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82 FRIDAY, APRIL 6 - MONDAY, APRIL, 9, 2012 Cape Gazette Former NFL player: Be the voice, not the echo By Nick Roth nickroth@ca Keith Elias had everything most kids dream of- money, fame and a chance to play in the NFL. But he quickly realized he had been misguided. "When I went to sleep at night, I felt emptier and emptier and emptier by the day," he said. "That's when I learned it. There's nothing this world can offer you that can truly satisfy you." At the end of his first season, he attended church with team- mate Phillippi SparkS, father of 'American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks, and realized it is God who could fill the void in his life. Elias attended a Dehnarva Fel- lowship of Christian Athletes ral- ly March 11 at Cape Henlopen High School to convey his mes- sage through stories of his life and the Bible. At 5-feet-9-inches tall, Elias doesn't fit the typical mold-for NFL players. Yet he managed to set 21 school records and two NCAA records while at- tending PrinCeton University in New lersey. He played in 53 ca- reer games in the NFL with the New York Giants and Indianapo- Thomas Ott, a state champion wrestler at Cape, talks about the impact the FCA has on his sports career. FORMER NFL PLAYER Keith Elias spoke at the Delmarva Athletes rally at Cape Henlopen High School March 11. NICK ROTH PHOTOS Fellowship of Christian lis Colts between 1994-99. He ways going to slap you with a la- and who to be. If you could be The group's work is evident in even played for the New bel. and it's always less than what the voice, what kind of world prayer circles following each York/New Jersey Hitmen of the you were created to be." would we live in?" game. very short-lived XFL. He encouraged all those in at- The FCA program is trying to "FCA has really opened my He said ever since he was in tendance to forget about the la- help students become the voice heart," said Cape senior ]aclyn high school, people were sur- bels others have placed on them through camps and programs. Ott at the rally. "Sometimes my prised at his abilities because of and live up to their true poten- Locally, it's been embraced by anger and bitterness get.s to me, his short stature. It's labels such tial. Cape Henlopen and Sussex Tech and when I get like that I feel like, as this, he said, that discourage "Make a choice to be the voice high schools and Wesley College, OK, I'm going to pray and talk to people from attaining their true and not the echo," he said. "It's so among others. God to help me get through potential, easy in today's world to be the FCA, a national Christian- whateverrm going through." "The world is always going to echo, isn't it? The world's going sports organization, challenges For more information on the have a reason why you can't do to tell you what to watch, what to athletes to use athletics to impact Dehnarva FCA, visit www.del- something," he said. "They're al- wear, what to listen to, how to act the world for Jesus Christ. or Bethel UM Church sets Easter services Bethel United Methodist Church on West Fourth Street, Lewes, has announced its sched- ule of Easter services. There will be a Cross Walk at 10 a.m., Good Friday, April 6, meeting at Bethel and ending at Bethel Cemetery en Savannah Road. On Easter S nday, April 8, a Sunrise Service takes place at 6:30 a.m. on Lewes Beach or at Bethel if the weather is inclement,. Traditional Easter worship services will be held at 8 and 11 a.m., with a ComeAlive Time slated for 9:15 a.m. Conley's UM Church celebrate Easter Conley's United Methodist Chnrch Good Friday service will run from noon to 3 p.m., Friday, April 6. An evening worship service is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 7. Easter Sunday Sunrise service will take place at 6:30 a.m., Sunday, April 8, out- doors at the empty tomb site, weather permitting, in addition to the regular 8:45 and 10:3Oa.m. services. For more information call the church office at 302-945- 1881 or go to www.Con- Conley's Unit- ed Methodist Church is at 33106 ]olyns Way, Lewes. Episcopal parish sets holy services The Episcopal Parish of All Saints' Church and St. George's Chapel invites everyone to par- ticipate in services leading into Easter. On Good Friday, April 6, the parish offers a noontime service of prayer, hymns and meditation on The Passion as written in the Gospel of John, at both All Saints' Church and St. George's Chapel. The same serv- ice will be repeated at All Saints' Church at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m., Holy Saturday, April 7, at All Saints' Church, the Great Vigil of Easter will be held. The service begins in a darkened church and continues with the lighting of the Paschal candle, a reading of Holy Scripture retelling salvation history, Holy Baptism and Holy Communion, culminating in the celebration of the Resurrection. The parish choir will be accompanied by a brass quintet. On Easter Day, Sunday, April 8, All Saints' services will be at 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. and St. George's at 8 and 9:30 a.m. This year, an Easter Brass Ensemble wilt greet wor- shipers on Easter morning be- tween the two services at St. George's Chapel and between the 9 a. m. and 11 a.m. services at All Saints' Church. An egg hunt for children in the Rector's Wife's Garden will fol- low the 9 and 11 a.m. services at All Saints' and at St. George's an egg hunt will be held in the churchyard following the 9:30 a.m. service. All Saints' Church is at 18 Olive Ave. in Rehoboth Beach, and St. George's Chapel at 20274 Beaver Dam Road (Route 23) near Harbeson. All of God's people are invited to receive Holy Communion. For more in- formation call 227-7202 or visit Saint John the Baptist announces services The Episcopal Church of Saint Iohn the Baptist will hold servic- es at noon and 7 p.m., Good Fri- day, April 6. An After Sunrise service will be at 7 a.m., Sunday, April 8, followed by Easter Sun- day service at 10 a.m. TheEpis- copal Church of Saint John the Baptist is at 307 Federal St: in Milton. Epworth UMC Easter services set Epworth United Methodist Church will hold a special chil- dren's celebration called lour- neying with Iesus in the sanctu- ary at 12:15 p.m., Good Friday, April 6. At 7 p.m. will be the Set, vice of Tenebrae. A prayer vigil will be held from noon, Saturday, April 7, until 6 a.m., Easter Sun- day. The celebration of Easter will begin at 6:30 a.m., Sunday, April 8, at the Rehoboth Beach Band- stand with a Community Son- Rise Service. At Epworth, Easter worship services will be held at 8 and 11 a.m. for traditional wor- ship and 9:30 a.m. for Contempo- rary Praise! worship. The com- munity is invited. Childcare will be available at the Good Friday service. Nursery care is available during all Easter Sunday services at Epworth. Epworth United Methodist Church is at 19285 Holland Glade Road, north of Rehoboth Beach. For more information, call 302- 227-7743 or go to www.epworth- Groome announces Easter worship At 10 a.m., Good Friday, April 6, Groome United Methodist Church will join other Lewes churches in a Cross Walk through Lewes beginning at Bethel United Methodist Church on Fourth Street. Youth will take turns carrying a wooden cross as participants read Scripture and pray at various historic locations throughout Lewes. Groome Church will be open to the pub- lic for prayer from noon to 3 p.m. on Good Friday. At 6:30 a.m., Easter Sunday, April 8, the churches of Lewes will conduct a Sunrise Service at Lewes Beach. Groome's regular worship serv!ces will be at 9 and 10:30 a.m. during which Holy Communion will be celebrated. The DowelMotions will perform. Continued on page 83