Congratulations Graduates!!

Kelly L. Reburn graduated from East Carolina University with a Degree in Doctor of Philosophy – Health Psychology.  She is the granddaughter of Dave and Sandy Swain. 

Stephanie J. Swain graduated from Wilmington University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education.  She is the daughter of Dan Swain and granddaughter of Dave and Sandy Swain. 

Nicholas Perugini graduated from MOT Charter High School and will be attending University of Delaware.  He is the grandson of Mary Alice Bair.

KeAnna Williams graduated from St. George Technical High School. She will be attending Delaware State. She is the niece of Pastor Carolyn Williams.

Abigail Price graduated from Conrad High School and will be attending Rosemont College in Pennsylvania.  She is the great niece of Marlene and Dennis Johnson.

Volena Sease graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Early Education with Special Needs.  She is the daughter of Dixie and George Sease.

Blessings to all of you!

Grief Share

Grief Share is a support group that meets bi-weekly.  You'll find it to be a warm, caring, environment and will come to see the group as an "oasis" on your long journey through grief.  The first meeting is being held on Saturday, May 11th.  The schedule is as follows:

BI-WEEKLY, Saturdays   10 am – 12 pm

5/11/19  "Is This Normal?"
5/25/19  "Challenges of Grief"
6/8/19  "The Journey of Grief – Part One"
6/22/19  "The Journey of Grief – Part Two"
7/6/19  "Grief and your Relationships"
7/20/19  "Why"
8/10/19  "Guilt and Anger"
8/24/19  "Complicating Factors"
9/7/19  "Complicating Factors"
9/21/19  "Lessons of Grief – Part One"
10/6/19  "Lessons of Grief – Part Two"
10/19/19  "Heaven"
11/9/19  "What Do I Live for Now?"

Vacation Bible School

VBS "ROAR – Life is Wild – God is good!" will be here for you know it.  Sunday, June 23 – Thursday, June 27 from 5:30 – 8:30pm.  Dinner served each night!  For children ages 3 – 6th Grade. VBS is Free for all participants!  Register online today: vbspro .events/p/RPUMCandWCOB    Volunteers can register on the same website.

VBS Donations Needed

It's that time of year again.  Vacation Bible School is Sunday, June 23 – Thursday, June 27 and promises to be an exciting one.  As you all are aware, we serve dinner to the attending kids and volunteers each night.  To offset the cost of food and supplies, we are asking for the listed items in donations for approximately 75 people.  Gift cards and/or cash donations are also most welcome and appreciated.  They can be given to Janet Dickerson.  If you have any questions or would like to make food donations, please see Linda Keffer or contact her at 444-7371

Perishables (not needed until Sunday, June 23)

  • Precooked sausage links/patties
  • Precooked French toast sticks
  • Tater tots (4 large bags)
  • Chicken nuggets (5 large bags or boxes)
  • Corn (canned or frozen) institution size cans accepted
  • Ground hamburger (15 Pounds)
  • 10 packages of hamburger rolls
  • Hot dogs (total amount of 120)
  • Hot dog rolls (enough for 120)
  • Baby carrots (raw–6 bags)
  • Milk (6 gallons)
  • Butter (4  1-pound blocks)

Non-perishables (can be dropped off at the church any time before VBS Sunday).

  • Baked beans (8 large cans)
  • 5 large bags of chips
  • Fruit punches/lemonade/iced tea mixes
  • Capri Sun/juice boxes
  • Syrup (3 bottles)
  • Pickles
  • Ranch dressing (3 bottles)
  • Assorted cookies
  • Premade brownies bites (enough for 100)
  • Thank you everyone for continually being a generous, faithful congregation and friends of RPUMC.  Linda Keffer

Alter Flower Opening

Altar flowers are available on Sunday, June 2. Cost for two vases is $30.00.  If you are interested in reserving, please contact Sandy Ide (302)593-3395

Free Lunch Thursday

Due to a health issue, Bob Evely is currently unable to coordinate "Free Lunch Thursday."  In order to keep this vital ministry going we are in need of support from the congregation.  If you can help or know anyone who can help, the following volunteer support is needed:

  • Coordination of weekly meals
  • Purchasing items needed weekly (budget is available)
  • Food prep on Wednesday's
  • Dessert donations

For additional information, please see Sandy Ide



The Book Nook has all kinds of books to read and enjoy.  It is in our former parsonage as is The Shoppe at RPUMC and likewise opened Thursday from 9 AM to 1 PM and the first Saturday of each month from 9 AM to 1 PM.  Our prices are the best -- 50ȼ for hardbacks and 25ȼ for paperbacks!  Bibles are free.  A few special books may be specially priced.

The Children's Corner has books for children of all ages.  For adults, we have books of many categories – novels, biographies, cookbooks, crafts, reference, religion, classics, ancient and more current history, sports, etc.  Buy now for yourself and for Christmas giving!  Yes!  We have some Christmas books.  All monies go to missions!  Come and Buy!


We now have an electronic Finance Committee Mailbox that anyone who has questions about financial matters of the church can submit questions.  The email address is:  Finance@rpumchurch.org.

September 7, 2018 – May 24 2019
Fridays from 10 AM to Noon
Class rotates among RPUMC,
Peniel UMC and St. James

The books that will used are listed below.  If anyone would like St. James to
order a book for them, please contact their office at 30

   PRAY LIKE JESUS – Rediscovering the Lord's Prayer by Don Underwood –
       St. James cost $10.00

   TRANSFORMING QUESTIONS by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe –
from Forward Movement – possibly free

   WHEN DID GOD BECOME A CHRISTIAN? – Knowing God Through the Old
and       New Testaments by David Kalas – St. James cost $12.00

   A JOURNEY WITH MARK  The 50-Day Bible challenge by Marek P. Zabriskie –
      St. James Cost $15.00


CAP is in need of plastic bags.  If you have any plastic bags from grocery shopping, please bring them in, it would be of great help.  Also, the following food items are needed for their pantry:  small jars of peanut butter and jelly, tuna fish, spaghetti sauce.


A volunteer is needed to fill the Bags of Blessings which are given out at the Free Lunch Ministry on Thursdays.  If you are interested, please contact Kathy Rogers, Missions Chair.

Bags of Blessings are truly appreciated by the recipients because they provide nutrition when a meal isn't available.  The Mission Team appreciates all the donations given by the church which make this vital ministry possible.  The supplies are running a little low and we need to restock.  If you are out shopping and able to pick up a few supplies for the bags, please feel free to purchase the following items:

  • Bottled water (small 8 oz. size)
  • Individually wrapped packages of the following:
  • Crackers and Cheese or Peanut Butter Crackers-The 4 crackers to a pack type (can be found at the Dollar Store)
  • Goldfish (individual bags)
  • Cheez-it Crackers (individual bags)
  • Single serving Peanut Butter cups or Nutella cups (can be found at the Dollar Store)
  • Fruit Snacks (fruit cups can be found at the Dollar Store)
  • Protein Bars
  • Cookies

Any questions, please see Lee Powell.


Have you shared the "Good News" about our relaxed, Contemporary Worship Service?  Perhaps you have a friend who can't make it on Sunday mornings but Sunday afternoon at 4:30pm might be perfect, or didn't feel like getting up yourself? Sunday at 4:30 pm is your "do-over" opportunity, to catch up with the Lord.  Invite a friend, or better yet, bring them! Have a cup of coffee or tea, enjoy some spirit-filled music and find a blessing for yourself in the message.  We hope to see you and your friends soon!