Faith Briefs

March 13, 2019

Pancake supper at Providence UMC March 15

Providence United Methodist Church of Georgetown will host a pancake supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 15. Donations are appreciated. Menu includes pancakes, sausage, scrapple, scrambled eggs and fried potatoes plus drinks and desserts. The location is 24969 Shortly Road, about two miles west of Delaware State Police Troop 4 on Route 113. For more information, call 302-856-6178 or 302-542-6171. 

Conley’s to host Pastor Bill Sammons Sr. March 16

Pastor Bill Sammons Sr., founder of Eagle’s Nest Fellowship in Milton, will be the guest speaker at the Conley’s Chapel Connection service at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 16. The topic will be “But who do you say he is and how do you know?” All are welcome to come and experience an interactive worship encounter in the cozy atmosphere of historic Conley’s Chapel, 22150 Robinsonville Road, Lewes, in the Angola area off Route 24. For more information, call 302-945-1881, email or go to

Indian Mission UMC to host community luncheon March 16

Indian Mission United Methodist Church will host a community soup and sandwich luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at the Nanticoke Indian Center, 27073 John J. Williams Highway, Millsboro. This is a free community event. Everyone is welcome. For more  information, call 302-945-0830 or 302-934-7779.

Golden Voice Records seeks gospel singers March 16

Golden Voice Records and Entertainment will sponsor a gospel explosion at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Golden Voice is looking for great gospel singers and choirs on the East Coast. The address is 300 North St., Milford. To register to be heard, call Minister James Napier at 302-670-6144 or the St. Paul UMC office at 302-422-0709.

Mt. Calvary celebrates women’s history March 17

Mt. Calvary African American Episcopal Church will hold a Women’s History Program at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 17, at 25206 School Road, Seaford. Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester will share words of encouragement and motivation. This event will celebrate the roles of women in society and literacy, and recognize women of distinction for their civic engagement. There will be music and poetry, and light refreshments will follow the program. Free to all.  For more information, contact the Rev. Idol Williams Batson at 302-448-6110.

Men’s Day at Christ’s Church set March 17

Christ’s Church, under the direction of the Rev. Martha Tankard, pastor, will host Men’s Day with a dinner at 2 p.m. and a service at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 17. Apostle Levin Bailey will be guest preacher. The church address is 20583 Beaver Dam Road, Harbeson. For more information, call 302-945-8959.

UUSD to meet March 17

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware meets at 10 a.m., Sundays, at 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Route 9, Lewes. The topic March 17 will be The Work of Journeying Together and the UUSD Covenant of Good Relations. For details, call 302-313-5838 or go to

Unity to meet March 17

Unity Spiritual Center meets at 10 a.m., Sundays at 98 Rudder Road, Suite 1-A, Millsboro. For March 17, the topic will be practicing a closer connection to one’s God, as attendees continue to study "Discover the Power Within You - A Guide to the Unexplored Depths Within.” Unity is on Long Neck Road in front of Sea Esta Motel at Sea Farer's Village. For more information, go to

Mercy’s Well to perform family concert March 17

Long Neck United Methodist Church will present music for the whole family with Mercy’s Well at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, March 17. “Questions and Answers,” the Greensboro, N.C.-based group’s latest recording, brims with creative excellence.  Long Neck UMC is at 32051 Long Neck Road, Millsboro. For more information, contact the church office at 302-945-9453.

Holy Spirit Anglican moves to Cool Spring location

Holy Spirit Anglican Church in Lewes has moved to a new location at the Cool Springs Community Hall, 28842 Log Cabin Hill Road, Lewes. Worship time is 9 a.m. Sundays, Bible study at 10:45 a.m.  Holy Spirit Anglican Church is a member of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic under the oversight of the Right Rev. John Guernsey, and is a member of the Anglican Church in North America under the leadership of Archbishop Foley Beach. Its mission is to reach North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ. For more information, go to All are welcome to come see what God is doing.

