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What's Namaste? When can I go to Vacation Bible School in DeLand?
And other questions answered in this week's Spiritual Side
By Margie Dykes
posted Jul 13, 2013 - 10:52:53am
New members and Vacation Bible School
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in DeLand invites folks interested in joining Faith Lutheran and current new members to a New Member Orientation get-together July 17, following the weekly Wednesday-evening potluck dinner in the fellowship hall. All are invited to the dinner, as well.
Call the church office at 386-734-2791, or just show up.
Faith Evangelical Lutheran will begin its Vacation Bible School Monday, July 22, for a five-day run. The theme this year is “Treasure Hunt.”
VBS is open to children ages 5-9, will run 8:30 a.m.-noon each day, and will be held on the grounds of Good Samaritan Florida Lutheran Retirement Center in DeLand.
Information is available by calling the church office at 386-734-2791.
The July Fellowship Breakfast will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 20, and VBS volunteers are the special guests. All are welcome to attend and to enjoy a hearty breakfast and good fellowship.
Namasté concept will be explained
Pete Kersey will speak on “Namasté” at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 14, service at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand. Kersey is the operations manager at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach.
Namasté translates roughly to “I recognize and honor the spirit of the divine which resides in you and me and everyone in the world,” and Kersey says that pretty well sums up the essence of Unitarian Universalism.
The Namasté concept embraces spiritualism, while not shutting out the pragmatic world around us. The pragmatic ingredients are summed up in the first principle of UU, which states that “we affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person.”
Religious education for children of all ages is provided during the service. For more information about the church, visit www.facebook.com/UUDeland or call 386-734-6499. To learn more about Unitarian Universalism, visit www.uua.org.
General Assembly of Christian Church
Pastor Art Bakewell will be the guest minister for First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand for the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday, July 14. Following the 10:45 a.m. service, there will be a sandwich luncheon with ice cream to celebrate July as Ice Cream Month.
The General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), United States and Canada, is convening at the Orange County Convention Center, July 13-17. Dorothy and Paul Ashton are the church’s voting representatives. The theme is “Lord Teach Us to Pray.”
Seventeen resolutions will be presented during the business sessions, covering topics such as “Incarceration, Justice and Restoration in the United States,” “Unfair Labor Practices,” “Drone Warfare,” “Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture,” and “Becoming a People of Grace by Welcoming All God’s Children,” along with resolutions related to the organization of the denomination.
TNT at Four Towns Community Church
Four Towns Community Church in Deltona is starting a program for youth called TNT (Tuesday Night Thing), which is open to all youth in grades six through 12. You don’t need to be a member of the church to participate.
TNT aims to be a lot of fun, while at the same time participants will study the teen version of the book The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel.
During the summer, some of the activities will be:
6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 - Paint war;
10 a.m. (meet at the church) - 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 - A trip to Blue Spring State Park;
11:30 a.m. (meet at the church) - 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 - Paintball;
8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 - 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7 - Lock-in;
4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 (meet at the church) - 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 - Campout.
For more information, contact Pastor Matt Williams at 850-630-4041.
Soul to Soul Sundays
Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Orange City will begin its summertime traditional “Soul to Soul Sundays” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 14. All are welcome! These special summer services are based on the book Soul to Soul: Fourteen Gatherings for Reflection and Sharing by Christine Robinson and Alicia Hawkins.
“Soul to Soul Sundays” include pondering some questions on each topic ahead of each service, along with occasionally a “Request to Honor.”
On July 14, the topic is “Shadow.” “The simplest most functional definition of the Shadow is that which renders us uncomfortable with ourselves.” (James Hollis)
Questions to ponder are these: 1. Is there a situation in which you consistently overreact? Could it be that something is hooking into your shadow? 2. Have you made any Freudian slips lately? Do they tell you anything about your shadow? 3. What influences helped to shape your shadow? Who or what helped to put those qualities in shadow?
Request to Honor: The pondering you have done may have given you some clues about aspects of your shadow. Choose one shadow aspect, bring a simple “prop” to represent it — a piece of clothing, an adornment or accessory — and share with the group.
Child care will be available during the service. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.
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