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News from BAAC

BRADFORD — Thanks for all who participated in the Bradford Area Association of Churches Run/Walk/Ride Event “For God’s Glory” which benefited the Manna Meal Ministry, the Resource Center and the Bradford Depot. These organizations missions are to provide meals and food to our area teens, senior citizens and families in need.

Jason and Company will be coming to the Depot on July 12 to present a program for the entire community beginning at 6:30 p.m. Jason and Company is a ventriloquist act sure to entertain young and old. We invite youth to bring their families to this special event. A meal will be provided after the program.

Next meeting of the assocation will be Monday, Sept. 18, at the Methodist Church at 6 p.m.

Rummage sale planned

PIQUA — The fifth annual rummage sale, sponsored by the Mission Committee at St. Boniface / St. Mary Parishes will be held on July 8 and July 9 in the Caserta Center, 218 S. Downing, Piqua. Sale hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Proceeds from the rummage sale benefit the parishes’ missionaries in Chile and Guatemala and their twinning project in Dominica. A variety of household items, toys, Christmas decorations, and more will be for sale. There will be home-baked goods, a food-stand, a purse/scarf/jewelry boutique, and complimentary religious items, too.

Donations are still being accepted for the rummage sale. Anyone wishing to make a donation may drop their items off at the St. Boniface Parish garage, 310 S. Downing, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call Don Stonerock, 773-2400, to arrange pick-up.

Ice cream and music event planned

FLETCHER — Fletcher United Methodist Church will host their Ice Cream & Music in the Park on Sunday, July 16, from 4-6 p.m. at the Fletcher Park. There will be free ice cream, food, children’s games and more!

Enjoy live music with bluegrass group Berachah Valley from Franklin. For more information on this group, visit their website at

Dedication planned

PIQUA — A dedication and blessing service will take place on Sunday morning, July 16, 2017 at 9 a.m. for a building located at 655 N. Main St. in Piqua. Please park to the rear of the building which can be accessed on E. North St. between Main and Spring St.

The True Meaning of Memorial Day was first observed on May 1, 1865 by Black church people in Charleston, S.C. May 1 is also the anniversary of Greater Love Missionary Baptist Church in Piqua which occupies the building that was originally constructed by the Randolph Freedmen. There are other church congregations that also share a legitimate historical connection to the Randolph narrative.

The building located at 655 N. Main St. was situated on the Miami Erie Canal and used in transporting the Randolph’s and overlooking Rossville, the original settlement area. This site has been purchased as an opportunity to advance an inclusive historical legacy on local black history as a universally observed remembrance of “Freedom’s Struggle” and the call upon God by our ancestors for deliverance. This observance will also promote a means of managing our history through a Randolph narrative and a more inclusive historical heritage.

Participants should consider bringing a picture of an ancestor(s) that would have been most appreciative of the honor and memorialization.

The following Vacation Bible School events are set:

• PIQUA — “Mighty Fortress: In Jesus, the Victory is Won!” is the theme for Vacation Bible School at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 517 McKinley Avenue in Piqua. We will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Bible School will meet each weekday, July 10-14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. Each evening will include a Bible lesson, craft, games and refreshments. Children, ages four to 12, are invited to attend. For information or transportation, please call Ann at 773-7451.

• PIQUA — The Amazing Grace Day Camp ” The Water of Life” will be held Monday, July 10, through Friday, July 14, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 248 Wood Street, Piqua.

Day Camp is a week-long camp from 9 a .m. to 3 p.m. for those entering first grade through seventh grade without needing to stay away from home.

Energetic and enthusiastic counselors from Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio (LOMO) lead the day camp in partnership with St John’s Lutheran Church, Piqua. Each day of camp is filled with activities that include crafts, singing, games, sports, Bible study, and special events. Breakfast and lunch is provided for the Day Campers and there will be a Family Night Thursday with ice cream treats!

There is no charge for the camp. Contact the church at 773-3284 for a registration form and register early.

• 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 11, 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.

• PIQUA — Upper Valley Community Church, 1400 Seidel Pkwy., will be holding a Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible Adventure on July 16 through July 20 from 6-8:30 p.m.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for walk-up registration. The event ends at 8 p.m. for three year-olds and 8:30 p.m. for four year-olds to fifth graders.

At Maker Fun Factory VBA, kids discover not only that God made them the way they are, but for a purpose, too. Maker Fun Factory is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste! Sciency-Fun Gizmos™, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life. Since everything is hands-on, kids might get a little messy. Be sure to send them in play clothes and safe shoes.

Plus, we’ll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life—something we call God Sightings. Get ready to hear that phrase a lot! Your kids will also have the opportunity to participate in a missions project by donating pennies and change that will let the kids in our community show God’s mighty love to needy villages in Honduras.

Further information can be found on our VBA Facebook as well as our church website: or Children can be pre-registered for VBA at:

• BRADFORD — Vacation Bible School at Church of the Brethren will be held between July 17-21. Registrations are currently being accepted.

• PIQUA — St. Paul’s Church will offer vacation Bible school from 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 24-26 at the church.

The theme is “Cave Quest,” and is geared toward those 3 years old through sixth grade.

An adult class also is available.

For more information, call Courtney at (937) 418-8583.

‘Sunday Funday’ festival planned

PIQUA — After the Upper Valley Community Church’s VBA, join them on July 23 for the conclusion of our three week series, “Made For This!” at 9:15 a.m. or 11 a.m. Kids three years to fifth grade are invited to worship with their families as we conclude this series for all ages. The VBA Dance Crew, Gadgeteers, Steampunk Steve, Ian Ventor and friends will be there too!

Then stay for their first annual Sunday Funday on July 23. A festival for all ages starting at 12:45 p.m. They will have a live DJ, a food truck from Susie’s Big Dipper, lawn games, inflatables, picnic tables, and more. This is a free event for their church family and community.

Ice cream social and concert planned

PIQUA — Bethel United Methodist Church, 2505 E Loy Rd., will be be holding a free ice cream social at 6 p.m. and concert on July 22 at 7 p.m. The ice cream social will be followed by a Peacefull Heart praise concert.

Peacefull Heart is a collection of original arrangements and compositions with inspirational stories and lyrics. The primary focus of the original compositions is sacred faith based with inspirations from the Holy Bible. The arrangements are improvisations on well known traditional hymns and melodies by other composers.

For more information contact the Bethel United Methodist Church at or call 937-339-4828.

“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.