Church Events
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Pastor to be honored
The Bridgeville Charge United Methodist Churches will honor its pastor, the Rev. Purnell A. Moody, Oct. 24 through Oct. 26. On Friday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., a song fest will be held at Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, 28 Church St., Bridgeville. On Saturday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m., Reliance Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 2701 Woodland Ferry Road, Seaford, will host a banquet honoring Moody. Admission is $25, $10 for children 6 to 12 and free for children under 5. Tickets for the banquet may be purchased by calling 629-8764, 349-9590 or (410) 754-6987. Deadline to purchase tickets is Oct. 20. On Sunday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m., at Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, 28 Church St., Bridgeville, the Rev. Ronald Newsuang from Coatesville, Pa., will speak. Tickets for the banquet may be purchased by calling 629-8764, 349-9590 or (410) 754-6987. Deadline to purchase tickets is Oct. 20.

Weekend for married couples
“A Season to Fall in Love,” a marriage encounter weekend, will be hosted by Christ Evangelist Church, Laurel, on Nov. 7 and 8. Guest speaker will be pastor and author David St. John from Lenexa, Kan. The weekend will start Friday, Nov. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, activities will go from from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations call the church office, 875-2915.

Concord cookbook published
Concord United Methodist Church has published a new cookbook, “Sharing Concord’s Best—Recipes from Concord’s Generations.” The cookbook is dedicated to all members, past and present, of the Concord United Methodist Church. It is being sold by the United Methodist Women and proceeds will benefit missions and other projects of the UMW. Containing more than 340 recipes, the cookbook offers favorites from current members and friends of Concord UMC, as well as all the recipes from the church’s first cookbook printed in the 1980s. The books are $8. To make a purchase, contact Joyce Van Orden at 856-4949. Copies are also available through any church member and at local businesses.
Milford man writes book
A book by Scott G. Sipple of Milford, “Stepping Out - From Conversion to Eternal Life,” has been published by Xuion Press. The 263-page book is the story of four conversions to Christianity that are found in the Bible, as well as of Sipple’s experiences following the death of a family member. Sipple, 54, is the owner and operator of William V. Sipple & Son, a 134-year-old family business in Milford. Ten years ago, the death of a relative inspired Sipple to examine his own life. The soul-searching that resulted transformed his life, he said. Sipple hopes that both believers and non-believers will read his book, he said. But in particular he wants to reach people who are struggling to understand their faith or looking for more purpose or direction in their lives. “Stepping Out” is available directly from the publisher, Xuion Press, at 1-866-909-2665 for $14.99. It will soon be available for distribution to more than 25,000 bookstores through Ingram and Spring Arbor, and Sipple is hoping some local bookstores will offer the book for sale.

Church to host bazaar
Portsville United Methodist Church will hold a bazaar Saturday, Nov. 1, at the church hall, beginning at 8 a.m. The church is 3 miles west of Laurel on Portsville Road and Dogwood Lane. Featured will be a white elephant table, a country store, and baked goods. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will include oyster fritters, hot dogs, chicken salad, soup, and an assortment of pies.

Bethel plans homecoming
Bethel United Methodist Church, Bethel, will celebrate homecoming on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Robert Robinson, pastor at Woodland Ferry United Methodist Church. The Humanaires of Laurel will perform. After the service, the United Methodist Women will serve a beef and dumpling dinner at the community house.

Union UMC to hold auction
Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, will host an auction on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., including items from area businesses and crafters. Contributors will include furniture stores, restaurants, garden centers, antique stores, craft stores, woodworking businesses and refinished furniture stores.

Snethen social set for Nov. 15
Snethen United Methodist Church will host a social on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sandwiches, including oyster, chicken salad, hamburger and hot dog, will be sold, as well as oyster and chicken salad platters. Also available will be baked goods, vegetable soup, dumplings and homemade ice cream. The church is located on Delaware 54, Mardela Springs, Md., 2 miles east of the US 50 stoplight at Mardela, or 8 miles west of the US 13 stoplight at Delmar.

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