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Spiritual Side: Christmas events continue in West Volusia
By Margie Dykes
posted Dec 7, 2013 - 8:24:26am
The Christian Church at DeLeon Springs is having a Christmas festival 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
The church’s youth group will perform A Charlie Brown Christmas at 6 p.m., followed by Christmas-ornament crafting, refreshments, and a school-supplies giveaway.
Call the church at 386-985-5608 for more information.
‘Journey Thru Christmas’
Volusia County Baptist Church in Orange City is again presenting its holiday celebration “Journey Thru Christmas” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, through Saturday, Dec. 14. Free 25-minute guided tours will take attendees through 16 outdoor scenes of the Christmas story with more than 100 actors and live animals.
Children will receive a free candy-filled Christmas stocking, and free hot chocolate and cookies will be served at the end of each tour.
For more information, call the church office at 386-774-0181 or visit the website at www.JourneyThruChristmas.com.
The Orange City United Methodist Church Chancel Choir will present a Christmas cantata titled Appalachian Winter during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, Dec. 15. The choir is directed by Tammy Miller and accompanied by church organist Jeremy Vigil and an instrumental chamber ensemble. A reception will follow.
On Saturday, Dec. 21, the church will host its monthly Community Connection to help serve the needs of the surrounding community. The activities, all provided at no cost, will run 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and will include a food pantry, lunch, children’s activities, free flu shots (provided by Walgreens Pharmacy) for 100 people, and basic health screenings, such as pulse, blood pressure, etc.
For more information, call 386-775-3068 or visit the website at www.ocumc.org.
A talk on grief
Lohman Funeral Homes is hosting a special talk by Dr. Alan Wolfelt called “Healing Your Grieving Heart: Exploring 30 Practical Touchstones for Caring for Yourself” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 600 S. Nova Road in Ormond Beach. Refreshments will follow. There is no charge to attend.
The talk will help attendees recognize the unique aspects of their personal grief, define their special needs, understand the importance of self-care, and explore the transformative nature of grief.
Wolfelt is the author of more than 20 books on grief and loss, and is the founder and director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colo.
Advanced registration is requested by calling 386-615-1100.
The Disciple Women of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand will have their annual bazaar 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Fellowship Hall and on the grounds of the church. There will be baked goods, gift items, collectibles, Christmas decorations, and food in the kitchen, all for sale.
Barbara Fain and the Crafty Christians are in charge. The Disciple Men’s Fellowship will be in charge of the food from the kitchen.
Lee Gartside is hosting the annual Greeters’ Workshop following the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday, Dec. 8, in the Fellowship Hall. Those who attend get first pick on their Sundays to greet.
Guest Pastor Art Bakewell will be leading the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. worship services Dec. 8. Nonperishable food items will be collected at both services for The Neighborhood Center.
Advent materials are available to enhance worship during the Advent season. An Advent candle is lit at each service.
‘The Spirit of the Drum’
Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Orange City welcomes musician and writer Rick de Yampert to speak on “The Spirit of the Drum” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. The talk will explore how cultures around the world have used drumming to alter consciousness, enter the otherworld, and access the divine. The program will include a brief drum circle in which congregants may participate. Judy Raymond is worship leader.
Religious education is offered for children during the service. All are welcome. Learn more at the website at www.mosaicuuc.org.
Christmas music by the Raintree Chamber Players
The Raintree Chamber Players will perform at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, service at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand. This quartet will perform a medley of Christmas music, including classical and traditional holiday favorites. Don’t miss this beautiful and captivating service.
Raintree is a gifted group of professional, classically trained musicians who have been performing together since 1992.
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.
Episcopal Church of the Holy Presence in DeLand has begun the Advent season, with the Rev. Dawn McDonald conducting Advent services at 10 a.m. each Sunday.
Lifetree Cafe meets 7:15-8:15 p.m. Thursdays, with a different subject (and video and discussion) each week.
The topic Dec. 12 will be “What People Really Think of Christmas and Why”; on Dec. 19 it will be “Overcoming Hardship: A Father and Son Beat the Odds.”
For more information, call 386-734-5228 or visit the church’s website at www.holypresencedeland.com.
Members of First United Methodist Church of DeLand are hosting a live auction and a Chinese auction Wednesday, Dec. 11. The auctions will begin at 6:15 p.m., following the 5:30 p.m. dinner. The auction is free, but reservations are required for the dinner, with the cost being $4.50 per person, with a family paying no more than $15.
Ken Dayton will be auctioning off furniture and other fine items. A 1977 Toyota will be available for bids.
Smaller items will be on the Chinese-auction table, which will include gift baskets and gift cards. Come early and view the items.
Call the church office for more information at 386-734-5113.
Candle Light Service
The holiday spirit will be celebrated with a special Candle Light Service at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Colby Memorial Temple in Cassadaga. There will be music by Ronnie Austin, the Cassadaga Choir, and other solo artists, along with a holiday spirit greeting from certified mediums and students to all in attendance.
For more information, call the main office at 386-228-3171.
Tunes for Toys Concert and Toy Drive
Youth Explosion for Christ will present its fourth annual Tunes for Toys Concert and Toy Drive 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2300 Howland Blvd. in Deltona.
Performing will be All Things New, Adrian Tristan, HAYGD, Felicity, Roslyn, Nichole Bass, Michael S. Cole, Harmony, FHG and Gloria.
The cost of admission is one unwrapped toy with a value of $10 per adult in each family. All toy donations will be disbursed to local families in need at the YEC Christmas Outreach Dec. 21. Applications for families are being accepted.
Visit www.youthexplosionforchrist.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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