Church News
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Old Christ Church, Historical Society present 'Old Fashioned Christmas'

By Mary Ann Torkelson

On Sunday, Dec. 6, the Old Christ Church League, St. Philip's Episcopal Church and the Laurel Historical Society will be hosting an afternoon concert of Christmas music and readings at Old Christ Church, Laurel, with an open house before and after at the Historical Society's Cook House Headquarters. The Open House at Cook House will be from one o'clock until six o'clock and the musical concert presented by the Southern Delaware Choral Society will begin at Old Christ Church, Chipman's Pond Road, at three o'clock. This musical concert at Old Christ Church, built in 1771, will mark the third year that a service has been held during the Christmas Season. Music and history lovers alike will experience the singing of the Southern Delaware Choral Society in the original manner of their ancestors, bundled up against the cold with only the twinkle of candles set in greenery to light the way for faithful worshiper. This year, the Choral Society promises to provide an opportunity for the audience to sing along with their beautiful voices. Those who have attended Old Christ Church know that the acoustics in this treasure of a building are absolutely beautiful. Before or after the concert, visitors are invited to warm up at the Cook House, home to the Laurel Historical Society, with warm cider and light refreshments. Located at 501 W. Fourth Street, the Cook House was built around the time of the Civil War. The society headquarters was, for many years, the home place of the Laurel branch of the Hearne family. Visitors to the Cook House are welcome to tour the home that includes among other treasures a Ralph Corner Cupboard that is native to Laurel and a collection of Waller photographs. Both events, being offered free to the public as a Christmas gift to participants, are intended to broaden public awareness of the uniqueness of these buildings and to celebrate the joys of the season. However, free will donations for the reservation and maintenance of these treasures are encouraged and will be gratefully accepted at each location. For more information about the Old Christ Church League, call St. Philip's office at 302-875-3644. For more information about the Laurel Historical Society call 302-875-2820 or email

Youth Recreation Night Trinity UMC in Laurel holds a weekly Recreation Night for youth. All youth are invited to attend every Tuesday (when school is in session) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Basketball and other fun activities are available. A parent/guardian needs to give contact information the first night in attendance; come inside and introduce yourself.

Yuletide Celebration 2009 Mountaire Farms proudly presents Sandi Patty's Yuletide Celebration 2009 at Crossroad Community Church in Georgetown, on Friday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. Accompanying "the voice" of Christian music will be members of the Mountaire Communion of Choirs, plus a special performance by The Reminders featuring John W. Thompson, Ed Shockley and Kevin Short. Advance tickets start at $44 and are available at or 800-514-ETIX (3849).

Candlelight memorial service Peninsula Regional Medical Center and the STAR (Special Treasures Are Remembered) Perinatal/Infant Bereavement program will hold its tenth annual candlelight memorial service on Tuesday, Dec. 8. This ceremony honors and remembers those babies lost due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or infant death. The ceremony will be held at Saint Johns United Methodist Church in Fruitland, Md. at 7 p.m. The Rev. Paul Sherwood, pastor at Saint Johns, will officiate. A reception will follow in the church hall. For more information or to RSVP, call STAR at 410-543-7039 or email

Toys-4-Joy Booker Street Church of God, Georgetown, is sponsoring a "Toys-4-Joy" Drive to help needy families in extreme situations during the Holiday Season. Donations will be received now through Dec. 22. To make a donation of money, new toys (valued at least $5) or new clothes, please call Peggy at 302-856-3404 or the Church at 856-9097.

7th Anointed Men of God Conference Booker Street Church of God 7th Anointed Men of God Conference, "Men Pressing Towards the High Calling of God," convening at the Princess Royale Hotel, Ocean City, Md. on Nov. 27-29. Registration is $25 per person. Contact the Rev. Charles Long for more information by calling 302-856-9097 or 855-0959

Annual Roast Beef Dinner The United Methodist Women at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Seaford are hosting their annual Roast Beef Dinner on Friday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $8.50 for adults, $4.50 for students, and children five years of age and younger are free.

Guests are welcome to enjoy a family-style meal and participate in a silent auction. Take-out meals will also be available. Tickets may be purchased through the church office or at the door. For more information, contact Betty Wilbanks at 629-4458.

Laurel Wesleyan kids program You're invited to "It All Happened In The Country" presented by the children at Laurel Wesleyan Church on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6 at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. For more information, call 875-5380 or visit

Free soup and sandwiches New Zion United Methodist Church in Laurel offers free soup and sandwiches every Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Pastor Timothy Duffield Sr. at 875-0727.

The King's Ambassadors Galestown United Methodist Church Annual Winter Hymn Sing, Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. presenting Father & Son and The King's Ambassadors. 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 meal will be held immediately following the service.

Christ UMC Thanksgiving Don't eat aloneƉ let our family be your family at Christ United Methodist Church, 510 South Central Ave., Laurel. Dinner at 4 p.m. Dinner includes: roast turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce and homemade pie. Call 536-7407 for more information or to R.S.V.P.

An evening of gospel music St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Laurel presents an evening of gospel music at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29. Featured guest is the Delmarva Connection group from the Mardela, Md. area. The Don Murray Family Band will also sing.A special treat will be a performance by St. Paul's junior church and youth choir at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 875-7900 or 856-6107.

World AIDS Day December 1, World AIDS Day, is the day when individuals and organizations from around the world come together to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic. Although we have come a long way since 1988, there is still much more to be done. "Universal Access Human Rights" highlights the leadership theme for 2009. It emphasises that people have offered their leadership now it is time to deliver. Promises must be kept and people must feel empowered to act. World AIDS Day is one of he most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise further awareness in communities and across the world about the state of the pandemic and critical next steps that must be taken to halt its spread. Join Kent/Sussex Counseling Services, at Christ United Methodist Church from 6-7:30 p.m., at 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel, to observe World AIDS Day 2009. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Haley Truitt or Star Fuentes at 302-387-5495 or 302-943-3373.

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. All Saints Episcopal Church is located at 10th and Grove streets.

Alliance Church Parent/Teen Parents, wish our teens would change? Teens, are you ready to rebel against low expectations? If you missed 'Rebelution' "Do Hard Things" tour, then this event is for you. On Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Atlanta Road Alliance Church will host a seminar for parents and their teens/tweens (age 10 and up). Join us for a refreshing and challenging event that will include fellowship, worship, teaching via DVD, and even free giveaways. Cost is $2 per person. To register and obtain more information, visit or call 629-5600. The Atlanta Road Aliance Church is located at 22625 Atlanta Road, Seaford, approximately 1-1/2 miles north of the intersection of Stein Highway and Atlanta Road.

Father Daughter Dance Mt. Olivet Father-Daughter Dance will be held Jan. 29, 2010. Tickets are available by contacting David and Becky Genshaw, 629-9014.