Church News
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Bishop Marcus Matthews will preach at St. John's
Bishop Marcus Matthews, resident bishop of the Philadelphia area of the United Methodist Church, will preach at St. John's United Methodist Church in Seaford this Sunday, Sept. 25, at the 9:50 and 11:15 a.m. services. He is the spiritual leader of United Methodists in more than 1,000 churches in Delaware, the Eastern Shore of Maryland and in eastern Pennsylvania. Bishop Matthews holds degrees from South Carolina State College and Wesley Theological Seminary, in addition to having received the doctor of ministry degree from the New York Theological Seminary. He has been the recipient of the Richard E. "Dick" Reeve Legacy Society Award from Africa University and the Society of John Wesley Alumni Award. Prior to his election to the office of bishop in 2004, he served as pastor at local churches in Baltimore and Washington. In one of those congregations, Epworth Chapel in Baltimore, 272 members were received in four years under his leadership. He served as district superintendent of the Baltimore east and west districts. He was also council director of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, a position which provided leadership in the development of a seven-year partnership between the conference and the Zimbabwe Conference in Africa. The public is invited to the services at St. John's to meet and greet Bishop Matthews.

Christ Church 'Purpose Driven'
Christ United Methodist Church, 510 S. Central Ave. in Laurel, will be participating in a nationwide spiritual growth campaign called "40 Days of Purpose" featuring the best-selling devotional book, "The Purpose Driven Life," by Pastor Rick Warren. "The Purpose Driven Life" daily devotional book, which is the focus of each group study, can be purchased for $8. Groups will begin meeting weekly on Sept. 25. In addition, each weekly sermon by the pastor will be focused on the topic for the coming week. For more information about this spiritual growth opportunity, call Pastor Fred Duncan at 875-3398.

Clarence Church Women's Day
The Clarence Street Church of God will host its annual Women's Day on Sunday, Oct. 2. The theme for the day is "Moving From Promise to Possession." The morning service will begin at 11. Beth Morris of Dagsboro will be the speaker. The afternoon service will begin at 5 and Evangelist Robin Matthew-Wright of Full Gospel Tabernacle Center of Wilmington will be the speaker. The public is invited. For more information contact the church at 629-9443 or Lettie Cannon at 448-0854.

Southern gospel group
St. Paul's United Methodist Church, located on Old Stage Road, in Laurel, Delaware will be hosting the popular southern gospel music group, "The Royal Sounds." The group, based in the Lancaster Pa., area, has spread the gospel with their musical talent for many years throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. This program will be held on Sept. 25, and begins at 7 p.m. There is no admission but a free will offering will be taken. For more information call 856-6107.

Women's Day Conference
The United Deliverance Bible Center in Laurel will have its 2005 Women's Day Conference, "Becoming Women of Excellence," Oct. 6-9. Special events are planned. The King's Daughter's Ball will take place on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 5 p.m. in the Catherine Camper multi-purpose building, 12108 County Seat Highway, Laurel. Evening services will take place at 7:30 on Oct. 6 and 7 at the center, 532 W. Seventh St., Laurel. The guest speaker will be Dr. Jackie London of Newburn, N.C. The final event will Women's Day Services on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the center with guest speaker Ruth Adams, a pastor from Pennsauken, N.J. For more information and tickets phone 875-5225. The center's pastors are Keith and Carla Wongus.

St. Luke's fall schedule
Beginning Thursday, Sept. 22, there will be a celebration of Holy Eucharist at 6 p.m., at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Seaford. Sometimes it is difficult to be at church on Sunday and this will serve as the same service. Sunday service will still be at 9 a.m. with the Adult Forum and Sunday Social following. The Friday evening Bible study is again meeting and studying the Book of Matthew. The study is in the home of Ailene and Bill Watkins. For further details call 629-7979.

Community Day at Grace
Grace Baptist Church, Atlanta Road, Seaford, is hosting a "Community Day" on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The purpose is to get to know their neighbors better and to help their neighbors to know them. The day will include many outdoor activities including games for the children, free food, and information of all kinds, including visits from the police, fire department and health professionals. There will also be music by the Worship Team from Grace.

Annual Fall Bazaar
Christ United Methodist Church, 510 South Central Avenue in Laurel, will hold its Annual Fall Bazaar on Friday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., carry-outs are available. There will be crafts, baked goods, a country store, and trash & treasure table. For additional information call 875-4233.

DivorceCare meets new time
The DivorceCare Support Group meets on Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. at the Atlanta Road Alliance Church, 1.5 miles north on Atlanta Road, directly north of the Seaford Animal Hospital. This is a support group for anyone going through the trials and pain of separation and/or divorce. It is based on a revised 13-week DVD series which covers topics designed to help stabilize you so that you can better deal with the normal trials of everyday living. Topics included in this series are: anger, depression, loneliness, reconciliation, just to name a few. If you have questions call Esther Hawk, 629-5157, or Gloria Burton, 629-3470. The church's website is

'Saturday Night Son Rise'
Come experience and share with us this monthly "Saturday Night Son Rise Celebration with Jesus Christ" at St. John's Church, Pine and Popular streets, Seaford, beginning Saturday, Sept. 24. This laity driven community gathering and celebration is for those who want to seek and/or broaden their Christian spirituality through live contemporary, praise music, a community call-out sing-a-long, skits and drama, testimonials and sharing, and evangelistic, scriptural teaching followed by fellowship and light snacks. The gathering will begin at 6:12 p.m. in the sanctuary and the celebration will start at 6:30 p.m. Call the church office at 629-9466, Beckett Harman at 629-3650, or Cecil Shirey at 629-7944.

Asbury revival, homecoming
Asbury United Methodist Church, Rt. 9 near Hardscrabble, will be hosting a special revival service Sept. 28-30 each evening at 7 o'clock. Pastor Don Murray will be speaking on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Special music will be provided by Pastor Murray's St. Paul's United Methodist Church on Wednesday evening and his family will be providing the special music for Thursday evening's service. Pastor Everett C. Isaacs will speak on Friday evening. Isaacs is the pastor of Melson Charge, Delmar and father of Asbury's Pastor Paul Isaacs. Evangelist Paula Mounce-Hobia will minister in music on Friday evening. Services will continue on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 9:15 a.m. with Isaacs bringing the message and Paula Mounce-Hobia the special music. The homecoming service will commence at 2 p.m. on Sunday again with Isaacs and Mounce-Hobia sharing the service. A meal will follow the homecoming service in the community hall. All are welcome. The United Methodist women will be selling afghans and other memorabilia. Call 349-9175.

St. Paul's 'Quiet Reflection'
A Day of Quiet Reflection will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Pine and Academy streets, in Georgetown on Saturday, Oct. 1. Barbara Tucker will be the presenter and her topic is, "The Spirit of God Moved in the Hebrew Scriptures." This is the first in a series of Days of Quiet Reflection on the theme "Hearts on Fire: The Holy Spirit Through the Ages." All are welcome; bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages are provided. The day begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Call 856-2894.

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