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St. John’s UCC services

TROY — Join St. John’s United Church of Christ Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m., 130 S Walnut St. in Troy.

Join them with their new sermon series, “The Way of the Green Thumb.”

Come grow with them Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

On Sunday, Sept. 29, at 9:30 a.m., join them for Adult Sunday School with Mike Beamish. This week’s discussion will be “Expiration Date” as more is discovered about “The Diet that will Change Your Life.”

First Lutheran Church services

TROY — First Lutheran Church invites the community to a Praise Worship Service on Sunday at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

Pastor Heidi Holst presides. Matt Buehrer as special guest speaker. Praise Team includes Garrett Piel, Ian Storey, Bryson Delk, Ed Piner, Barb Decker and Michael Blankenship. All are invited to stay for the luncheon.

Oct. 27 is Festive Reformation Day/Consecration Worship Service at 10 a.m.

FLC is located at 2899 West Main Street in Troy near Washington Road and is handicapped accessible. For more information call (937) 335-2323, visit, or email

TLC services

TROY – True Life Community Church invites the public to Sunday worship service at 10 a.m.

TLC is handicapped accessible. The church is located at 56 Foss Way. Call (937) 332-0041 or visit for more information. Connect with the church on Facebook or YouTube.

Oktoberfest to be held

PIQUA — The seventh annual St. Boniface Oktoberfest is scheduled for Sept. 27-28. The festival — which takes place on the parish grounds, 218 S. Downing, Piqua — will feature an authentic Cabbage Roll dinner and a variety of other German and American foods, music, raffles, carnival rides, and games. The Flashback Band will perform on Friday evening, Sept. 27. Hours are Friday, Sept. 27, from 5-11 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 28, from 2-11 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Chicken Potpie Supper to be held

TROY — Join First United Church of Christ, 120 South Market St. in Troy, for their Annual Chicken Potpie Supper, Saturday, Sept. 28, from 4:30-6:30 pm at the church.

The menu includes homemade potpie noodles with chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, cole slaw or applesauce, beverages, and a variety of homemade desserts, pies and cakes.

The cost is $8 a person and $3 for children 10 years old and under. Carry outs will be available.

The church is located at the corner of South Market and Canal streets. Please use the Canal Street entrance. Handicapped accessible.

Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur services

PIQUA — Congregation Anshe Emeth will be observing the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with the following services. Rosh Hashanah services will be held on Sunday evening, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. Kol Nidre services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Yom Kippur services will be Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. with afternoon and Yizkor services beginning at 4:30 p.m.

All services will be conducted by rabbinic intern Caroline Sim at the synagogue located at 320 Caldwell St. in Piqua. Please call 937-726-2116 with any questions.

Church to celebrate 90 years

TROY — The Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ of Troy will celebrate its ninetieth year anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 29.

Founded in Troy in 1929 as Jesus Only Mission, the church was located at 901 Garfield Avenue and led by Elder Ora Chavis. The church was later lead by Elder Joseph Carnes and Bishop Donald Carnes, the founder’s grandsons.

Elder Charles Carnes is currently the pastor of the church. The guest speaker for the noon service will be Elder John Carnes of Mentor.

Along with the church anniversary, the church will celebrate pastoralship of Elder Charles and wife Rose Mary Carnes, honoring them for 21 years of faithful leadership in the Miami Valley. Services are scheduled nightly for Sept. 25-29. Guest speakers will be: District Elder Brian Hamilton, Elder Ernest Scales and Elder Clarence Plump, respectively. The Troy and Miami Valley community are invited to attend.

Fall Rummage Sale planned

TROY — A Fall Rummage Sale is being held by the Troy United Methodist Women on Friday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon, at First Place Christian Center, 16 W. Franklin, Troy. Many good used items, toys, books, household goods, and clothing are for sale. Proceeds will be used for mission work. For further information, please call the First United Methodist Church at 335-2826.

Christmas and More sale planned

PIQUA — A Christmas and More sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at St. John’s Lutheran Church, located at the corner Wood and S. Downing Street, Piqua. Christmas, fall, Halloween decorations and more for reasonable prices. Enter from parking lot entrance. Facility is handicap accessible. Proceeds benefit Salvation Army Angel Tree Project.

Share A Meal upcoming

TROY — Join First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market St., Troy, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 5 for the monthly Share-A-Meal. The menu is chili, cornbread, fruit, pie and beverages. Carry- outs will be available at 12:30 p.m., as quantities last. This program is free to anyone in need of a warm nourishing meal and some fellowship. Use the Canal Street entrance; church is handicapped accessible.

Evangelism Workshop to be held

TROY — An Evangelism Workshop with Foy Anderson will be held at Mid-County Church of Christ, located at 1580 N. Dorset Road in Troy, on Friday, Oct. 4, through Sunday, Oct. 6.

