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The Southern Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association is hosting its annual “Spirit of Tranquility” Gala Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14. An information booth will be in front of the Andrew Jackson Davis Educational Building/ Bookstore. There will be swag bags for the first 100 attendees.

At the information booth, attendees can purchase $25 tickets for 15-minute readings, which take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by camp-certified mediums.

There will be guest speakers throughout the day. Cost: $5 apiece for guest speakers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All-day speaker passes cost $25.

The schedule is as follows: 11 a.m. the Rev. Jerry Moore – “Spiritualism: A Philosophy, Science and Religion”; 11:30 a.m. Cindy Gordon – “Sounds of Tranquility”; noon the Rev. Steve Adkins – “Personal Spiritual Philosophy”; 12:30 p.m. the Rev. Dr. Don Zanghi – “A Short History of Western Spirituality”; 1 p.m. the Rev. Diane Davis – “Natural Laws – Being Tranquil in a Changing World”; 1:30 p.m. Pauline Gold – “Spiritualizing the Mind”; 3 p.m. keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Louis Gates – “Healing for the Ages.”

There will also be a Kids’ Zone and vendors.

Speaker tickets are available online at

https://southern-cassadaga-spiritualist-camp.square.site/?fbclid=IwAR28RaqvzqSbYBSb1DUftd5CDG_fsKNTTe12eyaxRBCJNRe2jxRww1vOiQ.

The camp is at 1112 Stevens St.

‘Praise of God’ fundraising dinner

American Legion Post 259, at 470 Summerhaven Drive in DeBary, is hosting the “Praise of God” fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21.

Entertainment will be provided by the Southern Ladies.

Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds will benefit Operation Vet Relief. Call 386-753-1492.

Activities at First Presbyterian Church of DeLand

In John 13:31-35, the Bible quotes Jesus: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you.” When Jesus says this, he is saying farewell to his followers in the Upper Room at the closing of the Last Supper. He adds, “You should love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples.”

At First Presbyterian Church of DeLand, on Sunday, May 15, Pastor Michael Bodger will explore the enormous significance of this passage.

This Saturday, May 14, God’s Bathhouse opens at 9 a.m. in front of the Mission Room, and ends officially at 11 a.m. Volunteers meet at 8:30 a.m. to prepare. The next bathhouse will be Saturday, May 28.

Presbyterian Women and guests can register until Friday, May 13, to join the Presbyterian Women’s brunch and annual “Dedication of the Least Coin,” which will be Saturday, May 14. You’re encouraged to bring a friend, daughter, mother and/or sister to enjoy fellowship and an informative speaker from the DeLand Counseling Co-Op. Reserve your seat through Karen Murin in the church office, or through circle leaders. The cost is $5.

Halifax Health Continuing Care invites the public to its Five Wishes event, a free meeting, at 11 a.m. Monday, May 16, at First Pres. Representatives will address personal, emotional, spiritual and medical needs as they pertain to having a living will.

Boy Scout Troop 550 will have a Spring Spaghetti Drive-Thru Dinner Fundraiser 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 20. This fundraiser to support the troop’s summer activities includes pasta with marinara sauce and garlic bread from Angelina’s in DeLand for only $5 a plate.

The church is planning to have its annual Vacation Bible School beginning 9 a.m.-noon Monday, June 20, and lasting four days. It’s for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. Register now on the church’s website for this energetic and engaging experience, well-attended each year by area youngsters.

Survival of the sweetest

At First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand, members, friends and visitors are welcome at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 15, to enjoy festivities in celebration of UUs’ liberal religious faith, sharing histories and the search for meaning in a difficult world. Members will lead the service and encourage and invite those attending to participate in the exploration of faith. Masks are required at this time.

Zoom meetings for a repeat of last week’s program will also be at 10:30 a.m. This second-chance meeting for Sunday service is the same every week: 927 1881 9188 ID: https://zoom.us/i/92718819188.

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

1st Christian Church activities

The Rev. Carlos Perez from Orlando is the guest minister at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand for Sunday, May 15.

Charlaine Free and Donna Mozley provide the music for the service. The elders of the day administer Communion to all believers in Jesus Christ.

At 8 a.m. Saturday, May 14, the Disciple Men meet for breakfast at Hunter’s Restaurant in DeLand. To reserve a seat, call 386-734- 6078.

The Disciple Women meet at 1 p.m. Monday, May 16, to continue their cleaning projects.

Plans are underway for the 2022 Summer Food Service Program; First Christian is a site from June 13 through Aug. 5, with breakfast at 8:15 a.m. and lunch at noon. Temple Learning Center Camp, directed by Voloria Manning, will be operating at the same time in First Christian’s fellowship hall.

‘A Community of Communities’

Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation is meeting online at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The title of the May 15 service is “A Community of Communities.”

Members of the Unitarian Universalist Association continue to discuss the adoption of Unitarian Universalists’ Eighth Principle. What does that mean, and what does that look like for us at the congregational level?

The Eighth Principle says: “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

Join Matt Pargeter-Villarreal for this discussion of the Eighth Principle, what it is and what it has the potential to mean for congregations, especially for smaller congregations.

Worship leader Jane Bradford will guide everyone through the service. All are welcome.

For more information on Mosaic, see the website at mosaicuuc.org. For instructions on how to join the virtual service, email mosaicuuc@gmail.com.

Keeping a secret

Have you ever been asked to keep a really big secret?

“He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.” — Sigmund Freud

Members and friends of First United Methodist Church of DeLand still believe God is in the miracle business and that often He performs miracles every day that we don’t take the time to notice. Sometimes even when we do, we don’t spend much time talking about them.

In the ongoing sermon series “Encounter: Jesus Makes All Things New,” First United Methodist will be examining a miracle a man who had leprosy experienced when he had a special encounter with Jesus and was asked to keep it a secret.

Do you think you could keep such a life-changing experience a secret? The good news is that we aren’t asked to keep the life-changing things God does in our lives a secret.

If you’re in need of a touch from the Master’s hand, you’re encouraged to come out this Sunday, May 15, or to join online, as members and friends discover how God is still working wonders for us today.

This year, the church is hosting Vacation Bible School, with the theme “Monumental — Celebrating God’s Greatness.” The school will be 9 a.m.-noon Monday, June 20, through Friday, June 24. Call the church office for registration information at 386-734-5113.

Church Moving Sale and Bazaar

Trinity United Methodist Church in DeLand will have a Church Moving Sale and Bazaar 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 4. The church is preparing to move worship locations, and this event will help with the transition.

There will be a food truck, and plants, building furnishings, music, books, jewelry, gift baskets and so much more for sale.

This is an exciting time for the church!

Trinity United Methodist is currently at 306 W. Wisconsin Ave. in DeLand.

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