110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Margie Dykes
posted May 12, 2013 - 8:03:32am
Mother’s Day celebration
Dr. Robert Tucker will celebrate Mother’s Day at Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Orange City Sunday, May 12, with a humorous message titled “Don’t Put Your Finger in an Electric Sock!” (Yes, it is supposed to be “sock.”) This is the first of three “Merry Month of May” services exploring the relationship between humor and spirituality.
A children’s program is offered during the services. Learn more about Mosaic at the website at www.mosaicuuc.org.
Sensei Morris Sullivan will present “The Mother With 1,000 Arms” at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, May 12, at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand.
Mothers are universally honored by cultures and traditions the world over, and motherhood often represents the best aspects of the human heart: kindness, compassion and love.
In Buddhism, the Bodhisattva Kuan Yin is considered the ultimate expression of motherly compassion, with her 1,000 eyes that see the suffering of the world, and 1,000 arms that reach out to embrace those who are struggling. In this talk, Sensei Sekiyo will offer some thoughts on how to honor the greatest of all kindnesses — motherhood.
Sensei Sullivan lives in DeLand, and leads Volusia Buddhist Fellowship meetings Wednesday evenings at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand.
Religious education for children of all ages is provided during the service.
For more information about the church, visit www.uudeland.org or call 386-734-6499. To learn more about Unitarian Universalism, visit www.uua.org.
The West Volusia Chorus will perform a Spring Concert at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Pine Ridge Fellowship’s First Church Campus.
Light refreshments will be served after the concert.
Join the Earth-care ministry
New Hope United Church of Christ in DeLand is celebrating a churchwide 50-day-long Earth-care ministry called “Ministry: 4/1 Earth,” which has three goals nationwide.
The first goal is 1 million hours of engaged Earth-care. These hours can be spent planting, picking, picking up, and doing and learning more about how we can love and care for our Earth. One million hours is a national goal to which New Hope UCC will add its hours.
The second goal is to plant 100,000 trees locally and globally. We share space, so we are adding a tree or two or three to the grand plan our landlords have for landscaping. The global part is done by sending in financial gifts so trees can be planted where they are so needed in Africa and dry places around the world.
The third goal is to do our part individually by writing 100,000 letters, emails, tweets, Facebook messages, phone calls, etc., on environmental concerns.
These are unique ways to engage in Earth-care in our church, our neighborhood, with our families and friends. Go to www.ucc.org/earth for more info.
Elvis impersonator Barry Porter will perform a Gospel Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Plymouth Avenue Christian Church in DeLand.
Admission is free, and a love offering will be collected. Call 386-734-9141 for more information.
God’s closet and other things
Pastor Art Bakewell will give the sermon “Too Big for God’s Closet” at the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday, May 12, at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand. Communion will be served at both services, and child care is provided by Suzanne Reader at the second service. Nonperishable food items will be collected for The Neighborhood Center.
During the Mother’s Day Noon Luncheon Saturday, May 11, Rose Balzer, Barbara Bowen, Barbara Fain and Virginia Turner will be honored for their dedicated service to the Disciples Women and First Christian Church. Barbara is moving to Naples to be with her daughter, and Virginia has moved back to Kentucky.
Paul Ashton and the Disciple Men’s Group will meet at 11 a.m. May 11 to organize how they will be serving during the luncheon.
Church members will be assembling items for the Rainbow Child Care Center playground 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 18. Anyone who wants to have fun putting together a playground is invited to participate. Lunch will be provided around noon.
The church board will be meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, in the Fellowship Hall.
Workshop June 7-9
Episcopal Church of the Holy Presence in DeLand will have guest priest Father Jim Hooker at the May 19 and 26 services. The Rev. Dawn McDonald will be in Japan during this time as a guest teacher and lector.
Retired Bishop of Central Florida John W. Howe will have the free workshop “Anointed by the Holy Spirit” 7-9 p.m. Friday, June 7, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, and at the 10 a.m. service Sunday, June 9. Be sure to get your reservation in by May 31 if you are requesting the $5 lunch for June 8. For more information, call Trish Ignao at 508-540-0790 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifetree Café, a ministry of the church, continues at 7:15 p.m. Thursdays during May.
The topic for today, May 9, is “The Black and White Truth About Racism in America.” The program features a film interview with Daryl Davis, an African-American who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan.
On May 16, the topic is “When Love Hurts.” The program explores domestic violence.
