Church News
Thursday, November 25, 2004
 
Free Thanksgiving dinner
Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville will have a free Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 25 starting at noon. All are welcome.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner
Come celebrate the season with St. John’s United Methodist Church in Seaford. The church is sponsoring a free Thanksgiving Day dinner. Dinner will be served at noon on Thanksgiving Day in the Fellowship Hall of the church at 3rd and Poplar streets. Reservations may be made by calling 629-4292 and walk-ins are also welcome. For details call Sally 629-2610, or visit the website, www.stewarts.biz

St. Luke’s Celtic Spirituality Institute
The Anamchara Fellowship and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Seaford) are sponsoring a seminar on Celtic Christian Spirituality. Learn about prayer styles, the lives of saints, how to walk gently in the world and experience music, dance, poetry and meditative silence. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 27, at St. Luke’s. Cost is $20 which includes materials and lunch. For more information contact Sister Barbara Jean at 302-420-7117. St. Luke’s urges people to attend the Community Thanksgiving Service at Mt. Olivet United Methodist church on Nov. 24.

New service ‘Veritas’ at St. John’s
Veritas (in Latin means truth) is a new post-modern worship service at St. John’s United Methodist Church. The post-modern style of worship began in California about 10 years ago. It’s designed to reach adults, ages 18-35, who are “unchurched” or who have stopped going to church because they feel like it has no relevance to their lives. The worship space is in fellowship hall, where the area is transformed with candlelight and curtains, with couches, tables, bean bags, and other places to sit, to make the service very comfortable and relaxed. There is a house band that leads everyone in praise songs and worship throughout the service. Everyone wears very casual clothing: jeans, sneakers, etc. There are a variety of speakers who share the message, which is biblically based, but really focuses on the relevance of the Bible in our lives today and how we can deal with life’s issues. It is a coffee-house style setting, with hot coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soda, and lots of good desserts to enjoy throughout the service. Child care is provided. For now, there is one Veritas service per month, but plans are to expand the service to once a week. The next service is Sunday, Nov. 28, at 7:15 p.m., with a Christmas Eve service also at 7:15 p.m. For information, call 629-9466 or email veritas_info@hotmail.com. St John’s is located at 300 Pine St. in Seaford.

‘Sounds Like Christmas’
The Delmar Church of God of Prophecy will present the musical drama production “Sounds Like Christmas.” Directed and produced by three-time National Crystal Communicator Award winners Ron, Deb and Wendy Craig, the production will premier Dec. 17-19, at 7:30 p.m., with free admission. This is no ordinary “church skit,” complete with full set design, make up, costumes, lighting, singing and choreography. With a contemporary approach to the Christmas message, this group of new thespians reminds us all that “Big Things Do Come in Small packages.” The host pastor of the church is Bishop Michael Phillips. The church is located on U.S. 13, three miles north of the Maryland-Delaware state line. Refreshments will be served following the performance. A bicycle will be given away each night by members and business people in the local community. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Seats are limited. For more information, call 875-7824 or 875-3242.
Hymn Sing December 5
Hymn sing at Galestown United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. Special music by Randy Marine, the Rev. Tony Rosetta and Mrs. Pam Rush.

St. Luke’s begins Advent
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in seaford celebrates the beginning of Advent season. On Sunday, Nov. 28, the first Sunday in Advent, the 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist service will be celebrated with Rite I and 10:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist will be Rite II. There will be a blessing of the Advent wreath at both services. Liturgical color for this season will be blue. Each Sunday brings the lighting of a new candle on the wreath until Christmas Day when the fifth one is lit.

Alliance Church classes
Three new adult classes will be offered at the Atlanta Road Alliance Church, Seaford, beginning Sunday, Dec. 5. They will meet from 9:45-10:45 a.m. each week. Dr. Bill Diedrich will lead a study entitled “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.” Using the book “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made,” by Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey, the class will uncover eternal statements that God has made in the very structure of our bodies, presenting captivating insights into the Body of Christ. Dr. Khalil Gorgui will lead a study in the Old Testament books of 1 & 2 Samuel, focusing on God’s relationship with the nation of Israel, particularly its leaders, such as kings Saul and David. Ray Hall will lead a study in “Foundations of the Christian Faith.” This course will explore the foundations of Biblical Christianity; the uniqueness of Christ, the adventure of a Christ-controlled life, the freedoms of grace, and much more. The Atlanta Road Alliance Church is located at 22625 Atlanta Road, 1-1/2 miles nor†h of the Nylon Capitol Shopping Plaza, next to Seaford Animal Hospital. Morning worship services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Kids Church is at 11 a.m., and the evening service is at 7 p.m. For more information, call 629-7693 or visit www.atlantaroadcma.org.

Christmas Dinner
The Ninety & Nine extends an invitation to both men and women to attend their annual Christmas dinner at the Seaford Golf & Country Club in Seaford, on Monday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. The Ninety & Nine is a ministry, which was formed in 1984 by a group of women who care about the needs of others. There are no membership dues to pay. Pastor Bill Cropper, senior pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, in Hebron, Md., will be the featured speaker. He grew up in a resort town in Maryland, and although he experienced tremendous success as an athlete, he also became addicted to drugs and alcohol. He moved to South Florida in 1982 and became involved in the illegal distribution of narcotics. In 1986, at the age of 26, after being diagnosed as chemically dependent and an alcoholic, he surrendered his life to Christ. He enrolled at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., in 1988 and graduated in 1993. He and his wife, Ruth, began pastoring at St. Paul’s in 1996 with 40 people and have seen the church grow to more than 600 people in eight years. Reservations are necessary. The deadline is Dec. 3 or as soon as seats are sold out. For details or more information call: Joyce Thomas at 629-2248, Michele Thompson at 877-0797, or Arvalene Moore at 875-4387.

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