Religion briefs

St. John’s welcomes community

TROY — The Rev. Donna Morton will deliver the sermon “Be Still” at 9:30 a.m., on June 24, at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 130 S. Walnut St., in Troy.

A downtown landmark on the corner of Walnut and Canal streets since 1883, St. John’s is an accessible church. Parking is readily available on the street. For more information, contact St. John’s at (937) 335-2028.

First Presbyterian to host VBS

TROY — First Presbyterian Church at 20 S. Walnut St. in Troy will host “Rolling River Rampage” vacation Bible school.

The program will run from 6-8 p.m. June 24-28, with dinner served from 5:30-6 p.m. All children grades preschool through sixth grade are welcome.

FLC on summer schedule

TROY — First Lutheran Church is now on its summer worship schedule. One worship service will be held every Sunday at 9:30 a.m., with Holy Communion on the first and third Sundays of the month. This Sunday, Pastor Holst will preach the sermon, “Sucked In, Washed Up and Blown Over.”

FLC’s ladies’ exercise class, “Tune, Stretch & Pray,” meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dress comfortably and bring a mat. This class is open to members and the public.

Call (937) 335-2323 for more information. The church is located at 2899 W. Main St. FLC provides a staffed nursery during worship services.

St. John’s to host criminal justice program

TROY — St. John’s UCC Economic Justice Team will host a program on current criminal justice reform initiatives from 6:30–8 p.m., June 26, at 130 S. Walnut St., in Troy.

The program will begin with a screening of “The Bail Trap,” presented by Emily Parsons of Showing Up for Social Justice (SURJ). The 25-minute documentary describes the economic injustices associated with the bail-bond industry. Information on Ohio House Bill 439 and the proposed Ohio Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment will be shared following the film.

H.B. 439 is bail reform legislation introduced in the 132nd General Assembly. The proposed amendment is a ballot initiative designed to reclassify drug possession felonies as misdemeanors; cut off the probation-to-prison pipeline; promote personal rehabilitation in prison; and invest in community health.

The event is free. For more information, contact Deb Hogshead at (937) 332-0443 or

Camp, mission event set

TROY — True Life Community Church invites the community to Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. weekly. The June sermon series is “Samson — Making of a man of strength and faith.”

Men’s Life Group will be held at 6:30 a.m. on Friday mornings.

Mission’s Dessert Night, an evening of dessert and fellowship with missionaries from India, is set for 6:30 p.m. on June 24.

Kid’s Alive! a program for kids completing first and second grade, will be held at Ludlow Falls Camp on June 24 and 25. The cost is $30.

From June 25 to 30, Kid’s Kamp for children completing 3rd through 6th grade will be held at Ludlow Falls Camp. The cost is $150.

The church has no steps and is accessible. Nursery and children’s ministry is available.

The church is located at 56 Foss Way. Call (937) 332-0041 or visit for more information. Check out the church’s Facebook or YouTube.

First UCC to host monthly meal

TROY — Join First United Church of Christ for the monthly Share A Meal from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 7. This month’s menu is barbecue beef sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans, ice cream and beverages. Carry outs will be available at 12:30 p.m. as quantities last. This program is free to anyone in need of a warm nourishing meal and offers an opportunity to socialize with others.

Located at 120 South Market Street, Troy. Please use the Canal Street entrance, which is handicap accessible.