Chesapeake City Ecumenical Association (CCEA)

Christians United in Service to the Community

Registered 501(c)3


May 2013

As a community of faith, we have been so blessed during this Lenten and Easter season.  Attendance and collections were about the same as last year.   Pastor participation was good; there were two pastors that attended 90% of the services.  Both of the Sunrise services had good attendance and at Town Point Service, we had a baptism.  How wonderful is that!  Thanks to all who attended the Lenten and Easter Services. Your attendance made each event special in so many ways.  

Bud McKee Scholarship has been paid for this year.  Thanks to all who donate to make this scholarship possible. 

CCEA upcoming events:

National Day of Prayer
12:00 PM

May 02, 2013
Pell Garden

 VBS Planning Committee Meeting
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM  

May 06, 2013
All are welcome to attend!

Location:  Good Shepherd Church Hall

More volunteers are needed!

Join us and bring a friend!

 CCEA Yard Sale
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM  

May 11, 2013
Yard sale benefits the charitable works of the CCEA.
Vendor Wanted!!
Check the CCEA web to reserve your table space
Location:  St. Rose Hall & Parking Lot, 301 Lock Street, Chesapeake City, MD 21915


CCEA Board Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM  

May 28, 2013
Trinity UMC Hall
All are welcome to attend!

February  2013

Please consider purchasing one or more tickets

($5.00 each) for a chance at winning the “Ralph

Young Sweetheart Trunk” or the Val Hengst

hand-made quilt. Drawing will be held on

Tues., Feb. 12th @ Shrove Tuesday Dinner.

All proceeds go to support CCEA ministries.


Mini Madri Gras celebration @ Shrove Tues. (02/12)

Pancake Dinner to be held at St. Rose Fellowship

Hall 5:00-7:00 pm. Come for the fellowship, come for the food,

you may be the winner of the trunk or quilt! This

is “free”, though donations will be graciously accepted.

Our thanks to St. Rose & St. Augustine for working

together to present this event.


Due to illness issuance of the tax letters has been

delayed slightly. If you have not received your tax

acknowledgement by 02/05/12 please call 410-885-

3244. Leave your name & contact number and we

will get back to you.


The Lenten Services begin with Ash Wednesday,

February 13th. As has been our custom, Ebenezer

AME will host the first service at 7:30 pm. Soup

& bread meal starts at 6:30 pm. Please visit for the list of service times & meal



May GOD keep you safe in HIS arms…

Deb Forsythe, Secretary for CCEA




What a joy & blessing the 1st Annual Friendship Tea was!
With nearly a full house we raised $1057.00.
Mark your calendar now for 2013..Nov. 03 @ St. Rose.
The 4th annual Fill-a-Truck raised $128.00 in cash donations
plus approximately 800lbs. of food distributed to our pantry,
Generation Station, Clairvaux Farms and Immaculate Conception.
5th Annual will be held on 11/09/2013!!!
If you missed your chance for the Ralph Young trunk auctioned
at the Christmas Bazaar, check out the "Sweetheart Trunk"
This trunk is filled w/gifts for 2 including an afghan; wine,
movie passes; candy, Trump tea & more items arriving. Drawing
at Shrove Tuesday dinner on February 12, 2013.  Tickets are
available now (great stocking stuffers!!!). Also tickets available
for beautiful Val Hengst Quilt (drawing same date)..visit
for full details, pictures & ticket ordering info..
Christmas Services (announced as of this print):
Bethel AME..Sunday, 12/23.."It's A Family Affair" candelight
    service @ 5:00 pm
Town Point..Monday, 12/4 candelight service @ 7:00 pm
Shrove Tuesday Dinner (in honor of Fr. Pippin)
A wonderful tradition of pancakes, sausages, applesauce &
   King's cake! Fellowship & friendship abound!
Free will offerings accepted...Tuesday, February 12, 2013
St. Rose Hall (5:00-7:00 pm)
Visit the website for complete information on
all these events & more!
As we close this year, we will offer prayers of thanksgiving
for this Association, our member churches, our pastoral leaders
and is because of your continued support and GOD'S
continued blessings that we are able to serve!
May GOD keep you safe in HIS arms &
shower blessings on those near & far...
Deborah M. Forsythe

August 2012

VBS is coming! Adventures on Promise Island is the theme for 2012 VBS. VBS will be hosted at Town Point Church.  VBS will run August 5 through August 09 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Our member churches have already signed on to provide the kids with great dinner meals!  We need the following: cube style boxes of tissues and single bars of Ivory soap.  Please give your donations to your church representative OR leave them in the collection pew at Trinity UMC. Now is the time to pre-register so please go to visit and click the Vacation Bible School link. 


