110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Margie Dykes
posted Dec 22, 2013 - 8:48:01am
Christmas caroling and Christmas Eve service
Glenwood Presbyterian Church will dedicate the One Great Hour of Sharing offering envelopes this Sunday. Members of the church will meet in the parking lot Sunday afternoon, Dec. 22, for the church’s traditional caroling to those people who are confined to their homes or are in retirement centers. Children and adults enjoy this outing and the refreshments afterward in Fellowship Hall.
Speaking of Fellowship Hall, it is getting a real face-lift this week, as Bill Fraser and the crew of Fraser Construction are replacing, washing, and painting the building. Thanks to the anonymous donor who truly loves this 128-year-old building.
The community is invited to the annual Christmas Eve service. There will be a live Nativity 6:30-7 p.m., followed by a pageant of the wondrous birth enacted in a different way.
This past Sunday during the service, the Borden children, Sara, Tommi Gene, Jacob and Lucas, performed a skit about the story of the candy cane and sang the song “The Bells Are Ringing.” Their performance was well-received by the congregation.
As the end of the year approaches, on Sunday, Dec. 29, there will be a musical event, and everyone who enjoys an old-fashioned sing-out of the old is invited to attend. It will be a fun time to sing, visit and wish each other a Happy New Year.
Members of Glenwood Presbyterian Church wish everyone peace, health and happiness.
Christmas Eve Service
Pastor Art Bakewell will be leading the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand Sunday, Dec. 22, and the Christmas Eve service Tuesday, Dec. 24. Communion will be served at all services; candlelighting will be a part of the Christmas Eve service.
On Saturday, Dec. 21, members will meet at the church at 5 p.m. to Christmas-carol to other members of the church.
On Sunday, Dec. 22, and Monday, Dec. 23, there will be a Living Nativity on the front lawn of the church from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
During the Christmas break, the youth group will not be meeting on Wednesday nights.
Candlelight Christmas Eve services
There will be three Candlelight Christmas Eve services held in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of DeLand.
The 5:30 p.m. service will be especially for families and children. Each child who wishes to, will be invited to participate in the re-enactment of the Nativity scene. Wings for angels, robes and staffs for shepherds, and royal robes for the three kings will be provided. There are no speaking parts.
During the 7:30 p.m. service, the Chancel Choir will sing “Christmas Lullaby,” written by John Rutter and directed by Jeffrey Stricklin.
Special music will be presented at the 9:30 p.m. service.
Pastor Owen Stricklin will deliver the message at all services.
Brown Bag Sunday is Dec. 22. Those attending services that day are encouraged to bring canned goods, paper goods and staple food items for families in need and for the various food pantries in the DeLand area.
There will be three services at the usual times — 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. — Sunday, Dec. 29.
Line-dancing in the Life Enrichment Center will resume at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7.
For more information, call the church office at 386-734-5113.
‘The Things That Matter’
On Sunday, Dec. 22, Christ United Fellowship in DeLand will welcome teachers from the Millennium Musicians, who will join in the music during the worship service. In addition, there will be flutes and trumpets to enhance the sounds of joy. The worship service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Austin Brinkerhoff will be preaching on his Advent theme “The Things That Matter.”
The church’s Christmas Eve service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24.
For more information about the church, call 386-523-6317 or go to sites.google.com/site/christunitedfellowshipdeland. All interested persons are most welcome!
The African American Museum of the Arts in DeLand is having a Kwanzaa Celebration 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28.
At 5 p.m., the museum will show the film The Black Candle, which deals with “unity,” the first of the principles of Kwanzaa.
A Kwanzaa celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. The principle of the day will be Ujima, which stands for collective work and responsibility. Following will be a libation ceremony and a candlelighting ceremony. Historian Mike Brown will talk about “Local Poets,” and the event will close with a tasting of traditional Kwanzaa foods.
The entire event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 386-736-4004.
‘Why Jesus and Santa Matter’
Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Orange City welcomes Dr. Robert Tucker Sunday, Dec. 22, to speak about “Why Jesus and Santa Matter.” This talk explores the ideals of love and generosity that define the Christmas season and are important for everyone, regardless of what beliefs we hold or holidays we observe.
This weekend also marks the winter solstice, and the congregation’s service will include a fun opportunity for the children to help wake up the sleeping sun. Cary Ragsdale is the worship leader.
Religious education is offered for children during the service. You’re invited to join the congregation for coffee and other refreshments both before and after the service. Learn more at the church’s website, mosaicuuc.org.
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in DeLand will be out Christmas caroling on a hay wagon Sunday, Dec. 22, singing in the nearby neighborhoods and at other locations. The carolers will leave the church parking lot at 509 E. Pennsylvania Ave. at 6:30 p.m. All voices are invited to join in the fun and celebrate the beautiful hymns and songs of Christmas.
Faith is offering two Christmas Eve services at the church, at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24. The community is invited!
Festival of Light service
You’re encouraged to join First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, for a very special “Festival of Light” service.
The service is a celebration of Yule, Hanukkah, Christmas and more through music, readings, hymns, and, of course, candlelightings. This service explores and rejoices in the many different lights of the season, and finds commonality in their messages of peace, hope and love.
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.
The Episcopal Church of the Holy Presence in DeLand will have the “Antiphons Service” with Eucharist at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22. The seven prayers in this service are a special ornament in the pre-Christmas liturgy leading to the recitation of the Magnificat.
The O’Antiphons date from the very early church, around the fifth century, when believers chanted vespers in the seven evenings before Christmas Eve.
The sequence of the O’Antiphons begins before the creation of the universe. It progresses through the messianic prophecies of Israel, and ends with the incarnation and birth of Christ. Each O’Antiphon highlights a title for the Messiah from the Old Testament, and each is a prophecy of His coming.
A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Eucharist will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 24.
For more information, call 386-734-5228 or visit the website at www.holypresencedeland.com.
Christmas Eve services
The Rev. Brian Garrison, rector at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in DeLand, welcomes the community to holiday services.
Christmas Eve services start at 5 p.m. Dec. 24 with a children’s pageant and Holy Eucharist. A 10:30 p.m. service will have Christmas music by the St. Barnabas Choir. A traditional Midnight Mass will be celebrated at 11 p.m.
The Christmas Day Holy Eucharist will be at 10 a.m.
St. Barnabas will host Community Dinners at noon on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
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