Church News
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Centenary Church Gospel Café
Centenary United Methodist Church, Poplar and Market streets, Laurel, is hosting a Christian music hour each Saturday, 6-7:30 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Bruce & Nancy Willey are presenting live Christian music, fellowship and refreshments. October guest singers are: Oct. 7 - Jerry Jones, Centenary Youth Choir; Oct. 14 - Rob Carroll; and Oct. 21 - "Good News Tour."

Portsville UMC Homecoming
Portsville United Methodist Church, Dogwood Lane, Portsville, is having its 59th Homecoming on Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. A musical celebration with "Lights of Home," Julie Lewis, Courtney Hastings and Seth Slacum. A dinner will follow the service at 4 p.m. For more information, call 875-3458.

Melson UMC hosts Rev. Hughes
Melson United Methodist Church at 32705 Melson Road, Delmar, MD 21875, on Sunday, Oct. 8, will have the Rev. Jim Hughes Ministries, Inc., at services at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Luncheon between services in Melson Community Hall. The Rev. Hughes presents the Word of God through inspirational ministries of preaching, music and drama.

St. John's Faith Explosion
There's a Faith Explosion coming to St. John's United Methodist Church in Seaford. The weekend of Oct 27-29, St. John's is hosting a Lay Witness Mission for the congregation and friends that, in the past, has inspired new vision and excitement in the church. A Lay Witness Mission is a weekend event, known at St. John's as "Faith Explosion" and focuses on inward spiritual growth and renewal through fellowship, small group meetings and testimonies. The Lay Witness Mission encourages the formation of small groups that are vital to the ongoing ministry in a local church. It also uses a model for reaching out to friends, neighbors, relatives, and colleagues and for inviting them into homes for fellowship and discussion. It engages the congregation in prayer ministries that become a vital part of the life of the church. Held twice before at St. John's, in 1972 and 1993, both events helped the church move forward in its mission to go deeper spiritually. The public is cordially invited; visitors are expected. Join us for a covered dish meal and fellowship beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27.

Annual Women's Revival
Booker St. Church of God, Georgetown, will host its "Annual Women's Revival" each night at 7:30. Everyone is invited. The schedule is: Monday, Oct. 9 - Evangelist Sarah Cannon; Tuesday, Oct. 10 - Pastor Laverne Ross; Wednesday, Oct. 11 - Pastor Melissa Dukes; Thursday, Oct. 12 - Co-Pastor Carla Wongus; Friday, Oct. 13 - Co-Pastor Lynn Mifflin. The church will celebrate its "Annual Women's Day" on Sunday, Oct. 22. Guest preachers will be Pastor Arlene Taylor at 11:30 a.m. and Pastor Baroness Martin at 5 p.m. Call 856-9097 for details.

Men of God conference
Booker St. Church of God, Georgetown, "Anointed Men of God" Conference will be held at the Princess Bayside Beach Hotel Golf Center, Ocean City, Md., from Friday, Oct. 27, through Sunday, Oct. 29. Guest preachers will be Bishop Thomas Sturgis, the Rev. Larry Morris and the Rev. Gary Miller. Call 856-9097.

Pursuing the Dream
Harvest Theater will present "Pursuing the Dream: In the Creative Arts" on Saturday, Oct. 21. This seminar will be held at Harvest Christian Church in Seaford and its focus is to reach young artists who are looking to develop their artistic skills in the fields of visual art, dance, creative writing and music. The goal of this conference is to provide examples of artists who are successfully pursuing their artistic dreams. The featured speakers will provide practical tips in a small workshop setting to help budding artists in their areas of expertise. There will also be an opportunity to ask the speaker's questions. The featured speakers at the 2006 conference are: Dance: Theara Ward, Alvin Ailey, Dance Kids Teaching Artist. Writing: John Riddle, director, Delaware Christian Writers Conference. Photography: Constance Lewes, Visual Arts and Communication specialist. Music: Corey Franklin, Recording Artist and Worship Leader. We ask that you encourage artists in these genres to participate in this amazing opportunity. Tickets are $30 per person and are available by calling the church office at 628-7771.

Centenary UMC Dinner
Centenary United Methodist Church, Poplar and Market streets, Laurel, will host an all-you-can eat chicken/dumpling dinner on Saturday, Oct. 7, 4-7 p.m. Adults $8, children $4 (under six years of age are free). The dinner is sponsored by the United Methodist Women.

Homecoming Service
Chaplain's Chapel, Deer Forest Road near Bridgeville will hold its Homecoming Service on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. Former Pastor Kevin Gillespie will be the speaker. Special dedication of historical marker by Russell McCabe of the Delaware Archives and special music by Crossroads vocal group. Dinner to follow.

Concord UMC 85th Reunion
The 85th annual Reunion of the Sons, Daughters and Friends of Concord will take place at Concord United Methodist Church on Saturday, Oct. 21, with a 2 p.m. Business Meeting & Memorial Service and a 4 p.m. Chicken and Dumpling Dinner at Concord Community House.

Bethel UMC 227th Anniversary
Bethel United Methodist Church is celebrating its 227th Anniversary, west of Seaford, 2381 Neal's School and Oak Grove roads, on Oct. 8. The Rev. Dr. Sandra Steiner Ball will speak at 2 p.m.

Wacaster Family performs
The Wacaster Family, southern gospel with a Christian country flavor, will perform at: Bethel Worship Center, Seaford, Sunday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.; and Seaford Wesleyan Church (The Ark), Seaford, Oct. 8, 6 p.m.

God's 'Souper' Bowl
God's "Souper" Bowl, Saturday, Oct. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. Stein Highway Church of God, Arch Street, Seaford will be opening a soup kitchen for the community on a the first and third Saturday of every month. Anyone wanting to stop by for some food and fellowship is invited to attend.

Fall Revival Services
Fall Revival Services will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church (near Trap Pond) from Oct. 8 through 11. Service will begin Sunday morning at 10 and nightly from Sunday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. On Sunday evening, there will be a fellowship dinner at 5:30. Music and ministry will be provided by Kenny and Kim Davis of Rocky Mount, N.C. Kenny has sung gospel music with his family since he was a small boy. He has served as a pastor in North Carolina and as an evangelist across the East Coast.