Church News
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Christmas Extravaganza Trinity UMC on Phillips Hill Road in Laurel needs vendors (crafts, home sales companies, etc.) for their Christmas Extravaganza, which will be held at the church on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a $10 charge per table and we have limited availability. For more information or to reserve a table, call 875-4741.

Italian Spaghetti Night Gethsemane United Methodist Church Sunday Bible Class will be holding an Italian Spaghetti Night, featuring spaghetti with homemade meat-and-marinara sauce, garlic bread, beverage and desert. A special homemade desert table is also available. It will be held at Gethsemane U.M.C., Fellowship Hall, Reliance, Rt. 20, Stein Highway, on Oct. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. Donations: $7 per adult; $4 ages 6-12; under age 6 free.

LMA holds monthly meetings The Laurel Ministerial Association will meet the last Wednesday of the month (Oct. 28) at 9 a.m. at St. Philips Episcopal Church unless otherwise announced. The LMA is open to all Christian denominations and we welcome all pastors and ministers to the meeting. We are a fellowship of Christian pastors working to bring the Good News to our community through our services. For more information, contact the Rev. Julie Lewis at 875-4741.

2009 Missions Conference Independent Bible Fellowship Church in Harrington presents its 2009 Missions Conference - Oct. 18-23, 6:30 p.m. nightly. Evangelist is Mike Pelletier and music minister is Greg Murray. With our changing world and national condition, don't miss these timely meetings and this powerful speaker. Each evening infant nursery and children's programs for 2 years to 3rd grade will be provided. For more information, call 398-3411.

Mt. Pleasant Fall Festival On Saturday, Oct. 24, Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church (three miles west of Laurel) will host a Fall Festival. Food will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and carry-outs will be available. The menu includes oyster fritters, chicken salad and hot dog sandwiches, homemade soups, homemade ice cream and various baked goods. The festival will also feature crafts and white elephant items.

Trunk or Treat Trunk or Treat at Laurel Wesleyan Church on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Join us for a night of safe family fun. We will be handing out candy in the parking lot at each theme decorated car trunk. Also, enjoy free hayrides, hot chocolate and popcorn. For more information, call 302-875-5380.

2009 Western Sussex Crop Walk On Sunday, Nov. 1, Western Sussex churches and organizations have the opportunity to support families, both locally and globally, by walking in the 2009 Western Sussex CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk. CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith hunger education and fundraising events sponsored by Church World Service (CWS) and organized by CWS/CROP regional offices across the U.S. This is the 15th CROP Walk held in Western Sussex where more than $52,000 has been raised to date. Twenty five percent of the donations are returned back to the local community. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. at West Seaford Elementary School. The walk starts at 2 p.m. and will lead to the Seaford Food Closet. Walkers are asked to bring canned goods to deliver to the food closet. For details call Eleanor Terrell at 628-1515 or John Blevins at 841-7450.

Free Community Luncheon Laurel Baptist will be hosting a free Community Luncheon (vegetable or chicken-noodle soup and tuna-fish sandwiches) On Saturday, Oct. 17, 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. Mary & Martha Tea Room On Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Mary & Martha Tea Room, a program sponsored by Take My Hand Ministry, will be held at 102 Maryland Ave. in Greenwood. Guest speaker is First Lady Tyvonia Bull of Faith, Hope and Love Church near Seaford. A freewill offering will be taken for the speaker and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Take My Hand Ministry at 302-349-4220.

Galestown UMC 154th Homecoming Galestown United Methodist Church will hold its 154th Homecoming Celebration on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m., featuring Guest Speaker: the Rev. Paul Sherwood and Guest Southern Gospel Group, Revived. Come and join us for an afternoon of song, praise and fellowship and you will walk away with an uplifted heart that will be full of joy. A buffet style hot meal will be held following the service.

Portsville UMC Homecoming Portsville United Methodist Church, Portsville, celebrates its 62nd Homecoming on Oct. 11, at 2 p.m. Come join the celebration of the church in song, praise and word. Hear music by the Bluegrass group: "Delmarva Ramblers and Les Bell on Saxophone.

Young to speak at conference Wm. Paul Young, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The Shack will be the featured adult seminar speaker Nov. 21-22, at the Ocean City, Md. Convention Center in conjunction with the ALIVE 2009: UP Conference. Young will share his story and what led to writing his best-selling novel in a three-part series scheduled for: Saturday, Nov. 21, 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. and 9 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 22, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. The adult seminar, open to the general public, is $50 per person. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register by Nov. 1 at or by calling 1-877-896-3802.

