Church News
Thursday, February 26, 2004
Christ Evangelistic Church
Christ Evangelistic Church in Laurel is celebrating 30 years of serving the Lord. The following service will be held: On Sunday, Feb. 29, at 22 a.m. and 7 p.m., Christian singer: Susie Luchsinger (sister of Reba McEntire). A Love Offering will be taken.

Youth Conference
St. John AME Zion Church, Ross Point in Laurel (Rev. Oris P. Fields, Sr., pastor) will host a youth Conference/revival on Feb. 26, 27 and 28, at the Citadel of Hope Church on Concord Road in Concord. Minister Demarrius Hardy from New Beginnings Covenant Ministry, Berlin, Md., will preach on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.; Apostle Ivory Jenkins with his congregation from Trenton, N.J., will preach on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.; and the Rev. Scott Moore, Judah Temple AME Zion Church and congregation from Mitchellville, Md., will preach on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. In addition, there will be “The Faithful Ones;” a creative dance team, The Steppers from Millsboro, and many other great singing groups and dance teams, at this Holy Ghost Revival.

‘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. 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.

Baptist Music Festival
Grace Baptist Church, Atlanta Road, Seaford, will host the Eastern Baptist Association Music Festival on Saturday, March 6. Participants will include adult and children’s choirs as well as praise and worship teams. Prior to the festival at 2 p.m., will be a fellowship brunch at 10:45 a.m., including a computer music program presentation, handbells’ demo, and sound and visual systems’ demo. The brunch will be followed by a vocal skills presentation at noon lead by David Miller, who has been involved with 20 concerts as director of the Southern Delaware Choral Society, an 80-member community choral ensemble. Miller is conductor of both church and community choral and instrumental ensembles, composer, as well as giving private and group instruction in voice, theory and choral conducting. He is a member of the American Choral Directors’ Association, the Music Educators’ National Conference, a graduate of Seaford High, the University of Maryland, and is currently involved in graduate studies studies at Westminster Choir College. He is presently music director of adult, youth, and children’s choirs at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Rings of Fire Handbell Ensemble, Winds of Change Woodwind Ensemble, and composer of music for all these groups. Following the vocal skills presentation, a choral workshop will be conducted at 1 p.m. by Rob Ellis of Newark, where he serves as ruling elder, composer in residence, worship leader, small group leader, assistant choir director, and ensemble director. He is a graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Ind. In 1995, he was commissioned to compose an original anthem “Freedom Is Not Free” to be performed by the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants and USAF Concert Band at the dedication of the Korean War Memorial on the mall in Washington, D.C. He continues to write both contemporary and traditional music for choirs, congregations, pianists, and winds.

St. Luke’s study continues
“Episcopal is Compelling,” a class exploring the Episcopal Church will continue on Sundays through April 4. Vicki Reinsfelder is conducting the class which is held in the Parish Hall from 6-7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Wednesdays in Lent - Holy Eucharist, at 7 p.m., followed by Stations of the Cross.

Faith Conference
River of Life Christian Center invites you to “Faith Conference 2004” at 7 each night.from March 10-12, at 7 each night, at 17 West Market St., Greenwood. Speakers: on March 10, Joseph J. Dixon, pastor of River of Life Christian Center, and March 11, 12, Terrell M. Rummage, pastor of Living Faith Christian Center, Gary, Ind., former director of the Bible Training Center of Living Word Christian Center, Forest Park, Ill., ordained minister and graduate of Rhema Bible College, Tulsa, Okla. Pastor Rummage will also minister Sunday, March 14, at 11 a.m. Minister Charlotte Rummage, Gary, Ind. will minister to the ladies on Saturday, March 13 from 9:30 a.m.-noon. For additional information call the church office at (302) 349-9420.

‘Lights’ of Home’ in concert
The southern gospel group, “The Lights of Home” will be in concert on Sunday, Feb. 29, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, in Laurel, at 7 p.m. St. Paul’s is located on Old Stage Road, just east of US 13. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 856-6107.

St. Luke’s Lent Bible study
Beginning on Wednesday, March 3, the Rev. Jeanne Kirby, Rector of St. Luke’s in Seaford, will begin a Bible study on the lessons for the following Sunday. The study willbe in the Parish House and begin at 6:30 p.m. followed with a Healing Service and Holy Communion in the church at 7:30. On Sunday, Feb. 22, at the 10:15 a.m. service, all acolytes were vested, processed-in and were recognized for their commitment of service in the Episcopal Church.

Day of Prayer March 5
World Day of Prayer will be sponsored by St. John’s United Methodist Church on March 5, at 10 a.m. Women from the many area churches are presenting the worship service. This year’s theme, “In Faith, Women Shape the Future,” reminds us that the actions of women have shaped our future. Christian women from Panama invite us to become better informed about their country, history and its needs. Readings and slides will inform us of their struggles and triumphs. World Day of Prayer is an international event that unites Protestant, Roman Catholic, and other Christian women and men in 179 countries in prayer. Throughout the day, from the first sunrise to the last sunset, prayers follow the sun’s path around the globe working to bring peace and justice for all. Contact St. John’s church office at 629-9466 for more information.

