110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Churches busy making holidays bright for others
By Margie Dykes
posted Nov 16, 2013 - 8:01:40am
Group 1 Crew to perform
Deltona Lakes Baptist Church welcomes GMA Dove Award-winners Group 1 Crew to the area when they will perform 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in support of the group Deltona Against Bullying.
Tickets cost $20 at the door, $18 for preferred seating in advance, and $15 for general seating in advance.
Call the church at 386-789-2400.
Shoe boxes dedicated
Red and green Christmas shoe boxes will be piled high at Christ United Fellowship in DeLand Sunday, Nov. 17, to be dedicated during the worship service. From there, the boxes will be taken to the DeLand collection point for processing, and then be transported on for distribution throughout the world. This is all part of Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.
To participate in Operation Christmas Child, get a shoe box, either cardboard or plastic, and fill it with things children can enjoy, such as school supplies; hygiene items, such as toothbrushes, combs, soap in a plastic bag; toys, like balls, toy trucks, stuffed animals, kazoos; also, T-shirts, socks, hair clips and ball caps. Mark your box for either a boy or girl, and indicate whether the child is 2-4 years old, 5-9 years old, or 10-14 years old. Please include a check for $7 to cover shipping.
Christ United Fellowship is pastored by the Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff. For more information, call 386-523-6317 or go to sites.google.com/site/christunitedfellowshipdeland.
For more information about Operation Christmas Child, go to www.samaritanspurse.org.
Grace House Pregnancy Resource Center in DeLand and Edgewater is hosting Bowling for Babies - A Fundraiser for Visitation House, which is a residential home for homeless pregnant women and their babies, at noon Saturday, Nov. 23, at Sunshine Bowling Center, 595 E. International Speedway Blvd. in DeLand.
The cost to play is $25 per person or $15 for children age 12 and younger. The fee covers bowling, shoes, and a food buffet.
To register, visit www.visitationhousedeland.org or www.sunshinebowling.com, or call Donna Paulin at 386-822-6014.
Temple Shalom of Deltona is working with the Anti-Defamation League to distribute a new book, A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism. The book was written by Phyllis Goldstein, and is published by the organization Facing History and Ourselves of Brookline, Mass., whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice and anti-Semitism.
The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now, the agency fights all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals, and protects civil rights for all.
While supplies last, the temple is offering copies of the book at no cost. To acquire a copy, call temple President Bruce Bartel at 386-668-9237.
Orange City United Methodist Church is having a Christmas Shoppe 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.
Shoppers will find handmade Christmas décor for sale, along with gifts and baked goods. Lunch will be available for purchase 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
All proceeds will go to United Methodist Women’s missions.
For more information, call the church office at 386-775-3068.
Drop shoe boxes here
Christ Community Church in DeLand is the latest location to become a drop-off site for shoe boxes going to Operation Christmas Child. Bring the boxes by the church at 402 W. New York Ave. Nov. 18-25. Items can include dolls, toy trucks, school supplies, hygiene items, T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches or flashlights (with extra batteries). Mark on the box whether it is for a boy or girl, and the age range.
Also, the church is having a Community Thanksgiving Dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. Call 386-734-4646 to reserve a seat at dinner, or to find out when to drop off the shoe boxes.
An interesting talk
Pakistani-born Christian Pastor Mujahid el-Masih will visit First Presbyterian Church of New Smyrna Beach, 509 Magnolia St., Nov. 16-17 to share his story of growing up under Islam and becoming a Christian pastor. From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 16, el-Masih will conduct a seminar on Islam and Christianity, covering a number of topics, with ample time for questions and answers. Admission is free, but a freewill offering will be taken to support Faith Covenant International. At the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services Sunday, Nov. 17, el-Masih will speak on “Love Amidst Terror and Persecution, the Gospel Response.”
