Faith Briefs Winter 2019-20

February 19, 2020

UUSD to meet Feb. 23

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware meets at 10 a.m., Sundays at 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Route 9, near Lewes. The topic for Sunday, Feb. 23, will be What Does it Mean to be a People of Reverence? For more information, call 302-313-5838 or go to

Black History Month youth contest set Feb. 23

Lewes Charge of Faith and Israel United Methodist Church, one church in two locations, invites everyone to a Black History Month Contest, Celebrating Our Past – Embracing Our Future, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23. The contest will be held at Faith United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 37439 Oyster House Road, Rehoboth Beach. All children 5-18 years of age are asked to research an influential figure and present them in the most creative way. Youth participating will be judged on presentation, research, and character performance. There will be prizes for top three contestants. Presentations cannot be made on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Barack Obama or Malcolm X. The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Faith and Israel United Methodist Church is a connected ministry with the purpose to connect people to God, connect people to one another and connect ourselves in ministry to a broken and hurting world. For more information, contact Certified Lay Minister Raquel Farmer at 302-747-3826 or

Choral Tapestry concert slated Feb. 23

In celebration of Black History Month, members of the Southern Delaware Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Colin Armstrong, will join their voices with three other local choirs for A Choral Tapestry, a program of gospel music and spirituals at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach.

Joining the Southern Delaware Chorale will be the Cantabile Women’s Chorus, directed by Joanne Ward. Cantabile is a women’s chorus based at the Music School of Delaware Milford branch. Also performing will be the Cape Henlopen High School Chorus directed by Marian Sunnergren.

Special guest for this concert is the Second Generation Community Chorus of Federalsburg, Md., a gospel choir under the leadership of conductor Ambia Hooper.

Returning with his beautiful handmade African-themed quilt artwork is award-winning artist Skip Claiborne, whose work will be displayed in the lobby with some pieces for sale. 

General admission tickets are $25; student tickets are $10. To purchase tickets, go to, buy from chorale members or pay at the door.

Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner at LCOS Feb. 25

Lutheran Church of Our Savior will host a Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner from 4 to 6:15 p.m., Feb. 25. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 ages 6 to 12. Children under 5 eat free. For reservations, email or call 301-643-9610. Walk-ins accepted. The church is located behind Big Fish restaurant at 20276 Bay Vista Road, Rehoboth Beach. Dinner includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, fruit salad, bacon, sausage or scrapple, milk, juice or coffee. 

Feb. 25 pancake supper set at St. Peter’s

A Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be served starting at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 211 Mulberry St., Lewes. No reservations are needed. A freewill offering will be collected in support of Children and Youth Ministry programs. For more information, call the office at 302-645-8479, or email

Columbiettes women's retreat reservations due Feb. 29

The Bishop Burke Columbiettes will host a one-day women’s retreat from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 7, at St. Edmond's Church hall in Rehoboth Beach. Deacon Dave McDowell will be the speaker and topics will include Our Blessed Mother, Women of the Cross and Women in the Church. Registration will be followed by a light breakfast. A box lunch will be provided with a choice of tuna, turkey or Mediterranean veggie sandwich. Reservations and payment must be made by Saturday, Feb. 29. A $20 check made payable to Bishop Burke Columbiettes and choice of lunch may be mailed to Bishop Burke Columbiettes, Retreat, PMB 16, Unit 1, 24832 John J. Williams Highway, Millsboro, DE 19966. For more information, contact Helen at 302-381-3772. 

Philadelphia Flower Show bus trip set March 2

The St. Jude The Apostle Church Garden Committee will host a bus trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show departing the St. Jude parking lot at 11 a.m., Monday, March 2. This year’s theme is Riviera Holiday. Tickets are $70 and include show ticket, bus fare and driver tip. Tickets are nonrefundable. For reservations, call Jean Stewart from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday to Thursday, at 302-644-2890. The bus will return to St. Jude around 8 p.m.

