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66 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 19 - March 25, 2004 Steven Billups photos Bethel Christian Preschool holds fun fair Bethel Christian Preschool held its second annual fun fair fundraiser March 13. Last year the fundraiser allowed the school to purchase playground equipment and a computer. There were many games and activities for the children including face painting, cookie decorating and a bounce house. Quela Reyes, 5, center, is enjoying the cookie she decorated herself. Above left, friends Abby Miller, left, and Dani LeGates, both 10, proudly show their freshly painted faces. Far right, Nathaniel Valenti, 3, tees off with the help of volunteer Gene Williams UCC supports new church start in Cape Region The Central Atlantic Confer- ence of the United Church of Christ (UCC) is sponsoring a mis- sion developing/organizing pastor for a new church starting in the Lewes-Rehoboth Beach area. New Spirit UCC of Coastal Delaware has been worshipping since April 2003 in the home of Barba and Richard Merriwether of Rehoboth Beach and at the Lewes Senior Center. They welcomed the Rev. Dr. Louisa Davis into their midst on Feb. 23. Davis comes with a variety of Christian leadership experiences. She earned her masters of divinity degree at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. and received a Ph.D. in religious studies/ethics from the University of Virginia. She was ordained in 1990 by the UCC after many years as a Quaker. Davis has been a campus minister, community or- ganizer against hunger and home- lessness, a local church minister in UCC churches in Bethesda, Fred- erick and Baltimore, Md. and Re- ston, Va. Currently she is a profes- sor of ethics and religion at Mont- gomery College. Davis will work with the Lewes-Rehoboth congre- gation on a part-time basis. She lives in Kensington, Md. with her husband Ray. Her two children are attending college. The UCC denomination was or- ganized in 1956 from the Congre- gational descendants of the Eng- lish Puritans and similarly tolerant and socially active German Evan- gelical and Reformed Churches. Historically and currently, the UCC denomination is known for community activists involve- ments; it was active in the found- ing of colleges such as Harvard University, supporting projects at Howard University in Washing- ton, D.C. and establishing and supporting health care institutions such as Homewood Retirement Centers in Pennsylvania. The church ordained the first women and openly gay and lesbian minis- ters and supported and defended the Amistad slaves. New Spirit UCC seeks to em- brace the agendas of the national church, which includes becoming a multiracial and multicultural, open and affirming (to homosexu- al people), accessible to all, and a just, peaceful Christian communi- ty. Davis recently wrote the con- gregation, "My work with you will include networking with ac- tiviSt community organizations as well as with other churches in the area. I will nurture our roots through Bible study, spiritual wor- ship and love." Davis will be leading Adventur- ous Worship Experiences (AWE) at 5 p.m. Sundays. For more infor- mation, call Barba Merriwether at 226-8008.