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CAPE GAZETI, Friday, December 11 - December 17, 1998- 21 CAPE LI00FE Powerful movement at New Covenant Presbyterian munity with the gospel of Jesus New congregation Christ." No location has been selected, |- __ seeking permanent but Swalm hopes it will be in the Rehoboth Beach or Lewes area. "tape "Region home Such a center could host Christian entertainers and provide recre- By Michael Short ation like bicycle motocross to at- Rev. Jamie Swalm says there's tract young people to the church. something powerful happening "In 1976, studies showed that only every Sunday. four percent of children were fol- The New Covenant Presbyter- lowing in the footsteps of their ian Church is looking for a new parents. We are losing that gener- location, having experienced mas- ation," Swalm said. sive growth. In 1997, the church The church makes an effort to was founded when Swalm minis- attract young people with an ac- tered to five families in The Land- tive youth program and a strong ing. emphasis on music, including A year later, contemporary Christian music. the services The church has quickly out- now attract grown its site, but Swalm said he more than 200 is not surprised by the rapid Mlchael Shortphotos parishioners growth. "Growth is attributed to Above, The New Covenant on some the word of God," Swalm said. Presbyterian Church, locat- mornings. Cornerstones of the church are ed near Kmart, stresses mu- "God is very Christ-centered worship and au- sic, offering both contempo- powerful thoritative teaching of the scrip- rary and more traditional of- " ...... when .we are tures, ferings at its Sunday ser- here on Sun' "The bottom line of why people vices. Shown are (l-r) Pedro day," Swalm SWALM are coming is authoritative Miller, Dan Betters, Nancy said. ',There is preaching of the word of God and Cirelli, Brenden Wood and something very special that is relevant worship," Swalm said, Luke Trader. At right, the Rest. Jamie happening here and something "Our stated purpose is to change Swalm preaches during the very powerful." lives through the power of Jesus 10 a.m. Sunday service at The newly formed church is in Christ...People are spiritually hun- New Covenant Presbyterian partnership with the Glasgow Re- gry and we are providing spiritual Church. formed Presbyterian Church in meat. I think that God is stirring The new church sometimes Bear, DE. Services are now held people's hearts to search for him. I attracts more than 200 below Casapulla's Sub Shop in think the growth of the churches parishioners, forcing it to look for a new larger site Lighthouse Plaza on Route 1, but we have experienced in this area that parishioners hope will the church is already searching for is fueled by GOd, independent of become "a center of the a larger location., any church. Christian community, n Plans call for a new, expanded "My hope is that all the church- 15- to 20-acre site. "We hope it es will grow. That is my hope - will become a center of the Chris- that all the churches will grow and tian community in our communi- people will find a relationship ty," Swalm said. with GOd," Swalm said. "It is not just for our church. For more information about the Our desire is not to build a big New Covenant Presbyterian church. It is to reach into the corn- Church, call 227-4910. , 11 . 11 I[ II I I I I II " Treasured mom00ts from ClifiS00as office parties past .... : The other day lilwas rifling ....  ing at the top of the vice-presi- say things like the Dow Jones Av- will take hold of that microphone through some shelves, when ,I .. L head, I rhe was erage and the Gross National: until it sends high screeching came across an album of pho=  middle of Some hair trans- Produci. And most of them are sounds bouncing off the ceiling tographs, Naturally, I opened it to plant experiment at the time. married to their first wives, who and causing neighbors to flee their glance at pic0ares thatlknew leap- . And thus we embark on another spend all their time in the bath- homes into fields where they fall tured treasuredmoments in'my Christmas Lraditio the office par, :room;banging their head against  to their knees to await the second past and that were filled with fond ty, Personally, I like office par-the wall and wishing a diesel truck coming. This, my friends, is a memories. No doubt"mogt:o ties. Oh, there are some I wouldn't would run over them before they successful office party. these would be crammfcf Wi sa- care to attend. If I worked for the have to spend another nigh t at one The only way to end this agony voting friendships of family and MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour or  of these boring, events, is to stick the microphone into the friends .... i' . i .  anything that had public .broad- No, the typical office Christmas dip or wait until the crowd goes But I found myself pausing at  - casting attached to it. These are party starts out with one basic, into the."Full Monty," which usu- One photograph and saying "My . not symbolic of the typical 9ff'-me American premise: that everyone ally happens around midnight, GOd, what in the world was Linda Christmas party. There always is has the hidden talent to sing and it Now, I don't mean to suggest Tripp doing at my office Christ= somebody playing the harp softly is their God-given right to get up that there isn't some room be- mas party?" in the background and singing in front of a room full of people, tween these two examples for an Of course, once I put on my stuff like "Jean, Jean, come home who have consumed enough Mai office party that is more low key. glasses, I realized it was actually a from the hills...The cows are a Tais to collapse the parking And you certainly don't have to photograph of myself! down at a round porcelain tray mooing in the window sill(s) .... " garage, and belt out stuff like "My look like Linda Tripp to .enjoy I was smiling back at the cam- that held some leftover canap6s. And the guys stand around in Boyfriend's Back, Hey Na Hey yourself. But come promotion era, with a plastic cup in my hand After adjusting my glasses, it be- suits made of some polyurethane Nah, My Boyfriend's Back..." time, long after the party has been that had little candy canes painted came clearer that I was standing fiber that is so stiff it could double Even people who have voices like forgotten, that wire you were on it and I appeared to be looking on someone's shoulders and star- as a trampoline. It causes them to Fran Drescher in the' "Nanny" wearing may come in handy.