Religion briefs

First Lutheran rummage sale today

TROY — First Lutheran Church, 2899 W. Main St. in Troy, will host their semi-annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to noon today.

They invite the community for joyful worship and fellowship every Sunday. A traditional service is held at 8:30 a.m. and a contemporary service at 10:30 a.m. weekly. Pastor Holst’s sermon this week is “Celebration and you are invited!”

There is always a message especially for children and Sunday School classes for all ages between services. Contact (937) 335-2323.

Messy Church set for Sunday

TROY — Join First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market Street in Troy, for Messy Church, a fun and casual way for families to worship God together. The event is set for 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15.

There are a variety of “messy and fun” activities planned, a short celebration service and a light dinner. Messy Church is for all people, no matter what stage they’re at in their faith journey and of any age. Please use the Canal Street entrance, which is handicapped accessible.

Artists sought for benefit bazaar

TIPP CITY — Artists and artisans are invited to participate in the second-annual Angel House Christmas Bazaar at Tipp City United Methodist Church. Entry forms as well as electronic registration are available at Booth rentals are $40 for an 8 by 10 foot space with an additional $5 late fee after Oct. 15.

Proceeds will benefit The Angel House Children’s Home and Secondary School in Tanzania, Africa, which the church has sponsored since 2011.

Free community meal offered

FLETCHER — Fletcher United Methodist Church will host a free community meal from 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17. The menu includes chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, salads, and desserts. All are welcome to attend and join in the fellowship with friends and family.

Last salad luncheon Oct. 20

COVINGTON — The Covington Christian Church, 115 N. Pearl St., Covington, will offer its final salad luncheon of the year from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20.

The meal will include homemade salads, finger sandwiches, desserts and a drink for $6. A country store with homemade items also will be available.

The church is handicapped accessible.

Outreach event for kids set

TIPP CITY — Children in grades 3-5 are invited to Blitz, a monthly outreach event that provides a fun and safe environment to hang out with friends, sponsored by Ginghamsburg Church.

This month’s theme for Blitz is “Thriller.” Come hang out at the Avenue with friends, jump on inflatables, play basketball, eat snacks and dance the night away, from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. Wear Halloween costumes. Cost is $5 at the door.

Avenue is located at 6759 S. County Road 25-A, Tipp City. For more information, contact Stephanie Tracy at or 937.667.1069.

Fair trade sale to be held

PLEASANT HILL — A Ten Thousand Villages sale will be held in Pleasant Hill at the Brethren in Christ Church located at the southwest corner of Hill and Church Street on Oct. 20 and 21.

Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade organization that provides sustainable work for artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

Sale hours are Friday, Oct. 20, from 5-8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. onSaturday, Oct. 21. Sale will be in the Fellowship Hall, which is handicap accessible.

For more information call (937) 676-5455 or contact us at

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.

A trunk-decorating contest open to all individuals and businesses in Covington and surrounding communities. 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

Impact of recycling to be discussed

TROY — Believing that environmental stewardship is critical to economic justice, St. John’s UCC Economic Justice Team will host “Recycling’s Impact in Miami County and Beyond,” 6:30–7:30 p.m., Oct. 24, at 130 S. Walnut St.

Lauren Karch, Miami County solid waste coordinator, will be the guest speaker. Karch will describe Miami County’s waste management program and explain the correct way to recycle. She will also discuss current recycling trends in the United States, Ohio, and Miami County. A Q&A will follow the presentation.

The program is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. For more information, contact

Good Shepherd to commemorate Reformation

WEST MILTON — The Protestant Reformation had its beginning back in 1517. The community is invited to help Good Shepherd Lutheran Church commemorate those 500 years by attending one or both of the following special events:

• Oct. 24 — On Tuesday at 2 p.m., Sue Curtis will portray Katie Luther, the wife of Martin Luther, in a presentation, “An Unconventional Life,” that gives insight into her life during the reformation.

• Nov. 5 — On Sunday at 2 p.m., Good Shepherd will show the movie “Luther” about Martin Luther, whose defiant actions changed the world and traces his extraordinary quest for the people’s liberation.

Both will be of interest to people of all Christian faiths. Each program will be seen in the sanctuary of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1209 S. Miami Street, West Milton, Ohio. Refreshments will follow each event. For more information, phone (937) 698-5826.

Propps to appear in Potsdam

POTSDAM — On Oct. 29 at 6 p.m., come see and hear Richard Propps at the Potsdam Church of the Brethren. He is a well-known bluegrass and southern gospel singer, perhaps best known from the bluegrass band Nightflyer.

The service will begin at 6 p.m. and will last about two hours. All are invited to join. This is a free event, though a free-will offering will be collected.

The church is located at 22 E. Cross St. in Potsdam. Questions can be directed to Mark at (937) 477-3420.

Annual Election Day dinner set

WEST MILTON — Tuesday, Nov. 7, Hoffman United Methodist Church, 201 S. Main St., West Milton (one block west of St. Rt. 48) will be serving their Election Day Dinner. They have been doing this for more than 100 years.

The hours are 4:30-7 p.m. The menu will include homemade chicken pot pie, mashed potatoes, green beans, slaw, roll, assorted desserts and beverages. Meals are dine in or carry out (for carry out call the church at 698-4401). The cost is a $7.50 donation.

Please note that there will be no Grandma’s Kitchen on Wednesday, Nov. 8. For further information call (937) 698-6039.

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. 11. The date was previously advertised as 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. Church cookbooks will also be on sale.

Vendors sought for craft show

WEST MILTON — Hoffman United Methodist Church, West Milton, will hold its annual craft show on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church activity center.

There are still a few booth spaces available. Reservations continue to be accepted. To reserve a space or for more information, call Jean Sanders at 937-698-5541.

Christmas musical planned

VANDALIA — The Vandalia Baptist Temple Choir will present “Shepherds and Kings,” a family-friendly Christmas musical at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17. The show will be held in the auditorium of the Vandalia Baptist Temple, 724 Helke Road, Vandalia. All are welcome.

For more information, visit or call (937) 898-5761.