Church News
Thursday, January 15, 2004
Father-Daughter Dance scheduled at Mt. Olivet
Get ready to make some memories. The third annual Father/Father Figure and Daughter Dance is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 6, from 7-10 p.m. Once again this event will be held at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church on High Street in downtown Seaford. The church’s Fellowship Hall will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland with a DJ, decorations, and refreshments. Fathers and father figures and daughters of all ages are invited. Tickets are $5 per person, but only 150 will be sold. Each family is asked to bring an appetizer or baked good to share. Pictures will be available at an extra charge. Tickets went on sale Jan. 1, and are available from David and Becky Genshaw, 629-9014; the Mt. Olivet Church Office, 629-4458; or any committee member.

Human Life Week
In observance of Sanctity of Human life Week (Jan. 18-25) Joy 102.5 WOLC in Princess Anne, Md., is hosting the World’s Largest Baby Shower to benefit crisis pregnancy centers throughout Delmarva and Southern Maryland. The public is urged to drop off new or gently worn nursery items to the pregnancy centers. Donations may include maternity clothes, baby clothes, changing tables, bassinets, cribs, strollers, car seats, diapers, baby food, and formula. On Jan. 18, WOLC will be throwing all the pregnancy centers a shower at the radio station. Gifts may also be brought to WOLC as well. The “World’s Largest Baby Shower” participants in this area include: Eastern Shore Pregnancy Center, 1304 S. Division St., Salisbury (410-546-5433); Sussex Pregnancy Care Center, 5 Burger King Drive, Georgetown (856-4344); and CHOICES for Life, 29556 Brant Court, Easton, Md. (410-822-3311). If you have any questions or want more information, call 410-543-9652 or e-mail

Gospel Search seeking singers
The seventh annual Mountaire Gospel Talent Search is seeking entrants to claim the $30,000 in prize money being offered. The event will take place at the Bay Shore Community Church (formerly the Gumboro Community Church) in Gumboro March 11, 12 and 13. The judges for the three days of competition will be members of the Denver and the Mile High Orchestra. They will also provide mini concerts on Thursday and Friday and a two hour concert on Saturday night (there is a $10 charge for the two-hour concert and the others are free). In addition to the talent search, there will be clinics on starting a choir, locating music, recording, sound systems, lighting, backdrops, video, and still photography. Several new categories have been added including two for children - children’s choir and soloist. Some of the participants in the Gospel Talent Search will be selected to perform with “When You Believe,” a choir of winners and participants in past competitions. The group performs in benefit concerts for churches and non-profit groups, at community fairs, and many other events. For more information or to receive an entry form, phone 934-3123.

Christian Unity Service
The New Zion United Methodist Church, 428 West 6th St., Laurel, will have a Christian Unity Ecumenical Service presented by the Rev. Dr. Bess McCallister, Senior Pastor, with choir and congregation from Holy Trinity A.M.E. Church in Rock Hall, Md., on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 4 p.m. There is no admission fee.

Booker Street Ensemble
The Booker Street Ensemble will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a gospel concert on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Seaford High School starting at 7 p.m. Other featured performers will include Kurt Carr and the Kurt Carr Singers and “Truly Blessed.” Tickets are $15 for general seating, $20 for VIP seating, and $25 for front row seating. Phone 856-3404 or 684-5407 for more information.

Take My Hand Ministry
“The Mary and Martha Tea Room,” a program of Take My Hand Ministry, will meet on the third Wednesday of every month in 2004. On Jan. 21, from 2-4 p.m., the Rev. Carol Hopkins from New Zion United Methodist Church in Laurel will be the guest speaker. Take My Hand Ministry offers pastoral care for women by a woman. Dr. Michaele S. Russell is the founder and executive director of the ministry and facilitator of the Mary and Martha Tea Room. Tea Room activities include refreshments, teaching and ministry by anointed and gifted women from across Delmarva, and a freewill offering for the guest speaker. Ministry is offered in an intimate setting for approximately 20-25 women. Women who are interested in attending the Tea Room gathering may contact Dr. Russell, at 349-4220 or visit the website at Take My Hand Ministry is located at 102 Maryland Ave. in Greenwood.
Song Fest 2004
The local Methodist churches of Seaford are sponsoring the annual Song Fest on Sunday, Jan. 18. Talent from each of the churches will share musical selections. The special guest will be “Reunion,” a popular singing group who truly praise the Lord in word and song. The Fest will be at Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Reliance, beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a time of refreshments and fellowship. For more information call Bob Robinson at 875-9124.

Gospel music evening
Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Laurel, will hold a gospel music evening service on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. “The Sounds of Joy” Gospel Trio and Gerald and Phyllis Hitches will be performing. Join us to praise the Lord with these fine musicians. Refreshments to follow. For information call 875-5009.

Latin Mass
A Latin mass according to the Missal of 1962 is celebrated on the third Sunday of every month at 3 p.m. at Holy Cross Church in Dover. The mass will be celebrated on Jan. 18. The mass is always a Missa Cantata using traditional Gregorian chant. For further information, call 302-674-5905 or 302-629-8863.

St. Luke’s women
The Episcopal Church Women of St. Luke’s will have their business meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at noon in the Great Hall of the Parish House. Members bring their bag lunch and drinks are provided. All women of St. Luke’s are encouraged and invited to attend. Also upcoming is the 169th Annual Parish Meeting to be on Sunday, Feb. 1.

Church of God breakfast
An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be held Sunday, Jan. 18, 7-9 a.m., at Bridgeville Church of God fellowship hall, Rt. 404 West. Cost is adults $5, and children 3-12 years $3.

‘Abundantly More’
“Abundantly More in 2004,” a series of life-changing meetings with Evangelist Ron Scott, Jr., will be held at Bridgeville Church of God, Jan. 18-25. Services will be held Sunday at 6 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Singing, worship and praise along with anointed preaching will highlight these meetings. Everyone is welcome. The Bridgeville Church of God is located one-mile west of Bridgeville on Rt. 404. For more information contact the church office at 337-3044.

Pastor Abbott guest speaker
On Sunday, Jan. 18, Dawn Abbott and her congregation from the International House of Worship, Easton, Md., will be at the United Church of the Nazarene, 4718 Jackson St., Hurlock, Md., with Pastor Ebenzer Williamson, sponsor, Sister Paris Twymarl. The public is welcome. For information call the church at 410-943-0900 or 410-754-9135 co-Pastor Mary Harris. Also on Saturday, Jan. 24, Pastor Ballard and congregation from Fellowship Tabernacle Worship Center Inc., Delmar, Md. will be at the United Church of the Nazarene at 7 p.m.

Bible Study Fellowship
Bible Study Fellowship for women is meeting every Thursday at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 SE Front Street, Milford from 9:30-11:30 a.m. BSF is an interdenominational organization with nearly 1,000 classes around the world. The studies are structured, in-depth and life-changing. An introductory class is offered the first Thursday of each month. Newcomers are welcome to attend and to enroll in the study. A children’s program is offered for children ages two years through kindergarten and whose adult family member is enrolled. Child care is not provided at the introductory class. For more information call Jimalee Humpton 337-3815 or Judy Salvatore 645-1724.

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