Religion Digest

Greene County News

Middle Run Baptist celebrating anniversary

XENIA — Middle Run Baptist Church, the oldest Black Baptist Church in Ohio, is celebrating its 194th anniversary. Pre-anniversary activities include a gospel music workshop that will be held 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29-30. Former church choir members and churches throughout the community are invited to participate in this workshop. A workshop concert will be held 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1.

The celebration will continue 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 with the worship service The celebration concludes 3:30 p.m. when the Rev. Bruce Jones and congregation of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church of Springfield will join the celebration. The Rev. LeRoy H. Anthony is the pastor of Middle Run. The public is invited to all activities. The church is at 1000 E. Church St.

Benefit sale

JAMESTOWN — St. Augustine Catholic Church will have its annual autumn fundraising garage sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Proceeds will be used for adopting families at Christmas and other service projects. Homemade desserts will also be available. The church hall is located at 44 E. Washington St. – Old Route 35. For more information call 937-371-7252.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

YELLOW SPRINGS — The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs is hosting “Why Care for the Environment? Cultivating a Conversation” beginning 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. The program will focus on how caring for the environment is important, but why doing so is at least equally significant. Unitarian Universalist officials said focusing on the what will likely lead to productive work, but conversing about the why can foster understanding and appreciation by others with whom people share this concern.

The speaker, Dan Estes, has taught at Cedarville University for 33 years, and currently holds the post of Distinguished Professor of Old Testament. Dan received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University, and his major research interests are the Old Testament Wisdom Literature and the book of Psalms. A spiritual discussion group on ethics will begin 9:15 a.m., followed by choir practice, which welcomes everyone, 9:45 a.m.

Youth programming for preschool through sixth grade-aged children will be available during services. Potluck lunch follows the program beginning 11:45 a.m.

Interfaith forum

KETTERING — The Interfaith Forum of Greater Dayton will host an event 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 at Christ United Methodist Church of Kettering. The topic of this program is an interfaith response to hunger panel. Please share this information with your family, friends, and fellow congregants.

Bring a treat to share, please do not include any pork or shellfish products. Please include a list of ingredients to alert participants to any potential allergic problems. Please bring non-perishable food items for donation to the church.

Holiday bazaar set

BEAVERCREEK — St. Andrew United Methodist Church will host a holiday bazaar 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 at the church, 350 North Fairfield Road. The ladies of the church have been busy making crafts during the year to benefit the mission work of St. Andrew through the upcoming bazaar.

In addition to holiday crafts, there will be the popular attic treasures, used toys, sweet shoppe, used book, tapes and CDs, cookie walk, theme baskets, artisan’s gallery, bake shoppe, silent auction and pre-owned children’s clothing. Lunch with homemade pies will be served 9:30-3 and Santa will visit from 11-1 p.m. with pictures available.

Free clothing

FAIRBORN — The Fairborn United Methodist Church is starting its fifth year at the free clothing store, The Family Closet, located at Fairborn United Methodist Church, at 100 N. Broad St. During 2014, the church offered free clothing, coats and shoes to 298 families including 461 adults, 103 teens and 343 children.

The hours of operation for The Family Closet are 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and the first and third Saturdays of each month from 9-11 a.m. Check with the church 937-878-5042 before holidays to make sure it is open. All clothing is donated whether it is used or new. Anyone needing clothing is welcome to come.

Wind in the woods

BEAVERCREEK— Wind in the Woods will play special music for the 11 a.m. service at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 350 N Fairfield Road. Jenelle Allen, Recorder/viola da gamba. Margaret Erin, Recorder/viola da gamba. Lawrence Pitzer, Lute/Recorder.

Greene County News report compiled by staff.

Greene County News report compiled by staff.