Church News
Thursday, February 3, 2005
Is Christianity Boring?
"Is Christianity Boring, Untrue or Irrelevant?" This question begins the Alpha course, an opportunity to learn, listen, discover and explore the Christian faith in small groups where no question is too simple or too hostile. This 10-week course begins Thursday, Feb. 3, with dinner at 5:30 p.m., at St. John's Church located at Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford. Call 629-9466 for details and child care needs.

Pentecostal Temple Revival
Pentecostal Temple Church of God In Christ, W. 8th St., Laurel, will be having a revival, running from Feb. 10-12, at 7:30 nightly at the church. The speaker will be Evangelist Sandra Copes from Fruitland, Md. The pastor is Elder C.L. Blackshear. Everyone welcome to worship together.

Four Chaplains Service
The Southeastern Shore District American Legion presents the Four Chaplains Memorial Service on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 2:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend the event which will take place at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury. Four Chaplains Memorial Services take place in communities across the country on or near the sinking of the Dorchester in order to promote the need for cooperation among all people. The Dorchester was a troop transport ship carrying 902 service men, merchant seamen and civilian workers to Greenland, when it was struck by torpedoes launched from the German submarine U-223 on Feb. 3, 1943. In spite of the chaos four army chaplains did their best to calm those on board, aid the wounded and help the survivors of the attack to safety. They offered their own life vest to others and went down together with the sinking ship. For their bravery, the Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart were awarded posthumously on Dec. 19, 1944 to the next of kin. For the first and last time, a special medal for heroism was presented by the President on Jan. 18, 1961. Join the community in honoring these four men at the Four Chaplains Memorial Service on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

Choices of Heart Conference
Ladies of all ages and teen girls ages 13-17 are invited to the 2005 Choices of the Heart Conference, Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5, at the Atlanta Road Alliance Church in Seaford. Christie Miller, wife, mother, English and drama teacher, will be the keynote speaker. Sharing God's Word from her heart experiences, she's practical, challenging, entertaining, and transparent. The weekend includes twelve informative workshops:
On Friday - "Secrets Your Mother Probably Never Told You," Christie Miller; "A Heart For Your Home," Jimalee Humpton; "Getting Even With Getting Older," Ruth Voth; "When Things Don't Go quite The Way You PlannedÉSingle Parenting," Gloria Burton; "Gifts From The Heart," Melissa Abbott; "A Beautiful Day, Single Survival," Maggie Johnson.
On Saturday - "Married But Walking Alone," Christie Miller; "Budgeting From The Heart," Karen Garrison; "Getting Even With Getting Older," Ruth Voth; "A Heart For Caring-Aging Parents," Nancy Reynolds; "A Heart For Entertaining," Melissa Abbott; "Passion and Purity - Teens," Maggie Johnson. A local trio, Abundant Joy, will minister in music. Two day registration for adults is $25; one day for adults is $15. Two-day registration for teen girls is $10; one day is $5. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Friday and the sessions are from 7-10:15 p.m. Saturday begins with a light breakfast at 7:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. sessions. Register early as seating is limited. No child care will be available.
From Rt. 13, take Rt. 20 west and turn right on Atlanta Road (between Ride Aid and Eckerds drug Store) and continue on Atlanta Road for two miles and the church is on the right. For further information, contact the Atlanta Road Alliance Church at 629-7693.
Church of God Concert
Bill and Karen Itzel will be in concert on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 10:30 a.m. at the Bridgeville Church of God. For more information phone 337-3044.

St. Luke's organist welcomed
Parishioners of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Seaford will welcome Albert Pinkerton as the new organist and choir director on Sunday, Feb. 6. He will present a mini concert on Sunday at 9:45 a.m. There will only be one service at 10 a.m. after which will be the annual parish meeting and luncheon in the Great hall. Holy Eucharist and imposition of ashes will take place on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 10:30 a.m. at the Manor House and 7 p.m. at the church.

St. George's Concert
St. George's United Methodist Church, Laurel, will have a gospel concert on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. The guests will be Ellery Adams and The Rescue Team of Preston, Md. The church is located on St. George's Road between Laurel and Delmar.

Centenary Ash Wednesday
Centenary United Methodist Church, Poplar and Market streets, Laurel, will have an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m., Feb. 9. There will be the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion. Pastor John Van Tine will bring the message "Overcoming Temptation." All are welcome.

St. John's Thrift Store reopens
St. John's Community Thrift Shop located at 259 Conwell St., in Seaford opened in November, 2002 as a community oriented thrift store. Since then it has grown and a small outreach center has flourished as the needs of the community have shown themselves. The outreach center, called "The Sharing Place" is a place where people can find fellowship, prayer and referrals, depending on their needs. There is always free coffee and caring in this store/outreach center. In November a free Thanksgiving dinner was provided and on Dec. 25, Christmas "Joy Boxes" were distributed. The center is constantly trying to keep up with and meet the needs of the local community. The store has been closed to the public for the month of January so that a reorganization of the stock and layout could take place. Its Grand re-Opening is scheduled on Feb. 9. The store and outreach program are managed by Connie Matthews and are a ministry of St. John's United Methodist Church, 629-9466.

Trustees day at New Zion
The trustees of new Zion United Methodist Church in Laurel will celebrate their annual Trustee's Day on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 3:30 p.m. The Rev. Marie Robertson of Mount Calvary United Methodist Church in Bridgeville will be the guest speaker. The Rev. Timothy A. Duffield, Sr. is the pastor.

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