Homecoming/45th Anniversary The First Baptist Church of Laurel will be celebrating 45 years of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. Pastor Dick Blades will deliver the message. There will be great music including guest singers from the area with the meal to follow. Everyone is welcome to join the church, which is located at S. 13 A, 32631 Bi-State Blvd., half a mile south of Laurel High School. Call 875-2925 for more information.
Chicken and Dumpling dinner The ladies of Woodland United Methodist Church, 5123 Woodland Church Rd., Seaford, will serve a Chicken and Dumpling dinner on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30. Cost is $10; children 6-12, $5; 5 and under, free. No carry-outs. For more information, call 629-5404 or 629-4662.
Fall Festival at Mt. Pleasant UMC Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 33038 Mt. Pleasant Rd., Laurel, will hold its Fall Festival on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us for oyster sandwiches by Ronnie King, chicken salad, hot dogs, homemade soups, ice cream, and baked goods. Take-out is available.
Events at St. Stephens UMC Join us at St. Stephens UMC, 101 E. State St., Delmar, on Sundays - 9 a.m. - Contemporary Praise Service; 10 a.m. - KIDZ & Adult Sunday school classes; 11 a.m. - Traditional Service & KIDZ Church. For more information, contact the church office at 846-9501 or visit www.ststephensumc.com or on Facebook at delmarststephens. October - Saturday, Oct. 20 - Our Annual Fall Festival with fun for the entire family. A yard sale will begin the day at 7 a.m. with scrapple sandwiches for breakfast. Also enjoy a silent auction and live Southern Gospel music. Oyster fritter sandwiches by the King family. Hot dogs, hamburgers, homemade baked goods, fire engine rides, kids crafts, petting zoo, barrel train rides and hayrides. The Delmarva Model Railroad will be open so all can visit the different sizes of model trains running upstairs above Camelot Hall. Admission is free. Wednesday, Oct. 31 - Trunk or Treat in the parking lot at Camelot Hall, 103 E. State St. November - Sunday, Nov. 18 - The deadline to buy lights for our 6th Annual Community Love Light Tree so names can be displayed on the big banner in the park. Traveling to Harford County the week before Thanksgiving to pick up tree. During the week of Nov. 12, setting of our Annual Community Love Light Tree. Saturday, Nov. 24 - Trimming of our Annual Tree December - Sunday, Dec. 2 - First day of Advent, we will light our 6th Annual Community Love Light Tree at 6 p.m. This event funds many of our ministries that give back to the community. All for St. Stephens UMC, come out and be a part of this annual event. Delmar Community Carol Sing - Sunday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m. at St. Stephens UMC. Come and enjoy singing and listen to the music. All are welcome to St. Stephens' Camelot Hall for free soup, sandwiches and cookies after caroling. Please bring a canned good for distribution to the local needy. This event is sponsored by local churches. Dec. 31 - Our annual New Year's Eve Dinner and Gospel singing. Stay tuned for more details.
Yard and Bake Sale Seaford Presbyterian Church will hold a Yard and Bake Sale from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the church. Jewelry, Christmas items, tools, collectibles, linens, kitchen items, glassware, pottery, books, toys, shoes, clothing, etc. will be for sale. Homemade treats and scrapple sandwiches will be available at the bake sale. Please enter at the back of the church. For more information, call 629-9077.
Galestown UMC to hold 163rd Homecoming celebration Oct. 21 Galestown United Methodist Church will hold its 163rd Homecoming celebration on Sunday, Oct 21 at 2 p.m. featuring guest speaker Pastor Pam Bockart and Southern Gospel Group Real Hope Trio and Randy Marine. Join the church for an afternoon of song, praise and worship. A dinner will follow at the Eldorado-Brookview Fire Hall.
Events at Mt. Calvary Mt. Calvary A.M.E. Church, Concord, will hold the following events:
- WOW Week - Maggie J. Roberts Women's Missionary Society presents WOW - Week of Worship on Oct. 23-26 at 7 p.m. Services include Testimony Tuesday on Oct. 23, Sweet Hour of Prayer on Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Joy Night on Thursday, Oct. 25. The Salisbury University Gospel Choir will perform on Joy Night.
