Church News
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Seaford Lenten Services
Rev. Drew Christian, president, Greater Seaford Ministerium announces Seaford Lenten services, sponsored by the Greater Seaford Ministerium, have begun. Services will be at noon at rotating designated churches and will be followed by a light lunch. The schedule and pastors bringing a short message is as follows: March 7 - Atlanta Road Alliance Church, the Rev. Homer McKeithan; March 14 - Mt. Olivet U.M. Church, the Rev. Peggy Briggs; March 21 - St. John's U.M. Church, the Rev. Andy Kerr; March 28 - Our Lady of Lourdes, the Rev. Carlton Cannon.

Laurel Lenten Services
The Laurel Ministerial Association will be holding special mid-week services during the season of Lent. March 1 - Centenary UMC, 200 West Market St., Laurel. March 15 - Mt. Pleasant UMC, Mt. Pleasant Church Road, Laurel. March 29 - Victory in Grace Tabernacle, 11528 Commercial Lane, Hickman Park, Laurel.

All services begin at 7 p.m.
In addition, there will be services sponsored by the Laurel Ministerial Association during Holy Week, April 2-8. An ecumenical Good Friday service will be held at Christ United Methodist Church, 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel, on Friday, April 6, beginning at 7 p.m. On Easter Sunday, the community is invited to Janosik Park, Laureltowne, for a Son-Rise service at 6:30 a.m. For more information about any of the above Lenten services, call Pastor Fred Duncan, at 875-3398.

Homemade Easter Eggs
Christ Lutheran Church is selling their Homemade Easter Eggs: Peanut Butter, Butter Cream, Coconut Cream, now through March 28. First ever and still the best on the shore, $3 each. Call 629-9755 or 629-9751.

Jerry Jones concert
Award winning Gospel Music artist, Jerry Jones, will be appearing at the second Mission: Possible Concert at 7 p.m., March 2, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Seaford. Jerry was awarded "Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Songwriter of the Year" for 2004, 2005 and 2006 for the eastern U.S. by the Country Gospel Music Association. He also has been nominated for "International Male Vocalist" for the past three years and won the "International Songwriter of the Year" in 2005. Jerry's song "Calvary" reached number 4 on the Country Gospel charts. Mission: Possible is a faith-based organization, founded by Seaford High School junior Caitlin Wasson in 2006. It is designed to bring instruments and music to young musicians who cannot afford them in hopes that they will come to know the Lord through music. This organization is sponsored by Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Seaford. The concert will also feature other local musical talent including youth from all over the county such as Dustin Anderson, Katie Hickey, Brittany Trout, Stephanie Miller, Erin Thomas and Caitlin herself. The very entertaining Seaford High School Jazz Band will also be playing. The other performers who are supporting this mission with their amazing vocal talents are Lori Jones, Lori Miller, Jeff and Kathy James and Pastor Tom Gross of Mount Olivet. To close the concert, local favorites and crowd pleasers, "Vital Signs" will play a set of old time rock and roll. Vital Signs features Dr. Anthony Policastro, Dr. Mark Antos, David Chandler and Ryan Handy. Buy tickets in advance at Mt. Olivet, Heritage Jewelers or by calling Caitlin Wasson at 629-6304. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Mystery Dinner Theatre Fundraiser
The youth at Laurel Wesleyan Church will be attending an International Youth Convention in Orlando, Fla., in December. They need to raise approximately $50,000, which is half of the funding to make it affordable for all to attend. They are having various fundraisers to help supplement the costs. The biggest fund raiser is a Mystery Dinner Theatre on March 15 and 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost includes dinner and a show. Cost is $20 adults; $10 children 8-18 years old. A $5 charge for babysitting children seven and under, includes dinner. This event is open to the public.

Delaware Pro-Life convention
The Delaware Pro-Life Coalition will hold its 20th annual convention on Saturday, March 31, at the Holiday Inn Select in Claymont. This day-long event includes five nationally-renowned speakers. The event's keynote speaker will be Leslee Unruh, who spearheaded efforts to ban abortion in South Dakota. The luncheon address will be given by David Bereit, who organized efforts to close abortion clinics. The banquet speaker will be Bobby Schindler, Terr Schiavo's brother, addressing the crowd on the second anniversary of her death. Session speakers include Neil Noesen, a member of Pharmacists for Life, and Jason Buck of Culture for Life-US. The costs for the event are as follows: $45 for learning sessions only; $35 for banquet only; and $70 for learning sessions and banquet. For further information or registration call Joanne Laird at 302-479-5613 or visit www.delawarepro

Trinity UMC 'Full Throttle'
"Full Throttle," Saturdays, 6:30-8 p.m., through April 7 at Trinity United Methodist Church Rec Building. Each week will feature a band or group, skits, movie clips from "The Passion of the Christ," snacks, and fellowship. Bands include groups such as "Proof of Love," "Rapper" "Tru Christian," "Garden Praise Band," "Ground Zero Master's Commission," Tim Ewing (AngelFire), and Mason Summers. For more information, call Pastor Tina Whaley at 841-7589.