On May 23, the topic is “How to Live Before You Die: Embracing Life to the Fullest.” The program details work with cancer patients facing an uncertain future to find hope and a positive attitude.
And on May 30, the topic is “The Majesty and Mystery of Nature.” This program examines how human interaction impacts the environment.
The 13 Apostles
Have you ever wanted to know more about the men who left everything they knew behind to follow Jesus and start His church on Earth after the Crucifixion?
Deltona Presbyterian Church invites the public to a 13-week study called “The Thirteen Apostles” beginning at 7 p.m. today, Thursday, May 9. The study will continue each Thursday for one hour in Classroom 1 in the church’s Family Life Center.
Vacation Bible School is just around the corner. “Around the World in 5 Days” will be 6-8:30 p.m. June 24-28. Register online at www.deltonapc.org or call 386-789-3200.
An Alzheimer’s Support Group meets at 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the church’s library. The purpose of the group is to share information and support for those involved in the care of a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. It is an open group, and all who have an interest are welcome. Call Carol Briggs at 386-789-5825 with any questions.
Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp invites the public to its Gala Day Event 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 11.
There will be mini-readings for $20 at Colby Temple 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., along with mini-seminars for $5 at Slater House. The schedule is as follows: The Rev. Dr. James Thomas - “Color Healing” at 11 a.m.; Margarita Varela - “What Is Enlightenment?” at 11:30 a.m.; The Rev. Dr. Don Zanghi - “Spiritual Teachings for the New Age” at noon; The Rev. Dr. Sandra Helton - “Astrology and the Aquarian Age” at 12:30 p.m.; Jodie Bellis - “Orbs, Spirit Photography and Electronic Communication With Spirit” at 1 p.m.; “T” Margaret Lees - “The Elementals: Faeries, Gnomes, Undines and Salamanders” at 1:30 p.m.; and Rose Ellen Biggers – “Life Story of a Third Generation Spiritualist” at 2 p.m.
Spiritual healing and other healing modalities will be demonstrated, and there will be street vendors.
For more information, visit the camp’s website at www.cassadaga.org, call the camp office at 386-228-3171, or call the bookstore at 386-228-2880.
A run for missions
Tomoka Christian Church in Ormond Beach is having its second annual “Run for Missions 5K Run/Walk” beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11. The event starts and finishes at the church at 1151 W. Granada Blvd.
To register online, go to www.active.com, or call Debbie Rotman at 386-383-1983 or Rusty Rotman at 386-233-0224.
Time again for VBS
The theme this year for Vacation Bible School (VBS) at First United Methodist Church of DeLand is “Kingdom Rock.” Early registration is held through May 19. Anyone who registers during this time will receive a free CD per family, and the opportunity to purchase a T-shirt for $3 per child. Registration after that will permit families to purchase a CD and a T-shirt for $5 each.
VBS will be 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday, June 17-21, and is for children age 4 through fifth grade. The program is based on the Scripture “Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.” There will be snacks, Bible stories and adventures, crafts and music daily. Donna Then and Barbara Stricklin are in charge.
Pastor Ben Collins will deliver the message at all three Sunday-morning services on Mother’s Day May 12, and Pentecost May 19. He will also be leading the final Wednesday-night Impact session for the season May 15. The title is “Facing Life’s Challenges With God’s Hope.”
Call the church office for more information at 386-734-5113.
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in DeLand will have its monthly Saturday Fellowship Breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in Fellowship Hall. All are invited! Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast, conversation and a topical program.
The church will be hosting Interfaith Kitchen at First United Methodist Church of DeLand Tuesday, May 14. Volunteers need to arrive at 5 p.m. Meals will be served beginning at 5:45 p.m. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. Call the church office at 386-734-2791 for more information.
Thursday, May 16, is Faith Lutheran’s evening at Chili’s in DeLand. Those eating from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. will have 10 percent of the cost of the meal donated to the church to help the church’s Sunday School Fund. A coupon is required, and can be obtained at the church office or on the church’s website at www.faithlutherandeland.org.
DeLeon Springs United Methodist Church is having its usual Third Saturday of the Month Spaghetti Dinner 5-7 p.m. May 18.
Spaghetti with sauce, with or without meat, will be served, along with salad, garlic bread, iced tea and lemonade, and homemade desserts.
The cost is $8 per person, with children eating for free.
Proceeds will go to the church’s outreach programs.
Call 386-985-4325 with any questions.
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