Religion briefs

First Lutheran on summer schedule

TROY — All are invited to First Lutheran Church this Sunday. The church is now on its summer schedule, offering one 9:30 a.m. service of a traditional nature, but with a blend of hymns and praise/worship music. Pastor Holst has added The Children’s Message to every service, when the children come to the front to have their very own time with Pastor Holst and to talk about Jesus.

The Light Readers to perform

MIAMI COUNTY — All are invited to join Bethel United Methodist Church and Casstown United Methodist Church at one of their regular worship services on Sunday, May 28. The Light Readers will present their inspirational skits and songs at those services.

Bethel United Methodist Church’s service begins at 9 a.m., the church is located at 2050 E. Loy Road. Casstown United Methodist Church’s worship starts at 10:45 a.m. and the church is located at 102 Center St., Casstown.

Happy Run 5K planned

TIPP CITY — A Happy Run 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. May 29 at Upper Room Worship Center, 648 N. Hyatt St., Tipp City. Registration is $15 and can be made online at Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. Awards will be given to top threee males and females in five age groups. For questions, call Destinee Javier at 570-1229.

Garage sale set

WEST MILTON — Hoffman United Methodist Church will have its annual garage sale from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 1. Most items are a quarter. The church is handicap accessible. The location is 201 S. Main St., West Milton. Proceeds go to local missions.

Motorcycle ride planned

COVINGTON — On Sunday, June 4, Fields of Grace Worship Center in Covington will be hosting Paul Teutul Jr. at their 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. He will bless the bikes at 12:15 p.m. after the services.

Teutul is widely recognized as the chief designer and fabricator of some of the world’s most famous motorcycles, as featured in the hit television series “American Chopper” on the Discovery Channel. Although Teutul started his career as co-founder of Orange County Choppers, after branching off, he now shares his creativity and unique approach to design with the world through his work at Paul Jr. Designs.

For more information about obtaining tickets, contact Fields of Grace at (937) 573-4282 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Tickets are limited and required.

The ride will leave from the church immediately after the blessing ( about 12:45 p.m.) traveling west on State Route 41 and then turn south on State Route 48. The route will take riders through Pleasant Hill, West Milton, Union, and Englewood, riding under Interstate 70 and turning east on Heathcliff Road, heading north on Meeker Road and turning east on Little York Road going south. The ride will end on Miller Lane, where the bikers will split up and find their own eating spots.

Any further questions please call Graham Furrow (937) 701-5216

Ginghamsburg to host blood drive

DAYTON — Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City is helping kick off the Community Blood Center “Scouting for Donors Summer Blood Drive” campaign with a community blood drive Saturday, June 10, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in the South Campus Chapel, 7695 South County Road 25-A.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Giving Blood, Saving Lives, That’s How I Roll! Donate Blood” t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

St. Patrick offers special tours

TROY — Learn more about a Hawaiian Adventure (planned for January 2018) at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14 in the church undercroft. Find out more about traveling with Fr. Eric Bowman on the Collette Tour. Fr. Eric will share his past Hawaiian adventures and pictures and some Hawaiian treats will be provided.

This fall, the church is planning a trip to Kentucky and the Ark Encounter with Wendt Touring. This will be an overnight excursion on Sept. 26-27 and reservations are open now. The total fare is $299 per person, double occupancy.

The group will travel by deluxe motor coach stopping at the Abbey of Gethsemani and at a distillery. There will also be a guided tour of Bardstown and a visit the Basilica of St. Joseph, before a stop in Williamstown, Ky., to visit The Ark Encounter.

For more information on any of these trips please contact Pat Smith at St. Patrick Parish Office (937) 335-2833, ext. 105.

Reading program returns to Casstown UMC

CASSTOWN — The Casstown United Methodist Church, thanks to a grant provided by the Miami Valley District of the United Methodist Church, will be offering the “Live Free” reading and activity program this summer for youth entering Kindergarten through sixth grade.

The program will be offered once a week for five weeks on Tuesdays, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Casstown UMC, 102 Center St. in Casstown. The dates of the program are June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18 and July 25.

“Live Free,” which highlights reading skill development, will also include crafts, music and tips for healthy living. A healthy lunch and snack (following the Ohio Department of Education summer lunch program guidelines) is also included.

For more information or to register go to the Casstown UMC Website at or contact Pastor Sykes at 937-339-4828.

Kids music program offered

TROY — St. John’s United Church of Christ will hold an arts and music program for children ages 4–16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 10 through Aug. 10, at 130 S. Walnut St. in Troy.

The summer program will introduce children to a variety of band instruments and art forms, providing children with a basic understanding of music and an opportunity to express themselves through dance, drama, and visual arts such as painting and pottery. Under the supervision of church staff, college students majoring in music and the arts will offer guidance and leadership.

Parents can register their children for the full five weeks, one or more selected weeks, or by the day on a drop-in basis.

The program is free, and lunch will be provided daily.

For a registration form or more information, call (937) 335-2028 and ask for the Rev. Donna Morton. Deadline for registration is June 30.

Ice cream and music at Bethel UMC

PIQUA — Peacefull Heart will appear in concert at Bethel United Methodist Church in Piqua from 6-9 p.m. on July 22. The church will also host an ice cream social in conjunction with the event. Join Peacefull Heart and Bethel United Methodist for an evening of ice cream and music. Admission is free. The church is located at 2505 E. Loy Road, Piqua.