The program titled “Helping Others Find and Follow Jesus” will include the following programs:

• Friday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., “Finding Jesus”

• Saturday, Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m., breakfast and fellowship

• Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m., “Following Jesus”

• Saturday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m., “Confessing Jesus”

• Lunch is provided at noon

• Saturday, Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m., “We Persuade Men”

• Sunday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m., “Singing and Making Melody”

• Sunday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m., “The Advocate”

• Lunch is provided at noon

• Sunday, Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m., “No Man Left Behind”

For more information, call the church at (937) 335-1313.

Taste of St. John’s to be held

TROY — The public is invited to St. John’s UCC, 130 S. Walnut Street, Troy, on Saturday, Oct. 12, from noon till 2 p.m. for their inaugural Taste of St. John’s.

Church members and friends are preparing more than 40 recipes from the church cookbook, “Come to the Table,” and samples of all will be available for tasting.

A $10 donation will entitle guests to taste anything and everything and to depart with their own copy of “Come to the Table.” A lunch bag raffle with fabulous prizes will also be available.

Event tickets can be purchased or reserved in the church office and will be available at the door. All proceeds will go to furnishing the children’s area of the new St. John’s Community Center. The church office can be reached at 937-335-2028.

Rummage sale set

TROY — The First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market St., Troy, will offer its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 12. Stop in for holiday decorations, kitchen and household items, toys, games, books, electronics, clothes all sizes, shelving units, specialty items and lots of miscellaneous. Use the Canal Street entrance and the sale is in the church basement. Handicapped accessible. All proceeds go to Relay for Life.

Trunk or Treat planned

TIPP CITY — Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren, located at 7240 Peters Road in Tipp City, will be holding Trunk or Treat from 2-5:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the church. The event is free, and the public is invited.

Tea party to raise funds for women

TROY — A tea party luncheon and burlap wreath making will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Koinos Christian Fellowship, 722 Grant St., Troy.

To be a table host, it is $140 for seven seats. Table hosts should bring their own table decorations, tea pot, table service and six other participants. Table hosts must be paid by Sept. 27. Individual seats are $22 for Oct. 5 and $25 at the door.

Proceeds will benefit Oasis House, which offers support to women victims of sexual exploitation. A representative will offer information about the ministry during the event. For more information, visit

A limited number of gift items will be available for purchase, made by the women who receive assistance through Oasis House.

For more information, call Jozan at (937) 657-8779.

Church Homecoming Service offered

PIQUA — Victory Baptist Church, located at 1601 South Street in Piqua, is inviting the public to their annual Church Homecoming Service on Sunday, Oct. 13. They will be taking time to look back over the blessings of the past year and looking forward with anticipation for what the Lord is going to do in the year to come. It is also a time for those who have been a part of the church body in the past to “come home.” A fellowship meal will follow. Sunday school starts at 9:15 a.m., and the worship service starts at 10:30 a.m.

Trunk or treat offered

COVINGTON — Fields of Grace Worship Center will host their eighth annual “Trunk or Treat” Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1-3 p.m. at the Covington Community Park. Last year 26,177 pieces of candy were handed out. There is plenty for all. This is open to all communities.

Wear your costume and stroll among the decorated vehicles and trucks, collecting candy and goodies, ride the train, face painting, and pick up a free hotdog!

There will be a trunk-decorating contest for those who wish to participate. This year, there is no theme for the trunk competition, so use your imagination. First place receives $100, second place $50, and third place $25. Please let Fields of Grace know by calling (937) 573-4282 if you want to participate in the contest or just be a part of the lineup.

This year, there will be a special appearance by Joyride Cars. Joyride was started exclusively for kids with special needs. This is a group of individuals who share their high-end one of a kind vehicle to bring joy to others. This year, they will be at to Trunk or Treat for kids of all ages and even adults to pick a car to sit in or by to get their picture. Pick your favorite car or all of them to get a picture.

There will be no parking at the park. Please park on surrounding streets and at Finfrock Construction. Transportation for handicapped individuals will be provided to the park from this location.

Entrance to Trunk or Treat will be from the Main Street exit only.

For more information, please contact the church at 937-573-4282, visit them on Facebook or their website at

Trunk or treat offered

PIQUA — Victory Baptist Church, located at 1601 South Street in Piqua, will be holding their trunk or treat event on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m. to provide a safe evening for kids and families. This is a free family event, and everyone is invited.

Church to recognize veterans

WEST MILTON — A special Veterans’ Day program honoring Union Township Veterans and their families will take place Saturday, Nov. 9, at Hoffman United Methodist Church in West Milton. The program will take place at 2 p.m. and is open to the public.

A video will be created to go along with stories submitted about each veteran featured. They are asking anyone wanting to include family members to send pictures and stories, branch of service, and years served. The deadline for submitting information is Oct. 1 to allow time to coordinate all the information.

Send your information to Hoffman United Methodist Church, 201 S. Main St., West Milton, OH 45383, marked to the attention of Nancy Studebaker. Your pictures will be returned.

Plan on attending this service to share refreshments and fellowship as we celebrate these special people.

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