110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Spiritual Side: Deltona Christian Church celebrating 50 years
By Margie Dykes
posted Mar 8, 2014 - 9:49:28am
Fifty years of service
Deltona Christian Church is celebrating 50 years of service.
The church came to be thanks to a couple who attended DeLand Christian Church. The John Cannons became aware that the Mackle brothers were going to start a new community in the wilderness that is now Deltona and that property would be set aside to be given to churches. They brought this to the attention of their minister, the Rev. Bernard Meece, who saw a vision of a large community and a need for a Christian church.
Meece contacted the Mackles with a request for property. Eventually, a five-and-two-thirds-acre tract of Deltona property on Normandy Boulevard was awarded to this congregation.
Deltona Christian Church met for the first time Feb. 2, 1964, in the Deltona Community Center, with 24 people present. Emily and Aldo Loss put forth many hours of effort to make all the arrangements for the first service. The Rev. Dunton came out of retirement to help organize the church, and served as the first interim pastor.
The formal organization of the church took place in July 1965, and the newly built sanctuary was ready for use on Thanksgiving Sunday 1965.
The charter was closed in 1966, with 64 members. One of the charter members, Lois Scheffel, 90, is still active in the life of the church.
The first full-time pastor was Earl D. Luginbuhl. J.C. Steele holds the honor of serving the church the longest, for 28 years.
Trinity Assembly of God’s Bread of Life Ministry food pantry is open 1-3 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 875 Elkcam Blvd. in Deltona.
This pantry is open to all, and is designed to reach families by providing food and spiritual aid to those in the Volusia County area.
For more information, call 386-789-4515 or 386-216-5697.
First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, of Orange City, will host a benefit concert and dance 7-9 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in the Fellowship Hall, featuring the Moonlighters Swing Band. All proceeds will go to the Grace House of Hope Orphanage, which houses 18 girls, and will help with school tuition and other expenses.
The orphanage is in a community just east of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
A minimum donation of $6 is suggested for advance-purchase tickets or $7 at the door. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.
Advance tickets are available at the church office 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday, or by calling 386-775-2462.
For more information about the church, visit www.orangecityucc.org.
Lent season begins
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in DeLand welcomes the community to Evensong for the season of Lent at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9.
Dr. Michael Rickman will be featured, along with other music faculty members from Stetson University. Dr. Rickman will be honored for his many years as organist at St. Barnabas. A reception will follow.
CROP Hunger Walk
The Interfaith Caregivers of West Volusia Inc. is sponsoring a CROP Hunger Walk at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in Bill Dreggors Park, corner of West Wisconsin Avenue and North Stone Street in DeLand. Participants are asked to register in the Northwest Pavilion at 1:30 p.m. for the 3-mile walk.
Pastor Arthur Wuertz is the chairman, with assistance from June Young and other members of the Interfaith Caregivers.
Twenty-five percent of the Walk funds will be returned to the DeLand community to assist with the Interfaith Kitchen meal program. The other 75 percent assists Church World Service hunger-prevention programs.
Twenty-four dollars supplies one year of Vitalita nutrition packets for 20 children, to promote healthy development and prevent lifelong health problems.
Donations may be made online at crophungerwalk.org or at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 509 E. Pennsylvania Ave. in DeLand. Call 386-734-2791 for more information.
New Lenten season series
Pastor Owen Stricklin of First United Methodist Church of DeLand begins a Lenten season sermon series Sunday, March 9. The overall title is “Mud and the Masterpiece.” Sunday’s message at all services will be “Dig Your Own Grave,” based on Philippians 2:12-13. This is a call to search your own heart and your own belief and find God’s master-Piece within.
March 9 is also Diaper Sunday, when those attending services bring in disposable diapers for the foster-care program of the Open Hearts Ministry of Florida United Methodist Children’s Home in Enterprise.
There will be a new-member-orientation class at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in the parlor of the Life Enrichment Center. This is for those who are interested in joining the church or just want more information about programs and ministries.
Everyone is invited to all services and activities of the church. Call the church office for more information at 386-734-5113.
On being remembered
Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Orange City will meet in the Fellowship Hall rather than in the sanctuary at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, March 9, for an interactive, conversational service, with the theme “Being Remembered.” Respectful and active listening is expected, and sharing is encouraged, but optional.
Questions explored will include: How do you want to be remembered? What would you want your tombstone to say? What about your obituary? Do you want a funeral, memorial service, or some other kind of commemorative event? What would such an event entail? Whom would you trust to make sure your desires on these matters will be honored?
