Church News
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Marriage Conference
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. For more information about the conference contact the Rev. Constance Hastings, 629-9466, ext. 21, or the Rev. Andy Kerr, 629-7693.

Mt. Calvary A.M.E. Usher's Sermon
On Sunday, Feb. 12, will be the annual Usher's Sermon at Mt. Calvary A.M.E. Church, Concord.The service begins at 3:30 p.m. The messenger will be the Rev. William Alvin Hitchens of New Revelation Baptist Church, Cambridge, Md. The event is sponsored by the ushers of Mt. Calvary. The president is Timah Ricketts and the pastor is the Rev. Idola J. Williams.

Mt. Calvary UMC Pew Rally
There will be a Pew Rally on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m., at Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church, 28 Church St., Bridgeville. Guest preacher will be the Rev. Purnell A. Moody of Wilmington. There will be a free will offering. A fellowship meal will follow the service which is sponsored by the 135th church anniversary committee. The Rev. Terrance Briggs is the pastor.

St. Luke's Episcopal Diaconate
St. Luke's Episcopal Church has joined with the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware in the newly formed Episcopal Diaconate of Delaware. A diaconal congregation is one in which the congregation will seek out a person from its midst who, through training and prayer will be raised up to be ordained deacon. A deacon is one who serves and ministers to others in the community and within the congregation itself.

Are all religions the same?
Have you ever heard anyone say, "We are all serving the same God and going to the same place. There are just different ways to get there." Have you ever asked yourself the questions: "Who is God?", "How does one get to God?", "Who was Jesus Christ?" or "What happens to someone when they die?" If so, we invite you to come listen to a panel of experts from five major world religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity – answer these questions. This video presentation will take place Sunday, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. at Epworth Fellowship Church on Sycamore Road in Laurel. Church groups are welcome. For more information, call the church office at 875-7995.

More than 4,000 students and youth leaders are expected at IMPACT 2006
More than 4,000 High School students and youth group leaders from Maryland and surrounding states are expected to attend IMPACT 2006: The Encounter High School Youth Conference, from Friday, March 24 through Sunday, March 26, at the Ocean City Convention Center in Maryland. IMPACT 2006: The Encounter will feature a variety of national speakers and entertainers including Reggie Dabbs, who with humor and compassion drives home the fact that "you can't change your past, but you can change your future." Dabbs will speak about drugs, alcohol, suicide and many more issues that high school students are bombarded with daily. Dabbs will be joined by a variety of national speakers, entertainers and leadership trainers, among them:
  • Christian Music super group Audio Adrenaline - with a career spanning more than a decade and 18 number one hits, Audio Adrenaline will bring their musical passion and their desire to positively impact the world to Impact's Saturday Night Concert.
  • National Youth Speaker Greg Speck - Speck, who has been described as energetic, humorous, passionate and compassionate, is an extraordinary speaker and master story teller. He speaks deeply into the hearts of teenagers, capturing their imaginations and hearts, while helping them understand God's love for them.
  • Comedian Taylor Mason - a self-proclaimed "small-time guy from a one-joke town in the Midwest" who has made a career of writing and performing comedy as a ventriloquist, stand-up comic and musician. His act is based on observing lifestyles and events of the day and includes audience interaction without using "blue" or "profane" material.
His career started after winning the Star Search $100,000 grand prize in 1991. He rode the crest of the comedy club craze and now performs around the world at comedy clubs, conferences and special events.
  • Worship band Fusebox - a Christian Rock Band with a soulful singer and music that is pop radio friendly. Fusebox's front man Bill Buchanan, who spent the beginning of his musical career playing in rock bands and participating in destructive lifestyles said, "To look back over the last ten years and see what God has done to change me, I have no choice but to give Him thanks."
  • Sculptor Richard Hight - an award-winning artist and teacher who uses his artistic skills to visually communicate, entertain and inspire his audiences holding them spellbound to each piece's stunning conclusion.
In addition, approximately 15 workshops will be available that focus on providing teens with tools to help them with their spiritual growth and to deal with issues that they face daily. The encounter adult seminars and training will include:
  • Fil Anderson - Running on Empty author and executive director of Journey Resources.
  • Walt Mueller - founder of CYPU (The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding), an organization committed to building strong families and helping to bridge the gap between teenagers and parents.
IMPACT 2006: The Encounter Conference is only $75 per person with hotel rates additional. Early registration discounts are available. Register by Feb. 28, for only $65. For registration information, call 1-877-896-3802, go to or e-mail

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