‘Faustina’ live at St. Jude March 5

“Faustina,” a live production performed by actress Jennifer Pagano and directed by Leonardo Defilippis of St. Luke Productions, will be presented at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, at  St. Jude The Apostle Parish Life Center. Attendees will experience the life and message of St. Faustina whose personal encounters with Jesus have inspired a worldwide devotion to Christ’s divine mercy. This drama also brings audiences a riveting modern story that is remarkably relevant and urgent for the world today. The program runs 90 minutes, and is suitable for ages 13 and up. Admission will be a freewill offering. For more information, contact St. Jude The Apostle Parish Office at 302-644-7300.

Knights of Columbus to host St. Patrick’s dinner March 14

The Knights of Columbus Star of the Sea Council 7297 will host its annual St. Patrick’s dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 14, in the St. Edmond Church Hall, Rehoboth Beach. Live entertainment will be provided by Joe Venerus. The menu includes corned beef, ham, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, homemade Irish soda bread, rolls and dessert. Irish coffee, beer, wine, bottled water and soft drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $20 for adults. Youth 10 years old or younger are admitted free. Takeout will be available. For tickets, call Deacon Jim Cadigan at 301-641-2725 or Rich Duffy at 302-260-9575.

Catholic Cemeteries updates grave locating app

Catholic Cemeteries Inc. of the Diocese of Wilmington has updated its GPS grave-locating mobile app. Users can search for their loved ones and post to an interactive memorial page to capture the personal histories of those laid to rest in the diocese’s Delaware cemeteries: Gate of Heaven in Dagsboro, Cathedral in Wilmington, and All Saints in Mill Creek. “This initiative involved the cemetery entering thousands of burial records from paper into the database to make this history accessible,” said Mark Christian, executive director of Catholic Cemeteries. “We have seen individual families and the community as a whole benefit from this project and can’t wait to see it grow.” Catholic Cemeteries has been offering a free download titled Wilmington Catholic Cemeteries in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. At the end of January, this app will no longer be active. To download the new free app, go to

Groome UMC seeks choir singers and bell players

Groome United Methodist Church at 601 Savannah Road in Lewes is seeking new people to join its Chime (bell) Choir and Adult Vocal Choir. Participants need not be Groome members, and help is available for newcomers. For more information, call 302-645-6256 and leave a message for Chris Myers, musical director.

Delaware Law Enforcement for Christ meets monthly in Dover

Delaware Law Enforcement for Christ is an organization seeking to meet the spiritual needs of all who are involved in law enforcement in Delaware. DLEFC is here to help anyone who works in any law enforcement field, as well as their families, to deal with the stress of the job through counseling, prayer and having a relationship with Christ. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 1001 S. Bradford St., Suite 10, Dover. For more information, go to and submit contact information or call 347-528-1844. Anyone who is involved in law enforcement or is a family member of someone in Delaware law enforcement, and is a Christian, is welcome to become a member.

Grief support ministry meets Mondays

The Lewes Charge (Faith and Israel United Methodist Churches) Grief Support Ministry meets from 6 to 8 p.m. every Monday at the Rabbit's Ferry Community Center, 19112 Robinsonville Road, Lewes. For more information, contact  Ralph Gooch at 302-505-4009 or Katina Gooch at 302-236-8654.

Society of St. Vincent dePaul accepting donations 

The Society of St. Vincent dePaul is accepting donations to help community members meet basic needs such as heating oil, food, rent, electricity, medications, and bus tickets and gasoline to enable parents to get to work. Seaford's Our Lady of Lourdes conference of the SVdP serves all the towns and unincorporated areas of western Sussex County, as well as Hurlock and Federalsburg, Md. Financial gifts can be mailed to: SVdP, P.O. Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973. Make checks payable to the Society of St. Vincent dePaul, OLL. For more information, contact Lynne Betts at at 302-265-5602.

Compassionate Friends support group meets second Thursdays

The Compassionate Friends is a self-help group offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents. Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m., the second Thursday of the month at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth. For more information, contact Marge LaFond at 302-930-3344.