Our first ever Friendship Tea will be hosted on Saturday, October 13th at St. Rose Fellowship Hall. Crossing denominations and generations, we hope to fill the hall with a day of praise, celebration and fellowship.  Tickets will be available by September 1st with the cost under $15.00/person.  Ticket price will include lunch, an assortment of teas, entertainment and door prizes.  A successful event will lead to making this an annual event and fund-raiser.  All proceeds will be directed to the ministries of The CCEA.  Please mark your calendars now and watch for future information!  Visit the web-site for additional details on this and other upcoming events!


The CCEA will have held the required elections for 2012 by the print of the newsletter.  The new officers will be published on our web-site and officially seated at our September, 2012 meeting.  Please keep this organization in your prayers as we continue to seek GOD’S intention and guidance for our ministries.

May GOD keep you safe in HIS arms…

Deborah Forsythe, President


May 2012

National Day of Prayer

May 3, 2012 - Noon at Pell Garden 

What a wonderful prayer filled event we had in Pell Garden. 

Thanks to all the clergy and attendees who helped make this day special.

Mark your calendars for May 2, 2013; our goal will be to double the attendance.

The clergy were exceptional, I am not sure we can improve on today service. 

 A special thanks to Pastor Avens for coordinating the event!

Blessings to all!!!

Check out the pictures

New pictures compliments of the Cecil Whig are now available!

Vacation Bible School:
Needed are young parents to help lead activities; cube style boxes of Kleenex; bars of ivory soap.  Please deposit Kleenex & soap into storage pew & mark the donations for VBS.  Please contact Trina Presnell or visit for planning meeting information.  Pre-registration has begun...go to and click the VBS link.  Dates August 05-09 @ Town Point Church from 5:30-8:00 pm....
Upcoming Events:  Ladies/Young ladies Tea will be held on Sat., Oct. 13th @ St. Rose (proceeds will benefit CCEA Outreach Ministries) for more details, but mark
                                      your calendars now! You will buy a ticket and all else will be provided!
                                 3rd Annual Golf Tournament will be held in September (more information forth-coming) at Patriots Glen
                                 3rd Annual Luminare Sales will begin mid-October (plan to light our churches for Christmas Eve)....
Executive Board Elections:  The CCEA Board meets again on July 24, 2012 @ 6:30 pm (place to be announced via separate e-mail)..the ballots will be presented and the focus of the meeting will be to complete the elections.  All churches are asked to have their representative list presented to the Nomination Committee by June 15th...All Executive Board nominations must also be received by same date.  The results will be announced that night and in an e-mail to follow.  It is imperative you collect and provide current contact information for each board seat appointment.  The new board will be seated at the September meeting.
May GOD keep you safe in HIS arms..Deb Forsythe, President

Rev. Charlotte Moore Makes News

VBS is coming! Adventures on Promise Island is the theme for 2012 VBS. We will be hosted by the United Methodist Charge & St. Peter’s congregation at Town Point Church.  VBS will run August 5 through August 09 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Our member churches have already signed on to provide the kids with great dinner meals!  We are asking each church to provide 10 cube style boxes of facial tissues and 10 bars of Ivory soap.  We will likely need financial support this year from our member churches. Private donations can be issued to The CCEA w/VBS noted on the memo line.  All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged in writing for your records. Anyone wishing volunteer (we need Crew Leaders) please email to  Anyone wishing to register their children, please visit and use the registration link provided.  We already have 4 kids on board!  Check our website for future planning dates…we welcome your attendance! More information & updates next month! 

Happy Easter! What a blessed season we have come through! The Lenten Soup/Bread meals were well attended. Our fellowship halls buzzed with loving hospitality.  The joy of worship was evident in the pews filled every week! The sermons were delivered with conviction and commitment to Christ! Sunrise Service was beautiful at Pell Gardens.  As Rev. Nester’s sermon was being delivered the sun rose above the trees and the morning mist rose & danced above the water! It seemed truly symbolic for Resurrection Sunday!  

The CCEA works to connect with the community at large.  As such, I recently had the privilege of attending one of the “Focus Groups” being hosted by Union Hospital & CC Health Department.  The purpose of these meetings is to help shape the direction of health services. It is out of such focus groups several years ago, that the Dental Clinic was born.  I would strongly encourage representatives from various organizations across the County to become involved in the process.  Additional meetings are scheduled for May 9th @ Pasquale’s in Perryville and June 13th @ Buck’s in Rising Sun.  Seating is very limited (10-12 maximum) and attendees from the targeted areas are preferred.  If you have contact with other organizations in the Perryville, Rising Sun and Port Deposit areas, please encourage them to have representation there.  Call Jean-Marie Donahoo @ 443-674-1290 to reserve a seat.

May GOD keep you safe in HIS arms…

Deborah Forsythe, President


Chesapeake City News

Posted: Friday, March 2, 2012 5:45 pm | Updated: 7:34 pm, Fri Mar 2, 2012.

Pastor Mark Avens takes the great commission recorded in Matthew 28:17-20 to new heights.

He is not only a shepherd leading his flock at Trinity United Methodist Church; he is also a mentor for new pastors, preparing them for the tasks ahead. He stays involved in several community outreaches such as the Chesapeake City Ecumenical Association.

It keeps him busy by providing food and care to those in the community that are in great need or devastated by any given disaster. Two weeks out of the year, he is recognized as the leader of the church that opens their doors for the homeless who are seeking a place to stay through the Emergency Rotating Shelter Program. Guests are given a place to sleep, food to eat, and loving servants to meet their needs, including their laundry.

I have had the opportunity of volunteering to serve the last Saturday of the month, beside him providing free meals through the Kanal Kitchen. A lot of the people from the community are in need of shelter from the cold and wind that this wintry season brings. They are given a warm meal and the chance to socialize with others present. He is not only a great inspiration to me but also to those he touches in our community.

Erin McConnell, Chesapeake City


February & March 2012

The Nominating Committee has been formed.  Pastoral Leaders will be contacted within the next few weeks regarding the appointments for the General Board.  The committee will also be seeking nominations for the Executive Board.  If you have recommendations for your church representation or if you would be interested in representing your church, please notify your pastoral leaders...Civic and service oriented groups located in Chesapeake City are also welcomed to join...please visit our web-site to secure information on this organization and how you may participate. is an active, interesting and information packed web-site.  We encourage everyone to view the site on a regular basis.  Our churches are encouraged to utilize the site for advertising upcoming events; board members & public check out the scheduled meeting dates; find the Lenten service schedule and so much more.  Our web-master, Eileen Viars, has linked our site with others so your events will get wide connecting coverage! 

FOOD PANTRY:  The following items are needed in our pantry....assorted canned meats (Please no Spam or Treet); breakfast foods such as breakfast bars, pancake mix w/syrup, instant oat meal; snack foods such as jello, pudding, snack packs of pretzels, chips, cookies....Shopping/donating for the needs of the pantry allows us to remain fully functional and provide the best mix of non-perishable food items and we sincerely thank you.  Gift cards are always welcomed for Acme or Redners in amounts not to exceed $20.00...these can be used to purchase perishable items such as milk, bread, meats...

Next Board Meeting:  March 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm.  Please check the web-site for meeting place.

May GOD keep you safe in HIS arms...

Deborah Forsythe, President


January 2012

Blessings and prayers of thanks are raised for the generous hearts of this community of faith! We are always amazed by GOD's hand on the ministries, and our ability to continue even in an adverse economical climate.

The 2nd Annual Toy Sale provided an estimated $1000.00 (+/-) to the outreach ministries. Special thanks to Eileen Viars for heading this fund-raiser and the host of volunteers who sorted & served on the sale days!

We completed our commitment to The Domestic Violence Shelter. Wonderful organizations like the Girl Scouts helped to fill the collection bins. The Mommy & Me Drive was a blessed success allowing us to deliver over 25 games, stuffed animals & more for the kids, plus an lovely assortment of gifts for Mom. Your generosity also provided $150.00 in gift cards! Imagine the difference you have made!

