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Spiritual Side: Back-to-school prayer service set for Aug. 11
Yard sale planned at Mosaic in Orange City, bunco party in DeBary
By Margie Dykes
posted Aug 3, 2013 - 7:36:22am
Prayers for back to school
The Volusia/Flagler Pastors Prayer Gathering presents the fourth annual Back-to-School Prayer Night 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Rock Church of Daytona Beach, 1818 Taylor Road in Port Orange.
Child care for toddlers and infants will be available during the service. Join with worshippers from churches and ministries across the county to pray for our students, their parents and guardians, and the teachers/staff/administrators of our public, private, home and postsecondary schools and preschools.
For more information, call 386-212-5504.
Shenko to speak
James Shenko, the Timothy from First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand, will be giving the sermon “Bye, Bye Bacon” at both the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday, Aug. 4, at the church. Communion will be served at both services, and child care is available at the second service.
Marge Jones is starting an acrylic art class at 1 p.m. Mondays in the Fellowship Hall. There is a $5-per-person charge, with registration required by calling Marge at 386-473-3065. Materials will be provided.
First Christian Church has participated in the Meals on Wheels Challenge.
Rainbow Child Care, a ministry of First Christian Church, is accepting registrations for the 2013-14 school year. Call Director Kathy Porr at 386-736-3768.
First Christian will be hosting Interfaith Kitchen at First United Methodist Church of DeLand Tuesday, Aug. 6.
A Quaker service
Ellen Nielsen presents “A Quaker Service” at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, service at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand.
Nielsen is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of the Daytona Beach Area. Her life experience has provided many opportunities to explore the historical and philosophical links between two religious paths: Unitarian Universalism and Quakerism. She enjoys taking on unusual challenges, including introducing Unitarian Universalists to the concept of silent worship.
For more information about the church, visit www.uudeland.org or www.facebook.com/UUDeland, or call 386-734-6499. To learn more about Unitarian Universalism, visit www.uua.org.
Thank you, Walt
The members of New Hope United Church of Christ in DeLand thank their past-moderator Walt Perry for his service in leadership to the church. A new moderator, Stephen Rice, will now take the lay leadership, and he plans to expand community involvement.
New Hope UCC’s emphasis on justice issues has put the church in the forefront under the Rev. Karen Curtis-Weakley.
Part of the theology of New Hope is their commitment to welcome everyone “no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey.”
Sunday services start at 10 a.m.; Wednesday’s Theology on Tap is at 6:30 p.m.
Call for more information at 386-473-7429.
A Family Fun Fest is on tap at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at DeLand Seventh-day Adventist Church.
There will be free food, bounce houses, face-painting, and games for the family.
Talking about death
The Rev. Mark Spivey will speak at Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Orange City at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, on the topic “When Death Is a Good Thing.” The Rev. Spivey is an ordained United Church of Christ minister, who has his own counseling practice and also assists Hospice of Volusia/Flagler with their counseling needs.
Elizabeth Schumaker will lead the service. Child care is provided.
In addition, a yard sale is planned 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. There will be household items, clothes, tools, and lots of bargains.
For more information, visit mosaicuuc.org.
Missionary to speak
Missionary Mike Dunne, with Children of Promise Ministries in Namibia, Africa, will speak at First Presbyterian Church of DeBary at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. A potluck dinner will precede the talk at 6 p.m.
Bunco party coming up
Mark your calendar for Thursday, Aug. 22, when the St. Ann’s Council of Catholic Women from St. Ann’s Catholic Church in DeBary will have a Bunco Party Fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Domestic Abuse Center in Volusia County.
A light lunch will be served. Tickets cost $7.
To get tickets, call Linda at 407-314-4742 or Alice at 386-456-5211.
Churches join together
Several churches in the DeLand area will come together to celebrate Green and Gold Sunday at 10 a.m. Aug. 25 in the DeLand High School auditorium at 800 N. Hill Ave.
Plymouth Avenue Christian Church, Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church, DeLand Chaplains, and the Century Club are sponsoring the event.
The guest speaker will be former FSU and NFL star Leon Bright.
For more information, call Plymouth Avenue Christian Church at 386-734-9141.
Learn about military opportunities
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in DeLand invites the public, and especially high-school students, to a community forum on noncombat positions and higher-education opportunities in the U.S. military.
Meet noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the church to hear keynote speaker Robert Banks, who served in the Monfort Point Marine Unit during World War II. There will be other speakers who will talk about their military experience and supply information about educational opportunities.
This event is hosted by the Young Men of Macedonia. Refreshments will be served.
For more information or directions, call James T. Mitchell Jr. at 386-624-6115.
Duty to God programs for youth
Four Towns Community Church in Deltona is excited to share upcoming events with the community.
Monday, Aug. 5, through Friday, Aug. 9, the church will have Vacation Bible School 5:30-8:30 p.m., with the theme “League of His Own.” The theme is centered on sports, sports and more sports, to teach the lesson that God is our ultimate coach in life. We are on His team, and we follow His plan and direction in our life. Our idea of “winning” is to glorify Him with our lives.
The Boy Scout program “Duty to God” will begin 5-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, for high-school students, with the “God and Life” curriculum. Students will seek to understand their call to a life of discipleship.
The God and Life curriculum will focus on the life of the Apostle Paul as recorded in Acts 9:1-31, about how Paul encountered Christ and was changed forever. This program is open to all youth in grades nine-12. You do not have to be a member of the church, the Scout troop, or even a male to participate.
Starting in October, the church will offer “Duty to God” programs for youth in grades one-three (God and Me) and in grades four and five (God and Family).
In a world with so many religions, why Jesus? Four Towns is offering a video series on Sundays during the month of August called Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias and facilitated by Pastor Bill Hicks. These sessions will be 9:15-10:15 a.m., with regular Sunday services starting at 10:30 a.m. With four 15- to 24-minute powerful segments and dramatic footage shot in 14 different countries, Jesus Among Other Gods contrasts Jesus with founders of Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism, strengthening believers and compelling them to share their faith with our postmodern world. Subjects for upcoming weeks include Aug. 4 - The Anatomy of Faith and the Quest for Reason; Aug. 11 - A Taste for the Soul; Aug. 18 - Is God the Source of My Suffering?; and Aug. 25 - Is There a Gardener?
For more information, call Four Towns Community Church at 386-532-5546.
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