Alliance Church Adult Classes
The Atlanta Road Alliance Church, Seaford, is offering three adult Sunday School classes beginning Sunday, March 7. Classes will meet from 9:45-10:45 each week. The classes are: ‘The Masterpiece Marriage’ - the first of seven studies in the Focus on the Family Marriage Series that targets issues impacting couples of every age. This study will explore God’s plan for marriage and how to achieve true happiness and self-fulfillment. ‘Studies in the Pastoral Letters’ - the books of I and II Timothy, Titus and Philemon. Spiritual maturity, leadership, false teachings and walking faithfully with the Lord will be some of the topics discussed. ‘Your Church Experiencing God Together’ - a study, authored by henry and Mel Blackaby, that explores what it means to be born into the family of God, how Christians relate to others in our world, the importance of ministry, and more. The Atlanta Road Alliance Church is located on Atlanta Road, 1-1/2 miles north of the Nylon Capital Shopping Center, next to Seaford Animal Hospital. Morning worship services are at 8:30 and 11 o’clock and the evening service is at 7. Details on the classes can be obtained by calling the church at 629-7693.
Church of Nazarene visitors
On Saturday, March 6, at 7 p.m. Pastor Leon Williams and congregation from The Refuge Temple Church, Seaford, will be at the United Church of the Nazarene, 4718 Jackson St., Hurlock, Md. The public is welcome. For information call the church at 1-410-943-0900 or 1-410-754-9135. On Sunday, March 7, at 4 p.m., Pastor Gary L. Mullen and congregation from Discipleship Ministries, Inc., Dover, will be at the church.

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

St. George’s gospel concert
St. George’s United Methodist Church will have a gospel concert on Sunday, March 7, at 7 p.m. The guests will be Ellery Adams and The Rescue Team from Preston, Md. The concert is free and open to the public.

Ninety and Nine meeting
The Ninety & Nine will meet at the Seaford Golf & Country Club, on Monday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m. The Ninety & Nine is a ministry, which was formed in 1984 by a group of women who care about the needs of others. There are no membership dues to pay. Cheryl Torpey from Ocean City, Md., will be their featured guest. She is a licensed, certified, clinical counselor and social worker having extensive experience working many years with both children and adults. More recently, she was the Women’s Ministry Chair for the 2003 Ocean City Encounter. In addition to her myriad talents and abilities, she is a potter. Lori Jones from laurel, will be the special guest singer for the evening. Reservations are necessary. Deadline is March 10. For details or more information call: call Joyce Thomas at 629-2248, Michele Thompson at 877-0797, or Arvalene Moore at 875-4387.

Church of God revival
Clarence Street Church of God will be in revival the weeks of March 7-12 and March 14-17. Sunday’ services (March 7 and 14) will begin at 6:30 p.m. The week night services will begin at 7 p.m. Minister William Lockhart, youth pastor of Holy Trinity Church of God in Reading, Pa., is the evangelist for the week of March 7-12. Bishop Billy J. O’Neal, former Delmarva-D.C. Church of God State Overseer, will be evangelizing Sunday, March 14, through Wednesday, March 17. Bishop Isaac Brunson is a minister at the church.

Men’s & Women’s Banquet
The annual Men’s & Women’s Day Honorary Banquet will be Saturday, March 13, at 4 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church Hall, Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford. This is sponsored by Macedonia A.M.E. Church (the Rev. Dania Griffin, pastor). The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Honorees include: Beatrice Bessellieu, Elva Dorman, Stacia Girley, Albert Hopkins, Freddie Ricketts, and Calenia Wharton.

Men’s and Women’s Day
Macedonia A.M.E. Church will celebrate its annual Men’s and Women’s Day on Sunday, March 21. The theme for this year is “Men and Women Working for God.” Morning worship will begin at 11 with the Rev. Dania R. Griffin preaching. Afternoon service will begin at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Luther L. Walker III from Emmanuel A.M.E. Church of Hartley as the guest speaker. Dinner will be served following the morning service.

Clarence St. Church of God
The Clarence Street Church of God in Seaford will host the “Stir Up The Gift” Revival Crusade service, March 14-16. Guest speaker for the revival services is Dr. Billy J. O’Neal, international evangelist/teacher. O’Neal served for 39 years in leadership/administration and pastoring churches in his denomination. In 1996, he established “Motivational Ministry Concepts” and began a full-time ministry of evangelizing and conducting “Stir Up The Gift” Gatherings all across the U.S. These gatherings, held Friday night and Saturday, include six one-hour sessions. Each topic is intended to remind and motivate today’s Christian to rekindle the excitement, to do as the Apostle Paul admonishes in II Timothy 1:6, “Wherefore, I put thee in remembrance that you stir up the gift of God, which is in thee…” O’Neal has ministered in crusades all over the world, including India, Philippines, Africa, British and U.S. Virgin Islands, South and Central America. His wife, Brenda, is involved in local ministry, his daughter Alisa is a pastor’s wife and son, B.J., is involved in ministries. Services times are Sunday, March 14, at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Monday, March 15, and Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m.

Trinity Revival March 13-14
Spring revival services will be at Trinity United Methodist Church, Phillips Hill Road in Laurel, on Saturday, March 13, and Sunday, March 14. Services will begin at 7 p.m. each night and Sunday at 10 a.m. There will be a fellowship supper on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Music and Ministry will be provided by the Wayne Taylor Family, formerly of the Eastern Shore and now of Trinity, N.C. All are invited. For additional information, call 875-7715.

Latin Mass March. 16
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 March 16. The mass is always a Missa Cantata using traditional Gregorian chant. For further information, call 302-674-5905 or 302-629-8863.

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