Church News
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Old Christ Church schedule Old Christ Church in Laurel will hold their Thanksgiving service on Thursday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m.

Awana Clubs at Alliance Church Awana clubs are being held at Atlanta Road Alliance Church on Wednesdays from 6:45 to 8:25 p.m., for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. For 60 years, Awana has been a leader in childrens ministry, helping churches and parents worldwide raise youth to know, love and serve Christ. Sparks (K-second grade) ignites the curiosity of early elementary kids to learn about the people and events of the Bible, building a foundation of wisdom for knowing Christ.Children enjoy the games and spending time with leaders and friends. T&T (Truth & Training) engages third- through sixth-graders by answering their questions about God and the Bible, guiding them through this pivotal life stage to grow in Christs grace. Call 629-5600 for more information. Atlanta Road Alliance Church is located at 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford.

St. Lukes fundraiser St. Lukes Episcopal Church in Seaford will host a Night of Shopping on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Wheatons, formerly Tulls, along Stein Highway, Route 20 west. Wheatons will be open that evening to only those who have purchased a $5 admission ticket from a member of St. Lukes Church.That ticket will entitle you to a 20% discount on most of the stores merchandise. The Christmas shop will also be open for early holiday purchases. Tickets can be obtained by calling 745-1998 or St. Lukes church office at 629-7979.

Dinner, tour at Christ Lutheran Christ Lutheran Church, located on Shipley Street in Seaford, is holding a dinner and tour of the church on Monday, Oct. 31 and Monday, Nov. 28. Invitations were mailed to approximately 200 of the churchs closest neighbors. Call the church at 629-9755 for more information.

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.

Laurel Baptist Harvest Party A harvest party will be held at Laurel Baptist Church, 33056 B-State Blvd., on Friday, Oct. 28 from 6-8:30 p.m. We need children in costume to play games, enjoy food and fun. Everyone is welcome to come join us for all the fun. (No scary costumes, please). Any questions, call Shirley at 875-2314.

Special service at Clarence Street An appreciation service will be held for Alberta Waples at Clarence Street Church of God on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. All are welcome. The church is located at 744 Clarence St., Seaford. Tailgate for Jesus On Sunday, Nov. 6, men of Mt. Olivet UMC will hold their annual Tailgate for Jesus party. It will stat after the end of the 11 a.m. worship service. You are invited to attend the party and a special invitation is extended to those who wish to attend the worship service. Hamburgers, hot dogs, beans, potato salad, and all sorts of other tailgate food will be served. Come and enjoy good fellowship, food, and music with us. Tickets for the annual Father-Daughter Dance will also be available. The party will be held in our parking lot at 315 High Street, Seaford. For information and questions, call 629-4458.

The Reunion Quartet in concert St. Pauls invites the community to participate in another great night of singing and fellowship. On Sunday, Oct. 30, the featured artist for the evening is The Reunion Quartet, a traditional southern gospel quartet. Special music will be provided by Everett Warrington from Union UMC in Bridgeville. Limited seating, so come early. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. St. Pauls UMC is located at 32827 Old Stage Rd. (off of Route 13), Laurel. For more information about The Reunion Quartet, visit

St. Lukes newsletter St. Lukes Episcopal Church offers its newsletter online and also via email. Our Lukes 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. Lukes service of Holy Eucharist is Sunday at 9 a.m. For more information, call St. Lukes office at 629-7979.

Christmas Extravaganza Trinity UMC on Phillips Hill Road in Laurel, will hold its annual Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and browse our vendor tables which will feature a wide array of items perfect for your Christmas shopping needs. Several vendors have been confirmed: Pampered Chef, Lia Sophia, Christmas Florals, Shortys Legacy (handcrafted wooden toys, etc.)

and a professional photographer who will take Christmas pictures and give you a CD so you can print pictures and cards for your family and friends. If you would like to be a vendor at this event, contact Karen Rogers at 875-2078. Food will be available for sale.

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.

Annual Fair Trade Festival St. Pauls Episcopal Church, Georgetown, will host its annual Fair Trade Festival on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18-19, at the church on East Pine and Academy streets. This annual event provides affordable Christmas shopping with unique handmade gifts from around the world as well as ethnic lunches and homemade soup. There will also be two raffles one for a Kindle book reader. For more information, visit

Church of God welcomes pastor Stein Highway Church of God in Seaford announces the arrival of their new pastor, Dan Southern. Southern was the pastor at Centreville Community Church in Centreville, Md. since 2003 and Victory Tabernacle Church of God in Laurel from 1990 to 2003. Pastor Dan has also worked in the mental health field with Benedictine Programs and Services from 1989 to 2003. Southern received a certificate from Light University in biblical counseling in 2010; is a Chaplains Commission graduate, Church of God, 2009; and a graduate of Northwest Bible College with a bachelors degree in theology and a minor in Christian education, 1980. He is an ordained bishop with the Church of God and has completed 19 course hours toward a masters in theology, Church of God School of Theology.

Thrift Shop open Saturdays St. Johns Thrift Shop located at 259 N. Conwell St. in Seaford, is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. A variety of infant, toddler, youth and adult clothing is available. Housewares, bedding and childrens books are also available. Check out our great prices and weekly specials.

Presbyterian yard sale The Mary Martha Circle of Seaford Presbyterian Church will hold a yard and bake sale on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 7 a.m. until noon. Sale items include a collection from a local estate and delicious baked goods. This three-room event occurs rain or shine in the church basement. The church is located on Rt. 13A, north of the Army Reserve Center. Proceeds from the sale benefit both local and world mission projects.

Chinese Auction at St. Philips Saturday, Nov. 12, is the date for the annual Chinese Auction sponsored by the Episcopal Churchwomen of St. Philips (ECW). St. Philips youth will assist. Doors to Memorial Hall will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for bidding will be sold at that time. At 6 p.m. homemade chili will be available, along with beverages and homemade treats. Door prizes will be given, courtesy of Laurel merchants. All proceeds will benefit St. Philips.

Bethany Community Church forms Bethany Community Church was born as its congregation dissolved their UMC conference relationship as Bethany United Methodist Church at Lowes Crossroads is combining. Unable to remain in their historic church building, they were required to find a new meeting place. Also left behind was the ability of the Bethany congregation to continue with their popular chicken dinner fundraiser event that over the years had become known as the chicken dinner church. Pastor Fern Kester and the congregation now meet Sundays in the Laurel area. The Independent Methodist Church (IMC) was started in the spring of 2011 as the need for local autonomy was envisioned in the area. Although in many other areas Independent Methodism is a part of local culture, the concept was new on the Delmarva Peninsula. Pastor Joe Roszin began this new work utilizing an available building with Sunday morning services. The IMC church never adopted a formal name, expecting that someday its members would put one before its descriptive title. Now, as two become one, the IMC fellowship will be part of the existing Bethany Community Church, Inc. Pastor Joe says, Its truly a homecoming as both pastors formerly served at Bethany UMC. The congregations meet at the present home of Bethany Community Church at 14A Commercial Lane, Laurel (left off Trussum Pond Road, behind Johnny Janosiks). Sunday services begin at 10 a.m. and the coffee pot is always on. The church phone is 875-5769 and all are welcome. For more information, visit