deland quakers
DELAND FRIENDS — Members of the DeLand Quakers display a banner containing the mission statement of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, the Quaker organization that lobbies Congress for legislation in defense of human rights, social justice, and the promotion of peacemaking. From left are DeLand residents Kathy Hersh, Bill Kwalwasser, Linda Gurney, Elizabeth Camarota, Carl Hersh, Cindy Kwalwasser, Jim Cain and Clinton Hebard. PHOTO COURTESY KATHY HERSH

American Legion Post 259 in DeBary is hosting a Spiritual Leaders Luncheon for West Volusia ministers and spiritual leaders at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14. The event will celebrate the National Month of Prayer and include a complimentary lunch.

An RSVP is required by texting or calling Paul at 386-956-5088.

Post 259 is at 470 Summerhaven Drive, off Enterprise Road, in DeBary.

Monday Munchers’ Potluck Lunch and Program

The Monday Munchers welcome all seniors to the next Potluck Lunch and Program at noon Monday, May 9. Entertainment will be provided by the West Volusia Chorus.

It is requested that attendees bring a dish to share, eating utensils, and a friend, of course.

The event will take place at Community United Methodist Church, 41 W. Highbanks Road in DeBary. Call 386-218-4047.

Do miracles still happen?

Albert Einstein said, “There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

First United Methodist Church of DeLand says that God is in the miracle business and often He performs miracles every day that we don’t take the time to notice.

In the ongoing sermon series “Encounter: Jesus Makes All Things New,” on Sunday, May 8, First United Methodist will be examining a special miracle for a lady who had faith to believe that if she could just touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, she would receive her miracle.

Those who could use a miraculous intervention of God’s grace, love and mercy, should consider joining in person or online as church members and friends learn to embrace and anticipate the miraculous wonders God has for us to experience.

This year, the church will host Vacation Bible School. The theme for this year is “Monumental — Celebrating God’s Greatness.” Vacation Bible School will be 9 a.m.- noon Monday-Friday, June 20-24.

Call the church office for registration information at 386-734-5113.

‘Will the Fool Become Wise?’

Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation is meeting online at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The title of the May 8 service is “Will the Fool Become Wise?”

Building and rebuilding a life is exhausting, tedious, an emotional investment, often a financial liability, and frequently a relational minefield. What if we’re neither foolish nor wise?

The Rev. Ben Collins asks, Are we people with a great capacity for foolishness and such potential for wisdom?

This would leave a different question: Will the fool become wise?

Worship leader Jan Holloway will guide everyone through the service. All are welcome.

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

1st Christian Church to recognize mothers on May 8

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand is recognizing mothers at the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday, May 8, with flowers given by the Disciple Women, of which Sue Brague is president.

Fernando Morales and Eddie Wachter are the elders of the day, serving the women and all believers.

Walter Davis is the greeter, giving a special welcome to all mothers and others.

The 8:15 a.m. gathering May 8 welcomes all mothers and others with special coffee and treats in the area adjacent to the fellowship hall.

The 9:30 a.m. adult Sunday-school class will meet in the library and focus on the topic “Freedom for the Future,” based on Romans 8:18-30.

Other activities for the week include Prayer in the Library – 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 9; Youth Group in the McDowell Education Building – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11; Bingo in the fellowship hall – 7 p.m. Friday, May 13; and Men’s Breakfast at Hunter’s Restaurant – 8 a.m. Saturday, May 14. Call 386-734-6078 to make reservations.

Brenda Velazquez- Morales is traveling with Alicia Rodriguez to Jayuya, Puerto Rico, on Monday, May 9. They will stay for two weeks as interpreters for groups visiting the Garden of Eden Health Center in Jayuya who want to learn more about the ministry.

Rodriguez is the executive director for the nonprofit center, which was established to provide quality preventive and holistic health care to a high-risk community in a mountainous area of Puerto Rico. Those interested in contributing to this ministry may contact Rodriguez at 407-414-5511.

‘The Hebrew Bible: All It Is and Isn’t’

First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand welcomes Stetson University assistant professor of religious studies Carmen Palmer at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 8, service. She will talk about one of the Unitarian Universalists’ six sources — the Hebrew Bible, focusing on the “Wisdom from world religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.”

Palmer will dive into the Hebrew Bible to compare it with the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism and the six sources used in a search for truth and meaning in our daily lives.

Those attending in person are encouraged to arrive between 10:15 and 10:25 a.m. for greetings before the service begins.

Masks are required at this time. Zoom meetings for a repeat of last week’s program will also be at 10:30 a.m., with an invitation to join between 10:15 and 10:30. This second chance meeting for Sunday service is the same every week: at 927 1881 9188. ID:

Show and tell

In answer to the question by unbelieving people in Jerusalem, ‘’If you are the Christ, tell us plainly,” Jesus responded, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me … My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. … I give them eternal life and they shall never perish.” (John 10:22-30)

At First Presbyterian Church of DeLand, Pastor Michael Bodger’s sermon Sunday, May 8, is titled “Show and Tell.”

On Saturday, May 7, members and friends can enjoy playing bingo beginning at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

On Wednesday, May 25, all are welcome to a casual and easy get-together with some food supplied (hot dogs, burgers, chips, water) and some shared (bring a dish). Come enjoy a cookout and fellowship at Cookout Conversations at 5:30 p.m. in the pavilion.

This Saturday, May 7, the Farm Share Food Distribution begins at 9 a.m. Follow the signage and traffic directors to the distribution point near the pavilion. First Pres welcomes any and all.

First Pres offers God’s Bathhouse 9-11 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month (May 14 and 28) in front of the Mission Room on campus. Attendees will receive showers, hygiene kits, fresh clothing, and fellowship from First Pres volunteers.

On May 14, the church hosts its monthly Saturday Worship at 5 p.m. (Please note the time change!) in the pavilion. Also on May 14, at 10:30 a.m., Presbyterian Women and guests will enjoy the “Dedication of the Least Coin Tea,” with a local speaker, food and fellowship. Reserve your spot(s) by May 13.

First Pres will have Vacation Bible School 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday, June 20-24.


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