Church News
Thursday, December 2, 2004
‘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.

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
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. 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.

Financial Workshop
On Saturday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. will be the “Word of Faith Financial Workshop” with Ray Barnard, noted radio and television personality from Philadelphia. Pastor Barnard travels and teaches throughout the United States and internationally.Learn to improve and develop decision making skills concerning finances. The workshop will be at the Christian Center, 17 West Market St., Greenwood. For more information call 349-9420.
Church of the Nazarene visitors
On Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. the Rev. Miles and congregation from First Prigrim Baptist Church in Camden will be at the United Church of the Nazarene, 4718 Jackson St., Hurlock, Md. Pastor is Ebenezer Williamson. For information call the church at 1-410-943-0900 or Sister Paris Twyman, at 1-410-754-9135. The public is welcome. On Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., the Rev. Curtis Roberts and congregation from Mills Memorial Baptist Church, Salisbury, Md., will be the guests.

Gethsemane youth pageant
Youth presentation of “The Day God Became a Man,” a Christmas pageant, on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 7 a.m. at Gethsemane United Methodist Church, Reliance. Everyone is invited.

Union UMC Cantata
On Sunday, Dec. 19, Union United Methodist Church, Bridgeville, will have their “Christmas Cantata” at 7 p.m., “Heaven’s Child.” Desert fellowship after the Cantata in Fellowship Hall.

Union Christmas communion
On Friday Dec. 24, Union United Methodist Church, Bridgeville, will have a Christmas silent communion from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by a candlelight service at 7 p.m.

Cantata, house tour in Bethel
There will be a cantata on Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Sailors Bethel United Methodist Church, followed by a tour of historic homes in the area. Tickets, purchased from the Bethel Historical Society, are $10 in advance or $15 on the day of the tour. Call early for reservations, 875-3971 or 875-0647.

St. John’s Thanksgiving Feast
More than 100 people were served dinner at St. John’s Church in Seaford on Thanksgiving Day. Chairperson Connie Matthews stated, “It was wonderful. We had lots of food donated and folks from different faiths showed up to help and to eat.” The committee wishes to thank everyone who donated time, money or food to the effort and pray that God will bless them for their generosity. “It was great to see the outpouring of love from the church and the community. Two people even came from Lewes to help,” said Matthews. Guests were served family style, while servers made sure that all the dishes stayed full. The dinner was such a success that organizers are already planning next year’s event.

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