Church News
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Community Action plans dinner First State Community Action Agency, a statewide non-profit helping low-income people become self-sufficient, is celebrating 48 years of service with an annual dinner and recognition ceremony, on Monday, Nov. 18, at Dover Downs Conference Center. The event, which will begin at 5:30 p.m., will feature a live auction, special music by Shades of Blue jazz ensemble, and nationally renowned preacher and educator, Dr. Tony Campolo, Ph.D. Dr. Campolo, professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., has authored 35 books and is the founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE).For more information about Dr. Campolo, visit Tickets are $85 per person. For tickets or more information, call 302-856-7761 or visit

Surviving the Holidays seminar Do the holidays have a tendency to get you down? Have you lost a loved one and thoughts of them seem to pervade your every waking moment? If so, St. John's United Methodist Church in Seaford would like to recommend the "Surviving the Holidays" seminar that will be held Sunday, Nov. 17, at the church from 1 to 3 p.m. The seminar features video interviews with counselors, grief experts and other people who have experienced the holidays after their loved one's death and who offer practical suggestions and reassurance. Attendees will discover:
  • what emotions to expect during the coming days,
  • how to prepare for the holidays,
  • how to manage relationships and holiday socials, and
  • how the holidays can help you heal.
In addition, each participant will receive a "Holiday Survival Guide" with over 30 encouraging devotionals, helpful charts and tips to manage the holiday season during this difficult time. There is no charge to attend. Participation in "Surviving the Holidays" provides the opportunity for each attendee to meet with other grieving people who have undergone or who are undergoing similar experiences. No one will be forced to share. Since everyone grieves differently, church members will simply be there to receive and to offer support, a listening ear and compassion. In order to make sure the church has enough "Holiday Survival Guides" for everyone, organizers suggest that those who are interested should pre-register. This can be done by calling the church office at 629-9466 and asking them to add your name to the list of attendees. If you have questions, you may call that same number or email Pastor Collins at

Gift Shoppe reopens in Laurel The Gift Shoppe, a fundraiser, has reopened at Christ the Cornerstone Community Church, 28714 Seaford Rd., Laurel. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays through Dec. 14 (except for Nov. 30). Holiday items include Christmas wreaths, garlands, centerpieces, dishware, accessories, quilts, cookie jars, lighthouses and more. Regular items include dishware, furniture, candle holders, glassware, tools, clothing, jewelry and much more.

Dr. Culley to speak Christ's Church of New Hope will host Dr. Gerald R. Culley at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, at the Bridgeville Banquet Center (next to Jimmy's Grille). Dr. Culley is retired from the University of Delaware and presents a variety of talks on how history, science and archaeology confirm the Bible's message. The talks are designed to be understood by middle and high school aged young people. Dr. Culley will address the topic, "After Their KindÉ.Limits of Genetic Variation" at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, in the banquet center. Call 628-8317 for more information.

Blue Holiday Event, Child Care Day Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville will hold its annual Blue Holiday Event at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, in the sanctuary. This event is held for those individuals who find the holidays a difficult, lonely and perhaps depressing time of the year. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Jerry Howard who will bring a message of comfort and hope. There will also be a time of remembrance, sharing and music. Afterwards there will be refreshments and fellowship. If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, please invite them or bring them with you. For more information, contact the church office at 337-7409, ext. 16. The church will hold a Community Child Care Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, for children age 4 through 5th grade. The cost per child is $5 and this money will be used to cover the cost of snacks, lunch and crafts and activities for the children.

This event will be staffed by church members and volunteers who have completed and passed all required background checks as part of UUMC's Safe Sanctuary Policy. The Community Child Care Day will allow parents who need to shop for the holidays an economical way and safe environment in which to leave their children. Pre-registration is not required but will be extremely helpful in planning for staffing, meal and purchase of crafts. For more information, call Joan Hastings, program director at 337-7409, ext. 16.

Encounter Praize moves to new location Encounter Praize & Worship Center, a new contemporary ministry dedicated to reaching those who don't feel comfortable in a traditional church environment, will move to its new location on Rt. 13, just north of Laurel, on Nov. 17. Encounter Praize has been ministering to the area homeless by raising dozens of tents, sleeping bags food and other necessities. Their latest project has been putting together backpack survival kits with emergency supplies. Later this month the church will also have Thanksgiving dinner for the ACE Center in Seaford. For December, the church will be putting together a free thrift shop for those in need to help in the winter months. Help is needed from local churches, businesses and individuals to assist in putting the thrift shop together. Encounter Praize has also started a youth group and a new children's ministry called Praize Kids. A youth Praize team is also in the works. The church also offers Wednesday night home groups with many different studies to choose from. If you have a need, the church wants to fill it. To learn more, call pastors Gregg and Denise Crothers at 302-542-9143 or 302-629-7390. Also, visit the church's website at and like them on Facebook.

Central Worship welcomes pastor Pastor Larry Hickey will be at Central Worship Center in Laurel at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. Nursery will be provided. All are welcome.

LMA Thanksgiving Eve Service The Laurel Ministerial Association (LMA) will sponsor an ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St. (corner of Poplar and West Market), Laurel. Attendees are invited to bring canned goods for the Food Pantry Ministry, and an offering will be received to provide college scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

Chinese Auction at St. Philips The 8th Annual Chinese Auction will be held at St. Philips Episcopal Church, Laurel, on Saturday, Nov. 16. The doors to Memorial Hall will open at 5:30 p.m. Chili, hot dogs, desserts and beverages will be sold. Auction will beg in at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the church. Come one and all for a fun filled evening.

Gospel Cafe Christmas Show The Gospel Cafe Country Christmas Show, featuring a talented cross-section of local gospel singers and the ever-popular Gospel Cafe Band, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, at Seaford Wesleyan Church. Join us for our free music ministry as we celebrate the Christmas season and sing praises to our Savior. A full dinner is available for $8 including dessert and a beverage. Paid dinner is at 5 p.m., free music begins at 6. All are welcome. For more information, contact Bruce and Nancy Willey at 875-5539 or visit

Open Mic Christian Night Open Mic Christian Night is the first and third Friday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Lighthouse Church located at 27225 Kaye Rd., just off Rt. 9, County Seat Highway at Dukes Lumber Road. Bring your singing talents - CD or musical instrument. One person, group singers, young to seniors welcome. Free admission and free snacks. For details call Dean at 875-2115.

Lightning Strikes concert series The Lightning Strikes concert series, at The Lighthouse Church, located at 27225 Kaye Rd., just off Rt. 9, County Seat Highway at Dukes Lumber Road, Laurel, is held every second and fourth Saturday of the month. There is a $4 donation at the door and ages 12 and under are free. For details, go to or call 875-7814.

Jones in concert at The Ark Jerry Jones, country gospel singer and songwriter, will perform at Seaford Wesleyan Church, The Ark, at their morning service at 10:30 on Sunday, Nov. 17. To learn more about Jones, visit