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IJ Faith & Spirituality 5'FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 - MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014 Cape Gazette Immanuel Shelter opens weekends January through April Volunteers needed to assist Cape Region's homeless Few can imagine what it is like to have to sleep wherever a place to fall asleep can be found. Even fewer would want to imagine what it would be like to sleep outside, or in an unheated dwelling in the cold and snow of winter. Epworth United Methodist Church's the Rev. Vicky Starnes, senior pastor, said, "These conditions are the reality right here in the Rehoboth Beach area. On any given night, there are from 15 to 35 individuals and/or families that live in their vans, cars, or worse yet, in the street." Starnes said people must do more than simply imagine these conditions. "We are called to step up and say, 'No one should endure these condltions,' and take action to offer an alternative in the coldest months of winter," she said. Local Rehoboth Beach and LeTes churches are working together to offer Immanuel Shelter for the homeless this winter, she said. "Please join the dedicated volunteers of the Immanuel Shelter as often as you are able this winter season as they endeavor to feed and to provide shelter to our brothers and sisters from the harsh winds, rain and snow," Starnes said. The Immanuel Shelter will open at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road; Rehoboth Beach, with check-in every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night a t 5:30 p.m. from January through April. Dinner is served at 6:15 p.m., and breakfast will be served the following morning before check-out at 6:30 a.m. The shelter is a volunteer- based effort supported by local Rehoboth Beach and Lewes churches and staffed by members of the community at large from various denominations and backgrounds who make a commitment to serve 2.5 hours several times over the winter season. Founded in 2010 as a winter shelter, Immanuel Shelter has . served more than 55 individuals since its inception. Local housing and economic trending as well as population analysis predict the shelter could serve up to 70 individuals this winter alone. The shelter is actively looking for volunteers who feel the compassion to help those in desperate need by giving three hours a month, or those who can work in the kitchen, one weekend a month. There is also a need for those who can contribute to the shelter's budget to house, feed and protect the most vulnerable. For more information, the Immanuel Shelter can be reached at 302-227-7743. l DENY HOWETH PHOTOS INTAKE AT TIlE immanuel Shelter at Epworth Church begins with volunteers (I-r) Nan Ruhl, Sue Spencer and Patti Trump, who check bags and explain the rules of the shelter. De Raynes, left, and Nan Ruhl wheel out the provisions for the evening, including blow-up beds and toiletries for showers. Marcia Dean is part of the cook crew at Epworth UM Church, volunteers who start early in the day to pro- vide a home-cooked meal to the shelter recipients. 1Edward Kaplan, Brandeis scholar, to give Jan, 7 lecture on interfaith.understanding Edward K. Kapl .an, Kaiserman professor in the humanities at Brandeis University, will be the feotured speaker at the January meeting of the Thomas Merton Society Interfaith Chapter of Southern Delaware. Kaplan is a leading expert on the interfaith work of Thomas Merton, the ground-breaking Trappist monk, and Abraham Joshua Heschel, the world-re- nowned Judaism scholar. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7, at St Edmond Catholic Church's Education Hall, 407 King Charles Ave., Re- ho'both Beach. The program is open to the community at no charge. Kaplan's lecture will focus on the rich personal and intellectual friendship between Merton and Heschel. A discussion will follow Kaplan's address. In spring 2012, Kaplan taught a seminar on Heschel and Mer- ton at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. A decade earlier, he organized and chaired the Merton and Judaism confer- ence held at Adath Jeshurun Synagogue in Louisville, Ky. He is a frequent speaker and writer on interfaith understanding and dialogue at meetings and in pub- lications of the International Thomas Merton Society. ST., GEORGE'S OPENS NEW THRIFT SHOP INMILLSBORO BETTY FLEMING PHOTO ST. GEORGE'S CHAPEL opened the doors of its new Millsboro Thrift Shop on BlaCk Friday to shoppers who lined up even before the shop opened and kept volunteers busy all day. Shown outside the shop are (I-r) Dan Slagle, assistant manager; Dorsey Johnson, volunteer acting manager; the Rev. Lara Stroud, assistant rector, All Saints' Parish; volunteer Liz Dixon; Richard Faull, manager, All Saints' Thrift Shop in Rehoboth Beach; and the Rev. Max Wolf, parish rector. Both the Millsboro branch and the Rehoboth Beach store are ed by staff and vo unteers of the Episcopal Parish of All Saints' Church in Rehoboth Beach and St. George's Chapel in Harbeson. More volunteers; especially Span- ish-speaking volunteers, are needed. The phone number for the Millsboro shop is 302,945-5455. The shop is open Thursday, Friday, an d Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p,m.