Religion briefs

Trick or Treat and Eat today

TROY — Rev. Don Crist continues his series “The Beloved Community” with sermon number four titled “The Kaleidoscope” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The choir will sing “Dry Bones” as their anthem.

Today 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.

Services, programs upcoming

TROY — First Lutheran Church invites the community to celebrate this Reformation Sunday and offers two festive Reformation Day worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Pastor Holst will preach the sermon “Sinners Are Not Loved Because They Are Lovable.”

There is always a special message for the children. A staffed nursery is available. Sunday School for all ages.

All Saints Sunday is next Sunday, Nov. 4, when loved ones that have joined the Church Triumphant will be remembered. Nov. 4 is also Consecration Sunday and the congregation will renew their vows of commitment to God at both services, followed by a dinner.

Please register on the sign-up sheets on Sunday or by calling the office.

The R.O.M.E.O.S gathering will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1. A packing party for OCC is planned for 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 3. FLC’s Deborah Circle meets Tuesday, Nov. 13, at noon.

FLC’s Children’s Clothing Ministry will be open on Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Thanksgiving Eve community worship service with Holy Communion will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21. The Hanging of the Greens is Nov. 25, after the second service.

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 planned

FLETCHER — Fletcher United Methodist Church invites the community to join them for a Trunk or Treat event from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 30.

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.

Share A Meal upcoming

TROY — The First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market St., Troy, will offer its Thanksgiving feast from 11:30 12:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the church. The menu will include sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, green beans, pumpkin pie and beverages. Carry-outs will be available at 12:30 p.m., as quantities last. This program is free to anyone wishing to participate and are in need of a warm nourishing meal. Use the Canal Street entrance where the church is handicapped accessible.

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

St. Teresa plans bazaar

COVINGTON — St. Teresa Church, 6925 U.S. Route 36, Covington, will host its annual Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

There will be a raffle, outside crafters and vendors, hand-crafted items, and baked goods.

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.