Faith Briefs

April 24, 2019

Orthodox Holy Week services continue April 26

The Eastern Orthodox community of St. Andrew continues its Holy Week celebration with traditional services at 3 and 6 p.m., Friday, April 26. The Resurrection (Easter) Services begin at 11:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27. Easter baskets will be blessed after the Resurrection Liturgy, and all are invited to break the fast together, remaining after liturgy to enjoy and share the contents of the Pascha baskets. St. Andrew’s is at 33384 MacKenzie Way, Lewes. For more information, go to or call 215-527-8571.

Christian author Michele Dietz Chynoweth to appear at conference April 27

A Showcase of Christian Authors will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, Md. 

Michele Dietz Chynoweth, a local award-winning fiction writer, will be a featured author. Chynoweth is the author of three Bible-based suspense mysteries: “The Faithful One,” “The Peace Maker” and “The Runaway Prophet.” A fourth book, “The Jealous Son,” will be published this summer by Morgan James Publishing.

Saturday’s Showcase features a select slate of top Christian authors. The evening includes individual author presentations and an opportunity to purchase autographed copies of books by the featured authors.

Chynoweth is a former news reporter for The News Journal, Salisbury Daily Times and WMDT-TV in Salisbury, and has over 30 years of experience in journalism, communications and marketing. Chynoweth will also be a workshop presenter at the Lewes Writers Conference Saturday, Aug. 17, at Lewes Public Library.

Capital Ringers to play at Long Neck UMC April 27

Long Neck United Methodist Church will host Capital Ringers for a Journey on Handbells at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 27. The address is 32051 Long Neck Road, Millsboro. For more information, call 302-945-9453.

Masons to present Gospel Plus concert in Millsboro April 27

The G. Oscar Carrington Consistory #93 Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Masons, PHA, Milton will present the annual Gospel Plus concert at 4:15 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at St. John 2nd Baptist Church, 26602 Mount Joy Road, Millsboro. Singing groups include the male chorus from Friendship Baptist Church, Lewes; Joyful Expressions from Friendship UMC, Millsboro; and Sounds of Thunder from Salisbury, Md. Donation of $10 will benefit the scholarship and needy fund programs. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact John Clark III at 302-945-3280 or 302-542-1637.

Bible studies continue at Conley’s UMC April 28

The spring session of Bible studies has begun at Conley’s United Methodist Church. Studies will continue at 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, with Ellen Walker’s class on prayer. At 6:30 p.m., Thursdays, Linda Ritchie will teach from “It’s Okay Not to Be Okay” by Sheila Walsh. The Rev. Jim Van Der Wall will teach a Sunday School class at 8:30 a.m., starting Sunday, April 28. Conley’s UMC is at 33106 Jolyns Way in the Angola area. For more information, call 302-945-1881, or go to

Family & Friends Day April 28 at Israel UMC

Annual Family & Friends Day service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, April 28, at Israel United Methodist Church, 20230 Plantation Road, Lewes. The Rev. Marjorie Belmont-Burns, pastor, will welcome guest speaker the Rev. Genevieve Brown, retired UMC-Pen-Del Conference, and guest choir, Family & Friends Choir of Zoar United Methodist Church, Selbyville. The theme is: We are Family and Friends - One In Christ with scripture reference from Acts 10: 2 (New International Readers Version). All are welcome to come and worship.

Interfaith service to remember Holocaust May 2

The Progressive Interfaith Alliance of the Rehoboth-Lewes Area will host an Interfaith Holocaust Service at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 2, at the Metropolitan Community Church, 19369 Plantation Road, Rehoboth.

Together, members of many faith communities will sing, pray and bear witness to to the stories and memories of those who died during the Holocaust. Guest speaker Theodora Klayman will share her witness as a Holocaust survivor. Choirs from several communities will join together in song.

Theodora Klayman was born in Yugoslavia. In 1941, while she was away from home visiting grandparents, her parents and infant brother were arrested. Theodora spent the next few years being cared for and hidden by grandparents and sympathetic neighbors. Her Catholic uncle worked hard to ensure her safety, and he adopted her and her brother after the war was over.

