Church News
Thursday, September 23, 2004
 
St. Luke’s Women to ECW
Eight members of Seaford’s St. Luke’s Episcopal Women will drive to Dover for the day on Saturday, Sept. 25, to attend the annual ECW Gathering — All Women & Clergy of the Diocese. The day of worship, workshops, lunch and business will be held at Christ Church. On Sunday, Sept. 26, will be the last video and discussion of “What It Means To Be An Episcopalian” meeting in the home of Vicki Reinsfelder.

St. Paul’s Hymn Sing
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Laurel, will be the host for the Lancaster, Pa., gospel singing group, “The Royal Sounds.” The Royal Sounds have sung for many different functions and have always presented their music with a testimony. The concert will be on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. St. Paul’s is located on Old Stage Road, just east of U.S. 13. Refreshments will be served. For more information, phone Pastor Don, 856-6107.

Asbury Homecoming
Asbury United Methodist Church, Rt. 9, Hardscrabble, will be celebrating Homecoming, Sunday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. Pastor Paul Isaacs and congregation welcome all to the special service. The Rev. Jack Savage will be the guest speaker. In addition to pastoring churches in the Salisbury area Jack and his wife, Ruth, own Jack’s Religious Shop in Salisbury. The Friendship Youth Choir will provide special music for the service. A meal will follow in the community hall. Asbury enjoys a long history. The church began as families meeting in various homes around 1807. The first church building was completed and the church formally organized in 1812. The original building burned and was replaced by the current structure in 1860. Since then a Sunday School and community building have been added.

Church of God Speaker
National Evangelist, Dr. W.C. Ratchford, Sr., will be welcomed at the Bridgeville Church of God, Rt. 404, on Sunday, Oct. 3, through Wednesday, Oct. 6. Dr. Ratchford has had carried the vision for Christ since 1957. Through out his years of ministry, he has served in a wide variety of capacities as a principal speaker in more than 70 camp meetings and prayer conferences. He has conducted over 30 Evangelism Conferences, written articles for the Church of God “Evangel” as well as other periodicals, and has conducted church growth conferences in the United States, as well as the Philippines, and Korea. In addition to serving as pastor in various churches in Texas, Dr. Ratchford was a state overseer to five states. In addition, he has been listed in “Who’s Who in Religion” on two occasions, has served on the Texas State Council, and has had the honor of serving as board of directors for various Bible colleges. Dr. Ratchford and his wife, Monte, are parents of W.C. Ratchford, Jr., also a Church of God pastor. Another son, David, tragically died Sept. 13, 2001. He was also a Church of God pastor. Dr. Ratchford, Sr. will speak at the Bridgeville Church of God on Oct. 3, during the morning service at 10 a.m., and the evening service at 6 p.m. He will also speak Monday, Oct. 4, through Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. each evening. Child care will be provided. For more information, contact the Church of God at 337-3044.
Nazarene church visitors
On Saturday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., Pastor Gino Jennings and congregation from the First Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Philadelphia, Pa., will be at the Church of the Nazarene, Houston Branch Road, Federalsburg, Md. For information call Sister Paris Twyman at 1-410-754-9135, or call the church, 1-410-943-0900.

Evergreen at Seaford Mission
Evergreen United Methodist Church, a new unconventional church whose mission is to take church to places where people are, will be having services at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24, at the Seaford Mission located at 3rd and North streets. All persons who wish to support the Seaford Mission residents are invited to participate in this hour of praise and fellowship. Contact Rev. Sharon Graves, 629-5223.

St. Paul’s U.M.C. Hymn Sing
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Laurel, will be the host for the Lancaster, Pa., gospel singing group, “The Royal Sounds.” The Royal Sounds have sung for many different functions and have always presented their music with a testimony. The concert will be on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. St. Paul’s is located on Old Stage Road, just east of US 13. Refreshments will be served. For more information, phone Pastor Don, 856-6107.

‘One Voice’ sings at Epworth
Christian singing group “One Voice,” heard at Lamb Jam, will be performing a free concert at Epworth Fellowship Church in Laurel, Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. Babysitting will be provided. Love offering will be taken. For more information, call 875-7995.

Jillian in Concert at CRHS
Jillian will be in concert at Colonel Richardson Senior High School, Richardson Road, American Corner, Federalsburg, Md. on Oct. 22 and 23, at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Jilian Englund, a singer, songwriter, recording artists, author, poet, performer and international speaker, was crowned Queen of the Ms. Christian America Pageant and has become their national spokesperson for 2004. She draws her material from her own life experiences. Having been abandoned on a park bench at age 2, Jillian began her troubled journey through 12 foster homes, suffering physical and mental abuse along the way. Her situation seemed hopeless and led her down a path toward self-destruction until Hope revealed Himself to her. For more information call 410-822-7654.

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