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Friendship Saturday planned

PIQUA — Piqua United Pentecostal, 651 W Ash St., is going to holding the community outreach event Friendship Saturday on Saturday, June 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We will be giving away free hot dogs and cold drinks. Also we will be taking registration on a $100 gift card drawing. We are looking to help and feed as many as we can.

Piqua Baptist Church hosting concert

PIQUA — The Tippecanoe Community Band will travel to Piqua to present free patriotic concert honoring God, country, and America’s freedom Sunday afternoon, June 11, at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of Piqua Baptist Church. Each summer the band performs at venues ranging from park settings, retirement centers, and festivals. Several of the band’s members are from Piqua and enjoy playing in their city.

More than forty musicians are directed by Ms. Gail Ahmed, a retired music educator from Tipp City Schools and an adjunct instructor at Edison State Community College. The June 11 concert will celebrate the up-coming “flag day” as the musicians transport the audience in a musical tour entitled “Across America.” Veterans and current military will be recognized with the anthems of each branch of service. Audience members are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.

Piqua Baptist Church is located at 1402 W. High Street in Piqua. The church is air-conditioned, handicapped accessible, and has plenty of free parking. No tickets are required. For information about the June 11 concert, phone: (937) 335-1178 or call the Piqua Baptist Church at (937) 773-4583

Women’s Day Celebration planned

PIQUA — Cyrene AME Church, 227 W. Ash St., invites the public to attend their Annual Women’s Day Celebration on Sunday, June 11, at 3 p.m. The theme will be “The woman God sees — the Lord delights in her.” They will also be honoring past warriors of Cyrene AME Church.

Their speaker will be Colleen McMurray of Columbus. She was born and raised in Piqua. She is also a former member of Cyrene AME Church. Some of the family members of the founding members of Cyrene AME Church will have some encouraging words to share about Cyrene Warriors.

Madison Avenue VBS set

PIQUA — Madison Ave. First Church of God, located at 922 Madison Ave., will hold Vacation Bible School from 6-8:30 p.m. June 12-16 for children in preschool through sixth grade. The theme will be “Operation Arctic.”

Registration will take place on-site at the start of Vacation Bible School. For more information, contact Evelyn Shortridge at (937) 451-1288.

VBS at Pleasant Hill First Brethren Church

PLEASANT HILL — Plan to send your children to Lifeway’s ’Submerged’ Vacation Bible School at Pleasant Hill First Brethren Church, June 12-16, from 9a.m. to noon.

They will learn how Jesus saw people for who they were deep down, not who they appeared to be on the surface.

The week will be filled with Bible-learning experiences, games, songs, a snack, as well as other exciting activities.

The program is for those age three (potty-trained) through eighth graders.

On Monday, please arrive at 8:45 a.m. so your child can register.

On Friday evening, June 16, you are invited to return for a special ‘Family Fun Night’ with games & food from 6-8 p.m.

First Brethren Church is located at 210 N. Church St., one block behind Indians Pizza on Walnut Street. For more information, or to pre-register, call (937) 676-2802 Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon or

“Live Free” reading program returns

CASSTOWN — The Casstown United Methodist Church, thanks to a grant provided by the Miami Valley District of the United Methodist Church, will be offering the “Live Free” reading and activity program this summer for youth entering kindergarten through sixth grade.

The program will be offered once a week for five weeks on Tuesdays, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Casstown UMC, 102 Center St., Casstown. The dates of the program are: June 20, June 27, July 11, July 18 and July 25.

“Live Free,” which highlights reading skill development, will also include crafts, music and tips for healthy living. A healthy lunch and snack (following the Ohio Department of Education summer lunch program guidelines) is also included.

For more information or to register go to the Casstown UMC Website at or contact Pastor Sykes at (937) 339-4828.

VBS set at Fletcher United Methodist Church

FLETCHER — Fletcher United Methodist Church invites you to join us for the best days of summer at our MAKER FUN FACTORY Vacation Bible School. You will have the opportunity to meet new friends, do some amazing experiments, play creative games, enjoy lip-smacking snacks, go on surprising adventures, and participate in incredible music! See you at the FUN FACTORY on Tuesday July 11th, Wednesday, July 12, and Thursday, July 13, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Fletcher United Methodist Church. Please pre-register online at: If you have questions, contact the church office at 368-2470.