Local places of worship announce upcoming services and events.


News from Dale UMC
    On Nov. 30, Dale United Methodist Church will hold Youth Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The Youth will be the speakers for this service.
    Dec. 14 will be Annual Saunders Day at the 11 a.m. service. The morning message bearer will be Elder Michael Broadnax. At 3:30 p.m. the church will worship the Lord in song featuring The Inspirational Gospel Singers.
    All are welcome.

Trinity Church, Smyrna, sponsors free family holiday events
    Trinity Church is hosting two free family Christmas events in December.
    On Saturday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m., the movie, “The Nativity Story” will be shown at John Bassett Moore Intermediate School on South Street in Smyrna. Everything is free, including the movie, popcorn and drinks, and childcare.
    The church’s Christmas Festival kicks off on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. This event will be held at St. Joseph’s Community Center in Clayton, 355 W. Duck Creek Road, and will include activities such as games, prizes, hayrides, face painting, bounce houses and much more. Join them for an afternoon of free family fun.
    For more information, go to www.trinitysmyrna.org or call (302) 672-6360.

IllumiNations in Advent at St. Paul’s UMC, Odessa
    Each Sunday during Advent, culminating on Christmas Eve, the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Odessa is led to the light of Christ, culminating in the baby Jesus, and then Christ, the Light of the World. Each Sunday of Advent and Christmas, the worship at St. Paul’s will reflect the theme of light through the music, special proclamations and surprises for the entire family. An Advent calendar for family devotions is now available for download on the Web site.
    At each Advent service, there will be carols sung as the IllumiNations of God’s promises are revealed through Word, drama, song and fellowship. The Children’s Las Pasadas program will be the proclamation at 11 a.m. worship on Sunday, Dec. 21 and Jesus, Light of the World will be the theme for Sunday, Dec. 28.
    The schedule includes: Advent I, Nov. 30, Glimmer of Hope & Promise; Advent II, Dec. 7, Prepare the Way & Light the Path; Advent III, Dec. 14, Testify to the Light; Advent IV, Dec. 21, Reflection of Joy & Love with Children’s Program at 11 a.m. service; Christmas Eve’s special message Glory & Shining — Light for our darkness, Love for our world will offer the meaning of Christmas for your life in a new way.
    Finally, you’ll share in our cherished candlelight tradition, the passing of the light. Three services on Christmas Eve are available: 5 p.m. Family Service, 7 p.m. Christmas Seekers Cantata with the Chancel Choir and 11 p.m. Candlelight Service & Holy Communion. Light of the World will be the proclamation for Dec. 28 with one service at 10 a.m.
    You and your family are invited to Follow the Light on Epiphany Sunday, Jan. 4 and then join us for Wilmington Handbell Ensemble Epiphany Concert at 5 p.m. with Three Kings Party immediately following.
    Normal worship service times are 8:30 a.m. with Holy Communion and 11 a.m. traditional service. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:45, except Dec. 28 when there will be a winter break.
Chicken dinner
    Experience the warmth of St. Paul’s hospitality at the Annual Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 3 to 7 p.m. in conjunction with Christmas in Odessa. Ticket information may be found at the Web site at www.stpaulsodessa.org.
    A nursery is provided at the 11 a.m. service, which also is followed by fellowship. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to worship for the Children’s Celebration at each service.
    The church is located at 406 E. Main St. in Odessa, is handicapped accessible and has ample on-street parking.
    For more information, call the church office at 378-2420 or email at STPOdessa@stpaulsodessa.org.

News from Tree of Life Evangelical Church
    Join Pastor Wes Hamlin for a three-part Bible Study in preparation for Christmas – “Welcome the Stranger.” Starting next Thursday, Dec. 4, Pastor Hamlin will lead a Bible study for three successive Thursdays (Dec. 4, 11 and 18). Come from noon to 1pm (BYOB – Bring your own Bible and a sandwich) or from 7 to 8 p.m.
    Both sessions will be held at the Ministry Center at 211 N. Broad St. This study is designed for people who may be new to Bible Study, but everyone is welcome!
    The Tree of Life Evangelical Church will hold an Advent Workshop on Sunday, Nov. 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. at 211 N. Broad St. Advent wreaths (a devotional booklet will be provided) will be made, as well as other crafts and shared other ideas for Advent.
    Bring a “Christmas Goodie” and its recipe to share. A free will offering will be taken to help defray expenses. To sign up, call 378-3345.
    Also, help is needed donating hats, mittens and scarves to M.O.T. families in need that Neighborhood House identifies. Bring new items in to church any Sunday throughout November and December.
    The Tree of Life will also “Adopt a Family” and provide gift items for a M.O.T. family in need through Neighborhood House. More information will follow.
    Join the Tree of Life congregation for a Family Thanksgiving Eve Service Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m.
    Sunday Worship Service is held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school is held during the worship service, beginning at 10:20 a.m. each Sunday. Tree of Life holds services at Brick Mill Elementary School, Middletown.
    For more information, go to the Web site at www.tollc.org or email treeoflifelc@verizon.net.

