Church News
Thursday, June 12, 2008
St. John's multicultural services Siempre Verde, a multicultural, bilingual service is being led by Pastor Luis Almandoz on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at St. John's United Methodist Church at Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford. Praise music, powerful preaching and a small meal unite this fellowship of persons of both Hispanic and Anglo origins. Alberto Mendez leads worship on the keyboard.

Ladies' bible study There is a ladies' bible study, held every Tuesday starting at 10 a.m., at Laurel Baptist Church, Bi-State Boulevard in Laurel. This bible study is a non-denominational study, only God's Word is studied, making us to be more like Christ. Should you have any questions regarding the study, feel free to call Gertrude R. Smith at 875-5300.

Fifth annual 'Balling for God' The Outreach Team of New Zion United Methodist Church is hosting its 5th annual "Balling for God" Basketball Tournament and HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This event is Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Webb Avenue in Laurel. The Sussex County AIDS Counsel will be on hand giving out pamphlets and information about this rapidly growing disease and to provide free testing. The age brackets for the tournament are 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18. There is also a foul shooting contest. Vendors are invited. For more information contact Sherita Belle at 302-877-0987 or Amy Handy at 875-4263. Sussex County Prayer Breakfast Sussex County will host the 31st annual Prayer Breakfast on Monday, June 16, with Pastor Rick Betts as the featured speaker. This year's Prayer Breakfast will be held at the CHEER Center on Sand Hill Road in Georgetown. Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., with the message to begin at 7:45 a.m. The event is hosted by the Sussex County Council. Ticket sales and community sponsorships from individuals, organizations and businesses fund this annual event. Pastor Betts' message will focus on the importance of family, friends and faith in his life while growing up in Sussex County. Tickets are still available for the prayer breakfast. Tickets are $12 per person, and are available on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information, call 855-7743.

St. John's UMC VBS St. John's United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford, is sponsoring a Vacation Bible School program on June 23-27, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cosmic City is a fun and interactive learning experience for children ages 2 to 12. Kids will explore the awesome wonder of God as they visit tour stops throughout Cosmic City. For more information or to register for Cosmic City Vacation Bible School call 629-9466.

The Ark VBS Power Lab The VBS Power Lab will blast off discovering Jesus "miraculous power" at The Ark, Seaford Wesleyan Church, 26630 Sussex Highway, Seaford. New friends, amazing crafts, wacky snacks and much more. The mind-blowing Bible adventures will begin June 24, 25, 26 27 and 29. The power lab fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:45 p.m. The finale will take place on Sunday morning during the 10:30 a.m. service. Open to children ages 3 to 12. Call 628-1020 for more information. Email pre-registration to Include child's name, age, parent/guardian name and phone number.

The Lighthouse Rising gas prices, wars and rumors of wars, rising food prices, it's all so frightening. Come join Rebecca Jones as she presents "God's Deliverance and Provision," Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at The Lighthouse Church, 27225 Kaye Road, Laurel. Find out how the Bible can show you how to live and face hardships today. Pastor Timothy Jones provides kid's church for grades K-6, and a nursery is available. Call 875-7814.

Family Fun Day Harvest Christian Church will hold a Family Fun Day on Sunday, June 22. Harvest Theater presents: original dance to Casting Crowns song, "Set Me Free." Fun starts at 10:30 a.m., join us for lunch and games immediately after service. There will be a dunk tank, water slide, moon bounce, free give a-ways and lots of fun. For more information email:

Church Revival The Delmar Church of God of Prophecy on the corner of Rt. 13 and Dorthy Road will be in revival with Jonathan Garlock from St. Louis, Mo. Services will begin at 7:30 p.m. on June 12 and 13 and at 11 a.m. on June 15. Host Pastor, Michael Phillips.

Latin Mass June 15 A Latin mass according to the Missal of 1962 is celebrated on the third Sunday of every month at 3 p.m. at Holy Cross Church in Dover. The mass will be celebrated on June 15. The mass is always a Missa Cantata using traditional Gregorian chant. For further information, call 302-674-5781

Vacation Bible School The Vacation Bible School crew at Clarence Street Church of God, located at 744 Clarence Street, Seaford, is getting ready for "Gospel Light's SonWorld Adventure Park VBS." They are preparing to meet some very special characters that will help youth understand more about making choices. This adventure will be held on Monday, June 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 17 through Friday, June 20, the adventure will be from 6 p.m. through 8 p.m. and is open for youth ages 5 to senior adults. For more information, call 629-9443.

Centenary UMC VBS Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel will be having Vacation Bible School, June 16-20, from 9-11:30 a.m., for ages 3 through sixth grade. Come experience our SonWorld Adventure! Pre-registration is requested and forms are available at the church. Call 875-3983 for more information.

Free Community Luncheon Laurel Baptist Church will be hosting a free community-wide luncheon on Saturday, June 21, from noon to 2 p.m. (The menu this time is peas & dumplings with chicken-salad sandwiches). The church is located at 33056 Bi-State Boulevard (west side of 13A, approx. 2 miles south of town.) For further information call Shirley at 875-2314.

Children's Day at Macedonia AME Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal Church will hold a Children's Day event on June 22, at 4 p.m. The event will be held at the church, 431 North St., Seaford. Sister Pamela Connelly, youth minister of Mt. Zion AME, will be the guest speaker. For more information, contact the Rev. Zakiya Griffin at 629-3116.

Trinity UMC VBS Trinity United Methodist Church near Trap Pond on Phillips Hill Road in Laurel is delighted to announce their Vacation Bible School for summer 2008. VBS will be June 23-27, 6:30 - 8:30 pm in the Rev. Lee Elliot Memorial Building. There will be lots of fun as we learn about God in the middle of a Beach Party! So bring your fun-in-the-Son attitude as we celebrate God's love and go surfin' through the scriptures. All children are welcome. Call 875-7715 or 875-4741 to register, or email:

Laurel Ministerial luncheon The Laurel Ministerial Association will be having a luncheon at the Laurel Dutch Inn on June 25, at 11:30 a.m. We cordially invite all Laurel area ministers of every faith and denomination to join us as we fellowship together and begin to work together to do God's work in the Laurel Community. We will be welcoming three new pastors to the area so please come and see what we're all about.

Choir Day Choir Day at New Zion United Methodist Church, 428 West 6th St., Laurel on Sunday, June 29, 3:30 p.m. Choirs, groups, solos, and praise dancers are welcome! (Light refreshments will be served.) sponsored by the Senior, Young Adults, and Gospel Choirs. Pastor is Timothy Duffield, Sr.

Celebrate Recovery Celebrate Recovery, a step program which claims Jesus Christ as its Higher Power, is meeting at St. John's United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar streets, on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. This program is open to persons who wish to turn over their hurts, habits, and hang-ups to God such that they may be healed. For more information, call Rev. Constance Hastings, 629-9466, or Robert Spadaccini, 841-1720.