Church News
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Bill & Karen Itzel in Concert Singers/songwriters Bill & Karen Itzel will be in concert at the Atlanta Road Alliance Church in Seaford, on Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m. Formerly a member of the Speers, Bill was featured on two radio singles: "Saved to the Uttermost" and "He's Still in the Fire," both of which soared to the No. 1 spot on the Singing News, Cash Box, and Gospel Voice charts, leading to two Dove and two Grammy award nominations. In 1990, Bill resigned from the Speers and began his own family ministry. This event is free. A love offering will be taken, and Bill and Karen Itzel's CD's and other products will be available. The Atlanta Road Alliance Church is located at 22625 Atlanta Road, approximately 1-1/2 miles north of Stein Hwy (Rt. 20). For more information, please call the church at 629-5600 or visit www.atlantaroadcma.or.

Trinity UM Gospel concert Trinity United Methodist in Laurel, near Trap Pond will be sponsoring a Gospel Concert Friday, May 2. Join us for a night of gospel music featuring the inspirational sounds of "All For Him," Phil Davis, Jerry Jones and the O'Day Family. Food will be available for purchase and a love offering will be taken. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the concert beginning at 6:30. For more information, call 875-7715 or 875-4741.

St. John's multicultural services Siempre Verde, a multicultural, bilingual service is being led by Pastor Luis Almandoz on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at St. John's United Methodist Church at Pine and Poplar streets, Seaford. Praise music, powerful preaching and a small meal unite this fellowship of persons of both Hispanic and Anglo origins. Alberto Mendez leads worship on the keyboard.

Celebrate Recovery Celebrate Recovery, a step program which claims Jesus Christ as its Higher Power, is meeting at St. John's United Methodist Church, Pine and Poplar Streets, on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. This program is open to persons who wish to turn over their hurts, habits, and hang-ups to God such that they may be healed. For more information, call Rev. Constance Hastings, 629-9466, or Robert Spadaccini, 841-1720.

'No Talent" talent show Come enjoy an evening of fun, fellowship and laughter at Laurel Baptist Church as we will be hosting another "No Talent" Talent Show, on April 27, at 7 p.m. The church is located on the west side of 13A, approximately 2 miles south of Laurel. Any questions, call Shirley at 875-2314.

Ladies' bible study There is a ladies' bible study, held every Tuesday starting at 10 a.m., at Laurel Baptist Church, Bi-State Boulevard in Laurel.This bible study is a non-denominational study, only God's Word is studied, making us to be more like Christ. Should you have any questions regarding the study, feel free to call Gertrude R. Smith at 875-5300.

Galestown UMC Spring hymn Galestown United Methodist Church annual Spring hymn sing at the church at 2 p.m., (no morning service). Special music: The Sounds of Joy and Amanda Jones. A buffet style hot dinner will be served following the service at the Galestown Community Center.

Pastoral Sunday All Walks of Life Outreach Ministries, 30599 N. Sussex Hwy. (Ste.6) Laurel, where Apostle Randy J. and Pastor Lorrie A. Jones are the Pastors, will be in Service with Pastor Tambara Stewart of Restoration Worship Center, Inc. of Georgetown, on April 27, at 4 p.m. Service sponsored by the pastoral committee. For more information contact 875-7772.

Gospel Concert A Gospel Concert given by The O'Day Family from Georgetown will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford, on April 27, at 6:30 p.m. A love offering will be taken.

Governor's Prayer Breakfast Tickets are now available for the 48th annual Governor's Prayer Breakfast. Governor Ruth Ann Minner will host the 48th annual Governor's Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 1 at the Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Ave., in Dover. Doors will open at 6:30 a.m., for the buffet-style breakfast, and the program will begin at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are available upon request by mailing a check payable to "Governor's Prayer Breakfast" for $15 per person or $150 for a table, to Governor's Prayer Breakfast, P.O. Box 988, Dover, DE 19903 by April 25, 2008. Seating is limited, so reserve seats early. For more information, contact the Secretary of State's Office at 302-739-4111.

Free 'Speak Life' concert Free "Speak Life" Concert featuring International Gospel Group, "Paid-n-full," on Friday, April 25, at 7 p.m., St. Luke's Parish Hall, North Street, Seaford. This will be a Farewell Service for Min. Thomas Palmer, sponsored by Heaven-Bound Ministries. For more information, call Pastor Pat Jones, 628-1908.

