Religion briefs

Garage sale today

COVINGTON — Covington Christian Church will be holding a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6 in the parking lot behind the church, 115 N. Pearl St., Covington.

The church is holding this event to raise funds for 16 members to go on a mission trip to inner city Atlanta, GA.

For more information, contact the church at (937) 473-3443.

The decline of the American church examined at Lifetree Cafe

TROY — The closing of thousands of churches nationwide and a steady decrease in church attendance will be discussed at Lifetree Cafe at 7 p.m. June 8 inside St. John’s United Church of Christ, 130 S. Walnut St., Troy.

The program titled “Has God left the building?” features filmed interviews with several experts on the American church, including Steve Hewitt, a writer for “American Church Magazine.”

Use the Canal Street door for entrance to the cafe or the Walnut Street ramp for handicap accessibility. Snacks and beverages are provided.

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

Stillwater holds VBS

COVINGTON — Stillwater Community Church will be having an old fashioned vacation Bible school from 9-11:20 a.m. June 8-12 at the church, 7900 W. Sugar Grove Rd., Covington.

This year’s theme is “Little House on the Prairie.” Children from the age of 4 through sixth grade will enjoy old fashioned songs, crafts, snacks, games and timeless Bible stories.

For more information and registration, call (937) 473-5270.

Vacation Bible School

TIPP CITY — Zion Lutheran Church is hosting vacation Bible school from 6-8 p.m. June 14-18 at the church, 14 W. Walnut St., Tipp City.

The vacation Bible school is for children pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Dinner is served each evening at 5:30 p.m.

For pre-registration information, call the church office weekdays between 8:30-noon or email Parents may also register their children between 5:30-6 p.m. on June 14.

Pleasant Hill VBS set for June 15-19

PLEASANT HILL — Parents are invited to bring their children to vacation Bible school from 9-11:45 a.m. June 15-19 at First Brethren Church, 210 N. Church St., Pleasant Hill.

This year’s theme is “International Spy Academy.” The week will be filled with Bible-learning experiences, games, songs, a snack, as well as other exciting activities for children age 3 (potty-trained) through eighth grade.

On Monday, please arrive at 8:45 AM so children can register.

For more information, or to pre-register, call 937-676-2802 Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m.-noon or

Blood drive scheduled for June 17

TROY – The First Presbyterian Church of Troy will host a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. June 17 in the church’s meeting room, 20 S. Walnut St., Troy.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Donor Surf Co.” surfboard t-shirt. Those 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center “Get on Board – Give Blood Summer Blood Drive” drawing to win an expense-paid Hawaii vacation for two.

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Love of Family 24-hour prayer vigil set for June 19-20

DAYTON — The “Love of Family 24 Hour Prayer Vigil,” sponsored by God’s Freedom Fighters International Inc., will be holding a prayer vigil from 6 p.m. June 19 to 6 p.m. June 20 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3211 Lakeview Ave., Dayton.

Organizer Tonya Lee Carrie of God’s Freedom Fighters referred to the late Myles Munroe, who said that prayer was one of the most misunderstood, and yet the most important activities of humanity.

“We must by faith enter into all of our praying, praising and worshipping with the attitude that we’ve won,” she said.

The vigil will have times of prayer, praise and Scripture reading. Any church or group can accept a “watch” period of up to 24 hours at a time.

The event is sponsored in conjunction with Truth Set Free Ministries, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Selah Ministries, Gideon’s Army, Grace Outreach Church and WFCJ-FM The Source with several other participating ministries and businesses from other cities and states.

For more information, call (937) 268-4111 or email

Father’s Day celebrations set for June 21

MIAMI COUNTY — Bethel and Casstown United Methodist Churches are inviting all to attend worship services on Father’s Day, June 21 and enjoy the talents of the “Light Readers.” They will be leading worship with their inspirational skits and singing.

Services are at Bethel UMC, 2505 E. Loy Road, Piqua at 9:00 a.m., and Casstown UMC, 102 Center Street, Casstown at 10:45 a.m.

First United Methodist Church to host children’s drama camp

TROY — Troy First United Methodist Church will be holding Drama Camp 10 a.m.-noon July 20-24 at the church, 110 W. Franklin St., Troy.

Everyone from kindergarten through 6th grade is invited to the final presentation July 26. The cost is free.

For more information and to register, contact Susan Furlong at (937) 667-6607 or or the church office at (937) 335-2826.

Christian radio now in Miami County

PIQUA — Piqua Christian Lifestyle Radio WPLC-LP 95.1 FM (a low power station) is now broadcasting in Miami County.

This is an affiliate of 3 ABN Network that reaches a world wide audience on television and radio. A variety of programming is available daily for all age groups. Programming includes a variety of sermons, story time, children’s programming, health advice, parenting and family living tips and music.

WPLC-LP FM has no fund raising campaigns but the listener will discover free offers and stimulating Bible study.

Support for parents, caregivers

TROY — Special seminar and support groups are under way at St. Patrick Parish. The church offers GriefShare for those who have lost loved ones through death. Two sessions are offered on Wednesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. or 7-8:30 p.m. in the Parish Center, 444 E. Water St., Troy.

Cancer Companions is offered on the second and fourth Thursdays. These sessions are for patients, family and care givers. These support groups can be beneficial for those going through a tough time to help them feel they are not alone or their thoughts and feelings are not abnormal. Share with those dealing with the same situations and help each other through this time while learning ways to do it from the experts.

For more information, call Pat Smith at (937) 335-2833, Ext. 105, or