110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Margie Dykes
posted Dec 2, 2013 - 10:28:54am
Life Fellowship in Barberville, whose congregation sees themselves as a small church with a big heart for their community, will be able to make Thanksgiving a little brighter for area residents thanks to the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club Chapter 9 of Daytona Beach, which is made up of active and retired law-enforcement officers. The club donated 45 turkeys, 15 more than last year, so families in need could have a holiday dinner.
Members of Life Fellowship were able to gather side items for 30 turkey dinners this year, with the others donated to St. Peter Catholic Church in DeLand, Church of God Prophecy in Pierson, and El Shaddai in Seville.
Jesse Roland is the church’s senior pastor, and Regina Biggs is the associate pastor.
Preparing for Christmas
New Hope United Church of Christ in DeLand is preparing the way for the Christmas Child. Throughout Advent, the community is invited to join church members in the traditional impatient wait for God’s coming to Earth. Sermons and liturgies will take an original UCC twist on the biblical story.
On Christmas Eve, instead of a service, church members will go to the medical center at Florida Lutheran to visit with the congregation’s oldest member, 96-year-old Stephen Straight. There, participants will honor him on his birthday on Christmas Eve, share a huge cake, and sing his favorite Christmas carols.
On the first Sunday of Advent, New Hope will participate in the Hanging of the Greens liturgy, which will include all the historical meaning of the symbols and traditions of Christmas.
On the Sunday before Christmas, New Hope will create a program from Max Lucado’s 3:16. Pianist Kathy Harn will lead the group in favorite hymns and carols.
Hopefully, the church’s new website will be up before Christmas.
The Rev. Karen Curtis-Weakley says whoever you are and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome at New Hope.
Advent service Dec. 1
Pastor Art Bakewell will lead the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday, Dec. 1, the first Sunday in Advent, at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand.
There is still time to reserve a table at the annual Christmas Bazaar Dec. 6 and 7 by calling Barbara Fain at 386-985-4933. Collectibles, glassware, antiques, Christmas decorations, baked goods, and produce are the items up for sale.
The Men’s Fellowship will be working in the kitchen Dec. 6 to sell pastries, bagels and coffee in the morning and hot dogs and chili at lunch. On Dec. 7, they will serve sausage biscuits from 8 a.m. to noon.
On Saturday, Nov. 30, the worship committee and others will be hanging the greens in the church at 10 a.m.
On Sunday, Dec. 8, there will be a greeters workshop with lunch after the 10:45 a.m. service. Lee Gartside will be training the volunteer greeters.
Advent begins Dec. 1
On Sunday, Dec. 1, Advent begins, signaling that Christmas is coming!
At Christ United Fellowship, that means readying the Advent wreath, choosing readers for the candlelighting ceremony each Sunday, and checking on the candles to be used for the Christmas Eve service. Poinsettias given in memory or in honor of a loved one will help to decorate the worship space.
At Christ United Fellowship, Advent also means shopping for Christmas gifts for children in the Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program. In the true spirit of Christmas, prisoners enrolled in the program request gifts their children desire; then volunteers purchase these gifts (valued at up to $25) and deliver them in the prisoner’s name, sharing the good news that Jesus Christ is God’s greatest gift of all. This is part of a national program; however, the children receiving gifts live in this local area.
The Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff, pastor at the church, is preparing a sermon series on “The Things That Matter,” and each Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. worship service will focus on this theme, except for Dec. 15, when a special service is planned.
Christmas Eve worship will be 7-8 p.m.
For more information about the church, call 386-523-6317 or go to sites.google.com/site/christunitedfellowshipdeland. All interested persons are most welcome!
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