Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, will hold its 30th annual Festival of Trees from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3.Festival of Trees will feature a display of decorated trees and wreaths. This year’s festival will include a festival marketplace, a bake shop, raffle tree, memorial, new hope and remembrance trees, as well as daily events including a bingo tournament, noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 1; pictures with Santa, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 2; and [...]
Registration for PAL Youth Basketball is currently underway and will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 27 and 29 and Dec. 5 and noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9 at the Smyrna Police Station, 325 W. Glenwood Ave.Co-ed teams are forming. A PAL representative will be available during sign-ups to answer any questions. Games are held at JBM School in Smyrna on Saturdays during January, February and March. Bring a copy of player’s birth certificate and proof of insurance.Cost is [...]
ASC&D Gives, a committee within ASC&D Serves, the philanthropic arm of Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley, donated $1,000 to Believe in Tomorrow to sponsor its upcoming fundraiser.Believe in Tomorrow works to provide respite housing for families with children who are fighting life-threatening illnesses.
The Federal Highway Administration and the Roadway Safety Foundation announced that Delaware is one of this year’s nine National Roadway Safety Award winners.The biennial competition, which began in 1999, is an acknowledgement of successful approaches to improving roadway safety at the state and local level.Delaware received the award for the use of a high-friction surface treatment that can reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities at locations where motorists [...]
Standard Solar Inc. received the Project of the Year Award for its solar project for Delaware Technical Community College during Solar Focus 2017.This annual east coast solar industry conference is hosted by the Maryland-DC-Delaware-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association, affiliate of the national Solar Energy Industries Association. The awards recognize local solar professionals and organizations that are advancing the state of the industry through innovation, advocacy and [...]
Community partners will participate in a series of free addiction-related community sessions hosted by the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.The sessions will be a way for people to talk with treatment experts, learn about local services and supports and have access to a training class on how to use the overdose-reversing medication naloxone."We’ve heard from people across our state who say they aren’t always sure where and how to access [...]
Sen. Tom Carper recently released a statement after Republicans on the committee approved legislation to remake our entire economy and begin dismantling the Affordable Care Act."This evening, Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to repeal a critical part of the Affordable Care Act, and blow a hole of at least $1.5 trillion in our federal deficit over the next 10 years in order to give millions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans. It’s [...]
"Family and money" is not the easiest conversation to have – especially when gathering for a family occasion or holiday. Nevertheless, these conversations are appropriate, and should be had if you are curious and looking to be helpful. This conversation should happen with family members that you care about.Let’s start up the family tree with parents. Sometimes older generations don’t want to talk about money at all. But these are [...]
The Delaware Veterans Coalition will host its bimonthly meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 at FOP Lodge 3, 1584 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover.The Delaware Veterans Coalition, founded in May 2011, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, pro-bono lobbying organization that represents issues affecting Delaware veterans of all generations. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of every other month beginning in January. Membership is open to honorably-discharged veterans living in Delaware. [...]
The city of Dover received a $2,000 Livable Communities Grant from AARP in support of the bike route that is set to be completed by the summer 2018."We had many areas of the bike path completed throughout Dover, yet we had a few sections that needed to be tied in, in order to make it a safe and complete bike route," said Eddie Diaz, a planner for the city of Dover.After funding and incorporating the sections, Diaz applied for the grant to aid in signage so individuals [...]
Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America, recently received a visit from the Fright Night Friends who donated money they raised during Halloween.Matt Boller and his Fright Night Friends 2017 arrived in the costumes they used between Oct. 14-15 to contribute $3,560 toward maintenance of the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park.The money is a portion of the funds raised at Brecknock Park, Camden, in cooperation with Kent County Division of Parks and Recreation, [...]
UMC Bishops call for respectful conversations in time of uncertainty
LAKE JUNALUSKA, NORTH CAROLINA _ United Methodist Church bishops are calling on members of the denomination to engage in respectful conversations amidst growing conflict over political, religious and justice issues in many places in our world.
In a pastoral letter released at the end of the Council of Bishops (COB) meeting at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina today, COB President Bruce R. Ough reminded the members that the UMC was a Church which is diverse in its theological understanding of Scripture and Christ’s call in our lives.
“Conflict and differing opinions, a natural part of the human and faith experience, come in a variety of forms. We are called to address our differences with authenticity and respectful conversations which enrich our understanding of God and of one another,” Bishop Ough said.
The bishops reminded United Methodists about Ephesians 4:1-2 which admonishes us “to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
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United Methodist bishops find themselves “off the map” as they try to navigate a way forward through the church’s impasse over the practice of homosexuality and whether it is acceptable among those entering or engaged in ordained ministry and marriage.
At the UMC Council of Bishops meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C., Bishop Bruce R. Ough, council president, compared his colleagues to early American pioneering explorers, as the bishops struggle to navigate through the denomination’s mountainous moral challenge. He spoke as the bishops were about to embark on discussing the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.
“There is currently no larger or more intractable barrier to the mission, unity and vitality of The United Methodist Church than the matter of homosexuality,” the bishop, who leads the Dakotas-Minnesota Area, said Nov. 6, in his fall address to 127 of his episcopal colleagues.
Nevertheless, he expressed confidence that with “a rock-solid, Christ-centered core,” the church can find a way forward that “maintains unity, honors our distinctive Wesleyan connectional values and has the property of being continuously adaptive.”
Ough likened his fellow bishops to the U.S. explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, who expected to navigate their way to the Pacific Ocean by canoe but found their path blocked by the rugged Rocky Mountains.
“His comparison of our challenge to theirs is apt,” said Bishop Peggy Johnson, leader of the Philadelphia Episcopal Area. “We too must explore new methods and new paths to uncharted places if we are to remain connected in Christ’s mission while overcoming deep divides and imposing obstacles as a denomination. It gives me—and it should give all of us—hope and much-needed courage for the days to come.”
“The specific issues of same-gender marriage, the ordination of LGBTQ persons, and the underlying issues of scriptural authority and biblical obedience are our denomination’s Rocky Mountains,” Ough said. “And it is clear there is no way forward unless we are willing to rethink and redesign what a global United Methodist Church looks like.”
Our country is still reeling from the recent incident in New York City where a terrorist brutally ran over and killed innocent people with a truck. Now we learn of another heinous, hateful act of unbelievable violence against innocent people.
This time it is in the tiny town of Sutherland Springs, Texas. This time it strikes especially close to home. This time it is in a church, where unsuspecting members—children and adults—were gathered for worship.
Fifteen seconds of automatic weapon gunfire erupted in a horrific mass murder, the worst ever in an American place of worship and in Texas’ history, killing 26 people and wounding many others. This terrible act of violence has caused profound devastation and inconsolable grief. There are no words that can come close to healing such emotional and spiritual wounds.
The Baptist church’s pastor, the Rev. Frank Pomeroy, was out of town when these murders happened. But the words that he preached to his congregation the Sunday before may shed some light on the future. On a website known as www.heavy.com (November 5, 2017) the pastor’s sermon was quoted: “God’s understanding is far greater, and there may be things that are taking place that you don’t understand. But you still need to do what God is calling you to do.”
These prophetic words speak to us this day. As Christians, we are called to pray, to continue to speak out about how to live in this world in nonviolent ways, to examine our weapons laws for ways to be more protective, and to find ways to prepare our churches for the unthinkable.
A final reminder is that mental health is often in the mix when people perform horrific acts of mass murder. Our country could and should be doing much more to provide for more mental health services. It is just as important as medical (physical) health care.
Please remember that the vast majority of people with mental illness are not murderous or violent, and we as the church need to continually be about the business of ministering to this community with compassion and grace.
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Protecting against catastrophic violence
Although catastrophically violent events are not frequent, the consequences are tragic. With the recent rise in active shooter incidents, specifically, many organizations are asking questions about how to make sure they are prepared for such violent events.
“There are several precautionary measures that can be taken,” said Ron Aguiar, director of safety and security at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., and author of Keeping Your Church Safe. “It starts with getting a group together to develop a plan.”
NASHVILLE, TN – The Commission on a Way Forward, which is working to find unity for The United Methodist Church regarding human sexuality, began its sixth meeting on October 30, 2017, with a devotion that challenged the members to be as one in the body of Christ and to see each person as a reflection of God.
The Rev. Dr. Tom Salsgiver, of the Susquehanna Annual Conference in the U.S., sharing on Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12, told his fellow Commission members: “I must be the reflection of the one who created me.”
“These passages say we are part of the body but we are not the head. ... We sure would like to be the one that calls the shots but we are not in the driver’s seat,” Rev. Salsgiver said, noting that “it is about God leading us.”
The 32 members of the Commission were appointed by the Council of Bishops to assist the bishops in their charge from the 2016 General Conference to lead the church forward amid the present impasse related to human sexuality and resulting questions about the unity of the church.
The Commission is holding the three-day meeting at the United Methodist Publishing House headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, a week before the Council of Bishops are meeting in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, to receive the interim report.
The moderators, Bishop David Yemba, Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball and Bishop Ken Carter are leading the members of the Commission to delve deeper into LGBTQ identity, guided by the values of multiplying Wesleyan witness, fruitfulness, a heart at peace, de-centralization and simplicity.
Using a clip from The Lion King movie when Simba is reminded that he had forgotten about his father and consequently forgotten who he was, Rev. Salsgiver challenged the members to look in the mirror and reflect on who each one of them is as part of God’s family.
“In the next two days as we pray and listen, I have to remember whose I am. Who do I reflect? I am just a small part of the body, as each of us are a small part. We are certainly individuals, in that body, corporately, we are part of it. We need to reflect the one who created the body,” Salsgiver said.
He pointed out that 1 Corinthians 12 and the third verse of the Roman’s passage make it clear what is a better or more excellent way to do the work. “Don’t misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it to you.”
The members were reminded that God’s grace is for everyone. “My love is not only for those I like or those who believe like I do. I am part of the body not because of my gifts but because God’s arms are open wide and accepted me. God expects and demands I do the same for all of God’s children.”
Members then spent the day discussing models to share with the bishops, expressing the need for the unity of the UMC, yet recognizing the different theological understandings and expressions on human sexuality.
The commission plans to issue an interim report to the bishops at their November 2017 meeting for feedback and direction before the final report is released in 2018. The bishops will present their report to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference.
Young Clergy Leadership Forum is scheduled for January 28-31. Each conference is invited to send two young clergy, preferably age 35 or younger and serving full time in a local church. Since this serves as an introduction to the ministries of the Board of Church and Society, we ask that you not send people who have attended previously. We are able to accommodate a maximum of 50 participants. Here is the link to registration page: https://www.umcjustice.org/what-you-can-do/events/young-adult-clergy-leadership-forum-2018
We are pleased to have with us this year Daniel Viehland, a Wesley and Yellowstone Conference. He will be reaching out by phone to touch base. We are especially looking for success stories. If you are doing a particular Church and Society ministry that has been a success please let him know. Your story can be an inspiration to others. email@example.com
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HARRISBURG >> As Thanksgiving nears, the PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) is projecting that 3.55 million cars and trucks will travel the Turnpike during the six-day period, beginning Tuesday and ending Sunday.
"We appreciate that family, friends, food and festivities are the focus of the Thanksgiving holiday season," said Mark Compton, PTC CEO.
SPRINGFIELD >> A five-year contract was approved by the school board and ratified by the Springfield Education Association teachers. The parties were nearly a year in negotiations which led to the agreement effective Nov. 17, 2017-June 30, 2022.
Among the agreement's major factors are 2.5 percent salary hikes in each year of the contract.
UPPER DARBY >> Clyde's Home Supplies was more than a local hardware store in Upper Darby. Sure, it had nails, screws and all the equipment you'd need to complete a home project, but it was filled with one thing that couldn't be bought or fixed: Love.
First, there's a love of family which is found in the father-son team of Sam and Kevin Clyde, who have owned and operated Clyde's for the past 12 years.
WEST CHESTER >> Donations for victims of the fire at Barclay Friends senior home poured in to a collection center set up at Good Will Fire Company on Sunday. Almost 200 residents of the senior living community were displaced after the building caught on fire late Thursday evening.
So many people were turning out with wheelchairs, walkers, clothes and toiletries that volunteers were simply overwhelmed at the outpouring of support from the community.
SHARON HILL >> As dozens of spectators lined the room, about eleven senior models, dressed in fall finery, strutted their chosen ensembles during the second annual fashion show Friday at the Mercy LIFE adult day center, 701 Chester Pike.
"This is the second year that we've done a fall fashion show," explained Shalani Colon, a recreational therapy aide at Mercy LIFE.
Oh come on now, Jodine, be nice. Be nice to Roy Moore. He was just trying to spread the wealth in a Democratic way. His own way. Now you know how the Republicans do it - trickle down. Well Roy Moore was just trying to make as many girls and women happy as he could. Everybody knows Roy Moore is a real Casanova.
It's getting to where you can't keep track of the lechers, gropers and sexual abusers without a scorecard. Once one of these sexually tinged moral panics we have so frequently gets going, there's no telling whose squalid little sins will be exposed to public view.
If nothing else, they start a lot of titillating conversations.
CHESTER >> Area businesses are still coming to grips with the new monthly fee slapped on them - as well as residents - by the Stormwater Authority of Chester, the city's newest authority, which will begin charging property owners in December.
Based on an assessed size of private residences around the city, larger business will incur greater charges on the space they occupy - the larger the footprint, the greater the cost.
State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced the Chester Economic Development Authority will receive a $150,000 grant through Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program to renovate Washington Park located in Chester.
The grant comes from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages.
A group of researchers is building a portal of genetic information to help doctors detect, diagnose and treat cancer optimally in each of their patients. The goal: Someday, oncologists will pull up this data on a tablet and use it to guide treatment decisions.
Planting native trees and shrubs in your yard can really help songbirds. Researchers from the University of Delaware and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center studied the Carolina chickadee around Washington, D.C. and found native trees and shrubs support much more 'bird food' than non-natives do.
A new University of Delaware poll found that a large majority of Americans carry a deep level of distrust for virtually every governing, media, and political institution in America. Only the military gained a positive rating with 72% trusting; the media and Hollywood were the least trusted.
Cindy Ott, professor of history and material culture at the University of Delaware, offers five facts on the pumpkin as the orange gourd makes its return for Halloween and dominates everything from our coffee selection to the Thanksgiving table. She is an expert on American food and culture.