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‘The Daring of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’

First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand is continuing to host virtual services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to join over Zoom from 10:15 to 10:25 a.m. for greetings before the service begins.

On Sunday, Dec. 27, Dan Gribben, retired professor of literature, artist and musician, presents “The Daring of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” 

By the late 1920s, Dietrich Bonhoeffer had established himself as Germany’s brightest young theologian. He was, however, disillusioned with the way theology was being professed and studied by the conservative establishment in the Lutheran church.

After spending a year studying and traveling in America, Bonhoeffer went back to Europe on a mission to reform the way Christianity was being practiced. He also involved himself with those who opposed Hitler, with the result that he was interned in 1943, then tortured and finally executed in 1945, a month before V-E Day.

Bonhoeffer’s life journey is one of the most inspiring stories to come out of the tragic arc of the 20th century 

 The Zoom ID for Sunday Services is the same every week: Zoom ID: 927 1881 9188.

Regular group meetings continue on Zoom: The Book and Poetry clubs each meet monthly, the Covenant Group meets every two weeks, and the Men’s Group meets weekly.

The church can be contacted through www.uudeland.org to learn more.

Unitarians are an open-minded, open-hearted spiritual community, where all are welcomed to learn together.

CHRISTMAS FOR ALL — Tanna Gartside, Sue Brague and Edna Cortes step back to show presents wrapped and waiting for delivery at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand. The women are members of the Disciple Women. Their project was to provide a gift for each of the residents at The Bridge, the new emergency shelter in DeLand.

PHOTO BY KATHY PORR

‘You Cannot Serve Two Masters’

The Rev. Elizabeth Carrasquillo of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand will deliver the sermon “You Cannot Serve Two Masters” at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 27. The Scripture for the day is Matthew 6:24, which will be read by an elder.

Julie Rechner, music director, will provide special music for the service. The Lord’s Supper is offered, in disposable containers, to all believers.

Dr. Janet Raney provides free tutoring 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays (when school is in session) as part of Homework Hotspot. Parents are welcome to attend and work with their students in a quiet and welcoming atmosphere.

The Disciple Women are collecting donations for the February Trash and Treasures Sale; proceeds provide summer-camp scholarships.

Call the church at 386-734-0677 for more information.

CHRISTMAS DRIVE-THRU — Karen Robbins of Trinity United Methodist Church in DeLand readies the drive-thru for Sunday services. In this photo, the site is being decorated for Advent.

PHOTO COURTESY TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

 

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