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Spiritual Side: Churches combine efforts to help families
By Margie Dykes
posted Nov 23, 2013 - 2:00:02pm
Volunteers helping families
During the past six years, a special partnership has been forming to help families in Southwest Volusia.
Volunteers from Community United Methodist, Emmaus Lutheran, and St. Ann’s Catholic churches in DeBary and Orange City have combined resources to serve 100 families in need during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
As each year’s activities evolve, these congregations have called on local businesses for assistance, donations and support, including the DeBary Civic Association, DeBary Diner, Winn-Dixie, Walgreens, TD Bank, and Dollar Tree, all of which have contributed bicycles, stocking stuffers and other goods.
Families in need begin registering in October for services during each holiday. Shopping days are arranged. For Thanksgiving this year, guest families are able to choose a turkey, all the meal trimmings, prayer cards, and recipes for tasty leftovers.
At the Christmas Store, guests will enjoy fellowship and refreshments, and then receive age-appropriate school outfits, pajamas, socks, gift items, books and stocking stuffers.
These shopping scenes have been planned for months, and are staffed by volunteers from the partner churches, known as Community in Action.
Choirs to perform at Gateway Center
The Orlando Deanery Boychoir and Girls Choir will perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary.
Admission costs $15 in advance, or $18 at the door, with admission for students at $8. Call 386-668-5553.
The choirs are founded on European models, and are affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music in England. The choirs are a music-outreach program of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Downtown Orlando, and serve the community, nation and world with their concerts.
In addition to creating beautiful music of the highest standards, the choirs develop musicianship, vocal skills, teamwork, responsibility, leadership, courtesy, respect for other cultures, poise and professionalism.
Performances include civic festivals, opera and symphony, charity concerts, private parties, weddings, religious services, conventions, TV commercials and Disney events, often with prominent local orchestras.
As cultural ambassadors of the United States and the City of Orlando, the choirs have toured Japan, England, Ireland, Wales, Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Canada, New York City (including Carnegie Hall), Washington, D.C., Niagara Falls, New England, the Bahamas, Florida, Atlanta, Nashville and New Orleans.
The choirs are directed by Canon Benjamin Lane and Claire Hodge.
Giving thanks for diversity
Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Orange City will welcome Dr. Robert Tucker to the pulpit Nov. 24 to speak on “Giving Thanks for Our Diversity.” This lighthearted and sometimes humorous Thanksgiving message celebrates the broad diversity found in UU congregations.
Those looking for a welcoming place to spend Thanksgiving Day may be interested in the Mosaic UUC Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, Nov. 28. Appetizers will be served at 1 p.m., with dinner at 2 p.m.
Turkey and fixings will be provided; those attending are invited to bring a favorite side dish or dessert from their own family traditions. A $4 love offering is suggested, and everyone is welcome. If you would like to attend, send a message by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, so the congregation will know how much turkey to roast!
Christmas bazaar at First Christian Church
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand is taking reservations for tables at its Christmas Bazaar planned Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7.
Tables cost $15, and may be reserved by calling 386-985-4933.
The bazaar will take place 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 7, and will feature crafts, baked goods and gift items for sale, with lunch available for purchase 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the church campus at 1401 W. New York Ave.
“Jewish Humor” will be Bill Lazarus’ topic when he speaks Dec. 1 at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand.
Oppressed Jewish immigrants brought more than luggage with them when they journeyed here from Germany and Russia, Lazarus points out; they came armed with bittersweet humor honed over centuries of abuse and anti-Semitism. That humor has gradually become synonymous with this country.
This presentation will look at the origin of the humor, some of the famed comedians and examples of their humor.
Lazarus is a historian, renowned religious scholar, and one of the most popular speakers at the Unitarian Universalist church in DeLand, church leaders said.
Christmas bazaar at Holy Cross Episcopal Church
Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Sanford is also planning its annual Christmas Bazaar for Saturday, Dec. 7.
