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Cape Gazette Faith & Spirituality " RDA', APPalL 11- MONDAY, APRR 14, 2014 71 Epworth and Rev. Starnes celebrate one year together Lessons from the Garden to be theme When the Rev. Victoria Starnes assumed her pastoral duties a year ago at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach, she commented about how she felt about leading a "congregation that has made a place for all God's children." Her goal was to use her passions for "planning creative worship, preaching, coaching and devel- oping leadership skills" to help Epworth continue to grow as a 21st century church. "It is wonderful to be a part of a church that already knows the meaning of mission - a church that already practices Christ's commandment to love your neighbor as yourself," said Starnes. Together with Associate Pastor Rev. Dr. Patricia Loughlin, Starnes chose Lessons from the Garden as the theme for this year's Lent and Easter services. "It is very special to be a part of Epworth as we walk the 40 days of Lent," said Starnes. "Spring is the season for gardening and growing things - especially our faith!" Each Sunday she and Loughlin focus on a different aspect of gardening (soil, water, sun, pruning, fertilizing, and sharing the bounty) and relate it to how to grow in faith. Epworth has its own vegetable garden and flowerbeds. Tended to by Epworth congregation members, the vegetable bounty is shared in its Sunday Soup Kitchen and the Tuesday meals for international students. "Jesus used images of the garden and farm all the time - to teach his followers about faith and life with God...so gardening can serve as an image for learn- ing about how to grow our faith," said Starnes. 's a minister for over 25 years, I am accustomed to the rhythm of the Christian year and cal- endar in the life of the church. Summers are slower, and snowy winters give you time to regroup and plan ahead," she said. But Starnes quickly realized that at Epworth there is no slow time. She found that in the summer, Sundays were very busy host- ing visiting worshippers, and the weeks were occupied with hosting the international stu- dents every Tuesday evening for dinner. This winter, one of the snowiest and coldest on record, did not offer time to regroup and plan ahead - instead, Epworth found itself offering shelter to the homeless through its facility and the Faith United Methodist Church building. "During this past winter, we learned a lot about the people we serve and about ourselves as a congregation," said Starnes. "Before I came here I was very much aware of Epworth's com- mitment to those in need - but to actually experience it has been a true blessing." As a final thought on her first year as Epworth's senior pas- tor, Starnes said, "Epworth is a church alive with resurrection faith and opportunities for minis- try. I am so blessed to be a part of this church as we walk these days of Lent and prepare to celebrate the touchstone of our faith - the resurrection of Jesus - on Easter Sunday." Epworth is located at 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach. For additional informa- tion, go to www.eumcrb.org 6 email office@epworth-rehoboth. org, or call 302-227-7743. Rev. Victoria Starnes Churches schedule Lenten and Easter events in the upcoming weeks Bayside Chapel to hold Easter Egg Hunt Bayside Chapel will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt Palm Sunday, April 13, at the church at 38288 London Ave. in the Williamsville Industrial Park off Route 54 in Selbyville. Registration will begin shortly after the 10:45 a.m. Contempo- rary Service, approximately at noon. All are invited to come to the service. Each registrant will receive a goodie bag with an activity book and more. Prize eggs for gold and silver will win miniature golf or bowling tickets and chocolate. Hidden eggs will be filled with candy, prize tickets and prizes. Children are encouraged to bring their own Easter baskets to collect their eggs. Church vol- unteers will tell the Easter story and start the egg hunt. Hot dogs, snacks and refresh- ments will be available after the hunt as well as games for children and adults. This event is free for all children. Bayside Chapel is six miles from Route 1 in Eenwick and two miles west of Harris Teeter on Delaware Route 54. Plenty of parking is available in front and behind the church. The entrance awning and sign will easily direct to the church entrance doors. Eastern Orthodox Palm Sunday blessing The Eastern Orthodox Community of Saint Andrew celebrates Palm Sunday with the blessing and distribution of palms and willows and the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom Sunday, April 13. Services begin at 9:30 a.m. at the church's new location, 33384 MacKenzie Way, Lewes. Visitors are welcome. All services are in English. For more information and the Holy Week schedule call 302-645-5791. Faith Community Church to present 'The Choice' Palm Sunday Faith Community Church will present "The Choice," a dra- matic presentation of the Gospel from creation to Christ's