Faith Briefs

January 16, 2019

Grace UMC and Millsboro Police provide Christmas gifts for local families

The Millsboro Police Department recently presented a check for $5,556 to Grace United Methodist Church in Millsboro. The donation represented proceeds from the department’s third annual Whiskers for Wishes campaign Dec. 20.

During October, November and December, Millsboro Police Department officers donate their own money to the campaign, and in exchange they grow facial hair. The furry-faced police officers bring awareness to the campaign which raises funds to purchase Christmas gifts for needy families in the Millsboro area. Grace UMC volunteers carefully select the families and purchase the gifts, which are wrapped and delivered to the Millsboro Police Department for delivery.

Thanks to the partnership with local businesses and personal supporters, the campaign exceeded the goal of $5,000. Proceeds were used to purchase Christmas gifts for 13 families including 37 children in the Millsboro area.

Santa Claus and members of the Millsboro Police Department loaded up the police vehicles with gifts and delivered them to families Dec. 21.

Chief Brian Calloway said, “I have been truly humbled by the support we have seen from our community regarding this campaign. I want to thank those who helped make this program a success, and it is my hope these gifts bring some joy to families in need during the holidays.”

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.

Mt. Zion AME to host Everybody's Birthday Celebration Jan. 19

Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church invites all to its Everybody's Birthday Celebration from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, in the fellowship hall. Attendees will enjoy dinner and an evening of music, fellowship, door prizes and special entertainment by ventriloquist Ken Huff and Mr. Goodwood. Tickets are $10. For information or to purchase tickets, call 302-945-7535. Mt. Zion is at 18211 Beach Highway, Route 16, Ellendale.

Community quilting bee set Jan. 19

Quilts of Love is sponsoring a day of quilt-making from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, at St. Edmond Roman Catholic Church, Rehoboth Beach. Quilts are given to infants and children in Sussex County. All materials are provided for a day of fun and creativity. Those who don’t know how to sew will be taught. Anyone who can bring a sewing machine is asked to do so. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish to share at lunch. For future bees, donations will be accepted of pure cotton fabrics and flannel, 100 percent cotton thread and low-loft batting. Due to hot irons and extension cords, small children may not attend. For more information, call Jan at 302-287-9323.

Unity to meet Jan. 20

According to the Rev. Edwene Gaines, Unity minister and well-known authority on prosperity, there are four laws of spiritual prosperity. Unity Spiritual Center in Long Neck will discuss Tithing and Giving, the first law, at 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 20. Unity meets at 98 Rudder Road, Suite 1-A, Millsboro. For more information, go to

UUSD to meet Jan. 20

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware meets at 10 a.m. Sundays at the church at 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Lewes. The Jan. 20 topic will be Living the Darkness. The Rev. Michelle Collins said, "Dark nights of the soul are a time when we may be living different forms of what we might call darkness. What happens during those nights, and how have we triumphed through them in the past? We'll especially look at Dr. King's struggles and triumphs in difficult times this week.” For more information, go to

King’s Ambassadors sing gospel Jan. 20

The King’s Ambassadors will play in concert at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20, at Long Neck United Methodist Church. The group’s mission is to show God`s love through music by presenting Gaither-style Southern Gospel music and testimonies. The singers have been blessed with dedication and enthusiasm for the Lord, powerful testimonies, and a unique combination of personal and professional backgrounds that complement one another. Long Neck UMC is at 32051 Long Neck Road, Long Neck. For more information, call 302-945-9453.

Epworth-Iron Hill community outreach begins Jan. 22

Community On Tap, a new outreach program of Epworth United Methodist Church in conjunction with Iron Hill Brewery - Rehoboth, will kick off from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22. Epworth and Iron Hill Brewery will host a weekly gathering at that time at Iron Hill for conversations about the intersection of faith and life. Attendees may order food and drink as they choose. An open invitation is offered to all who are searching for relationships and community in a relaxed setting.

