Religion briefs

Claypool to speak

TROY — St John’s United Church of Christ will be having Christina Claypool as the speaker for this Sunday, July 24.

She is a journalist for several newspapers and is a great speaker. Her sermon this week will be “The Right Thing.”

Worship service is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Live for kids begins at 9:15 a.m. and fellowship time in the café starts at 9:30 a.m.

Everyone is welcome just as they are. Please come and bring a friend.

The church is located at 130 S. Walnut St., Troy.

First Lutheran Church to host events

TROY — The community is invited to join First Lutheran Church for the third of the dynamic sermon series: DAILY TRIUMPH! Part 4: “When the Mighty Fall!” based on Daniel 4. Pastor Ric Barnes will be sharing this message

Service is at 9:30 a.m. JAM (Jesus and Me) Kids will be teaching the little ones the story of, “Jesus the Good Shepherd,” during the service in the church lobby.

We continue celebrating “Christmas In July” as we work to fill boxes for our holiday outreach, Operation Christmas Child. Shoe boxes are filled with school supplies, toothbrushes, hair ties, small toys, socks, and any other small gift that will bring joy to a needy child anywhere in the world.

True Beauty Discussed at Lifetree Café

TROY — People’s perceptions of beauty will be considered at Lifetree Café on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 7:00 p. m.

The program — titled “True Beauty: Is it Really Only Skin Deep?”— features a filmed interview with MeLisa Mounsey, a woman who survived an incident that burned over 95 percent of her body.

In the episode, Mounsey explains the challenges she’s faced in learning to accept herself and how the incident has shaped her view of beauty.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Café is located inside St John’s United Church of Christ, 130 S Walnut St Troy, Ohio. Use the Canal Street door for entrance to the café and the Walnut Street ramp for the handicapped entrance.

Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Pat Robinson at 937-405-7375 or [email protected]

Covenant to host blood drive

TIPP CITY — The Covenant at Sugar Grove Church in Tipp City will host a community blood drive Thursday, July 28, from 3-7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 7875 Kessler Frederick Rd., with a chance to win the “Wild About Alaska Adventure for Two” vacation.

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

Grace Baptist VBS to begin

LUDLOW FALLS —From Aug. 1-5, Grace Baptist Church will offer “Cowabunga Farm — Growin’ with Our Faithful God.”

This vacation bible school program is open to children age four through sixth grade.

It will be held from 6-8:30 each evening at 2500 St. Rt. 48, Ludlow Falls.

Call or text (330) 275-0733 to ride the church van.

Human trafficking presentation set

TROY — Local humanitarian and activist Brett Bogan will discuss human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others.

Bogan will present the basic facts and figures around human trafficking, as well as ways everybody can be involved in fighting for justice.

Bogan is the director of Free To Run Foundation, a Troy-based not-for-profit that was created for the purposes of educating the community about social justice issues such as human trafficking.

This event is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the undercroft, 409 E. Main St., Troy.

LDS congregation to host Family History Seminar

PIQUA — The local congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host the third annual Family History Seminar from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 20, at the church, 475 W. Loy Rd., Piqua.

Classes will include DNA, Beginning Your Family History, Death Records, Google for Genealogy and more.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with a welcome at 8:45 a.m. The first session will begin at 9 a.m. with the last session ending about noon.

Presenters will include:

Stephen McDonald, MD, of Springfield, is a physician who has been an avid genealogist since childhood. He is a former LDS stake president and teaches family history topics such as DNA and genealogy and archaic medical terms in death certificates. He currently serves with his wife Lynda as Area Family History Advisers for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Amie Bowser Tennant of Piqua has been passionate about genealogy and family history for the last 16 years. Today, she works as a research genealogist, national speaker, and international writer. Follow her adventures in genealogy at or her personal blog at

The Family History Seminar is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Richard Kice at [email protected]

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