Church Events
Thursday, May 22, 2003
Blades, Asbury plan revival
The Blades/Asbury United Methodist Charge is hosting a revival seminar on Christian outreach through May 24. Participants will learn how to care for those they want to reach. The services of worship, music and instruction will begin each evening at 7. The first two evenings will be at Blades United Methodist Church, Market Street, Blades. The Thursday and Friday services will be held at Asbury UMC, US 9, near Hardscrabble. Dick and Shan Dreyer, Gospel Missionaries from Lima, N.Y., will lead the four-night event. The services will include group music led by Earl Hoopes at Blades, the Rev. Don Murray and Old Time Gospel at Asbury. The Wednesday service will feature a youth rally with the teen gospel rock band, Freedom Drive. The Friday service will feature a service for adults in the church while a childrenís program for ages 4 to 12 will be led by Shan in the church hall. Light refreshments will be served following each eveningís service.

Joy Night, twice a month
New Zion United Methodist Church holds Joy Night the second and fourth Friday of every month, 7 p.m. This month the second such night will be May 23. All singers, musicians, dancers, Christian poets, mime groups and individuals are welcome. The church is at 428 West 6th St., Laurel. For details call the Rev. Carol Sessoms Hopkins, 875-3064.

Memorial Day to be honored
Victory Tabernacle Church of God, Laurel, will hold its second annual Memorial Day Tribute Saturday, May 24, 1 p.m. Local singing groups will perform throughout the day. An area will be set up for anyone wishing to display memorials. The church is 2 and 1/4 miles north of Laurel on alternate US 13. For information call Craig Banks at 629-6199 or Dan Southern at 875-3769. Proceeds will benefit the Seaford Mission.

Traditional Latin mass planned
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. This monthís mass will be celebrated on May 18. The mass is always a Missa Cantata using traditional Gregorian chant. For further information, call 302-674-5905 or 302-629-8863.

Mt. Zion plans ice cream fest
An ice cream festival will be held at Mt. Zion Church, Laurel, on Saturday, May 24. There will be oyster fritters, hamburgers, hot dogs, platters, chicken and potato salad, baked dessert table and homemade ice cream.

Mt. Calvary homecoming set
Mt. Calvary AME Church, Concord, will hold its annual homecoming Sunday, May 25. Services begin at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sylvia White, minister of East New Market Church of God, will speak at the 10 a.m. service. Speaking at 3:30 p.m. will be minister Zakiya Bakari of John Wesley United Methodist Church, Seaford.
Asbury to hold hymn sing
Asbury United Methodist Church, US 9, near Hardscrabble, will host a hymn sing Sunday, June 1, at 2 p.m. Music will be provided by the Sounds of Joy Trio and Old Time Gospel Singers. Jeff Lecates of Milton will speak. A meal will be served following the hymn sing.

Ninety & Nine to meet
The next Ninety & Nine dinner meeting will be Monday, June 9, 6:30 p.m. at the Seaford Golf & Country Club. 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 and all women are welcome. Guest speakers and singers will be Judy and Richard Sheriff of Seaford. Judy Sheriff has a bachelorís degree in education and a masterís degree in Christian counseling. Her husband has a masterís and a doctorate degree in Christian counseling. Judy Sheriff is the founder of ìYouíre Not Alone Ministries,î a counseling and support ministry for people who are suffering a loss. She has also written a book, ìLiving on Faith and Baked Potatoes.î Reservations must be made by June 4. For details, call Joyce Thomas, 629-2248, Mildred Fager, 629-7228, or Arvalene Moore, 875-4387.

Council to hold breakfast
The 26th annual prayer breakfast sponsored by the Sussex County Council will be Monday, June 9. The breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m. at the William Carter Partnership building, Delaware Technical & Community College, Georgetown. This yearís speaker is William (Buddy) W. Farris Jr., Chief of Police, Dayton, Va. He is an award-winning 24-year veteran of law enforcement, as well as a world-class athlete. He has shared his personal testimony, ìShadow of Death,î with more than 1,500 schools, universities, and churches throughout the United States, Jamaica and Romania. Tickets, which cost $12, are available at the county council Office during normal working hours or by contacting Carol Lewis at 855-7801.

Sounds of Joy to sing
The Sounds of Joy will perform Sunday, May 25, at 7 p.m. at St. Paulsí United Methodist Church on Old Stage Road in Laurel. For more information, call 856-6107.

Baptists gather food for Iraqis
The International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention are promoting a relief project for the people of Iraq by Southern Baptists across the U.S. They are working through international relief channels to provide this assistance to hungry Iraqi families. The food aid will be delivered without regard to ethnic or religious identity. Each box contains almost 70 pounds of staple food items such as beans, lentils, rice, flour, salt, sugar, loose tea and powdered milk. The box is estimated to feed a family of five for a month. No evangelistic material will be enclosed, but a label on the outside of each box will quote John 1:17 in Arabic: ìFor the law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.î The label also will identify the box as ìA gift with love from the Southern Baptist churches in America.î There are hopes of sending over 100,000 of these boxes to Iraqi families from Southern Baptists across the U.S.

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