Troy First News and Upcoming Events


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


January 17th, 2021

*denotes an announcement’s first two weeks of appearance


*Bible Study

Join us for Bible study for 5 weeks on Wednesday evenings as we study “The Treasure Principle” by Randy Alcon on Facebook Live! Books will be available in the church office for $8 if you’d like to stop by. 



Registration is NOW open to church members for preschool.  Please email Alicia if you want to get registered,



We will start collecting pajamas starting now through January 24 for Isiah’s Place. Any questions call Taylor Martin, 937-335-2826.



*Take Them a Meal

Hi friends! We have a family within our church that could use some extra help with meals, due to a hospitalization. I know many of you enjoy to cook!! Would you consider sharing a gift of a meal, to take the stress off of thinking about what to cook away? Contactless porch drop off, so very safe. Please also keep the Strunk family (Dave, Trisha, and Chloe) in your prayers as they work with their medical team for what is next.  Contact the church office if you have any questions.


*Safety Team

We are in need of additional volunteers to serve on this team for any of our 3 services.  Please contact Jack Hoekstra at (937) 573-6160 if interested or if you have any questions.  You can also leave a message for him at the church office.

*Join the Troy First AV Team

If you've been looking for a way to get involved here at Troy First, consider serving on the Troy First AV Team!  There are several ways to serve: camera operation, slide advancement and video switcher operation, graphic design, and audio engineering.  If you have experience with any of the above OR you simply want to get involved, please contact Jonathan Kampfe (Media Coordinator) at  If you want to help out, but don't have time or skills to give, please consider donating your used iPhone 8 (or newer) for use as a camera for our online worship.  Blessings to you all and thank you so much for your gracious and kind support of the Troy First AV Team during 2020 as we went through the growing pains of going LIVE and upgrading our tech!  You're the best!


If you have a heart for helping brothers & sisters in recovery, you could provide 2 dozen cookies, anything from homemade to Oreo’s they can be brought into the church office on Thursday’s anywhere from 9-5.  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.

Calendars 2021

If anyone has any extra calendars for 2021 that they will not be using, the food pantry will take them.  People that go to the food pantry really enjoy getting them.


*Altar Flowers

  Please sign up to donate the altar flowers by calling the church office 937-335-2826 or there is a signup sheet outside the office.

First Family News

Troy First Church Family Album

Be sure to join the Troy First Church Family Album! What a fun way to get to know others. The completed album will be available digitally, but if someone is not on the internet, we would be happy to print one.  Click the link in the body of the email, and answer the fun questions.  Please send a family photo to so we can include it, also if you are not on the internet please call Susan at 937-335-2826 and she will send you a paper copy to fill out and send back.


*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.


*1st Friend of The Week

1st Friend of The 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.


*Altar Flowers

The altar flowers are given in celebration our son, Mike’s 50th birthday by Pete & Linda Breidenbach.


*First Friend of the Week!

Penny Hoekstra (birthday 1/22)                         Kay Kaebnick (birthday 1/21)

250 Crestwood Dr.                                            286 S. Dorset Road, Suite 102
Troy, OH 45373                                                 Troy, Ohio 45373


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.

Most healthcare facilities have suspended Pastoral visits due to COVID-19, except under end of life circumstances.


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.


*Food Pantry

We continue to be open to serve anyone who needs us during our normal operating hours of 10.5 per week. We are serving all who come and are using a COVID-19 safe drive by model at this time.  

For hours feel free to email us at or call us at 937-335-2826.   

We are truly thankful for the huge amount of support that has come from all of your during this time and especially throughout the Christmas season. Please share this information with your congregations. 

Sharon Buse



*Holy Land update

The country of Israel is still on lock down.  Hotels are not open yet.  Israel has enough vaccines for their whole country, so will open up after it is distributed.  Pastor Chris and Let’s Go will make the decision in March about the Holy Land trip…if it will happen in November of 2021 or if it will be in 2022.  Thank you for your patience.  Any questions call Diana Shellenberger, 937-216-7088.


*Let's Go 
The mystery trip payment is due January 30.  Tulip Time to Holland, Michigan deposit due February 6th, questions call Diana for more details 937-216-7088


*Church Office

The church office will be closed on Monday, January 18 in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. day.


*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”.



Sunday: January 17

5:00pm Narcotics anonymous

6:00pm Youth mtg

Monday: January 18

Church office will be closed in remembrance Martin Luther King Jr.       

12:30pm Narcotics anonymous

3:00pm Women’s exercising class

6:30pm Narcotics anonymous

Tuesday: January 19

9:30am UMW Leadership mtg

11:30am Virtual Market

6:30pm Women’s support group

Wednesday: January 20

12:00pm Narcotics anonymous

3:00pm Women’s exercising class

6:30pm Men’s support group

6:30pm Recovery Leadership

7:00pm Bible study (facebook)

Thursday: January 21

7:00pm Contemporary practice

7:00pm First Place Recovery

Friday: January 22

12:30pm Narcotics anonymous

Saturday: January 23

6:30pm First Place Recovery service

8:30pm Alcoholics anonymous