Religion briefs

Annual egg hunt today

TROY — The First United Methodist Church will once again provide a free community egg hunt and picnic at Herrlinger Park (on the corner of E. West Street and S. Union Street, Troy) on Saturday, March 26.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and egg hunts start at 11 a.m. The free picnic will begin at 11 a.m. Games and prizes will be offered as well. Bring a camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny, a basket for the egg hunt and a blanket or folding chairs for the picnic.

Everyone is invited to attend. For more information contact the church at (937) 335-2826 or visit

First Brethren Church sets sunrise service

PLEASANT HILL — Spring is the time of year when the earth comes alive with new growth and new life. First Brethren Church invites the public to celebrate life Easter Sunday, March 27.

A community sunrise service will be held at 7:30 a.m., followed by breakfast and community time with small groups for all ages. A worship celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m.

First Brethren Church is located at 210 N. Church St., Pleasant Hill, one block west of Indians Pizza on Walnut Street. For more information call (937) 676-2802 or email

Easter Services at St John’s set

TROY — St. John’s United Church of Christ invites the community to join in Easter celebrations on Sunday, March 27.

Easter breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by Sunday Morning Live for children at 9:30 a.m. and worship services at 10:30 a.m.

St. John’s United Church of Christ is located at 130 S. Walnut St., Troy.

Identity of Jesus examined at Lifetree Café

TROY — The historical Jesus will be considered at Lifetree Café at 7 p.m. on Monday March 28.

The program, titled “Who Was Jesus — Really?” features an filmed interview with Greg Stier, author of Outbreak, and Rick Lawrence, author of The Jesus-Centered Life. Both men share their insights about the historical Jesus and what influenced their conclusions about the identity of Jesus.

Lifetree is located inside St. John’s United Church of Christ at 130 S. Walnut St., Troy. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Pat Robinson at (937) 405-7375 or

Grandparenting revolution kicks off

TIPP CITY — Mike Nygren will be kicking off the “Across America Tour,” taking his “Grandparenting Revolution” message to 50 states and 50 Ohio cities next Thursday, March 31 at Tipp City United Methodist Church.

Nygren’s interactive presentation aims to opens doors to new ideas and possibilities for grandparents in the 21st century.

His professional journey as a teacher, coach, youth leader, entrepreneur and leader of non-profits has fueled his passion to take his message across America. The Grandparent Revolution is an initiative of the non-for-profit, 501-c, The Troy Idea Factory established in 2004.

The event will be held at Tipp City United Methodist Church from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31.

Community pasta dinner offered

ELIZABETH TWP. — Cove Spring Church will host its annual community pasta dinner from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at the Elizabeth Township Community Center, 5760 Walnut Grove Road.

Dinner includes choice of lasagna or baked spaghetti, bread sticks, salad, homemade dessert and beverage. Free will donations will be accepted.

Family parish event set

TROY — Frank Runyeon will present Luke: Stories on the Road at St. Pat’s on April 16. Frank is a well known actor who now dedicates his life to interpreting scripture and traveling around the world.

A spaghetti dinner in the under croft will be held after the 5 p.m. mass, followed by the presentation at 7:15 p.m. in the church.

Free will donations will be accepted. Child care will be provided for children 6 and under.

Senior Spring Fling to feature handbell artist

WEST MILTON — All senior citizens in Union Township are invited to a “Senior Spring Fling” at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. The Senior Shepherds of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host the event.

David Pinkerton, a solo handbell artist will be the featured entertainment. His programs are a mixture of golden oldies and sing-a-longs, the classical and the humorous, interesting bell lore stories, and his famous bell tossing.

For more information, please phone (937) 698-6036. The church is located at 1209 S. Miami St., West Milton (next to West Milton IGA.)

Pennsylvania rail adventure planned

TROY — Looking for a fun trip this summer? Wendt Touring is offering a four day, three night vacation June 27 – 30, 2016.

Participants will travel by motorcoach to Pittsburgh, then take a scenic train ride to Lancaster, Penn. Travel into the heart of the Alleghenies and around Horseshoe Curve, before continuing across the state through mountainous terrain and into the Amish farmlands of Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country.

Trip highlights include: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, the world famous Horseshoe Curve, Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market, and more.

The tour fare is $699 per person based on double occupancy, $684 per person based on triple occupancy, $879 per person based on single occupancy. A $100 per person deposit is due to secure reservations with the balance due by May 6.

Check out St. Patrick Church’s website for the itinerary and reservation form or contact Pat Smith at the parish office (937) 335-2833, Ext. 105.