Religion briefs

Anniversary Sunday at FLC

TROY — On Sunday, First Lutheran Church will celebrate its 170th anniversary with a festive worship service at 9:30 a.m. with special guests and a reception to follow.

The annual rummage sale is scheduled for Oct. 12 and 13.

There is always a special message for the children. A staffed nursery is available.

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

Oburn to preach Sunday

TROY — Rev. Eugene Oburn will take the pulpit this Sunday at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 130 S. Walnut, at 10:30 a.m. He has chosen “Cross Over The Bridge” as his sermon topic. Sunday School begins at 9:30am.

The choir will sing “A Round of Thanks” by Donald Moore.

St. John’s has scheduled its fall Rummage Sale for Nov. 1, 2, and 3.Contributions are due into the Church by Oct. 31.

St. John’s is a downtown landmark located on the corner of Walnut an Canal Streets since 1883. The church is accessible with parking readily available on the street. For more information contact St. John’s at (937) 335-2028.

Back to School at First Presbyterian

TROY — First Presbyterian Church is going “Back to School.” Rev. Frank Rupnik, a 1997 graduate of Troy High School and new pastor of the church, is leading a sermon series called “Back to School.” Each week will focus on a different school subject and will also apply to the Christian faith. This week’s sermon is ‘Science.” Service times are 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. every Sunday.

Community welcome to TLC

TROY — True Life Community Church’s Sunday worship service will begin at 10 a.m. “Supernatural” is the Sept. 30 to Oct. 28 sermon series. TLC will study spiritual warfare, angels, demons, and the Holy Spirit. Nursery and children’s ministries are available.

Women’s Life Groups meet on Tuesday evenings, from 6-8 p.m., or Wednesday, mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Beth Moore’s Study of Daniel will be the focus for each class.

Wednesday evening programs, from 6:30-8 p.m., include Children’s Classes, Life Groups or Discipleship Class 101.

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

TLC is handicapped accessible. The church is located at 56 Foss Way. Call (937) 332-0041 or visit for more information. Connect with the church on Facebook or YouTube.

Special events at Trinity

TROY —Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Road in Troy, invites the community to one or all of the following upcoming special events:

• Sunday, Sept. 30, will be Friendship Sunday.At a 10:30 a.m. service, Trinity will be celebrating all those whose faithful presence and service continues to bless Trinity. Anyone looking for a church home is welcome. A reception will follow the service.

• On Monday, Oct. 1, at 6-7 p.m., the Confident Caregiver series will continue in the parish hall. A representative from the Alzheimer’s Association will be at Trinity to talk about Legal and Financial Planning.

• At the Sunday, Oct. 7, at 10:30 a.m. worship service, Trinity will hold the Blessing of the Animals. All are welcome to bring pets or a picture of a pet to be blessed.

For more information, call the church office at (937) 335-7747 or visit

Service set for classes of ‘68, ‘78

TROY — First United Church of Christ is holding a worship service honoring the Troy High School Classes of 1968 and 1978 at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. Jack (Class of 1968) and Cindy Arthur will be leading the worship. Jack’s sermon is entitled, “The Way We Were, But What’s Next?”

The church is located at 120 S. Market Street in downtown Troy. All are welcome.

Fall festival at TCN

TROY — Troy Church of the Nazarene invites the community to its annual Fall Family Festival, a free event set for 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. The festival will feature inflatables for children, yard games, food (including gourmet hotdogs), a cake walk, music, a petting zoo, scavenger hunts, pumpkin decorating and miniature golf. TCN’s Fall Family Festival is a time of fun and fellowship for all ages.

Troy Church of the Nazarene, 1200 Barnhart Road, is at the intersection of Barnhart and Ohio 55 (Market Street), a quarter mile west of Interstate 75. For more information about TCN’s Fall Family Festival or the church’s ministries, please call (937) 339-3117 or visit

Traveling Shamrocks to meet

TROY — The Traveling Shamrocks invite you to a special travel presentation, “Irish Splendor,” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the St. Patrick undercroft. Learn more about a trip set for Oct. 15-22, 2019.

The church is located at 409 E. Main St., use the ramp door off Crawford Street. Contact Pat Smith (937) 335-2833, ext. 105, with questions.

Chili supper fundraiser Oct. 6

PLEASANT HILL — Pleasant Hill First Brethren Church invites the public to a chili supper from 4:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. The menu is chili, peanut butter sandwiches, cornbread, desserts and drinks. Donations will be accepted and will be used to send youth to summer church camp.

First Brethren Church is located at 210 N. Church St., Pleasant Hill, OH (corner of Church Street and Walnut Street – 1 block west of Indian’s Pizza). For more information, please call the church at (937) 676-2802.

Blood drives upcoming

MIAMI COUNTY — First Presbyterian Church in Troy will host a community blood drive Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 20 South Walnut St.

Ginghamsburg Church will host a community blood drive Saturday, Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in the South Campus Chapel, 7695 South Country Road 25-A, Tipp City.

Everyone who registers to donate can choose from Community Blood Center’s fall colors of t-shirts from earlier campaigns. Schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Fall festival planned

TROY — St. James Community Church invites the community to a fall festival from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.13. The event will include games and food for the whole family.

The church is located at 702 Sherman Avenue, Troy. For more information, call (937) 339-4579.

Valley Church coming to Troy

TROY — Join The Valley Church for its Launch Sunday on Oct. 14 at The Troy Rec (11 N. Market St.). Services will be held at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. There are services for children ages birth to fifth grade too.

What can the community expect at The Valley Church? Music a little too loud, people trying not to take themselves too seriously, kids having more fun than should be allowed.

WWI commemoration planned

PIQUA — Bethel United Methodist Church, 2505 E. Loy Road, Piqua, has registered to participate in Toll the Bells at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, which is the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended hostilities in World War I.

The World War I Centennial Commission and Commemorative Partners call on all Americans everywhere to toll the bells in honor of the 116,516 Americans who died in “The War to End All Wars.” Bells are to toll 21 times, at five second intervals. It is based on the 21 gun salute.

Organizations and individuals can join the Bethel U.M. Church congregation by going to to register to Toll the Bells.