Church News
Thursday, April 16, 2009
St. Luke's holds Bible study Janet Hubbard of St. Luke's Episcopal Church will be coordinating a Bible study of the book of Esther. The group will meet in St. Luke's Parish House. Additional information can be obtained by calling Janet at 628-0417.

Williams Chapel Church Williams Chapel Church in Bridgeville announces the following events: Friday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. - Evanglist Denise Jones, Pilgrims Ministry of Deliverance, Georgetown. Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m. to noon - Evangelist Juanita Taylor, Matter of the Heart Ministries. A light lunch will be served. No registration fee. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. - "The Total Women" - Heart Truth-Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack and Stroke. Sponsored by the Department of Public Health. Free blood pressure and BMI screenings. For more information, contact Minister Nadine Smack at 302-393-9239.

St. Jude's Bike-a-thon Ron Breeding is calling on Seaford residents once again to join the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital Wheels for Life bike-a-thon slated for Sunday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at West Seaford Elementary School. Volunteer workers and riders are needed for this bike-a-thon to raise funds for the world famous research center in its battle against childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases. In the Wheels for Life bike-a-thon, riders ask sponsors to make donations based on each mile completed. All riders turning in money will receive a certificate. Those who raise $35 will receive a certificate and a special St. Jude t-shirt. When $75 is raised, the rider receives a backpack as well as the certificate and the t-shirt. Also plans are being made to give a $100 savings bond to the top fund-raiser plus great gifts will be given to a boy or girl who collect the most money. Entry forms are available at all school offices, the Nemours Health and Prevention Office and City Hall. Anyone wishing to provide a prize, sponsor a rider or participate in the ride should call Ron Breeding at 629-3964.

Exploring Christianity Did you ever wonder why the world is changing so dramatically? Does it seem as if your Christian faith is undergoing a massive transformation? The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why, a book by Phyllis Tickle, explores these questions and more. A six-week conversation on Tickle's book will begin on Tuesday evening April 28 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, on the corner of 2nd and Market St., Lewes. The event is open to the public. The Rev. Pat Bird and Rita Nelson, retired Episcopal priests, will lead the conversation. Copies of the book may be obtained in advance through Seekers Bookstore (at St. Peters church) by calling 645-9916. A limited number of books will be available at the first session. It is recommended that participants read Part I prior to the beginning of the series. For registration or more information, call St. Peter's office at 302-645-8479 or email and put "Emergence" in the subject line.

Yard sale for daycare On Saturday, May 2, The Lighted Pathway Daycare, located at the Church of God in Seaford, will host a yard sale from 6 a.m. to noon to raise money for two preschool classes and a school age class. The group is a non-profit daycare and 100% of the proceeds will go directly back into the classrooms for new toys, games, science and art activities and items on wish lists. The following donations are being accepted: items to sell at the yard sale; toys, games and books to use in the classroom; clothes to stock the closet for needy families; monetary donations; and baked goods. Area businesses may get involved by donating gift certificates that can be auctioned or sold, or used to purchase items for the classrooms. All donations may be dropped off at the daycare, or mailed to: 425 E Stein Hwy. Seaford, DE 19973.

Prayer Breakfast Tickets are now on sale for the 32nd annual Sussex County Prayer Breakfast, to be held Friday, May 15, with Debra Puglisi Sharp as this year's guest speaker. The victim of a violent crime now turned motivational speaker, the Delaware resident will talk about summoning the courage to survive a traumatic event. Joining Ms. Puglisi Sharp as this year's musical entertainment will be the award-winning Gold Heart bluegrass band. In April 1998, Ms. Puglisi Sharp faced every woman's worst nightmare. While tending her garden one afternoon, a man crept into her home where he lay in wait, eventually killing her husband and then abducting her. Held captive and assaulted in the criminal's home over five days, she managed to wriggle free of the ropes that imprisoned her, called 911 and escaped. This year's breakfast is once again hosted by the Sussex County Council. Ticket sales and community sponsorships from individuals, organizations and businesses - not County funding - pay for this annual event. This year, former County Councilman Dale R. Dukes is volunteering his time to coordinate the breakfast. While seating is limited, tickets are still available for the Prayer Breakfast. Tickets are $12 per person, and are available on a first-come-first-served basis. For tickets or more information, call 302-855-7743.

Bishop visitation Several parishioners from St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Seaford traveled to Wilmington's Cathedral Church of St. John on Tuesday, April 7, to hear presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Shori on her first visit to Delaware since her 2006 election. Approximately 400 gathered to hear the Presiding Bishop's message and to witness the renewal of clergy vows and blessing of holy oils. Those from St. Luke's included Jeanne Kirby-Coladonato, Rector of St. Luke's, Joe Coladonato, Sarah Quick and Edris Irwin.

Latin Mass A Latin mass according to the Missal of 1962 is celebrated on the third Sunday of every month at 3 p.m. at Holy Cross Church in Dover. The mass will be celebrated on April 19. The mass is always a Missa Cantata using traditional Gregorian chant. For further information, call 302-674-5781.

Dedication Service Christ Lutheran Church, 315 Shipley St., Seaford, is having a dedication service to dedicate the new addition of the Narthex and Fellowship Hall on Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m. Its purpose is to facilitate expanding our ministry in the community. Everyone is invited to attend.

Union UMC There will be a National Day of Prayer Service at Union United Methodist Church, 2 Laws St., Bridgeville, on May 7, at noon. The public is welcome. For more information contact Keith McCoy at 337-9725.

