PHOTO COURTESY BARBARA HUGHES 40 DAYS OF KINDNESS — Members of First Presbyterian Church of DeLand gathered at a recent DeLand City Commission meeting to accept and hear read a proclamation supporting the church’s 40 Days of Kindness 4Ever campaign. From left are church members Martin O’Cull, Dawn LaPides, Pam King, Mary Hoffmann, Mary Kay Wareing, Elendea DeGaetano, Barbara Merriam, Elaine Bodger, the Rev. Michael Bodger, Harland Merriam, Natalie Brown, Katie Rives, Ollie Rives and DeLand City Commissioner Chris Cloudman.

St. Ann’s Catholic Church, at 26 Dogwood Trail in DeBary, is hosting a huge Yard Sale beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.

The sale is a fundraiser sponsored by St. Ann’s Council of Catholic Women.

Hope Fest 2021 at New Hope Baptist

New Hope Baptist Church in Deltona is hosting Hope Fest 2021. The event is 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 13. The church is at 2855 Lake Helen Osteen Road.

Attendees will find COVID vaccine and booster shots available administered by the Health Department; resources from social-service agencies; and a grocery giveaway in which folks can stay in their cars. Also, lunch will be served.

For more information, call 386-532-8291.

Greek Festival Nov. 11-14 in Daytona Beach

The 44th annual Greek Festival returns to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Daytona Beach Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 11-14.

At this family-friendly event, attendees will enjoy traditional live Greek music and dancing; Greek beer, wine and ouzo; and incredible selections of Greek cuisine, featuring favorite foods like pastitsio, dolmades, gyros, baklava, moussaka and more. Combination dinners, pastries and trays of prepared foods will also be available to take home.

This year, patrons can preorder online and pick up food at a convenient drive-thru service area on the south side of the church, which is at 129 N.

Halifax Ave. in Daytona Beach. Pickup service will be available 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 11 and 12, only.

Festival hours will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. There is no admission charge.

God’s willingness to supply everything we need

The Great Pumpkin has gone back to wherever it is that Great Pumpkins go, and we are moving forward into the season of celebrating the thankfulness at Thanksgiving, and then just around the corner is Christmas.

During this season of thankful reflection, we focus on those things that God has filled our lives with through the past year and our thankfulness for all He has done.

At First United Methodist Church of DeLand, members and guests recognize the value and importance of counting our blessings and naming them one by one. In the sermon series “Thank Full,” this Sunday, Nov. 7, the church will be looking into the topic of God’s willingness to supply everything we need.

First United Methodist recognizes that God is the giver of time, talents and our treasure, and believes that in Him we can do all things, for it is He who provides our strength.

As the holidays get busier, First Church hopes you and your family will still take a little time out to join the congregation in one of its services so all can share a portion of this season together.

First Church provides in-person traditional worship at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, and a 9:30 a.m. contemporary service 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 United Methodist 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, call the office for more information at 386-734-5113.

1st Christian Church activities

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand welcomes all to the Table of the Lord at 10:45 a.m. each Sunday. On Nov. 7, a guest minister will lead the service while the Rev. Elizabeth Carrasquillo is recuperating from surgery. The service includes prayers, group and special music led by Alexander Ortiz, Scripture, and Communion for all.

Dr. Janet Raney leads a youth group 5:30-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, and provides tutoring 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays at Homework Hotspot in the church library.

Men wanting to attend the monthly breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Hunter’s Restaurant’s new location, 111 E. Rich Ave. in DeLand, should contact Lee Gartside for a reservation. On Tuesday, Nov. 16, Lee is hosting a special Men’s Dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 386-734-6078.

Some of the Disciple Women under the leadership of President Sue Brague will be attending the Florida Disciples Women’s Retreat, Saturday, Nov. 13, at The Retreat at Silver Springs. The theme “Survival Revival” is based on Psalm 23:3.

‘Divine Spark From Sacred Dark’

Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation, while not meeting face-to-face, is meeting online at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The title of the Nov. 7 service is “Divine Spark From Sacred Dark.”

Arguably, one of the greatest fears that has plagued most human beings is a fear of the unknown. Often, we are invited and encouraged to lean into this fear by embracing the “spark of possibility” that can change things for the better.

But how do we embrace something that is both promising and also has the potential to create so much destruction? Join Matt Pargeter-Villarreal for a reflection on how we navigate our uncertainties and arrive at the promise for which we are so hungry. All are welcome.

Worship leader Kim Eddins 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

‘Family and Belonging’

On Sunday, Nov. 7, at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand, the Rev. Tracie Barrett will speak about “Family and Belonging.” Everyone has heard the phrase “blood is thicker than water.” Barrett explores this phrase and how it relates to family, chosen family, and our beloved community as Unitarian Universalists. Barrett may be reached at

Zoom services continue until further notice. The virtual services begin at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The

First Unitarian Universalist participates in Interfaith Kitchen and other community projects.

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 to learn more.

1st Presbyterian Church activities

This Sunday, Nov. 7, at First Presbyterian Church of DeLand, Pastor Michael Bodger will continue leading everyone through the Old Testament book of Nehemiah.

This week’s sermon is based on Chapter 9, where Nehemiah has rebuilt the walls and the city of Jerusalem once again is filled with people. They have gone back to the basics, rereading the Book of the Law and regaining an understanding of what it means to go about living.

“40 Days of Kindness 4Ever” continues. This communitywide initiative spearheaded by First Pres DeLand is inspiring acts of kindness around DeLand. You’re encouraged to check out the kindness calendar posted on the church’s website at or follow on Facebook for suggestions of simple ways to spread kindness and to be a blessing to others. When you witness acts of kindness, post them on Facebook with the hashtag #kindnesscountsdeland or send them to

Many acts of kindness can be found on the campus of the church throughout the week. On Thursday mornings, you will find “kindness crews” weaving sleeping mats and packing manna bags to be shared with people who are homeless or in need.

On the first and third Saturdays, “kindness crews” are on hand for the Farm Food Distribution, and on other Saturdays, you will find them serving at God’s Bathhouse on the church campus.

To recognize Thanksgiving Day and as a culmination of the “40 Days of Kindness 4Ever” campaign, First Pres will worship together on Wednesday, Nov. 24. It will be a service of gratitude, testimonies, simple songs, prayer and sharing.

In the continuing spirit of kindness, the church is again participating in Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization providing small toys, hygiene items and school supplies to children who have been affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease. The church’s goal this year is to collect 150 filled shoeboxes. If you would like to help, stop by First Pres and pick up a shoebox, build a box online or donate at

On Saturday, Nov. 20, there will be outdoor worship that begins at 4 p.m. Bring a chair, and worship with the praise band on the church’s basketball court.



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