Religion briefs

Pot pie supper to be served

TROY — First United Church of Christ will be serving a chicken pot pie supper on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 4:30 -6:30 p.m. The menu includes chicken, potpie, mashed potatoes, a variety of desserts, and beverages for only $8 a person (kids 10 and under $3.)

Women’s Fellowship will use these funds to assist community agencies such as Partners in Hope, Hospice and the Recreation programs at Troy Rehabilitation Center.

First United Church of Christ is on the corner of South Market Street and Canal Street in Troy. Please use the handicap accessible Canal Street entrance.

First Lutheran Church to host matinee

TROY — The community is invited to join First Lutheran Church for our worship services on Sunday, Sept. 25.

There are two services Sunday, a traditional service at 8 a.m. and a contemporary service at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Ric Barnes will be presenting “BORN IDENTITY: Our Loving Identity.”

Between services, at 9:15 a.m., will be Faith Formation classes for different age groups, including preschoolers through high schoolers.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m., enjoy a showing of “When the Game Stands Tall,” inspired by the true story of the legendary football coach, Bob Ladouceur.

Fall festival planned

TROY — The community is invited to Troy Church of the Nazarene for its annual Fall Family Festival, 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25.

The free event will include fun activities for all ages and will feature a petting zoo, inflatables, games, face-painting, popcorn, cotton candy and entertainment.

Troy Church of the Nazarene is at 1200 Barnhart Rd., a quarter mile west of Interstate 75 at the southwest corner of Ohio 55 (West Market Street) and Barnhart Road. For more information about TCN’s Fall Family Festival, please call (937) 339-3117 or visit

Victims of church abuse heard

TROY — Stories of people who have experienced church-inflicted hurt will be discussed at Lifetree Café at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26.

The program, titled “Hurt by Church,” features a filmed interview with a woman who suffered emotional wounds caused by the church during several difficult periods in her life. In the interview, she describes why the hurt she endured eventually led to her exit from that church.

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. 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]

Families invited to new program

TROY — Beginning Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m., St. John’s Church of Christ will have a program called “Faith, Family and Fun.” All families and their children are welcome to attend.

This is a program for families who may not have a church, who may not be able to go to church on Sunday, and who want to experience this event together as a family. We will start at 5:30 p.m. with a free meal. There will then have exploration time, followed by some crafts, story time and discovering the scriptures. St. John’s United Church of Christ is located at 130 S. Walnut St., Troy.

Senior scams presentation set

WEST MILTON — On Tuesday, Sept. 27, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host a presentation on Senior Scams by a consumer education representative from the Office of the Ohio Attorney General. The public is invited to attend this presentation from 2-3 p.m. at 1209 S. Miami St., West Milton.

Too often older citizens fall prey to con artists and scammers whose intent is to take advantage of them. Scammers use a variety of tactics to make their offers seem legitimate. Learn to recognize the signs of a scam to protect yourself and those you love.

Learn about senior scams

TROY — St. Patrick Church will host a Lunch and Learn presentation on recognizing senior scams from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, in the church undercroft at 409 E. Main St.

The community is invited for a free lunch and presentation on how to protect yourself from senior scams.

Our Guest Presenter will be Ryan Lippe who is from the Ohio Attorney General Office.

Please call (937)541-5182 by Sept. 21 to reserve your spot.

Share-A-Meal held Oct. 1

TROY — The monthly Share-A-Mealat First United Church of Christ is set for Oct. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Bring your family and friends for a warm meal and great fellowship. The menu includes chili, sandwiches, cake and beverages.

Share-A-Meal, held the first Saturday of the month, is a program to reach out to the community by providing nourishing meals and socialization.

First United Church of Christ on the corner of S. Market and Canal Street, Troy, Ohio. Please use the Canal Street entrance where we are handicapped accessible.

Pancake and sausage breakfast planned

PLEASANT HILL — The Pleasant Hill United Church of Christ will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Donations will be accepted for the church organ repair.

The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, toast, juice, and coffee, tea, or milk.

