Religion briefs

First Lutheran enters fourth week of Lent

TROY — Join First Lutheran Church this weekend as Pastor Bob Forsberg preaches from John 9. Communion will not be celebrated this week. There are two services to choose from: 8:00 a.m. traditional and 10:30 a.m. praise.

This Wednesday, and every Wednesday evening in Lent at 7 p.m., we will coming together for a drama piece from, “How To Be A Disciple,” and a short service.

This is the season to prepare ourselves for the crucifixion of our Savior and then to celebrate His resurrection on Easter.

Mark your calendars!! April 2nd will be a very exciting day at First Lutheran! Pastor Heidi R. Holst, our newly called Pastor, will be preaching for the first time as OUR SHEPHERD!

Local agencies to host heroin conference

TROY — Our region is among the most heavily hit in the country by the nationwide heroin epidemic. A conference entitled, “Be Bold: Healing Our Communities,” will shed light on the impacts of the heroin epidemic in the Miami Valley, while pointing to the healing work already underway by area agencies.

The conference will focus on the variety of steps individuals can take to become a part of the healing force.

“Be Bold: Healing Our Communities” will take place Saturday, March 25, at First Place (located across from Troy United Methodist Church). Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by brunch at 9 a.m., and speakers and discussion from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The conference is sponsored by the Miami Valley UMW.

A registration fee of $15 will include brunch for those who register before March 13. After that date, the fee will increase to $20. Registration will be limited to the first 150 registrants. Contact Beth at for more information. Pay online at, or in person at the event.

Pasta supper planned

ELIZABETH TWP. —Cove Spring Church will host its seventh annual pasta supper from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at the church, 5705 E. Walnut Grove Road.

The supper will include choice of lasagna or spaghetti, bread stick, salad, drink and homemade dessert. Carryout service will be available. Freewill donation requested. Proceeds will be used to fund a variety of missions and outreach activities throughout the year.

Quartet to perform

FLETCHER — Fletcher United Methodist Church, 205 S. Walnut St., Fletcher, will host the Soul’d Out Quartet at 6 p.m. Saturday March 25.

Based in Georgetown, Soul’d Out Quartet is a full-time ministry touring multiple states each year. They have entertained many years on the Singing at Sea annual Southern Gospel cruise, performed on the main stage of the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., as well as the the Memphis Quartet Show in Memphis, Tenn. Their summer schedule includes county fairs and outdoor festivals, and for 2017 they have added a four piece live band.

Fields of Grace presents “Hee Haw”

COVINGTON — On Sunday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m., Fields of Grace Worship Center in Covington will be providing a very entertaining and funny evening that can be enjoyed by the whole family — their own rendition of the television show “Hee Haw.”

The show is free but the church will be taking up a free will donation for Lily Pad Haven which is an organization that provides respite, housing, and protection for victims of human trafficking. This organization is non-profit and located in Charlotte, N.C.

Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. Come early to get your seats.

The church is located at 326 Troy Pike (St. Rt. 41) in Covington. For further questions you can visit us at or on Facebook, or call (937) 573-4282.

Rummage sale set

TROY — A spring rummage sale is being held by the United Methodist Women on Friday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, at First Place Christian Center, 16 W. Franklin, Troy.

Many good used items, toys, books, and clothing are for sale. Proceeds will be used for mission work. For further information, please call the First United Methodist Church at (937) 335-2826.

Community invited to Share-A-Meal

TROY — You’re invited to First United Church of Christ in Troy for their monthly Share-A-Meal on Saturday, April 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All are welcome at the table.

The menu includes homemade breakfast casserole, biscuits, fruit slush, juice, milk and coffee. Carry outs will be available at 12:30 p.m., as quantities last. 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.

Located at 120 S. Market St. in Troy. Please use the Canal Street entrance, which is handicapped accessible.

Transfiguration to host fish fry

WEST MILTON — A Lenten Fish Fry will be offered from 6-9 p.m. on April 7 at Transfiguration Catholic Church, 972 S. Miami St., West Milton.

The menu will include an all-you-care-to-eat fried cod, with slaw, fries, baked beans, applesauce, bread/butter, pop and dessert. Beer will be available for $1 extra. Adult meals will be $10, 13 and under for $5, and children under 3 eat free. A 50/50 drawing will be at at 9 p.m. other games until 10 p.m.

Blood drive planned

DAYTON — Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City will host a “Be The Good” community blood drive Saturday, April 8, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in the South Campus Chapel, 7695 S. County Road 25-A.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the Community Blood Center inspirational “Believe There is Good in The World – Be The Good” t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Travel the “Road to Resurrection”

TROY — Join St. John’s United Church of Christ for a presentation of “Road to Resurrection” on Saturday, April 8, from 4-7 p.m.

At “Road to Resurrection” you’ll step back in time and follow Jesus’ footsteps through the week leading up to his death and resurrection. It takes one hour to go through.

There are five destinations —the triumphal entry, the Passover meal, the prison, the cross and the joyful road. When you are done, stop off at the Roadside Diner for hot dogs, snacks and drinks.

The church is located at 130 S. Walnut St., Troy. To pre-register, email or call (937) 335-2028. You can also just drop in. If you pre-register, St. John’s will send you a reminder of the time and date.

Easter egg hunt planned

COVINGTON — On April 8, Fields of Grace Worship Center will be hosting the seventh annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. There will be more than 25,000 eggs to hunt this year, and baskets and bikes are to be given away. New sizes and more bikes have been added to the drawings this year.

The event will take place this year at the Covington Community Park at 1 p.m. — rain, shine or snow. The hunt will begin promptly at 1:20 p.m.

The event is free and open to all children ages 0-11 years in all surrounding communities. Participants are asked to please bring something to collect their eggs in. The plastic eggs will be recycled after the hunt is over.

The Easter Bunny will once again be available for pictures.

Park at Finfrock Construction and surrounding streets of Main Street. The only entry into the park on the day of the hunt will be off of Main Street. There will be no parking at the park. Transportation will be provided down to the park for those who need it.

For further information, go to the church’s website or visit FOG on facebook. You can also contact the church at 573-4282.

‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ set

PIQUA — Upper Valley Community Church, located at 1400 Seidel Pkwy., will be hosting their annual Easter Eggstravaganza on April 15 from 1-3 p.m.

The EasterJam sessions will be filled with 25 minutes of high-energy music, a blacklight performance, the Easter story, and door prizes. Following EasterJame, attendees will enjoy exclusive entrance to the Easter Egg Hunt. EasterJam will be held at the attendee’s registration assigned time of 1 or 2 p.m.

This event will also feature balloon scultpting, cookie decorating, costumed characters, crafts, a goldfish toss, hair streaking, a petting zoo, a photo booth, sand art, train rides, wagon rides, and more. There will be over 30 activity stations.

This is a free community event, and is open for children’s ages birth to 5 years and their families. You can pre-register at Each child will receive an extra door prize ticket for pre-registering.