Church News
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Old Christ Church opens As the weather turns warm and the breezes blow gently off Chipman's Pond, our minds turn once again to events at Laurel's historic treasure, Old Christ Church. The church opened for services on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, and will continue through the first Sunday in October. All services begin at 9:30 a.m. with the exception of the Blessing of the Animals, at 4 p.m. This year, the SPCA will join in the Blessing of the Animals and all donations will benefit the SPCA. All services will be led by the Rev. Blanche Powell and Ken Athey. Music will be provided by Janet Jones. There will be a concert of vocal music at Old Christ Church on Chipman Pond in Laurel, on Sunday, June 14, at 3 p.m. Performers will be the ensemble singers from the Southern Delaware Choral Society as well as two sopranos and two tenors. They will be performing varied selections from classical to folk songs and hymn arrangements. Old Christ Church is 237 years old and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The church is unique in that it's never been altered from its original condition. A free will offering will be taken up at the concert to benefit the church. For information or directions, call 228-6097. The church will open for tours during Laurel's 4th of July celebration at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Tours will be led by Vice President Kendal Jones. Any donations given to the Old Christ Church League are now tax deductible as the League was recently successful in becoming a 501C3 (nonprofit) organization.

Jerry Jones to perform Christ United Methodist Church in Federalsburg, Md. welcomes Country Gospel Music Association's Jerry Jones on Sunday, June 14, at 11 a.m. for morning worship. The public is invited to attend. In 2004, 2005, and 2006 Jerry was awarded "Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Songwriter of the Year" for the eastern United States. Jerry has shared his songs on the television show "Music City Gospel Showcase" in Nashville, Tenn., where he was nominated for "Male Vocalist of the Year."

Delaware Teen Challenge Delaware Teen Challenge Fundraising Banquet will be Friday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at Sam Yoder's Community Building, 89 Hunting Quarter Road, Houston. Tickets are $15 and includes dinner, beverages and program, Teen Challenge Choir and Testimonies. For tickets and table reservations of eight contact Sue Bramble at 629-2559. Love offering to follow. Guest speaker: Pastor Tim Dilena, visiting pastor at Times Square Church. Pastor Tim has been the visiting pastor at David Wilkerson's Time Square Church for the last 12 years, where he ministers monthly. He has written for magazines and periodicals and has his own Christian Perspective Column in a Detroit Entertainment Magazine. He is a contributor to the Thomas Nelson "Revival Bible."

Travis Lee Band in concert The Travis Lee Band will present a worship concert on Wednesday, June 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Atlanta Road Alliance Church. The concert, which is for youth and young adults, is free; CDs will be available for purchase and an offering will be taken. There will be time to hang out with the band and enjoy light refreshments after the concert. The Travis Lee Band, headquartered in Missouri, has opened for ZOE Girl and was a finalist in the Christian Artist Talent Search in 2005. The band recently toured Zambia and led worship throughout the U.S. and Canada with organizations such as Centrifuge Camps and World Changers. Atlanta Road Alliance Church is located at 22625 Atlanta Road in Seaford. For more information, call the church at 629-5600.

A-Y-C-E Fish Fry Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St., Laurel, will host an all-you-can- eat fish fry dinner on Saturday, June 13, 4-7 p.m. Adults are $10, Children (6-12) $5, (under six years of age are free).

Free community luncheon Laurel Baptist Church will be hosting a free community luncheon (subs and homemade ice cream) on Saturday, June 20 from noon to 2 p.m. The church is located at 33056 Bi-State Boulevard (west side of 13A, approximately 2 miles south of town). Any questions, call Shirley at 875-2314.

Victory in Grace Tabernacle Victory in Grace Tabernacle (VIGT), formerly located in Laurel, at 11528 Commercial Lane in Hickman Commercial Park behind Johnny Janosik Furniture Store, has moved to 128 East Market Street (Rt. 24 West) between Delaware and Central avenues. Look for our logo on the window. You are invited to worship with us. Sunday School is at 10 a.m.; Sunday morning Worship Service, 11 a.m.; Sunday afternoon Worship Service, time to be announced each week; Prayer Gathering, Tuesday, 6 pm.; Bible Study, Wednesday, 7 p.m.; Love First Fellowship, Friday, 7 p.m.; Healing and Miracles Service , first Sunday, 5 p.m. Victory in Grace Tabernacle has served the Laurel community since opening its doors July 5, 2004. In addition to Laurel, Missions in the Appalachians in Kentucky and West Virginia; migrant farms on the Eastern Shore of Delaware and Maryland; Native American Indian Reservations on the East Coast; communities in Jamaica, West Indies; and the Royal Family Kids Camp in Pennsylvania have all been supported by VIGT. Laurel Baptist Church VBS Vacation Bible School (Theme: Wildwood Forest) is scheduled for June 22-26 at Laurel Baptist Church from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Ages three years to sixth grade. For details call Pastor Steve Booth at 875-2422.

Church observes Ascension Day The Parishioners of St. Luke's Episcopal Church recently observed Ascension Day, Pentecost and Trinity Sunday. On Pentecost, which commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit in a rush of fire, parishioners wore red.

VBS at Union UMC Vacation Bible School will be held at Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville on June 22-26 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Program is for ages 3 to grade 5. Free dinner served. For details call 302-337-7409.

Latin Mass 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 21. The mass is always a Missa Cantata using traditional Gregorian chant. For further information, call 302-674-5781.

Centenary UMC VBS Centenary United Methodist Church, Poplar and Market streets, Laurel, will be holding Vacation Bible School, entitled Son Rock Kids Camp, from June 22-26, 9-11:30 a.m. Children from the ages of 3-12 years are welcome to attend. Each day children will learn through the Bible story, music, songs, crafts, games and snacks. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Register by picking up a form at the church office. For details contact Sharon Whaley at 875-2778.