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 www.josseybass.com, or by calling 1-800-956-7739.
Evangelist to speak
Evangelist Ken Lynch, Chester, Pa., will be the featured speaker at a six-day meeting Jan. 12 through Jan. 17, at the First Baptist Church of Seaford.
Lynch, a graduate of Bob Jones University, is a veteran evangelist of 25 years who has preached around the world. He is also an accomplished musician and provides music at each service on a variety of musical instruments including the violin, theremin and musical glasses.
His wife conducts a children’s ministry each evening.
Services will start each evening at 7 p.m.
The church is located at 543 N. Bradford St., Seaford. For more information call 629-7161.
Mime group to perform
The public is invited to a Sunday evening mime cantata titled “The Story of Salvation,” performed by the Signs of Light, on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church on Mt. Pleasant Road, Laurel. Refreshments will follow the performance. For more information call 875-5009.
Confirmation classes set
Registration for confirmation classes to be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will take place on Sunday, Jan. 19, immediately following the 10:15 service. Classes will be held the first Sunday of each month through June. Classes will then resume weekly in September until Bishop Wright’s visit which will take place in October.
Union UMC plans dinner
Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, will hold its regular Union Station Dinner Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu will include oven-baked chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, succotash, cranberry relish, pickled beets, rolls and dessert. Price for adults is $6 and for kids 10 and under, $3. Proceeds benefit the church.
St. Stephen’s to serve spaghetti
St. Stephen’s Church, 103 E. State St., Delmar, will hold a spaghetti dinner in its Camelot Hall on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost for dinners are: adults and carryouts, $6.50; ages 6 to 12, $3; under 6, free. Call 846-9501 for more information.
Mt. Calvary breakfast set
A breakfast will be served at Mt. Calvary AME Church, Concord, Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 a.m. Admission is $5. This event is sponsored by the Couples Club. For more information, contact Gladys Briggs, 629-9075, or Otelia Oliver, 629-9722.
Inn to host seminar
Marci Bryant, founder of Building The Virtuous Temple Ministries, will lead a seminar, “Undo The Heavy Burdens,” Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Building The Virtuous Temple Ministries has its headquarters in Newark. The Seaford branch opened in October. The local contact is minister LaJuan Dutton of Williams Chapel Church in Bridgeville.
Bryant was born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the oldest of seven siblings. In addition to running her ministry, which reaches out to families and women struggling to overcome life’s adversities, she is minister of a church in Newark.
There is no charge for this seminar. Proceeds from an offering will benefit the ministry.
To register, call 832-6980 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who pre-register will receive a gift.
Donut Man to appear
Sponsored by Unity Washington United Methodist Church, the Donut Man will appear at North Dorchester High School Saturday, Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 per family. For tickets and information call Mary Lou Brown at 410-943-4192.
With jumping, clapping, singing and laughing, Rob Evans, a.k.a. Donut Man, teaches Bible stories to children. Children are brought from out of the audience to help the Donut Man tell his stories and to do the hand motions that go with the songs. Even Duncan the Talking Donut pops out of his bakery box to sing the “whole” song.
Seaford woman to perform
The Second Generation Community Chorus’ 14th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Sunday, Feb. 2 (rain date Feb. 9), 4 p.m. at the Talbot County Auditorium, Easton High School, Mecklenburg Avenue, Easton. Featured will be the Rev. Ernest Davis Jr.’s Wilmington Chester Mass Choir. Soloist Joyce Phipps, Seaford, and the dance group “The Expressions of Praise,” Salisbury, will perform. Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the door. For tickets call Shirley Jones, 629-5259, or see any member of Second Generation.
‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ Feb. 14
The Rehoboth Temple of Praise Church would like to invite you to a formal “Black Tie Affair Banquet, “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” This formal banquet will take place on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m., at the Delmarva Convention Center located in Delmar, Md. Tickets are $25 per person.
Be prepared to come and enjoy delicious food, anointed singing, anointed preaching, and much more. This special event is catered and is R.S.V.P. only. Join us as we celebrate God’s gracious love on this special evening of prise and worship. A professional photographer will be available for those who would like to capture this special evening.
Tickets may be purchased at Jack’s Religious Gift Shop, The Gospel Shop or you may call the church at 875-5545 for tickets or for more information.