Church News
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Womens Ministries, Bible Study Womens Ministries and Bible Study meets Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army in Seaford, next to Food Lion. The third Tuesday of every month the group meets in the Bethany Unit at the Methodist Manor House on Middleford Road. For more information, call Envoy Debbie Engel at 668-7412. 

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. For details call 875-4233.

Gospel Café  Every Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. there is a Gospel Cafe in the Fellowship Hall at Laurel Baptist Church. Free Christian entertainment, live bands, local talent. The church is located at 33056 Bi-State Blvd., Laurel. 

Old Christ Church schedule Old Christ Church in Laurel announces the following services and events for the remainder of 2011.
  • Sunday services: Every first Sunday, June through September, at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 2, 3 p.m., Annual Blessing of the Animals
  • Sunday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m., Scott Family concert
  • Thursday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m., Thanksgiving service

Sign language classes Basic/conversational sign language classes will be offered Mondays through Aug. 15, 4:30-5:30 or 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church, 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel. Cost is $20 and scholarships are available. Call or text Beth Elzey at 542-5774 or Lynn Kohler at 410-300-6405.

Sportsmans Banquet The 1st Annual Sportsmans Banquet at Laurel Wesleyan Church, Laurel, is Saturday, Aug. 13, from 2 to 7 p.m. The event will be catered by Famous Daves BBQ and features speaker/comedian Joey Hancock, outdoor activities, hayride, petting zoo and games and includes the following vendors - Gander Mountain, Holly Swamp Taxidermy, Old Hitch Outfitters, Quality Deer Mgmt., and Devastator Game Calls. Tickets are $20, ages 6 and under are free with an adult ticket. For more information, contact the church office at 875-5380 or Jon Columna at

Concerts at Lighthouse Church The Lighthouse Church in Laurel presents "Not Too Late", a classic rock band, Saturday, July 30. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concerts start at 7 p.m. Cost is $4 at the door, free for kids 12 and under. The church is located at 27225 Kaye Road in Laurel. For more information, visit

New phone directory The Centenary United Methodist Women of Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel are preparing a new phone directory for Laurel. Anyone that would like to advertise should call 875-3983.

Summer hours at Centenary During the month of August, Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel, will have one service each Sunday at 10 a.m. Sunday School for all ages will begin at 9 a.m. Effective Sept. 4, Centenary UMC will return to its normal schedule of Contemporary Worship at 8:45 a.m. and Traditional Worship at 11 a.m. All are welcome to come and worship with us each week.

Gethsemane holds VBS Gethsemane United Methodist Church located at 2701 Woodland Ferry Road, Seaford, invites families to Vacation Bible School - Hometown Nazareth: Where Jesus was a Kid, on Aug. 1-5. Families step back in time at Hometown Nazareth, exploring what it was like to live in the town where Jesus grew up. Hometown Nazareth will run from 6 to 8 p.m. each day. For more information, call 536-1742.

Outdoor Gospel Concert St. Georges UMC church will host their 3rd annual Outdoor Gospel Concert on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. Talent will be provided by Deep Creek Revival, Pickn Pals, Jimmy Passwaters and Richard Lindale. Food and drinks will be available for sale. Be sure to bring a lawn chair for a night of Christian fellowship on St. Georges Road between Delmar and Laurel.

Blessing of the Animals Everyone is invited to a Blessing of the Animals at Seaford Presbyterian Church, 701 Bridgeville Hwy., on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m.

Bring pets on a leash or in a cage. There will be refreshments for pets and their owners.

Crown Biblical Financial Study Do you want to reduce your debt & increase your savings? Do you want to learn Gods will for your finances? If so, the Crown Financial Biblical 10 week study is for you. Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Seaford will be offering this study starting Wednesday, Sept. 14. A mandatory orientation will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. The cost of the class is $45 per person or $55 per couple. For more information, call Cindy Williamson at 236-5571 or Cindy Dennis at 381-5837. Registration ends Aug. 14.

Kings Ambassadors in concert The Kings Ambassadors will be in concert at Shiloh Community Church on Sunday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. The church is located east of Laurel on Shiloh Church Road off of Rt. 24. For more information and/or directions, call Nancy at 339-3341.

Womens Fellowship Meeting Join us at the KARDIA Womens Fellowship at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Maranatha Holistic Gospel Fellowship, 12370 Sussex Hwy., Greenwood. This is a time when women fellowship, while at the same time allowing God to refresh, restore their soul and encourage them to continue on.  

Block Party Christ United Methodist Church in Laurel will hold a Block Party in Laurel on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. There will be food, music, school supplies, games, prizes, face painting and fun for everyone. The event is free and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

'Back to School Special forum Maranatha Holistic Gospel Fellowship Church will host a "Back To School Special forum on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. The forum will focus on strategies aimed at helping to prepare students for a smooth, successful transition from high school to college. A panel of representatives, including principals, guidance counselors, teachers, clergy, college freshmen, high school students and former students will answer questions and share information with students and parents. School supplies are being collected to distribute to students in preparation for school. Door prizes will also be given away: calculator, dictionary/thesaurus volume and books. Anyone interested in donating school supplies may contact Betty Jarman at 448-5939. Monetary donations which are tax deductible may be mailed to: Maranatha Holistic Gospel Fellowship Church, 12370 Sussex Hwy., Greenwood, DE 19950.

Centenary welcomes new pastor Centenary United Methodist Church in Laurel recently welcomed the Rev. Joseph Burris as their new pastor. Rev. Burris most recently served eight years in the Cecilton Parish as pastor at Zion and St. Pauls United Methodist Churches in Cecilton, Md. Rev. Burris is a former chaplain for the Maryland State Police, Kent County Sheriffs office, Cecil County Sheriffs office and the Rock Hall Police Department. He has also been involved in the Volunteer Fire Companies in Cecilton, Chesapeake City, Church Hill, Centreville, Sudlersville, Greensboro Rock Hall in Maryland and Millville. Rev. Burris has been in ordained ministry for 35 years. He and his wife, Patty, have been married for 32 years and have two children, a daughter Kathy and a son Chris. They are residing in Laurel.

Church of God holds VBS Delmar Church of God of Prophecy, Route 13 and Dorothy Road, Delmar, will hold Vacation Bible School, "Big Heart Farms, Where Gods Fruit Grows, Aug. 10-12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call Tina Phillips at 875-7824. Come join the fun!

VBS for mentally challenged The BSSP Program at Christ Lutheran Church, 315 N. Shipley St., Seaford, will host its summer Vacation Bible School program on Aug. 15-19, for mentally challenged youth and adults. The theme is "SonSurf Beach Bash - Where Students Meet Up With Jesus. A light dinner will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Class is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bible stories will be told by a storyteller, along with puppets, music, games and crafts. Come join the fun and bring a friend. For more information, call Leona at 629-2770 or Sue at 628-1357 before Aug. 8.