Concord devotees to gather Saturday
By Lynn R. Parks
Since 1921, breaking only because World War II demanded it, devotees of the small community of Concord have gathered to remember the town’s history and to renew old friendships. This year will be no exception.
The Sons, Daughters and Friends of Concord will meet Saturday, Oct. 20, at Concord United Methodist Church, Concord. A business meeting will start at 2 p.m. and will feature gospel music by Just Forgiven and a talk by pastor Diane T. Melson.
The meeting will also feature a dedication service and memorials to members who have died in the last year.
The women of the church will serve a chicken and dumpling dinner starting at 4 p.m. in the community hall. Commemorative items will be for sale as well as books focusing on the history of the town and the organization.
Both the meeting and the dinner are open to the public.
“There is a lot of good fellowship there,” said Marion Hearn, whose husband, Ned, grew up in Concord and who, with her husband, has been going to the meetings and dinners since 1951.
“A lot of the people did not grow up in Concord, but they had stories told to them by their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents about what the town was like. This is a chance to share those stories, and an opportunity to see some distant family members.”
The group was founded in 1921 “by men who had spent their childhood here, but had since moved away,” according to “History of the Sons, Daughters and Friends of Concord” by Kirk Cannon. “These gentlemen, all of whom had reached prominence in their respective fields of endeavor, agreed to meet each year to reminisce of childhood days and keep the memory of Old Concord alive.” Those men were Dr. Joshua Ellegood, his brother Seth, Dr. Horace Jones and George and Harvey Morgan.
The “Old Concord” about which they reminisced was a thriving town, not the sleepy village Concord is today. At the start of the 19th century, Concord, at the headwaters of the Nanticoke River, was a flourishing port, larger than its sister Seaford and with a prosperous iron ore industry. In the 1830s, the town had grist mills, an iron forge, two blacksmith shops, a tanyard, a stagecoach stop and inn, a wheelwright shop and several dry good stores.
But as Seaford, with the railroad, grew and the river slowly silted in, Concord diminished in importance.
The Sons of Concord — women were not welcome, except to make and serve the dinner, until the 1930s — attracted over 100 people to its second reunion, spread out over a three-day weekend. Since then, up to 200 people have attended the meeting and the dinner.
In 1947, the Sons and Daughters of Concord (“Friends” was added to the title later) voted to take over care of the cemetery at Concord United Methodist Church. The group still takes care of the cemetery, making sure that the grounds are mowed and that the fence is in good repair. Current officers are Frances Givens, president, Theda Cosbey, vice president, Chris Dukes, secretary and co-historian, Susan Crockett, treasurer, and Kirk Cannon, co-historian.
“This is a day that a lot of people look forward to,” said Hearn. “The meeting is always nice and the meal is so good. The women really work hard on putting out the best meal they can.”
Retreat for Scouts planned
The Catholic Committee on Boy Scouting has scheduled the biannual Catholic Retreat for Boy Scouts for the weekend of Oct. 26-28. The theme for this year is “The Kingdom of God.” The Henson (Nanticoke) Scout Camp has been reserved for this event. For information, call Tommy Watts, 834-5408, or e-mail him at TWATTS5@AOL.COM
A celebration of life
Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 3.5 miles west of Seaford, at Reliance on Woodland Ferry Road, is holding a “celebration of life” Oct. 19, 20, 21. On Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. the gospel group Soldiers of the Cross will perform. Mike and Jane Maloney, traveling with Ray Fisher and Pat White, will perform Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday morning, Oct. 21, the regular scheduled services will be replaced with a 10:30 a.m. service. David Burke, youth director of the Peninsula Conference, will speak.
Bethel Church to hold supper
On Saturday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m., a covered dish supper will be held in Bethel Church community dining hall in Oak Grove. For details call Lucy Slacum, 629-7177.
St. George’s plans luncheon
A luncheon will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. George’s United Methodist Church, between Laurel and Delmar. Featured will be oyster, chicken salad and hot dog sandwiches, peas and dumpling and vegetable soup, desserts and a bake table.
