Church News
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Old Christ Church summer services
Old Christ Church near Laurel (built in 1771) will have summer services for the first time since 1918. Holy Communion and morning prayer will be held. The services will begin at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday, Holy Eucharist will be on July 30 and Aug. 13 and 27. Morning prayer will be on July 23 and Aug. 6 and 20. Light refreshments of cookies and lemonade will be served following the service. All services are casual. Old Christ Church was built in 1771 and served as an active facility until the mid 19th century. Old Christ Church is said to be one of only a dozen churches along the Atlantic Coast to survive unaltered from America's pre-revolutionary period. The church is known for its pristine interior and the fact that it has never been plumbed, heated, electrified or painted. Old Christ Church has been maintained and administered since 1922 by the non-profit Old Christ Church League. It is today owned by its successor, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Laurel.

Wesley Vacation Bible School
SonTreasure Island Vacation Bible School begins Monday, July 31, at Wesley United Methodist Church on Atlanta Road, from 6:15 until 8:30 p.m. The closing program will be on Sunday, Aug. 6. SonTreasure Island creates an island atmosphere where children will sing, watch skits, create crafts and play games. For information, call 628-1615 or 628-0720.

Gospel Cafe schedule
Centenary United Methodist Church at the corner of Poplar and Market streets, Laurel, is presenting the Gospel Cafe every Saturday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Gospel Cafe features the Bruce and Nancy Willey Music Ministry. Come for the music, the fellowship and the refreshments. Special guests will appear on the following dates: July 29 - Traci Worster and "Abundant Joy."

Every week Mary Ann Young signs Gospel favorites.
Everyone is invited. Contact the church at 875-3983 between 8 a.m. and noon or call Bruce Willey at 875-5539.

Scott Family has new CD
The Scott Family of Bridgeville has produced a CD of Christian music. Their CD entitled "Elevator" features Jeff and Jeanine performing some of their favorites from 17 years of music ministry. The children are included on six of the 12 songs. The Scott Family will be at Grace Methodist Church in Georgetown on Sunday, Aug. 20, and Union United Methodist in Bridgeville on Sunday, Aug. 27. Copies of the new CD will be available at their performances or by calling the Scotts at 337-3396.

Gospel music concert
On Sunday, July 30, from 7-8 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 805 Atlanta Road, Seaford, there will be a bluegrass gospel music concert featuring the band Sacred Sounds. A love offering will be taken.

St. Luke's rummage sales
Plans are under way for this year's rummage sale sponsored by St. Luke's Episcopal Church. The sale will be on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Luke's Parish Hall on King and North streets in Seaford. Workers are now on hand at the Parish Hall each Monday from 9 a.m. to noon for those who wish to donate items. The St. Luke's annual chrysanthemum sale will be at the end of August with pickup of flowers scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Jackson Hewitt office in the Nylon Capital Shopping Center in Seaford.

Internet safety seminar
S.O.S.-Safe Online Surfing- an internet safety seminar, will be at Laurel Wesleyan Church on Saturday, July 29, from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. This is an opportunity to learn new ways to keep children safe on the Internet, taught by Chad Crofford, an information technology professional. Admission is $2; continental breakfast is included. Laurel Wesleyan Church is located 1/2 mile north of Laurel on U.S. 13A. For more information call 875-5380.

St. John's summer lunch program
St. John's United Methodist Church is sponsoring a summer lunch program through Aug. 16. Children and youth up to age 18 are invited to attend Monday through Friday between noon and 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The church is located at Pine and Poplar streets in Seaford. There is no charge.

Take My Hand Ministry collection
The Ladies Auxiliary of Greenwood Memorial VFW 7478 has voted to partner with Take My Hand Ministry Inc. of Greenwood, in the collection of school supplies for the Woodbridge School District. Donors may bring school supplies to the eighth annual Charity Auction on Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at Post 7478 on Governors Avenue in Greenwood. Contact Dr. Michaele Russell at 349-4220 to make other arrangements for bringing school supplies to a drop-off point. All donated items will be taken to Phillis Wheatley Middle School and Woodbridge Elementary School by the third week in August.

Bethel Vacation Bible School
"Fiesta" is the theme of this year's Vacation Bible School at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church on Seaford Road Aug. 7-11,from 9 a.m.until noon. The closing program will be Friday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. Bethel Charge consists of Sailor's Bethel, Portsville and Mt. Zion United Methodist Churches. For information, call 875-2713.

Church scholarship awarded
Rachael Hovermale, a 2006 graduate of Woodbridge High School, received the Otis Medford Memorial Scholarship for 2006. This scholarship is given in memory of deceased Grace Baptist Church member Otis Medford, who had a great love for young people. It is given each year to a high school graduate who stands out for his/her contribution to the work of the church in Seaford. Hovermale will be entering Delaware Tech in Georgetown this fall to continue her education.

