Religion briefs

Share A Meal offered today

TROY — First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market St., Troy, will offer its monthly Share A Meal from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today.

The menu will include lasagna, garlic toast, applesauce, dessert and beverages. Carry-outs will be available at 12:30 p.m., as quantities last. This program is free to anyone wishing to participate and are in need of a warm nourishing meal.

Use the Canal Street entrance, which is handicapped accessible.

GriefShare to begin

TROY — St. Patrick Church will be offering “GriefShare,” a seminar and support group for the parish and local community.

This is a weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the cessation of a close personal relationship by death. It’s a place where you can be around people who understand how you are feeling and are able to offer you encouragement. At GriefShare, you’ll learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life. We will feature videotape seminar sessions with nationally recognized experts on grief and recovery topics.

The fall session begins Sept. 6 and the spring session begins Feb. 14. Two sessions are available, one in the afternoon from 1- 2:30 p.m. or in the evening from 7-8:30 p.m.

This program will be held in the St. Patrick Parish Center, 444 E. Water St., upstairs in Room 3, each Wednesday for 13 weeks.

For more information, contact Pat Smith at the Parish Office at 335-2833, Ext 105, or,

Family game and worship night set

TIPP CITY — Families with children ages 3 through fifth grade are invited to a Nickelodeon-style event bringing parents and kids together for music, family games, praise and worship, Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Worship Center at Ginghamsburg Church.

The purpose of FX (Family Worship Experience) is to put kids and families in the same place, allowing parents to be even more empowered to be on this faith journey with their kids at home. This month, kids will be learning about friendship.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Child care is available for infants and kids up to age 2. Dinner is offered from 5-6 p.m. for a nominal fee.

Support group announces topics

TROY — St. Patrick Church Cancer Support Group will be offering some educational sessions once a month, dealing with cancer questions and concerns. All are welcome to these learning opportunities, whether to just listen or share experiences with others. There will be question and answer time as well.

Finding Hope by Learning the Facts about Cancer meetings will be held at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at St. Patrick Parish Center Room 3, 444 E. Water St., Troy.

Topics include:

• Sept. 14 — Skin Cancer: how to prevent it, what to look for, when to go to doctor; and Diet Plans for Cancer Patients: problems swallowing, digestion, etc.

• Oct. 12 — Lung Cancer 101: treatments available, how to deal with the diagnosis; and Dealing with the Holidays & Family: sharing recipes

• Nov. 9 — Hair Loss, Due to Chemotherapy: Look Good Feel Better; and Lymphoma 101

• Dec. 14 — Special prayer service and blessing; using faith for this journey.

Dr. Carlos Machicao MD will be a medical advisor for the group and Father Michael Samala will be the spiritual director. Ruth Groff and Marilyn Potter will be helping as facilitators.

One-on-one consultations for support will be available.

For more information, contact Pat Smith at the Parish Office at 335-2833, Ext 105, or

5K to benefit Lincoln Community Center

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.

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.

Blood drive planned for Sept. 11

DAYTON — Tipp City United Methodist Church will host a blood drive Monday, Sept. 11 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Great Hall, 8 W. Main St. Everyone who registers to donate will get a new gift from Community Blood Center that “knocks our socks off.” Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

The “Saving Lives Knocks Our Socks Off” campaign marks the first time CBC had given away a pair of socks as a donor gift. The design features the CBC blood drop logo and a colorful dot pattern representing the different blood types. Everyone who registers to donate Monday, Sept. 11 through Saturday, Sept. 30 at any CBC Donor Center and most CBC mobile blood drives will receive a pair.

Talks with Father Eric set

TROY — The St. Patrick Church Adult Faith Formation will presents Back to the Basics — Talks by Father Eric.

As parishoners celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fatima, Father Eric Bowman will give talks about this amazing story.

All sessions will be held in the under croft (ramp off Crawford Street) at St. Patrick Church at 7 p.m.

Tppics include:

• Sept. 12 — The Angel of Fatima

• Sept. 25 — The Children of Fatima

• Oct. 5 — 100 Years of Fatima: are we listening yet?

• Oct. 30 — In the End My Immaculate Heart will Triumph

For more information, contact Pat Smith at the Parish Office at 335-2833, Ext 105, or

Family Fun Night set

PLEASANT HILL — The Pleasant Hill Church of God, 115 N. Main St., is hosting a “Family Fun Night” from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13. The event is free and open to the public. Tasty snacks, carnival-style games, bingo, door prizes, a bounce house and other activities will be available free of charge.

This night is the opening event for the beginning of a new series of Wednesday night activities at the church through the fall and winter. On each Wednesday night from 6:30-7:30 p.m. beginning on Sept. 20, there will be Bible classes and activities for all ages at the church. For more information, call (937) 676-5842.

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.

Ginghamsburg to host Moore simulcast

TIPP CITY — Well-known Bible teacher and best-selling author Beth Moore will be simulcast live from Wichita, Kansas, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. Ginghamsburg Church is serving as a host location for the Miami Valley for this event from LifeWay Christian Resources.

The event both challenges and encourages women to grow deeply in their faith. Join 150,000 women around the world for this live, global, Internet-streaming event. The simulcast gives your church a front-row seat to one-of-a-kind Bible teaching and life-changing worship.

Tickets are $30 covering one full day of music and worship, sessions led by Beth Moore, lunch (gluten free and vegetarian options available) and opportunities for conversation and community with other women. The event will take place in The Avenue on the Tipp City Campus of Ginghamsburg Church, 6759 S. County Rd. 25A, Tipp City. To register for this event, visit

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Free gospel concert set

WEST MILTON — West Milton Nazarene Church is offering an evening of gospel music featuring the Morse Family Gospel Singers at 6 p.m. on Sept. 24. The event is free and a freewill offering will be taken. The church is located at 151 W. Baker Road.

The family has been singing together for a long time and Bill Morse has been playing the piano for more than 50 years.

St. John’s plans craft show

TROY — St John’s United Church of Christ, 130 S. Walnut St. in Troy, will host a craft show and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 10.

All vendors who would like to rent a space to sell items are asked to call (937) 405-7375. There will be hot dogs and chips and drinks for sale while people are shopping.