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34 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 13 -April 19, 2001 Abel appointed Epworth Church pastor In 1994, Rehoboth-area resident Jack Abel heard the call to go into the Christian ministry. Now, fol- lowing formal divinity education; the ordained Methodist minister is coming home. The Rev. Abel said this week he,has been notified of his appointment to the pastor- ship of Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach. "I will be preaching in June and be- come permanent in July. He said Epworth's present min- ister - the Rev. Anne Pruett Bar- nett - will be moving to Wesley Methodist Church in Georgetown where her husband is pastor at ABEL Grace United Methodist. She served Epworth for three years following the depar- ture of the Rev. Jonathon Baker. Methodist ministers typically serve congregations anywhere from three to seven years before moving on to new assignments. Abel owned and operated Midway Office and Art Supply up until 1996 when he decided his true call- ing was in the Christian faith. He attendedWesley Seminary in Washingtoa D,C.. where he graduated summa cam laude ja !,998 his Masters in Divinity. He worked at St. John's United Methodist in Seaford as a student pastor during'his seminary days and also served as pastor for a Methodist Church in Port Deposit, Md. - near the mouth of the Susquehan- na River - from 1996 through 2000. "I wentback to school this year to earn my Ph.D when the offer to pastor at Epworth came. I've been studying liturgy and worship. Epworth has a very vi- brant history of worship and I plan to put into prac- tice what I've been studying." Abel said his greatest revelation during his divinity studies has been the strength of the Christian com- munity. He noted that Epworth has a membership of 888 with upwards of 300 people coming to worship each Sunday. "I know the Epworth congregation is a diverse congregation and I look forward to the challenge and excitement of worshipping together." Abel, 40, is married to April and they plan to live in the Epworth parsonage located in Bay Manor. Quilting bee April 21 to benefit St. Quilts for Comfort will sponsor a Community Quilting Bee to help at-risk babies and children in Delaware and Maryland from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 21 at St. Edmond's Parish Hall. Quilts for Comfort is a nonprofit.organization which provides love and care through their quilts to infants and children born at risk because of AIDS/HIV, alcohol, drugs, serious medical prob- lems and/or low-income. Edmond's Those who would like to participate in the event need not know how to sew as instruction will be provided. "17.6 date, 440 participants have come to- get her to make 326 quilts to be delivered to these children. Participants are asked to bring a covered dish as it is an important part of the fellowship. Fabric do- nations are also always welcome. For more information, call 645-9386. Submitted photo National commander pays visit Ray G. Smith, American Legion national commander, re- cently visited Delaware. A spaghetti dinner was held at Har- rington Post 7 to raise money for the National Emergency Fund. Don Mastracco, commander of Henlopen Post 5, is shown receiving an award and picture from Smith. M We're cleaning our shelves so now is your chance to save I