Troy First News & Upcoming Events


A family of faith living on mission in the light of God’s love


April 18th, 2021

*denotes an announcement’s first two weeks of appearance


*SAVE THE DATE - UMW Rummage Sale

The United Methodist Women will be accepting Rummage Sale items the week of June 14. The sale will be on June 18 and 19th. As you do your Spring Cleaning please remember our Rummage sale. Thank you to our Church Family for all their support of this mission project. The United Methodist Women of Troy First.

Prayer Garden Bricks

We are planning a path of personalized bricks in our new prayer garden. These bricks can be in memory of a loved one, to honor someone important in your life, or as a thank you.  There is an order form attached to our weekly email blast, order forms on the Gathering room table, or simply click HERE.

*Bible Study

Midweek Bible Study at 7:00pm, with Pastor Chris will resume in May on facebook live @troyfumc

Watch for details.


Soul Sisters Announcement

Come join us as we discuss “the way of love” Wednesday, April 28th from 10-11am.  We will meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month in the Agape room. This will be a time of friendship, inspiration, reflection, and spiritual encouragement for women of all ages with lessons and stories of God’s love.  Any questions or to register, please contact Evelyn at 631-455-7392 or

Becoming Mom Strong 

“Becoming Mom Strong” by Heidi St John, a Bi-weekly meeting, Sundays at 6PM in the Agape Room.

For more information and to register, contact Taylor Martin -, 317-496-1324


Children’s Ministry Is Open!

Sunday school (Preschool - 3rd)

Children's moment

Acolytes (2nd – 5th)

Jesus and me (JAM), during 11:00AM traditional service. 

Looking to serve? 

Adult/Parent volunteers needed. Please contact Taylor Martin, 317-496-1324 or email

*Troy First Youth Hangout

On Friday, April 30th, TFY (5th-12th) is meeting at Ducky’s for Ice Cream! Best part for students, it’s FREE! Come hangout with us. 7pm-8pm @ Ducky’s!

Hang Outs

Hangout have resumed!

*6th Graders

*Today 6th graders can attend youth group from 6-8PM in First Place basement!  See you there!


*Greeters Needed!

Since we are opening up and more people are attending services, we are adding greeters at the Franklin St. and Cherry St. doors. I am in search of anyone who would like to be a greeter and possible hand out bulletins at the doors. If you are interested, please contact me, Nancy Johnson, at or at 937-308-0019 or on Sunday at the 11:00AM service. I am looking for greeters at the 8:00AM and 11:00AM services. Thanks so much for your willing participation.

Children’s Ministry Relaunch

Sunday, April 11th.  Sunday school (Preschool - 3rd); Childrens’ moment; Acolytes (2nd – 5th graders),

Jesus And Me (JAM). 

Looking to serve?  Adult/Parent volunteers needed.

Please contact Taylor Martin, 317-496-1324 or email

Take Them a Meal

We are hoping to expand our meal ministry and would love to extend the invitation to all of our church family to become involved!  It's easy, we add your email to our Take Them a Meal listing and whenever a need comes to my attention we will send an email giving you the details.  If you are able to help with this request you sign up.  If not, there is no pressure and you will receive an email the next time we have a need.  Please email me at or call the church office at (937) 335-2826.



If you have a heart for helping brothers & sisters in recovery, bake some cookies, 2 dozen, anything from homemade to Oreo’s. They can be brought into the church office on Thursday’s between 9AM-5PM.  There is a signup sheet outside the office or you can call the office 937-335-2826 with a date you would like to provide cookies.



*There is several dates in April & May and the rest of the year to sign up for altar flowers. You can sign up outside the office or call the church office, 937-335-2826.


Coffee with Pastor Chris

The invitation is always open.  Whether you like coffee, tea, lunch, or better yet, ice cream, Pastor Chris would love to spend an hour with you getting to know and listening to your life story.  If you haven’t had a one on one time yet and/or with your own family, he wants to meet with you!  Call or email, and he would be honored to visit, whether it is out and about, at church or somewhere else you prefer. Call the church office to make an appointment, 937-335-2826.

*Altar Flowers

Today's altar flowers are given to the Glory of God by an anonymous donor, in memory of Paul Revere’s Ride—“Listen my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere on the eighteenth of April in seventy-five, hardly a man is now alive who remembers that famous day and year.”