Unity Gospel meeting March 16-18

'Unity' Gospel meeting will be held at Laurel Church of Christ.
Does God want us to unite with the works of other religious groups or separate ourselves? What is the difference between unity and mere togetherness? Are there certain requiremens for churches working together? What did the apostles have to say about unity? What unites two Christians and how does that help us grow spiritually? Just exactly what is God expecting of you and me? Friday, March 16, 7 p.m. - God's Attitude Toward Unity; Saturday, March 17, 7 p.m. - Requirements For Unity; Sunday, March 18, 9 a.m. - Bible Class - Christian Unity; Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m. - The Preaching of Paul on Unity; Sunday, March 18, 6 p.m. - The Christian's Obligation in the Interest of Unity. The featured speaker at the event will be Bob Stapelton. Stapelton is the director for the Brown Trail School of Preaching. He and his family moved to Chimala, Tanzania in June of 1985, after spending 7-1/2 months with the Springtown, Texas church, which oversaw the work at Chimala. They spent the next three years at Chimala. In 1987 he started the Chimala School of Preaching. Following that they moved to Paoli, Ind. where Bob served as evangelist, and then one of the elders of the Stucker Street Church of Christ. In 1994 they returned to Chimala. Once again he served as administrator of the Mission, Hospital, and School of Preaching, where he also taught. In April 1998, they returned to the U.S. and located in Arlington, Texas, where he served as coordinator for the Chimala work with the New York Avenue Church of Christ. Pastor Doug Weimer invites the entire community to join them. For more information contactl the church, 875-7748.

Chapter of the Brotherhood
Plans are going forward at St. Luke's Episcopal Church for the formation of a Chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, an organization of the Episcopal Church founded in 1883. This chapter is open to all men in St. Luke's parish and in the community and will offer the opportunity for men to gather together for prayer, study, service and fellowship. Call the church office at 629-7979 or Joe Coladonato at 629-5597.

All Saints Lenten services
All Saints Episcopal Church, Delmar, Palm and Passion Sunday, April 1. The 10 a.m. service will begin in the parish hall with the traditional blessing and distribution of palms. The service will continue in the church with the reading of our Lord's Passion concluding with Eucharist. Maundy Thursday, April 5 - Service begins at 7 p.m. and will conclude with the stripping of the altar in preparation for Good Friday. Good Friday Service, April 6 - Noon and 7 p.m. The full penitential service will be offered. The Prayer Book service with the stations will last approximately one hour. Easter Sunday, of the Resurrection, April 8. The 10 a.m. service will be a joy-filled celebration of Resurrection with beloved hymns and communion for all baptized persons.

Seaford Mission ceremony
The Seaford Mission cordially invites you to the Graduation of Class 20 from the Mission's Discipleship Program on Friday, March 2. A pot-luck dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Graduation Ceremony will follow at 7:30 p.m. Help us celebrate the beginning of a new season in the lives of our graduates. The dinner and ceremony will be held at St. John's United Methodist Church, 300 Pine Street at Poplar, Seaford. Contact Cheryl or Nancy at the Seaford Mission at (302) 629-2559. Let us know how many people will be attending and what covered-dish item you plan to bring. We look forward to sharing this time with you and our graduates. Thank you and God Bless from the Seaford Mission.

Centenary Church Gospel Café
Centenary United Methodist Church, Poplar and Market streets, Laurel, is hosting a Christian music evening each Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Bruce and Nancy Willey are presenting live Christian music, fellowship, and refreshments.
March guest singers are:
Mar. 3 - "Revived," "Sounds of Joy," Cassandra Abbott.
Mar. 10 - Frank Silva, Samuel Hearn, Everett Hart.
Mar. 17 - Denise Harper, Harold Boogie White, April Rosser.
Mar. 24 - "Voices of Harmony," "Living Lights," Fred Brock, Gary Holloway, Randy Lee.
Mar. 31 - Jim Perry, Sierra Spicer, Galen & Jillian Queen.
Every week, Mary Ann Young joins us!
Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact the Church office at 875-3983 or Bruce Willey at 875-5539.

