As we finish this beautiful Memorial Day weekend here in Covington, June is shaping up to be a busy month in Rowdytown. The next few columns will be chock full of Covington news, so please read on so as to not miss any upcoming events.
The Covington Christian Church is starting their second annual “Food for Children” program next Monday, June 6. This is a fun, free lunch program, with faith-based activities as well. “Food for Children” is a summer lunch program for children between ages 2 and 18, but children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. Starting next Monday, the lunch program will run all summer, until Monday, Aug. 15. Lunch will be served each week from 12-1 p.m.
The children will receive a free meal at the church, as well as a bag of grocery items to take home for meals the rest of the week. Only children who attend each week can receive the grocery bag. This ministry is limited to children in the Covington school district, so please bring a utility bill or some identification with a current address in order to register. Pre-registration for the program is preferred, but on-site registration is also available. Please call the church at (937) 473-3443 to register or with any questions. This outreach of the Covington Christian Church could not be done without the generous funding of the Covington Community Chest, the church, and the generosity of many area residents.
On Sunday June 12, Fields of Grace Worship Center will host a bike blessing for all motorcyclists in our area. The morning’s activities begin in the Market Fresh Foods & Guadalajara’s parking lot, across from the church on Troy Pike, where an area will be set aside for the bikes. The blessing will begin at 9 a.m. Doug Dodge, founder of “Forged By Fire” bike ministry, which serves the entire Dayton area, will speak at the 9:30 a.m. service to be held at Fields of Grace. Doug’s website is forgedbyfire.org, or search his ministry on Facebook. Both sources have more information about who he is, as well as the powerful story he has to tell. A free lunch for all attendees will take place at 11 a.m., with a ride to follow. In case of rain, the rain date for this event will be Sunday, June 19. For more information, please visit fieldsofgrace.org, visit F.O.G. on Facebook, or call the church at (937) 573-4282.
Monday, June 13 marks the 30th birthday of Sherry Moore’s baby boy. How is that possible? Monday, June 13 also marks eight weeks since the Community Blood Center was last here to receive Covington’s collective blood. Since we blood donors may donate every eight weeks, June 13 is the date set for another blood drive, from 3-7 p.m. at the Covington Eagles Hall. This promises to be a “Whale of a Blood Drive,” since all donors over age 18 will automatically be registered to win a trip for two to Alaska. Also, donors may receive a whale-themed t-shirt, which would be a good item to pack for your Alaska trip. Register to donate at donortime.com, or call the blood center at (800) 388-4483 because appointments are encouraged. But if you can’t commit yet, just stop by between 3 and 7 to make a life-saving donation.
Salad luncheons, Vacation Bible School, and the Bucc Boosters Golf Scramble are all on the June horizon. And this Friday, June 3, the CHS class of 1976 is celebrating their 40th reunion. It will take place at Rusty Kimmel’s home at 8530 Klinger Road, with the grill starting at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Bring a covered dish or snack, lawn chair, and beverages. All class members and spouses/guests are welcome. Contact Lonnie Cain at [email protected] for more information.
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