Loyalty Day & Day of Prayer On May 1, at 7 p.m. at Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 7478 on Governors Avenue in Greenwood, the Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a duel program of celebration for Loyalty Day and the National Day of Prayer. The program will begin at 7 p.m. with a half-hour patriotic concert (and old time favorite songs) by the Sweet Adelines known as the First State Harmonettes. Pastor Joyce Mizzelle of Grace-n-Mercy Church in Greenwood, will be the guest speaker for the second half of the evening's program celebrating the National Day of Prayer. All area churches are invited to send two representatives from their worship service who will present prayers for our country. The public is invited to attend the Loyalty Day/National Day of Prayer Celebration. For more details contact Pres. Michaele S. Russell at 302-349-4220

Pendel Brass to perform in Seaford The Pendel Brass, Singers and Timbrelists of The Salvation Army will present a celebration of music on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, in Seaford. The weekend begins Saturday at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Mt. Olivet Methodist Church on High Street in Seaford for open air sharing of music and the gospel. The celebration continues that evening at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church on Pine and Poplar Streets with a free will offering concert. Proceeds from the offering will benefit youth and camp programs of The Salvation Army of Sussex County. The climax piece of the concert "To the Chief Musician" will be a collaborative musical effort with the St. John's United Methodist Church Choir. Continuing with the celebration on Sunday morning, The Salvation Army Pendel Brass, Singers and Timbrelists will participate in united worship at all three of St. John's services at 8:30, 10 and 11:15 a.m.

"Reunion Quartet" at St. Paul's St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Laurel will have in concert the "Reunion Quartet," from Princess Anne, Md. The concert will be held on April 27, and will begin at 7 p.m. Don Murray and friends will begin at 6:30 p.m. St. Paul's is located just east of US 13, on Old Stage Road. For more information, call 302-875-7900, or visit us on the web at

Communion of Choirs is planned John W. Thompson, noted composer, music publisher and media producer, will join four other professional judges during the Mountaire Communion of Choirs competition at Trinity United Methodist Church, Salisbury, Md., April 24, 25 and 26. John Thompson has more than 30 years experience composing, producing and directing both recorded and live musical ventures resulting in products selling over 10 million units in commercially released albums and CDs. As a composer, Thompson wrote original musical compositions known internationally. His songs have been recorded by famous artists such as Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and Janie Fricke. An accomplished studio musician, John has produced over 30 major record albums in the country, pop, and gospel fields. On Saturday, Thompson will lead contestants in a group choir worship singing of El Shaddi, which was awarded the album of the year, sung by Amy Grant and has been performed by the London Philharmonic and recorded by 63 other artists. For the past 13 years, Mountaire has presented financial awards to more than 600 participants in various categories during the Mountaire Gospel Talent Search. This year the contest will focus on choirs only with the top three winnings - $8,000, $6,500 and $5,000 to be awarded to the participating church. According to Roger Marino, Mountaire's Corporate Good News Communications Director, "Nothing demonstrates more glory, joyous praise and worship for our Lord than the unification of voices sounding his praise before the sanctuary audience, the roots of church music." The competition will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25 and 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 26. The winners will be anounced on Saturday. Everyone is invited. There is no charge to witness the competition. For more information, contact Roger Marino at 302-934-3123 or e-mail

Gospel Cafe; April guests Centenary United Methodist Church, corner of Poplar & Market streets, Laurel, holds its Gospel Café every Saturday night at 6 p.m. featuring Bruce and Nancy Willey music ministry with live Christian music, fellowship and refreshments. April 2008 guest singers are: April 26 - Gospel group (ALL 4 HIM), Wayne Dukes, Kaila Cluscas. Every week, Mary Ann Young joins us. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, contact Bruce and Nancy Willey at 875-5539.

'Walk for Life' The Sussex Pregnancy Care Center will be hosting it's 14th annual "Walk for Life" on Saturday, May 10, at Eagles Nest Family Campground in Milton. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the 1-mile walk starts at 9 a.m. with events ending at 11 a.m. Money raised will benefit the Sussex Pregnancy Care Center located at 5 Burger King Drive in Georgetown. They are a non-profit, compassionate facility eager to listen, guide and help bring real solutions to women and families confronting pregnancy issues. To become a participant stop by the center to receive a pledge form. There will be a large Mennonite bake sale held at the walk to raise additional funds. There will also be clowns, face painting, and free balloons for the kids. If you would like to participate please call the center at 302-856-4344 or contact Kim Willey, Event Coordinator at 302-337-7876.