Church News
Thursday, August 24, 2006
St. Paul's Appalachian Labor of Love
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Georgetown sent a group of eight workers in July to Appalachian southwestern Virginia to work for a week rehabilitating homes for indigent persons. The homeowners are carefully screened for true need by Episcopal Appalachian Ministries (EAM), which sponsors the annual project. A second week, utilizing different teams, follows the first. This is the third year St. Paul's Church has sent a work team, but each year the number of volunteers increases. The first year four workers were sent; 2005 saw six persons going. While St. Paul's is the only Episcopal parish in the Diocese of Delaware to do this, the St. Paul's people are joined by Episcopalians from Maryland, Virginia and as far away as Colorado. St. Paul's underwrites not only the transportation costs but also the $175 tuition for each work-camper, which covers food, housing and some work materials. Individuals from other parishes pay their own way. The work projects include such things as replacing roofs, re-plumbing bathrooms, installing ramps and other handicap assistive devices, and various other substantial refurbishments. The aim of the project is to provide warm, dry and safe housing for persons with need, while at the same time bringing love and hope to the often-forgotten Appalachian people. But as participant Doug Marshall-Steele put it, "I rather think that despite the heat and primitive conditions – not to mention our aches, blisters, mosquito bites and poison ivy – we are more blessed than are the homeowners. God seems very near as we saw our materials and swing our hammers."

Old Christ Church summer services
Old Christ Church near Laurel (built in 1771) is concluding its summer services. The final Holy Eucharist will be Aug. 27 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Light refreshments of cookies and lemonade will be served following the service.

Blades UMC Treasure Cove VBS
Blades United Methodist Church, 306 S. Market St., will have Treasure Cove Vacation Bible School on Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 3 and 10, from 10-11 a.m. (Sunday School hour), the VBS will continue with crafts and games. On Sept. 3 and 10 during Children's Time at the 11 a.m. morning worship, the Bible Lesson will be presented. The closing program for 2006 VBS will be on Sept. 10. Children 5-12 years old are welcome. On Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a registration period. Direct further inquiries at 629-7265.

Scott Family schedule
The Scott Family will be at Union United Methodist in Bridgeville on Sunday, Aug. 27. The Scott Family of Bridgeville has produced a CD of Christian music. Copies of the new CD will be available at their performances or by calling the Scotts at 337-3396.

St. Luke's rummage sales
Plans are under way for this year's rummage sale sponsored by St. Luke's Episcopal Church. The sale will be on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Luke's Parish Hall on King and North streets in Seaford. Workers are now on hand at the Parish Hall each Monday from 9 a.m. to noon for those who wish to donate items. The St. Luke's chrysanthemum sale will be at the end of August with pickup of flowers Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Jackson Hewitt office, Seaford.

Centenary Church Gospel Café
Centenary United Methodist Church, Poplar and Market streets, Laurel, is hosting a Christian music hour each Saturday, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Bruce and Nancy Willey are presenting live Christian music, fellowship and refreshments. Guest singers are:

Aug. 26 - "Glory Bound"
Every week, Mary Ann Young and Jenny Price Kimbell join the activities. Everyone is invited to attend. Come as you are. For more information, contact the church office at 875-3983 or Bruce Willey at 875-5539.

The Ninety & Nine dinner meeting
The Ninety & Nine extends an invitation to all women to join them for their regular quarterly dinner meeting at The Seaford Golf & Country Club on Monday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. Speaker for the evening is Robyn Sturgeon, of Seaford. She is a National Board Certified Math Teacher and has worked in the public school system as a teacher for 10 years. Three years ago, she began "Teen Believers Ministries," which sponsors teen events and teen girl weekend retreats. More recently she opened "Shiloh House of Hope" in Delaware. Shiloh House of Hope is a Christ-centered, loving, residential program, where teens will receive counseling and education that will bring about healing and restoration to them and to their families. Robyn will also share how she was healed from Crohn's disease. The singers will be "Abundant Joy," Kim Wiley, Reneé Wyatt and Ivy Bank. Reservations are necessary. Deadline is Sept. 7. For details call Joyce Thomas at 629-2248.

Christ Lutheran Church Rally Day
Join Christ Lutheran Church on Aug. 27, for Rally Day. The church will be celebrating our inspiring new Sunday School program, "Grow in Christ." There will be a special Rally Day worship service at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and fun, food and fellowship at 9:30 a.m. Christ Lutheran Church is located at 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford. For more information, call 629-9755.

Mt. Olivet preschool beginning
Mt. Olivet Preschool will begin its fall session on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006 with morning classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Limited spaces are available in the two-year-old and three-year-old programs. For information, call Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church at 629-4458, or Linda Stephenson at 629-2786.

Keys to a Loving Relationship
Starting Sept. 6, at 7 p.m., Living Water Worship Center, 27225 Kaye Road, Laurel, is featuring the video series by Gary Smalley, "Keys to a Loving Relationship." Unless you have a perfect marriage, this series is for you. For the children, we will be holding "The Discovery Club." For more information about the video series, phone 302-875-7814.

Loss and Recovery Workshop
Living Water Worship Center, in partnership with the Sussex Pregnancy Care Center, is holding a Loss and Recovery Workshop every Thursday at 7 p.m. at 27225 Kaye Road, Laurel. This workshop is designed to help women who are struggling with feelings associated with prior abortions. For more information, contact Rebecca at 302-628-8172.

911 Service in Greenwood
On Saturday evening, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m., the Ladies Auxiliary of Greenwood Memorial VFW Post #7478 will host a Memorial Service for the Fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The VFW Post #7478 is located on Governors Avenue in Greenwood. The program will feature the District 4 Honor Guard, patriotic selections by Dustin and Kasey Jones and Shannon Pierce; and the Keynote speaker is Capt. Barry Ball, Chaplain in the USAF Reserves. Light refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend. For more information contact Michaele S. Russell, president, at 349-4220.

Rock Church Fun Day Sept. 16
On Saturday, Sept. 16, from 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Rock Church will have a Fun Day É Yard sale, silent auction, baked goods, crafts, and much more.Come fellowship and check out the great deals. Kids are back in school why not treat yourself to a moment of relaxation. If you would like to join us with yard sale items and/or crafts, call 875-7275.

The No Name Band
On Friday, Sept. 8, the No Name Band will return to Grace United Methodist Church Hall, Georgetown, at 7:30 p.m. For further information, contact Everett Warrington at 337-7198.

2006 Crop Walk
The 2006 Seaford CROP Walk will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24. The Walk starts at 2 p.m., with registration beginning at 1 p.m. at the West Seaford Elementary School. CROP Walks are a faith-based, communitywide response to world hunger. The Walks provide for the needs of people in more than 80-countries. CROP Walks also provide for the needs of the community in which they are organized. For each dollar collected by the walkers, 75 percent of the donations support the needs of people around the world. The other 25 percent of the donations are returned to the community. Since 1997, the Seaford Food Closet and the Seaford Mission have split the donations returned to Seaford. If your church, company, organization or you as an individual wants to help make a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate, contact Eleanor Terrell, 628-1515, John Blevins, 629-8722 or Dr. Ted Farrar, Mid Atlantic Director for Church World Service, 888-297-2767, for information regarding the Walk, registration materials, route maps and guidelines.

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