*First Friends Of The Week!

*Big thank you to our Children’s ministry team for keeping Sunday school going through COVID-19 and for the great relaunch: Connie Goldner, Marsha Millet, Michelle Kovacs, Gloria Parker, Marilee Lake, & Taylor Martin.

Please send thank you cards to the church,

110 W. Franklin Street

Troy, OH 45373


1st Friend of Week cards are located on the prayer counter on the table at the First Place Worship Center.  If you would like to send a card please fill one out and place it in the red basket on the prayer counter where the wooden prayer box is located.  We will make sure it gets delivered to our special friend.

*First Friend of the week!

Tawnie Johnson (Thank you for always leading us in music)

110 W. Franklin St.

Troy, Ohio 45373


First Friend of Week Cards

Cards are located on the prayer counter on the table at the First Place Worship Center.  If you would like to send a card please fill one out and place it in the red basket on the prayer counter where the wooden prayer box is located.  We will make sure it gets delivered to our special friend.

Hospital Visits

If you are admitted to a hospital and desire a Pastoral visit, PLEASE call or have a family member call the church to let us know.  Due to HIPPA laws the hospital will not notify us unless you specifically ask them to notify your church Pastor.  We go when we know, please call 937-335-2826.

Please note: Many healthcare facilities have suspended Pastoral visits due to COVID-19, except under end of life circumstances. Please feel free to call the church office and make special arrangements, 937-335-2826.

Prayer Chain

If you would like to join the FUMC prayer chain or if you have a prayer request that you would like the members to pray for, please email Brad and Laura Bemus at or call 937-524-9145.




Holy Land update

*Israel is opening up very slowly.  This being said we are delaying our trip until November 7-17, 2022.  Your $500.00 deposit can stay in the treasury or if you prefer a refund, it can be requested.  Just let Diana know your preference.


*Let's Go

We still need people to join us on our trip to Branson & The Ozarks.  Seven shows are included.  Deposit due now.  Flyers on the Let’s Go table, outside the office.  We have rebooked our trip to New England with Collette, new flyers available.  Deposit due now.  If the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is on your bucket list seats still are available.  Over 600 hot air balloons promise to be a spectacular sight.  Deposit due now.  Let’s Go had requests for another try to Oberammergau next year.  We have secured 30 seats.  It is booked with Collette and looks like an amazing adventure.  Besides the Passion play we will be in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy.  $800 deposit due

May 24, 2021 to save $150.  Second deposit $1500 due July 17, 2021.  Final payment is March 19, 2022.  Flyers available.  Questions call Diana Shellenberger, 937-216-7088.


First News Announcements 

If you have any upcoming events, latest news or prayer concerns, please email the information to, or call the office, 937-335-2826.


Stewardship News

A weekly report on the financial status of Jesus’ ministry here at Troy First can be sent to you via email if you sign up for the weekly “First News & Information” OR click HERE.


*Lost and Found

If you are missing; a black “First Place Recovery t-shirt”, a book called “Waggish”, several water bottles, several pairs of glasses, a phone charger, men’s black gloves, please stop by the lost and found outside the church office.


Sunday: April 18

5:00pm Narcotics Anonymous

6:00pm Troy First Youth

6:00pm Mom’s Strong Bible study

Monday: April 19

11:30am Troy Noon Optimist

12:30pm Narcotics Anonymous

2:00pm Women’s Exercising Class

6:30pm Narcotics Anonymous

7:00pm Outreach Committee Meeting

Tuesday: April 20

9:30am UMW Leadership Meeting

1:00pm First Place Food Pantry Volunteer Celebration    

3:00pm Virtual Market

6:30pm Women’s Support Group

Wednesday: April 21

12:00pm Narcotics Anonymous

2:00pm Women’s Exercising Class

6:30pm Men’s Support Group

Thursday: April 22

6:00pm Women’s Alcoholics Anonymous

6:30pm Midweek Vespers

7:00pm Choir Rehearsal

7:00pm Contemporary Worship Rehearsal

7:00pm First Place Recovery

Friday: April 23

12:30pm Narcotics Anonymous

Saturday: April 24 

9:00am Men’s Bible Study

6:30pm First Place Recovery Worship

8:30pm Alcoholics Anonymous