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Spiritual Side: High Holy Days are just around the corner
By Margie Dykes
posted Aug 24, 2013 - 7:42:44am
High Holy Days soon
For Jews in the West Volusia area, the all-important High Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are just around the corner.
Rosh Hashana is a celebration of the Jewish new year, and this year, it will turn from 5773 to 5774. During this holiday, Jews will take stock of the past year, and make resolutions for the upcoming one.
Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is a day of fasting and repentance for the mistakes made during the year.
At Temple Israel of DeLand, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, Erev Rosh Hashana will be observed, followed by a Rosh Hashana service at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, with a dairy luncheon at noon.
On Friday, Sept. 13, as Yom Kippur begins, the Kol Nidre, or the opening prayers, will be observed at 7 p.m. The Yom Kippur morning prayer will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, followed by a Torah service at 10 a.m., and a Yizkor service (prayers that honor relatives who died in the past year) at 11 a.m. The closing service or Ne’ilah service will be at 5 p.m., followed by a dairy “break-the-fast” meal.
No tickets are needed to attend. Donations will be gladly accepted.
Who will be speaking?
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand will have a surprise guest minister for the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday, Aug. 25. The presentation of the Lord’s Supper and prayer requests will be lifted up at both services.
Child care is available only at the 10:45 a.m. service.
Sunday school is available for children and adults at 9:30 a.m., with refreshments served outside the kitchen area at 9:15 a.m.
The Rainbow Child Care Center board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26. New board members for the 2013-14 year will be voted on at that time.
What God knows
Ron Hall will present “What Does God Know?” at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, service at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand. Hall is a very popular speaker at the church.
He is a professor of philosophy and chairman of the philosophy department at Stetson University. His general areas of interest are existentialism and the philosophy of religion.
Religious education for children of all ages is provided during the service.
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.
Noncombat military opportunities
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in DeLand invites all high-school students and their parents to a forum about military educational opportunities to inform students of noncombat positions and higher-education opportunities in the U.S. military noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the church.
The keynote speaker will be U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Robert Blanks, who served in the Montford Point Marine Unit during World War II. Other speakers will tell of their military experience and supply information on educational opportunities.
This free event is hosted by the Young Men of Macedonia.
For more information or directions, call James T. Mitchell Jr. at 386-624-6115. Refreshments will be served.
Meet the Rabbi
Temple Shalom of Deltona will host an Open House and “Meet the Rabbi” 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. Rabbi Merrill Shapiro and his wife, Robyn, will be on hand, and light refreshments will be served. Call the synagogue at 386-789-2202 for directions or for more information.
Ministry for children
“AWANA,” a nondenominational ministry that teaches children age 3 through sixth grade about the Gospel, is being held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 4-Nov. 20 and Jan. 8-May 21, at First Presbyterian Church of DeLand.
The cost is $25 per child, a one-time fee for the one year of materials and supplies. Interested parents can register their children online at www.firstpresdeland.org.
Dinner will be served 6-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays for a cost of $2 per person or not more than $10 per family.
There is a fellowship opportunity for parents during this time.
Volunteers are needed. Call Abby Anderson, director of children’s ministry, at 386-734-6212, ext. 111, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Orange City will conclude its “Soul to Soul Sundays” series 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. “Blessings” is the topic.
Rachel Naomi wrote in Soul to Soul, “A blessing is not something that one person gives another. A blessing is a moment of meeting, a certain kind of relationship in which both people involved remember and acknowledge their true nature and worth, and strengthen what is whole in one another. ... Blessing life moves us closer to each other and closer to our authentic selves.”
For sharing: Does that quotation about what a blessing is resonate with you? What is your definition of blessing? Could you share some of your blessings with the group? Think about which blessings you are willing to share.
Liz Schumaker will facilitate the gathering, and refreshments will follow. Child care is provided.
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