110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Margie Dykes
posted Dec 14, 2013 - 9:13:29am
The Chancel Choir, the Jubilee Bell Choir, the Children’s Bell Choir, and guest soloists will present a program of favorite Christmas carols at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at First Presbyterian Church of DeBary. The program is open to the public.
For questions or more information, call Music Director Sharon Hibbs at 386-532-4220.
St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Orange City is having its annual Cookie Walk 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 21. These homemade treats will cost about $5 a pound for most types of cookies, and there will be lots to choose from.
RisenSon Fellowship in DeLand will have Christmas service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24. Pastor Wayne Neller will deliver the Christmas message, followed by the serving of Communion.
A Night of Rejoicing
All are invited to attend the Christmas cantata at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at First United Methodist Church of DeLand. A Night of Rejoicing, written by Lee Dengler and Susan Naus Dengler, will be performed in the Life Enrichment Center, with a large chorus and orchestra of church members and friends directed by the church’s worship leader Jeffrey Stricklin. The accompanist will be Sharon Bissinger. The Bell Choir will also participate, directed by Stricklin. The music and narration are uplifting, and many of the melodies are familiar Christmas carols. Admission is free.
Dec. 15 is also designated as “Undies Sunday.” Those attending the three morning services that day are encouraged to bring underwear and socks for men and women. These articles of clothing are given to Mercy Hour guests after they shower. Blankets and men’s and women’s jackets of all sizes will be accepted through January.
The Wednesday, Dec. 18, Impact hour will be a family time. Instead of a study after the 5:30 p.m. dinner, children and adults will sit at the same tables to play games. Reservations are required for the dinner by Dec. 16. The cost is $4.50 per person, with a family paying no more than $15.
Call the church office for more information at 386-734-5113.
When Love Was Born
The Sanctuary in DeLand is showing the Christmas musical When Love Was Born at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
The musical, with drama, special lighting, and beautiful music, portrays the night 2,000 years ago when love was born. Don’t miss it!
Visit the church’s website at www.sanctuaryonline.cc.
Joyfulness of the holidays
The Victory Worship Center in Crescent City will host a Community Christmas Worship Fest at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Miller Intermediate School, 101 S. Prospect St. The event will feature NOW Generations, mimes, praise and worship, drama skits, and many other artists. It is free and open to the public.
The church will have an On Target Christmas Party at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. A Christmas celebration will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.
An End of the Year Prophetic Revival is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, and Monday, Dec. 30.
New Year’s Eve Worship will be Tuesday, Dec. 31.
For those out-of-towners, the church is at 1022 Huntington Road. Host pastors are Apostle Lillie Tuggerson and Pastor Mose Hawkins.
Christmas songs and stories
Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Orange City will have a service of Christmas songs and stories Sunday, Dec. 15. Because this service is intended to be fun and kid-friendly, children are invited to stay for the entire service, and no separate religious education will be offered. Tracy Lunquist and Jan Holloway will lead the worship.
After the service, there will be a cookie exchange and hot cocoa. Bring a batch of favorite cookies, and take away a sampling of many different kinds.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Carol Service
The annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Carol Service at Westminster Presbyterian Church in DeLand will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24. All are invited to attend. The service will include two anthems “Love Was When God Became a Man” and “Why Can’t Christmas Just Be Christmas?” sung by choir members Fran Hirst, Caylyn Gunby, Richard Marchitti and Chaplain James Kirstein.
Caylyn Gunby will solo on “Mary, Did You Know?” and Nick Pizza will solo on “O Holy Night.” Pizza and Gayle Edwards will sing the duet “Mary’s Boy Child.” The congregation will light candles and sing “Silent Night.”
Taking part in the service will be pianist Kay Manning, Old Testament reader Chaplain James Kirstein, and New Testament reader Nick Pizza. The Christ Candle will be lighted by Rebecca and Alan Horne.
Joanne Spurgeon will be in charge of lighting. Ushers will be Fran and Bill Hirst, with Violet Gasper as greeter.
The Christmas Eve message “Where Shall We Find Him?” will be given by the Rev. Joseph J. Gasper. Several other Christmas carols will be sung by the congregation, concluding the service with “Joy to the World.”
For more information, call 386-532-5536.
DeLeon Springs United Methodist Church invites the community to a spaghetti-dinner fundraiser 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.
The church puts on the dinner, including spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, iced tea and lemonade, and homemade desserts, on the third Saturday of every month.
The cost is an $8 donation for adults, and children eat free. The church uses the funds raised for outreach work.
Meeting life with a smile
As we move deeper into the darker months and headlong toward the holidays, we encounter more than the usual number of causes for joy — along with sorrow, stress and other discomforts. In his presentation “Life Is Too Serious to Take Too Seriously” at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Dec. 15, at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand, Sensei Morris Sekiyo Sullivan will talk about meeting life with a smile, even when there doesn’t seem to be anything to smile about.
Sensei Sullivan first became interested in Buddhism and meditation as a teenager. He explored Zen and Tibetan practices before studying meditation and ordaining at Wat Florida Dhammaram, a Thai Theravada Buddhist monastery. He is no longer a monk, but decided to take a nonsectarian approach to Buddhist ministry, and was inducted as a sensei by the Bright Dawn Center for Oneness Buddhism in 2010.
Sullivan lives in DeLand, and leads Volusia Buddhist Fellowship meetings Wednesday evenings at First UU Church of West Volusia. He meets with inmates at Tomoka Correctional Institution, and speaks regularly at churches throughout the area.
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.
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand will have a farewell service for Walt and Carolyn Litke during the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday, Dec. 15, with a luncheon following in the Fellowship Hall. Friends in the community are invited to attend.
Carolyn was born in DeLand, and was baptized at First Christian. When she married Walt, they moved to West Palm Beach, and then returned to DeLand in 1972.
Carolyn has served as a Disciple Women’s leader, a deacon, an elder and a trustee of the church, in addition to being president of the Rainbow Child Care Center board.
Sue Brague, president of the Disciple Women, and Barbara Fain, chairwoman of the annual bazaar, express appreciation to the vendors and customers who supported the Holiday Bazaar Dec. 6 and 7. The winners of the drawings were Becca Davenport and Carolyn Bess. The next event sponsored by the Disciple Women will be the annual Trash and Treasure sale to support camp scholarship for the youth who participate in the Wednesday-night youth meetings. It will be 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31, and Feb. 1.
Disciple Men will have a fruit pack in Vero Beach Saturday, Dec. 14. Paul Ashton is the contact.
The Disciple Women will have their annual Cookie Exchange at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, with boxes being prepared for the shut-ins of the church.
A Living Nativity will be portrayed 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, and Monday, Dec. 23, on the front lawn of the church.
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