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Spiritual Side: Churches host trunk-or-treat events
By Margie Dykes
posted Oct 20, 2012 - 7:49:00am
Trunk or treat fun
Christ Community Church in DeLand is hosting a Trunk or Treat 5:30-7:30 p.m. Halloween night. Cars will be decorated, and candy will be given out.
Admission is one can of vegetables or fruit donated to the church food pantry.
Deltona Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is having its annual Trunk ’n Treat 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Church members will be decorating their car trunks and handing out candy in the parking lot. Throughout the night, there will be music, refreshments, fun and games for all!
For more information, call Loris Bosques at 386-574-2431 or email the church secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deltona Lakes Baptist Church is offering an alternative to Halloween with “Judgment Nite” 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, through Monday, Oct. 29.
This adventure will give participants a dramatic view of life, death and eternity, showing how choices made in life may change things forever. There will be dark passageways, mature themes and intense drama. It is intended for youth and adults, with no one under age 10 admitted.
Call church secretary Gloria Feliciano at 386-789-2400 for more information.
DeLand Church of the Nazarene is celebrating 50 years of ministry with special events.
At 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, Chuck Neighbors will share his dramatic presentation “In His Steps.” Also included will be special greetings from former ministers and the community.
District Superintendent Dr. Orville Jenkins Jr. will speak at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. A ham lunch will be served at 1 p.m. after the service.
To reserve a seat for the lunch, call 386-734-8281.
Multimedia presentation planned
“God in America,” a joint ministry outreach of the Rosewood Center and Chapel of Divine Mercy, both in DeLand, will present the multimedia production America’s Godly Heritage 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Salvation Army Worship Center, 1240 S. High St. in DeLand.
The production includes music, slides, video and a live performance that focuses on the relationship between history and religion in the founding of America.
A DVD of this performance is also being filmed, and can be obtained by calling the Rosewood Center at 386-944-5979.
Admission is free, and the presentation is open to the public.
Pine Ridge Fellowship Church in Deltona is having Missions Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Howland Boulevard campus.
Missionaries from the church and from United Methodist Volunteers in Missions will talk about their experiences.
There will be dessert, other refreshments, games and music. Tickets cost $10, with the proceeds going to international missions work within Pine Ridge Fellowship.
Members of First Presbyterian Church of DeBary invite the public to “Soup, Song and Prayer” 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.
Lunch will be followed by a performance by Great Expectations Men’s Chorus, and then there will be a circle of prayer, fellowship and dessert.
Admission is free, and the whole family is invited.
For more information, call 386-668-4495.
Come for fun
People of all ages are invited to have a wonderful, inexpensive day of fun at the Harvest Festival of First United Methodist Church of DeLand.
The day of celebration and fun begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, on the grounds of the church and inside the Life Enrichment Center.
Admission is free, and for those who buy advance tickets for the games and food (before the 27th), they will get five tickets for $1 instead of just four tickets for $1 on the day of the event.
There will be live music all day, including the talented a cappella group The Hat Trick from Stetson University.
Games will be set up all over the campus, and will include the ringtoss, the football toss and the beanbag toss to knock that black cat down, with lots of prizes for everyone. There will be bounce houses for two tickets, and a petting zoo and a trackless train ride. Food and drinks will be served all day, and there will be home-baked cookies, cupcakes, brownies, loaf cakes and specialty breads. The festival will end at 4 p.m.
And, don’t forget that the Pumpkin Patch is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and noon-7 p.m. Sundays until the end of October.
For more information, call the office at 386-734-5113.
New Hope United Church of Christ in DeLand continues its Grand Welcoming celebration with a Tailgate Party following the Sunday, Oct. 21, service. The church now meets in a building on the grounds of First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia at 116 S. Clara Ave. in DeLand.
The 10 a.m. service will be typical of New Hope, with plenty of music of all kinds, prayer, outreach ministries and a message by the Rev. Karen Curtis-Weakley, followed by barbecued hot dogs in the parking lot and fun on the lawn. Everyone is encouraged to wear the team colors of their favorite sports teams.
