Religion briefs

Fulton Farms to host live nativity

TROY — Fulton Farms will again this year host A Christmas Nativity Story beginning today and running through Christmas Eve. The Nativity will feature members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Live animals also will be part of the presentation, which will be from 4-8 p.m. today through Thursday. At 6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, the church’s choir will perform a selection of Christmas carols and hymns.

Fulton Farms is located at 2393 State Route 202, just southeast of Troy.

Tasker featured singer at celebration

TROY — On Sunday, Dec. 20, Troy Gospel Tabernacle will be hosting their Christmas Celebration Concert with featured vocalist Songbird Betty Tasker.

Betty Tasker is a wife, mother, and grandmother who has been singing all her life. She is a committed Christian who comes from a family of ministers. She currently resides in Troy.

The church is located at 336 Ellis St. Troy. The service begins at 10:30 am. All are welcome.

Blue Christmas service offered

TROY — First Presbyterian Church will offer a Blue Christmas service on Dec. 20 in the chapel.

Grief and despair, loneliness and sadness can find comfort, support, and rest in this special worship.

The service will begin at 7 p.m. The church is located at 20 S. Walnut Street. The service is open to the community.

Lifetree discusses the spirit of Santa

TROY — The Joy, kindness and love behind Santa Claus will be examined at the Lifetree Café on Monday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.

The program titled “The Spirit of Santa: The Legend, the Love, the Lowdown,” features a filmed interview with Mark and Teresa McGraw, a couple who professionally play the roles of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

Lifetree Café is located inside St John’s United Church of Christ at 130 S. Walnut St. Troy. Use the Canal Street door for entrance to the café and the Walnut Street ramp for the handicapped entrance.

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

Church invites community to Christmas Eve service

CASSTOWN — All are welcome to join in the casual annual Christmas Eve Cantata and Candlelight Service at Casstown United Methodist Church on Thursday, December 24, 2014 from 11 p.m. to midnight

The church is located at 102 Center Street, Casstown (on the corner of Center & Washington Streets.) The church is chair lift accessible. For more information, call (937) 339-4828.

Church offers opportunity to give back

TROY — Want to give back to a worthy cause before the end of the year? Partner with Alcony Grace Church to give to two worthy projects.

“Keeping Babies Covered” Project will be collecting donations of diapers, formula, and baby clothes to a local organization that assists new moms with their babies.

“Teddy Bears Care” Project will be collecting donations of teddy Bears, coloring books and crayons and safe small toys which will be put into a “Get Well” bag and given to Children’s Medical Center in Dayton for them to distribute as they are needed.

The church will pick up donations if needed. Please call 371-2321 for pick up or questions. Deadline is Dec. 29.

Epiphany Fair to be held

TROY — The Troy First United Methodist Church at 110 W. Franklin Street is holding an Epiphany Fair and drama on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 6-9 p.m. in the main church.

Epiphany is celebrated around the world as the time when the three Kings arrived from the east to worship the Christ Child. The fair will feature traditional Epiphany crafts and food from numerous countries, including the United States.

The play “It Started with a Star” will be presented in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call the church office at 937-335-2826 or visit our website –