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New Covenant Baptist Church in DeLand is hosting a Collage Art Camp that will run 9 a.m.-noon July 18-22. Forty students in grades one through five will be accepted for camp in the order in which their registrations are received.

The children will participate in the creative arts of dance, music, poetry and visual arts. The theme is “Who Am I?”

You can access camp information and registration forms/instructions at the New Covenant Baptist Church website at

Christina Coulter to provide music June 5 at 1st Christian Church

On Sunday, June 5, Christina Coulter, professional soprano, actor, dancer and pianist, will provide the music for First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand at the 10:45 a.m. service. She is the church’s music director when home on break from her professional drama work.

Sunday, June 12, will be Coulter’s last Sunday before she travels to Manheim, Pennsylvania, for the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire at Mount Hope Estate & Winery.

In addition to Christina’s music, the service includes a guest minister’s sermon, Scripture, prayers, and Communion offered by the elders to all believers.

The 8:15 a.m. service is in the fellowship hall area for Scripture, prayer and Communion.

The adult Sunday-school class starts a new study from Isaiah, “God Delivers and Restores,” at 9:30 a.m. in the church library.

In the church’s fellowship hall, June 13-Aug. 5, Voloria Manning is directing the Temple Learning Center Summer Camp. The Volusia County Summer BreakSpot food program will provide breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday.

First Christian, in partnership with AdventHealth Fish Memorial, is hosting dinner at The Bridge emergency shelter, 421 S. Palmetto Ave. in DeLand, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 7.

Bingo is available 7-10 p.m. Friday, June 10, in the fellowship hall, with Essie Miller as the caller.

The Disciple Men’s Breakfast is at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 11. Call Lee Gartside at 386-734-6078 for the location. Guests are welcomed with a reservation.

The need for forgiveness

Is there anyone among us who, at some point in time, has not been in the need of forgiveness and likewise has not had the opportunity to forgive?

Paul Boose made this following observation: “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”

This is a fundamental truth for members and friends of First United Methodist Church of DeLand, who believe God’s forgiveness certainly changes and enlarges the prospects for our future.

As First United Methodist continues in the series “Encounter: Jesus Makes All Things New,” the church will be looking into the story of “The Sinful Woman,” who came with a precious bottle of sweet perfume and poured it on Jesus’ feet as she washed them with her tears. At the end of this encounter, Jesus said to this woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” – Luke 7:50

First United Methodist offers small-group Bible studies at various times during the week. Young adults meet on Sunday evening. The youth groups meet at different times during the week, and there is a Saturday-morning men’s Bible study.

Registration is still open for Vacation Bible School. The theme is “Monumental – Celebrating God’s Greatness.” Vacation Bible School will be 9 a.m.-noon June 20-24.

To get connected to a small group or to reserve a spot for Vacation Bible School, call the church office at 386- 734-5113.

The many facets of love and justice

On Sunday, June 5, at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand, religious-education leader Suzanne will venture into exploring the details about what Unitarian Universalists reveal about their faith.

Suzanne will explore the many facets of love and justice that are expressed daily by UUs around the world.

Those attending in person are encouraged to join everyone 10:15-10:25 a.m. for greetings before the 10:30 a.m. service begins. Masks are discretionary at this time.

Unitarian Universalists are an open-minded, freethinking, openhearted spiritual community, where all are welcomed as everyone learns together. Discussion may be included after every presentation.

Special education programs for children are available. The church may be contacted through to learn more.

‘The Many Faces of the Horned One’

Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation is meeting online at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The title of the June 5 service is “The Many Faces of the Horned One.”

The Goddess is spoken about freely in Paganism. The God, however, is sometimes spoken about in hushed tones. Join Minister Teresa Leary as she lifts the veil associated with the horned one with an exploration of horned deities throughout pantheons across time.

Worship leader Judy Raymond will guide 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

Activities at First Pres

“Suddenly, a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came down from Heaven. … All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:1-4.

This Sunday, June 5, First Presbyterian Church of DeLand will celebrate the Day of Pentecost with brilliant red, symbolizing the fire of the Holy Spirit, which this passage depicts enveloping the disciples of Jesus. This “blowing in of the Spirit” concludes the liturgical Fifty Days of Easter with the climactic birth of the church.

The Rev. Donna McClellan will lead listeners to appreciate the gift of the Holy Spirit, as it ushers in the life of the church in every age.

As the body of Christ, the church sends believers out to minister to the brokenness of the world by witnessing to the Resurrection. Breaking us out of self-preoccupation, the fiery Spirit frees us to serve neighbors, to loosen our grasp on possessions, and to live as loving people.

Pastor McClellan will explore how the Holy Spirit draws us into one people, empowered to proclaim in thought, word and deed God’s plan of reconciling all people in the name of Christ.

Katie Rives, the church’s pastoral intern, will launch two summer group studies to enrich mind, faith and heart.

The 10-week book study of Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison began June 1, and continues 4:30-6 p.m. each week. Those wanting to participate are still welcome.

Also, along with her husband, Rives invites couples (currently married or planning marriage) to fellowship and grow in their marital relationship. Open to church members and those who do not attend First Pres, the small-group book study will use The Art of Marriage curriculum to explore this Christian subject.

Workbooks (but no homework!) for each couple cost $25, and the six-week study meets 6:30-8 p.m. Fridays beginning June 3. For further information and registration, email to or text to 352-551-5850.

Also on Friday, June 3, from 7 to 10 p.m., you’re encouraged to take part in a night of bingo with non-monetary but fun prizes!

Vacation Bible School is open for registration by church members and nonmembers. The class is 9 a.m.-noon June 20-24. Participants must have completed kindergarten through fifth grade. With no fee, register youngsters for this opportunity by going to the church website.


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