Religion briefs

VBS planned for June 14-18

TIPP CITY — Zion Lutheran Church is hosting vacation Bible school from 6-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday 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 a.m. and noon or email

Parents may also register their children between 5:30-6 p.m. Sunday.

Pleasant Hill VBS scheduled

PLEASANT HILL — Parents are invited to bring their children to vacation Bible school from 9-11:45 a.m. Monday-Friday 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 three (potty-trained) through eighth grade.

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

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

Light Up The Park upcoming

FLETCHER — The Fletcher United Methodist Church youth group will host “Light Up the Park” from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fletcher Community Park.

The free meal will include walking tacos, chips, cookies and drinks. Be sure to come out and join the fun and entertainment which includes line dancing.

Blood drive planned

TROY – The First Presbyterian Church of Troy will host a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday 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 (800) 388-GIVE.

Prayer vigil to be held

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.

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 planned

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 a.m., and Casstown UMC, 102 Center St., Casstown, at 10:45 a.m.

VBS scheduled July 12-14

FLETCHER — The Fletcher United Methodist Church will presents vacation Bible school 2015 – “Message Received” 6-8:30 p.m. July 12-14 at the church, .

The program is open to children ages five through fifth grade and includes fun, games, snacks and singing.

FUMC to host drama camp

TROY — Troy First United Methodist Church will be holding Drama Camp 10 a.m. to 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.

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