Church News
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Historic Concord Church Celebrating 200 Years
The historic Concord United Methodist Church will celebrate its bicentennial with a 200 Year Heritage Celebration on Sunday, Aug. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Sandra Stone Ball, district superintendent, will be on hand during the worship service. Heart and Soul and other entertainers will be performing. State Rep. Tina Fallon will be in attendance along with other dignitaries and church members will bury a time capsule. Refreshments will be served and all are invited. They will ring the church bell after the 2 p.m. service is completed. The service on Sunday marks the end of a series of special events at the church to mark the special event. Rev. Diane Melson, who is the pastor of the church in the hamlet of Concord, said that the church has always been the center of the small community. “Back when the church began, this was a bustling area,” she said. The church has been rebuilt twice since it first opened its doors in 1804. The present sanctuary was built in 1870 and has been modified several times over the years.

Laurel Wesleyan Kids’ Day
Laurel Wesleyan’s annual Kids’ Day will be Sunday, Aug. 22, at 10:30 a.m. with games, food and fun for the family.

Gospel music convention
The world’s largest country gospel organization has chosen Seaford for its annual Eastern America Convention. CGMA is a ministry-oriented organization, networking country gospel musicians and singers from around the world. Conventions are held throughout the year on a division level, then internationally the third week of October in Branson, Mo. On Aug. 23-28, at 7 p.m., artists will be rendering one song each and briefly sharing about their ministry. Friday evening will feature nominees in 37 categories. Tuesday through Friday morning, at 10 a.m., will be worship time. Wednesday and Thursday afternoons will be a time of teaching relating to music and ministry. Saturday night is the annual awards show, featuring the 2003 eastern awards recipients and visitors from around America. This is the “grand finale” of the convention. This six-day event will highlight some of the very best talent in America. There will be no charge for any of the programs, but a goodwill offering will be received. The event will be at the Raymond E. Crowley Worship Center & Campground, 14192 Cokesbury Road, Seaford. The host motel will be the Best Western Inn, 225 North Dual Highway, Seaford, 800-528-1234. Mention CGMA for discount. For details contact the home office of CGMA in Branson at 417-336-1919 or email The website is

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.

David Koblish at Alliance
David Koblish, soloist and recording artist from Minneapolis, Minn., will be in concert at the Atlanta Road Alliance Church in Seaford on Sunday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m. He sings contemporary, traditional, inspirational and touch of country western and southern gospel. The concert is free. Koblish often ministers musically in conferences throughout Asia, South America and Europe with the International Ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The Atlanta Road Alliance Church is located at 22625 Atlanta Road, 1-1/2 miles north of the Nylon Capitol Shopping Plaza, next to Seaford Animal Hospital. For more information, call 629-7693.

Community Outreach
Maranatha Holistic Gospel Fellowship Church will be hosting a community outreach on Aug. 21, at 12370 Sussex Highway, near Greenwood. Hours are between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. This event will include food, face painting, games, prizes, giveaways, resources, music and much much more. Everything is free. Free book-bags filled with school supplies will go to the first 50 people in attendance. For additional information contact Rose Parker ar Paulette Edge at 349-5490.
Nazarene visitors
On Saturday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. Bishop Shaw and congregation from United Way of The Cross Church in Salisbury will be at the United Church of the Nazarene, 4718 Jackson, St., Hurlock, Md. On Saturday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. Pastor Thompson and congregation from God’s House of Deliverance in Laurel will be there. Call 1-410-754-9135. The pastor is Ebenezer Williamson. The public is welcome.

St. Luke’s mission project
Plans are underway for members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to take part in a mission’s project begun in 1993 by the Rev. Billy Graham and now continued by his son, Franklin Graham, “Samaritan’s Purse.” Everyone can participate by bringing a shoe box filled with toys and other small gifts from now until the end of October. A gift given in the name of Jesus Christ lets the children of the world know they are loved. If you are interested in more information on this project, contact Vicki Reinsfelder at 629-7979.

Alliance offers kids church
“God’s Big Picture” will be the theme of Kids Church at Atlanta Road Alliance Church beginning Sunday, Sept. 5. Kids Church is available each Sunday at 11 a.m. for kids age 4 through sixth grade whose parents attend the 11 a.m. worship service. There will be age-appropriate music, games, art, object talks, skits, worship time and Bible stories as the kids draw through the Bible in a year. The Atlanta Road Alliance Church is located at 22625 Atlanta Road, 1-1/2 miles north of the Nylon Capital Shopping Plaza, next to Seaford Animal Hospital. For more information, call Pastor Andrew Kerr at 629-7693.

St. Luke’s offers video study
Beginning Sept. 12 and continuing on Sept. 19 and 26, a video series with discussion will be held 5-6:30 p.m. in the parish hall of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Seaford. This learning opportunity is open to everyone. The series includes: “The Holy Scriptures;” “ Our Worship and Sacraments;” “What Makes a Family Christian?”, “How Moral decisions are Made;” “Our Mission in the World;” “Our Angelican Heritage and Authority.” Bishop Wayne Wright will be visiting on Oct. 17, for sacraments. Call Vicki Reinsfelder at 629-7979 for more information.

Bible Study Fellowship
A new year is about to begin as the Dover/Milford Women’s Bible Study Fellowship class resumes meetings on Sept. 16. Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) is an in-depth, interdenominational study, with 1004 classes meeting throughout the world. This year’s study will be The Acts of the Apostles. Classes meet each Thursday, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 S.E. Front St., Milford. All ladies are welcome to attend an introduction class on Sept. 16 or 23, or on the first Thursday of each month in order to learn more about Bible Study Fellowship and, if she desires, to register. BSF is designed to be helpful and interesting to all ladies, regardless of church background or previous Bible knowledge. A preschool program for children age 2-6 is offered for relatives of attending class members. However, childcare is not provided for visitors attending the introduction class. Call Jimalee Humpton at 337-7815 for further information.

How to submit items
Send Church Bulletin items to Morning Star Publications at 628 West Stein Highway, Seaford, DE 19973, email or fax to 629-9243. Call 629-9788 with questions.

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