Church News
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Advent and Christmas worship Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville will hold the following Advent and Christmas worship opportunities. Dec. 24 - Silent Holy Communion, 6 p.m.; Christmas Eve worship, 7 p.m. For more information, call 337-7409.

Recreational Night at Trinity UMC Trinity UMC near Trap Pond in Laurel will be having Recreational Night (Rec night) every Tuesday when school is in session. These events will start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8.

St. Luke's Church news St. Luke's Episcopal Church offers its newsletter online and also via email. "Luke's Letter" is published quarterly and will be available online at You can also join the email list if you send a request to St. Luke's services are Sunday, Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m., and Thursday evenings, Holy Eucharist and Healing at 6 p.m.

Father Daughter Dance Mt. Olivet UMC Father Daughter Dance tickets are available. The dance will be held Friday, Jan. 28, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., at the Seaford Volunteer Fire Dept.For tickets, which are $7.50 each, contact David and Becky Genshaw at 629-9014.

Weekly Bible Study A weekly Bible study is being held every Wednesday night from 7:15-8:15 p.m. at the Days Inn, Rt. 13 South, Seaford (next to KFC). Family oriented Bible lessons for all ages. Sunday worship service is at 12 noon. Elder Cornell Johnson, of Jesus The Christ Apostolic Ministries, is pastor. Call 628-0349 or 302-344-9672 for more information.

Bible Study St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Seaford is conducting a Bible Study every Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parish House.

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew The Brotherhood of St. Andrew of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Seaford meets every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Parish House.They are also studying the booklet, The Story of Scripture. For more information, call St. Luke's church office at 629-7979.

Free weekly soup social A free weekly soup social is held every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel. All are welcome. For more information, call the church office daily, 9 a.m. to noon, at 875-4233.

Christmas at St. Luke's St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Seaford invites everyone to join us for The Christ Mass on Friday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m.

The Christmas Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be held at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 26. The Rev. Jeanne Kirby-Coladonato is the Rector.

Tax tips for your charitable giving The spirit of giving seems to grow during the holiday season, and manydonationsare made to charitable causesat this special time of year.The IRS reminds taxpayers to keep some important points in mind when makingdonations with theexpectation of deducting them on afederal tax return. Taxpayers can deductdonations only if they make them to a qualified tax exempt organization. It is necessary to file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A to receive a charitable contribution deduction.Be sureto keep good records, too. To deduct any charitable donation of money, a taxpayer must have a bank record, credit card statement or a written communication from the charity showing the name of the charity and the date and amount of the contribution. A bank record includes canceled checks, bank or credit union statements. Bank or credit union statements should show the name of the charity and the date and amount donated.Credit card statements should show the name of the charity, the transaction posting date and the amount donated. Contributions are deductible in the year made. Donations charged to a credit card before the end of 2010 count for 2010. This is true even if the credit card bill isn't paid until 2011. Also, checks count for 2010 as long as they are mailed in 2010 and clear, shortly thereafter. For all donations of property, including clothing and household items, obtain from the charity, a receipt that includes the name of the charity, date of the contribution, and a reasonably-detailed description of the donated property. If a donation is left at a charity's unattended drop site, keep a written record of the donation that includes this information, as well as the fair market value of the property at the time of the donation and the method used to determine that value. To deduct charitable contributions of items valued at $250 or more you must have a written acknowledgment from the qualified organization. To deduct charitable contributions of items valued at $500 or more you must also complete a Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions, and attach the form to your tax return. To be deductible, clothing and household items donated to charity must be in good used condition or better. A clothing or household item for which a taxpayer claims a deduction of over $500 does not have to be in good used condition or better if the taxpayer includes a qualified appraisal of the item with the return. More information aboutcharitabledonations can be found in IRS Publication 526, available online at, or requested by calling, toll-free, 1-800-TAX-FORM.