Eighth annual Charity Auction
The eighth annual Charity Auction, sponsored by Take My Hand Ministry, Inc., will be Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 7478 on Governors Avenue in Greenwood. Preview is at 9 a.m. and the auction starts at 10 a.m. Items include: many new and old collectible items, antiques, Longaberger baskets, and many items from the home of Helen and Ralph Spitzer, signed art work and much more. Baked goods and refreshments will be available. Auctioneer is Tommy Tucker of Greenwood. For more information contact Dr. Michaele Russell at (302)349-4220. All proceeds benefit clients of Take My Hand Ministry.

13th annual Tent Services
Everlasting Hope Ministries has announced the schedule for this year's 13th annual tent services. The services will be from Monday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 20, on the grounds of the Booker Street Church of God in Georgetown. Services will begin at 7 p.m., except Sunday, when they will begin at 5 p.m. A guest speaker will present a message nightly to inspire and challenge those in attendance not only to resist drugs/alcohol but also to strive for individual excellence through a personal relationship with Christ. The speakers are as follows: Monday, Aug. 14 - Evangelist Bernadette Foreman from Christ Church in Harbeson; Tuesday, Aug. 15 - Bishop Jamie Hazzard from Welcome Full Gospel Holiness Church, Slaughter Neck; Wednesday, Aug. 16 - Pastor Jesse Abbott from New Dimensions Family Worship Center, Salisbury, Md.; Thursday, Aug. 17 - Pastor Calvin Abbott from the Lighthouse Church of God, East New Market, Md.; Friday, Aug. 18 - Pastor Roland Mifflin from Power & Love Outreach Ministries, Millsboro; Saturday, Aug. 19 - Pastor Noel Kidd, Church of God, Bellvue, Ohio; and Sunday, Aug. 20 - morning service (11:30 a.m.) - Bishop Marvin Morris, host pastor, Booker Street Church of God, Georgetown and evening service (5 p.m.) - Pastor Arlene Taylor, Chosen Generation ministries, Grasonville, Md. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Anthony Neal at 854-6692 or call 856-9097.

Manna takes top honors
In this year's awards contest of the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers (FCN), the Delmarva newspaper Manna won three first-place honors in competition with Christian newspapers from around North America. The "newspaper of the year" award was given to The Charlotte World. In other categories, the Manna won more first places than any other publication. In the "best general article (long) category, the Manna's June, 2005, article on Felton's Simon Valenzuela, "Simon Says: Family's Faith Overcomes Odds of Autism," tied for first-place honors. The Manna won first place in the "best reporting" category for its March, 2005, issue on homelessness, which covered the problem from a national and local perspective and told what is being done to combat it on Delmarva. The Manna was also awarded first place for "best design" for its October, November and December editions from 2005. In addition, the July, 2005, Manna article "The Sum is Greater Than its Parts," about the Cedarville Tribe of Piscataway Indians in Maryland, tied for third place with three other newspapers in the "best personality article" category. Last year, the Manna became a member of FCN, whose purpose is "to aid publishers and editors of Christian newspapers in pursuing their calling with integrity and professionalism and to encourage the development and expansion of Christian newspaper publishing throughout the United States and Canada." FCN operates in affiliation with the Evangelical Press Association (EPA), whose membership includes Christian periodicals plus ministry and denominational publications with a combined circulation of some 21 million. The awards were presented during the EPA/FCN annual convention in Orlando this spring. The Manna was also entered in the 2006 Higher Goals in Christian Journalism Awards competition of the EPA, where it won fourth place for "interview article" with the February, 2005, cover story, "Who Is My Neighbor," the account of how Good Samaritan Rick Jones helped save the life of Mike Brisco, whom he barely knew from Cambridge church meetings, by giving him one of his kidneys. Doug Trouten, executive director of the Evangelical Press Association, commended the Manna for its accomplishments. "I first encountered the Manna some two decades ago, and was impressed by the desire for excellence evident even in those early days. In the intervening years, editor Randy Walter's skills have grown to match his vision. I'm delighted to see that the Manna has grown into one of the nation's finest Christian newspapers," he said. Debbie Byrd, general manager of Maranatha, Inc., in Princess Anne, which publishes the Manna and operates Joy! 102.5 WOLC, commented, "Transitioning the Manna to a modern evangelistic tool has been challenging. We get so used to doing things a certain way that sometimes it's hard to realize that our methods just aren't working anymore. Randy Walter and Joe Willey, the art director, have worked very hard to develop the Manna into a tool God can use in the 21st century to build His Kimgdom. We see it as a constantly changing project to relay His unchanging truth!"

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