The Pantry continues to overflow with donations. We have been able to lift some restrictions which will allow families within the service area to visit more often during these difficult winter months. Some of the overflow is being shared with other pantries in our area “as we are we are sharing these blessings”.

The Bud McKee Scholarship Fund was able to provide another scholarship..and the recipient continues her path towards a nursing degree! We pray you will remember Bud & Marilyn by continuing to make designated contributions. “The light of education is necessary to break the cycle of poverty.”

Generation Station is meeting the challenge of the expanded program. Attendance more closely reflects the number of children registered for the program. Our sincere thanks to Jim & Diane Peirce for the improvements made to the facilities and their continued support of this ministry. Thanks to Anita, Gail, Jodi for their years of service. And finally, thanks to the volunteers who supplement our staff and bring additional talents and gifts to guide our kids!

Thanks to the generous hearts who continue to support the Bag of Hope, to Jean Ritter for serving as Director and to Joyce, Kay and Belinda who help lead the groups. We could not maintain and continue this ministry without each of you who give your time and funding...

The year ahead (2012) will hold new challenges as it is time for Executive Board Elections. Some of our General Board will likely retire, and new board members will be sought throughout our membership. Funds will need to be raised and as always we will seek GOD's will intentionally as we oversee the ministries HE has set in place.

We wish you & yours a blessed 2012. May you find a deeper relationship with GOD and know the peace & joy such a relationship can bring!May GOD keep you safe in HIS arms......Deborah Forsythe, President


Thank you to everyone who gave time to our 3rd Annual Fill-a-Truck.  We estimate the collection of 500-600 pounds of food!  This was distributed to 3 pantries across the eastern side of Cecil County, plus Generation Station for the evening meals program!  We also raised about $80.00 in cash donations which will go into the emergency funds program.  A special thank you to the Brushback Baseball Team from Middletown, DE and Amy & Dominick (parents) who stayed for the entire event and the McKeown family for providing an enclosed truck to sort & distribute in...This was a blessed a joyous event!  With blessings, joy & thanks!  Deb Alexander, President for The CCEA

A very special thank you to H & B Plumbing and Patriots Glen for the support given to our 2nd Annual Golf Tournament.  Thank you to the volunteers who worked so hard against some obstacles we could not have anticipated.  We were able to raise approximately $1600.00 from this event for outreach ministries in our area.

 The 3rd Annual Fill-a-Truck will be hosted on Saturday, 11/12/11 (which is after this writing).  We anticipate great success and wish to thank the McKeowns for providing an enclosed truck, the Brushback Ball Team (from Middletown, DE) for their participation in collecting, the Generation Station for team support & use of one van; and all the volunteers who came out!  Food was provided to our pantry, Generation Station, Immaculate Conception and St. John's UMC, Charlestown, MD.  What a time of fellowship across the ages!

2nd Annual Toy Sale..Saturday, December 03, 2011 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at St. Basil's Fellowship Hall, Basil Ave., So. Chesapeake City...Toys (new & gently used), some sold in box lots; clothing (adult & child) and some house wares all at greatly reduced pricing (MANY ITEMS AT $1.00).  Also selling donuts/coffee (9:00-11:00) and hot dogs or meatball sliders w/chips & drinks!

Luminary Sales...order forms should be available through every church (please contact your CCEA representative).  $2.00/luminary (one name per luminary)...These will be ready for delivery to each church ordering by mid-December...For Chesapeake City Charge the order forms are available on the Food Pantry Door (complete and give to Tina Presnell)...

I ask you to consider serving the CCEA by acting as a representative for your church. Our Nominating Committee is working now to develop the Executive Board nominations and provide the seat appointments for the General Board.  Some of our current board will be retiring.  Please consider how you can make a difference in bringing fellowship, services and unity to our Christian community....

May GOD keep you safe in HIS arms...

Deborah Forsythe, President



The CCEA was one of 7 organizations nominated for Non-Profit Partner with Business. While we were not the winning organization, we were honored to stand with The Cecil County Libraries, who were the 2011 winners!

