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Mitchell to hold book signing

PIQUA — The Rev. Dr. Judy Mitchell Rich, former pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Piqua, will revisit the church on Aug. 7, as well as make an appearance that day from 1-2:30 p.m. at Readmore’s Hallmark in Piqua to sign her latest novel, “Like a Fig Tree.”

After retiring from Westminster, where she pastored from 2005 to 2008, Rev. Mitchell moved to northern Alabama to be near family and began writing mystery novels set in churches.

Pre-school applications welcome

FLETCHER — Fletcher United Methodist Church is accepting pre-school applications for the 2016-17 school year. For additional information, contact the church office at (937) 368-2470.

Ice cream social

BRADFORD — A homemade ice cream social will be from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 4. at Greenville Creek Christian Church, 5110 Buckneck Road, Bradford. The menu will include four kinds of ice cream, sandwiches, cake, pie and drinks.

Adult Faith Formation Commission pilgrimage

PIQUA — As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy — Dec. 8, 2015 through Nov. 20, 2016, called by Pope Francis — St. Boniface/St. Mary Parishes Adult Faith Formation Commission has organized three pilgrimages to designated sites in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Each site has a designated “Holy Door of Mercy.”

The tradition of pilgrimages date back to early times for many different religions. A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person’s beliefs and faith. For the early Christians, pilgrimages were made to the Holy Land or to a site associated with early saints and martyrs.

The third and final pilgrimage will be the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati on Sunday, Aug. 21. Each pilgrimage will start from St. Mary Catholic Church 528 Broadway, at 1 p.m. All are invited to carpool with fellow pilgrims or to meet at the site. For further information or questions, call the parish offices (937) 773-1327 or (937) 773-1656.

Living Proof Simulcast

PIQUA — On Sept. 17, LifeWay Christian Resources is slated to simulcast well-known Bible teacher and best-selling author Beth Moore live from Chicago. Grace United Methodist church, 9411 N. County Road 25-A, Piqua, is serving as a host location for the area.

The Living Proof Simulcast, sponsored by Nashville-based publishing company LifeWay Christian Resources, will feature Moore’s dynamic storytelling and passionate Bible teaching.

The event, which is now in its 18th year, both challenges and encourages women to grow deeply in their faith. Join over 150,000 women around the world for this live, global, Internet-streaming event. The simulcast gives us a front-row seat to one-of-a-kind Bible teaching and life-changing worship.

Moore has authored dozens of published Bible studies, books, and devotionals specifically for women for nearly two decades. Her latest LifeWay-published releases are Audacious (October 2015) and Children of the Day (May 2014). Moore’s organization, Living Proof Ministries, is based out of Houston.

Dove-award winning musical artist Travis Cottrell, who also serves as worship pastor of Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tenn., is slated to lead worship for the event.

The Living Proof Simulcast kicks off on Saturday, Sept 17, at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Tickets are only $10, covering one full day of music and worship, afternoon refreshments and a catered lunch provided by Susie’s Big Dipper in Piqua. Tickets can be purchased from Susie’s Big Dipper or Grace United Methodist in Piqua.

St. Boniface Oktoberfest

PIQUA — In celebration of its German Heritage, St. Boniface Catholic Church, Piqua, will hold its annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 23-24.

Taking place on the parish grounds, 218 S. Downing, the Oktoberfest will feature a variety of German — including a Cabbage Roll Dinner — and American foods and beverages, music, raffles, carnival rides, and games.

Oktoberfest hours are Friday, Sept. 23, from 5-11 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 24, from 2-11 p.m. The public is invited to attend.