Community Prayer Breakfast 17th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the Delmar Kiwanis Club will be held at St. Stephen's United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 9, at 9 a.m. Cost is $4 per person. Everyone is invited. Come join us for a morning of good food and prayer. For tickets or information, call: Jack Lynch at 410-896-9067, George Jett at 410-860-4831, or Pete Overbaugh, 410-896-375.

Leader training On May 16, Union United Methodist Church, 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, will be hosting Life Group Leader Training conducted by Crown Financial Ministries. Once trained, Life Group Leaders are able to lead Bible studies based on "Your Money Counts" curriculum developed by Crown. Potential participants will have to register at, and pay for leader materials. The cost is $88. The training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lunch will be provided. All area churches are welcome and encouraged to participate. Register by April 30, at For more information contact Tom Carey at 229-8133.

Delmar Kiwanis Club Kiwanis Community Prayer Breakfast, May 9, 9 a.m., at St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, (Camelot Hall). Divine Mercy celebration Divine Mercy celebration will be held April 19 from 2-4 p.m. at Our lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Stein Highway, Seaford. Chaplet begins at 3 p.m.

Centenary Church dinner Centenary UMW will be sponsoring and all-you-can-eat chicken and dumpling dinner on Saturday, April 18 from 4-7 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Adults $10 and children ages 6-12 years $5/ no cost for children under 6 years of age. Sweets are also available. Centenary United Methodist Church is located at the corners of Market and Poplar Streets in Laurel.

All Walks of Life events All Walks of Life Outreach Ministries in Laurel has planned the following events in April and May.

Pastor Aide Service On Sunday, April 26 at 4 p.m. Pastor Carol Hopkins of Victory in Grace Tabernacle will be the guest preacher. For more information, call 875-7772. Annual Gospel Explosion All Walks of Life hosts its annual Gospel Explosion on Saturday, May 30 at 6 p.m. at the Citadel of Hope on Concord Road in Seaford. If your group or choir would like to sing, contact Elder Drummond at 302-519-9761 or call the church at 875-7772.

Greenwood UMC Join the Greenwood community's celebration of the 58th annual National Day of Prayer at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 at Greenwood United Methodist Church. Enjoy the talent of individuals and groups as they participate in this year's event, "Prayer - America's Hope."

Ladies Day Come join your sisters for Ladies Day at the Laurel Church of Christ, Saturday, May 2, registration is from 9-9:45 a.m. Ladies Day begins at 9:45 a.m.-2 p.m. (Lunch provided). "Open Your Heart" with Melissa Lester, contributing editor to "Christian Woman" magazine; author of "Giving for All It's Worth;" and contributor to "Woman to Woman." We welcome any last minute additions. Call or e-mail to RSVP to Marti Drucker, 302-280-6036, or The Laurel Church of Christ is located at 1010 So. Central Ave., Laurel.

Laurel Baptist Church Laurel Baptist Church will be hosting a free community luncheon on Saturday, April 18, from noon to 2 p.m. The church is located at 33056 Bi-State Boulevard (west side of 13A, approximately 2 miles south of town). Any questions, call Shirley @ 875-2314.

Joint Men's Day Mt. Calvary UMC in Bridgeville presents Joint Men's Day on Sunday, April 19 at 4 p.m. The theme is "Prophesy, Dream, Vision; Promises of the Spirit" and the theme scripture is Joel 2:28-29. Guest preacher is the Rev. Dr. Michael T. Scott Sr., along with his choir and congregation from Jerusalem Baptist Church in Temperanceville, Va. There will be a fellowship meal served before the service at 3 p.m. For details contact Butch Lee at 302-337-8198 or George L. Batson at 410-754-6987. Host pastor is the Rev. Baron N. Hopkins Sr.

Arabic ministry A weekly Sunday meeting for Arabic-speaking Christians will be held at Atlanta Road Alliance Church in Seaford beginning Sunday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call Pastor Gorgui at 629-5600, ext. 14, or email

Joint Trustee Day Mt. Calvary UMC in Bridgeville presents Joint Trustee Day on Sunday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m. Guest preacher is the Rev. Randolph Fitchett from Coppins AME and Ross AME Churches on the Preston Circuit Charge, Ridgely, Md. A fellowship meal will be served before the service at 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Mary Jones at 302-337-7335 or George L. Batson at 410-754-6987. Host pastor is the Rev. Baron N. Hopkins Sr.

Spring Revival Mt. Calvary UMC in Bridgeville presents their Spring Revival on May 12-14, 7 p.m. nightly. Guest preacher is Elder Tyrone Thomas, pastor, Charity Community Church of God, Baltimore, Md. All are invited. Host pastor is the Rev. Baron N. Hopkins Sr.

Outreach golf tournament Centenary United Methodist Church's Higher Ground Youth Ministry is hosting a golf tournament at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 16 at Seaford Golf & Country Club. The tournament will raise funds for Higher Ground's mission trips and outreach programs. Registration is $85 per golfer or $330 for a foursome. Spots are also available for sponsors. Registration deadline is Thursday, April 30. For more information contact Blair Hall at 875-8106 or visit

Delmar Wesleyan dinner Delmar Wesleyan Church will hold an Emings barbeque chicken dinner on Friday, April 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. You may eat in or take out. Cost is $8.95. Tickets may be purchased by calling 410-896-3600, Jay Hill at 875-3926, or Jim Littleton at 875-1153. Proceeds benefit church pew restoration.