Church Events
Thursday, December 21th, 2000
St. Phillips plans service
St. Phillips will hold special services on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 9:30 a.m., the celebration of the fourth Sunday of Advent and Holy Eucharist. On Christmas Eve a family service and Holy Eucharist will be at 7:30 p.m. and a Holy Eucharist only at 10:30 p.m.

First Baptist to mark season
First Baptist Church of Laurel will hold its Christmas Eve service at 10 a.m., featuring gospel singer Ruthie Jarrell. She has written many of her southern-style gospel songs. The Christmas Eve annual candlelight service will be at 5:30 p.m. The First Baptist Church is located 1/2 mile south of the Laurel High School on alternate US 13.

Christmas Eve service set
Cannon United Methodist Church, Delaware 18, Cannon, will have a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 11 p.m. Holy communion will be served. For details, contact pastor Steve Hall at 629-2655.

Bikers look for refreshment
On Feb. 2 and 3, the Christian Motorcyclists Association will hold its annual Seasons of Refreshing Conference at the Grace of God Fellowship Church in Easton, Md. Christians will join together to prepare for the riding season ahead. Sessions, led by the Northeast Regional evangelist Rick Steffy, will begin on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and will continue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information and for directions to the church, contact Bill Reaver at 410-673-2341 or 410-673-2000.

St. Luke's to celebrate season
The Christ Mass candlelight Christmas Eve service at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Seaford, will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Rev. Jeanne W. Kirby will be celebrant at the Festival Choral, Eucharist. Children of the parish will place the figures of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus in the creche and the wise men figures will begin their procession to the creche, arriving on Ephipany, Jan. 6. Members of the choir at St. Luke's will sing. They will be joined by guest musicians Everett Hart of Laurel and Abb Gunn, former band director at Seaford High School. Hart and his wife, Betty, retirees from New Jersey, have been Laurel residents since 1990. Members of Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel, they are also in the Lions Club. Mr. Hart will present a harmonica solo, “O Holy Night.” He will be accompanied by St. Luke's organist, Virginia “Mike” Barton. Gunn, a former organist at St. Luke's, was at Seaford High School as band director from 1961 until 1982. A resident of Alpharetta, Ga., he retired after teaching band there for 17 years. Mr. Gunn will play the organ during the choral prelude at St. Luke's. Also participating at the Christmas Eve service will be Marie Modaber, Barbara Nichols, Herb Quick, Sarah Quick, Natalie Quick, Diane Burns, Steven Larsen, Justin Larsen, Noel Sizemore, Jimmy Pentoney, Stan Taylor and Vicki Reinsfelder. On Christmas Day at 10 a.m. a quiet celebration of the Holy Eucharist will be observed.

Breakfast planned at church
Breakfast will be served by the Centenary Promise Keepers for the College Scholarship Fund at the Centenary United Methodist Church, in Laurel, on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 6:30 to 10 a.m. The all-you-can-eat menu will include eggs, sausage, coffee, orange juice, pancakes, rolls and potatoes. Cost for adults is $5 and for children 6-12, $3. Children under 6 will be admitted free.

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