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Summertime Cook-Out

PIQUA — St. James Episcopal Church will be hosting their annual summertime cook-out this Sunday, July 26, on the church grounds next to the church at 200 W. High St., from noon until 2:00 p.m. (or until the food runs out).

The menu is: hot dogs, hamburgers, and brats; potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, potato chips, pie, cookies and beverages. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. Come to the picnic, and enjoy a free taste of summer.

Christmas in July

PIQUA — The community is invited to a celebration of Christmas in July at St John’s Lutheran Church, 248 Wood Street, Piqua, on July 25-26.

Jim Oda and Jean Wilhelm will display part of their collections of crèches that date from the 18th Century to modern day. Some are from South America, Africa, and Europe and they vary in size from 1 inch to 3 feet in size.

Saturday, July 25 from 1-4 p.m., there will also be Christmas music, caroling, and refreshments.

Sunday, July 26 at 10:30 a.m., the worship service will include Christmas hymns and an anthem by the church choir directed by Jim Oda accompanied on the pipe organ by Ken DeWeese.

St John’s is celebrating the 100th anniversary of having a pipe organ. The original pipe organ was built by the Votteler Holtkamp Sparling Company of Cleveland and dedicated in June 1915 with half of the cost paid by the Carnegie Foundation. The pipe organ was rebuilt in the 1970’s by the Lima Pipe organ company. This year the congregation is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

For more information contact the church at (937) 773-3284.

Fletcher UMC pre-school registration open

FLETCHER — Fletcher United Methodist Church is now accepting registrations for their pre-school program (ages 3-5) for the 2015-2016 school year.

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

St. Teresa to hold annual festival

COVINGTON — St. Teresa Catholic Church is holding its annual festival from 4-11 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 1 and 12-4 p.m. Aug. 2 at the church, 6925 W. US Rt. 36, Covington.

Friday will start with our famous fish fry from 4-6:30 with bingo starting at 7. Saturday will include bingo from 5-10 and Sunday bingo will be from 12-4. Saturday and Sunday will feature free horse rides, as well as a clown on Sunday. On Sunday barbecue chicken dinners are back starting at noon until gone. Tickets for the dinners can be purchased at Arens Publications, 395 S. High St., Covington or the day of the event.

Also on Sunday Miami Valley Cruisers will have a car show in the lot in front of the church. There is a large raffle with a top prize of $500.00 and many other prizes. Those tickets can also be purchased at Arens or during the festival. There will also be Chuck-A-Luck, a silent auction, and other games of chance all weekend.