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HELPING WOMEN IN NEED — At left, Gabrielle Golka and Amy Wooley from HOPE (Helpers of People Enslaved) present a $10,000 check to three officers of the organization Created Gainesville: founder and Executive Director Alison Ungaro, Grant and Community Engagement Specialist Brenda Chamberlain, and Programs Director Laura Snook. The $10,000 grant will help the organization provide residential services to its clients. Established in 2012, Created Gainesville opened the first home in April as a “safe house” for four women. The HOPE grant will enable Created Gainesville to complete a separate building, which will free up space in the main home to allow six residents to be sheltered there. HOPE is a West Volusia faith-based 501(c)(3) that is passionately dedicated to ending human trafficking and supporting survivors. The coalition does so through awareness, education and fundraising. PHOTO COURTESY JILL WOODS

Lake Helen United Methodist Church, at 121 W. Delaware Ave., is celebrating its centennial Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12.

On June 11, a program beginning at 4 p.m. will include Lake Helen Mayor Cameron Lane presenting a proclamation to the church, followed by an old-fashioned ice-cream social and a hymn sing. Everyone is welcome.

On June 12, church members, former members and their families and friends are invited to the 10 a.m. service, where there will be a visit from the Rev. Whitworth, Lake Helen UMC’s first minister, portrayed by Lowell Moore, and mini-sermons from several former pastors.

Following the service, dinner on the grounds, including an anniversary cake, will be served. There will be photos and memorabilia to view, and a tour of Outside the Gates Food Pantry. The event will conclude with burying a time capsule. Please feel free to wear 1920s-era costumes.

Mini-Day Camp at Glenwood Presbyterian Church

Glenwood Presbyterian Church is host ing a “Summer Goals to Grow By” Mini-Day Camp 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday- Thursday, June 14-16, for children ages 7-12. The church is at 3190 Grand Ave.

Attendees will create art and learn basketball and soccer skills. The cost is $10 for all three days.

A camp T-shirt and drinks will be provided. Children should bring a sack lunch.

To receive an application, call 386-734-8617, or email to office@glenwoodpc.org.

How to be wealthy without lots of money

How many times do we daydream about the things we would do if we could only win the lottery? But, have you ever stopped to consider that being wealthy does not have to be directly proportional to the balances of your bank accounts?

On Sunday, June 12, First United Methodist Church of DeLand continues in the sermon series “Encounter: Jesus Makes All Things New,” examining Jesus’ encounter with a rich young ruler, who, when told to sell all of his possessions, give his money to the poor and follow Jesus, experienced great sadness, for he was very wealthy.

Do the things, be they possessions, properties or other tangible assets, keep us from experiencing the great wealth of the spiritual bounty that is at our disposal? If you want to discover how to be wealthy without lots of money, you’re encouraged to attend one of the services at First United Methodist this Sunday, either in person or online.

The church has in-person traditional worship at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, and a contemporary service at 9:30 a.m. 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 Firstchurchdeland.org.

There is still time to sign up youngsters for Vacation Bible School, which runs June 20-24. The theme for this year’s VBS is “Monumental – Celebrating God’s Greatness.” Call the church office at 386-734- 5113 for registration information.

Summer Sharing Series at Mosaic Unitarian Universalist

You’re encouraged to journey into the wilderness with Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation this summer for the congregation’s 2022 Summer Sharing Series, based upon exploring the “Inward Journey” (Jan Phillips’ Visionary Thought Series).

This summer, Mosaic is exploring the integration of mind, body and spirit. These services are designed to allow participants to share their thoughts if they choose to do so. Sharing is always voluntary; active listening is welcome, too.

This Sunday, June 12, Mosaic will begin roundtable-style services, with facilitator Helen Scott guiding everyone through a discussion about “Outrage.” When injustice is encountered, outrage is appropriate and action is required.

Reflection question for this Sunday: Have you been outraged by something, and if so, what did you do about it?

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

Activities at First Pres

This Sunday, June 12, First Presbyterian Church of DeLand will recognize the unfathomable infiniteness of the Living God through the sermon “Peace, Grace and Love” by Pastor Michael Bodger.

With only human understanding, just like Paul, we strive to unify rather than distinguish among God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit — the Holy Trinity, which stands under the umbrella of our perspective.

Though challenged, Paul understood the three as one: the Peace of God, the Grace of Christ, and Love by the Holy Spirit. Thus, as with Paul, the Holy Trinity transforms our lives with the One and Only God we worship, “… God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” — Romans 5:5.

The deadline for the online sign-up of children for the church’s Vacation Bible School is Wednesday, June 15. The free VBS runs 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday, June 20-24. Visit https://vbspro.events/p/events/fpcd.

God’s Bathhouse with showers and hygiene offerings will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 11 and 25, in front of the Mission Room. This free event affords people tangible support and fellowship.

On Sundays, the church hosts two adult classes at 10 a.m., the Open Door and Serendipity. Also, the men’s Bible Study group meets Tuesday mornings. A youth group meets 5-6:30 p.m. Sundays in the One 2 One House.

A new single women’s group meets at noon Sundays. You’re encouraged to join the group at its first Potluck Brunch in the fellowship hall. Attendees can bring something simple to share, but this is not mandatory, as there will be plenty of food to share. RSVP to Alice at 386-734-6212. Attendance this Sunday does not commit you to join.

Activities at 1st Christian Church

The Rev. Sammy Robles Jr. brings the message to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, June 12. For more than 22 years, the Rev. Robles has been an active, full-time musician and performer in the themed entertainment industry. As an ordained minister, he gladly fills in when a church needs him for its worship service.

The Rev. Robles is the recipient of the Fred Craddock Award for Excellence in Preaching, and First Christian always welcomes him to the pulpit to share his relevant and dynamic messages.

Monday, June 13, is the beginning of Temple Learning Center Camp at First Christian, under the direction of volunteer Voloria Manning.

The church participates in the Volusia County BreakSpot Summer Food Service Program and provides breakfast 8:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch noon-1 p.m. for children from the community, as well as those attending Temple Learning Center Camp.

Church and community volunteers are Sue Brague, Edna Cortes, Tanna Gartside, Kellie Jones, Anita Lancaster, Jane and Emma Price, and Jo Spurgeon.

Disciple Women under the leadership of President Sue Brague are meeting at 1 p.m. every Monday in June and July for cleaning and organizing. Prayer follows at 3:30 p.m. in the church library.

Bingo in June will be at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays in the fellowship hall.

June bingo profits are dedicated to Temple Learning Center Camp. Babysitting is provided by Robin Ashton during bingo.

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