110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Margie Dykes
posted Oct 26, 2013 - 8:19:26am
Open mic night
Youth Explosion for Christ is hosting an Open Mic Night Saturday, Oct. 26, at Saturday Night Alive! at 689 Deltona Blvd. in Deltona. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Dancers, solo artists, and those who do spoken word or hip-hop are encouraged to show their talents. Admission is free. Call 1-800-982-8629 for more information.
Save the date
Guest Minister Pastor Art Bakewell will conduct the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday, Oct. 27, at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand. The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at both services. Sunday school for all ages is provided at 9:30 a.m.
Members of the church will travel Saturday, Oct. 26, to the Christian Church Conference Center for the 60th birthday party of the facility.
The annual Trunk or Treat party will be Wednesday, Oct. 30. A light dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Indoor activities and a hayride will be 6:15-7 p.m., and the Trunk or Treat in the back parking lot will start at 7:10 p.m. Dorothy Ashton, Sue Brague, Suzanne Reader and Mary Beth Stewart are in charge, with many other volunteers. People in the community are invited to attend this free family event.
On Monday, Oct. 28, the Rainbow Child Care Center board will meet in the church library at 7 p.m. to induct Nancy Bakewell as a new member. Rainbow is a ministry of the church, and provides child care for children from 6 months old through voluntary pre-kindergarten. Kathy Porr is the director.
Amer Ahmed will present “Addressing Islamophobia: Proactive Efforts to Address Hate and Bias On and Off Campus,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Stetson University’s Allen Hall, 508 N. Woodland Blvd.
The post-9/11 era has exposed a significant degree of prejudice and bigotry toward Muslim people and those who may be perceived as Muslim. Racial profiling, surveillance, bias incidents and bullying continue to be widespread, not only in society at large, but on college campuses as well.
In light of this reality, questions remain regarding what campuses can do to proactively address these issues. Participants will learn the current realities related to Islamophobia and practical steps that can be made to address the issue.
Plymouth Avenue Christian Church in DeLand will have a Pumpkin Party 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. There will be nonstop carnival games, giant inflatables, face-painting, a photo booth, snow cones, popcorn and cotton candy.
Each child will receive 10 free tickets to be used for food or games. Additional tickets can be purchased at 10 for $1.
There will be live music, and a costume contest by age group.
A hot-dog dinner can be purchased for $1.
Trunk or Treat
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in DeLand will have its annual Trunk or Treat in the church parking lot at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Food and drink will be available; come in costume if you dare!
All members of Faith Lutheran are encouraged to attend Congregational Meeting, Part I, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, as important matters will be voted upon. There will be only one service that day.
Spiritual counselor and author Shireen Violett will read from her book of poetry I Am in My Right Mind at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.
Violett is a metaphysical spiritual-education counselor studying to become a professional empowerment consultant and life coach.
Her presentation is part of the free Lemonade Lectures series, which is sponsored by the Enterprise Historical Conservancy and Volusia County. Light refreshments, including lemonade, will be served.
First United Methodist Church of DeLand is celebrating its 133rd anniversary with its fourth annual Harvest Festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. There will be carnival games, a professional petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, face-painting, and live music all day, featuring Hat Trick, an a cappella group from Stetson University, and a marionette show. There will be food, inflatables for the kids, and, a new trackless train.
The festival is specifically designed to be a great, low-cost day for the entire family. Many members hand-built high-quality carnival games, and donated hot dogs, drinks, and, most importantly, their time to help organize and run the numerous events and games all day long.
Admission is free. Game tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the church office at the price of five tickets for $1, or, on festival day, at four tickets for $1.
Sunday, Oct. 27, is Brown Bag Sunday. Those attending services are encouraged to bring canned goods and staple items to the church. Food supplies at The Neighborhood Center and other area pantries in the community are very low, and any item will be appreciated.
Impact is the Wednesday-night program for the entire family. There are two options for dinner this year: a salad bar or an entree with side dishes. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. for a cost of $4.50 per person, with a family paying no more than $15.
At 6:15 p.m., Pastor Owen Stricklin will lead a study on Real Love by Greg Baer, and another group is studying the book of Galatians. There are activities for children and youth. Reservations are required for the dinner by Monday.