El-Masih studied the Koran for 14 years, and was being trained to become a martyr for Allah. He changed his religion from Islam to Christianity at the age of 25, when he encountered the love of Jesus Christ. After his conversion, Pastor el-Masih attended Bible College, and established 24 churches in Pakistan. In 1997, he fled his homeland after radical Muslims burned two villages, 13 churches and 1,500 homes in an attack on Christians.
The Nov. 16-17 weekend events acknowledge the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, an annual day of remembrance and prayer for millions of Christians and converts in more than 50 countries, who suffer persecution and daily threat for worshipping the name of Jesus.
For more information, call Pastor David Keazirian at 386-428-2397.
Does spirituality evolve?
Frank Machovec presents “Is Spirituality Evolutionary?” at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Nov. 17, at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand.
Machovec is a member of the congregation and a retired clinical psychologist. He is an adjunct psychology professor at Stetson University and an instructor in Stetson’s Lifelong Learning Institute, where he teaches a world-religions course.
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.
Women of Every Nation presents the “Enough Is Enough Worship Encounter” Nov. 14-16 at Antioch Freewill Baptist Church in DeLand. Prophetess Marie McBryde will host, and Dr. Ane Mercer will be the guest speaker.
The encounter will be at 7:30 p.m. nightly, and at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, with breakfast served 8-9:30 a.m. for a cost of $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, and $2 for children.
For more information, call McBryde at 863-528-5660.
Turkey dinner and food drive
St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Orange City is having a Turkey Dinner and Food Drive fundraiser 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.
All the fixings and dessert will cost $8 per person, along with a canned good or nonperishable food item that will be donated to the church’s food pantry.
Takeouts will be available.
For more information or to order a takeout meal, call 386-775-6200.
Guest Minister Pastor Art Bakewell will be at the pulpit at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand for the 10:45 a.m. service, and in the fellowship hall for the 8:15 a.m. Coffee With God service, Sunday, Nov. 17. Bakewell is continuing his series on the Book of Mark.
During the 10:45 a.m. service, there will be a dedication of the Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. Donations of $7 are being accepted for the per-box shipping cost.
Reservations for the annual Thanksgiving Dinner must be in by Monday, Nov. 18. The dinner will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. There is no charge; just bring a covered dish to share.
On Saturday, Nov. 16, the property committee, under the guidance of Sue Brague, is sponsoring a workday beginning at 8 a.m.
A correction on the date and time of the church’s bazaar: It will be 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 7. Lunch will be available each day for purchase. Crafts, gift items, baked goods and Christmas decorations will be for sale. Tables can be rented for $15 by calling 386-985-4933.
Dr. Rick Flanders will be the guest speaker at a series of special services at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 22, at Faith Baptist Church in Deltona. Flanders is an evangelist who travels weekly to different congregations speaking on topics related to spiritual revival.
He regards himself as a Christian fundamentalist, who defines the Christian faith in terms of certain fundamental doctrines, among them the infallibility of the Bible. His traveling ministry is directed at encouraging Christian believers to have a spiritual revival in their own lives.
Visit the church website at www.FBCdeltona.org.
Caring for the caregiver
The Episcopal Church of the Holy Presence in DeLand and Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler will present “Caring for the Caregiver: Getting Through the Holiday” 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, a special program for National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
The presenter for this program will be Mark Spivey, who specializes in dealing with fatigue and the home work environment. Community caregivers are invited to learn about caring for your aging loved one while still caring for yourself.
There will be door prizes and light refreshments.
For more information, call the church at 386-734-5228 or D. Adams at 386-589-7675, or visit the church’s website www.holypresencedeland.com.
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in DeLand is celebrating Thanksgiving by hosting a Community Potluck Dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27. This event is open to the local community, one and all. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Children’s Home Society of Florida.
It is requested that participants bring a ready-to-serve dish with serving utensils. Store-bought is OK, but homemade is always better! There will be a prize for Favorite Dish. Beverages will be provided!
The church also invites the public to the Thanksgiving-Eve Worship Service at 7 p.m. following the dinner.
Call the church office with any questions at 386-734-2791, or visit the church website at www.faithlutherandeland.org.
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