Church Events
Thursday, January 9, 2003
Line UMC to serve meals
Line United Methodist Church, Whitesville, will hold a breakfast, lunch and bake sale Saturday, Jan. 11, 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. Food available will include oyster sandwiches, homemade ice cream, soup and peas and dumplings.

Concert set at Gethsemane
Gethsemane United Methodist Church, Reliance, will present a concert Sunday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. Featured will be area church choirs and soloists and the southern gospel group, “Reunion” from Princess Ann, Md. Refreshments will follow. For details call 875-1367.

Scotts to perform at Christ UMC
Jeff and Janine Scott, Bridgeville, will perform during the morning worship service Sunday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m., at Christ United Methodist Church, 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel. Jeff Scott is a pianist and his wife is a singer.

St. Luke’s traces its roots
On Sunday, Nov. 24, Rep. Tina Fallon and the rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, the Rev. Jeanne W. Kirby, dedicated a new plaque on the front of the church. St. Luke’s is on the historical register and the plaque gives some of its history. The origin of this parish can be traced to 1704, when a log chapel known as St. Mary’s was constructed on Chapel Branch in Northwest Fork Hundred. The devastating impact of the Revolution on the Church of England in America contributed to the discontinuation of services there by the early 1800s. In 1835, The Rev. Corry Chambers was sent to the Seaford area by the Diocese of Delaware. Finding St. Mary’s in ruins, he organized St. Luke’s from the remnants of the former congregation. Services were held for a time in Union Meeting House at High and Church streets. This site was donated by Dr. John Gibbons, and construction of the present church was begun in 1838. On May 28, 1843, St. Luke’s was formally consecrated by Bishop Alfred Lee. The church was remodeled and enlarged in 1886. Facilities were further expanded with the completion of a parish house in 1931. Prominent citizens interred in the adjoining cemetery include William H. Ross, governor of Delaware (1851-1855); and Edward L. Martin, member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1879-1883).
Bestselling author to speak
Having lost millions of members in the last two decades, the old mainline Protestant denominations are often depicted as “the empty church.” But writer and religion historian Diana Butler Bass finds an “unexpected and underestimated vitality” which she demonstrates in her new book, “Strength for the Journey: A Pilgrimage of Faith in Community,” published by John Wiley & Sons. Bass will speak at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Wilmington Saturday, Jan. 18, 6:30 p.m. According to Bass’ book, a quiet resurrection in the mainline tradition has gone unnoticed by most observers of American religion. “The emergence of a pilgrim mentality in the old Protestant mainline is a revolutionary development in American religious life,” Bass writes, as mainline churches abandon old ways of doing business in favor of creating Christian community. Cost of admission, which includes dinner, is $15. For reservations, call 302-994-6607. Bass’ book, “Strength for the Journey,” is available in bookstores nationwide, via all major online booksellers and, or by calling 1-800-956-7739.

Encounter to return with singers, speakers
The Encounter Choir, featured during the Delmarva Encounter 2002 Christian revival, will perform Saturday, Jan. 18, and Sunday, Jan. 19., 7 p.m. in the Seaford High School auditorium, Seaford. The Encounter Reunion Rally will also feature soloist Carla Karst and evangelist Steve Wingfield. Encounter 2002, which was held in October, attracted more than 7,000 people during its six-day run. About 600 volunteers from more than 70 churches helped with the event, receiving training as counselors, handing out information and singing in the choir. The revival was sponsored by Wingfield Ministries, based in Harrisonburg, Va., and headed by Steve Wingfield. Admission to the event will be free.

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