Attention, caregivers!

You’re invited to Liberty Baptist Church in DeLand on Sunday, Feb. 6, to hear guest speaker John Ashley talk about “Finding Grace and Peace in Spite of Trials and Tragedy.” Ashley will tell you his story about how the Lord gifted him and his wife, Joann, with a very special son, Johnny.

With refreshing candor, John will take you on a journey with his family, which includes John and Joann’s older sons, Bob and Jason, through the many fears, joys, sorrows, laughter, sadness and strength needed to face the challenges of caring for a child who has severe physical and emotional needs.

Caregivers who face many of the same challenges will find the Ashleys’ story a source of encouragement.

Presented as a three-part seminar, meeting times are 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6.

The Ashleys penned a book called The Johnny Ashley Story, which will be available for purchase.

Liberty Baptist is at 1365 W. Plymouth Ave. in DeLand.

A freewill offering will be collected.

Grief workshop series at Church of the Holy Presence

Church of the Holy Presence in DeLand is having another grief workshop series “Because You Were Here …” It will meet 10 a.m.- noon for eight weeks starting Saturday, Feb. 19.

Unlike the traditional grief workshops/groups, this is a faith-based grief workshop that focuses on the promises we have in Jesus and His Resurrection. All are welcome.

You can register for the workshop by calling 386- 734-5228 or emailing to

The church is at 355 N. Kepler Road in DeLand.

Bloomin’ 4 Good

St. Jude’s Episcopal Church Food and Pet Pantries were selected to benefit from the brand-new Winn-Dixie Floral Program designed to give back in local communities. This was instigated by the DeBary Winn-Dixie store leadership.

Every $12.99 Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet with the red circle sticker sold supports a nonprofit in the locality of the Winn-Dixie in which the bouquet was purchased.

Winn-Dixie is at 2 N. Charles Richard Beall Blvd. in DeBary. St Jude’s Episcopal Church Food and Pet Pantries will receive a $1 donation for every $12.99 Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet purchased at this Winn-Dixie location in February.

For more information about the Winn-Dixie program, visit

It’s amazing!

On Sunday, Feb. 6, at First Presbyterian Church of DeLand, Pastor Michael Bodger will elaborate on Luke 5:1-11 to teach the congregation just what is amazing about God’s call to us. At the 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday services, which offer Holy Communion to all, Pastor Bodger will base his thoughtful sermon on Luke’s account of Jesus’ calling His first disciples.

After sitting with and teaching the tired and unsuccessful fishermen on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus urges them to “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” As Simon Peter, James, John and their partners haul in “such a large number of fish that their nets began to break,” they express astonishment and fear. Jesus responds, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men.”

The biblical stories are filled with people to whom God reaches out to call them for kingdom work. In this broken world, God would involve us in God’s work. No surprise! We might feel that God could discount our worthiness for many reasons, but God calls us anyway.

It’s amazing that the answer to “Whom does God choose?” when God comes knocking at our door is you!

February will see continued Bible studies and meetings, including Sunday youth gatherings at 5 p.m. in the One 2 One House and Sunday-morning Children’s Church.

With spring approaching, the community garden workdays are active. If you have an interest, contact the church.

God’s Bathhouse happens on Saturdays, Feb. 12 and 26, in the parking lot at First Pres.

Also, the monthly outdoor contemporary worship will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in the pavilion.

‘We Have Not Stopped Dreaming’

Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation, while not meeting face-to-face, is meeting online at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The title of the Sunday, Feb. 6, service is “We Have Not Stopped Dreaming.” As we observe Black History Month in February this year and continue to explore the spiritual theme of Widening the Circle, you’re encouraged to join Matthew Pargeter-Villarreal for a reflection on how we can take the immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and embody them so they speak to us in the here-and-now. This is important at a time when we have conversations about the future of inclusion and racial justice.

Worship Leader Judy Raymond will lead everyone through the service. All are welcome.

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

Guest preacher Hyun-Jin Yang at Chrysalis Church Feb. 6

Chrysalis Church invites the community to hear guest preacher Hyun-Jin Yang from the General Church theological school in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at 145 N. Euclid Ave. in Lake Helen.

Candidate Yang will be leading a doctrinal class on Chapter 37 of Ezekiel and preaching on the story of Hagar and Ishmael in Chapter 21 of Genesis.

Worship will be followed by fellowship and a potluck lunch. Come and enjoy!

‘Set Your Mind on Things Above’

Rene Descartes, a renowned French philosopher, coined the phrase “Cogito, ergo sum,” which is Latin for “I think, therefore I am.” Whether you agree with this philosophy or not, it does have a modicum of salience from a spiritual perspective.

The Bible tells us “… that as a man thinks in his heart – so is he.” So the idea that you can be what you think about the most can bear out to be true.

This Sunday, Feb. 6, as First United Methodist Church of DeLand continues the sermon series “The Wisdom Pyramid,” the topic will be “Set Your Mind on Things Above.”

The Bible tells us we should think about things that are lovely, true and virtuous, and the list goes on. Sometimes this can be more of a challenge than we might think. You’re encouraged to think about worshipping at First United Methodist this Sunday as attendees explore how to be more heavenly minded.

All three in-person services, at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., are streamed live on Facebook on the First Church DeLand page, or they can be accessed through the website at

The youth will be hosting their annual Rummage Sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. This event will be indoors in the Life Enrichment Center. If you’d like to make donations, contact the church office at 386-734-5113 to find out how. The proceeds from this event fund youth mission trips and other youth ministry events.

Adults on Mission at Stetson Baptist Church

Stetson Baptist Church in DeLand is hosting a program called Adults on Mission at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Room 205. The guest speaker will be Hannah Sharick, vice chairwoman on the board of directors of Beautiful Feet International and a former IMB missionary to Japan. A love offering for Beautiful Feet International will be collected.

Adults on Mission is a coed group with the mission “To motivate believers at Stetson Baptist Church to be active in missions by praying, giving and going.” All are welcome.

Widening the circle of love

The Rev. Tracie Barrett will address worshippers at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 6. She will talk about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech to the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association about not sleeping through the revolution.

The most recent report from the “Commission on Institutional Change, Widening the Circle of Concern” reports that we have been dozing through our own work. The Rev. Barrett will discuss the report and what we can do to widen our circle of love.

Masks are required for in-person attendance. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to join 10:15-10:25 a.m. for greetings before the service begins.

Unitarian Universalists are an open-minded, openhearted spiritual community, where all are welcomed as they learn together. The church may be contacted through to learn more.

1st Christian Church activities

Essie Miller, Dr. Janet Raney and Sue Brague of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand invite the community to attend the first Bingo Night at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, in the fellowship hall. It is a safe and welcoming event to provide funds for community outreach. Donations will be collected for bingo cards and refreshments.

The youth of First Christian Church, under the direction of Dr. Raney, set up for bingo as part of their 5:30 p.m. Wednesday meetings. Community youth are welcomed to join them.

Each Sunday at 10:45 a.m., First Christian has a worship service that includes Communion open to all believers, a message from a guest minister, including Scripture reading, and music provided by Christina Coulter for congregational singing.

All services are available on Facebook at First Christian Church – DeLand Disciples live or on the “video” tab, plus you can look on the news feed.

Individuals needing prayer can participate in a prayer group at 3:30 p.m. Mondays in the church library. A message can be left by calling 386-734-6078 on Sundays.

The Disciple Men will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at Hunter’s Restaurant in DeLand. To reserve a seat, call 386-734-6078 by Friday.



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