return, at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Palm Sunday, April 13, at 2240 South DuPont Highway, Camden. "The Choice" is a production of Shin- ing Light Players. Admission is free. Call 302-697-1673 for more information. Groome UM Church posts Easter services Groome United Methodist Church will have regular wor- ship services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Palm Sunday, April 13, with social time between the services. Groome Church will be open for prayer from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 16. Also the Bible study, The Me I Want to Be: God's Best Version of You, will continue from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with soup and sandwich supper from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Groome, Faith and Israel Unit- ed Methodist Churches will hold a combined service at 7 p.m., Holy Thursday, April 17, at Faith United Methodist Church on Church Street in Rehoboth. The speaker will be the Rev. Wil- liam Hopkins, pastor of Groome United Methodist Church. Starting at 10 a.m, Good Friday, April 18, Groome 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 vari- ous historic locations in Lewes. Groome Church will be open to the public for prayer from noon to 3 p.m. Good Friday. The churches of Lewes will conduct a Sunrise Service at Lewes Beach at 6 a.m., Easter Sunday, April 20. Groome's Easter worship ser- vices will be at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Special music will be offered, and the Stick Figures will per- form. This group is made up of youth from Groome who perform with music and pantomime to deliver a special and meaningful mes- sage. Groome invites the public to all of the above services and events. Groome United Meth- odist Church is at the corner of Savannah Road and Dewey Avenue in Lewes. Israel UMC to host Palm Sunday Concert April 13 The Heavenly Sparks of Sea- ford under the direction of Brother Melvin Stanley will ren- der a Palm Sunday Concert, a service of songs and praises, at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 13, at Israel United Methodist Church. All are invited to come and worship in celebration: "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord." Psalm 150: 6. Israel UMC, under the direction of the Rev. Jerome E. Tilghman Sr., is at 20230 Plantation Road near Lewes. Conley's UM Church hosts Easter services Conley's UM Church will hold a Contemporary service at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 12, and tra- ditional Palm Sunday services at 8:45 a.m.and 10:30 a.m., Sunday, April 13. A Maundy Thursday service and Cantata will be pre- sented at the church at 7 p.m., April 17. Good Friday services with prayer time will be held from noon to 3 p.m., and a Wom- en of the Bible program will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, April 18. A Contemporary Easter service and Saturday evening worship will take place at 6:30 p.m., Sat- urday, April 19. Easter Sunday Sunrise service will occur at 6:30 a.m., Sunday, April 20, and traditional Easter services are scheduled for 8:45 and 10:30 a.m.. Cantatas will be performed at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26, and at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m., Sunday April 27. For more information, call the church office at 302-945-1881 or visit www.ConleysChurch. com. Conley's United Methodist Church is at 33106 Jolyns Way, Lewes. St. Jude The Apostle services April 12-20 St. Jude The Apostle announc- es its schedule for Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday: The Palm Sunday Vigil Mass will be at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 12, with the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 3:15 to 4h5 p.m. in the church. Palm Sunday Masses on Sunday, April 13, will be at 7, 8:30 and 10 a.m. in the church. The Chrism Mass will be at 7 p.m., Monday, April 14, at Holy Cross Church in Dover. Tenebrae will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, at St. Jude's. The Seven Last Words service will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, in the church. Triduum services begin Holy Thursday, April 17, with Morning Prayer at 7:30 a.m.. There will be no 7:30 a.m. Mass. The Mass of the Lord's Supper will be ce ebrated at 7 p.m. in the church. On Good Friday, April 18, Morning Prayer will be at 7:38 a.m.. (no 7:30 a.m. Mass). The service of the Lord's Passion will be at 3 p.m. in the church. On Holy Saturday, April 19, Morn- ing Prayer will be at 7:30 a.m. (no 7:30 a.m. Mass). Also, there will be no 4:30 p.m. Mass and no Sacrament of Reconciliation available April 19. The Easter Vigil Mass will ha: held at 8p.m., Saturday, April 19. Easter Sunday Mass of the Res- urrection of the Lord will be at 7, 8:30,10 and 11:30 a.m., April 2(). St. Jude's is on northbound Route 1 in Lewes just north of the Five Points intersection. St, John the Baptist Holy Week services The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 307 Federal St, in Milton announces its parish Easter schedule. Holy Eucharist Service will take place at 10 a.m., Palm Sun- Continued on page 72