Shiloh plans yard, bake sale
Shiloh Community Church, Sussex 74, Laurel, will hold its fall festival and yard sale Saturday, Oct. 20, 7 a.m. Foods will include oyster fritters, chicken salad, scrapple sandwiches and soups. A bake table will be available.
Portsville to host Pathfinders
A gospel concert featuring the Pathfinders, Gastonia, N.C., will be Sunday, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m. at Portsville United Methodist Church, Dogwood Lane, west of Bethel. For details call (302) 875-4672.
Bethany Church plans buffet
A fried chicken buffet will be Saturday, Oct. 20, at Bethany Church, Lowes Crossroads near Millsboro. Admission for adults and carryouts cost $8.50; admission for children is $4. Serving will be from 2 to 6 p.m. A bake table will be available.
Church to celebrate fall
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Laurel-Seaford Highway, will hold a festival Saturday, Oct. 20. Food will include oyster sandwiches and platters, chicken salad, hamburgers and hotdogs, homemade ice cream, cakes and pies. Serving starts at 3 p.m. Carry-outs will be available.
Yard sale to benefit victims
The Aid Association for Lutherans and Christ Lutheran Church will hold a yard sale Saturday, Oct. 20, 7 a.m., at 315 N. Shipley St. All proceeds will benefit the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. The funds raised will be matched dollar by dollar by the AAL home office in Appleton, Wisc., and forwarded to a recognized relief agency. Tables or spaces are available to rent for $10 each. Call 629-9755 for reservations.
Woodland UMC plans dinner
The Woodland United Methodist Church women will host a chicken and dumpling dinner Saturday, Oct. 20. 5:30 p.m. Price is $7, $3.50 for children 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and under. No carry outs will be available. The church is located next to the Woodland Ferry house, 4.5 miles west of Seaford on Woodland Church Road.
St. Luke’s to hold confirmation
Members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Front Street, Seaford, will gather Sunday, Oct. 21, for the rite of confirmation and reaffirmation of baptismal vows. The Right Rev. Wayne P. Wright, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware, will be celebrant. The service, at 10 a.m., will be followed by a covered-dish luncheon.
Co-chairwomen of the luncheon are Mildred Wells and Virginia “Mike” Barton, aided by Kay Truitt and Mary Esther Mills. Sue Short, junior warden and chairwoman of the altar guild, will do flowers.
The cake, decorated with the Episcopal shield and a dove, will be provided by Ellen Messick. The cleanup team includes Edris Irwin, Marie Modaber-Alvarado, Bruce Levan, John Miller and Jane Watson, chairwoman of the stewardship team.
On Sunday, Oct. 28, when parishioners enter St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Seaford, they will receive a packet containing a cover letter, an offering card and an envelope to put it in. They will be given time during the service to fill out the card indicating their pledge for 2002. The church’s annual spaghetti supper will be served that same day, 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Proceeds will benefit the youth program of St. Luke’s.
James named to Who’s Who
The Rev. Leslie James has been inducted into the 2001-2002 edition of “International WHO’S WHO of Professional Management.” James came to Delaware in 1994. She serves as pastor of Macedonia A.M.E. Church in Seaford.
Kids to collect for UNICEF
Sunday school children at Mount Olivet Church will collect money for UNICEF as they go trick-or-treating for Halloween. UNICEF is the needy children’s fund sponsored by the United Nations.
Dinner set at Mt. Olivet
The Women of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church will serve their annual roast beef dinner Friday, Oct. 26, 5 to 7 p.m., in fellowship hall. Take-outs will be available. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for students and free for children 5 and under. The church is at 315 High St., Seaford. It is accessible to the handicapped.
Homecoming at Galestown set
Galestown United Methodist Church will have its 146th homecoming Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Lou Bradley and guest singer will be Pam Rush. Immediately following the service dinner will be served at the Galestown Community Hall
Bethel plans homecoming
Bethel United Methodist Church, Bethel, will celebrate homecoming Sunday, Nov. 4, 2 p.m. Guest speaker will be Bob Rogers, former pastor. Entertainment will be by Jeff and Jeanine Scott, Bridgeville. The United Methodist Women of the church will serve a beef and dumpling dinner following the service. For details call 875-2713.