Religion briefs

Programs set at St. John’s

TROY — Rev. Don Crist has chosen “Tomorrow” as his sermon topic for this Sunday at St. John’s United Church of Christ. Church starts at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday school at 9:30 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 committee will host Erin Rolfes from Kroger as he presents information on Kroger’s “Zero Hunger, Zero Waste” program. The general public is invited.

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 traditional worship service at 8:30 a.m. and a blended service at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Holst will preach the sermon “Unconditional, Perfect And Everlasting Love.” This Sunday, veterans will be honored during services. There is always a special message for the children. A staffed nursery is available. Sunday School for all ages.

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.

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.

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.

TLC offers programs

TROY — True Life Community Church invites you to Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. November sermon series is “Multiply — Being a steward of God’s resources is a privilege and a great responsibility.” Nursery and children’s ministries are available.

Tuesday at 6 p.m. the Women’s Life Group ministry will focus on a Beth Moore Scripture study.

Wednesday evening programs, from 6:30-8 p.m., Children’s Classes, Life Groups or Discipleship Class 201.

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

Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes are due Sunday, Nov. 11.

A 24 hour prayer vigil will be held from 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 to Sunday, Nov. 18.

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.

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.

Free Thanksgiving meal planned

COVINGTON — Once again the Covington Ministerial Association, along with area churches and Batdorf’s Red Barn Catering, will be offering a free Thanksgiving meal and worship service on Nov. 21.

The meal will consist of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, dinner rolls, fruit or applesauce, desserts and beverage. The worship service will follow the meal, which will be held from 5-6:30 p.m., and will be conducted by the Covington Ministerial Association. Everyone is welcome.