Church News
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Evening of gospel music
There will be an evening of gospel music at St. Paul's United Methodist Church on Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. The featured singing group is from the Lancaster, Pa. area and are known as the "Royal Sounds." They have been singing the gospel for a number of years up and down the mid-Atlantic states. Plan on being part of this enjoyable and inspirational evening. St. Paul's is located on Old Stage Road, Laurel, just east of U.S. 13. Don Murray and friends will begin singing at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Pastor Don at 856-6107 or 875-7900 for directions

Centenary UMC Dinner
Centenary United Methodist Church, Poplar and Market streets, Laurel, will host an all-you-can eat chicken/dumpling dinner on Saturday, Oct. 7, 4-7 p.m. Adults $8, children $4 (under six years of age are free). The dinner is sponsored by the United Methodist Women.

Homecoming Service
Chaplain's Chapel, Deer Forest Road near Bridgeville will hold its Homecoming Service on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. Former Pastor Kevin Gillespie will be the speaker. Special dedication of historical marker by Russell McCabe of the Delaware Archives and special music by Crossroads vocal group. Dinner to follow.

St. John's Faith Explosion
There's a Faith Explosion coming to St. John's United Methodist Church in Seaford. The weekend of Oct 27-29, St. John's is hosting a Lay Witness Mission for the congregation and friends that, in the past, has inspired new vision and excitement in the church. A Lay Witness Mission is weekend event, known at St John's as "Faith Explosion" and focuses on inward spiritual growth and renewal through fellowship, small group meetings and testimonies. The Lay Witness Mission encourages the formation of small groups that are vital to the ongoing ministry in a local church. It also uses a model for reaching out to friends, neighbors, relatives, and colleagues and for inviting them into homes for fellowship and discussion. It engages the congregation in prayer ministries that become a vital part of the life of the church. The Lay Witness Mission includes a time of preparation, a weekend spiritual renewal experience, and a time of follow-up, which includes the formation of new small groups for study, prayer, and ministry. The local church leadership is given by laypersons with the encouragement of the pastor. The visiting lay witness team is made up of Christian laypersons who come from many different communities to lead small groups during the weekend and to share their faith stories. The team members come at their own expense. The weekend part of the experience is from Friday night through Sunday noon – with the local church gathering for celebration and planning on Sunday afternoon. Program components during the weekend include experiences for adults, youth, and children. Held twice before at St. John's, in 1972 and 1993, both events helped the church move forward in its mission to go deeper spiritually. The public is cordially invited; visitors are expected. Join us for a covered dish meal and fellowship beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27.

Centenary Church Gospel Café
Christian music hour each Saturday, 6-7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Centenary Church. Bruce and Nancy Willey are presenting live Christian music, fellowship and refreshments. September guest singers are: Sept. 23 : Kirk & Kara Kinnamon; Sept. 30: Galen & Jillian Queen. Every week, Mary Ann Young and Jenny Price Kimbell join us. 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.

Laurel Baptist Church
Laurel Baptist Church will have as their guest speaker, Debra J. Kondash, on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. "The Girls" Janet Bailey and Karen Westbrooke will be singing. The church is located on Bi-State Boulevard, Laurel, on the right approximately two miles south of Britts Dutch Inn. For information call 875-5300.

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.

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 628-8172.

King's UMC fall festival
King's United Methodist Church, Gordy Road in Laurel, will be holding its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be Gospel Music all day. Special guests are King's Ambassadors. A petting zoo, oyster sandwiches, vendors, auction and much more for all ages. For information call Angie James at 846-2292.

Concord UMC 85th Reunion
The 85th annual Reunion of the Sons, Daughters and Friends of Concord will take place at Concord United Methodist Church on Saturday, Oct. 21, with a 2 p.m. Business Meeting & Memorial Service and a 4 p.m. Chicken and Dumpling Dinner at Concord Community House.

Bethel UMC 227th Anniversary
Bethel United Methodist Church is celebrating its 227th Anniversary, west of Seaford, 2381 Neal's School and Oak Grove roads, on Oct. 8. Dr. Rev. Sandra Steiner Ball will speak at 2 p.m.

Crop Walk September 24
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, community wide 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. Twenty-five percent of the donations are returned back to the community. Since 1997, the Seaford Food Closet and the Seaford Mission have split the donations returned back to Seaford. If you are a church, company, organization or an individual that wants to help make a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate, contact Eleanor Terrell at 628-1515, John Blevins at 629-8722, or Dr. Ted Farrar; Mid Atlantic Director for Church World Service at 888-297-2767, for information regarding the Walk, registration materials, route maps and guidelines.