110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Margie Dykes
posted Sep 21, 2013 - 11:29:01am
Chapel of Divine Mercy in DeLand, a charismatic Episcopal church, presents its annual celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. There will be lots of singing, dancing, and congregational participation. The public is encouraged to attend.
Participants are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to donate to the needy. Call the church at 386-736-8573.
First Assembly of God in DeLand invites the public to a special week of worship services for the Festival of Tabernacles, which will include musical performances by Christian rock artist Brian Campbell at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, and at 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 23-25.
Friends of the Deltona Library are sponsoring an Authors Fair 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Deltona Regional Library. Several of the authors participating have written books of a spiritual nature.
Driven by great concern about adolescents’ risky life-altering and even life-threatening behaviors, Judy Ann Mumford conducted research that included in-depth interviews with troubled teens. Their experiences, perceptions and insights, along with Mumford’s knowledge and convictions, form the basis of the parenting approach discussed in Beyond Rubber Duckies. The book provides biblically sound, research-based principles for parents to consider.
Diana Hartling’s Love Letters to the Church is called a prophetic devotional, because it is a cry from a loving God to His church, to know Him in a more intimate way, not to just know about Him. Each letter is like a personal message from the Lord to the reader to draw the reader closer to Christ.
Elida Pérez started to blog about Christian motivation at elidaperezhacialacima.blogspot.com and, after personal experience with the Holy Spirit, she published Condenados por la Amistad (Convicted for Friendship). She has published five books in Spanish, and continues blogging/writing about Christian motivation.
Few escape experiences of traumatic stressors throughout their lives. Reflect ... Awaken ... LIVE! was written by Mimi Pacifico, with a Christian foundation for a small-group format for discussion or individual reflection, to deal with the pain and disappointment that sometimes come on life’s journey.
The Rev. Lee M. Sapp’s book Pastor June and the Righteous is a Christian fiction story that begins in Sarasota and ends in West Palm Beach. It is a murder mystery wrapped in romance, and will take the reader on a journey of spirituality, self-discovery, love, and mystery, also giving the reader a peek inside church life.
Gary Broughman describes his novel Which One of You? as a book that will feed the spirit. When a much-loved, up-and-coming preacher reaches out to help a troubled teen, events unfold that cost him everything he has so far achieved. The author’s message is that where we may see defeat, God sees opportunity. Broughman publishes ChristianHeartbeat.org online and Mr. B’s Christian Counter Culture Blog.
Members of First Presbyterian Church of DeBary are looking for vendors to take part in a Fall Bazaar during Make a Difference Day 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Space can be reserved for $10. The money collected from that fee will be donated to the Angel Tree Camp mission ministry fund.
Vendors can either pocket the money from their sales, or donate it toward sending the children of incarcerated men and women to Angel Tree Camp.
For more information or to reserve a space, call 386-668-4495.
As Lake Helen United Methodist Church celebrates its 90th anniversary this fall, there will be fun and excitement for all.
The church, at the corner of Lakeview Drive and West Delaware Avenue, will once again host its popular “Pumpkin Patch and Harvest Festival” during the month of October. The pumpkins will arrive at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Community volunteers are needed to assist with unloading pumpkins and setting up the patch.
This popular pumpkin-sale fundraiser will be open 2-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and noon-7 p.m. Sunday. The patch will close Oct. 31.
Volunteers are needed to handle sales and to meet and greet the public in shifts. Toddlers through elementary-school-age children are welcome to come to the patch, where they can purchase small pumpkins for painting or decorating. Special areas will be available for great photo opportunities.
To volunteer or to schedule groups of 10 or more children, call Lillian Andreuzzi at 386-747-9843.
The church will hold its annual Harvest Festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Food and beverages will be for sale, including baked goods. There will also be a silent auction, and a holiday and gift boutique. Free games for children include a beanbag toss, water-gun target-shooting, face-painting, a bottle toss, a bounce house, and much more.
Global Peace Day
New Hope United Church of Christ in DeLand joins in a worldwide day of action and prayer for peace Saturday, Sept. 21. This year’s theme is “Who will you make peace with?” The worship celebration is cued by the United Nations’ annual Day of Peace, which began in 1981. In 2004, the World Council of Churches began recognizing Sept. 21 as an International Day of Prayer for Peace.
On Earth Peace and the UCC Justice and Witness Ministries would like to invite the public’s participation this year.
“In the United Church of Christ, we do justice,” said the Rev. Karen Curtis-Weakley. “We started in the ’60s with the civil rights movement. We’ve been advocating for gay rights since the ’70s. We took on environmental racism in the ’80s. And in 2005, we were the first church in America to endorse marriage equality. We’re doing justice. ‘What does the Lord require of you but to do justice....’ Join us.”
“To join us, you can do one of three things,” said New Hope UCC’s new president Stephen Rice. “One — you can join us in worship on Peace Day Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. at 116 S. Clara in DeLand. Two — you can worship in your own church, synagogue or mosque, and pray for peace internationally. Or three — you can pray with your family, friends or yourself as every voice is important to God.
