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Vital Conversations ~ Exploring Racism

Sign up now for Vital Conversations ~ Exploring Racism, presented by Bridging the Divide, a joint ministry of Faith, Israel and Epworth United Methodist Churches. Vital Conversations is a series of 8 discussions about race and ethnicity. Most importantly, these discussions are about you and your fellow Christians. They are frank and challenging and are designed to elicit and, by this, to examine our own views of racism and the factors that have contributed to it. The first session will consist of an introduction to the material, and each of the remaining sessions will open with a short video followed by discussion in small groups with a final wrap-up of the entire group. Starts Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. May 1 through June 19 at Faith UMC, 19940 Church Street, at the entrance to Rehoboth Beach. There is ample free parking. Sign-up in the Narthex, e-mail david.davdgn@gmail.com or phone Ruth Ann Curley at 302-228-4393 or David Dagenais at 302-265-5099.

 
PATHWAYS to Transformation ~
The Journey Continues

Epworth United Methodist Church, Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m., June 13-August 1. How are we preparing our spiritual soil for the growth of the seeds of transformation? These seeds are planted in each and all of us. But they must be fed, watered and nurtured before they can grow, bear fruit and be harvested. But how can we provide this nurturing? Christ became man in order to reveal to us our own true nature and to empower us to live as children of God. His life serves as a model. He is “the way, the truth and the light/life.” Thomas Merton described this transformation in these words: In perfect humility all selfishness disappears and your soul no longer lives for itself or in itself for God….it is lost and submerged in Him and transformed into Him. [from “New Seeds of Contemplation” by Merton]  This weekly dialogue will explore the meaning of this transformation and how we can ready our soil for this incredible spiritual becoming, which is our gift from God and our ultimate purpose here on earth. We are here to make our world a better place. Look around! How are we doing? TO REGISTER, call Toni Worsham at 302-226-1321.

 

Simpson Men’s Group

The Simpson Men’s Group meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at Sammy’s Kitchen in downtown Rehoboth Beach (1st St & Wilmington Av). New members are are always welcome and you do not have to be a member to attend. Come be a part of something great.
 

Smith Island Trip

How about a fall cruise to Smith Island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay?  Sterling Green and Coles Marsh (both of whom grew up in the area) are planning a bus trip/cruise to the island as a fund raiser for Epworth.

The date is Saturday, September 29, 2018. We’ll leave Epworth at 9:00 a.m. and return at 7:00 p.m. We’ll bus to Crisfield where Sterling will talk a bit about the history of the town that was once called “The Crab Capital of the World” while conducting a walking tour of the docks. Then we’ll board a 100 passenger cruise boat for the 45 min trip to the island.

Immediately upon arriving we’ll be treated to a seafood dinner at the Bayside Restaurant on Ewell, the “capital” of the island. The meal will end with the famous Smith Island (multi-layered) cake. Following the meal, we will have an opportunity to walk around the village of Ewell with Coles and Sterling giving more commentary. There is a museum featuring a short video on island life, which is available for a small fee. We then return to Crisfield and head back to Rehoboth. The cost of the trip (excluding the museum fee) is $75 per person which includes $11 as a fundraiser for Epworth. In order to hold a seat on the bus a non-refundable deposit of $25 is required. Final payment will be due by August 1, 2018.

Payments for the deposit or balance can be made by check to: Epworth UMC with a notation at the bottom left:

deposit/balance on Smith Island trip 2/29. The check should then be placed in a PLAIN WHITE ENVELOP designated for Darlene Ford re: Smith Island trip. Darlene, from our church office, has agreed to receive and keep account of the money. DO NOT put the check in a church offering envelop!! If you have any questions about the trip then contact Coles Marsh at marsheme@comcast.net or Sterling Green at netster9669@comcast.net. Hope you can join us. There is a limit of 52 persons (the capacity of the bus).

 
 

United Methodist Women Reading Program

United Methodist Women are looking for women to read 5 books in 2018 to help Epworth UMW and its UMW Reading Program. You just need to read one book from each of the 5 Categories; Education for Mission, Leadership Development, Nurturing for Community, Social Action and Spiritual Growth and fill out a report form. The 2018 list is on the small shelf near the windows in Branford Lounge or online (UMW Reading 2018). You may include books from the lists back to 2013. You may borrow books from the shelf and return them for the next reader. If you read a youth book, you would need to sign that out through the Children’s Library. Most books are available in the Delaware Library system. On Sunday, April 22, the UMW Reading Committee will be in the Narthex between services to answer your questions and tell you about the UMW Reading program for 2018. If you are a long-time reader with the program or have an interest in expanding your reading in these areas, please visit the UMW Reading table. Wendy Herman via e-mail at weherman@verizon.net or by phone at 645-6984, Kaye Webb via e-mail at misskaye1182@hotmail.com or phone at 645-9711 or e-mail Teri Moore at wildjammer@outlook.com.

 

WINGS:

Women IN God’s Service

WINGS is a women’s service group that began in the fall of 2017. Since then, we have collected for Hurricane Harvey, distributed posters for Turkeyville, wrapped Christmas items for local shelters, volunteered for Food Rescue & Triage, and stuffed eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt. What’s next? Join us and see! We meet the second Monday of each month in Baker Lounge at 1:00 p.m. For more information, e-mail Janet Taylor-Smith at jtaylorsmith711@gmail.com.

 

Good Samaritan Teams Looking to Grow
The Good Samaritan Program, aka “Good Sam,” needs more volunteers. If you’d like to help people  in the local community with emergency food and other assistance, please contact Walt Smith at 302-858-2039 or wtsmith623@gmail.com
 

Baker Lounge Library

Our library collection is expanding! New books are added each week to the bookcase in the Narthex. Stop by and sign one out today!

 

Food Rescue Triage

What is Food Rescue Triage? Help needed now – come and see how it’s done – it’s a whole lot of fun. Check the WINGS table in the Main Hallway for more information.
 
Many Hands – Less Work – More Fun!
There are SO many ways to put faith into action here at Epworth! Here are some possibilities:
  • thekitchen@epworth;
  • Food rescue;
  • Tuesday Night Dinner helpers;
  • Basic Plumbers;
  • Fair Trade Sales;
  • Bus volunteers;
  • Sunday School teachers;
  • Nursery helpers.
Call the Church Office, 302-227-7743, to volunteer!