The event will feature more than 17 vendors offering items for sale, as well as the Holiday Boutique with gently used upscale merchandise, the traditional Cookie Walk and Sweet Treats Bake Sale, a 50-50 raffle, a Christmas plant sale, and a basket raffle.
There will be tours of the historic 1873 church on the corner of Park Avenue and Fourth Street, and organ concerts throughout the day.
Lunch will be available for sale, including Brunswick stew that may be eaten on-site or packaged for taking home.
The bazaar hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and proceeds will benefit the preservation of Holy Cross Episcopal Church. For more information, call 407-322-4611.
Thankful for bazaar success
Glenwood Presbyterian Church reports that its recent bazaar was a great success, and forwarded a huge “thank you” to all who worked setting up and cleaning up.
Although the sanctuary could not be used for services, services did continue without interruption in the fellowship hall, and there were more members present than attended service in the building more than 51 years ago!
The Glenwood Trailblazer 4-H Club was proud to have two of its members receive recognition for essays entered in the Volusia County Fair and Youth Show. Morgan Keiser and Sara Borden both won first place in their division for their writings on “Why I Love Volusia County and the Volusia County Fair.”
During the service Nov. 17, the youngest and oldest members presented a “Minute for Mission.” Sara Borden, 9, and Coleen Skinner, 99, both spoke of the importance of the church in their lives.
Dinner reservations are being accepted in the Glenwood Presbyterian Church office for the annual Thanksgiving Day dinner at 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Call 386-734-8617 to reserve a spot. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes and beverages will be provided. Please let the office know if you can bring a dish to share.
At the service Nov. 24, there will be special music by the children for a Thanksgiving tribute; also, following the service, the sanctuary will be decorated with greenery. A light luncheon will be provided for those who help with this project.
On Saturday, Dec. 7, a trip is planned to Ormond Beach for a two-hour historical bus tour of the city, with stops along the way. The cost is $20 per person. Following lunch in Ormond Beach, there will be a visit to The Casements, the former home of John D. Rockefeller. The home will be decorated for Christmas. Call the church office for reservations for the tour.
Bring food for the needy
Nov. 24 is Brown Bag Sunday at First United Methodist Church of DeLand. Those attending services are encouraged to bring bags of food items, including staples, canned goods and paper products for donation to the needy.
Also, a Thanksgiving Altar will be created to express thanks for what God has given us, by placing fresh vegetables and fruit or canned goods on the altar during the first hymn. This will be done at all three services. The food will then be distributed to families in need and to the food pantries in the area.
Plans are underway for the Gigantic Christmas Missions Auction and dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 11. This auction is a fundraiser to support the local, statewide and foreign missions trips. Recent trips have been to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Tennessee, Melbourne, and Good Samaritan Clinic in DeLand.
Also, a couple associated with First United Methodist is serving as missionaries to Okinawa, where they are assisting members of the U.S. military.
At the event Dec. 11, there will be two Chinese auctions throughout the evening, one for everyone and one for youth only.
The live auction will begin at 6:30 p.m., featuring donated items, including artwork and furniture. The auctioneer will be Ken Dayton. There will also be a sale of homemade baked items provided by members.
Those attending are urged to come by 5 p.m. to view the auction items. Dinner will be served at 5:30. Reservations are required for the dinner; the cost is $4.50 per person, with a maximum of $15 per family. Call 386-734-5113 by Monday, Dec. 9, to make reservations.
Family and Friends Month
Victory Worship Center of Crescent City is in the midst of Family and Friends Month.
Events include a Brotherhood Breakfast Fellowship at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Howe Memorial, 252 N. Summit St. in Crescent City, and a Homecoming Celebration 9-10 a.m. at the church.
A Family Prayer Breakfast and a Young People and Family service are also planned Nov. 24.
At 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 25 and 26, a Thanksgiving Revival service is planned, with Apostle Lillie Tuggerson and Pastors Mose and Lesia Hawkins as the hosts.
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