Golf Tournament (10/29/11)...we are unable to provide updates at this time regarding the winning team and funds raised, but in advance of that we thank all who supported the 2nd Annual Tournament. We promise an update with Dec. Newsnotes.

Luminary Sales: Watch for order forms! Only $2.00 buys a beautifully decorated luminary. Your church representative should have order forms. All order forms & payments due by Sunday, 11/13.

All checks payable to The CCEA. Proceeds to support emergency funds program.

Fill-A-Truck..3rd Annual Fill-A-Truck is Saturday, Nov. 12th from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm @ Redner's Markets on Rte. 213. Come say hello and make a donation to help stock the food pantries on the eastern side of Cecil County!

Board Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 22nd @ 6:30 to be announced under separate e-mail to general board...please check your e-mails!

CCEA THANKSGIVING SERVICE will be held on Weds., 11/23/11 at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. A beautiful and truly ecumenical service is being planned with effort to include all or most of our pastoral leaders...Please join us at 7:00 pm and give thanks for this blessed and beautiful community of Christians!

Mommy & drive for Domestic Violence Shelter begins Sunday, 11/13. Please consider purchasing a toy or gift item for mom...No gift is to small. Drive will close on Sunday, 12/11 and all collections will be delivered to Deb @ Trinity UMC parking lot..Donations will be delivered to Domestic Violence Shelter on Monday. Collection box will be sitting on top of pew in entry hall to santurary..

Toy Sale...Saturday, Dec. 03 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. @ St. Basil's Fellowship Hall, Basil Ave. Many new items, some new clothing and lots of very gently used items....all priced to sell! Funds raised go to support the emergency funds program. Additional sales dates may be held and will be announced under separate notices to our member churches!

And on a very personal note, I would like to thank those who have included Terry & I in prayer over the past weeks. The stress of helping our employer close the business will have ended by the time your read this. But the kindness, words of encouragement and prayers have carried us during this most difficult time. GOD willing, we will be seeing bright futures and reaching new heights!

May GOD keep you safe in HIS arms...

Deb Alexander-Forsythe


August 2011

It's been four days since the closing of the CCEA Vacation Bible School and I am still singing some of the songs!  Our theme was Hometown Nazareth - Where Jesus was a Kid. As one of the Tribe Leaders, I had a group of delightful girls, ages 3 to 12 to watch over.  We had an enjoyable time learning the motions that enhanced songs like "Great things are gonna happen here. We sing, we serve, we laugh, we learn.  Great things are gonna happen here!" How true this song turned out to be.  I was pleasantly amazed at how well our week went. Each evening one of the Chesapeake City churches provided VBS with a delicious healthy dinner. After this pleasant beginning, everyone seemed enthused and energized to participate in all the activities.  Sandy McCaa was an inspiring, uplifting music director, with Eileen Viar's expert help as the media specialist.  Eileen also provided us with the written material that guided us through our activities.  Tina Presnell was, from our beginning planning days, full of great ideas, and kept things rolling forward at our preparation meetings. She did a great job teaching our kids about the Jewish faith, which Jesus practiced as a kid. Our kids demonstrated curiosity about these rituals, and enjoyed games and crafts planned by Tina to enhance her lesson.  Two crafts were decorating the star of David, and pasting the Ten Commandments on parchment paper.  She also had a challenging footstep game that taught the names of Jesus' apostles.  The kids also looked forward each day to story time acted out by Jesus' mother Mary and her often unkind neighbor Eunice.  Mary was played by Jennifer Wiesen and Eunice by Nancy Bogan. The kids enjoyed their show each night and the surprise activity that brought Mary's lesson to life.  Lisa Sugar led the games which were also appropriate to the time when Jesus was a kid.  They played " Squash the grapes (water balloons) and Protect the lambs from the wolves ( swimming noodles to tag the wolves).  For quiet time, they had word game contests, Lisa read an interesting story to them,  and they were able to choose books to take home.  These were a gift from Lisa's children. We were fortunate to have a group of teenage boys from a baseball team in Middletown  help us each evening. They were very involved, assisting with all the activities, and a great example to the younger kids.  Wendy Biggs , Celestine Hall, and Val Hengst  expertly greeted and assigned the kids to their tribes, with their identifying color bandana, each evening and were very much appreciated.  They also had the responsibility to make sure each child was picked up by the correct adult. On the last evening, after our closing celebration, the kids enjoyed watching a couple of live chickens brought by Eileen, and petting a kid goat brought by Sarah and Elizabeth Davis, as well as participating in Carnival Time and eating Pizza.  The week went fast and to me, it was a very authentic, faith filled learning experience 


CCEA President Deb Forsythe was honored at Volunteers of the Year Event - Congratulations Deb!


