Church News
Thursday, July 8, 2004
Woodland sends care packages to troops
A variety of foods, cookies, snacks, other needed items, and a letter of support signed by members of the Woodland United Methodist Church congregation was sent to men and women serving the country. Pastor Bob Robinson’s grandson, who is a Marine, deployed to Iraq, received the packages to be distributed to the Marines in his platoon. “Since we’ve found that this is a real morale boost to our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers who are stationed outside of the United States, Woodland United Methodist challenges other area churches and organizations to do the same,” Rev. Robinson said. “This is a small contribution to show we care for what they are doing for us in putting themselves in harms way,” he added. For detailed information to send “love/care” packages, call the Rev. Robinson at (home) 875-9124 or (church office) 629-5404.

West Day 2004 at Bridgeville
West Day 2004 will take place on Sunday, July 18, at C.H. Foggie A.M.E. Zion Church, Federalsburg Road, Bridgeville, at 11 a.m. The pastor is the Rev. Dr. Wilford L. Oney, Jr. and the guest preacher will be the Rev. Dr. Franklin West of St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Newport News, Va. There will be a fellowship dinner immediately following the morning worship. Dress is casual. For more information call Virginia West Snead at 875-7438 or the Rev. Roscoe R. West at 875-5397.

St. Luke’s youth at camp
Three young members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Seaford are attending Camp Arrowhead near Lewes. Diane Burns and Justin Larsen are there as counselors in training. Steven Larsen is working as part of the crew doing outside work around the camp ground areas. This time at Camp Arrowhead not only gives the youth an opportunity to volunteer during the summer but also to meet and work with other young people in the area Episcopal churches.

New Zion celebrates 120 years
As New Zion United Methodist Church celebrates its 120th anniversary, church members welcome new pastor the Rev. Timothy Duffield and family. Rev. Duffield comes to Laurel from the Lewes Circuit Charge. He will serve Union United Methodist Church in Delmar and New Zion in Laurel as a circuit pastor. Rev. Duffield is a full member of the Peninsula Delaware Conference and serves as an ordained elder. Rev. Duffield and his wife Willa Mae have three children and one granddaughter. Their oldest son, Timothy Duffield, Jr. is deceased. Union welcomed Rev. Duffield on July 2, with a dinner at the fellowship hall. New Zion will host a casual Sunday, July 11, with the theme “Aloha Means Hello” to welcome the Duffield family.

Members attend recital
Several members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Seaford traveled to Newark, on July 2, to attend a recital by Alastair Chisholm, organist and musician of The Cathedral of The Isles (Cumbrae, Scotland) and music director for the Diocese of Argyll & The Isles. (Chisholm is visiting Delaware on an organist exchange with George Bayley at St. Peter’s in Lewes.) Chisholm gave an organ concert and lecture at The Old St. Thomas’s Church (now Bayard Sharpe Hall) at the University of Delaware. Following the recital on the new two manual tracker organ, he talked about the Episcopal Church in Scotland and the Cathedral of The Isles in particular. Following the music and talk, a reception honoring Chisholm and recognizing the work between the Diocese of Delaware and Argyll and The Isles took place.

Christ Lutheran VBS
Get built up at Construction I.N.C., July 12-16 at Christ Lutheran Church located on Shipley Street. Children ages 3-12 are invited to attend Vacation Bible School from 6:30-8:30 p.m. free of charge. Kids will meet Rick the Brick and get to hear Bible stories, do learning activities, sing, make crafts, play games, eat snacks and more. To register call Amy Brown at 629-9755.

