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Spiritual Side: St. Jude’s gears up for Strawberry Festival
By Margie Dykes
posted Feb 8, 2014 - 7:55:57am
Calling all vendors
St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Orange City is getting ready for its annual Strawberry Festival, part of which includes spaces for vendors to sell their merchandise or advertise their business.
Ten-foot-by-10-foot spaces can be secured for a donation of $25.
Tables are not furnished by the church, and no food can be sold unless it is packaged for home use.
The festival will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 15.
Call 386-775-6200 to receive a space-rental application.
The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society and Temple Shalom of Deltona invite the public to go on a “Jewish Tour of St. Augustine” Sunday, Feb. 9. Folks will meet in the Temple Shalom parking lot, 1785 Elkcam Blvd. in Deltona, at 10 a.m., or, for those wanting to drive themselves, meet the group in the parking lot of Mission Nombre de Dios, the first stop, at 27 Ocean Ave., which is on the corner of State Road A1A in St. Augustine, at 11:30 a.m. The 90-minute tour is provided at no cost, although a nominal cash donation to First Congregation Sons of Israel, whose sanctuary will be visited, is appropriate.
After the mission, the group will drive to First Congregation Sons of Israel’s parking lot at 161 Cordova St., and be provided a tour of the oldest synagogue in continuous use in Florida.
Then the group will proceed to the site of the largest mass arrest of rabbis in U.S. history, followed by a visit to the likely burial place of some of the Marranos, Conversos, Crypto-Jews and New Christians, Jews who outwardly professed Catholicism but privately practiced Jewish rituals due to the Inquisition, which arrived in St. Augustine in 1565 and continued in the years that followed. It cannot be proved that any specific Jew is buried on this site; rather, this is a working hypothesis in the explorations of the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society.
The group will then move on to the cathedral and its grounds, stop at the slave market, and make mention of the role played by Jews in the pre-Civil War slave trade, and move on to what was Henry Flagler’s Ponce de Leon Hotel.
If time allows, the group will also visit a Minorcan cemetery on Cordova Street, where known Crypto-Jews are buried; stop by the oldest schoolhouse in North America to note the role Moses Elias Levy played in the establishment of free public education in the United States; and then walk by Levy’s residence, and where his son David, the first person of Jewish descent to serve in the Senate of the United States of America, studied for the bar — Florida’s first Jewish lawyer!
It is hoped, if time will permit, there will be a visit to see Memorial Presbyterian Church, the final resting place of Henry Flagler, to read the Hebrew in the ceiling of the rotunda over the pulpit.
To reserve a spot on this interesting trip, email Temple Shalom of Deltona’s leader Rabbi Merrill Shapiro at email@example.com.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Orange City welcomes a much-loved friend Dr. Don Musser back to the pulpit Sunday, Feb. 9, to speak on “Expressing Love.” What are the important expressions of love? What words and which actions enliven and enrich us? How and when does love become a spiritual expression?
As always, everyone is welcome for the morning service, as well as refreshments and fellowship before and after.
Religious education is offered for children during the service.
To learn more, visit the website at www.mosaicuuc.org.
Dr. Brigid Noonan will present “Dirty Talk: Religious Sexual Stereotypes - Are They True?” at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Feb. 9, at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand. Noonan is professor and chairwoman of the department of counselor education at Stetson University.
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.
Orange City United Methodist Church presents its Third Saturday Community Connect 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The monthly event makes needed services available to those in the surrounding community for no cost.
There will be a food pantry and limited clothing distribution for those needing groceries and clothing; lunch will be served, and there will be children’s activities. Adults can get some basic health screenings, such as pulse and blood pressure readings. And, AARP will provide free income-tax preparation.
For more information, call 386-775-3068 or visit www.ocumc.org.
Flea market coming
The Knights of Columbus No. 6584 Ladies Auxiliary at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Deltona will have a Trunk Sale and Flea Market 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the church parking lot.
Vendors can rent space for $10.
For more information, call 386-561-9040 or 386-532-5278.
Guest Pastor Art Bakewell will continue his series on “Contentment” at the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services Sunday, Feb. 9, at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand with the Lord’s Supper served at each service.
Following the service, the general board will meet under the leadership of Jerry Drooker. The new time is an effort to include those who do not want to drive at night and who want to save trips to the church.
The Disciple Men are meeting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Fellowship Hall. Paul Ashton is the state president of Disciple Men, and is the leader of the local group.
The youth of First Christian Church, under the direction of Dorothy and Paul Ashton, will be hosting a Valentine Social 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Finger and snack food, music for enjoyment and dancing, plus some trivia games will be provided, all for the audience’s pleasure. Donations are accepted, and reservations should be received by Monday, Feb. 10, by calling 386-734-0677.
Southwestern Middle School students will be holding a yard sale on the church grounds 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. They are working to earn their way for the annual Washington trip.
All are invited to the Valentine Gala at First United Methodist Church of DeLand on Thursday, Feb. 13. Desserts and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m. in the Life Enrichment Center. There will be music, including singing by a barbershop quartet, and a special area for photographs. The cost is $7.50 per person.
Feb. 9 will be the annual Chili and Soup Cook-Off, sponsored by the Youth Ministry. The soups and chilis will be judged, and there will be winners in several categories. The cook-off will be held in the LEC at 5 p.m., and the cost is $5 for those attending. Proceeds will go toward scholarships.
Also Feb. 9, Pastor Owen Stricklin will continue his sermon series “Christians Under Construction.” The message on Sunday will be “The High Price of Short Cuts,” based on Luke 12:13-21.
Call the church office for tickets and additional information at 386-734-5113.
Emmaus Lutheran Church in Orange City invites the community to a free Family Festival 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22.
There will be bounce houses for the children, along with a firetruck to explore, and snacks, crafts and games.
Come meet the new pastor, Mark Winkler, and his wife, Carol.
In celebration of the 120th anniversary of the Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp, come attend the February seminar of “A Circle of Life,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, in the Andrew Jackson Davis building, 1112 Stevens St.
The “Circle of Life” seminars are an opportunity for present-day Mediums and Spiritualist teachers of Cassadaga to share their personal memories about former teachers and Mediums who have passed on, demonstrating the impact these individuals had on the lives of others, and the legacy they left on the Cassadaga Community.
The seminar features past teacher and Medium June Mahoney, and will be chaired by the Rev. Ed Conklin.
The seminar is free, but donations are welcome and appreciated.
For more information, call the main office at 386-228-3171 or visit www.cassadaga.org.
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