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Spiritual Side: Fall Festivals abound in West Volusia
By Margie Dykes
posted Oct 19, 2013 - 8:59:39am
Autumn Harvest Festival
An Autumn Harvest Festival sponsored by the Community Partnership Program will be 4-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Community United Methodist Church in DeBary.
There will be family fun for all ages, including games, a costume contest, food, vendors, bingo and fireworks. The proceeds will benefit the Scholarship Program.
Journey to wholeness
The Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington and the Rev. Sam Offer will present a lecture on “The Journey to Wholeness: Black, Christian, and Gay” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Stetson Room in Stetson University’s Carlton Union Building, 131 E. Minnesota Ave. The talk is part of Stetson University’s Fall 2013 Intercultural Program Series, sponsored by Stetson’s Cross-Cultural Center and the Multicultural Student Council, and the Asian Pacific American Coalition.
Washington and Offer are LGBT History Month keynote speakers. As two black, gay, ordained preachers in the Christian Church, they will talk about their journeys navigating and reconciling what it means to be all of who they are. This is a free lecture.
Busy time in Glenwood
Glenwood Presbyterian Church welcomed as guest minister this past Sunday Katie Steinberg, a candidate for ministry in the Central Florida Presbytery. Katie is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Larry Cuthill.
The Glenwood Civic Association will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in the Fellowship Hall. The guest speaker will be Carl Judd, who will talk about Medicare options.
Plans are being made for the children of the community to attend a Fall Festival Party Oct. 31 in Fellowship Hall. There will be a light meal, games and candy for everyone to enjoy. Costumes are welcome, but are optional. Masks are a must. The best homemade mask will win a prize. All children from first through eighth grade are invited.
Plans have been made concerning the Fall Bazaar at Glenwood Presbyterian Church 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Mark your calendars for this event. There will be a huge variety of items, including needlework, housewares, plants and many other items.
Saturday, Oct. 26, is “Make a Difference Day,” and First Presbyterian Church of DeBary is observing the occasion with a Fall Bazaar 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. There will be at least 50 vendors participating, with proceeds going to the Volusia County Angel Tree Camp. That’s a program that helps send children of the incarcerated to camp, where they learn of God’s love for them and that they are not forgotten.
There will be such attractions as food, face-painting, a bounce house, and lots of flea-market-type booths with a wide variety of wares for sale.
The Rev. Barnes to speak
Eatonville pastor the Rev. Willie C. Barnes will be the featured speaker at the 113th anniversary celebration of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Daytona Beach. He will speak at the 11 a.m. service Sunday, Oct. 27.
Barnes currently serves as president of the African-American Council of Christian Clergy. He has an electrical-engineering degree, and worked as a design engineer at Martin Marietta Electronics and Missiles for 15 years. He accepted the call to ministry in 1986.
A Farewell Luncheon will be given for Martha Manley at 12:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, in the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand Fellowship Hall. Manley has served in many capacities in the church since 1998, including being responsible for all the dinners at the church for the past two years. During the 10:45 a.m. service, Dr. Joe Risse will recognize her for her service to the church.
Pastor Art Bakewell will be giving the sermon at the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday, Oct. 20.
The Property Ministry will be meeting Oct. 20 to identify maintenance needs around the church, and will do some work under the leadership of Sue Brague.
The Disciple Women meet at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in the Fellowship Hall of the church, and at 7 p.m. with Rose Balzer in the Alliance Nursing Home Family Dining Room. All women of the church are welcome to attend either of these meetings.
Crecy Smith will lead a memorial service for her mother, Catherine Keaton, during the 1 p.m. Disciple Women’s meeting. Catherine was a member of the afternoon Disciple Women’s group, and passed away in September. Her funeral was held in West Virginia.
Fundraiser yard sale
Palm Tree Missionary Baptist Church, at 1271 Keith Ave. in DeLand, will have a church fundraiser yard sale 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. The church is raising funds to get a city water hookup.
Rent a space for $5, and bring your own table. Call Brenda Beverly at 386-624-6716 by Oct. 21 to reserve a space.
There will be a Trunk or Treat 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, with hot dogs and chips available for a donation. Costumes are encouraged.
Rummage and Bake Sale
Westminster Presbyterian Church in DeLand invites the community to a Rummage and Bake Sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26.
There will be something for everyone, organizers promise.
Lunch will be available, including hot dogs, sloppy Joes, chips, potato salad and sodas.
First United Methodist Church of DeLand will have its Harvest Festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, on the grounds of the church and inside the Life Enrichment Center. Admission is free, and everyone is invited to enjoy a day of fun and celebration.
