Church News
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Boyce receives award
Dale Boyce of Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel, was one of five Sussex Countians who received the 2005 Excellence in Christian Service Award at a presentation on Saturday. The awards banquet, held at the Georgetown CHEER Center, was sponsored by the Friendship U.M. Church in Millsboro. Boyce was honored for his willingness to serve his church and community in several areas of ministry. Boyce is responsible for maintaining a food pantry at Centenary U.M.C. which serves approximately 10-15 families per week. Boyce also assists the needy in our community by volunteering at the Good Samaritan Shop in Laurel. In addition, he teaches the Sunshine Sunday School Class which he began 24 years ago. He and his wife, Mimi, also handle missions work through Centenary UMC which assists those in the local area, as well as other parts of the world. Boyce volunteers many hours of his time to provide Christian service to his church and our community.

Bennett will teach at seminar
Rita Bennett, who, along with her late husband, Dennis, wrote the million-copy best seller, "The Holy Spirit and You," will be teaching a condensed version of the book at an all-day seminar on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Christ Evangelistic Church in Laurel, beginning at 8 a.m. Registration must be made in advance. Men and women are welcome to attend. For more information call 629-3674 or 629-2248. The deadline is Nov. 5. The seminar is sponsored by The Ninety & Nine.

The Greater Love Quartet
The Greater Love Quartet, a southern gospel quartet from Virginia, will be in concert on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Seaford Church of the Nazarene, 520 South Dual Highway, Seaford. There will be no admission charge; a love offering will be taken to support their ministry. For more information call 302-629-3929 or 302-381-6514.

Rev. Starnes is guest speaker
Laurel native Luther W. Starnes will speak at Bethel United Methodist Church's Homecoming on Sunday, Nov. 6. The service is at 2 p.m. and everyone is invited. Starnes graduated from Laurel high School in 1954. He received a degree in history from Easter Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass., and a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary of the United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. In his 19th year as pastor of Gary Memorial, Starnes is the author of "A Christian's TV Guide," "What If He Asked You?" and "The River of Life and Other Poems." He and his wife, Joyce, the parents of four children and the grandparents of nine, live in Columbia, Md.

Denver Bronco star to speak
Steve Fitzhugh, a former Denver Bronco and a Fellowship of Christian Athletes spokesperson, will speak at Woodbridge High School on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Area fellowships and youth are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Robyn Sturgeon, Woodbridge Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle Coach, at 337-8289, ext. 402.

Country Gospel Jamboree
The Seaford Chapter of the Country Gospel Music Association will have its November Jamboree on Saturday, Nov. 5, starting at 6 p.m. at the Mason-Dixon Auction Building in Delmar, Del. There is no charge, but a free-will offering will be taken. Local gospel artists will be featured. The building is located in Delmar on the left just past the railroad tracks heading west from U.S. 13. For more information, contact Jeannie or Jerry Jones at 629-9689.

St. Luke's All Saints Day
Sunday, Nov. 6, will be a special day of celebration at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Seaford. The reading of the necrology of those "saints" who have gone before us Ñ family and friends. This will be a high mass with incense, special music and the blessing of new sanctus bells during All Saints Day. It is also Stewardship Sunday. There will be a time of fellowship with breakfast in the Parish Hall immediately following the 9 a.m. service.

Benefit for Ryan Passwaters
There will be a Country Gospel Music Benefit for Ryan Passwaters on Saturday, Nov. 12, starting at 2 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church on Rt. 9, between Laurel and Georgetown. Music will be provided by Jerry Jones, The King's Ambassadors, Earl Hoopes, Kathy Wright and Laura Mitchell. Ryan is a six-year-old boy with Cerebral Palsy and is in need of a specific bed. This bed will provide safety and allow him to sleep alone. However, the bed is in excess of $5,000 and insurance will not cover it. Following the music there will be food served at the Asbury Community House across the road from the church. For more information call Jerry or Jeannie Jones at 629-9689.

Mt. Olivet UMC homecoming
On Sunday, Nov. 13, Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Seaford will celebrate homecoming on its 175th anniversary. The Rev. Dr. Sandral Steiner Ball, Dover District Superintendent of the Peninsula Delaware Conference, will be the guest preacher at the services. Dr. Ball was appointed in 2001 after having served Kent Island Methodist Church and St. Luke's United Methodist Church in St. Michaels, Md. She now resides in Milford with her husband, Barry, and two daughters, Sarah and Becky. During the service those who have been members 50 years or more will be honored.

Woodland UMC homecoming
The homecoming service for Woodland United Methodist Church will be Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2:30 p.m. Former pastor at Woodland Church, the Rev. Romie Payne will be guest speaker and gospel singer, Jerry Jones, will provide the special music.