Religion briefs

Share-A-Meal kicks off 2016

TROY — The First United Church of Christ’s Share-A-Meal will be on Saturday, Jan. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring your family and friends for food and fellowship. The menu includes chili, peanut butter sandwiches, applesauce, brownies and beverages.

Share-A-Meal is a program to reach out to the community by providing nourishing meals to anyone wishing to participate while giving an opportunity to socialize with others in the community. The monthly Share-A-Meal Program is on the first Saturday of each month at 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.

Epiphany Fair to be held

TROY — The Troy First United Methodist Church at 110 W. Franklin St., is holding an Epiphany Fair and drama on Sunday, Jan. 10, from 6-9 p.m. in the main church.

Epiphany is celebrated around the world as the time when the three Kings arrived from the east to worship the Christ Child. The fair will feature traditional Epiphany crafts and food from numerous countries, including the United States.

The play “It Started with a Star” will be presented in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information call the church office at 335-2826 or visit

Exploring dreams at Lifetree Café

TROY — A determination to pursue dreams even in the midst of difficult circumstances will be discussed at Lifetree Café on Monday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m.

The program titled “Follow Your Dreams: Even when You Think You Can’t” features a filmed interview with Mandy Harvey, a jazz vocalist whose sudden hearing loss nearly derailed her dream of becoming a professional singer.

Lifetree Café is Located inside St John’s United Church of Christ at 130 S. Walnut S., Troy. Use the Canal street door for entrance to the café and the Walnut Street ramp for the handicapped entrance. For more information contact Pat Robinson at (937) 405-7375 or [email protected]

Lay people deliver sermons during search for new pastor

TROY — St. John’s United Church of Christ located at 130 S. Walnut St, Troy, will be having lay people from the church deliver the message during January 2016.

We are actively looking for a new pastor. The present pastor Rev Keith Wagner has retired as of Dec. 31.

The message or sermon will be delivered during January by lay people from our congregation. The following is a list of the message titles and the congregant who will deliver that message:

Jan. 3 — Ginny Beamish, “Saved by the Bells”

Jan. 10 — Deb Hogshead, “Economic Justice

Jan. 17 — Earl Reives, “Faith for the Journey”

Jan. 24 — Patricia Robinson, “Ministries for God”

Jan. 31 — Mayor Mike Beamish, “Triple A Rated Christians”

Please come and worship with us during January for these very special topics. We have fellowship time between 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school classes for adults and children also are available starting at 9:15 a.m.

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