110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Margie Dykes
posted May 26, 2013 - 11:12:15pm
Memorial Day service
Deltona Memorial Gardens, 1295 Saxon Blvd. in Orange City, will be the site of the 33rd annual Memorial Day Service.
From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Girl Scout Troop 1407 and Boy Scout Troop 312, both of Deltona, will place American flags on the graves of veterans. Following at 10 a.m. will be the service, featuring the presentation of colors and the placement of memorial wreaths at the Veterans Memorial by veterans groups and affiliated community organizations.
Tom Burbank, a U.S. Army Vietnam-era veteran, will be the featured speaker. Burbank serves the community as chairman of the board of the Four Townes YMCA, is on the board of directors of the Volusia/Flagler YMCA, and is a former chairman of the City of Deltona Planning and Zoning Board.
This event is sponsored by the Veterans Community Education Partnership Inc. and Deltona Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Pastor Art Bakewell of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand will have as his sermon topic “Evanescent of Prayer” for the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday, May 26. The Lord’s Supper will be observed at both services, with child care provided during the 10:45 a.m. service for infants through third-graders.
The churchwide picnic for Rainbow Child Care Center and the church will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided; those attending are asked to bring a covered dish. Visitors are welcomed. Water activities will be available for children and youth; horseshoes will be set up for adults.
Wednesday-night youth activities have concluded and will start again the first Wednesday in September.
Margaret Jones will conclude the Bible study “Gifts of the Spirit,” Tuesday, May 28.
The Summer Youth Planning Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, in the church library.
Rainbow Child Care Center will have VPK graduation at 7 p.m. Friday, May 31, in the church’s sanctuary. Kathy Porr, the center’s director, will recognize the graduates. Music teacher Doris Estavillo will lead the children in a musical presentation. Lisa Berry and Crystal Wills are the VPK teachers. Other teachers at Rainbow who will be attending are Terry Carraghen, Pam Colvin, Brittany Crowder, Melissa Garsow, Ursula Heath, Casey Matteo, Angela Sanders and Alicia Swan. Following the graduation ceremony, there will be a reception in the church fellowship hall.
The Rev. Jack Higgins will present “Social Progress Since 1932 — Workers and Employers” at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, May 26, at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand.
In the service, within the context of UU principles and values, the Rev. Higgins will talk about the current economy, and how workers are being hurt during these hard times, when wages are not keeping up with inflation while many companies are reporting record earnings.
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.
Worship by the sea
The Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church celebrated 60 years of ministry May 19.
A community picnic on the church grounds was celebrated with pictures, memorabilia, games, a birthday cake, and stories shared.
The unique church has worship by the sea, like Jesus did.
The Lighthouse Church in DeLand will continue its series on “Great Women of Faith” at the Sunday, May 26, service, followed during the month of June with a focus on “Great Fathers of Faith.”
“Escape to Athens” Vacation Bible School will be 6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 24-28.
A July Fourth celebration will be Sunday, June 30, at the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services, followed by a Hometown Celebration, with water slides, bounce houses, food and more.
Unity in the community
Often today, people tend to divide themselves from one another by what house of worship they attend, the color of their skin, the side of town they live on, and countless other things that make up our daily means of existence.
In an attempt to bring people together, Unity in the Community was born, with the first meeting May 2 in the Lake Helen City Hall Conference Room. All churches in the community were invited to attend and build common ground to break down barriers that focus on differences, as well as promoting visionary ways to unite all people.
Lake Helen Mayor Buddy Snowden had this vision of uniting Lake Helen residents, who can oftentimes see differences and forget that it is truly our hearts and souls that join us together as people.
The group will continue to meet once a month, except for July, at different destinations in the city. The next meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 107 S. Euclid Ave. in Lake Helen.
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in DeLand will have a Service of Evensong at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 26, which will mark the retirement of longtime organist Dr. Michael Rickman. A reception will follow.
Rickman began his tenure at the church in 1983, and through the years, choral services at the church gained a wide reputation in Central Florida.
The Evensong Service will be sung by the church’s choir, directed by Dr. Robert Rich.
The Thrift Shop of First Congregational United Church of Christ of Orange City is having a sale 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 25. Fill a paper grocery bag with all you can for $3.
The shop is undergoing renovations over the next several weeks, with a grand reopening slated for later in the summer.
Call 386-775-2462 for more information.
Vacation Bible School
Orange City United Methodist Church will have its Vacation Bible School June 17-21. This year’s theme is “Kingdom Rock,” where kids stand strong for God.
Area children are invited to join an adventure of castles, knights and princesses.
Each evening’s activities begin with a light supper at 5:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. To sign up, call the church office at 386-775-3068.
Aquarium and hatchery tour
Members of Glenwood Presbyterian Church enjoyed a day trip to Welaka Fish Hatcheries May 18. Twenty-five people were given a tour of the aquarium and hatchery by Mona Crawford. This was an educational and entertaining venture. After lunch, everyone gathered at Dr. Cuthill’s house on the St. Johns River for dessert and coffee.
The Monday-morning exercise class is still meeting at 11 a.m. This class is open to the community and meets in Fellowship Hall.
Wednesday evening, 7-8 p.m., there is a Bible study titled “If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat.” This study is in the Barnes Building.
Thursday afternoon, the middle-school youth group meets 4:15-5:45 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. All middle-school-age children in the community are welcome to attend.
The Glenwood Trailblazer 4-H Club will have “Boot Camp” this summer June 10-14. This 4-H Club meets in Fellowship Hall. There will be sewing classes and lessons on food preparation under the instructions of Jill Taufer from the Volusia County Extension Services. Trailblazers will be doing cleanup at DeLeon Springs State Park 9:30 a.m.-noon Monday, June 24.
What is an Undie Sunday? On May 26, members of the church will have an opportunity to provide new socks and underwear for adults and children who may not have the funds to purchase these items for themselves. These donated items will be distributed through The Neighborhood Center.
Vacation Bible School is scheduled Monday, July 22-Thursday, July 25. Keeping with the traditional family-style get-together as in the past, the theme for this year is “Good Heart Farms,” and the study will be the Fruits of the Spirit.
Beginning June 2 through August, there will be one Sunday service starting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday-school classes will begin at 9 a.m., with fellowship 10-10:20 a.m.
DeLand Church of the Nazarene offers a free weekend of magic “The Wonder-Full Weekend” for the whole family Friday, May 24-Sunday, May 26.
At 7 p.m. May 24, there will be The Family Magic Show; at 7 p.m. May 25, The Paranormal Experience; and at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. May 26, Wonderful Worship.
Magician Scott Humston has been performing for more than 20 years — and he’s only 39. Through music, magic, comedy, and lots of audience participation, he lets Christ’s love set free the hearts of children from broken families or with hard hearts.
Humston overcame a speech-related birth defect, a cleft palate, to become a full-time speaker and performer, and devotes his life to the art of motivating through entertainment. “God has granted me the talent and devotion to spread the Good News to families in a fun and creative way,” he said.
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