Mt. Calvary BBQ and Fish Fry
Big Winter BBQ and Fish Fry, 10 a.m. at Mt. Calvary A.M.E. Church, Concord. Platters of ribs, fish or chicken are $7. This event is sponsored by the Men of Mt. Calvary. For more information, contact William Palmer at 629-5699 or John Oliver at 629-9722.

2nd Sunday in Lent
St. Luke's Episcopal Church will observe the second Sunday in Lent on March 4, at the 9 a.m. service of Holy Eucharist with the reading of The Great Litany, an ancient liturgy used at the beginning of the somber penitential season of lent. The 6 p.m. Thursday evening Holy Eucharist service will be followed by Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m. This service will continue throughout Lent. All are welcome to attend. St. Luke's is located on Front Street in Seaford.

Luncheon & Auction
St. George's United Methodist Church, located between Laurel and Delmar, on Saturday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will hold its Annual Spring Luncheon - featuring oyster fritters and chicken salad sandwiches, hot dogs with homemade soups - cream of crab, peas & dumplings and vegetable beef. Eat in or take out. There also will be a silent auction and bake table. Call 302-846-2301 for more information if needed.

Suicide Prevention Workshop
Christ United Methodist Church, 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel, is sponsoring a special presentation by the Delaware Mental Health Association on Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m.-noon, at the church. This presentation will feature representatives from the Delaware Mental Health Association who will help identify the warning signs of suicide and discuss issues related to depression and other mental illnesses. There is no cost for this presentation and the public is invited to attend. For more information, contact the church office at 875-4233. Nyack College Concert
On Sunday, March 11, at 7 p.m., the Atlanta Road Alliance Church will host a concert of sacred music performed by the Nyack College Chorale. Nyack College is a Christian liberal arts college in the New York metropolitan area. Under the direction of Prof. Joel Jameson, the Chorale will present a variety of music from Renaissance madrigals to Spirituals. The highlight of the evening will be selections from "I Am the Way," a dramatic musical depiction of the life of Christ by Jerome Hines. The Atlanta Road Alliance Church is located at 22625 Atlanta Road, 1-1/2 miles north of Stein Highway (Route 20) in Seaford. The concert is free, but a freewill offering will be taken to help defray the costs of the tour. For more information, call the church at (302) 629-5600 or visit

Shiloh House Friend-Raiser
Responding to the cries for hope from parents all across Delmarva, Shiloh House of Hope gears up to host its 2nd Annual Friend-Raiser. With several clients already in their non-residential program and parents participating in parenting classes, Shiloh waits for rezoning of property to build so that they can begin their residential program. At the event on Saturday, March 10 at the Sam Yoder Community Building in Greenwood, attendees will hear from former National House of Hope resident Jesse Cloud. She will share her story of hope, healing and restoration. The evening will be hosted by Joy 102.5!'s Rodney Baylous with good food, musical talent and a silent auction. Tickets for the event are $50 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Maria Peachey at 302-337-9330, or email her at

Ladies Spring Conference
"Disciplines of a Beautiful Woman," Ladies and Teen Girls Spring Conference will be on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Calvary Baptist Church, Georgetown. Speaker will be Juanita Purcell of the Villages, Fla., Women's Conference Speaker and Author. Come and join us, find out the secret to contentment and beauty. There will also be a time of worship and praise, special reading, food and fellowship. Register by March 12, cost is $7. (Cost includes breakfast and lunch, on site.) Register after March 12, cost will be $15 per person. Call the church at 856-3773.

Calvary Baptist Conference
"Disciplines of a Beautiful Woman," Ladies and Teen Girls Spring Conference will be on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Calvary Baptist Church, Georgetown. Speaker will be Juanita Purcell of the Villages, Fla., Women's Conference Speaker and Author. There will also be a time of worship and praise, special reading, food and fellowship. Register by March 12. Cost is $7, which includes breakfast and lunch, on site. After March 12, the cost will be $15 per person. Call 856-3773.

Christ Lutheran Lenten
Christ Lutheran Church is observing the Lenten season with special Wednesday evening services. All services begin at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the services now through March 28, there will be covered dish dinners at 6:30 p.m.