St. Jude to host St. Joseph’s Table March 19

St. Jude parishioners of Italian ancestry are helping to revive the custom of providing a St. Joseph Table in the Parish Life Center, Tuesday, March 19, following the 4:30 p.m. confessions and a 6:30 p.m. Eucharist in the church, where worshipers are invited to wear red.

A hand-carved olive wood statue of St. Joseph from the Holy Land will adorn the table, and folks of Italian ancestry will provide a wonderful array of homemade pastries. The public is welcome to both the mass and the celebration which follows. Visitors are asked to bring nonperishable foods or leave a monetary offering for the work of the St. Vincent de Paul Society with the needy.

Following a drought in Sicily centuries ago, the people asked St. Joseph’s intercession for rain, promising to honor him and to help the needy. The life-giving water poured down, and the crops flourished, and thus arose the custom of St. Joseph’s Table.

First, dressed in red, people would go to church for mass and pray to the patron of families, safe homes and charity to the poor. At home, on each family table, an image of the foster father of Jesus would be surrounded by flowers and candles, and an abundant array of vegetables and fruits and pastries. After a blessing by the priest, the door was opened to neighbors, who went from house to house. Given the Italian tradition of ensuring more than enough food for guests, there was always a large quantity of leftovers, and these and monetary offerings left by the guests were shared with the needy.

The church is on Route 1 north of Five Points, just south of the Nassau bridge. For more information, call 302- 644-7300.

Community quilting bee set March 23

Quilts of Love will sponsor a day of quilt-making from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, Lewes. Quilts are given to infants and children in Sussex County. All materials are provided for a day of fun and creativity. Sewing instruction will be provided as needed. Those who can bring a sewing machine are asked to do so. All attendees are asked to bring a covered dish to share at lunch. Donations accepted for future bees include pure cotton fabrics and flannel, 100 percent cotton thread, and low-loft batting. Due to the use of hot irons and extension cords, small children may not attend. For more information, call Jan at 302-287-9323.

UUSD to meet March 24

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware meets at 10 a.m., Sundays, at 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Route 9, Lewes. During the March 24 service, the Spirit Sisters Covenant Group, led by Lin Schmidt, will explore how women have lived their faith in pursuit of spiritual growth and community service. For details, call 302-313-5838 or go to

Israel UMC to host Men's Day Service March 24

Israel United Methodist Church, under the leadership and guidance of the Rev. Marjorie Belmont-Burns, will hold its Annual Men's Day Service at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, March 24, with the Rev. Julius Collins, associate pastor of Centennial United Methodist Church, Smyrna, as guest pastor. Songs of praise will be rendered by the Unity Choir with pianist Bryan Clark. The theme is Unity In Christ with scripture reference of Ephesians 3: 1-13. All are welcome to come and  worship the Lord together in the house of God. Israel UMC is at 20230 Plantation Road, Lewes.

Rock-a-thon to benefit Little Sisters of the Poor March 30

The Little Sisters of the Poor will host a rock-a-thon fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 30, at Jeanne Jugan Residence in Newark. All proceeds will be used to purchase new wheelchairs for residents. Individuals, youth groups and other organizations are invited to form teams and collect sponsors for this fun-filled event. Participants and guests will enjoy music, dancing, face painting, karaoke, door prizes and games. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, and there will be 50/50 raffles. For more information, go to

St. Jude book club discussion set April 10

The April selection of the Parish Book Club of St. Jude The Apostle Church is “Pontius Pilate” by Paul Maier. A discussion of the book will take place at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, in the Christian Formation Center at St. Jude. This biographical novel explores first century Roman political reality, the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ final days and the factors that influenced Jesus’ execution. St. Jude The Apostle Church is located at 152 Tulip Drive, Lewes, just north of the intersection of Route 1 and Five Points. For more information and a list of the book titles and upcoming discussion dates, contact the Christian Formation Office at  302-644-7413.  

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.