Faith & Spirituality Briefs
UUSD to explore seasonal change Dec. 21
The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will meet at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 21, at 33739 Marsh Road in Lewes. In For the Love of Seasons, the congregation will explore the change from fall into winter. Join the Rev. D. Michael Smith and others in reflective readings, stories, and music. Find and enjoy the warmth of this religious community that comforts all through the short days, long nights, and perhaps snow. For details, call the church office at 302-645-6334 or visit uussd.org.
UUSD to hold Christmas Eve service Dec. 24
The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will meet at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 33739 Marsh Road in Lewes. In The Magic of New Birth, the public is invited for an evening of traditional and semi-traditional music and words. The Rev. D. Michael Smith and others present this Christmas Eve service to reflect the hope of peace and love found in the celebration of the birth of a child. For details, call the church office at 302-645-6334 or visit uussd.org.
St. Paul UMC to offer free Christmas dinners Dec. 25 in Milford
The pastor and members of St. Paul United Methodist Church will open their hearts and doors to those who may be hungry, lonely, and sad. Because the holidays can be one of the loneliest times of the year, the pastor and congregation will provide a free Christmas dinner with all the trimmings on Christmas Day. Everyone is invited to come and eat a full meal and enjoy a great time of fellowship.
The dinner is from 12 until 3 p.m. It will be held at Temple Lodge No. 8, 612 Church St., Milford. Come and bring a friend. Last year, more than 100 people received a free meal for Christmas. Anyone needing a meal or knowing someone who does can call the church or the lodge number. To donate to this event, contact the Rev. Jeanel Starling at 422-0709, or email the church at email@example.com.
On Christmas Day, call 302-424-1827. Carryouts will be available.
UUSD to hold Sharing Service Dec. 28
The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will meet at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, at 33739 Marsh Road in Lewes. Barbara Barnette will facilitate the Sharing Service and create a cozy, safe environment for sharing. Each person will be given an opportunity to share a thought, a memory, a poem, or whatever he or she would like to share - perhaps a favorite memory from the year drawing to a close, or hopes for the coming year. And for those who would prefer to just listen, that is perfectly fine too. For details, call the church office at 302-645-6334 or visit uussd.org.
Unity of Rehoboth to meet Dec. 28 for end-of-year ceremonies
Unity of Rehoboth Beach will wind down the year with the Burning Bowl Ceremony and White Stone Ceremony Sunday, Dec. 28. The traditional Burning Bowl Ceremony is a way to release any and all thoughts, people, and happenings that no longer serve, and it opens participants to a freer, more open and blessed new year.
After that, during the White Stone Ceremony, a spiritual name or identity decreed will come to each individual during his or her connection with spirit during meditation. This new name or word is to be used as a guide or to set the tone for the year to come.
Unity of Rehoboth Beach meets at 10 a.m. each Sunday at the Olive Branch, 14904 Coastal Highway, Milton.
St. Jude The Apostle Book Club will meet Jan. 7
St. Jude The Apostle Parish Book Club will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the Religious Education Center at St. Jude The Apostle Parish in Lewes, 152 Tulip Drive and Route 1, just north of Five Points. Books will include biographies, fictional works, and spiritual classics.
The featured book for Jan. 7 will be "Mother Angelica: Remarkable Story of A Nun, Her Nerve, And A Network of Miracles" by Raymond Arroyo, published by Image Press. This is the story of a simple nun who launched the Eternal Word Television Network, which now reaches over 100 million viewers around the globe.
The library has two copies of the book for lending on a first-come, first-served basis. The book is also available on Amazon.com.
For further information, call the Religious Education office at 302-644-7413.
Coat and Blanket Drive to be held Jan. 10 at St. Jude
St. Jude The Apostle Youth Group is sponsoring a Coat and Blanket Drive for the needy in Sussex County from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Religious Education Center. The group is accepting new and gently used blankets and bedding, coats, hats, and gloves. Volunteers are also needed to accept and sort donations. All donations will be distributed by Casa San Francisco. Contact the Religious Education Office at 302-644-7413 for more information.
St. Jude The Apostle Church is at 152 Tulip Drive and Route 1, Lewes, just north of the Five Points intersection.
The Confidence of Awakening is topic Jan. 29
TIbetan Vajrayana Buddhist Beach Center of Delaware welcomes everyone for a daylong meditation retreat and Dharma talk on the confidence of awakening, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29.
Senior teacher Khandro Sherab Drolma will give the basic instructions and transmission for the practice of Shamatha meditation and practice supports for the path. Practitioners will be able to utilize the meditation technique enabling them to see the true, unconditional nature of mind. The course will focus on the beginning of opening with a certain gentleness and appreciation for one’s humanness and capacity in developing compassion and skillfulness in practice and in everyday practical life and situations.
There will be an introduction and overview of meditation practices, along with supports for the basic principles of intensive concentration meditation, technique, posture, breath, and focus.
There will be an initial guided meditation application of methods to assist practitioners with thought and drowsiness/flightiness and vigilance practice.
There is a suggested donation/dana of $25 but no one one will be turned away for lack thereof.
Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist Beach Center meets at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 18 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 302-797-8034.
St. Jude Church seeks part-time organist
Saint Jude The Apostle Catholic Church, 152 Tulip Drive, Lewes is in need of an organist for its weekly 7 a.m. Sunday Mass year round plus occasional Holy Day Masses. One additional Sunday Mass per week is available Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. A digital console piano is available for use. Contact the Music Ministry Office at 302-644-7300.
St. Jude the Apostle Church invites adults to explore faith formation
All are invited to attend a series of sessions for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays in the Religious Education Center of St. Jude The Apostle Church. RCIA is a process of prayer, reflection and learning that may lead adults and children to explore the possibility of becoming members of the Catholic Church. Adult baptized Catholics may complete their initiation by preparing for the reception of the Sacraments of Eucharist, Reconciliation and Confirmation. There is no cost to the participants, and no commitment is necessary. Those interested are welcome to come for a session or two to see what it’s all about. Each week, a different topic of faith exploration is discussed, with time allowed for group participation.
St. Jude The Apostle Church is on Route 1 near Lewes, just north of the Five Points intersection. For further information, call the Religious Education Office, 302-644-7413 or go to www.stjudeslewesde.org/rcia.html.
Grace of God Lutheran Church seeks part-time director of music
Grace of God Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation worshiping in the Long Neck CHEER Center, is in need of a part-time director of music. Duties include playing for the 10 a.m. Sunday service and other festival services as needed, selecting music and directing the choir. Send a cover letter and resume along with any questions to email@example.com.