Glenwood Presbyterian Church, at 3190 Grand Ave. in western DeLand, is beginning a Craft & Art Market on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. The first market will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.

The market will take place in an air-conditioned building. Tables can be rented by artists and crafters wanting to sell their wares.

The market is hosted by and the proceeds will benefit the church’s Women’s Association.

Call Wynne Williams at 386-873-7109 for more information.

Bring to sell, or come to buy!

Colby Memorial Temple in Cassadaga reopens for services

Colby Memorial Temple, which is on the grounds of the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp, has reopened for services. The building went through a two-year renovation, and the first services were Aug. 29.

Spiritualists and those interested can attend at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. Sunday services include hands-on healing, a spiritual lecture and spirit greetings. There is also a Wednesday-night Message Service at 7 p.m.

The Rev. Louis Gates is pastor, and the Rev. Judy Cooper is associate pastor.

Colby Memorial Temple is named after George Colby, a young Spiritualist from New York who was told during a séance that he would someday be instrumental in founding a Spiritualist community in the South. He later learned that his associates in Lily Dale, New York, were interested in founding a winter Spiritualist camp in Florida. Colby homesteaded land in Cassadaga and deeded more than 35 acres to the founders of the camp.

Visit the website at for information about classes, workshops and other events.

‘What Are You Taking on Your Journey?’

Unitarian Universalist minister the Rev. Tracie Barrett will speak on “What Are You Taking on Your Journey?” on Sunday, Oct. 3, at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand.

As we journey in life, we often pick up souvenirs from various times and places. Some we look at and use regularly, but others are just weighing us down. The Rev. Barrett encourages us to look at what we are still carrying around and whether it still serves us on our journey.

Zoom services continue until further notice. Virtual services begin at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. 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, the Men’s Group meets weekly, and the Green Team meets monthly. Special educational programs for children are available.

The church may be contacted through www. to learn more or, to contact the Rev. Barrett, email to

Healthful cooking class

Super cooks Joshua and Hope Vazquez and Raluca McRoberts will demonstrate mouthwatering holiday recipes that you’ll be proud to serve your family and friends 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, in the DeBary/Orange City Adventist Church fellowship hall, 2535 S. Volusia Ave. in Orange City.

Dr. George Guthrie will share practical tips for thriving during the holidays.

Just $5 at the door covers the cooking class, a recipe file, recipe samples and door prizes.

RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 6, at or by calling 580-618-2894. Spread the word, and invite your friends!

‘The Family of God’

Chatting on Facebook or Messenger or the occasional Skype or Zoom interaction does not replace being together and sharing the same space. This is also true of our spiritual families. This

Sunday, Oct. 3, will see First United Methodist Church of DeLand examining the significance and importance of “The Family of God,” which is part of the sermon series “To the Ends of the Earth.”

It is that communal gathering and sharing that helps strengthen and encourage our faith, and it helps to equip us to better face the challenges of the week that is before us.

You’re encouraged to take part as First Church shares together as a part of God’s family in songs, prayers and this week’s message from God’s Word.

In-person traditional worship is at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, and a contemporary 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, and the Men’s Bible study meets Saturday mornings.

If you would like to get connected to a small group for fellowship and sharing, call the church office at 386-734-5113.

Blessing of the Animals

Church of the Holy Presence, at 355 N. Kepler Road in DeLand, is having a Blessing of the Animals at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.

Around Oct. 4 each year, Christians worldwide celebrate St. Francis of Assisi with a Feast Day and a blessing of animals, as St. Francis is the patron saint of animals.

‘It Begins With God’

At First Presbyterian Church of DeLand, Pastor Michael Bodger will embark, this Sunday, Oct. 3, on an eight-week sermon series on the Book of Nehemiah titled “Re-Forming.” Along with Holy Communion, open to all and COVID-safe, at both 9 a.m. contemporary and 11 a.m. traditional services, Pastor Bodger will relate the story of rebuilding the decimated city of Jerusalem.

During and after the Persian captivity, the Hebrew people suffered severe disarray that required action. Thus, God put on the heart of Nehemiah, the Jewish governor of Persian Judea, to step forward. The re-forming initially

comes under the guise of rebuilding the city walls of Jerusalem, but clearly moves to reforming the hearts of the Hebrews toward God.

This Sunday, Pastor Bodger underscores the journey by recognizing that “It Begins With God,” as we encounter Nehemiah 1:1-11. This begins the episodes that depict confession, opposition — within and without the community — togetherness, storytelling, renewal and more.

Despite the exile of the Hebrews, the personal account of the governor reveals God’s plan to restore His relationship, as Nehemiah recalls the words of God in Deuteronomy 30:4: “Even if you are exiled to the ends of the world, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you back.”

And so the journey begins.

First Pres invites members and friends to journey with the congregation, as the church meanders through the challenges and victories as the walls are rebuilt and the people renewed.

You’re encouraged to come in person to the COVID-protected and masked services, or join the livestreaming of both services and recorded opportunities to worship with the First Pres community. See Facebook, YouTube and the church website.

As First Pres engages its up-, in- and out-reaching ministry, the church gratefully resumes a free food distribution at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in the parking lot.

Also God’s Bathhouse will be available 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 and 23.

Bible studies throughout the week continue and welcome visitors. See the Religion Directory in this issue of The Beacon, as well as the First Pres website and Facebook, for more details.



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