Judy Raymond will be the facilitator for the service. As always, coffee and other refreshments will be offered before and after the service, and religious education will be available for children during the service.
The church will host a benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the sanctuary. Tickets cost $12, and are available on the church’s website at mosaicuuc.org/mosaic-in-music. Proceeds will be split between the church and the Benevolence Ministry food pantry of Iglesia Cristiana Nuevo Comienzo in Deltona.
News from First Christian
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand will be very involved with the CROP Walk this weekend.
On Friday, March 7, at 9:30 a.m., the Rainbow Child Care Center children, as a ministry of First Christian, will have their own CROP Walk around the church grounds. The children want to raise money to help children in Third World countries.
During Lent, the church will have a 6:30 p.m. service in the sanctuary on Wednesdays starting March 12, with Pastor J.C. Steele as the leader.
On Sunday, March 9, the church will collect nonperishable food items for The Neighborhood Center. After the 10:45 a.m. service, youth and adults will move to Bill Dreggors Park’s northwest pavilion to participate in the community CROP Walk that begins at 2 p.m.
Marge Jones will still accept participants into the Beth Moore “Breaking Free: The Journey, The Stories” Bible Study at 9 a.m. or 7 p.m. Mondays. Registration costs $15. Call the church office at 386-734-0677 to register.
Those wanting to attend a St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 16, need to register with the church office as well.
Public education graded
The state of public education will be discussed at Lifetree Café at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at Episcopal Church of the Holy Presence in DeLand.
The program titled “Pass or Fail? The State of Education” features filmed stories from Nikhil Goyal, author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School, and Sajan George, the founder of Matchbook Learning, a school-turnaround organization.
Participants will discuss the current state of public education, and what changes might improve the system for schools, parents and students.
Admission to the 60-minute program is free. Snacks and beverages are available.
Community United Methodist Church in DeBary is hosting an old-fashioned ice-cream social 2:30-5 p.m. Saturday, March 8, for those age 50 and older. The event is sponsored by the Beyond 50s Ministry. The free event will include entertainment.
A fundraiser barbecue with all the fixings will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Orange City United Methodist Church. Proceeds will benefit a church family in need.
Tickets cost $8 per person, dine in or take out.
Call 386-775-3068 for more information.
Ideas on capital punishment
The Rev. Robert Tucker will present the sermon “An Eye for an Eye” on capital punishment at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, March 9, at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand. This sermon summarizes the biblical history and meaning of that phrase, and shows that it was an improvement for those times, but is an unacceptable approach for our times.
Religious education for children of all ages is provided during the service.
For more information about First Unitarian Universalist Church, visit www.facebook.com/UUDeland, www.uudeland.org, or call 386-734-6499. To learn more about Unitarian Universalism, visit www.uua.org.
True Gain to perform
A concert featuring True Gain, along with other musical entertainment, will be 5-9 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Central Baptist Church, 3101 State Road 46 in Sanford. Admission costs $10.
There will also be a food concession, face-painting and games for the whole family.
The event is a fundraiser for Beautiful Feet International, a short-term missions group. Tickets are available at the gate or in advance at www.beautifulfeetinternational.com.
St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Orange City is having its annual Strawberry Festival 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 15. This is the event’s 30th year.
There will be all things strawberry — strawberry jam, shortcake, lemonade, many strawberry desserts, and even strawberry pizza. Take home strawberry flats!
Hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and soda will be available for purchase as well, and there will be drawings, prizes, and live entertainment, including Championship Martial Arts, local jazz trio Those Guys, and the Deltona Heritage Middle School Band. Play bingo for prizes throughout the day.
For more information, call 386-775-6200 or visit www.stjudescentralflorida.org.
Jubilate, an auditioned choir of students from the University of Virginia, and sponsored by the Music Ministry of University Baptist Church in Charlottesville, Va., will perform at 6 p.m, Sunday, March 9, at First Baptist Church of DeLand.
Members of Jubilate come from Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida and China, and each year, the choir goes on tour during Spring Break.
The choir is involved in ministry projects through University Baptist Church and on grounds at the University of Virginia. They are also involved through University Baptist Church in ministry projects around the Charlottesville area.
— We value your religious group’s news items. Please submit information one week before the publication date by fax at 386-734-4641 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The comments posted below are posted by readers, not by The Beacon staff. These comments express the views and opinions of the authors, and not the administrators, moderators or webmaster. The comments forum is governed by these rules. Please use the report abuse link if you find offensive comments.
Did you find this story interesting or informative? Subscribe to The West Volusia Beacon to read more stories by Margie Dykes, along with others from our award-winning writers. Subscribe now!