The church is located in Pleasant Hill, one block west of the intersection of State Route 48 and State Route 718. Contact the church office at (937) 676-3193 for more information.

Rosh Hashanah services set

PIQUA — Congregation Anshe Emeth, in Piqua, will be observing Rosh Hashanah with services on Sunday evening, Oct. 2, and Monday morning, Oct. 3. The Sunday service will begin at 8 p.m. Services on Monday will begin at 10 a.m.

All services will be conducted by rabbinic intern Sara Otero-Eiser. The synagogue is located at 320 Caldwell St. in Piqua. Further information can be found at the website or by calling (937) 623-1234.

Follow the Star…of Ohio

TROY — The Star of Ohio Quilt, made for St. Patrick’s Church as it celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the present church, is now on display at Around About Books in downtown Troy until the first week of October.

Just as people of the Troy Community had the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for the ‘Old Quilt’ over 100 years ago, present Troy citizens can also purchase raffle tickets at ‘Around About Books’ or at the St. Patrick’s Parish Office, Tuesday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There are two other prizes, another quilt, colors of the ‘Stars and Stripes’ just like the flag, and an afghan, in the colors of St. Patrick, green and white. Everyone can view all three prizes on St. Patrick’s website,

The cost of the raffle tickets which covers all three prizes are $1 each or six tickets for $5. Please contact Susan Smith at 524-2550 or Pam Simon at 332-8042, both members of St. Patrick’s 100th Anniversary Committee.

Church to discuss inequality

TROY — St. John’s United Church of Christ will host “Inequality: A Christian Response,” from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 12, at 130 S. Walnut St.

The event is free, open to the public, and includes a light supper and childcare. Registration is required.

The event offers a venue for conversation without the rhetoric of the presidential campaign. Using short videos and other materials, St. John’s UCC Economic Justice Team will lead an informal discussion exploring the nature of inequality, its affect on all people, and ideas for reducing it. Participants will receive a copy of “A Fair Balance,” by Edith Rasell, Ph.D., an economist and the minister for economic justice with UCC national offices in Cleveland. A downloadable copy of the article is available at

St. John’s UCC is the seventh UCC church in the nation to be recognized by UCC national offices as an economic justice covenant church.

For more information about the event or to register, visit or contact Deb Hogshead at (937) 332-0443 or [email protected]

Saxton to speak at conference

VANDALIA — Living Word Church will have its Fall Women’s Conference on Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12, at 926 E. National Road.

Early bird registration is open now for just $50 at

The conference will feature guest speaker Jo Saxton, who inspires all believers to engage the world in the same way God does — by going out rather than just reaching out. Her message specifically equips women for leadership and influence- she is a leader, visionary, and practitioner.

Living Word Church is passionate about providing a place where people can have a life-changing experience with God. Follow them on social media at @lwcdayton, and learn more about their mission at

Last salad luncheon set

COVINGTON — The Covington Christian Church Women’s Fellowship’s last salad luncheon of 2016 will be held on Friday, Oct. 21.

Come enjoy good food and fellowship while you shop our Country Store. A large assortment of homemade salads, desserts, finger sandwiches, will be served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m in for the small donation of $6. Carry outs are available upon request.

This year, the women have made their famous apple dumplings. To reserve yours, give the church office a call at 473-3443. A limited supply will be available for sale. Price is $3 each or 12 for $30.

The church is located at 115 N. Pearl Street in Covington, and is handicap accessible.

The salad luncheon will resume the third Friday of June 2017.

St. Patrick to host open house

TROY — St. Patrick Parish, Troy, is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the current church building. The Parish has been holding events throughout the year to commemorate this anniversary and to recognize the dedication and sacrifices of our forebears to provide a beautiful worship space that ensures a healthy Catholic community in Troy.

Have you ever wonder what St. Patrick Catholic Church looks likes on the inside? Now is your chance. The parish is having an open house for everyone to see our beautiful church. Parishioners will be stationed at key points throughout the church to explain the function and history of our worship space. We will be hosting the open house from 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 23. All are welcome to attend at 409 E. Main St. Troy Ohio.
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