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Upcoming events at First Brethren

PLEASANT HILL — Join First Brethren Church, 210 N. Church St., on Sunday, April 23, as they start a series of messages based on “The Shack,” the novel by William Paul Young that was recently released as a movie.

First Brethren Church is located one block behind Indian’s Pizza. You may contact us at (937) 676-2802 or by email at

Noodles and dumplings to be offered

COVINGTON — Covington Church of the Brethren, corner of Wall and Wright streets, is gearing up for their Spring Fundraiser, featuring their famous festival chicken and noodles and mouth-watering apple dumplings on Saturday, April 22. Serving will begin at 11 a.m. and will continue through the afternoon, until 6 p.m. or earlier (they were sold out by 5 p.m. at their Fall Fundraiser).

Diners can eat their selections in the dining hall, carry them out, or both. There also will be soft drinks, coffee, and bottled water available, plus ice cream to go along with or on top of the apple dumplings.

The church can be entered at the Wall Street door, which accesses the elevator to the dining room on the lower level, or at the Wright Street door, which leads down a stairway directly to the dining hall. (Wheelchair diners will find easy passage from the sidewalk to the elevator to the lower level.) For more information, e-mail: or call the church office at 473-2415.

Salad luncheon celebrating 45 years

PIQUA — Please join the Women of Westminster (WOW) in celebrating the 45th Anniversary of their Annual Salad Luncheon on Thursday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 325 W. Ash Street, Piqua, at a cost of $8.00. They will again offer their signature hot chicken salad along with a delicious array of vegetable and fruit salads, and to add to your luncheon enjoyment, music will be provided by 2-4-U. Proceeds from the luncheon support local missions and projects.

The luncheon is in the lower dining room and an elevator is available.

We hope to see you there!

Memorial Day service set

PIQUA — On Monday, May 1, the second annual Memorial Day Observance will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Love Missionary Baptist Church which was originally constituted by the Randolph Freedmen as the African Baptist Church in Rossville in 1857. This recognition service will focus upon testing the knowledge of our youth in measuring their understanding of “WHOSE we are Matters WHO we are” through the game playing of The Good News or Lose. All are welcome.

Prior to the Memorial Day Observance, a 5 p.m. community “Call to Action” will explore the organizational potential for forming a coalition of willing individuals and groups in launching a first step in walking the walk on a journey that will reflect our level of commitment to glorify God and build a fitting and appropriate monument in honor of freedom’s struggle at The African/Jackson Cemetery.

A fellowship supper of a soup and sandwich or pizza will be offered to those who will be coming and or those remaining to take part in observing the Memorial Day program that will start at 6:30 p.m. Call the church at 778-0158 and leave an RSVP message.

National Day of Prayer event planned

PIQUA — The Piqua Area Association of Churches will be holding a National Day of Prayer event at the fountain outside of the municipal building, located at 201 W. Water St., on May 4 at noon. There will be a speaker there who will hold a prayer for the city as well as give a short speech.

Free concert offered

LOCKINGTON — Internationally-renowned motivational music singer Kathy Troccoli will be presenting a free concert at the Lockington United Methodist Church on May 11. Even though there is no admission charge for the concert, a ticket issued by the church must be obtained to attend.

The concert titled, “Comfort by Candlelight” begins at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:15 p.m. The church is located at 2190 Miami Conservancy Road, north of Lockington. A free will offering will be taken.

The sanctuary capacity is 556 people, and nearly half those seats have already been claimed for the concert, Halter said. The tickets are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

To obtain free tickets online, log onto; or by calling (937) 493-0478.

Her first radio hit “Stubborn Love”, propelled a career that has spanned more than 30 years. Troccoli’s awards include 24 recordings, 18 number-one radio hits, 19 Dove Award nominations, two Dove Awards, and three Grammy nominations. She is also a songwriter as well as an author.

Christ’s Center for Hope to host Cookies and Canvas

WEST MILTON — On Saturday, May 13, Christ’s Center for Hope will host Cookies and Canvas at the West Milton Senior Citizens and Community Center, located at 435 Hamilton St., West Milton, from 1-4 p.m. The event theme is “Forget Her Not.” Your registration fee of $50 will include cookies, ice tea, lemonade or water, Silent Auction bidding, 50/50 raffle and a quilt raffle.

Christ’s Center for Hope is 501(c)(3) Charitable Non Profit organization for formerly incarcerated women. Our mission is to provide a place for broken and hurting women to come to the foot of the Cross for healing and restoration of life as it was meant to be. The Center will be a safe transitional housing center, offering holistic healing of the mind, body and spirit, through Christian-based programming and the affirmation of Christ’s forgiving love. The goal of the event is to gain monthly donors to support the Center as well as earn funds to purchase a location for the Center.

Pre-registration is required. You may go to, click on the fundraising and “Forget Her Not registration” tab, and get signed up. Bring your friends and family (over 12 years old) and make it a fun activity to do together. You must be present to win.

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