoms and live a healthier life.

The series of six weekly workshops will be held at First United Methodist Church, First Place, 16 W. Franklin St. in Troy on Thursday mornings, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Feb. 23 through March 30. Space is limited and advance registration is required by calling (937) 335-2826 or stopping by the church office.

Workshops are open to adults of any age who have a chronic health condition and/or their caregivers. There is no charge for participants who are 60 years of age or older thanks to funding from the Older Americans Act; younger participants pay a one-time $15 fee.

Zion to host bratwurst supper

TIPP CITY — Zion Lutheran Church will host a bratwurst and sauerkraut supper from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 in the church fellowship hall, 14 W. Walnut St., Tipp City.

Menu includes brat or hot dog, sauerkraut, green beans, mashed potatoes, chunky applesauce, roll, dessert and beverage.

Tickets are $7 in advance for adults or $8 at the door, children’s tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door. Carryout is available with a ticket.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the church office from 9 a.m. to noon on weekdays. The hall is handicap accessible.

Good Shepherd hosts Milton manager

WEST MILTON — Join the Senior Shepherds of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and spend an afternoon with West Milton Municipal Manager, Matt Kline, at 2 p.m. on Feb. 28.

Those attending will hear information on recently announced land development projects in the municipality. This will be an ideal opportunity to hear what is happening in our community and ask any questions you may have. Please invite your friends and neighbors to this informative presentation.

The meeting will be held in the social room at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1209 S. Miami Street, West Milton. For more information, please phone 698-5826.

St. John’s to host Fast Nacht

COVINGTON — St. John’s Lutheran Church Fast Nacht dinner will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Traditionally the meal consists of chicken, mashed potatoes, noodles, green beans, a roll, pickled beets, applesauce and homemade crullers.

Diners at the church are encouraged to give a free will offering for this annual treat. Carry-out’s are available for $5 each. The Church is located at Wall and Bridge Streets in Covington and is handicapped accessible from the alley.

First Presbyterian blood drive set

TROY — The First Presbyterian Church of Troy will help boost the blood supply during what has been a challenging flu season with a community blood drive Wednesday, March 1 from noon to 6:30 p.m. The Community Blood Center Bloodmobile will be at 20 S. Walnut St.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the CBC “Kiss Me — I Donate Blood” St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Lenten fish fry planned

WEST MILTON — Transfiguration Catholic Church, at 972 S. Miami St. in West Milton, will host a Lenten fish fry from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, March 3.

The menu includes all-you-care-to-eat fried cod, coleslaw, fries, baked beans, applesauce, bread/butter, pop and dessert.

Adult tickets are $10, beer is $1 extra; tickets for kids 13 and under are $5. Children under three eat free. There will be a 50/50 drawing at 9 p.m. and other games until 10 p.m.

Lenten book study offered

TROY — Pastor Donna Morton will lead two Lenten book studies featuring Max Lucado’s “He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart,” on Wednesdays, March 8 to April 12, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 130 S. Walnut St.

The times are noon to 1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Both six-week sessions are free and open to the public.

Participants attending the noon-hour study are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch. Those attending the evening study will decide at the first meeting whether to have potluck or soup suppers for the remaining weeks.

To order a book, please contact Pastor Donna at (937) 335-2028 by Feb. 21. For questions or more details, contact Pastor Donna or the church secretary, Barb Owen, at (937) 335-2028.

Cancer 101 with Dr. Machicao

TROY — Dr. Carlos Machicao will join the next session of the St. Patrick Cancer-Companions at 7 p.m. on March 9 for “Cancer 101.”

Machicao is a pathologist in Troy, who is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Upper Valley Medical Center and Wayne Hospital. Machicao specializes in pathology, his subspecialties are general pathology and cytopathology. Pathologists diagnose and characterize diseases. Most cancer diagnoses are done by pathologists.

Machicao will take questions about cancer, including what to look for, questions you should ask your doctor and how can it be prevented.

Cancer-Companions sessions meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the St. Patrick parish center, 444 E. Water St., Troy.

Contact Pat Smith at the Parish Office, (937) 335-2833, ext. 105.

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) 524-5809 or visit