Church News
Thursday, September 06, 2012
Open Mike Christian Night Open Mike Christian Night will be held the first and third Friday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m., at The Lighthouse Church, located at 27225 Kaye Rd., just off Rt. 9, County Seat Highway at Dukes Lumber Road. Admission is free and there will be free snacks. Bring your singing talents - CD or musical instrument. Always special guests. One person, group singers, young to seniors welcome. Join us for great fellowship, praise and worship. The event is open to the public. For information and scheduling, call Dean at 875-2115 or visit our new Facebook page "Open Mike Christian Night."

Aging Faithfully ministry Union United Methodist Church, located at 2 N. Laws St., Bridgeville, will resume monthly meetings of its Aging Faithfully Adult/Senior Ministry on Monday, Sept. 10. Meetings begin at 11:30 a.m. and run until 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall opening with prayer and a short devotional. A free lunch is also provided. Guest speakers will be Steve Rose, CEO, Nanticoke Health Services and Tom Brown, president, Nanticoke Physicians Network, S.V.P. Nanticoke Health Services. They will speak on "Healthcare Changes & How They Impact You." There will also be a time for a round table type discussion giving an opportunity to ask questions. You do not have to be a senior/adult to attend and prior registration is not required although encouraged for preparation of food. For more information about Aging Faithfully or to register, call the church office at 337-7409 or 423-5682. You can also visit,

Kids items accepted Little Grace "Newborn & Children's Closet" at Grace United Methodist Church, 7 S. King St., Georgetown, is accepting newborn and children's clothing as well as any baby and kids items any time. Drop them off at the church office or you can bring them to the closet when it is open on the first and third Thursday every month, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call Diane Lockwood at 344-6380.

Consignment Boutique, Art Gallery The Church Mouse Consignment Boutique and Art Gallery, a mission of Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville, is now open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All proceeds go to Union United Methodist Church. The church is located at 210 Market St., Bridgeville. For more information, call 604-1244 or email

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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.

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.

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 program features Christ-centered, biblical teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. 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. GriefShare will be held on Wednesdays in the Wesley Lounge of St. John's United Methodist Church. To register or for questions, call 629-9466. Child care is not provided.

New Children's Chapel Ministry St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Seaford is announcing a Children's Chapel program beginning Sunday, Sept. 16. Children in kindergarten through 5th grade will begin Sunday morning worship in the Chapel (Parish Hall) at 9 a.m. Worship will include prayer, music, sign language, puppets, object lessons and more. Lessons will follow the scripture readings. At the conclusion of Children's Chapel, the children will join the congregation in the celebration of the Holy Communion. Children's Chapel is open to all young people regardless of their religious affiliation. Children 6th grade and older are welcome to help with this ministry on a regular basis, and attend morning worship with the congregation. Diana Yelverton, the inspiration and principal teacher of Children's Chapel, has been involved in children's ministry for the past 20 years. Parents may contact Diana at 236-2907 or to learn more about this program.

Chicken 'n dumpling dinner Christ United Methodist Church's Men of Faith will hold an all-you-can-eat chicken 'n dumpling fundraiser dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the church located at 510 S. Central Ave., Laurel. Dinner platters will include chicken and dumplings, mashed potatoes, dressing, green beans, rolls and a dessert. Dinners also include a beverage (coffee, tea or water). Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children. Children 5 and under eat free. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Guests can eat in or carry out. Pickups will be available beginning at 2 p.m. on Sept. 22. Large carryout orders (six or more) can be picked up prior to 2 p.m., but should be placed in advance by calling the church office at 875-4233 by 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. For tickets or more information, call Frank at 443-859-2334 or Clint at 443-880-2917.

All proceeds benefit Christ United Methodist Church and its missions serving the greater Laurel community.

Events at John Wesley UMC John Wesley United Methodist Church in Seaford in conjunction with Gosporium Music Group LLC presents a Dinner Concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 at St. Luke Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Seaford. Cost is a donation of $15. The Parish Hall is located at 202 North St., Seaford. The church is sponsoring a plate form service "Operators for Christ" at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16 and the Dynamic Kilgue Family Choir in concert at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. These events will be held at the church which is located at Third and Chandler streets in Seaford.