For more information, contact Reb. Lisa Levine of the Seaside Jewish Community at

Mother’s Love honoring celebration set May 4

A Mother’s Love honoring celebration of mothers and women of God is set for 5 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at the CHEER Community Center in Georgetown. This is a black tie affair honoring Pastor Mary A. Johnson, Stephanie Showell and evangelist Betty Hazzard. Tickets are $35 for ages 12 and older. Tickets for children under 12 are $20. To purchase tickets, contact Pastor Troy Hazzard at 302-463-5031; Pastor Tambara Stewart at 302-344-6849; Shannon Showell-Sanders at 302-279-0406; or Tabitha Johnson-Brown at 302-727-8874.

Zoar UMC to hold yard sale and chicken barbecue May 4

The Zoar UMC Men's Group and the United Methodist Woman are combining forces for fundraisers Saturday, May 4. At 8 a.m. the UMW will have a yard sale with gently used household items and clothing for sale. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Men's Group will hold its annual chicken barbecue dinner. Cost is $7. For presale tickets, call Ralph at 302-934-6426. All proceeds go to support mission projects of the church; both groups help neighbors in need all year. Zoar is six miles north of Millsboro on Gravel Hill Road at the corner of Gravel Hill and Zoar Road.

Epworth UMC to host community quilting bee May 4

Quilts of Love will sponsor a day of quilt-making  from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at Epworth United Methodist Church, Rehoboth. Quilts are given to infants and children in Sussex County. All are welcome for a day of fun and creativity. All materials are  provided. Attendees who don’t know how to sew will be shown how. Those who can bring sewing machines are asked to do so. All 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 threads and low-loft batting. Due to hot irons and extension cords, it is not safe to bring small children. For more information call Jan at 302-287-9323.

Before-school Bible program information event set May 7

Beginning this fall,Conley’s United Methodist Church will offer a new Bible2School program for students at Love Creek Elementary. To provide details, a discovery event is set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 7. Free, elective Bible classes will be offered to elementary school children before the school day starts. For more information, go to or, or call the church office at 302-945-1881. Conley’s United Methodist Church is at 33106 Jolyn’s Way, Lewes.

St. Jude book club to meet May 8

The May selection of the Parish Book Club of St. Jude The Apostle Church is “Rethinking Mary in the New Testament: What the Bible Tells Us about the Mother of the Messiah” by Dr. Edward Sri. A discussion of the book will take place at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, in the Christian Formation Center. Sri, a renowned author and theologian, helps readers understand the deeper meanings of the Marian passages of the New Testament. Two copies of the book are available to borrow from the parish library in the Christian Formation Center. St. Jude The Apostle Church is at 152 Tulip Drive, Lewes, just north of Five Points. For more information, call 302-644-7413.

Delmarva Camino Chapter to host meet and greet May 10

The Delmarva Camino Chapter will host a coffee meet and greet from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, May 10, in the side room of Kaisy’s Delights in Lewes. Attendees will enjoy good coffee and good company while connecting with those who share an interest in the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Those who are planning a pilgrimage are welcome. The address is 1548 Savannah Road, Lewes. For more information, email

Parish of St. Ann to host bazaar Aug. 1-3

The Parish of St. Ann will host its 39th Annual Bazaar Thursday to Saturday, Aug. 1 to 3, at 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach.

Admission is a $5 donation at the door for premiere night, from 3 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1. Those who arrive early get the best choices. The bazaar will continue from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m, Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday.

A silent auction will also open Aug.1 and end with the closing bell at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3. There will be a cash raffle drawing at 12:15 p.m., Saturday.

Family and friends can enjoy a shopping extravaganza and great food. Vendors in three large buildings plus a tented area will sell new and gently used handpicked treasures. There will be linens, jewelry, small appliances, housewares, kitchenware, Christmas items, religious, books, hand-painted items, toys, bikes, furniture, gardening items, outdoor furniture, tools and more. For a lunch break, there will be sausage subs, barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, root beer floats and more. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

For more information, email or call 410-790-7669.

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.