OUR NEXT MEETING: Sat., Oct. 16, 2021

9:00 AM to 1:30

Abundant Life Church

20488 Donovans Road

Georgetown, DE 19947

"The Way Forward" Outreach Campaign

Gayle Marie will facilitate our October meeting

Our facilitator for October is Gayle Marie, and she'll be leading a meeting that promises to be different from any we have had before. Why? Because Abundant Life Church, our new home, is holding their outreach campaign, "The Way Forward,” on the third Saturday of October, the same day as our meeting. Rather than this being a conflict, Gayle sees it as a ministry opportunity for us as Christian writers. The church has invited the poor, the homeless, and those who are down on their luck to come for an uplifting day. They'll offer showers, haircuts, clothes washing, application forms, job interviews, lunch, and personal ministry.

 

In all our years of being a Christian organization, we have never engaged in purposeful outreach.

 

This is our chance!

 

DCWA members can play a vital role in "The Way Forward" by befriending a guest and interacting with him or her.  

We'll meet briefly in the sanctuary at 9:00 for prayer and an overview of what we want to accomplish. The church is taking care of the guests' physical and ministry needs; our purpose is not so much to help the people but to learn from them and to be present with them.

  1. Our main goal is to LISTEN. As writers, it is important not only to observe others and the details around us but to hear what others are saying. We want to approach the guests as caring individuals, not as a group on assignment. Plan to blend in, whether outdoors or inside the church. Develop rapport and brighten their spirits. What do the homeless need from writers? They need to be heard. Their opinions, goals, and joys matter. 
     
  2. Break bread together. Never having done this before, we don't know how things will unfold, but we envision ourselves extending Christian hospitality to a guest by sitting with him or her and striking up a conversation. The church is serving breakfast and lunch to volunteers in the sanctuary, so feel free to get something to eat and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to just the right person. 
     
  3. This is a relaxed gathering with no formality or rules, so be sensitive to respond as God leads. We don't know what condition they'll be in, so meet them where they are. Let the guests see Jesus in you. He would want to hear their stories. Share that you are a writer and ask, "If I could write something interesting about you, what would it be?" Then listen to their stories. You may want to take notes.
     
  4. Our gift to them: DCWA has prepared a booklet as a gift for the guests to take home with them for personal reflection. After getting acquainted, give them the booklet and a pen. We want to leave them with something tangible that will hopefully spark a fresh evaluation of where they are and where they want to be.

 

Surely, Saturday will be a day to remember as we offer ourselves as "someone who can help" to a person who wants to discover "The Way Forward." The church's desire is that the event will lead to changed lives, not just a one-day makeover. 

 

Hey, Stephen, we have permission to use the electronic piano if you feel led to bless us with background music. 

 

Please note that our timeframe is from 9 to 1:30; however, the event will be until 3:00, so you're welcome to stay longer. If you have questions or concerns, please call Gayle at 443.624.0213. 

Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith
This Statement of Faith includes the basic tenants of Christianity. As of 2020, signing this statement is required in order to be a member of Delmarva Christian Writers' Association. Those who decline to sign the statement will be considered guests and be unable to vote or hold a leadership position (i.e., facilitate meetings or serve on the Board of Directors).
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D.C.W.A. HAS A NEW HOME!

Abundant Life Church

20488 Donovan's Road

Georgetown, DE 19947

DIRECTIONS:

Coming south on Rt. 113 (from Milford): As you approach the City Limits of Georgetown, turn left immediately after the BEACHES sign (an angled intersection with no light) onto North Bedford Street. (If you pass Walmart on 113, you've gone too far.) Take an immediate left on Donovan's Road (beside the State Police Credit Union). Abundant Life Church is on the left.

 

Coming north on Rt. 113 (from Millsboro): At the intersection of Rt. 18, get in the right lane of 113; go past Royal Farms, Arby's, and Walmart. Turn right when you see the sign for Division of Child Support Services. The Delaware Federal Credit Union will be facing you. Turn right and take an immediate left on Donovan's Road. Abundant Life Church is on the left.

 

Coming from the center of Georgetown: On North Bedford Street, when the road splits, bear right and go past North Georgetown Elementary. Take the next right on Donovan's Road beside the State Police Credit Union. Abundant Life Church is on the left. 

MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 2021

(Please mark your calendar for the third Saturday of the month)

 

 

NOVEMBER 20

Facilitator: Elizabeth Boerner

Topic:  Out of Our Comfort Zone

Fruitbearer Publishing is planning to compile and publish a DCWA anthology about what we experienced at the October meeting with The Way Forward outreach. At our November meeting, Elizabeth will go over guidelines for the anthology which will include topics such as how we felt going into the experience, how we felt afterward, lessons we learned, and stories we heard (no names, of course). This outreach is pulling our group out of our comfort zone and into the world, and the anthology may be the first volume of many (the aging, the disabled, etc.). As we did with the DCWA Christmas books, this exercise will give members an opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the submission process (including acceptance or rejection, editing, etc.).

Location: Abundant Life Church, 20488 Donovans Road, Georgetown, DE 19947

 

DECEMBER 18

Facilitator: Candy Abbott

Topic: Letter to God/Letter from God
              (bring self-addressed, stamped envelopes)

Location: Abundant Life Church, 20488 Donovans Road, Georgetown, DE 19947

Refreshments: EVERYONE (lunch and Christmas goodies)

 

 

MEETING SCHEDULE FOR 2022

(Please mark your calendar for the third Saturday of the month)

 

JANUARY 15

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Location: Abundant Life Church, 20488 Donovans Road, Georgetown, DE 19947

 

FEBRUARY 19

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Location: Abundant Life Church, 20488 Donovans Road, Georgetown, DE 19947

 

MARCH 19

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Location: Abundant Life Church, 20488 Donovans Road, Georgetown, DE 19947

 

APRIL 16

Facilitator: Elizabeth Boerner and Candy Abbott

Topic: DCWA Anthology Contributions

Location: Abundant Life Church, 20488 Donovans Road, Georgetown, DE 19947

 

MAY 21

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Location: Abundant Life Church, 20488 Donovans Road, Georgetown, DE 19947

 

JUNE 18

Facilitator: Michele Chynoweth

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Location: Abundant Life Church, 20488 Donovans Road, Georgetown, DE 19947

 

JULY 16

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Location: Abundant Life Church, 20488 Donovans Road, Georgetown, DE 19947

 

AUGUST

No meeting. AUGUST is a time to WRITE, not to meet and talk about writing. 

 
Isaiah 30:8 (TPT) - God told me to write down in a book words meant for the coming generation as an eternal witness. Meditate on this Scripture and let it quicken your spirit and motivate you.
 
The challenge this month is to put your pen or your keyboard to good use so you'll have something to share at our regular meeting in October. We're not asking much: just one to four double-spaced pages. If you haven't written in a while (or ever), consider August your jump-start month. Record the words the Lord is entrusting to you, words only you can write that will inspire, uplift, clarify, entertain, inform, or help readers now and in the years to come. 

 

SEPTEMBER 17

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Location: Collins Pond, 20202 Gum Island Road, Georgetown, DE 19947

Refreshments: Bring your own lunch and something to share

 

OCTOBER 15

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Location: Abundant Life Church, 20488 Donovans Road, Georgetown, DE 19947

 

NOVEMBER 19

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Location: Abundant Life Church, 20488 Donovans Road, Georgetown, DE 19947

 

DECEMBER 17

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Topic: OPEN MIKE (readings only and discussion, no critiques)

Location: Abundant Life Church, 20488 Donovans Road, Georgetown, DE 19947

Refreshments: EVERYONE (lunch and Christmas goodies)

 

 

Sussex County Satellite Chapters of DCWA

Kingdom Writers' Fellowship

Kingdom Writers' Fellowship meets in Seaford led by Teresa Marine CLICK HERE for more information.

 CWF Eagles Nest 

A small group in Rehoboth that meets in Donna Carver's home. CLICK HERE for more information.

Other Groups

VINE & VESSELS (closed) - Betty Jarman and Joyce Sessoms were original members of Delmarva Christian Writers' Fellowship in 1993. They formed Vine & Vessels Christian Writers Fellowship and hosted a conference at Crossroad Community Church for ten years before disbanding. They continue to be valuable members of  Delmarva Christian Writers as we continue the conference they established. CLICK HERE to read more.

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