Concord Reunion of Sons, Daughters The 88th reunion of the Sons, Daughters and Friends of Concord will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, beginning at 2 p.m. at Concord United Methodist Church. There will be a dedication and memorial service and Pastor Diane Melson will deliver a brief message in honor of the Sons, Daughters and Friends Reunion; plus a local gospel artist, Jerry Jones, will honor all who attend with his inspirational songs. The public is invited to the traditional chicken and dumpling dinner at 4 p.m. at the Community House. The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children 4-12 and age three and under are free. For more information call secretary Judy Kohlenberg, 629-0687 or President Frances Givens 629-2659.

Mt. Zion hosts dinner Mt. Zion Methodist Church, located on 13A between Seaford and Laurel, will be hosting a beef and dumpling dinner on Saturday, Oct. 24. The buffet dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Carry-outs are available at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and carry-outs, and $5 for children.

No-Talent 'Talent Show' Laurel Baptist Church will be hosting a No-Talent "Talent Show Sunday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. Come join us for a large dose of fun and laughter. Any questions, call Shirley at 875-2314. (The church is located at 33056 Bi-State Boulevard, West side of 13A, approximately 2 miles south of town.) Kidstuf 103 at Alliance Church Atlanta Road Alliance Church in Seaford is offering Kidstuf 103 on Wednesday evenings. Kidstuf is a program designed for children and parents to attend together. Each month features a different Biblical virtue using music, drama, a storyteller and games. The virtue for September is wisdom. A light supper is served at 6:15 p.m., followed by the program at 6:45 p.m. Kidstuf is designed for kindergarten through 6th grade; however, parents are welcome to bring their preschoolers with them. Registration is free. No drop-offs. For more information, call 629-5600 or visit

St. Luke's Newsletter St. Luke's Episcopal Church offers its newsletter on line and also, via e-mail. Our "Luke's Letter is published approximately once a month and will be available on our website You can also join our e-mail list if you send a request to St. Luke's services are Sunday, Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m., and Thursday evenings, Holy Eucharist and Healing at 6 p.m. The Rev. Jeanne Kirby-Coladonato is the Rector/Pastor.

Fall Bible study All Saints Episcopal Church in Delmar, has resumed its fall bible study. All are welcome to share this informal fellowship, led by Father Custer Ruley. The study begins at 1 p.m. every Wednesday, at the church located at 10th and Grove streets.

Right to Life banquet planned Pam Tebow, mother of University of Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, will speak at the Delaware Right to Life annual banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Christiana Hilton in Newark. She will bring her pro-life message to Delaware on Nov. 4, at the DRTL annual banquet. Tickets are $50 per person ($55 after Oct. 30), $30 for students and can be obtained by visiting, or by contacting Betty O'Malley at 302-453-8846 or The event will also feature a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Delaware Right to Life Education Fund.

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 is always a Missa Cantata using traditional Gregorian chant. For further information, call 302-674-5781.

Safe Halloween for kids Delmar Church of Prophecy presents a safe place for your kids, "Trunks of Treats. Dress up in costumes. Free snacks, games and fun at the Delmar Church of God of Prophecy, Rt. 13 and Dorothy Road, (3 miles north of MD/DE state line), Saturday, Oct. 31, 5 to 7 p.m. For more information call 875-7824.

Skyline Boys Concert Oct. 31 Nationally known Southern Recording Artists, the Skyline Boys, will appear at The Lighthouse Church, Laurel, on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. The Skyline Boys, who hail from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, will be featuring songs from their latest album, "Worth the Trip. Seating is limited, so call 628-8172 or send an e-mail to with your name and telephone number to reserve your free seat.

ALIVE 2009 in Ocean City
Teens and youth leaders are invited to build up their faith at The ALIVE 2009: UP Middle School Youth Conference, Nov. 20-22, at the Ocean City Convention Center. The conference will feature national recording artists, an adult seminar by William Paul Young, parenting training by clinical psychologist Bruce Turnquist, and a variety of activities. Sponsored by Youth for Christ, ALIVE 2009 is $80 per person with hotel rates additional. Early registration discounts are available. Cost is $60 by Oct. 19, and $70 by Nov. 2. For registration information, call 1-877-896-3802, visit or