Church News
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Women's Ministries, Bible Study Women's 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.

Sportsman's Banquet The 1st Annual Sportsman's Banquet at Laurel Wesleyan Church, Laurel, is Saturday, Aug. 13, from 2 to 7 p.m. The event will be catered by Famous Dave's 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

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.

Crown Biblical Financial Study Do you want to reduce your debt & increase your savings? Do you want to learn God's 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.

King's Ambassadors in concert The King's 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.

St. Luke's Newsletter St. Luke's Episcopal Church offers its newsletter online and also via email. Our "Luke's Letter" is published quarterly and will be available on our website: You can also join our email list if you send a request to St. Luke's service of Holy Eucharist is Sunday at 9 a.m. For more information call St. Luke's office at 629-7979.

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.

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.

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.

Dukes to speak On Sunday, Aug. 14, Sailors Bethel U.M.Church will be presenting Rusty Dukes of Laurel. He will be speaking on his program, "Reach Out to the World," and his many trips to Jamaica. There will also be other guests to share their stories about how they do God's work and change lives. Please join us for an uplifting hour.

Tent Services in Georgetown Everlasting Hope Ministries of Booker Street Church of God, Georgetown, will host its 18th annual Anti-Alcohol and Drug Tent Services August 16-18, and 20-21, at 7 p.m. nightly and 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Speakers will be Evang. Joel Hitchcock, Pastors Helena and Hayward Bailey, Bishop Roland Mifflin, Min. Andrew Hazzard (Saturday Youth Explosion), Bishop Marvin Morris and Pastor Arlene Taylor. For more information, call 854-6692 (Rev. Tony Heal) or 856-9097 (church).

Missions & Kidz Fest Celebration The Laurel Baptist Church and the Gospel Cafe are hosting a Missions & Kidz Fest Celebration on Saturday, August 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everything is free and everyone is invited. There will be live music, games, prizes, crafts, food, face painting, tumblers and fun for all. Come enjoy the last weekend before school starts. The church is located at 33056 Bi-State Blvd. (west side of Rt. 13A, approx. 2 miles south of town). Any questions, call Nancy at 875-5539.

Laurel Baptist hosts luncheon Laurel Baptist Church will host a free community-wide luncheon on Saturday, August 20, from noon to 2 p.m. (Menu TBA). The church is located at 33056 Bi-State Blvd. (west side of Rt. 13A, approx. 2 miles south of town). Any questions, call Shirley at 875-2314.

No Name Band to perform The No Name Band will be at the Union United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, on Friday, Aug. 12, at 7:30 p.m. The church is located on Laws Street, Bridgeville. For further information, please contact Everett Warrington at 337-7198.

Blessing of the Animals The annual Blessing of the Animals will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Seaford Presbyterian Church, 701 Bridgeville Hwy., Seaford. Bring your pets on leash, or in cage, for a special blessing. There will be refreshments for all pets and their owners. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call 629-9077.

The Reminders in concert The Reminders will be in concert at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Central Worship Center, Laurel. There is no admission fee and a love offering will be taken. For more information, call 875-7995.

Ice Cream Sale Mt. Zion Methodist Church will host an ice cream sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27. Flavors include vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, banana and pineapple. The church is located on Route 13A between Laurel and Seaford. Pre-orders may be placed by calling 875-3055 or 629-7110.

Vacation Bible School Come join the fun at Big Heart Farms where God's fruit grows at Vacation Bible School on Aug. 15-19 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., for ages 4 to 12, at Bethel Worship Center. For more information, call Christine at 628-8925.

'Back to School Special' forum at Greenwood church 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.

Sussex County School Supply Campaign 2011 by Ruth Rhoades A few of the churches in the area are gathering school supplies to be given to the schools to help children in need of supplies. St. John's United Methodist Church is encouraging churches in the area to come together as a community to collect these school supplies in their own towns for their area schools. St. John's will be taking supplies to Seaford area schools on August 22. This is God's work, and we are the light and salt of the earth, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. If our salt loses its flavor and our light does not shine, where does this leave our children, who need us so desperately? Take My Hands Ministry is collecting for Greenwood and Bridgeville. St. Stephen's United Methodist Church is collecting for Delmar, (De. and Md.). Christ Evangelistic Church will collect supplies for Laurel with the help of other churches in the area. Please help! You may call Pastor Roland Tice at 629-3674. In order for children to get the supplies they need, they must go to the guidance counselor of the school in which they will be attending. This is a partial list of what is needed: crayons (16-24 count), markers, pens (black, blue & red); rubber erasers, blue sticks, blunt scissors, colored pencils, hi-liters, #2 pencils, spiral notebooks (single), composition books, zippered pencil cases or pencil boxes; Binders, 1 1/2 inch, red, blue, black & green; notebook dividers, notebook binder paper, reinforcements for paper repair, pocket folders with 3-prong fasteners, 12" wooden rulers, inexpensive calculators. Protractors for middle school students. Kleenex tissues (large box for classroom), paper towels, boxes of Ziplock bags (quart, sandwich or snack). Cough drops for nurses office and pocket tissues for middle school children. No white out and no Trapper Keepers. Please ask the churches in your area to participate and help them to do so. May God bless us all as we work together and God works through us.