Fire Destroys Elkton Family's Home

Check above link to see how you can help!


               CCEA NEWSNOTES

April 2011

Food Lion Connection...Food Lion has launched a new Charitable Organization program, which the CCEA has registered with.  If you would like to link your MVP Card to The CCEA please go to  Click Shopper Register Here and complete to link with The Chesapeake City Ecumenical Assoc. (Organization #252397).  There are a number of products that will earn us funding and it is as simple as scanning your card with every Food Lion purchase.

            Special Note:  We must have 25 MVP cards linked to the CCEA before we begin to receive any financial benefits (we currently have 13)  If you shop at Food Lion please consider linking your card and swipe it with every visit.


Vacation Bible School 2011...Vacation Bible School will run from Sunday, July 31, 2011 through Thursday, August 04, 2011.  The Generation Station will again providing the host site.  There are a range of opportunities to volunteer for this ministry and we invite you to attend the next Planning Committee meeting. If you are not comfortable working directly with the children, we will need coordinators, registration aides, set-up and tear-down crews...and more...Next Planning Meeting is Monday, April 04, 2010 @ 7:00 pm @ Generation Station.


Lenten Services...the Lenten services have provided an unique opportunity for us to come together in the true “spirit” of community & family, from the bread & soup meals to the variations in worship styles, music & sermons. We truly seek and serve a glorious and gracious GOD, when the labels can fall away and the pure joy of gathering in HIS name is evident! Please join us for the remaining Weds. evening services, Good Friday services and Easter Sunday Sunrise services...visit for the service schedule.


Please take a moment to visit our web-site at  Here you will find everything from information on our ministries to events in/around Chesapeake City.  You will also find a list of local businesses that support our efforts & ministries....we extend special thanks to Eileen Viars who not only serves as Treasurer, but maintains our web-site.  Her dedication to The CCEA is truly a blessing!

May GOD keep you safe in HIS arms....

Deb Forsythe, President


January-February, 2011

Please keep Ramona Eller (CCEA - Secretary) and family in prayer.  Ramona's husband, Burl, passed away on New Year's Eve. 

 We thank all of those who have supported our ministries over the past year and those who gave so generously over the Christmas holiday.  It is through the continued support of this blessed Community that we are able to continue the outreach ministries.

From January 18th through March 16th, 2011 (on Tues. & Weds.) The Yacht Club is partnering with The CCEA through Dining to Donate.  Visit the Dining to Donate Link at  Download the flyer, which must be presented when you order.  The Yacht Club will donate 15% of the total bill each time you stop during the donation period on Tues. or Weds....Their staff is waiting to welcome you and we, as always thank you for your support!

 The CCEA General Board will meet on January 18th (a rescheduled date).  As a result, at the time of this writing we are unable to update with complete financial reports.  However, Save-A-Tape (Renders Partnership) helped to raise nearly $1100.00 for 2010.  We thank all who contributed your shopping tapes.  Please remember tapes must have SAVE-A-TAPE total at bottom and must not be altered.

The CCUMC church will once again host the Rotating Shelter from March 14 to March 21, 2011 at Trinity UMC.  We remind our members that your aid during this week is always welcomed and appreciated.  Please contact Trinity UMC at 410-885-5641 for additional information. Our members have graciously provided some wonderful meals and companionship during past shelter weeks.  Overnight supervisors are always needed!  Please remember hospitality should be extended in every corner of our lives, wherever GOD opens the door!

 Ms. Dolly Brown will be contacting our member churches within the next couple of week to prepare the Lenten Service Schedule.  Pastors are asked to please respond back promptly and we invite all to attend these service during the Lenten season.  The variations of worship & music are truly a blessing, uniting us as one Christian family during the holiest of Christian seasons!

May GOD keep you safe in HIS arms....

Deb Alexander-Forsythe, President