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Vacation Bible schools set

• PIQUA — People can now sign their children up for Vacation Bible School at St. James Episcopal Church between now and June 17, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. The Vacation Bible School will be held June 28, 29, and 30, from 6-7:30 p.m.

St. James Episcopal Church can be contacted at (937) 773-1241 for more details.

• PIQUA — The Madison Avenue First Church of God, 922 Madison Ave., will hold Vacation Bible School from 6-8:30 p.m. June 13-17. The theme is “Barnyard Roundup,” and registration begins at 5:30 p.m. on June 13. For more information, call (937) 451-1288.

• PIQUA — Grace United Methodist Church, located at 9411 N. County Road 25-A in Piqua, will be holding their VBS “Walk This Way” on Monday, June 13, through Thursday, June 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Children who have completed grades K-6 will go on the greatest adventure of all time. We hit the road with Paul and ask the same questions he asked and make some incredible discoveries along the way. There will be games crafts and snacks as well. Get ready to Walk This Way. For more information contact the church (937) 773-8232 Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• PLEASANT HILL — Lifeway’s “Journey off the Map” Vacation Bible School will be held at Pleasant Hill First Brethren Church, 210 N. Church St., from 9 a.m. to noon June 13-17.

On June 13, please arrive at 8:45 to register your child. The program is for those age 3 (potty-trained) thru grade 8. The week will be filled with Bible-learning experiences, games, songs, a snack, as well as other activities.

To pre-register, call (937) 676-2802 between 9 a.m. and noon Tuesday through Friday or visit

Tipp Community Band to perform

PIQUA — The Tippecanoe Community Band, directed by Gail Ahmed, will present a free concert honoring God and country on Sunday, June 12, just prior to Flag Day.

Musical selections include American marches, “God Bless America the Beautiful” and a rendition of the service tunes of all branches of the military. Audience members are encouraged to wear patriotic attire, military shirts and caps, or anything red, white and blue. Past and present military and first-responders will be recognized.

The concert venue is the Hance Pavilion in Fountain Park on Forest Avenue. The covered pavilion is open-air and handicapped accessible. Concert time is 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. For info or driving directions, contact (937) 335-1178.

Bike blessing to be held

COVINGTON — Fields of Grace Worship Center will host a bike blessing event on Sunday, June 12. The blessing will take place at 9 a.m. in the Market Fresh Parking lot adjacent from the church. At 9:30 a.m., guest speaker Doug Dodge give a message about his life of crime and how he came to find Christ. This is a free event.

Dodge was born into violence and alcoholism and was raised in foster homes, juvenile lock-up, and prison. He spent years as enforcer of a motorcycle gang and a slave to addiction. He eventually found himself face to face with the only man who could bring him to his knees, Jesus Christ. Dodge is now the author of a book, “112421,” and leader of Forged by Fire Bike Ministry in the Dayton area.

Following his message, there will be a free pulled pork lunch catered by Batdorf’s Red Barn Catering. Riders are invited to join in a ride following lunch. Fields of Grace is located at 326 E. Troy Pike. A rain date of June 19 has been scheduled. Visit us on Facebook or the web at To learn more about Dodge, visit his website at

Light Up the Park

FLETCHER — Fletcher United Methodist Church will host their “Light Up the Park” program on Sunday, June 12, from 5-7 p.m. at the Fletcher Community Park. All are invited to join us in the park as the community gathers for walking tacos, line dancing, and fellowship with one another.

2016 “Remain Loyal to Jehovah!” Convention

DAYTON — Jehovah’s Witnesses will soon hold their annual regional conventions at the Ervin J. Nutter Center, Wright State University. They extend an open invitation for all to attend. The theme of this year’s program is “Remain Loyal to Jehovah!”

The three-day program will feature 49 presentations, each exploring the theme “loyalty.” Additionally, the Witnesses have prepared 35 video segments specifically for the program plus two short films that will be shown on Saturday and Sunday. Each day, the morning and afternoon sessions will be introduced by music videos recorded for the convention.

Jehovah’s Witnesses invite people of all ages to attend. The first of four three-day events to be held in Dayton will begin Friday, June 17, 2016, at 9:20 a.m. There is no admission fee. Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses are supported entirely by voluntary donations. For more information about Jehovah’s Witnesses and the 2016 Conventions, visit: