Religion briefs

Church to host free lunch today

CASSTOWN — Casstown United Methodist Church will host a free lunch after celebrating worship together with Bryan and Yvonne Hutson, Christian vocalists and songwriters of Rescue Me Ministries. The event begins at 10:45 a.m. today and ends a noon with lunch following. The church is located at 102 Center St., Casstown. Call (937) 339-4828.

Trinity to hold pet blessing

TROY — Trinity Episcopal Church invites you to bring your pet or a picture of your pet for a special blessing, on Sunday, Oct. 1, during a celebration the life of St. Francis and his love for all God’s creatures.

There will be two services, a Rite I service at 8:15 a.m. and a Rite II service at 10:30 a.m. Pets will be blessed at both services. Sunday Forum, a discussion group for adults, meets at 9:15 a.m.

Trinity is located at 60 So. Dorset Rd., Troy, and is handicapped accessible. More information about Trinity and the pet blessing can be found at

Purse auction tickets on sale

TROY — Enjoy a night out with friends while supporting a good cause, Thursday, Oct. 5, from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Crystal Room, 845 W. Market St., Troy.

The evening includes an Italian buffet and dessert bar, a private party boutique, silent and live auction of purses, games and prizes, as well as a talk by local author and speaker, Christina Ryan Claypool.

Tickets are on sale now until Wednesday, Sept. 27, for $40 at, or at Anna’s Closet, 1405 S. County Road 25-A, Troy. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event raises money for 15 of New Path Outreach Ministries’ programs that offer everything from food to medical equipment to Miami County families in need.

Share A Meal set for Oct. 7

TROY — Join First United Church of Christ in Troy from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, for the monthly Share A Meal.

The menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, cole slaw, pie and beverages. Carry outs will be available at 12:30 p.m., as quantities last. This program is free to anyone wishing to participate or in need of a warm nourishing meal.

This is one of the church’s ways of reaching out to the community, while giving an opportunity to socialize with others. The church is located at 120 S. Market St. in Troy. Please use the Canal Street entrance, which is handicapped accessible.

Halloween events planned

COVINGTON — Fields of Grace Worship Center will host their seventh annual “Trunk or Treat” on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 1-3 p.m. at the Covington Community Park. Wear a non-scary costume and collect candy and goodies, check out the decorated vehicles, and much more.

New this year will be a trunk-decorating contest open to all individuals and businesses in Covington and surrounding communities. The theme is sports, but it is not a requirement. Cash prizes will be awarded. Please call (937) 573-4282 to specify if you want to participate in the contest or just be a part of the lineup.

Covington FFA will once again be holding their Kiddie Tractor Pull at 1:30 p.m. for ages 3-8 years. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Main Street exit to the park. This event is free. The FFA will also be collecting new socks for soldiers currently serving in the military.

For more information, please contact the church at (937) 573-4282, visit the on Facebook or go to

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.