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r+ 88- CAPE GAZETTE- Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14,2008 FAITH & SPIRITUALITY m Sticklers form Colombian Children's Christian Charity By Kevin Spence Cape Gazette staff When Cape Region customers visit DiBonaventure's bakery in Lewes, to buy fresh breads and pies, they're also buying bread for children in Colombia. DiBonaventure's is known for its homemade cranberry pies, dark, seeded rye and daily soups. It's also home to Colombian Children's Christian Charity. Bakery owners Jason Stickler and his Colombian wife, Alejandra, founded the organization to bene- fit poor children and widows liv- ing in the mountains of Colombia. "We do this by choosing a bakery item each day and donating all the proceeds to our charity," Jason said Jason and Alejandra take their inspiration from a New Testatment passage, James 1:27. "Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." Jason said $2.50 will feed five children. "For $6, a Bible can be purchased," he said. The couple is taking their chari- ty to local churches, starting in Milton. Jason and Alejandra belong to Grace Church on Union Street, but the idea for their charity began years before they were married. Alejandra used to teach Bible study classes to children in Neira, Colombia. - "A lot of the students going to class had no breakfast," she said. Five sister churches belong to the Catredal de Avivamiento con- gregation. She taught at one of them. "My wife and I, at this point, are solely responsible for provid- ing food for 95 children in two of the five churches," said Jason. The pair bought a refrigerator for the largest church and 15 Bibles for the smallest chapel. On a recent day, customers at DiBonaventure's could buy two pints of soup and a loaf of bread for $12 - and all proceeds benefit- ed Colombian children. Continued on page 89 Kevin Spence photo Jason Stickler, owner of DiBonaventure's bakery in Lewes, has formed Colombian Children's Christian Chartiy with his wife, Alejandra. The pair are reaching out to local churches to help expand their effort. Relig'0us Notes Submitted photo Church uses environmentally sustainable palm fronds On Palm Sunday, Coolspring Presbyterian Church in Harbeson incorporated environ- mentally sustainable palm fronds into its worship service. Coolspring was one of more than 2,000 con- gregations across the United States that used Eco-Palms this year. Each year millions of palm fronds are harvested for use in congre- gations across the country, which tradition- ally has meant negative environmental con- sequences. Eco-Palms, however, provide fair wages to the palm harvesters, support the communi- ties and teach harvesters conservation teeh- niques, ensuring greater sustainability for forested areas where palms are harvested.. For most congregations, palm branches are an essential component to the Palm Sunday service. For more information on Enough for Everyone or Eco-Palms visit www.pcusa.org/enough. Shown above celebrating Palm Sunday at Coolspring Church are (l-r) Lay Pastor Linda Williams, Nancy Burd, Sally Danz, Carol Short, Steve Tidball and Felipe Garela- Carri6n. Coolspring Presbyterian to host Taize service Coolspring Presbyterian Church will hold a Taize worship service at 6 p.m., Sunday, April 13. This service is a quiet, contemplative, community prayer service with simple chant-like music to sing along with. It lasts between 30 and 45 minutes and is for all ages. The location of Coolspring Church is 28843 Log Cabin Hill Road, just north of Route 9 at Josephs Road between Lewes and Georgetown. This service.takes place every month at 6 p.m. on the second Sunday. For more information, call Linda Williams at 344-6217. Coolspring to offer conversational Spanish.classes Conversational Spanish classes will take place at Coolspring Presbyterian Church beginning April 15. Weekly classes will begin for a 10-week session from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 15. The instructor, Felipe Garcia-Carrion, is an experienced language teacher and will tailor the class to the needs of the students. The goal for this session is to learn to construct sentences and improve pronun- ciation. The registration fee of $25 may be paid at the first class. For ques- tions or directions to the church, call Linda Williams at 344-6217. Accents Jewelry supports Conley's building fund Accents Jewelry, located on Route 1 in Rehoboth, and Conley's United Methodist Church will team up for a 10 percent give back to the church's new building fund from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17. Contact 226-4221 or 945-1881 for additional information. UUSD church to host fundraising event April 19 The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will feature a 1960s election at a fundraising event, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19, at the church at 33739 Marsh Road in Lewes. The fundraising event will include snack foods, one free drink of choice, a silent and live auction, a 50/50 raffle and a chance to win a door prize. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, call 947-1779. More Religious Notes on page 90