There will be carnival games, a petting zoo, bounce houses, and the trackless train. Food will be served, and live music and entertainment will be performed all day, including music by Hat Trick, an a cappella group from Stetson University. The Pumpkin Patch is open, and there will be face-painting.
Tickets for games and food, if purchased in advance, cost five for $1. Tickets will cost four for $1 on the day of the festival.
Call the church office for tickets or more information at 386-734-5113.
Chamber Music Series begins
First Congregational Church of Lake Helen will kick off its Chamber Music Series at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, with Stetson University soprano Lindsay Loper singing works by Haydn, Mozart, Wolf and Larsen. Loper has performed with the Orlando Opera, the Orlando Philharmonic, the Bach Festival Society, and Stetson University’s Opera Theatre.
The concert will be in the sanctuary of the historic First Congregational Church at the corner of Euclid Avenue and Main Street in Lake Helen. Tickets cost $7, which includes a wine-and-cheese reception following the concert. Proceeds will benefit the Shalom House Retreat and Conference Center in Lake Helen.
Young Life going strong
Young Life Ministries is in full swing: Both Young Life and Wyld Life clubs are going strong, with more than 100 youth participating in weekly club meetings.
Young Life hosts fund-raisers throughout the year to send kids to camp and help with operational expenses. Young Life provides kids with reassurance, mentoring, encouragement and direction to ensure they will become the best they can be in life by introducing them to Jesus and letting them know they can have a meaningful relationship with him on their turf and on their level.
Twenty-one new leaders are in training, and will be reaching out to the youth at DeLand High, and Southwestern and St. Barnabas middle schools.
The second annual Golf Outing will be Friday, Oct. 18, with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start at Victoria Hills Golf Club. The player fee is $75 per person, and includes 18 holes of golf, range balls, breakfast, lunch and prizes.
For more information, call Dave Rogers at 407-592-3069 or Aaron Underwood at 386-785-4150.
Stone Soup Ceremony
The community is invited to join members of First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, when Nicodemus Schoenwald will present a “Stone Soup Ceremony.” Schoenwald is a member of the congregation, and will share his perspective on the children’s story “Stone Soup.”
As part of the service, congregants will make a Stone Soup to share after the service. Those attending are encouraged to bring one cup of a cooked ingredient to add to the pot.
Religious education for children of all ages is provided during the service.
For more information about the church, visit www.facebook.com/UUDeland or www.uudeland.org, or call 386-734-6499. To learn more about Unitarian Universalism, visit www.uua.org.
DeBary-Orange City Seventh-day Adventist Church will have a free health expo 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.
Attendees can have the following screenings: body mass index; blood pressure; cholesterol; the Harvard step test; lung capacity; and glucose. There will also be someone there giving massages, and doctors will be on-site to answer questions. The Red Bus will be on-site to collect blood donations.
The Florida Memorial University Gospel Choir will be the guest choir at Macedonia Baptist Church in DeLand at the 11 a.m. service Sunday, Oct. 20.
October has been designated throughout the National Baptist Convention as Music Ministers/Musicians Appreciation Month.
St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Orange City will have its Fall Bazaar 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Spaces will be available for a donation of $25 for vendors to sell their merchandise. Vendors need to bring their own table.
To get an application, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 386-775-6200, or visit www.stjudescentralflorida.org.
Dinner at Blackwater Inn
The “Let’s Break Bread Together” ministry of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in DeLand will have a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Blackwater Inn in Astor.
Reservations are required; call the church office at 386-734-2791.
The Young Lawyers Division of the Volusia County Bar will host its first Brain Chase 5K Zombie Run at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, on the Stetson University campus. Entry fees cost $25 from now through Oct. 25, and $30 on race day. Children age 12 and younger can participate for $10.
Proceeds will go to the Jewish Federation School Supply Program, which donates backpacks and school supplies to students in Volusia County schools.
To register online, visit www.run4acause.org/brainchase.
The Unity in the Community Choir is ready for its debut at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Blake Park in Lake Helen.
The choir has been busy rehearsing for the big “Celebration of Unity” program, which will cap off the 125th Anniversary Jubilee of the City of Lake Helen.
The Unity in the Community group meets once a month at different churches in the community at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month.
To accommodate those who cannot meet during the day, the November meeting will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Lake Helen United Methodist Church. The December meeting will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 4, at First Congregational United Church of Christ of Lake Helen.
For more information, call 386-747-2814.
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