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Cape Gazette Faith & .... Spirituality FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 - MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2010 Slaughter Neck pastor: "Wake up America! Cape Region celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day By Kevin Spence kspence@ca pegazette.com No matter who preached from the lectern at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, the message remained the same: continue the struggle Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began by givi back to your community. This year, the gospel service was held in Slaughter Neck for the 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week- end that culminated with a church service. The Rev. George W. Fisher, pastor of Friendship United Methodist Church in Millsboro, served as worship leader Mon- day, Jan. 18. Fisher reminded the 200 Cape Region residents who gathered that it was King who said, "You can't ride a man's back." While King supported nonviolence to overcome racism and segrega- tion, Fisher tried to drive King's message home. "We need to teach our children struggle and sacrifice," he said. "We are here today this morn- ing to praise the Lord and honor the legacy and life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," said Fisher. "God brought us a mighty long way." Fisher was the first of a long list of speakers, pastors and singers who took to the pulpit bringing the audience to their feet at least a dozen times. With hands upraised, many worshippers stomped their feet as they sang with the Daniels Family Gospel Choir, chanting the lyrics of "Order my steps [In your word]." "Show me how to walk, show me how to talk, find me a whole new song to sing," sang Rosalyn Har- ris, leading the congregation in song.  Teenager Aaliyah Reese reminded the audience that the iVn'st federal Aaliyah Reese holiday honoring a black man in the United States was estab- lished in 1983. Twenty-five years later with the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, King would have realized how his early work moved acceptance forward when the nation elected its first president of color, said teenager Arissa Gibson Barnes. For one day, this day, said Barnes, those of all religions should come together and not hate each other, but love each other instead. Breaking into another song,, Sussex County Register of Wills Greg Fuller belted out/'The Holy of Holies." Fuller, a member of Crossroads Christian Church in Dover, sang he was "just a com- mon man because of God's re- demption plarL" The religious service also serves as a platform to honor members of the community. This year, the Rev. Diane Lofland, founder of the New Coverdale Mission Inc. in Bridgeville, was recognized for providing cloth- hag and education to residents in western Sussex. DAN COOK PHOTOS CONGREGATION MEMBERS LISTEN TO THE INSPIRING "Wake Up, It's A New Day" message by the Rev. Jerome E Tilghman Sr. Shown are (I-r) Brenda Mil- bourne, Aaliyah Reese, Arnissa Barnes, Janie Miller, Bernice Edwards and Grace Satchell. Community activist Diaz Bonville reminded the audience to remember the Haitian earth- quake victims before he intro- duced the Rev. Jerome Tilglmmn, pastor of the Lewes Charge of the United Methodist Church. "You will hear him say often, I right about it. v" said Bonville. Tilghman joined the ministry at 47 as a full-time pastor. He also serves as chaplain at Beebe Med- ical Center. "People will try to discourage you, and every now and then you need someone to encourage you," said Tilghman. "It's time to wake up. It's a new day and you can make a differ- ence," he said. King, said Tilgh- man, helped to change collective consciousness by boycotting businesses and leading marches to publicly demonstrate Ameri- can injustices in his quest to overcome racism and segrega- tion. "Dr. King was available to help. You have to be able to let God use you too" said Tilgimmn. The Rev. Jerome Tilghman Sr. of the Lewes Charge of the United Methodist Church inspires the congregation with his message that they can make a dif- Cynthia Danieis of the Daniels Family Gospel Choir sings "Order My Steps In Your Word" during the national holiday worship service. . The Rev. Diane Lofland, left, receives the 2010 Com unity Service Award from Grace Satchell of the Martin Luther King Celebration Weekend Committee. Lofland is the pastor and founder of the New Coverdale Outreach Mission Inc. in Bridgeville. The mission is a faith-based organization that serves Coverdale Crossroads and the neighboring communities. The mission offers education, technical training, culi o nary skills, and high school equivalency diploma programs. Churches, service organizations and businesses seek help for Haiti Catholic parishes to collect donations All Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Wilmington conduct- ed a special collection at all Masses Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16-17, to aid victims of the devastating earthquake that shook the island nation of Haiti Tuesdag Jan. 12. The Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, said the money will go to assist the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) response to the emergency. CRS has made an initial com- mitment of $5 million for imme- diate use in the relief effort. The agency is geared up for mobiliz- ing food and deploying emer- gency shelter and hygiene kits in Haiti, as well as bringing supplies in from the neighboring Domini- can Republic. For those who missed the special collections, the church is asking for addition- al donations at crs.org. Salvation Army accepts donations via text The Richards Group has put together a public-service option for supporting the Salvation Army's relief efforts Cell phone users can text the word "HAm" to 52000, and $10 will be donated directly to The Salvation Army World Service Otfice which has staff currently working in or en route to Port-au-Prince. Postal mail donations can be made at The Salvation Army World Service Office, Interna- tional Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728. Checks should have "Haiti earthquake relief" marked on the memo line. Call 800-SAL-ARMY or visit salvationarnlyeds.org. Methodists seek donations for Haiti United Methodists have had a long-standing relationship with Haiti through the Methodist Church of Haiti. The strong ties between the Methodist Church of Haiti and the United Methodist Commit- tee on Relief helped in facilitat- ing the opening of the United Methodist Committee on Relief Haiti field office in 2005. One hundred percent of ad- vance gifts made will go to sup- port relief and development ef- forts due to emergencies in Haiti. To make a donation directly on- line, visit new.gbgm- umc.org/umcor. Donations can be mailed to Epworth UM Church at 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971; or Bethel UM Church, 129 W.. Fourth St., Lewes, DE 19958. Reach Epworth at 227- 7743 or Epworth-rehoboth.org. Reach Bethel at 645-9426 or bethellewes.org. Red Cross accepts donations via text MGive is making it easy for mobile phone users to make do- nations. Users can simply text the word "HAITI" to 90999 to give $10. When prompted, users should reply with "YES" to confirm the one-time gift. The $10 donation will appear on the next mobile bill, and 100 percent of the donation will go to Con'dnu! on ip 60