“If you need focus in your prayer, you can pray for continued diplomatic and humanitarian solutions for peace in Syria.”
What are angels? Do they really exist? Are they here, and we don’t see them? Are they illusions?
Guest speakers David McElroy and Marylin McGinnis will reflect on “Angels in Our Midst” Sunday, Sept. 22, at Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Orange City. Cary Ragsdale is the worship leader.
Religious education for children of all ages is offered during the service. You’re encouraged to join the congregation for coffee and other refreshments after the service. Learn more at the church’s website www.mosaicuuc.com.
Workday at church
Pastor Art Bakewell will be the guest minister for the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand on Sunday, Sept. 22.
Between the services, at 9:30 a.m., breakfast will be served in the Fellowship Hall by Sue Brague. This is an opportunity for great food and fellowship with friends and family.
Music director Julie Rechner and organist Mark Bose invite interested vocalists to join the choir at 7 p.m. Thursdays in the sanctuary.
Saturday, Sept. 21, is a church workday beginning at 8 a.m. Brague has many projects for interested volunteers.
The Stewardship Campaign “found faithful in little with much with all” is in progress throughout September and October, with Roger Bullard leading the campaign.
The public is invited to attend all services, activities and ministries that have recently begun at First United Methodist Church of DeLand.
A Monday-night Bible study for women “Live Abundantly” focuses on the book of Ephesians. S.E.L.A.H., which stands for Sisters Enjoy Learning About Him, meets at 6:45 p.m. in the room adjacent to the sanctuary. Barbara Stricklin is in charge. The study book costs $11.50.
A Thursday-morning study for senior adults will begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 3, in the parlor of the Life Enrichment Center (LEC). This will be led by Phyllis Kron and will focus on the book of James. Sept. 22 is the deadline for ordering the study book, which costs $15.
Impact has begun again on Wednesday nights in the LEC at 5:30 p.m. for dinner. This year, there will be a meal option — a hot meal including meat and side dishes, or a salad-bar meal. The cost is $4.50 per person, with a maximum of $15 per family. Reservations and dinner choice are required by noon Mondays. At 6:15 p.m., Pastor Owen Stricklin presents the study “Real Love.” In addition, there are activities for children and youth of all ages, plus infant care.
Those attending services or activities during September are asked to bring in new or gently used shoes for the program Sole Support. This is led by Sarah Hollman, and is a branch of the nonprofit movement “Make a Difference in This World.” The shoes are collected and donated to the homeless in our community; each pair of shoes is packaged with a Bible.
Throughout the year, the church will focus on collecting funds to package 40,000 meals for $10,000. The program is “Stop Hunger Now,” which combats hunger around the world, and feeds the world’s most impoverished. It is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization through which participants package meals for use in crisis situations. Each meal costs 25 cents and is dehydrated, high-protein, nutritional and tasty. On Sunday, Sept. 29, volunteers from this and other churches will be packaging these meals. Anyone can help by making a financial gift to the project or joining church members to package the meals in the LEC gym. Registration is required, as there are health standards that must be adhered to.
Come on Sunday mornings to hear the story of Jonah in the belly of the big fish (whale). Jonah chose to run away to Tarshish rather than go to Nineveh as God commanded, and look what happened to him. Pastor Stricklin asks, “What is your Nineveh? What is your Tarshish?” Pastor Stricklin and Pastor Ben Collins will alternate presenting the message.
Call the church office for more information at 386-734-5113.
Women’s empowerment banquet
Antioch Free Will Baptist Church in DeLand is hosting a women’s empowerment banquet. “Black Dress White Pearls” will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at New Hope Baptist Church, 2855 Lake Helen-Osteen Road in Deltona. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Participants are encouraged to wear black outfits with white pearls.
Prophetess Marie McBryde of Women of Every Nation will present the event. The event costs $21.
Dr. Ann Wright-Mercer of Jacksonville will speak on having the power to transform your life.
For more information, call 863-528-5660 or email to womenofeverynation
Religious education for youth
The public is invited to join members of First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand for “The Second Harvest” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. This service will be coordinated by Suzanne Southard, who leads the church’s religious-education program, and will include participation by the young people of the congregation.
Religious education is an important part of the early experiences of younger UUs as they seek to better understand themselves and begin their continuing search for truth and meaning.
For more information about the church, visit www.uudeland.org or www.facebook.com/UUDeland, or call 386-734-6499. To learn more about Unitarian Universalism, visit www.uua.org.
A soul-healing workshop “Love Melts All Blockages and Transforms All Life,” led by Geho Gold, will be noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Unitarian Universalist Church of Ormond Beach at 56 N. Halifax Drive.
Registration starts at 11:30 a.m., and costs $15.
To preregister, call Gold at 386-341-6260 and leave a message, or email to SoulHealingFlorida
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