- Renewal Revival - Friday, Oct. 26 - Are you tired, looking for answers? Come join us on a journey into God's presence. God promises to provide whatever we ask of Him. Elder Aaron Carr of Church of God and Saints of Christ, Seaford, will be the revivalist and the theme is "The Year of Restoration" from Joel 2:25.
For more information, call Timah Ricketts-West at 302-470-5995.
- Annual Maggie J. Roberts WMS Day - Sunday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. - The morning messenger will be the Rev. Frances Benson of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Harrington, and the afternoon messenger will be the Rev. Janice Herman of Friendship United Methodist Church, Millsboro. We will continue the theme, "The Year of Restoration" from Joel 2:25. Dinner will be served at 2 p.m.
Events at St. Matthews St. Matthews Church, 32129 Wolfe St., Laurel, holds Sunday school for all ages on Sundays at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Annual Trustee Day is at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. The messenger will be the Rev. Dr. Raymond Fisher. For more information, call 302-875-9931.
Concord celebrates 97th reunion A 97-year tradition will continue on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. at Concord United Methodist Church, when the Sons, Daughters, and Friends of Concord will gather for their annual reunion and dinner. Two locals - Steve Givens and Marty Vincent - will return this year to share their musical talent. Steve Givens, a Seaford native, grew up attending Concord UMC which is where he first started singing in public. He lives in Rehoboth Beach and teaches high school English for the Indian River School District. Marty Vincent is well known in the Seaford area by patrons of Fantasy Beauty Salon where she has been a hairdresser for over 41 years. She started singing as a young child on the "Red River Valley Jamboree," a radio station program in Paris, Texas. Marty has been attending Concord UMC for more than 50 years, and she continues to share her talent with fellow congregants by performing as a soloist and as a member of the choir. The homecoming-type service is followed at 4 p.m. by a chicken & dumplings dinner at the Community House. The public is invited to the reunion service and dinner. Cost for dinner is $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 4-12; and free for ages 3 and under. Concord UMC is located at 25322 Church Rd., east of Seaford. For more information, contact Chris Dukes at 302-629-8049 or Delores Lloyd at 302-629-8177.
Sunday Night Gospel Concerts Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, will hold Sunday Night Gospel Concerts at 6 p.m. on the following dates: Sunday Night Gospel Concerts Oct. 21 - Danita Robinson Oct. 28 - Humanaires
Events at Mt. Calvary, Bridgeville UMW Sunday The UMW of Mt. Calvary will celebrate UMW Sunday on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the church. This event offers an opportunity to share with members and friends what the church does in the community and around the world. Guest preacher will be Elder Jackie Tyson from Shiloh Temple of Praise in Stafford, Va. The theme will continue the National UMW 2018 theme, "The Power of Bold." The scripture will be II Corinthians 4:8-10. A World Thank offering will be taken during the service. The World Thank Offering is one of United Methodist Women's five channels of undesignated mission giving. A fellowship meal will be served after the service. For more information, contact Sister Cathy Murphy at 302-956-0121. Family and Friends Day On Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m., Mt. Calvary will celebrate their Annual Family and Friends Day. Guest preacher will be the Rev. Jerome E. Tilghman Sr. of the Cambridge-Reid's Grove-Vienna Charge, along with his choir and congregation. The theme is "Family, Faith and Friends-For These We Give Thanks," I Timothy 5:8. The fellowship meal will be served at 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Pat Lee at 302-245-8969 or Ginger Speight at 302-542-5752.
Gospel music at Old Christ Church Charles Paparella and the Olivet String Band will perform at Old Christ Church in Laurel at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. The church, which was built in 1772, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is in need of repairs. Any donations that are collected will benefit the church. For more information, call 302-536-1384.
King's Little Symphony Concert Enjoy an evening of gospel music presented in arrangements from the big band era and New Orleans jazz from King's Little Symphony at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 28315 Seaford Rd., on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. This seven piece band features the vocals of Todd Crosby, and includes saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, drums, guitar and bass.