110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Margie Dykes
posted Feb 22, 2014 - 7:51:54am
Bethel AME Church in DeLand is hosting its eighth annual “Thrown Down With Bethel” Soul Food Fest 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 8.
There will be ribs, chicken, fish, hog maws and pigs’ feet, and sides such as pigeon peas and rice, potato salad, mac and cheese, candied yams, collard greens, green beans and black-eyed peas, and desserts. The ever-popular sweet-potato pies will be available for purchase.
Advance-sale tickets cost $12 per person, or pay $15 at the door. To order tickets, call 386-383-3003 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New worship experience
First Presbyterian Church of DeBary is offering a new contemporary worship service every Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
“The Bridge” is a come-as-you-are multi-generational worship experience led by Pastor Kevin Evers in a relaxed and casual environment. The coffee cups will be out, and a praise band will lead worship through music, video and drama.
For more information, call the church at 386-668-4495 or visit www.firstpresdebary.com.
Hometown man speaks
Former DeLand resident Rusty Hassell will speak at Plymouth Avenue Christian Church in DeLand at the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday, March 2. Hassell is the assistant admissions director at Point University in Georgia, whose mission is to educate students for Christ-centered service and leadership throughout the world.
A 2002 graduate of DeLand High School, Hassell will talk on “Unfinished Business ... Your Story Is Still Being Written,” which is the theme at Point University this year. His talk is in conjunction with the current sermon series given by his father, Pastor Chuck Hassell, about God making good out of the messes we make.
‘Come meet us’
First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand invites the community to a very special Discovery Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 23. This is a service where visitors are invited to come and find out about the UUs.
Contentment series continues
Pastor Art Bakewell will continue his sermon series “Contentment” at the 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, services at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand. The Lord’s Supper will be served at both services.
A Week of Compassion offering will be taken to provide relief during various kinds of disasters, as well as refugee assistance throughout the world.
There will be a lunch with bingo sponsored by the Membership Ministry at noon Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Rainbow Child Care Center will have a benefit Spaghetti Dinner 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. It will be served in the fellowship hall or may be taken out. The cost is $5 for adults, $2.50 for elementary-school-age children, and free for preschool children. Reservations may be made by calling 386-736-3768. The proceeds will benefit special curriculum needs and scholarships.
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The Covenant Players will perform at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday, March 2, worship service. Since 1963, the Players, the married team of Robin and Suzanne Goetti and their daughter Erin, have pioneered the use of drama as a communications resource in church programs and worship services.
Asking for funds
Members of Interfaith Caregivers of West Volusia Inc. will be asking for donations in front of the Walmart Supercenter in DeLand 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 1. The funds will help support the Interfaith Kitchen activities and the Cold Weather Shelter.
The kitchen serves meals 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at First United Methodist Church of DeLand.
The Cold Weather Shelter, also at the church, opens when the temperature is predicted to drop to 40 degrees or lower. It has been open more than 16 nights this season.
The Interfaith Caregivers effort is operated totally by volunteers, with Peter Woods as president, Pastor Art Wuertz as vice president, Barbara Parslow as treasurer, and Tanna Gartside as secretary.
Learning to forgive
How to heal and forgive after being wronged will be discussed at Lifetree Café at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, March 6. The cafe is at Episcopal Church of the Holy Presence in DeLand, and is a place where people gather for conversation on life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting.
The program titled “The Struggle to Forgive: Finding a Way Forward” features the filmed story of Alicia Brady, who was the victim of a gang-related drive-by shooting.
A dancer, Brady sustained injuries that caused her to lose the ability to perform competitively.
“Dancing was my life,” says Brady. “Everything I had worked for was taken from me. I had lost that life, and I wasn’t going to get it back.”
Brady tells about the shooting and her struggle to recover physically and emotionally. The program will offer guidance for those who find it difficult to heal and forgive after being wronged by others.
Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages will be available.
As a fundraiser for St. Peter Catholic Church’s Mission Circle, the church has brought the documentary movie The Triumph to Epic Theatres of West Volusia, 939 Hollywood Blvd. in Deltona, for a one-time showing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23. The film follows the pilgrimage of a young man who is full of doubt and who, while facing his substance-abuse problem, has a significant religious experience and conversion. The film is not yet rated.
Tickets cost $10 for adults, and $8 for children and senior citizens, and are available for advance purchase through St. Peter Catholic Church, or at the door at Epic Theatre.
For more information, call Ruth Grinstead at St. Peter Catholic Church at 386-822-6000.
Annual rummage sale
The junior and senior youth groups of First United Methodist Church of DeLand will have their annual Rummage Sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Life Enrichment Center. Items for sale will include kitchen and household items, furniture, lawn equipment, tools, books and children’s items. The proceeds will fund mission trips and other youth ministries.
All are invited to the Friday, Feb. 28, annual Fish Fry, also in the Life Enrichment Center, and sponsored by the United Methodist Men. A complete fish dinner with beans, coleslaw, grits, beverages and dessert will be served 5-7 p.m. A pasta dinner is available also. The cost is $7 per person, with a family paying no more than $22. Children age 5 and younger eat for free. The proceeds will go toward missions and scholarships.
Sunday, Feb. 23, is Brown Bag Sunday. Those attending services that morning are encouraged to bring staple food items, canned goods and paper items to the church. These will be distributed to various food pantries in the area and to those in need.
The Wednesday Music Club of Central Florida will present Dr. Michael Rickman in a special Piano Concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 2, in the Life Enrichment Center parlor. A $10 donation will be taken at the door to fund the club’s Music Scholarship Awards.
All are welcome to attend the services and activities of the church. Call the church office for tickets and additional information at 386-734-5113.
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