Church News
Thursday, July 15, 2004
Missionary to China to speak at Seaford Church of Christ
Gary Cook, formerly of Seaford and presently serving as missionary to Jingzhou, in the People’s Republic of China, will be speaking at the Seaford Church of Christ on Sunday, July 18. Cook who served as the evangelist for the Seaford Church of Christ between 1991-1997, plans to report on the progress of his work among the Chinese people at the 10 a.m. Bible class hour, as well as at the 11 a.m. worship service to follow. Financially supported in this work by the Seaford church as well as by the Valley Road Church of Christ in Warrington, Pa. (where he served from 1997-2002), Cook, along with his wife Signa, teach English in a state-run university in Jingzhou using the Bible as a textbook. As a result of their work, more than 60 people have become Christians within the past two years. In addition, the Seaford church helps with the financial support of two Chinese nationals who serve alongside the Cooks as evangelists. Though the nation is officially atheistic, there are many among the Chinese people with an intense hunger for the Word of God. A mission-minded, Bible believing church, the Seaford Church of Christ also supports missionaries in Nova Scotia and Togo, West Africa as well as its own local evangelist, Anthony Melakian. The church meets just north of Seaford at 20989 Sussex Highway. For more information call 629-6206.

Latin Mass July 18
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 July 18. The mass is always a Missa Cantata using traditional Gregorian chant. For further information, call 674-5905 or 629-8863.

Trinity U.M.C. VBS
Trinity Dublin Hill United Methodist Church is holding a Vacation Bible School on Monday, July 19, to Wednesday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the church, 4385 Dublin Hill Road, Bridgeville. This is for children from grades kindergarten to completion of the fifth grade. Contact the Rev. Steve Hall at 629-7468.

Vacation Bible School
The Final Frontier, a vacation Bible School experience, July 21-25, at Laurel Church of Christ, call 875-7748 for information.

First Baptist Church VBS
First Baptist Church of Seaford will have Castle Kids Vacation Bible School with Bible stories, crafts, games, puppets, skits, snacks and prizes, July 26-30, from 9 a.m.-noon. Children ages 4 through 13 are invited to attend. The church is located at 543 N. Bradford St. in Seaford. For more information, or to register, call 629-7161 or 629-7299

St. Luke’s honors acolyte
Natalie Quick was honored Sunday, July 11, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for her dedicated service of 10 years as an acolyte and in thanksgiving for her ministry in various other areas at St. Luke’s. Natalie’s acolyte cross will be retired and hung in a special place in the Parish House. She was given a small cross to wear as a reminder when she leaves Seaford in August to attend Virginia Commonwealth College in Virginia. Plans are now underway for St. Luke’s third annual Antiques, Treasures and Rummage Sale under the direction of Nancy Harper. The sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Mt. Zion A.M.E. Bazaar
Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Rt. 16, Ellendale, will sponsor its seventh annual Summer Bazaar on Saturday, July 17. Activities begin at 7 a.m. with a yard sale, breakfast, bake sale and car wash. Chicken barbeque, fried fish and much more begin at 11 a.m. For table reservations for the yard sale, call 422-0380 or 422-5808. Cost per table/space is $10 (no food please).

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.
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.

‘God’s Fire’ youth group taking a trip to Louisville
Forty-one enthusiastic individuals from Union United Methodist Church’s “God’s Fire” youth group of Bridgeville, its leaders and chaperones boarded a bus for Louisville Sunday evening. The group will be participating in mission work through Edge Outreach. This is the group’s first mission trip and is the result of nine months of planning and fund raising. While in Louisville, some members of the group will be working to improve a homeless shelter. Others will be participating with the Clown Ministry and Stick Ministry teams to reach out to children and elderly in Louisville. They will be going to a refugee camp, and nursing home to minister to the residents. Edge Outreach has partnerships with people locally, nationally and internationally. They do humanitarian relief work including construction, working with people in need and children’s ministry. Edge plans trips to meet individual group’s abilities, then train, lead and implement the group through their trip. For more information, or to look for pictures from the “God’s Fire” trip, log onto Participating on this trip are: Alyssa Bailey, Justin Bailey, Joe Bailey, Laura Bailey, Matt Bailey, Mike Bailey, Jen Brown, Bethany Callaway, Brittany Coleman, Mary Collins, Amber Drummond, Dan Ebling, Ben Eskridge, Emily Johnson, Amber Miller, Paul Miller, Dustin Parker, Grant Parker, Laura Parker, Justin Rider, Nathan Rider, Natalie Tull, Shelby Tull, Matt Wheedleton, Jeremy Williams, Megan Wilson, Nichole Windsor. Youth Group leaders are: Pam and Jeff Tull, Jerry Williams; Clown Ministries advisors are: Frank and Bev Williams. Chaperones are: Jane Bailey, Norma Bailey, Alice and Mahlon Baker, Marty Miller, Kathy Parker, Karl Reighard and Bill Seitz.

The Lewis Family
The Friendship United Methodist Church presents “The Lewis Family,” the First Family of Blue Grass Gospel Music, on Thursday, July 15, 7 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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