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Christmas services, concerts and doings
By Margie Dykes
posted Dec 17, 2011 - 8:33:35am
Candlelight Christmas concert on tap
Trinity United Methodist Church in DeLand will present a Christmas candlelight concert “Wings of Joy” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18.
The concerts will have a choir performing with an orchestra, and narrators will speak.
These concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call the church at 386-734-4425.
Dr. David Felty, pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand, will have as his sermon topic “Nothing Impossible” Dec. 18. It is based on the first chapter of Luke and 1 Thessalonians, Chapter 5. Services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with Sunday school in between for all ages.
Disciple Women will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, to pack cookies for church shut-ins.
All Church Christmas Caroling will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 18, followed by a reception at the home of Louis and Vicki Hough.
There will be a practice for the Living Nativity at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, with the Charles Francis family in charge.
Service in the outdoors
Canvas Church in DeLand will have its Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, in Chess Park, which is just east of the Volusia County Historic Courthouse.
All are welcome.
Three churches combined
The Christmas musical 'We Have Our Savior' will be presented in the Life Enrichment Center of First United Methodist Church of DeLand at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18. The musical is a joint effort by FUMC, First Assembly-DeLand and The Lighthouse Church, with singers from all three churches. Included will be familiar songs of Christmas, with new seasonal modern worship songs that lead one into and through the entire Christmas season. The singers, directed by Scott Gannon, will be accompanied by a band directed by Joshua Smith. There is no charge for admission.
The United Methodist Women will hold their Christmas luncheon at noon Monday, Dec. 19, in the Life Enrichment Center. The program will follow, with Diana Bitler, Judy Duecker and Teeter Mauldin relating their experiences during their recent trip to Israel and Egypt.
There will be three Christmas Eve Candlelight Services in the sanctuary, at 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The 5:30 p.m. service is especially appealing to children, as each child will be invited to participate in the re-enactment of the Christmas story.
There will be one Christmas Day service at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Those attending are urged to bring canned goods, paper products and staple food items for food pantries in the DeLand area and for families in need.
For more information, call the church office at 386-734-5113.
Peace, love and hope
First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand will present “Festival of Lights” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.
This special service is a celebration of Yule, Chanukkah, Christmas and more through music, readings, hymns, and, of course, candle-lightings.
It explores and rejoices in the many different lights of the season, and finds commonality in their messages of peace, hope and love.
Religious education for children of all ages is provided. For more information, visit www.uudeland.org or call 386-734-6499.
Traditional Christmas in Cassadaga
A Christmas Candlelight Service will be held 7-9 p.m Friday, Dec. 16, in the Colby Temple in Historic Cassadaga.
The Christmas program this year will feature traditional Christmas carols, narration, meditation, and holiday spirit greetings.
Nonperishable foods will be accepted for the Lake Helen-Cassadaga Food Bank.
Gospel concert at Gateway Center
This weekend will find a gospel concert at Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary.
Garey K. Henderson and The Voice of Success Praise Chorale will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17. Special guests will include First Lady Terri Nightingale and Maya Nathan.
Tickets cost $15 for adults and $8 for children.
For more information, call Gateway at 386-668-5553.
RisenSon Fellowship in DeLand will have contemporary music and a Christmas message at its Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24.
Call 386-848-3414 or 386-747-1068.
The Lighthouse Church has several Christmas specials on its calendar.
The Christmas Cantata Joy to the World will be performed at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.
A Christmas Eve Carols and Candles Service will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, and a Christmas Day Service titled “Born to Win” will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 25.
Christmas in Deltona
Pine Ridge Fellowship in Deltona will have its Christmas Eve Worship Services at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Christmas Day Worship will be at 10 a.m.
Music in our lives
“The Power of Music” will be the theme of Dr. Don Musser’s homily at Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Orange City at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Dec. 18.
Dr. Musser says, “Music sounds throughout the holiday season, and when we reflect on it, we discover that music plays important roles throughout our lives. We are alive with the sound of music. Why is this so, and what does it matter for our spiritual journey?” Join us as we celebrate this season of hope and joy.
At 3 p.m. Dec. 18 Mosaic in the Afternoon service, the topic will be “Joy to the World,” led by Tracy
Lunquist. The afternoon service is held in Suite F of the Mosaic Center. This informal service includes time for discussion and fellowship.
All are welcome. For more information, call 386-228-3130 or visit www.mosaicuuc.org.
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