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. ".z2_ '- '.: . . " . . " " " . . - , ,7 " CApE G Friday, January. 26 - Monday, January 29, 2007 - 85 FAITH "& SPIRITUALITY History of Seaford Mission; profile of one, off,its founders ......... By Robert Mant ._. ........... Rey,.Ross received a response from three prison releases, court-ordered placements;. Methodist Church in. Seafora, Manloi/e $1JjM to the Cape Gazette ..local men: Larry Manlove,.Craig Banks and and state referrals. Its resident treatment (Editor's Note:. the-secetM, in a. .George Owens... These fourmen.met and programs have graduated t 38 mensince series on theSe.afotrlJVJissioh.) . .................  : _. oprayed_together, d the idea" ' fo-tS-.+._ 2. ofie"inmate coststhe stateS23,000 This week, we will examine the history of the Seaford Mission and profile one of.its = founders. The Seaford Mission Wai fd-!il ed due to a community need. This need is a local reflection of a national and worldwide problem. Would the headlines "More than 100,000 Die" or "Over 2 Million Dead" get your attention? Drugs or alcohol kill more than 100,000 Americans each year. Yearly worldwide drug and alcohol deaths exceed two million. Two events evidenced a need for the mis- sion in Seaford. First, in 1989, a community meeting on the growing crack cocaine prob- lem in Seaford wa s reported in the "Wall Street Journal." The drug distribution area near Third and North streets was dubbed "crack alley." This section was a haven for drug dealing and public intoxication. In re- sponse to the problem, more than I00 Seaford residents marched down North Street reclaiming it for God. The second event occurred when a young man, the son of the Rev. Isaac Ross, was killed in front of the Castaway Lounge in 1991. Asking his congregation and the community for help, sion was born and shared With the commu- versus $4,800 for a,mission resident..When nity ...... .,_-;.i-.""    - ,v,.. . --,.- a ormer inmate becomes a productive: . ' . ._, ._ : :. . , 4... : . . . - . _ '!-ii O'ugR a eries of mJtra_culous:xetil.p, s?te. ,menaber of socmty, tt saves the taxpayers an transactions,ihe old Castaway Lounge be- estimated $37,000. Simply put, the Seaford came the Seaford Mission. Many volun- teers, including a contingent from Cannon Mennonite Church, renovated the building. The mission opened in 1996 with the stated. purpose "to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit those in prison, and present the Gospel." In another series of wondrous events and thanks to some blessed contribu- tions, the mission purchased an adjoining property. In 1999, a two-story shelter build- ing was constructed through the generous help of many volunteers, Cannon Mennon- ite Church members, and the loan of per- sonnel from Cannon Cold Storage. In 2000, more financial blessings came from the pri- vate sectorand state government. The mis- sion purchased the larid north of Third Mission has become a valuable financial as- set to the state and the region. Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Larry Manlove, one of the mission's founders. Mar/love is a lifelong Seaford-area resident who had 11 brothers and sisters. He graduated with a degree in marketing from the University of Delaware and married Sue, his childhood sweetheart. They have been blissful- blANLOVE ly wedded for 37 years and have raised two fine boys. One son is a biologist and the other son is a mechanical Street including the site of the infamous, engineer. Manlove has operated his lawn "crack alley." and landscape business for the last 20 years. Since its founding, the mission has faced Prior tO that, he managed Manlove Auto- many challenges, but it remains steadfast in motive, which was founded by his father in its purpose. The misgibn accepts walk-ins, 1940. A member of Mt. Olivet United credits his faith in God for the blessings in. his life and hiswiliingness to share them with those in need. He shuns the limelight, .:but he iscertainly an excellent example Of faith in action. Our community and the Seaford Mission are better for having Larry Manlove with us. News, Needs, and Thanks: In 2007, yo u can give up to $100,000 to IRS-approyed nonprofit organizations, such as the Seaford Mission, directly from your IRA account. You must be at least 70.5 years old to take advantage of this program. We suggest you contact your tax advisor or visit for more information. The mission will be looking for several people with marketing or sales experience to help out in the coming year. Don't worry about having the time to help; I can personally testify that God will find the time for you. You can contact the mission at Mission- News@Hughes.Net, or Seaford Mission, P.O. Box 1271, Seaford, DE 19973, or call 629-2559. The mission wishes to thank Trinity Transport and Jeff Banning for. the generous loan of a consultant and logistic support for the coming year. The mission appreciates all the financial help .received and all your prayers.  Religious Notes St. Jude Church meetsneeds of growing community SL Jude The Apostle Church, located at 152 Tulip Dr. just north of Five Points near Lewes, was builtin 1960 as a mission church of St. Ed- mond's in Rehoboth. In re- sponse to continuing popula, ti0n growth in the area, it be' came a separate parish on Nov. 30, 2002. and currently serves 1330 families. The Rev. James D. Hreha is the pastor; he is supported by three dea- cons and two retired priests REV. HREHA who assist at weekend Mass- es Pamela Becker is director of reHgiotts education. According to its mis- sion statement, the church strives to "act in Submitted photo charity and justice as a visible sign of our mission to be a house of welcome and a place of service to all: The Salt & Light Ministry provides assis- tance and comfort as Good Samaritans, serv- ing as greeters at funerals, attending to healthneeds of parishioners, and mentoring in schools, A parish life center and religions educa- tion/parish office center are under construc- tion with completion expected in August 2007. Parish youngsters in grades K-8 may at- tend Most Blessed Sacrament School in Berlin, Md., and high school students are served by St. Thomas More Academy in Mag- nolia. Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Dagsboro is the regional Catholic cemetery. Christ's Church to hold Friday Night Spiritual Fight Minister Frank Weatherly Of Faith Tabernacle Church will be the guest speaker at Christ's Church inHarbeson's Friday Night Spiritual ;= Fight, set for 7 p.m., Jan. 26. All are welcome. " For more information, call 945-8959. Community Lutheran to host Youth Night Jan. 26 All teens are welcome to attend a Youth Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 26, at Community Lutheran Church. Snacks, games, activities and friends will be provided. Everyone is welcome. The church is located just south of Dagsboro at Rt. 20 and Omar Rd., at the blinking light. Call 644-0256 for more information. UUSD celebrates seventh birthday Jan. 28 The Rev. D. Michael Smith of the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware, will conduct a speciai service at 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 28, at Wescoats Corner in Lewes. The sermon is entitled, There Is So Much To Celebrate. Smith and the congregation of UUSD celebrate the church's seventh birthday with a look at the past, present, and future, exploring what UUSD represents as a church and as apresence in the community. Visitors are welcomed and invited to join in refreshments and conversation after the service. For more information, call the UUSD church office at 645-6334 or visit its website at Learn more about Unitarian Universalism at Seaside Jewish Community announces services A family service geared toward families with young children will be held at 6 p,m., Friday, Jan. 26, will be led by Jeff Hawtof and Beth Co- hen. Dessert will follow. Individuals are invited to attend a Shabbat dinner at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 2, at the Seaside Jewish Community prior to Shabbat services at 7:30 p.m. The fifth annual Tu B'Shevat Sedar and traditional Israeli vegetarian lunch will be held at 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 4. Reservations are required. Send a check to Seaside Jewish Community, P.O. Box 1472, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Non- members pay $15 and $10. For more information, contact Allison Colk- er at 227-1107. More Religious Notes on page 87 '