Congregation Beth Shalom resuming Zoom services

Congregation Beth Shalom in Deltona is resuming Zoom services for the High Holy Days after enjoying a brief time of coming together at the shul.

The holiday schedule is as follows:

Erev Rosh Hashanah at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6; the Rosh Hashanah morning service will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, followed by a live Tashlich at the Lake Monroe Boat Launch, 966 Lakeshore Drive in Deltona (Bring your lunch, as there are plenty of picnic tables to ensure social distancing); a Shabbat Shuvah service will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10; Erev Yom Kippur and a Kol Nidre service will be at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15; a Yom Kippur morning service will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, with Yizkor at noon and N’eila and Havdalah at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are not required; donations are gladly accepted. New prospective members are always welcome.

For Zoom information, contact Rabbi Winston Weilheimer at 386-804- 8283, email him at or visit

‘Creative Kids’ program begins Sept. 15 at Community UMC

Community United Methodist Church in DeBary is offering an after-school program, “Creative Kids,” beginning 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15. It is for prekindergartners through fifth grade.

The cost for 13 weeks is $65.

To register, visit eventReg?oeidk=a07eieh4cem0d551bcf&oseq=&c=&ch=.

‘Small But Mighty Voices’

Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation, while not meeting face-to-face, is meeting online at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The title of the Sunday, Sept. 5, service is “Small But Mighty Voices.”

The average UU congregation is between 50 and 100 members. As wonderful as a small group of committed individuals can be, it can also give way to disagreements and petty squabbles.

Join Matthew Pargeter-Villarreal for a discussion of how to harness the power of small congregations not only to survive, but also to thrive as well.

Worship leader Angela Pruett will lead everyone through this service.

For more information on Mosaic, see the website at For instructions on how to join the virtual service, email to

1st Christian Church activities

Each Sunday, the Rev. Elizabeth Carrasquillo of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand welcomes visitors and members to the 10:45 a.m. service in a safe environment with social distancing, masks, plenty of hand sanitizer, and prefilled Communion cups.

The service can be watched live on Facebook at First Christian Church – DeLand Disciples. It can be watched later by clicking on the “video” tab or looking on the news feed.

Worship services include various inspiring and uplifting projected music videos provided by Dorothy and Paul Ashton.

Worshippers are all invited to participate in Communion. Scripture is read, and the Rev. Carrasquillo delivers an inspiring message.

On Sunday, Sept. 5, the adult class is meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the church library. It will begin a new study from the International Sunday School Lessons titled “God’s People Offer Praise.”

Each Monday, a group meets at 3:30 p.m. in the library to lift up prayers collected from the previous worship service and those given to the group from other gatherings or personal contacts.

Dr. Janet Raney, with assistance from Sue Brague, provides elementary- and secondary-school tutoring at 4 p.m. Thursdays in the church library.

Needed: A pianist for worship services

First Congregational Church of Orange City, United Church of Christ, is still in need of a pianist for approximately one hour (10:15-11:15 a.m.) for Sunday worship services.

Please apply to

Who tells your story?

Every community has a story about who they are and where they came from. This story is the framework we use for creating our future. The Rev. Tracie Barrett will explore what to do if your story isn’t matching up with where you want to go, and how to fix it, at the Sunday, Sept. 5, service at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand.

Barrett is minister of ritual and liturgy at Soul.Fire, a Unitarian Universalist experimental, experiential, ever-expansive digital ministry focused on worship and retreat functions rooted in Unitarian Universalist values. For more information, visit

Zoom services continue until further notice. The virtual services begin at 10:30 a.m. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to join over Zoom from 10:15 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. for greetings before the service begins.

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

Regular group meetings continue on Zoom and in person: The Book and Poetry clubs each meet monthly; the Covenant Group and a Discussion Group meet every two weeks; and the Men’s Group meets weekly. The Green Team meets monthly.

Special educational programs for children are available.

Unitarian Universalists are an open-minded, openhearted spiritual community where all are welcomed to learn together. The church participates in the Interfaith Kitchen and other community projects.

First Unitarian Universalist may be contacted through to learn more.

‘It’s Show Time!’

This Sunday, Sept. 5, First Presbyterian Church of DeLand will continue its extended study of the Book of James with a concentration on James 2:1-7. The sermon is titled “It’s Show Time!”

Pastor Michael Bodger will broach the topic that James teaches: the characteristics of the Christian faith. James clearly frames these traits around acts of justice demonstrated in our living and thinking.

By no means exhaustive, James confronts the conflict we all face — how to live out our faith in this broken world.

For James, it all comes down to the same thing: A genuine faith will by its very essence produce a changed life manifested in going about doing good deeds.

Both the 9 a.m. contemporary service and 11 a.m. traditional service will include a celebration of the Lord’s Supper for all attendees; and the church offers both services livestreamed and recorded on Facebook and website sources.

While observing the basic COVID mask precautions on campus, First Pres continues its Bible studies by Zoom and in person, as well as other missions.

As September begins, the Presbyterian Women resume their circles to enjoy fellowship and study God’s Word. All women of any age have an invitation to participate in a circle; see the website for detailed information.

On the second and fourth Saturdays, Sept. 11 and 25, 9-11 a.m., volunteers will offer God’s Bathhouse on the basketball court to provide showers, hygiene kits and fresh clothing to any needy people.

At 6 p.m. Tuesdays in Fellowship Hall, Cub Scout Pack 550 has resumed meetings and welcomes more members.

The successful Vacation Bible School this summer included a great Bible study and fun, as well as the collection of more than $100 to support saving turtles on our beaches at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach.

You’re encouraged to come join the journey of First Pres DeLand to engage in reaching up, out and in for Christ!

1st United Methodist Church activities

Life can be tough. Sometimes even when we do our best to do everything right, things don’t go according to plans. The old cliché “Bad things happen to good people” is true. We must remember that it rains on the just and the unjust, but members and visitors at First United Methodist Church of DeLand believe that all things work out for good when we love God.

As the sermon series “Jeremiah: Faith During Opposition” continues this Sunday, Sept. 5, the congregation will look at the idea of “Moving Out of the Holy Huddle.” Often we get so wrapped up in our idea of what it means to live a Christian life and we spend so much time huddled up talking about it that we fail to go out and live it.

Living out faith doesn’t mean that all our situations and circumstances are trouble-free and problem-free, but it does mean we don’t have to become weary in our well-doing. We have a helper who knows our strengths and weaknesses, and He is able to help us in ways that surpass our comprehension and understanding.

In-person traditional worship is at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, and an in-person contemporary worship service is at 9:30 a.m. in the Family Life Center. All three services are streamed live on Facebook on the First Church DeLand page, or they can be accessed through the website at

First Church also offers small-group Bible studies at various times during the week. Young adults meet on Sunday evening, youth groups meet at different times during the week, and there’s a Saturday-morning Men’s Bible Study. If you’d like to get connected to a small group for fellowship and sharing, contact the church office at 386-734-5113 for more details.

The office is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.



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