Asbury/Blades Charge VBS
Asbury/Blades United Methodist Charge will hold Vacation Bible School at Asbury located on Rt. 9, near Hardscrabble, the week of Aug. 2-6, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each evening. “Construction Inc.* In the Name of Christ” will be the theme, as God is the creator of all. There will be Bible lessons, music, snacks, crafts, and games for the children of all ages. Adding to the excitement of the week-long event will be the offering of an adult class led by Duane Smith each evening. The adult class theme will mirror that of the children so families will share the same experience. A nursery for infants will be available. The event will end on Friday evening with a picnic style meal for all involved, a sharing of music and awards with the families. For more information and to register call 854-0193. Deadline for registration is July 21. Children registered by this date will be eligible for special incentives. Children, including nursery need to register. Adults do not need to register.
Alliance Church offers VBS
The Atlanta Road Alliance Church is offering Vacation Bible School for children age four years through sixth grade completed, Monday-Friday, July 19-23, from 9 a.m. to noon each day. This year’s theme is “Olympian - Training for Life.” Each student “athlete” will train to run with Joshua, the great champion of the Bible. Registration forms are available in the church foyer, or by calling the church at 629-7693. The Atlanta Road Alliance Church is located on Atlanta Road, 1-1/2 miles north of the Nylon capital Shopping Plaza, next to Seaford Animal Hospital.

Nazarene church visitors
On Saturday, July 17, at 7 p.m. The Gospel Crusaders from Salisbury, Md., will be performing at the United Church of the Nazarene, 4718 Jackson St., Hurlock, Md. The pastor is Ebenzer Williamson. For information call 1-410-754-9135. A free will offering will be taken. The public is welcome.

Take My Hand seminar
Professor Darlene S. Antezana, teacher of Black History and Women’s Studies at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md., will be the Wednesday, July 14, guest speaker at the Sisterhood Seminar in Greenwood. She has done extensive research in Delaware regarding black women in the Delaware area circa 1760 through 1820. She will present some of her findings at a seminar in Memphis in November. Sisterhood Seminars are a program of Take My Hand Ministry, Inc., a nonprofit and biblically based women’s ministry, under the leadership of Dr. Michaele S. Russell. The seminars are offered periodically and are focused on women’s issues. Talented women from across Delmarva are featured as guest speakers, and all area women are welcome to attend. Antezana will speak at the New Birth Christian Center on Addix Avenue in Greenwood. A $5 registration fee is required at the door. Checks made payable to: New Birth Christian Center. A free will offering is taken for the speaker. Continuing education credit is available upon request. From 10 a.m. until noon, she will present information on little known black church women, discovered in her research. Lunch break occurs from noon to 2 p.m. The afternoon session (2-4 p.m.) will focus on slave women and children from 1760-1820. If anyone is interested in having her make a similar presentation in his/her church or club, contact Dr. Russell at 349-4220.

The Lewis Family
The Friendship United Methodist Church presents “The Lewis Family,” the First Family of Blue Grass Gospel Music, on Thursday, July 15, 6:30 p.m. at Stephen Decatur High School. No ticket necessary. a free will offering will be taken.

Mary & Martha Tea Room
The Mary & Martha Tea Room, a program of Take My Hand Ministry (TMHM) in Greenwood, meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The Mary & Martha Tea Room is designed to accommodate 20-25 women, and convenes in the meeting room of TMHM on 102 Maryland Ave. On July 21, the guest speaker, Evangelist Lynnette Horton, formerly of the Salisbury area, will conduct the meeting. She is also a Christian comedian. Refreshments are provided and a free will offering for the speaker is taken. All area women are welcome, but seating is limited to the first 25 women. For more details contact Dr. Michaele S. Russell at 349-4220.

Missions Trip to Buffalo
A missions trip is being planned by Keith Baker of the Bridgeville Church of God to go to Buffalo, N.Y., from Aug. 23 to Aug. 27. If you’re interested, call the church at 337-3044 for more information.

Union UMC holds VBS
Vacation Bible School will be Aug. 8-12, for preschool through sixth grade from 6:30-8 p.m. at Union United Methodist Church, 2 North Laws St., Bridgeville. Registration begins Sunday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. Call 337-7409 for more information.

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