Religion briefs

Share A Meal today

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.

Bazaar open today

COVINGTON — A bazaar, bake sale, cookie walk and homemade crafts will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 3 at Covington Presbyterian Church, corner of Wright and Pearl streets. Cook’s Corner also will offer soups and other items.

Programs set at St. John’s

TROY — Rev. Don Crist has chosen “Yesterdays” as his sermon topic for this Sunday at St. John’s United Church of Christ. This is Communion Sunday and the choir will sing “Come To The Table.” Church starts at 10:30 a.m.

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m., the Economic Justice committee will hold its next study on “White Privilege: Let’s Talk.” On Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m., the Economic Justice committee will host Erin Rolfes from Kroger as he presents information on Kroger’s “Zero Hunger/Zero Waste” program.

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 “Blessed to be a Blessing.” There is always a special message for the children. A staffed nursery is available. Sunday School for all ages.

Sunday is All Saints Sunday, as well as Consecration Sunday and the congregation will renew their vows of commitment to God at both services, followed by a dinner.

The church council meeting is Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. 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.

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.

Organ concert offered

PIQUA — On Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m., the organists at St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church in Piqua will be providing a free concert for the community on the Moeller pipe organ. St. Paul’s long-time organist, Jane Ann Vest, and worship director Jason Townsend, will be combining their talents for a concert in the sanctuary.

As early as 1853 when the first organ at St. Paul’s was imported from Bavaria and installed, organ music has been an important part of worship at St. Paul’s. The church is located at 500 N. Downing St. in the downtown historic district of Piqua and is handicap accessible.

Veterans Day prayer service set

TROY — At noon on Monday, Nov. 12, the First United Church of Christ will host a brief prayer service in honor of Veterans Day in the Prayer Tree Garden, located next to the south side of the church on Market Street. The church is located at 120 S. Market St. in Troy.

The service will recognize and give thanks for the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have served the armed forces. Those attending will be invited to place a prayer tag on the prayer tree in honor or memory of a veteran.

Free community Thanksgiving dinner

COVINGTON — The Covington Eagles and Fields of Grace Worship Center will host a free Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 4-7 p.m. at the Covington Eagles Hall. Those attending are asked to please enter through the Debra Street entrance to the hall.

The meal this year will consist of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade dressing, homemade noodles, green beans, dinner roll, pumpkin pie or Mrs. Wick’s sugar cream pie and drinks.

There will be take-outs available from 6-7 p.m. only. There will be a limit of two meals per adult. To pick up a take-out meal please enter through the Debra Street entrance as well.

Home deliveries will be made to surrounding communities to individuals and their caretakers who are unable to attend the meal because of being homebound or being unable to drive. Meals can be reserved by calling Fields of Grace at (937) 573-4282, Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Thursday, Nov. 16. No calls will be taken the day of the meal.

For more information, please contact Fields of Grace Worship Center or visit or Facebook.

Local collection sites for Christmas boxes

MIAMI COUNTY — This month, sites in Miami County will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoe box gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19. Families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoe boxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items.

Local collection sites include:

• Upper Room Worship Center, 648 N. Hyatt St., Tipp City. Boxes will be collected Nov. 12-16 from 6-8 p.m., Nov. 17-18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon.

• Grace Baptist Church, 1400 N. Market St., Troy. Boxes will be collected from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 12-16, from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 17, from noon to 2 p.m. on Nov. 18, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 19.