Faith & Spirituality Briefs
Groome UMC to begin new Bible Study Jan. 28
The next Bible Study at Groome United Methodist Church, Walking with Nehemiah, is a nine-week study starting at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, and continuing on Wednesday evenings. Attendees will discover what people God is asking them to encourage, what walls God is calling them to repair, what ministry God might be calling them to lead or do, and where they should start. The study book will give readers inspiration and practical tools for engaging with their communities in ways that help congregations and communities become whole. A light supper of soup and sandwiches will begin at 6 p.m. and include time for fellowship. Groome United Methodist Church is at the corner of Savannah Road and Dewey Avenue in Lewes. For more information, call the church office at 302-645-6256.
The Confidence of Awakening is topic Jan. 31
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., Saturday, Jan. 31.
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.
The retreat is a sitting and walking meditation broken down to increments of 20 minutes of sitting meditation and 15 minutes of walking meditation. 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 to collect food items Jan. 31 and Feb. 1
St. Jude The Apostle Youth Group and the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Souper Bowl of Caring to collect nonperishable food items Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, before and after all the masses. There will be boxes available outside the church doors for people to deposit food items. Donations will be given to Casa San Francisco in Milton for distribution to the needy in the community.
St. Jude the Apostle Church is at 152 Tulip Drive and Route 1 just north of Five Points in Lewes. For more information about St. Jude’s Youth Ministry, call 302-644-7413 or go to www.stjudeslewesde.org/.
UUSD church leader to host service on service Feb. 1
Longtime Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware member and church leader Jean Charles will look at service through her eyes Sunday, Feb. 1. A congregation's survival depends on everyone doing his or her part financially, physically, emotionally and mentally. Congregations are united by common beliefs, and members need each other as a community. Yet, nothing is required of any member except what he or she freely wishes to give. So, why do people serve? The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware meets at 10 a.m. Sundays, at 33739 Marsh Road in Lewes. For details, call the church office at 302-645-6334 or visit uussd.org.
Delmarva Bible Institute spring session begins Feb. 2
The Delmarva Bible Institute will begin an eight-week spring session Monday, Feb. 2, with two courses: God and the Trinity, and Philippians: Encouragement for Gospel-Shaped Living. To enroll, go to delmarvabibleinstitute.com or email email@example.com. For more details, call 302-856-3773.
St. Paul UMC to celebrate Color Rally Feb. 22
All are invited to join St. Paul United Methodist Church in Milford, in celebrating a Color Rally at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22. The theme is a rainbow of colors. The personalities of each color will be read to see how closely people resemble their favorite color. Donations of $10 per person are requested. Contact Sandi Watson at 302-335-4522 or call the church at 302-422-0709.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Confirmation program offered at St. Jude
St. Jude The Apostle Church is inviting adult Catholics who were baptized and made First Communion but were not able to be confirmed as youths to call the Religious Education Office at 302-644-7413. An informal process, individualized to meet the busy schedule of adults, can be arranged to prepare candidates to receive the sacrament of Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday with the Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of Wilmington.
St. Jude The Apostle Church is at 152 Tulip Drive and Route 1, just north of Five Points in Lewes. Go to www.stjudeslewesde.org/.