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Spiritual Side: ‘Four Chaplains Ceremony’ set Feb. 7 in Deltona
RisenSon in DeLand plans Spring Craft Festival
By Margie Dykes
posted Feb 1, 2014 - 7:45:42pm
Four chaplains remembered
Sgt. David G. Ledgerwood American Legion Post 255 in Deltona is commemorating the Four Chaplains Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in the Deltona Lakes Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 2886 Elkcam Blvd. The guest speaker will be Deltona City Commissioner Fred Lowry. Refreshments will be served after the event.
The four chaplains were at sea along with 982 servicemen, when the ship they were on was torpedoed by a German U-boat Feb. 3, 1943, while en route to Europe during World War II.
The four chaplains — one Jewish and three Christian — held hands together praying for salvation while the ship was taking on water. Seven hundred men were lost, including the four chaplains, while 282 men survived in lifeboats or by clinging to life rafts in the frigid waters. The ship was 150 miles south of Greenland.
Sermon based on Galatians
On Sunday, Feb. 2, Pastor Owen Stricklin of First United Methodist Church of DeLand will continue his sermon series “Christians Under Construction.” The message will be “Using the Best Materials,” based on Galatians 5:16-26.
The Lunch Bunch will meet Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Life Enrichment Center. A full dinner will be served, and Great Expectations, a local men’s choir, will perform. All are welcome. The cost is $6 per person, and reservations are needed by Monday, Feb. 3.
The annual Chili and Soup Cook-Off, sponsored by the Youth Ministry, will be Sunday, Feb. 9. The soups and chilis will be judged, and there will be winners in several categories. The cook-off will be at 5 p.m. in the Life Enrichment Center. Admission costs $5, with the proceeds going toward scholarships.
The Valentine Gala, sponsored by the United Methodist Men, will be Thursday, Feb. 13. There will be live music and an opportunity to be photographed. The cost is $7.50 per person. All are welcome; you’re encouraged to come and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and dessert.
Call the church office for tickets and additional information at 386-734-5113.
RisenSon Fellowship in DeLand is calling out to craft vendors to sign up for the church’s Spring Craft Festival March 8.
Registration will take place 1-4 p.m. Saturdays through March 1 at the church. A 10-foot-by-10-foot space will cost $15.
Ways to be happy
Author and speaker Cathy Giordano will consider 15 ways to be happy in her sermon “Deconstructing Happiness,” at Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Orange City this Sunday, Feb. 2.
This happiness-focused service features lots of upbeat music to give a bright start to your week. Cary Ragsdale is the worship leader.
Religious education is offered for children during the service. All are welcome. Learn more at mosaicuuc.org.
News from Glenwood
Glenwood Presbyterian Church’s service for the next few weeks will be held in Fellowship Hall, as the sanctuary and Barnes building are closed for renovation after being vandalized.
It is with heartfelt appreciation that church members extend a sincere thanks to Betty Taylor, whose generous gift in memory of her late husband Gil has made the refurbishment of the historic building, the original Glenwood Community Presbyterian Church, possible. Also a note of thanks to Bill Fraser for doing an outstanding job in making it beautiful. Gil Taylor loved this old building.
The first and third Friday evenings are bingo nights, and everyone is invited to join in the fun, along with the refreshments that are available. Feb. 7 is the next game.
Glenwood Presbyterian Church welcomes the Rev. Edelberto Valdes-Fleitas and the Rev. Dahlia Valdes-Rodriguez (no relation) as guest speakers Wednesday, Feb. 5, following a light dinner in Fellowship Hall. Central Florida Presbytery and Centro Presbytery formed a covenant agreement as partners in missions. The ministers will speak about ministering to the Cuban people under the Fidel Castro regime. Both are two of only five ordained pastors for the 13 churches in Del Centro Presbytery.
Dr. Larry Cuthill, pastor of Glenwood Presbyterian Church, has been a visitor to Cuba on several occasions, and is delighted to have both ministers visit Glenwood. Everyone in the community is invited to attend this event. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Call the church office at 386-734-8617 for reservations.
Spivey to speak
The Rev. Mark Spivey will present “Pilgrim’s Progress” at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Feb. 2, at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand. Mark is a seminary-prepared, ordained minister and a licensed professional clinical counselor.
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.
A mood of celebration was in the air as Christ United Fellowship in DeLand held its first official congregational meeting Jan. 26, giving thanks to God for the way it has been blessed.
The church began in September 2012, seeking to be independent of denominational decisions with which its founding members and pastor did not agree. Since that time, the church has engaged in a mix of traditional and blended worship styles. It has established a hands-on mission program that includes support of Food for the Journey in DeLeon Springs, Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program, ringing bells for the Salvation Army, and others.
Christ United Fellowship is pledged to give to missions a tithe of 10 percent of all undesignated money received. To date, more than $6,700 has been paid out to Grace House Pregnancy Center, His Promise Ministries, Second Harvest Food Bank, and the Salvation Army.
In addition, there is a burgeoning building fund because the church hopes to have a space of its own from which to offer children’s programs, such as Sunday school and Vacation Bible School, as well as midweek Bible study for the community.
Christ United Fellowship is pastored by the Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff. For more information, call 386-523-6317 or go to sites.google.com/site/Christunitedfellowshipdeland.
The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand Pastor Art Bakewell invites everyone to attend services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, where Communion is offered to all. Adult Sunday school is available at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall and the church library.
A children’s class is in one of the Rainbow Child Care Center classrooms, with Suzanne Reader.
First Christian will be hosting Interfaith Kitchen Tuesday, Feb. 4. Anyone wanting to volunteer may call 386-734-6078 or 386-674-5792.
The youth of the church are hosting a Valentine Party 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, in the Fellowship Hall.
Emmaus Lutheran Church in Orange City announces the installation of the Rev. Dr. Mark Winkler as the church’s new pastor at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9. Bishop Robert Schaefer from the Florida-Bahamas Synod will be presiding. The service will be followed by a potluck supper in the Fellowship Hall.
Dr. Winkler comes from Jacksonville, where he was pastor at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.
“Pastor Mark,” as he likes to be called, has been a pastor for 24 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in music and trumpet performance at the University of Central Florida, a master’s of music at Illinois State University, a master’s of divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Pastor Mark and his wife, Carol, have four children.
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