Religion briefs

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.

First Lutheran welcomes new pastor

TROY — Join First Lutheran Church this weekend as they welcome their new Pastor.

Pastor Heidi R. Holst will be preaching for the first time as the church’s newly called Shepherd. Holy Communion will be celebrated this week at both services, the 8 a.m. traditional and 10:30 a.m. praise.

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

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 prizes include baskets, bikes and six certificates for one free happy meal per week for a year from the Scott Family McDonald’s.

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.

Tipp UMC celebrates Palm Sunday

TIPP CITY — You’re invited to a special Sunday at Tipp City United Methodist Church, 8 W. Main St.

On Palm Sunday, April 9, Tipp City United Methodist Church will only be having one service. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for a musical presentation that portrays the events in Jesus’ life from Palm Sunday through to his resurrection and shows how people’s lives were deeply touched by him.

‘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.