Religion briefs

Cove Spring announces CD, performances

ELIZABETH TWP. – Cove Spring, a local Christian group, has released its first CD, “Center of Our Joy,” and will perform later this month at the Miami County Fair and at Kettering’s Fraze Pavilion.

All profits from the CD sales will go to Cove Spring Church’s music fund. CDs are $10 each, plus $3.50 for shipping and handling if applicable.

The group will perform at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13, in the entertainment tent at the Miami County Fair. Cove Spring also is one of 10 regional groups selected to perform during GospelFest on Sunday, Aug. 27, at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering. The free event begins at 3 p.m.

For more details, check Cove Spring Church’s Facebook page.

Cove Spring Church was founded in 1815 in Elizabeth Township. The group performs weekly during Sunday worship services. Members include sopranos Ann Horner and Cheryl Jackson; alto Julia Sutherly; tenors Erik Fine and Ben Sutherly; bass Wade Wilhelm; and pianist/vocalist/arranger Darin Williams.

Blood drive planned

DAYTON — First Presbyterian Church in Troy will host a community blood drive Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 2-6 p.m. in the meeting room, 20 S. Walnut St. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the Community Blood Center “Scouting 4 Donors – Ride with Passion, Give with Heart” t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Everyone who registers to donate is automatically entered in the drawing to win an Indian Scout Sixty motorcycle. Donors must be 18 by the Sept. 2 conclusion of the campaign to win.

Rummage sale to benefit orphanage

TROY — McKendree United Methodist Church, located at 8679 Dayton-Brandt Road (just one mile south of Route 41), will hold its annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, and Friday, Aug. 18, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19.

Proceeds from this year’s rummage sales will benefit the Angel House Orphanage in Tanzania, Africa.

Alcony Grace to host ice cream social

TROY — Join Alcony Grace Church for their annual ice cream social from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 1045 S. Alcony-Conover Road, Troy. The menu includes homemade ice cream, homemade pies and desserts, and barbeque.

Walk planned to pray for schools

CASSTOWN — Members and leaders from the Miami East Area Churches will meet on Sunday, Aug. 20, at 6 p.m. in front of the Miami East Schools Administration Building for a prayer walk. They will circle the school buildings to pray for the students, faculty, staff and administration as they begin a new school year. Everyone is invited to join together as a community and take this journey together in support of the school children, teachers and administration.

The walk is sponsored by Bethel United Methodist Church, Casstown United Methodist Church, Cove Springs Church and Fletcher United Methodist Church.

Rummage sale set

TROY — The Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, 1624 N. County Road 25-A, Troy, will have a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 25-26. The last two hours on Saturday, a bag of items will be $2.

FBC to hold 5K

TROY — On Sept. 9, First Baptist Church Troy will host their seventh annual 5K walk/run. Proceeds from the race will go toward the Community Thanksgiving Feast at the Lincoln Community Center in Troy.

Registration is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 17. Pre-register at or pick up and mail a registration form to First Baptist Church, 53 S. Norwich Road, Troy. Make checks payable to First Baptist Church. Register by Aug. 23 to be guaranteed a t-shirt.

Day of registration and packet pick-up will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the church on race day. The race will be followed by refreshments, door prizes and awards, including a $50 cash prize for the first place male and female finishers donated by Baird Funeral Home. The race will begin at the church and wind through the Hobart Nature Preserve.

Contact or call (937) 339-3602 for more information.

Moore to make simulcast appearance

PIQUA — LifeWay Christian Resources and Living Proof ministries are partnering to simulcast Bible teacher and best-selling author Beth Moore, live from Toledo at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 16. Piqua Grace United Methodist Church is once again serving as a host location for the Piqua area.

The theme is “Captivated: The Wonder of Christ on the Winding Road.” Moore will share truth from Scripture to help guide women on their own journeys of faith.

Doors open at 9 a.m. for registration and light breakfast and the event ends at 4:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 and include a full day of music and worship, a catered lunch from Susie’s Big Dipper in Piqua, sessions led by Moore, and fellowship.

Women may purchase tickets at Grace United Methodist Church at 9411 N. County Road 25-A, Piqua, or go to and register and select lunch order under current events. Mail in registration and lunch orders can also be accessed through Contact the church office for further information at (937) 773-8232.

Godwin to speak at FOG

COVINGTON — On Sunday, Oct. 1, Fields of Grace Worship Center in Covington will be hosting John Godwin at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. services. These services are for the public but will also focus on honoring our first responder’s in the area.

Godwin is one of only two regular cast members of “Duck Dynasty” who is not part of the Robertson family. He will be speaking at all three services about his life before and during his career with Duck Dynasty. He will be giving autographs and having photos taken after each service.

Free tickets are available now, but the number is limited. Tickets are required for the services.

For more information, please contact Fields of Grace at (937) 573-4282 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Preschool enrollment open

FLETCHER — The Fletcher United Methodist Church is currently accepting applications for their 2017 fall preschool program. The program is for 3 and 4-year-old children.

For more information, contact Barb Thomas, director, at (937) 368-2470.

First Lutheran Church welcomes you! Please join us for worship on Sundays at 9:30 am. Our summer services are traditional with a blend of hymns and contemporary songs. The Children’s Message, given by Pastor Holst, informs the whole congregation. All are welcome.

Shamrocks offering Hawaiian adventure

TROY — It’s not too late to join “The Traveling Shamrocks” of St. Patrick Church on a Hawaiian adventure planned for January 2018.

The trip will feature Oahu, Kauai and Maui and all the highlights: Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor, Oahu’s North Shore, Waimea Canyon, Kauai Coffee Estate, as well as an authentic Polynesian Luau. Fr. Eric Bowman will share the beauty of these islands and show off his favorite spots. If it has always been your dream to go to Hawaii, now is your chance.

For more information, contact Pat Smith at (937) 335-2833, ext. 105, or