Kids to experience hunger
By Lynn R. Parks
Youth groups in Mt. Olivet and Gethsemane United Methodist churches want to know what it feels like to be hungry.
About 30 middle schoolers and high schoolers will participate in the 30-Hour Famine, sponsored by World Vision, which fights hunger world-wide. The teens will not eat from lunchtime Friday, Feb. 21, until dinnertime Saturday, Feb. 22.
“We will break up into small groups and each group will learn about a different country,” said Missy Rekitzke, youth director at Gethsemane. “They will learn what life is like for kids growing up there, and learn about statistics on starvation. I think that will make more of an impact when their stomachs are grumbling.”
The participants will collect money through sponsorships. All proceeds will go to World Vision.
In addition, participants will go on a scavenger hunt on Saturday afternoon to collect food from parishioners. The food will be donated to the Seaford Food Closet.
“We want to help the kids understand the value of money,” Rekitzke said. “You ask them what they can do with $5, and they say they can buy a Big Mac. But $5 will buy a whole week’s worth of food for a child in Hondurus. Twenty-five dollars will buy that CD I really want, or pay for a child’s education and food for an entire month. Every dollar we collect will be able to help in a person’s life.”
Children in grades six through 12 are welcome to participate. For details, call Gethsemane, 629-2862, or Mt. Olivet, 629-4458.
Formal banquet planned
The Rehoboth Temple of Praise Church will hold a formal banquet, “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” Friday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., at the Delmarva Convention Center, Delmar, Md. Tickets are $25 per person. A professional photographer will be available to take portraits. Tickets may be purchased at Jack’s Religious Gift Shop and at The Gospel Shop. For details, call the church at 875-5545.
New Zion celebrates joy
New Zion United Methodist Church holds its Joy Night the second and fourth Friday of every month, at 7 p.m.. This month’s services will be Feb. 14 and 28. All singers, musicians, praise dancers, Christian poets, mime groups and individuals are welcome. The church is at 428 West 6th St., Laurel. For details, call the Rev. Carol Sessoms Hopkins, 875-3064.
Valentine’s dinner, concert set
New Beginnings Worship Center will sponsor a dinner and concert for Valentine’s Day Saturday, Feb. 15. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with the concert at 7 p.m., when “The Lights of Home” of Laurel will be singing. Admission to each is a donation. For more information call 398-8808 or 337-0161. The church is located on the corner of US 13 and Williamsville Road, 3 miles south of Harrington.
Woodland to host dinner
The Woodland United Methodist Church women will host a chicken and dumpling dinner Saturday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) Price is $7 for adults, $3.50 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and under. No carry-outs will be available. The church is 4.5 miles west of Seaford on Woodland Church Road.
Concert to be at Centenary
Bruce Willey and the Band of Brothers and Sister will present a concert of gospel music at Centenary United Methodist Church, Poplar and Market streets, Laurel, Sunday, Feb. 16, at 12:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Admission is free.
Youth worship service set
A youth program will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Seaford Middle School auditorium. Teens, youth groups and youth workers are invited to participate. Mongoose, a local band, will provide the music.
Karen Handy, youth director at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Seaford, is designing the program based on IYF (In Your Face), a monthly youth service held in Salisbury. For more information, contact Handy, 629-9466 or 629-3989, or Andree Woodard, 629-4458.
Reunion to perform Feb. 16
The group Reunion will perform Sunday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Mt. Pleasant Road, Laurel. The public is invited. Refreshments will follow. For information call 875-5009.
All Saint’s to host dinner
All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 10th and Grove streets, Delmar, will hold a roast beef dinner Thursday, Feb. 20, 5 to 7 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the door.
New Beginnings plans dinner
An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be Sunday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m., at New Beginnings Worship Center, 3 miles south of Harrington at US 13 and Williamsville Road. Cost is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 7 to 12 and free for children 6 and under. For information call 337-0161.
Union UMC to serve turkey
The Union Station Diner will be open at Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. Members of the church will serve a turkey dinner. Price for adults is $6, $3 for children 10 and under. Proceeds will benefit the church.
Concert to benefit Brown
An evening of southern gospel music featuring Ole Time Gospel Singers Pam Rush, Redeemed, the Robinson Family and Brittany Swift will be Saturday, March 15, at 6 p.m. at Christ Evangelist Church, Bethel Road, just west of US 13, Laurel. An offering collected by Laurel firemen will benefit Laurel fireman Gerald Brown, who is suffering from leukemia.