Religion briefs

Trunk or treat set

TROY — First Presbyterian Church of Troy is hosting a trunk or treat event for the community on Oct. 21 from 5-6 p.m. in the parking lot of the church at 20 S. Walnut St. All are welcome to attend and wear costumes.

St. John’s begins sermon series

TROY — Rev. Don Crist continues his series this week entitled “The Beloved Community” at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 130 S. Walnut at 10:30 a.m. This third sermon in the series is entitled “Red Rover, Come Over.”

Next Saturday is Trick or Treat and Eat. Hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members will be passing out candy and serving hot dogs, chili, chips, and dessert. The meal is free. Use the Canal Street door and, go down the steps on the left.

On Nov. 1, 2 and 3 is the “big fall” rummage sale. The hours are Thursday 4-8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.

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.

TLC offers programs

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 201.

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

Men’s Ministry Campfire at the Cabin will be held from 5-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

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.

Community invited to Valley Church

TROY — The community is invited to join the Valley Church on Sundays at The Troy Rec (11 N. Market St). Services are held at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. There are services for children of all ages from birth through fifth grade, along with life groups for teens and adults.

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

Brethren to host blood drive

TROY — “Faith, Hope, Cure” is the October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month theme for the Troy Church of the Brethren community blood drive Halloween Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 3-7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room, 1431 W. Main St., Troy.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive the Community Blood Center “Faith, Hope, Cure – Donate Blood” t-shirt. Schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Holiday grief seminar set

TROY — St. Patrick will host a seminar about coping with grief during the holidays called “Surviving the Holidays” from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. The program will be held in the St. Patrick Parish Center, 444 E. Water St., in room three upstairs.

The seminar provides advice on dealing with emotions, what to do about traditions, surviving social events and finding hope for the future.

Reservations are not necessary. For more information, contact Pat Smith at the parish office (937) 335-2833, ext. 105, or

Holiday bazaar upcoming

TROY — The Troy Church of the Nazarene, W. State Route 55 and Barnhart Road, will host its 25th annual Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

More than 45 area crafters will display fall and Christmas decorations, jewelry, baskets, candles, woodcrafts, gift items, baked goods and much more. The Naz’ cafe will be serving throughout the day. Free parking and door prizes.

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.