Religion briefs

Blessing of the animals at FLC

TROY — First Lutheran Church offers a traditional Sunday worship service at 8:30 a.m. and a blended/modern worship service at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Holst will preach the sermon “Jesus Came for Soft Hearts.”

The Blessing of the Animals is being offered this Sunday at noon. This annual blessing is in commemoration of St. Francis of Assisi. Pets and their owners are invited to gather at the cross at the end of the parking lot.

The Deborah’s Circle meets Tuesday at noon. Join this fun gathering with lunch and a program. Bring a side or desert.

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.

St. John’s begins sermon series

TROY — Rev. Don Crist will start a series of sermons on “The Beloved Community” at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 130 S. Walnut, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The first of the series in “Can’t Do Without It.” Rev. Crist will be with the church the rest of the year.

The choir has chosen to sing ” Come To The Table.” Communion will be served this Sunday.

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 call St. John’s at (937) 335-2028.

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.

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.

Blessing of the Animals set

TROY — On Sunday, Oct. 7, at the 10:30 a.m. worship service, Trinity Episcopal Church 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

First Presbyterian heads back to school

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. Service times are 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. Communion will be celebrated on Oct. 7 with World Communion Sunday and Scripture will be read in six different languages.

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.

Rummage sale set

TROY — The First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market St., Troy, will have its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13.

Stop in for holiday decorations, toys, games, clothes, books, household and specialty items and lots of miscellaneous.

Use the Canal Street entrance where the church is handicapped accessible.

All proceeds go to Relay for Life.

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.

Rosary rally set for Oct. 13

TROY — All are welcome to join the Public Square rosary crusade from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Prouty Plaza in Troy.

The event will be held in celebration of the 101st anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, Fatima. It is one of over 23,000 rallies taking place all across the U.S. at the same time.

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.

Trunk or Treat upcoming

COVINGTON — Fields of Grace Worship Center will host their eighth annual “Trunk or Treat” Saturday, Oct. 27, from 1-3 p.m. at the Covington Community Park. This is open to all communities.

There will be a trunk-decorating contest for those who wish to participate. This year there is no theme for the trunk competition. First place receives $100, second place $50 and third place $25. Please call (937) 573-4282 and advise 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, put on by the National Kiddie Tractor Pull Association at Trunk or Treat. This is for ages 3-8 years and registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Main Street exit to the park. Tractor Pull begins at 1:30p.m. This event is free. First, second and third place trophies will be awarded in each age group. Winners will advance to the state level.

There will be no parking at the park. Please park on surrounding streets and at Finfrock Construction. Transportation for handicapped individuals will be provided to the park from this location.

Entrance to Trunk or Treat will be from the Main Street exit only.

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

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.