Church News
Thursday, September 30, 2004
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.

Galloways coming to Epworth
The Galloways will be appearing on Friday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Epworth Christian School Sanctuary. Southern Gospel Music stylists, The Galloways combine their strong faith and talent to deliver quality performances that have been receiving rave reviews. Driven by a desire to inspire their audiences and to bring the positive message of salvation, The Galloway’s are intent upon touching people through music and song. A performance by The Galloway’s is like attending a revival with a comedic edge. Earl Galloway, the group’s business manager and vocalist, commands the audience by integrating everyday stories with a twist as introductions to their varied repertoire. The group received the 2000 Singing News Fan Award nomination for Horizon Group of The Year and the 2000 Gospel Voice Diamond Awards nomination for Sunrise Group of the Year. Most recently The Galloway’s were nominated by the Southern Gospel Music Association for the New Artist of the Year 2001. The trio has also been honored by their placement in the southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame as Artist of the New Millennium.

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 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.

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.
130th anniversary celebration
Wesley United Methodist Church, located near Finchville, Md., will celebrate its 130th anniversary with a country music concert featuring Jerry Jones of Seaford on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m. Jones is the 2004 Country Music Associations Male Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. The church is located 3 1/2 miles west of Reliance. At the Finchville traffic light, turn left on Rt. 313.

St. George’s concert
St. George’s United Methodist Church will have a gospel concert on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. The guest will be “The Dove,” a quartet. There will be a covered dish supper at 6 p.m. All are welcome. The church is located on St. George’s Road between Laurel and Delmar.

Nazarene revival services
Revival services at the United Church of the Nazarene in Hurlock with the Rev. Paul L. Watkins, of Miracle Faith Church, Grasonville, Md., will take place at 7:30 p.m. nightly, Oct. 3-9. The public is welcome. For more information phone 1-410-943-0900. Also on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., The singing Disciples of Snow Hill, Md. will be at the church. A free-will offering will be taken.

Church Homecoming
Annual homecoming at Macedonia A.M.E. Church, 431 North St., Seaford, on Sunday, Oct. 10. The preachers will be the Rev. Dania R. Griffin, pastor, at the 11 a.m. service and the Rev. Annie J. Custis (choir and congregation) from St. John’s Baptist Church, Millsboro, at the 3:30 p.m. service. Dinner will be served from 1:30-3 p.m.

Sisterhood Seminar
Take My Hand Ministry, Inc. will sponsor a Sisterhood Seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 102 Maryland Ave. in Greenwood. The morning session is held from 10 a.m.-noon. Lunch is at a local restaurant from noon until 2 p.m. The afternoon session is held from 2 until 4 p.m. A free will offering is taken for the guest speaker. A $5 registration fee per person is made payable to: Take My Hand Ministry, Inc. Evangelist and Pastor Lynnette Horton will be the guest speaker. She is also a Christian comedian. Pastor Horton is currently residing in Washington, D.C. All Sisterhood Seminars offer continuing education units (1/2 credit). For more information contact Dr. Michaele S. Russell at (302)349-4220.

Mary & Martha Tea Room
Take My Hand Ministry, Inc. will sponsor the Mary and Martha Tea Room on Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The event will take place at 102 Maryland Ave. in Greenwood. The guest speaker is Brenda J. Britt, R.N. of Dover. She will address women’s health issues. Pastor Minnie Harris of Dover will offer spiritual teaching. The event can accommodate 20 to 25 women. Refreshments are provided. A free will offering will be taken for the guest speaker. For more information contact Dr. Michaele S. Russell at 349-4220.

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