Religion briefs

First Lutheran Church to host events

TROY — The community is invited to join First Lutheran Church for the next in the dynamic sermon series: DAILY TRIUMPH! Part 5: “Is Nothing Sacred?!” based on Daniel 5. 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.

First Lutheran continues celebrating “Christmas In July” as they work to fill boxes for their holiday outreach, Operation Christmas Child. Shoeboxes 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.

St. Pat to host ice cream social

TROY — St. Patrick Church invites you to a summer cool down at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, in the church undercroft at 409 E. Main St.

Bring the family and visit with friends to share in summer activities. Also on display will be the upcoming events scheduled, opportunity to sign up for Bible Studies, Small Christian Communities and Dinner Club.

All are welcome all to this fun social event.

UMC accepting pre-school applications

FLETCHER — Fletcher United Methodist Church is accepting pre-school applications for the 2016-2017 school year.

For additional information, contact the church office at (937) 368-2470.

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 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 Saturday, Aug. 20, at the church, 475 W. Loy Road, 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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