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Spiritual Side: West Volusia Easter services and events
Churches invite all to egg hunts, brunches and lunches
By Margie Dykes
posted Mar 30, 2013 - 9:25:22am
Final Easter plans announced
Plymouth Avenue Christian Church in DeLand invites the public to EGGsperience.
This free family event will take place 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 30, at the church.
In addition to egg hunts by age groups that start at 10 a.m., there will be music, crafts, inflatables and more.
For more information, call 386-734-9141.
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Victory Worship Center in Crescent City will start its Easter Weekend celebration with a Morning Glory Prayer at 6 a.m. Saturday, March 30.
On Easter Sunday, March 31, a Victorious Living program will be at 10 a.m., followed by a worship service at 11 a.m.
An Easter Egg Hunt with candy bags for youth will immediately follow the service. Refreshments will be served, and Easter photos will be available.
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Palm Sunday service at Glenwood Presbyterian Church opened in the tradition of children in a processional, waving palm branches and singing. Sara Borden sang “Open Wide the Gates.”
The church will be open noon-3 p.m. Good Friday, March 29, for all who wish to worship.
Saturday, March 30, is the Easter party for children of any and all faiths in the community to celebrate love and fellowship. There will be a small luncheon, crafts and an Easter egg hunt. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. Call the church office and give the number of people you will be bringing. The phone number is 386-734-8617. All children under age 4 must be accompanied by an adult.
Easter Sunday morning, there will be a Son-Rise service beginning at 7 a.m., followed by a brunch and then the traditional church service with a pageant presented by music director Barbara Vu and the ensemble.
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Good Friday Service at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand will be at noon in the sanctuary, with Sue Brague in charge. Rosemary Sutton will direct the program, with lunch provided afterward. The Disciples Women will bring their Blessing Boxes for dedication.
Saturday, March 30, the Easter Egg Hunt, Story of Jesus, special activities and lunch will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Pastor Art Bakewell will be giving the message for the Easter services Sunday, March 31, at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The elders assisting are Barbara Fain, Paul Ashton and Chris Drooker.
Coffee and pastries will be available in the fellowship hall 9:15-10 a.m.
The Lord’s Supper is celebrated at both services, and all are welcome to participate.
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The community of Lake Helen once again invites the public to share the Easter holiday.
Good Friday Service will be at noon March 29 at Blake Memorial Baptist Church.
Lake Helen Easter SonRise Service will be at 7 a.m. March 31 at the Lake Helen boat ramp at Royal Park.
Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket on which to sit.
For more information, call 386-228-2151 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Trinity Assembly of God in Deltona will have “The Big Hunt” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 30. About 20,000 eggs will be hidden, with children hunting for them multiple times, broken into groups by age. There will also be inflatables and bungee-bouncing.
This is a free event; however, food will be available for purchase.
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Pine Ridge Fellowship in Deltona has several Easter Day services planned.
There will be a Sunrise contemporary service at 6:30 a.m. at the Howland Boulevard campus, followed by contemporary services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. A classical worship service will be at 10 a.m. Easter Sunday, at the First Church campus on East Normandy Boulevard.
Children’s programming is offered at both campuses.
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For those who can’t get to church on Good Friday, Christ United Fellowship in DeLand offers guided meditation on Jesus’ last sayings on the church’s website.
Go to https://sites.google.com/site/christunitedfellowshipdeland.
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The public is warmly invited to attend the 53rd annual Community Easter Sunrise Service at Hidden Valley Park, which will begin at 7:30 a.m. lakeside. Hidden Valley is 1.5 miles east of U.S. Highway 17 on Reynolds Road in DeLeon Springs.
The Easter message will be given by the Rev. Victor Paulino of Fountain of Salvation Church in DeLeon Springs, and he will be assisted by his sister Alice Delgado as interpreter.
The Rev. Cathy Boyles of DeLeon Springs United Methodist Church will be the host minister.
Others who will participate are Bishop Ray C. Chandler of Church of God of Prophecy, Pastor George Munson of Word of Grace Fellowship, and Lay Representative Doris McWilliams of Mount Zion AME Church, all in DeLeon Springs.
Jeane Schuler of Trinity United Methodist Church in DeLand will sing.
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Call Me Maybe, a play featuring The Lighthouse Players from The Lighthouse Church, will be performed at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 31.
