Religion briefs

Holiday bazaar offered

TROY — The Troy Church of the Nazarene, State Route 55 and Barnhart Road, Troy, will have its 22nd annual holiday bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the church.

More than 50 area crafters will offer fall and Christmas decorations, jewelry, baskets, candles, baked good and more.

There is free parking and door prizes will be awarded.

The Naz Cafe will offer items throughout the day.

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays seminar scheduled

TROY — A seminar for those facing the holidays after a loved one’s death will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. today at St. Patrick Parish Center, Room 3, located at 444 E. Water St., Troy.

The seminar features video interviews with counselors, grief experts, and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one’s death and who offer practical suggestions and reassurance.

Those who attend will receive a Survival Guide filled with practical tips, encouraging words, journaling ideas, and exercises for daily help through the holiday season.

For more information, call Pat Smith at (937)335-2833, Ext 105, or email Registration is not necessary and all are invited.

Kirking of the Tartans offered

TRINITY — Trinity Episcopal Church’s Kirking of the Tartans will be during the 10:30 a.m. service tomorrow and will include banners, bagpipers and drums.

Following the service, the banners will again be “piped out” and everyone is invited to the Parish Hall for a reception that begins with the Piping of the Haggis, a haggis being a spiced mixture of various internal organs of a lamb, served inside a lamb’s stomach lining. Partaking of the Haggis is not required.

The English Parliament at Westminster invoked the Act of Proscription after defeating Prince Charles Edward Stewart’s efforts to restore the Scottish throne to England’s Royal House of Stewart in 1746.

For 36 years, the act outlawed the speaking of Gaelic and Scottish music, dancing or the playing of bagpipes, which the act said, “emitted an aggressive and warlike sound.” The act also banned the wearing of any sign of the Tartan, the banners signifying individual Clans of the Highlanders.

For 36 years until the act was revoked, Scottish Highland churches had a special day when highlanders gathered, each with a symbolic small piece of Tartan hidden under their outer clothing, and with the right hand held over that precious piece, joined in prayers that the Act would be repealed.

Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy.

Marriage tips discussed Monday at Lifetree Cafe

TROY — Insights for making marriages last will be revealed at 7 p.m. Monday at Lifetree Café,located inside St John’s United Church of Christ at 130 S. Walnut St., Troy.

The program, “Marriage Tips from A Divorce Coach: How to have a Lasting Relationship,” features a filmed interview with Sue Brans, a relationship expert who helps couples determine if they should stay in unhappy marriages or leave.

Use the Canal Street door for entrance to the café or the Walnut Street ramp for the handicapped entrance.

For more information contact Pat Robinson at (937)405-7375 or

Cabbage roll and bread sale until Monday

PIQUA — St. Boniface Parish is selling homemade pork cabbage rolls and breads made from Piqua Heritage Festival/Bread Booth recipes. The order deadline is Monday.

For more information or to receive an order form, head over to, email at, or contact the parish office at (937) 773-1656.

Cancer Companions meetings set

TROY — Cancer Companions will be meeting on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Parish Center, Room 3, located at 444 E. Water St., Troy.

Anyone who has been impacted by cancer is welcome to this Christian cancer support group.

Hoffman UMC craft show scheduled for Nov. 21

WEST MILTON — Hoffman United Methodist Church will hold its annual craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 21 at the church activity center, located at 201 S. Main St., West Milton.

The event will feature 20-plus booths offering a wide variety of items, including jewelry, wood crafted items, candles accessory items for

infants and toddlers, baked goods and more. The Methodist Women will also offer their homemade mince meat by the quart or pint and their homemade,ready to cook, pot pie.

The Hoffman Cafe’ will provide coffee and donuts, pop, sandwiches, homemade chicken corn soup, vegetable soup, and a variety of pie.

For more information or details, call Jean at (937)698-5541.

Turkey supper scheduled for Nov. 24

FLETCHER — The Fletcher United Methodist Church will host their annual turkey supper from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the church, 205 S. Walnut St., Fletcher.

The menu includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, pie, and drinks. Carry outs will be available from 4:30-5:30 p.m. A freewill donation will be accepted.

Annual Fletcher UMC Turkey Trot set

FLETCHER — The annual Turkey Trot will be held at 8:00 a.m. Thanksgiving morning.

Participants will meet at the Coffee Bar in the Fletcher United Methodist Church to begin the 5K route. A map will be provided for walkers who wish to stay in town. Dogs are welcome as long as owners clean up after them. Coffee, water, and snacks will be provided upon returning to the Coffee Bar.