St. Anne’s Church services are ongoing
    Worship this week at St. Anne’s Church located at 15 E. Green St. in Middletown includes the following Sunday services: Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 a.m.; “Contact”, a service with simple music, and a simple message with Holy Communion at 9 a.m.; and Holy Eucharist Rite II with choir at 10:30 a.m.  From 9:35 to 10:25 a.m. Christian Formation is provided for all ages and nursery care is available.
    A healing service will be conducted on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by Bible Study. Evening Prayer will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on Wednesday evening.
    For more information about the church and its activities, call 378-2401, or go to www.st-annes-church.com.
St. Anne’s Thanksgiving dinner
    Thanksgiving is coming and with it, the ninth annual St. Anne’s Episcopal Church Dinner. On Thanksgiving Day from noon until 3 p.m., St. Anne’s provides a wonderful turkey dinner with all the trimmings for the entire community. The dinner is free to the community, but any free-will offering will help to fund St. Anne’s contribution to the University of Delaware Honors Day Scholarship Fund. Bring family and friends and share God’s blessings at a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner with none of the work.
    For more information about our church and its activities, call the church office at 378-2401 or visit the Web site to www.st-annes-church.com.

News from Trinity A.M.E. Church
    The Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church Family and the Rev. Dr. Natalie P. Alford, Pastor-Teacher invite the community to worship with at the church’s Sensational Sundays Worship Experiences held weekly at 11 a.m.
    On Sunday, Nov. 30, at 3:30 p.m. the church will host its “Annual Trustee Day” Worship Experience. The Guest Preacher will be the Rev. Isaac Wilson, pastor of Williams African Methodist Episcopal Church, Newark, Md., with choir and congregation. All are welcome.

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Annual cookie walk
    St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 200 Marrows Road, Newark, will hold its annual Cookie Walk, Soup and Sandwich Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5.
    There will be homemade vegetable beef soup on sale for $6 a quart; homemade chicken corn soup on sale for $6 a quart; homemade cookies for $5 and $10 containers. There also will be a luncheon with a choice of soup and sandwich for $8.
    Eat in or take home.
    Pre-orders for soup and cookies will be accepted.
    Call (302) 738-4331 Tuesday through Thursday.

Crossroads Presbyterian Church raffle to benefit Families to Families Ministry
    The Families to Families Ministry of Crossroads Presbyterian Church is holding a raffle with tickets available for an authentic Baltimore Ravens’ jersey autographed by quarterback Joe Flacco, formerly the quarterback for the University of Delaware. Tickets will be on sale at Premier Physical Therapy, 200 Cleaver Farm Road, Middletown (Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
    Tickets are $3 each or two for $5. The drawing will be held Tuesday, Dec. 2.
    All proceeds benefit the “Families to Families Ministry” of Crossroads Presbyterian Church to help defray cost of adoption.

Connection hosts Thanksgiving Eve service
    Connection Community Church’s Middletown Campus, located in downtown Middletown across from the fire hall at 100 W. Green St., will host a Thanksgiving Eve service on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m.
    For more information on Connection Community Church, go to the Web site at www.connectioncc.org.

Lunch for the less fortunate every month at Church of New Beginnings
    Church of New Beginnings, at 640 South St. in Townsend, is opening its doors for lunch on the second Tuesday of every month for the less fortunate in the community. Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Seventh-day Adventist services
    The Middletown Seventh-day Adventist Church is open for worship each Sabbath (Saturday). Through December, the Sabbath School theme is “Atonement & the Cross of Christ” and begins at 9:30 a.m. each week. Sabbath School also includes music, a lively Bible discussion for all ages and animated reports of the missionaries abroad. Divine Worship begins at 11 a.m. The public is cordially invited to join for a day of spiritual delight and enrichment each Saturday.
    The church is located at 858 Noxontown Road, Townsend.
    For more information, call 378-7260.

St. Polycarp to hold Thanksgiving service Nov. 26
    Christians in the area will gather for an ecumenical Thanksgiving service at St. Polycarp Church Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Smyrna-Clayton Ministerium, this annual event offers people of diverse Christian tradition an opportunity to celebrate “one Lord, one faith and one baptism” and to express solidarity with the poor.
    A medley of instruments and hymns will precede the one-hour service. Clergy from area Christian churches are invited to bring their congregations. Worshippers will sing psalms and hymns, hear a proclamation from Sacred Scipture, offer prayers of petition and hear a sermon by the Rev. Earl Fowlkes, pastor of Christ Care Unit Missionary Baptist Church in Clayton. Participants are invited to bring food for the community pantry housed at Asbury UMC or to donate money for the Ministerium’s aid to the needy.
    Following the service, the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality at St. Polycarp will host light refreshments in Mother Drexel Hall, adjoining the church.
    For more information, call the church office at (302) 653-8279.

New Covenant Men’s Fellowship hosts showing of ‘The Case for Christmas’
    The Men’s Fellowship of New Covenant Presbyterian Church is hosting “The Case for Christmas,” featuring Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg. The DVD presentation will be Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the church worship hall. There will be no charge or offering. All members of the public are welcome to attend.
    This DVD presentation of about 55 minutes in length and is based on the best selling book of the same name. Refreshments will be served following the presentation, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions following the program.
    New Covenant Church is located across Boyd’s Corner Road from the Cedar Lane Elementary School, with access of Jamison Corner Road.
    Call the church at 378-4446 for more information.