A night of gospel music Victory Junction will host a night of gospel music from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. Guest singers will be Jimmy Cullen, Ashley Yoder and Joe Dawson at Long Neck United Church, Long Neck Road, Millsboro. For more information, call 934-6995.

Financial seminar The Men For Change Ministry will host a financial seminar at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Miracle Faith Church of God, 405 University Ave., Federalsburg, Md. Representatives from PNC Bank will make a presentation on finances and money management skills. Pastor Velez is the host pastor. The public is invited and admission is free. Contact David Ricks at 443-786-5182 for more information.

Annual Homecoming at New Zion New Zion UMC in Laurel will hold its Annual Homecoming on Sunday, Sept. 9. The morning service begins at 10 a.m. and the afternoon service begins at 3:30 p.m. Dinner will be served. Guest preachers are the Revs. Dr. James Seymore and Ronald Bell Sr. For more information, call the church at 875-0727.

Lightning Strikes concert series The Lightning Strikes concert series at The Lighthouse Church located at 27225 Kaye Rd., just off Rt. 9, County Seat Highway at Dukes Lumber Road, Laurel is held the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Different styles of music are showcased including Christian rock, rap, hip-rock, metal blues and more, including audience participation nights. There is a $4 donation at the door and kids 12 and under are free. For more info, go to or call 875-7814 or 841-0567.

Walk-a-thon fundraiser Mt. Calvary A.M.E. Church in Concord will hold its 2nd annual Walk-a-thon building fundraiser at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Seaford Middle School track field. All are welcome, come out and support us. For more information, contact Francene Joseph at 536-7692.

Semi Annual Yard Sale Bethel Worship Center will hold its semi annual yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 7 a.m. until. There will be good used household items, clothes, knickknacks and more.

Sunday school begins at Mt. Olivet On Sunday, Sept. 9, Mt. Olivet UMC will kick off its Sunday school year. There are classes for everyone from age 2 to 93. Everyone is invited to visit or attend. Sunday school classes start at 9:45 a.m. The church has two services - one at 8:30 a.m. and the other at 11 a.m. to fit everyone's schedule. Coffee will be served in Fellowship Hall between services. The church is located at 315 High St., Seaford. For more information, call the church office at 629-4458.

Gospel Gents in concert The Gospel Gents will be in concert at Shiloh Community Church off Rt. 24, east of Laurel, on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Nancy Brittingham at 339-3341.

Annual Outdoor Gospel Concert The Annual Outdoor Gospel Concert benefitting St. George's UMC will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. The church is located on 34894 St. George's Rd., Delmar. The concert will feature Bay City, Good News Tour, Sounds of Joy and Richard Lindale. Food, which will feature Em-ming BBQ chicken, will be available after 5:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair. Admission is free.

Annual Writers Conference Oct. 20 Vine & Vessels Christian Writers Fellowship will host their 4th Annual "Connecting Pen to Purpose" Writers Conference on Saturday, Oct. 20. The event takes place at Crossroad Community Church, near Georgetown, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pastor Rick Betts is the official host pastor. John Hollis, community activist and motivational speaker, will be the keynote speaker. Delaware Poet Laureate JoAnn Balingit of Newark will make a special appearance and performance. The conference offers eight dynamic workshops designed to sharpen the writer's writing and marketing skills. Several workshops are being offered with special appeal to teen writers and poets. The registration package includes two workshops, a continental breakfast and lunch. Conference rates are youth (ages 10-18) $20, adults (ages 19-61) $40, seniors (ages 62+) $25. A 30 minute manuscript critique session will be available for a $30 fee. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 30. Contact the following persons for guidelines: Michael Blaine/poetry -; Candy Abbott/articles, short story, fiction, children's picture books -; Karen Whiting/non-fiction, book proposals, scripts - Participants may register up to the day of the conference. However, the deadline for online registration is Oct. 14. Register at or mail registration form and payment to Vine & Vessels, P.O. Box 1716, Seaford, DE 19973. Contact Joyce Sessoms at 382-9904 or Betty Jarman at 448-5939 for more information.