Church News
Thursday, February 16, 2012
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. 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. 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.

Community Lenten Services For Christians, Ash Wednesday signifies the first day in the season of Lent, marking the liturgical period prior to Easter. This year the clergy of the Seaford Ministerium will launch the Community Lenten Services on Ash Wednesday. St. John's United Methodist Church will serve as the host church to begin the noon services which will rotate to a different host church each Wednesday throughout Lent. A Community Ash Wednesday Service & Luncheon will be held at noon on Feb. 22, at St. John's United Methodist Church, 300 N. Pine St., Seaford. A light fellowship luncheon will be held directly after the service in the St. John's Fellowship Hall. Upcoming host church services Wednesday, Feb. 29 - Christ Lutheran Church, 312 N. Shipley St., Seaford Wednesday, March 7 - Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 315 High St., Seaford Wednesday, March 14 - St. Luke's Episcopal, 202 North St., Seaford Wednesday, March 21 - Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Parish, 532 E. Stein Hwy., Seaford Wednesday, March 28 - to be announced

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.

Black History Program Mt. Calvary United Methodist Church in Bridgeville presents, "Are We There Yet?," an evening of celebrating the African American culture with song, dance, poetry and praise on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m. There will also be an essay contest for grades 7 through 12. Essays should be 200 words or less on your favorite African American hero. First prize is $75 cash, second prize - $50 cash, third prize – $25 cash. You must be present to win. For more information, call 629-9799 or 542-5752 or email

GriefShare program offered Community members who have experienced the death of a family member or friend are invited to register for the GriefShare program held at St. John's United Methodist Church. This nondenominational program features Christ-centered, biblical teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was seen on the DVD. Your bereavement experience may be recent or not so recent. You will find encouragement, comfort and help in grieving the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, other family member or friend. Grief-related books/materials are made available for participants to borrow. Robert Collins and his wife, the Rev. Danese Collins will lead the sessions. Both leaders have completed additional course work in counseling the bereaved and grieving. Pastor Collins also completed coursework in clinical pastoral care and education, which included 400 hours as a hospital chaplain and is a volunteer chaplain with hospice. GriefShare will be held on Wednesdays beginning Feb. 29, in the Wesley Lounge of St. John's United Methodist Church. To register or for questions, call 629-9466. Child care is not provided.

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.

Community Women's Conference The Community Women's Conference extends an invitation to all women to join them for their 4th annual conference, "Extreme Transformation - Spring Cleaning for the Heart and Mind," at the Atlanta Road Alliance Church in Seaford, on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10. The guest speaker will be Paula Harris, founder and director of Transformed Worldwide Ministries, a nondenominational teaching ministry and outreach to women and the ones they love.

Praise and worship will be led by Kay Dukes of Milton. There will be workshops on Saturday and a bazaar. Cost is $20 and registrations are due by Feb. 18. Cost is $30 after Feb. 18. Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday. For details or more information, call Sue Kauffman at 302-632-0178 or Doris Sommers at 302-448-6685.

Evening of Elegance 2012 Inspired by the late Rosetta Harmon of Harrington who held a Sweetheart Ball annually at Welcome Full Gospel in Slaughter Neck, Grace Tabernacle in Laurel expanded it to the Evening of Elegance in 2001, to incorporate the family as a whole. This annual event was held recently and included a fun-filled evening of dining, games and entertainment. This year's theme was entitled "Precious Hearts," a phrase often used by the senior pastor, Bishop Donald Redden, and invitations had been open to the community.

Marriage seminar Clarence Street Church of God, Seaford, will host a Marriage Seminar at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8:30 a.m. Secretary General, Dr. Wallace J. Sibley (Church of God International) and Mrs. Dorothy Sibley will be the facilitators. The event is open to couples only (married, engaged, or those contemplating marriage). No seminar fee; freewill offering only. Call 629-9443 or 448-0852 for more information.

Gospel Café Gospel Cafe held every Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. 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 League dinner The public is cordially invited to the annual dinner and meeting of Old Christ Church League on Saturday, Feb. 18, at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, 6th Street and S. Central Ave., Laurel. The agenda is as follows: social hour - 6 p.m.; dinner - 7 p.m.; meeting and presentation - 8 p.m. Speaker will be Dale W. Clifton Jr., director of the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island. He will speak on the preservation of antiquities. Tickets are $20 per person. For tickets or more information, contact Diane Calloway at 249-1085.

Open mike Christian Night Open mike Christian Night will be held at The Lighthouse Church, 27225 Kaye Rd., Laurel, on the first and third Friday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. Free admission and free snacks. Bring your singing talents - CD or musical instrument. One person, group singers, young to seniors welcome. Enjoy a lot of singing, praises, testimonials to the Lord. We already have an array of great singers lined up. Special guests include Bunky Eye, Connie & Allen, Chuck & his peaceful gospel, Mr. John, Mary Ann, Bryce the singer & ukulele player, Pastor Joe, Skinny Elvis and his Elvis gospel, Little Elvin Presley, Big Elvis, Boardwalk Willie Nelson plus a surprise secret guest. Special thanks to Connie and Peggy for their fantastic food samplings. For information and scheduling, call Dean at 875-2115 and visit our new Facebook page, Open Mike Christian Night.

Free classical piano concert The Seaford ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) invites the public to celebrate the anniversary of the Relief Society with a free piano concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 23. Guest recitalist is Linda Field, co-founder of the Southern Delaware Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Field studies under Dr. Thomas Schmidt in New York City and teaches piano and organ in her studio in Rehoboth Beach. She has performed in New York City, and was music director at the Hyde Park Chapel in London, England. Light refreshments will be served after the concert. Concert age appropriate children are welcome. Receptacles available for canned food donations. The church is located at 800 Fleetwood Dr., in Seaford. For more information, call 628-3553.

St. Luke's newsletter St. Luke's Episcopal Church offers its newsletter online and also via email. Luke's Letter is published quarterly and will be available on our website: You can also join our email list by sending 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.