Church News
Thursday, February 5, 2004
Focus on the Light Conference at Atlanta Road Alliance Church
Ladies of all ages and teen girls ages 13-17 are invited to the 2004 Focus on the Light Conference Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Atlanta Road Alliance Church in Seaford. Emily Chase, wife, mother, author, former missionary and college teacher will be the keynote speaker. Having served as the coordinator of educational and counseling services at a Pennsylvania pregnancy center, she has also developed an abstinence education program, which is currently used by the Sussex Pregnancy Care Drama Team. During this conference she will direct attention to the issues of “forgiveness” and “moving beyond regrets.” This weekend includes seven informative workshops on subjects from home budgets, to the issues of singles, hospitality, discipleship, and ordering your home. A special session on Friday night, taught by Emily Chase, is designed uniquely for teen girls and the moms. Accomplished vocalist, Lori Miller, will be ministering in song. Two-day registration for adults is $18, one-day for adults is $10. Two-day registration for teen girls is $10, and one-day registration is $5. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Friday and the sessions are from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday begins with a light breakfast at 7:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.-noon sessions. Register early, as seating is limited and the deadline is Monday, Feb. 16. No child care will be available. For further information, contact the Atlanta Road Alliance Church at 629-7693.

Father-Daughter Dance scheduled at Mt. Olivet
The third annual Father/Father Figure and Daughter Dance is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 6, from 7-10 p.m. at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church on High Street, Seaford. Fathers and father figures and daughters of all ages are invited. Tickets are $5 per person. Each family is asked to bring an appetizer or baked good to share. Pictures will be available at an extra charge. Tickets are available from David and Becky Genshaw, 629-9014, or the Mt. Olivet Church Office, 629-4458.

Church of Christ Evangelist
Anthony Melakian, a veteran of well over 20 years in the ministry, will be coming to Seaford to serve the Seaford Church of Christ as its new evangelist. During the past seven years, Melakian has been serving the Park Church of Christ in Oskaloosa, Iowa, as its pulpit minister. A 1978 graduate of Lubbock Christian University in Texas, he has also ministered to churches in New Mexico, Texas, and Michigan. Born in Massachusetts and raised in New York City, the 48-year-old is looking forward to returning to the East Coast with his wife of 25 years, the former Gladys King, and their two daughters, Hailey, seven, and Angelique, who is six. The couple also has two adult sons living in Texas, Brian, 23, who is a recent graduate of Lubbock Christian, and Philip, 22, presently a student at L.C.U. The Seaford Church of Christ meets on U.S. 13 North in Seaford and would like to extend an invitation to the community to visit during the assembly times. The Bible class meets each Sunday at 10 a.m. followed by a worship service at 11 a.m. On Sunday at 6 p.m. there is Bible study and fellowship. Wednesday night Bible study is at 7 p.m. On April 18 and 19, the church will host a “No Debt, No Sweat” seminar with Steve Diggs.

Benefit dinner February 7
St. John’s United Methodist Church, Seaford, will host a Way Home benefit dinner on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 5-7 p.m., in the church’s fellowship hall, with entertainment from 7-8:30 p.m. featuring the Lights of Home (Tex and Maryanne Young) and guest speakers. Tickets are available at St. John’s and at the door or call 629-9466.

District Superintendent visit
The Rev. Dr. Sandra Steiner Ball, Dover District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church, Peninsula-Delaware Conference, will be the guest preacher this Sunday, Feb. 8, at the 11 a.m. service, at Christ United Methodist Church in Laurel. A light luncheon is planned after the service in her honor. Services at Christ United Methodist are 8:30 a.m.(praise and worship), and an 11 a.m.(traditional worship service). All are cordially invited to attend.

ERD Sunday at St. Luke’s
St Luke’s will have a special in-gathering for Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), on Sunday, Feb. 8. For more than 60 years ERD has been helping people around the world through prayer, volunteering and giving. To learn more about this mission of the Episcopal Church come worship with us or call 800-334-7626. Edit Irwin, Janet Grantz and Ann Newton were newly elected Vestry members Class of 2007 at the Annual Parish Meeting, Feb. 1.
Church of the Nazarene
On Sunday, Feb. 8, Pastor Bernice Brummell and congregation from the Apostle True Foundation Church from Preston, Md. will be at the United Church of the Nazarene, 4718 Jackson St., Hurlock, Md. at 4 p.m. The public is welcome. The pastor is Ebenezer Williamson and the co-pastor is Evangelist Mary Harris. For information call the church at 1-410-943-0900.

Haitian Choir at Grace Baptist
The choir from the First Haitian Baptist Church of Seaford, will be bringing an evening of music to Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Road, Seaford, at 7 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 8. This relatively new church was started with assistance from the Eastern Baptist Association and has grown rapidly to meet the needs of their people in this area. They are planning a mission trip to Haiti later this year. A freewill offering in support of this trip will be taken during the evening. The public is invited to attend these services. For more information call 302-629-8434 or go to the church’s web site

Get ‘Rewired’ at Impact 2004
Thousands of high school students and youth group leaders are expected to attend the Impact 2004 Rewired Conference on March 26-28, at the Ocean City, Md., Convention Center. Impact 2004 will feature music by Tait and Lincoln Brewster, national youth speakers Jeff Dean and Reggie Dabbs, who with humor and compassion, teach that “You can’t change your past but you can change your future”; one-man theatre Curt Cloninger who leaves a lasting impression; adult training by “The Ragamuffin Gospel” author, Brennan Manning, and more. Impact 2004, sponsored by Youth for Christ, is only $70 per person with hotel rates addition. Register by Feb. 9 for $50, or by March 8 for $60. Call 1-877-896-3802, or on the web at

Latin Mass February 15
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 Feb. 15. The mass is always a Missa Cantata using traditional Gregorian chant. For further information, call 302-674-5905 or 302-629-8863.

‘Snowflake Ball’ February 28
The Laurel Nazarene Church will have its first Snowflake Ball, a purity ball for fathers and daughters, in the banquet room at the RJ Riverside Restaurant in Laurel, on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 6 to 11 p.m. The evening will begin with worship through musical entertainment and creative movement. A catered buffet dinner will follow. Fathers and daughters will participate in a ceremony of commitment to purity. Ballroom dancing will crown the evening, as well as a time to publicly bless fathers and daughters. Space is limited. Seats will only be held with payment. The cost is $18 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets call the church office at 875-7873.

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.

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