Church News
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Old Christ Church service 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 children's 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 Christ's grace. Call 629-5600 for more information. Atlanta Road Alliance Church is located at 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford.

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.

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.

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 StLukes St. Luke's service of Holy Eucharist is Sunday at 9 a.m. For more information, call St. Luke's 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, Shorty's 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.

Cookbooks for sale U.M.W. of Gethsemane Church has cookbooks for sale. Great $15 gift. Call 629-2862 for more information.

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. Paul's 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 Chaplain's Commission graduate, Church of God, 2009; and a graduate of Northwest Bible College with a bachelor's 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 master's in theology, Church of God School of Theology.

Thrift Shop open Saturdays St. John's 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 children's books are also available. Check out our great prices and weekly specials.

Chinese Auction at St. Philip's Saturday, Nov. 12, is the date for the annual Chinese Auction sponsored by the Episcopal Churchwomen of St. Philip's (ECW). St. Philip's 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. Philip's.

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, "It's 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 Janosik's). 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