Iron Hill Brewery - Rehoboth is at 19815 Coastal Highway just north of Rehoboth Beach. Iron Hill is a community-minded business that strives to create a feeling of warmth and familiarity in its restaurants and takes pride in extending that feeling outside its walls and into communities. Each Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant participates locally in civic and community service. To learn more, go to

Epworth UMC is a church Exploring Faith and Embracing Community, truly practicing open doors, open minds, and open hearts as a member of the Reconciling Ministry Network; it includes American Sign Language services. To learn more about Epworth, go to

Christian Unity Prayer Service set Jan. 22

The Southeast Sussex Ministerium will conduct a Christian Unity Prayer Service at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church, Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach. The service is part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an annual interdenominational observance. Originally designed to foster organizational unity in similar governance, practices and beliefs among Christian churches, the event has now come more to focus on commonly held beliefs and how those beliefs jointly help identify and rectify the societal ills confronting the world. The theme of the Jan. 22 observance is “Justice and only justice you shall pursue,” from Deuteronomy 16:18-20. The service will feature choirs from member churches. Refreshments and an opportunity to meet neighbors from different churches will follow immediately in Delaney Hall. The goal of the ministerium in organizing such interfaith events is to show what Christian churches have in common, rather than emphasizing the differences. The ministerium is composed of Bethany Beach Christian Church; Church of Christ at Ocean View; Community Lutheran Church; Dagsboro Community Church; Frankford Presbyterian; Frankford UMC; Mariners Bethel UMC; Millville UMC; Ocean View Presbyterian; St. Ann’s; St. Martha’s Episcopal; and Union Wesley UMC.

Unitarian Universalists to host trivia and dinner Jan. 25

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will host Let’s Do Trivia and a Warming Winter Dinner at 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25. Adults can enjoy a tasty variety of chili, soups, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, cornbread, and desserts. Beverages will be available. The trivia game will begin about 7:15 p.m. and will be professionally run by Let’s Do Trivia, part of Salt and Light Entertainment. The address is 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Lewes. For more information, go to

Knights of Columbus to host Polish Dinner Jan. 26

The Knights of Columbus Star of the Sea Council will host its annual Polish Dinner at 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at St. Edmond's parish hall, Rehoboth Beach. Meals are $18 per person. Limited seats are available, and takeout meals are also available; there will also be door prizes. Guests will enjoy fresh kielbasa, potato pierogis (plain or with fried onion), Polish ham, stuffed cabbage and homemade chrusciki for dessert, all authentic. Bread, salad, sour cream, coffee and tea are included. Beer, wine, soda and bottled water will be available for purchase. To purchase tickets, call Joe Polinski at 302-858-7056.

UUSD to meet Jan. 27

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware meets at 10 a.m. Sundays at the church at 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Lewes. The Jan. 27 topic will be Embracing the Darkness. The Rev. Michelle Collins said, "Finishing up our worship series, we'll celebrate the beauty and wisdom that we've found in the dark.” For more information, go to

GriefShare support group to start Feb. 3

GriefShare, a 13-week Bible-based support group, will begin from 1 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 3, at Bethel United Methodist Church Parsonage Meeting House, Lewes. GriefShare provides help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend. Anyone is welcome to begin attending the Grief Share group at any point. Each session is self-contained. The address is 130 W. Fourth St., Lewes. Leaders are Bev Porter and Edith Cross. For more information, call Bev Porter at 302-645-8403 or email

Shipwrecked VBS to start Feb. 3

Shipwrecked Vacation Bible School for children ages 4 to 11 will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sundays, Feb. 3 to March 3, at the River Church, 35175 Roxana Road, Frankford. At Shipwrecked, children discover that Jesus rescues them. They will participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, collect Bible memory buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out sciency-fun gizmos they’ll take home and play with all year. Plus, children will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through God sightings. Each day concludes with the sail away sendoff that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily at 11:40 a.m. for this special time. Kids at Shipwrecked VBS will join a mission effort to provide seeds for families in Haiti to grow food. The nursery will be available for children ages 3 and younger. For more information, email

Buy tickets for Columbiettes auction by Feb. 15

Delaware State Columbiettes will host a ticket auction from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24, at St. Jude's Parish Life Center on Route 1, Lewes. Tickets are $20 per person and include soup, assorted sandwiches, pasta salad with fresh vegetables, potato chips, cookies and brownies, sweet and unsweetened tea, coffee and water. A cash bar will be available. To purchase a ticket, send a check payable to Delaware State Columbiettes by Friday, Feb. 15, to Lesa Wright, 17280 Merlin Lane, Lewes, DE 19958. Raffle tickets will be sold at this event for three prizes: $200, a 32-inch TV and an Echo Dot.

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.