Centenary celebrates 200 years in Laurel
By Ann Lee
On Saturday, Oct. 19, approximately 155 people attended an organ and bell concert sponsored by Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel as part of its 200th anniversary celebration.
Guest organist was Taylor Harvey, a native of Roanoke, Va., who is celebrating his 28th anniversary as organist at Asbury United Methodist Church in Salisbury, where he oversees eight choirs and leads the congregational music from the 75-rand, 4 manual Cassavant organ. His choirs have performed three times at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Karen Tull, a Laurel native residing in Seaford, directs the bell choir, “Celestial Sounds.” Members of the bell choir are T.J. Brock, Megan Eskridge, Patty Eskridge, Ann Lee, Kathy Lynch, Connie Massey, Janet Morgan, Barbara Phillips, Fred Phillips, Jeff Premo, Shirley Scott and Katelin Tull. Tull is also the organist for Centenary U.M. Church. Celestial Sounds has been performing together for six years.
Centenary completed its 200th anniversary celebration with homecoming on Sunday, Oct. 20. Music at the morning service was provided by the praise band, Celestial Sounds bell choir, youth and chancel choirs and Signs of Light drama team. The Rev. Kevin English spoke on coming home, based on the parable of the Prodigal Son.
Following the service, everyone enjoyed a buffet dinner at the Laurel Fire Hall, catered by the Laurel Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. Among the special guests were the Rev. and Mrs. David Baker, who served Centenary from 1950-1957, and the Rev. and Mrs. John Irwin, who served Centenary from 1979-1988 and who still attend on a regular basis. Also there were Dick and Clara Ward, former choir members and organist who live in West Virginia; Dick and Connie Taylor, former members who reside in Virginia; and Rick Givens, former organist who resides in Dover.
English recognized George Walson, the first person baptized in Centenary in 1916, and Dr. Pierce Ellis, a regular attendee since 1929. Those who have served on committees over the years were also recognized.
A video featuring interviews of members relating their memories of Centenary over the years was shown. The video, which was filmed by Ron Lynch and Ron Scott and completed by Gary Conaway, also has excerpts of music and activities around Centenary. Following the dinner, music was provided by Rob Carroll of Cambridge.
Sunday school lunch set
Cokesbury United Methodist Church will host a Sunday school luncheon Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at Cokesbury Community Hall, Cokesbury Road near Reliance, Md. Oyster sandwiches, homemade chicken salad, vegetable beef soup and hot dogs will be available, as well as baked goods. Carry outs will be available. Proceeds will benefit Cokesbury U.M.C. Sunday school.
Lunch planned at St. George’s
St. George’s Church, between Delmar and Laurel just past Bacon Switch, will hold a luncheon Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be oyster and chicken salad sandwiches, peas and dumplings, vegetable soup, desserts and baked goods.
Church to hold fall festival
The Seaford Presbyterian Church will hold a fall festival Saturday, Nov. 9, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is located on 13A north, next to the Army Reserve Center. Featured will be a Christmas shop, winter clothing, jewelry, household items and furniture.
Chances will be sold on a hand-made Raggedy Ann doll. Barbecued pork sandwiches or dinners will be available.
Bethel plans luncheon
Bethel Church Community House will have a lunch Saturday, Nov. 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The church is on Oak Grove Road, 2 miles north of Stein Highway. For details, call Lucy Slacum, 629-7117.
John Wesley homecoming set
John Wesley United Methodist Church, 3rd and Chandler streets, Seaford, will celebrate its annual homecoming Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m. Speaker will be the Rev. William Johnson and music will be provided by the choir from Chestertown, Md.
Portsville to host concert
Gospel group Labour of Love, Dover, will sing Sunday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m.at Portsville United Methodist Church, Dogwood Lane just west of Bethel.
There will be refreshments served after the concert. For details, call 875-4672 or 875-3628.
Woodland homecoming set
Woodland United Methodist Church will have its homecoming service Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2:30 p.m. The speaker will be Rob Jones, a Christian layman from Pennsylvania. Jones’ family will provide the music.
A covered dish dinner will follow in the fellowship hall. For more information call 875-9124.
Nazarenes will hold revival
The Laurel Church of the Nazarene will hold a revival Nov. 17 through 20, with the Rev. Scott B. Miner. Service times are 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday, and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
The church is located at 100 Walnut St., Laurel. Child care will be provided for all services.
Call the church office at 875-7873 if you have any questions.