Church News
Thursday, May 25, 2006
The Joy Quartet on May 27
The Joy Quartet from Pensacola Christian College will present a program of music on Saturday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Seaford. The quartet's program will feature patriotic music and a DVD presentation about the college. Pensacola Christian College offers a wide variety of programs on the undergraduate, graduate, and seminary levels. From its beginning in 1974, the college has grown from 100 students to more than 4,000 students today. The Joy Quartet is one of seven traveling groups representing the college during the summer months. The ensembles will hold services in nearly 600 churches and schools throughout the United States and parts of Canada. There is no admission charge for this program.

Mt. Calvary homecoming May 28
On Sunday, May 28 the annual homecoming will take place at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., at Mt. Calvary A.M.E. Church, Concord. The morning messenger will be F. Alicia Cephas of Restoration, Faith, Hope and Love in Seaford, with music by the Homecoming Choir. The afternoon program will consist of a variety of talents, including recitals, liturgical dance and singing by the Sussex County Community Mass Choir. The chairperson is Ruth Palmer and the pastor is the Rev. Idola J. Williams.

Fun and fellowship dance
St. John's United Methodist Church will have a fun and fellowship dance on Saturday, June 17, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The dinner (choice of steak or baked chicken breast) will be catered by the Seaford Men of the Moose. Christian and dinner music will be provided during dinner by Jerry Jones and Mark Lowery CD Specials with live performances by "Lights of Home" and musical memories by Charles Michel (music from the 1940s to 1980s). The price is $18 a person with advance tickets only. Groups of six or more must reserve a table in order to sit together. Call Ruth Rhoades at 629-0789 for tickets and table reservations. All adults are welcome with proceeds going to missions projects.

River of Life Video series
A video series on love, sex, marriage and romance which consists of six 60-minute sessions addressing the art of attraction, dating, courtship, intimacy, conflict, romance and commitment is being presented by Tommy Nelson, pastor of Denton Bible Church, Denton, Texas. He has been featured on Focus On The Family radio broadcast. Sessions will be held Saturdays, May 27 through July 1, at 11 a.m., at River of Life Christian Center, 17 West Market St., Greenwood, 349-9420.

Ninety and Nine dinner meeting
The Ninety & Nine extends an invitation to all women to join them for their quarterly dinner meeting at the Seaford Golf & Country Club, Monday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. The Ninety & Nine is a ministry formed in 1984 by a group of women who care about the needs of others. There are no membership dues. The special speaker for the evening is Anita Kiger, who lives in Dover. She and her husband, Pastor James Kiger, minister together at Restoration Life Ministries in Smyrna. She is also the women's ministry coordinator for First State Fall Fest, which will be held in Dover on Oct. 6-8 at Delaware State University football stadium. She will be sharing her testimony of the journey of her teenage daughter's pregnancy and the victory that followed. The singer will be Deneice Brown of Camden. Reservations are necessary and the deadline is June 1.

Bill and Karen Itzel perform
Grammy and Dove nominees Bill and Karen Itzel will be performing at Laurel Wesleyan Church on Saturday, June 3, at 7 p.m. Bill and Karen Itzel are contemporary singers/songwriters. Laurel Wesleyan Church is located 1/2-mile north of Laurel on U.S. 13A. A love offering will be taken. For more information call 875-5380.

Drama, Book of Esther June 4
Messiash's Vineyard Church, Laurel, will be performing the Book of Esther. The drama is entitled "Esther and the King." Plan to attend on Sunday, June 4, at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. This account of the Book of Esther involves a beautiful young orphan girl who rises from obscurity to become queen. For details call 875-4646.

Financial conference in June
There will be a financial empowerment conference, "Exodus 2006," presented by Dr. Nasir K. Siddiki. In the 1980s, Dr. Siddiki was a successful Muslim businessman by secular world standards. He raised millions of dollars in revenue for companies worldwide. As a seminar speaker, he attracted crowds of up to 10,000, who came to listen and learn about his keys to success. Having achieved his dream of financial success, he drove expensive cars and lived in luxurious homes. For years he accomplished great feats and set performance records in marketing and sales. Then one day, he was diagnosed with shingles – a deadly virus that attacked his nervous system. It was a life threatening situation for which there was no cure at the time. The doctors gave Nasir no hope, so in desperation he cried out to God and his life changed forever. The conference will take place at Christ Evangelistic Church in Laurel on June 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on June 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. Phone 875-2915 for more information.

'Who Is This Jesus?' classes
"Who Is This Jesus?" Anyone who viewed the Jesus DVD recently distributed throughout the Seaford area is invited to the following churches for this investigative study designed for those who would like to explore more after having seen the film. Persons may call the following churches for additional information and directions. Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 629-4458, Sundays at 9:45 a.m. and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Concord United Methodist Church, 628-8114, Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Gethsemane United Methodist Church, 629-2862, Sundays at 10 a.m. St. John's United Methodist Church, 629-9466, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Atlanta Road Alliance Church, 629-7693, Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Gospel concert for Senior Center
There will be a gospel concert to benefit the building fund of the Nanticoke Senior Center on Saturday, June 24, starting at 6 p.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church. The event is being sponsored by the Country Music Association, Seaford chapter. The emcee will be Jennifer Burke of WOLC radio. Artists taking part include Tony Crowe, Jerry Jones, Laura Mitchell, Kathy Wright, "Revived" and C. Bud Scott. Admission is free; an offering will be taken. For more information, contact Jerry Jones at 629-9689.

St. Philip's Cookbook for sale
The women of St. Philip's Episcopal Church have published a cookbook titled "Heavenly Delights." The cookbook is available by calling 877-0281, or calling the church office at 875-3644. The office hours of St. Philip's Church are 8:30 a.m.-noon Monday thru Friday. The cost of each cookbook is $10.

New Zion UMC Women's Day
New Zion United Methodist Church in Laurel will have its annual Women's Day on Sunday, May 28. The Rev. Elaine Ayers will be the morning messenger at 11 a.m. with a fellowship dinner following the service. The Rev. Timothy A. Duffield Sr. will lead the 2:30 p.m. service.

Galestown summer hymn sing
Galestown U.M. Church will have its annual summer hymn sing on Sunday, June 4, at 2 p.m. with a buffet dinner in the community center following the event. Guest vocalists will be C. Bud Scott and Charlie Paparella. For more information, phone 1-410-883-2149.

United Fellowship convention
The United Fellowship Churches of The Lower Eastern Shore will have its 10th annual convention June 19-25 in Pocomoke, Md. at 403 Market St. Special events are planned each day during the convention. Phone 410-957-4735 for more information.