Church News
Thursday, January 26, 2006
 
Marriage Conference will feature husband and wife team of clinical psychologists
"I didn't marry you because you were perfect. I didn't even marry you because I loved you. I married you because you gave me a promise. It was the promise that made the marriage. And when our children were growing up, it wasn't a house that protected them, and it wasn't our love that protected them – it was that promise." Thornton Wilder, "The Skin of Our Teeth." While no couple begins marriage thinking there will be major problems to overcome, life struggles are such that the relationship is soon tested. This is borne out in the fact that in this area the divorce rate has exceeded 60 percent. Across the nation, sadly Christian marriages have an even higher divorce rate than non-Christian marriages. When one observes that the number of couples living together is at an all-time high, there also is the impression that they haven't been given a reason to marry. With the goal to glorify Christ in all things, the Greater Seaford Ministerium is sponsoring, "A Promise Kept," a regional marriage conference to strengthen Christ-centered marriage and teach its Biblical principles as well as to provide tools and resources to assist couples in attaining a fulfilled and Godly marriage. Clinical psychologists Drs. Dave and Jan Stoop of the Marriage and Family Network, a division of the American Association of Christian Counselors, will be the presenters for the conference to be held March 10-11 at the Atlanta Road Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Seaford. When speaking to couples, the Stoops present their seminar with humor and insight using role plays and lots of interaction. Information presented is based on the latest research on why marriages succeed or fail. They show practical ways any couple can strengthen their marriage, whether they're a newly married couple or a couple celebrating their golden anniversary. Engaged couples and singles also may attend and find the seminar helpful in preparing for their marriage. The Stoops bring personal warmth as well as life-changing content to the seminar as they draw from their own personal experiences of 47 plus years of marriage, and the experiences of the hundreds of couples they have counseled for almost 30 years. The Friday session will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. while the Saturday session will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. An early-bird registration fee of $30 is available until Feb. 1 with a $40 fee following that date. Free child care will be provided for children up through grade five. Information and registration forms can be downloaded at www.atlantaroadcma.org/apromisekept. For more information or ways to support the conference, contact the Rev. Constance Hastings at St. John's United Methodist Church, 629-9466, ext. 21, or the Rev. Andy Kerr at Atlanta Road Christian Missionary Alliance Church at 629-7693.

'Reunion' at St. Paul's UMC
One of the area's most popular southern gospel groups, "Reunion," will be in concert at the St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Laurel, on Old Stage Road, on Sunday, Jan. 29. The program will begin at 7 p.m. Reunion, presents their music in an inspirational and congenial way for audiences of all ages. Having been together for a number of years, they have shared their talents with audiences throughout the Eastern Shore. For those arriving early Don Murray and friends will begin singing at 6:30. For details phone 856-6107. For directions call 875-7900, and press 2.

St. Luke's Parish meeting
The 170th annual parish meeting and luncheon of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Seaford, will be Sunday, Jan. 29, immediately following the 9 a.m. service. The meeting will take place in the Great Hall of the Parish House with a covered dish luncheon. The election of new Vestry members will take place at that time.

Classes at St. John's UMC
A series of classes are being offered at St. John's United Methodist Church in Seaford before and after the community dinner ($3 donation) on Wednesday nights continuing through the spring. Everyone is invited to participate. Call the church office 629-9466 for more information. Come for dinner and join us in a class.

Skyline Boys quartet
Seaford Church of the Nazarene will be having a southern gospel concert featuring the Skyline Boys Quartet on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge; a love offering will be taken to support the ministry of the group. The Seaford Church of the Nazarene is located at 520 S. Dual Highway in Seaford. For more information contact the Rev. Glen Clouser at 629-3929 or 381-6514.