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By Margie Dykes
posted Oct 5, 2013 - 7:22:33am
On Sunday, Sept. 22, members of Community United Methodist Church of DeBary and Orange City United Methodist Church joined forces to pack up more than 10,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now program. The event was organized by Pastor Drew Dancey and Susan Palmer of the Orange City church and Pastor Lisa Degrenia and Cheri Mangum of the DeBary church, as part of the wider Florida Conference United Methodist annual fall “Sunday Serve” event.
Costing just 25 cents per package, each meal provides six servings.
After receiving instructions from the Stop Hunger Now representative, who brought the food and necessary equipment to the church, the assembly line began work, and within an hour, there were 5,000 meals assembled, sealed in plastic bags, packed in boxes, and loaded onto the truck. A second packing session followed. Between packing sessions, a short worship service was conducted by the organizers, with assistance from Ashley Lovell.
In addition, the congregations of both churches put their donations together and gave $2,500 to pay for the food that went into the meals!
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church of DeLand will host Interfaith Kitchen at First United Methodist Church of DeLand Tuesday, Oct. 8, with volunteers arriving at 5 p.m., and serving meals to the homeless and needy of the community at 5:45 p.m. Additional volunteers are always welcomed and are greatly appreciated. More information is available by calling the Faith Evangelical Church office at 386-734-2791.
An informal meeting about an eight-day December 2014 river cruise on the Danube and Main rivers in Germany, Austria and Hungary that Faith Lutheran is organizing will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in the fellowship hall.
Women in the Bible
Actress Linda Kelly will present a contemporary interpretation of the “Women of the Bible” during a one-woman show at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St. Reservations are not required.
Laughing for the Lord
Orlando native and comedian Rod Z will present a one-night-only Gospel Comedy Show at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Bethel AME Church in DeLand. Rod takes pride in being able to make folks laugh without having to use profane language or vulgarities.
He began by making his relatives laugh at family reunions. He graduated from Bethune-Cookman University with a degree in mass communications.
Rod mentors youth through the Coaching Boys to Men Mentoring Group and with Saving Our Sons through the Chi Tau chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Tickets cost $15 in advance or $17 at the door. There is limited seating. To order advance tickets, call 386-717-8794 or 386-738-4355.
Beginning Sunday, Oct. 6, members of New Covenant Baptist Church will meet at DeLand Seventh-day Adventist Church at 1010 N. Alabama Ave. Meeting times will remain the same.
Stetson University is hosting a series of lectures and presentations that explore racial, sexual, gender and religious identity, and the issues surrounding them.
On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington and the Rev. Sam Offer will present “The Journey to Wholeness: Black, Christian and Gay” at 7 p.m. in the Stetson Room in Stetson University’s Carlton Union Building, 131 E. Minnesota Ave. The two speakers will relate the journey they took to become “all of who they are.”
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, Amer Ahmed will present “Addressing Islamophobia: Proactive Efforts to Address Hate and Bias On and Off Campus” at 7 p.m. in Allen Hall, 508 N. Woodland Blvd. Ahmed will talk about the significant degree of prejudice and bigotry toward Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim, and practical steps that can be made to address the issue.
On Monday, Nov. 18, Debra Freemont of the Umonhon “Omaha” Tribe of Nebraska will talk about coordinating programs around social-justice issues that impact Native American communities.
These events are open to the community at no charge.
The religious right
Bill Lazarus will present “Rise of the Religious Right” at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, service at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand. Bill’s talk will examine how modern conservatives continue their quest to appease God while undermining both American society and each other simultaneously. Lazarus offers thoughtful insights on religion and the world, always accentuated with humor.
Religious education for children of all ages is provided during the service. For more information about the church, visit www.facebook.com/UUDeland or www.uudeland.org, or call 386-734-6499. To learn more about Unitarian Universalism, visit www.uua.org.
First Congregational Church of Lake Helen will offer a “Blessing of the Animals” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in the grassy lot next to the church on Euclid Avenue.
All pets and their human companions are welcome, as are folks without pets.
The St. Clare Guild of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in DeLand invites the public to its Fall Bazaar 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in the church’s Harwood Center. There will be many unique items and gift ideas.
A lunch of pumpkin soup, chicken-salad croissant, and iced tea or bottled water will be served 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Proceeds from this event will be used for improvement of church facilities and to support church ministries and other community-outreach organizations.
Journey to you
The Rev. Mark Spivey will speak to members of Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Orange City this Sunday, Oct. 6, about “The Pilgrim’s Progress: On the Road to Being Who You Really Are.” All are welcome, no matter where you may be on your own journey.
Religious education for children is offered during the service.
Learn more at the website at www.mosaicuuc.org.
Pastor Art Bakewell, guest minister, will lead First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand, at the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday, Oct. 6. At both services, friends and members of the church will make confidential financial commitments to fund ministries as a part of their worship. This Consecration Sunday will conclude the Stewardship Program for 2014.
Saturday, Oct. 5, is Work Day at the Christian Church Conference Center in Silver Springs. Paul Ashton will lead the delegation to this event.
The Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of Columbus No. 6584 is sponsoring a Rummage Sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Knights Hall at 1385 Maximilian St. in Deltona.
Pickup of donated items for the sale can be arranged by calling Susie Kobily at 386-532-5278.
Coffee, hot dogs and sausage will be available for purchase, and there will also be a cake sale.
St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Orange City is having a Church Yard Sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 18-19.
There will be many items to choose from, such as books, furniture, clothes, garden tools, electronics and household goods.
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