Religion briefs

Ginghamsburg to host blood drive

MIAMI COUNTY — Ginghamsburg Church will host a community blood drive on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 8 a.m. to noon in the South Campus Chapel, 7695 S. County Road 25-A, Tipp City.

The blood drives come during the heart of winter and continues the theme of Ohio’s first Blood Donor Awareness Month. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the commemorative “Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month” t-shirt. Schedule an appointment online at or call (800) 388-GIVE.

Soup and sandwich supper set

TROY — Join First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market St. in Troy, for their annual soup and sandwich supper from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.

First UCC’s Relay for Life Team will be serving homemade chili, beef vegetable soup and chicken and noodle soup, as well as hot dogs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, brownies, cookies and drinks. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children 5–10 years old, children under 5 eat free.

Please use the Canal Street entrance, which is handicapped accessible. All proceeds benefit Relay for Life

Beamish to play organ

TROY — This Sunday, Pastor Don Crist has chosen as his topic for the sermon “The Waiting Room.” Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at St. John’s United Church of Christ. The choir will sing “The Gift of Love” by Hal Hopson. Ginny Beamish will play “Voluntary in A Minor,” anonymous; “Andavite” by Daniel Gottlob Turk, and “Allegro Energico” by Ludwig van Beethoven on the organ.

A downtown landmark on the corner of Walnut and Canal Streets since 1883, St. John’s is an accessible and friendly church. Parking is available on the street. For more information, call St. John’s United Church of Christ at (937) 335-2028.

FLC invites community

TROY — First Lutheran Church invites the community to its Sunday worship service at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Holst will preach the sermon, “Where God’s Grace Finds You.” Worship participants are, Joel Hootman, organist; the Daffner Family, ushers; Barbara Decker, lector. The bulletin assembly team is Ed and Rita Piner.

There is always a special message for the children. Sunday School at 8:30 a.m. and a staffed nursery is available.

Mid-week Bible study, “Anxious for Nothing,” will be held Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. FLC’s Deborah Circle meets Tuesday, Feb. 12, at noon. All are welcome.

Looking ahead: FLC’s new praise and worship service starts Sunday evening on March 3 at 6 p.m. Ash Wednesday services with the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion will be held at noon and 7 p.m. on March 6.

First Lutheran Church in Troy is located at 2899 W. Main St., at the corner of Washington. Contact the church at (937) 335-2323 or Visit for more information.

Hutsons to perform

CASSTOWN — Bryan and Yvonne Hutson, Christian vocalists and songwriters Of Rescue Me Ministries, will perform on Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church and at 10:45 a.m. at Casstown United Methodist Church. A fellowship luncheon will follow at noon.

Bethel United Methodist Church is located at 2505 E. Loy Road in Piqua and Casstown United Methodist Church is located at 102 Center St. in Casstown. Call Bethel UMC at (937) 339-4828 or Casstown UMC at (937) 339-4828 for more information.

Rescue Me Ministries was formed in 2012 to encourage and challenge other couples to fight for their marriage and family. For more information, visit or Facebook.

Griefshare seminars upcoming

TROY — You don’t have to go through it alone. St. Patrick Church offers “Griefshare,” a seminar and support group to the parish and local community. This is a weekly seminar and support group for people grieving the cessation of a close personal relationship by death. At GriefShare, you’ll learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life.

All programs will be held in the St. Patrick Parish Center, 444 E. Water St., upstairs in Room 3, each Wednesday for 13 weeks. They will offer two sessions: 1-2:30 p.m. or 7-8:30 p.m. The next session begins Feb. 13.

St. Patrick is also offering a loss of a spouse seminar on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. in the Parish Center.

Cancer support group to meet

TROY — The St. Patrick Church cancer support group will host “Finding Hope by Learning the Facts about Cancer.” Meetings will be held the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

All are welcome to these informative sessions and welcome suggestions for topics.

For questions, contact Pat Smith at (937) 335-2833, Ext. 105, or

Princess Ball upcoming

COVINGTON — On Feb. 16, Fields of Grace Worship Center will be hosting their fifth annual Princess Ball.

Cinderella will be attending the ball this year. Each little girl will have a chance to meet her and have their picture taken with her. Each little girl will receive her own wrist corsage and can visit the candy bar for a sweet treat. She will also be able to make a keepsake to take with her to remember her special night at the ball.

The ball will take place at the Covington Eagles hall from 6:30-8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. There will be a $10 per family admittance.

Please use the entrance located on Debra Street.

For more information, contact Fields of Grace, Monday through Friday at (937) 573-4282, on Facebook or visit

Movie showing rescheduled

PIQUA — Rescheduled due to weather: Join Victory Baptist Church at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, for a special showing of “Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey.” This 75-minute movie tells the story of how God used Billy to reach millions of people and features Franklin Graham sharing the same message his father dedicated his life to preaching.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The church is located at 1601 South St. in Piqua. For more information, call (937) 773-6469 or

Sportsman banquet offered

TROY — First Baptist Church Troy will offer its Fourth annual Family Sportsman Banquet on Saturday, March 2, at the church, 53 S. Norwich Road, Troy.

Free workshops and activities will be offered from 1:30-4:30 p.m. and will include turkey calling, airsoft target shooting, Indian artifacts, archery and more.

Dinner and a speaker, Dr. Fred Adams, founder of Sword Deaf Ministries, will be from 5-7 p.m. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Adams, who has been deaf since age 1, has a unique and often humorous perspective on the outdoors. An admission ticket at $10 is necessary for dinner. Day of the event tickets will be sold if available.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the church office at 339-3602 or visit