The cast find themselves receiving text messages from God. They learn of the life and death of Jesus Christ, and are so intrigued by His good works and His love for all people that they attempt to save Him from death on the cross by transporting back in time.
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First Baptist Church of DeBary will present “Risen: A Thorn Easter Experience” Easter Sunday. Through realistic videos, live dramas and beautiful music, attendees will experience the power and compassion of Jesus’ life, the pain of his Crucifixion, and the triumph of his Resurrection.
A sunrise service will be at 7:17 a.m., followed by breakfast. Bible study will be at 9:30 a.m., and Easter Morning Service will be at 10:45 a.m.
An Easter Egg Hunt will be 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30. The egg hunt is for Southwest Volusia-area children ages 2-12. There will also be a bounce house and slide, a cupcake-eating contest, storytime, games and prizes. A Blood Drive will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sullivan recognized as Zen Master
Volusia Buddhist Fellowship in DeLand announces its dharma teacher, the Rev. Morris Sekiyo Sullivan, was recognized recently as a Zen Master during a special ceremony at White Sands Buddhist Center in Mims.
Along with regular Volusia Buddhist Fellowship meetings, the Rev. Sullivan leads monthly meetings in Palm Coast, New Smyrna Beach and Daytona Beach. He also meets weekly with Buddhist inmates at Tomoka Correctional Institution.
The group meets at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand and on the last Sunday of each month. Sunday meetings begin at 5 p.m. and are followed by a social hour with tea and snacks beginning at 6 p.m.
Each meeting includes a brief dharma talk (a presentation of the Buddha’s teachings), a short chanting service, and either guided or silent meditation. Meetings are free and open to the public.
For more information, email Volusia Buddhist Fellowship at email@example.com or call 386-738-3715.
New service hours
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in DeLand will have new Sunday Service hours beginning Sunday, April 7. New times are 9 a.m. for the contemporary service, with Children’s Church and the traditional service at 11 a.m.
Sunday School for both children and adults will be at 10:15 a.m., along with a fellowship hour between services.
Wednesdays Together will continue at 5:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Faith will host Interfaith Kitchen at First United Methodist Church of DeLand Tuesday, April 9, with staff arriving at 5 p.m. and the meal served at 5:45 p.m. Volunteers are always needed.
The monthly Faith Lutheran Day will be all day Friday, April 5, at Pizza Hut on North Woodland Boulevard in DeLand. Twenty percent of all designated sales at the restaurant will be donated to the children’s fund at Faith. Diners must submit a coupon when ordering or picking up a phone order. Coupons are always available from the church office or from the church website at www.faithlutherandeland.org.
Learn how to cook healthy vegetarian meals and discover why what you eat is the foundation of better health.
New Smyrna Beach Seventh-day Adventist Church, at 1910 Pioneer Trail, is offering a 10-week vegetarian-cooking class beginning Tuesday, April 2, for $20.
For more information, call 386-423-0491.
The Dynamic Meditations of Osho Rajneesh are being presented 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Bamboo Arts Center in DeLeon Springs. There is no charge, but donations are encouraged to cover expenses.
Presented by a longtime disciple, the meditations devised by Osho are specifically created for those who find traditional sitting meditations difficult to do. They are easy to do, and once learned, can be done at home.
Although the meditations can lead a person into religious awareness, they are not associated with any organized or disorganized religion. They are designed to give the individual an insight into his or her own inner world, with the side effects of joy, peace, health, love and laughter.
The presenter is Anand Chintan, who has taught these meditations for 35 years in many different settings. His passion is to share meditation with people who would not normally come across this phenomenon.
The Bamboo Arts Center is at 4490 Cave Lake Road in DeLeon Springs. Visit the website at bambooartscenter.com and click on “classes.” For more information, call 386-956-1329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knights of Columbus Council 13571 are sponsoring a Charity Dinner and Silent Auction Friday, April 5.
The event will include a dinner with roast prime rib and teriyaki salmon, as well as salad and several sides.
Music will be provided for dancing by Mike Sands, and the silent auction will include many valuable items.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at DeBary Golf and Country Club, 300 Plantation Club Drive.
Tickets are available by calling Dave McLean at 386-668-3371 or Martin Harper at 386-775-0615.
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