Practice has begun for the Christmas cantata to be presented Dec. 15. Those in the community who enjoy singing or playing an instrument are invited to participate. Jeffrey Stricklin is directing A Night of Rejoicing, which is uplifting and contains many familiar melodies.
Call the church office for more information on the above at 386-734-5113.
Remembering those who pass
A “Remembrance Service” will be presented by Amber Schoenwald at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand.
In celebration of Halloween and the pagan holiday of Samhain, which Halloween is founded on, the congregation will come together to remember those who have passed away. Bring a small item to place on the remembrance altar to represent those to be remembered and honored.
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.
Christ United Fellowship’s Mission-in-Action program came to the fore recently when members Don and Gail Ogden hosted a birthday party. The admission was nonperishable food for those in need. From the 30-some people who attended, more than 250 pounds of food was donated. The food was delivered to the Food for the Journey Pantry in DeLeon Springs.
The collection of food fits into Christ United Fellowship’s mission statement of glorifying the God of the Bible through worship and service, and motivated by the love of God, to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to bring people to salvation and meet human needs in His name.
The church is pastored by the Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff, and is an independent, Bible-based family of faith. Worship services are held at 10:30 a.m. Sundays at the Clarion Hotel.
For more information, call 386-523-6317 or go to the church’s website at https://sites.google.com/site/christunitedfellowshipdeland.
Caregivers get grant
The Community Foundation of East Central Florida awarded the Interfaith Caregivers of West Volusia Inc. a Simon J. Peabody Indigent Care Grant to assist the Caregivers with the Cold Weather Shelter. The Community Foundation of East Central Florida’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in our community by increasing perpetual giving, building community leadership, and connecting donors to the causes they care about. For more information about CFECF, call 386-734-4075, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.cfecf.org.
The Cold Weather Shelter is opened when the temperature is predicted to drop to 40 degrees or below that night. Mattresses, bedding, food, and showers are available to those coming in out of the cold. The shelter is open from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church complex on the corner of Howry Avenue and Woodland Boulevard in Downtown DeLand.
The shelter is operated by volunteers, with Holly and Don Condron as chairwoman and chairman. Anyone wishing to volunteer to help with the shelter should call 386-734-6078 and leave your name and number, or email Tanna Gartside at email@example.com, indicating you want to be a volunteer at the shelter.
There’s magic in the air at Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Orange City this weekend!
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the congregation will celebrate Samhain, the ancient pagan holiday that gave us many of the modern traditions of Halloween, at a potluck dinner at 5 p.m., followed by a fun, family-friendly pagan ritual to celebrate the Celtic New Year.
On Sunday morning, Oct. 27, Dr. Robert Tucker will continue the Halloween theme with his sermon “Abracadabra: Magic and Religion.”
Religious education is offered for children of all ages during the service. After the service, gather for coffee and treats — but no tricks! Find out more at the website www.mosaicuuc.org.
Honoring the dearly departed
In contrast to the frightful aspects of Halloween, many Latin cultures observe La Dia de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, to celebrate and honor the lives of their deceased loved ones. Rather than focusing on the morbidity of death, families gather to clean grave sites and decorate them with flowers, votives and offerings of the favorite food and drink of the departed.
Dia de Los Muertos began as an adaptation of the centuries-old beliefs held by indigenous Mexican people to the All Saints’ Day traditions of their 16th-century European invaders. Other cultures continue to assimilate these blended customs today, with festivals becoming more common each year throughout California, Texas and Florida.
As part of its Latin American and Hispanic exhibitions, and in conjunction with the state’s Viva Florida 500 initiative, the Museum of Art - DeLand is hosting the celebration Viva la Vida: A Celebration of Life on the Day of the Dead 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. The museum parking lot will be turned into a Mexican
Mercado, with traditional food and drink, mariachi, sugar skull body art and more. Prizes will be awarded for the best Frida Kahlo look-alike and best Calaca or Catrina.
Tickets cost $65, and include all food, drink and fun, with proceeds benefiting the educational programs at the museum. Tickets are limited; call 386-734-4371 or visit MoArtDeLand.org for more information or to make reservations.
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