Last week, the church had a Service of Joining, where six new members became attracted to the church after reading about New Hope’s support of marriage equality.
Visit with the church on Facebook at New Hope UCC DeLand.
The youth of First Baptist Church of DeLand is hosting a free Family Movie Night at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Family Life Center. The movie is Fireproof.
The church’s Static for Kids Ministry will present Family Experience & Fall Fun at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. There will be a Nickelodeon/Disney-style experience for everyone in the Family Life Center, with a skit, music, games and much more. Afterward, outside, there will be hot dogs, games, candy stations and bounce houses. Admission is free.
For more information, call the church office at 386-734-5085.
Lake Helen United Methodist Church is having its annual Harvest Festival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.
There will be free activities for children, such as games, prizes, and a bounce house, as well as face-painting, music, crafts, fingerprinting, a lollipop tree, and Bozo the Clown with balloons.
For sale, there will be baked goods from the Country Store, and chili, hot dogs, burgers, and cold drinks from the Food Court.
In addition, there will be a silent auction with numerous gift baskets and other items.
Also, visit the Pumpkin Patch, where there are pumpkins of all sizes for sale, and a photo center so that you can photograph your family. The Pumpkin Patch will remain open through Oct. 31.
First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand will have a fun service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, where everyone gets to be a kid again!
The service will be coordinated by Suzanne Southard, who leads the church’s Religious Education Program. She says religious education is important. The brain is wired with a section for spirituality. Nature abhors a vacuum, so if you don’t fill it up or help your children find a way to access it, someone else will! And, it may not be what you like.
For more information about the church, visit www.uudeland.org or call 386-734-6499. If you would like to learn about Unitarian Universalism, visit www.uua.org.
Lots to do
Dr. David Felty, pastor at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand, will have as his sermon topic “Are You Able?” based on Psalm 104 and the 10th chapter of Mark, at the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, services.
The Stewardship Ministry will culminate the theme “Abundant Joy/Overflowing Generosity” with the dedication of commitment pledges.
Representatives of the church will attend the Florida Disciples Regional Assembly Oct. 19-20. The theme of the assembly in Orlando will be “Disciples Here. Now. ... Still Good News.”
Jack and Midge Barnes, who formerly served First Christian in DeLand, will be providing the program “Zing a Zong of Zimbabwe” at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 in the church fellowship hall, with dinner to follow. Call 386-734-0677 to make reservations.
The Holiday Planning Ministry will be meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in the library. The Church Beautification Ministry will meet 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Fellowship Hall area.
Trunk or Treat will be 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be food, games, a hayride and treats.
Walk for life
Grace House Pregnancy Resource Center is having a Walk for Life in support of unborn children at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Sunflower Park, corner of North Alabama Avenue and East Church Street in Downtown DeLand.
There will be a brief opening program, and then attendees can either walk or run the course, or rock in rocking chairs.
The event, which is a fundraiser, will have participants sponsored by others for a flat fee. Proceeds will benefit the center, which provides support for women in unplanned pregnancies.
To register, visit gracehouse4life.org/events.
Stetson professor Lucas will speak
Dr. Phillip Lucas will present the homily “Ancient Megaliths and Modern Nature Spirituality” at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, service at Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Orange City.
Dr. Lucas will discuss how modern practitioners of nature spirituality are making use of ancient megalithic sites throughout the British Isles. Among other activities, they practice various rituals at the sites, protect them from vandals, and use them for dynamic dreaming and vision questing.
Dr. Lucas, a professor of religious studies at Stetson University, is the founding editor of the journal Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions. Everyone is welcome to attend, and to stay for fellowship and discussion after the service.
For more information, visit www.mosaicuuc.org, call 386-228-3130, or visit Facebook — Mosaic Unitarian Universalist.
Something for everyone
Westminster Presbyterian Church in DeLand will have a Yard/Craft/Bake Sale with something for everyone 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27.
Lunch will be available for purchase.
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