Church News
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Gift Shoppe reopens in Laurel The Gift Shoppe, a fundraiser, has reopened at Christ the Cornerstone Community Church, 28714 Seaford Rd., Laurel. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays through Dec. 14 (except for Nov. 30). Holiday items include Christmas wreaths, garlands, centerpieces, dishware, accessories, quilts, cookie jars, lighthouses and more. Regular items include dishware, furniture, candle holders, glassware, tools, clothing, jewelry and much more.

LMA Thanksgiving Eve Service The Laurel Ministerial Association (LMA) will sponsor an ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 200 W. Market St. (corner of Poplar and West Market), Laurel. Attendees are invited to bring canned goods for the Food Pantry Ministry, and an offering will be received to provide college scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

Gospel Cafe Christmas Show The Gospel Cafe Country Christmas Show, featuring a talented cross-section of local gospel singers and the ever-popular Gospel Cafe Band, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, at Seaford Wesleyan Church. Join us for our free music ministry as we celebrate the Christmas season and sing praises to our Savior. A full dinner is available for $8 including dessert and a beverage. Paid dinner is at 5 p.m., free music begins at 6. All are welcome. For more information, contact Bruce and Nancy Willey at 875-5539 or visit

Kettle volunteers Volunteers are needed for the 2013 Salvation Army Kettle Season. The red kettles throughout our communities collect funds to help provide food for families, toys for children, and offer relief for countless of our neighbors in need. In Sussex County, we expect to assist 8 to 10,000 people for the coming year. To volunteer for the western Sussex County locations, contact Lieutenant Aida Roln at 362-2360. For eastern Sussex County, call Dave Todd at 359-4364 or 628-2020.

The No Name Band will perform The No Name Band will be at Grace United Methodist Church Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. For more information, contact Everett Warrington at 337-7198.

Blue Holiday Event, Child Care Day Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville will hold its annual Blue Holiday Event at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, in the sanctuary. This event is held for those individuals who find the holidays a difficult, lonely and perhaps depressing time of the year. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Jerry Howard who will bring a message of comfort and hope. There will also be a time of remembrance, sharing and music. Afterwards there will be refreshments and fellowship. If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, please invite them or bring them with you. For more information, contact the church office at 337-7409, ext. 16. The church will hold a Community Child Care Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, for children age 4 through 5th grade. The cost per child is $5 and this money will be used to cover the cost of snacks, lunch and crafts and activities for the children. This event will be staffed by church members and volunteers who have completed and passed all required background checks as part of UUMC's Safe Sanctuary Policy.

The Community Child Care Day will allow parents who need to shop for the holidays an economical way and safe environment in which to leave their children. Pre-registration is not required but will be extremely helpful in planning for staffing, meal and purchase of crafts. For more information, call Joan Hastings, program director at 337-7409, ext. 16.

The holidays at Old Christ Church The public is invited to a Service of Thanksgiving at Old Christ Church Laurel at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. The Rev. Howard Backus will officiate, using a liturgy from an 18th century prayer book which may have been in use at the time Old Christ Church was built - 1771 to 1772. The board of directors of Old Christ Church League will host a Service of Lessons and Carols at Old Christ Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8. Performers will include 12 singers from the Southern Delaware Choral Society, plus two soloists. In between the Advent and Christmas lessons the congregation will join in singing Christmas carols. Dress warmly, and bring blankets and seat cushions because the church is not heated. Call 875-3644 for more information.

Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner Union United Methodist Church in Bridgeville will host its annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner from noon to 2 p.m on Thursday, Nov. 28, in the Fellowship Hall. The dinner, which is prepared and served by volunteers, is open to everyone. There is no cost for the meal but donations are gratefully accepted. Join us for a time of food and fellowship. For more information, call the church office at 337-7409 or visit

Community Thanksgiving Dinner A free Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at Bethel United Methodist Church located at 2381 Neal's School Rd., near Oak Grove. The dinner serves the communities around Oak Grove and Atlanta. This is a traditional dinner with all the trimmings. Dinner will be served promptly at noon on Thanksgiving Day, with the kitchen closing at 1:30 p.m. Reservations are not needed. First come, first served. Donations will not be accepted. For more information, call 629-2411.

Thanksgiving dinner at The Ark Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings will be held at The Gospel Cafe at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at "The Ark," Seaford Wesleyan Church, on Rt. 13S in Seaford. Cost is $8 per person and includes dessert and drink. Come join us as we praise and thank our Lord for all He has given us. For more information, contact Nancy 875-5539.

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 every second and fourth Saturday of the month. There is a $4 donation at the door and ages 12 and under are free. For details, go to or call 875-7814.

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