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HAVING FUN — Morgan Page and Billy Gonzalez are racing boats at the 2021 Fall Fest at Christ Wesleyan Church. The church is hosting a Fall Festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. The church is at 90 Garfield Road in Enterprise. PHOTO COURTESY JASON PAGE

Christ Wesleyan Church hosts a revival week and fall festival

Christ Wesleyan Church in Enterprise is teaming up with New Creation in Christ Church in Deltona to provide a unique revival experience that began Oct. 30 and continues through Sunday, Nov. 6. These two churches are bridging the gap to make sure both Spanish- and English-speaking residents of Deltona and Enterprise can experience a more modern Hispanic revival and an old-fashioned English-speaking revival.

A one-of-a-kind Christian worship song service kicked off the revival Oct. 30. Pastor Luis Torres of New Creation in Christ Church hosted the first part of the revival week in Spanish with an English interpreter.

The Nov. 2 service was a joint event with both Spanish and English music and preaching.

The 6 p.m. services Thursday, Nov. 3, and Friday, Nov. 4, will have worship music and preaching in English with Spanish subtitles.

The revival will continue with a community Fall Festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. This is a free event for everyone. Hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn, Hispanic pulled-pork and rice will be available. For the children, there will be pony rides, a petting zoo, hayrides, a bounce house and much more. The event will be at Christ Wesleyan Church, 90 Garfield Road in Enterprise.

‘Mortals and Immortals’

First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Downtown DeLand welcomes members, friends and visitors to attend the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Nov. 6, at 111 E. New York Ave. The Bible-based sermon is titled “Mortals and Immortals.”

The Christian Science Reading Room, where literature can be purchased, is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the same location. For more information, call 386-734-6547.

Testimony meetings are at 5 p.m. Wednesdays. All are welcome. For more information, call 386-734-6547.

Save the date as the church is offering a Thanksgiving Day community service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 24. Attendees will sing hymns and hear readings from the King James Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, along with the Presidential Proclamation for Thanksgiving. People are welcome to share how the study of Christian Science has been helpful.

1st Christian Church’s new senior pastor to preach Nov. 6

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand is proud to welcome the Rev. Carlos Perez as the senior pastor, delivering the sermon at the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday, Nov. 6.

Pastor Perez has a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando; a Master of Science in industrial organizational psychology from Carlos Albizu University in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and a Bachelor of Arts in general psychology from the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey.

His previous experience was with Arise Christian Church in Orlando in various capacities; as a training specialist with Mastronardi Produce in Michigan; and with a college ministry in Puerto Rico.

Sue Brague has invited the congregation and guests to a Thanksgiving/welcoming dinner in the fellowship hall following the Nov. 6 worship service. A dish for sharing is welcomed with reservations, by calling 386-734-0677.

Other activities include: Women of Faith Prayer Group at 3:30 p.m. Mondays in the church library; a youth group with Dr. Janet Raney and Sue Brague at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, with dinner in the gathering room; bingo at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the fellowship hall (proceeds after expenses go to Journey’s End); and a Men’s Breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturdays at Daisy’s Diner in DeLand (to make a reservation for the Men’s Breakfast, call 386-734-6078).

Women of the Old Testament and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand welcomes Kenneth E. Walsh, the author of Bible Stories for All, Without the Dogma: A Part of Cultural Literacy, to the 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, service. He will talk about significant women of the Old Testament and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who wrote a two-part nonfiction book The Woman’s Bible to challenge the religious orthodoxy that woman should be subservient to man.

Walsh, a Unitarian Universalist religious-education teacher at his church and a past president of the board of directors of Columbia Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Maryland, held workshops at the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly. After retirement from the Social Security Bureau, he taught the Old Testament for 14 years at Baltimore’s St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, a Jesuit, inner-city middle school for boys, regardless of their religious or nonreligious backgrounds.

If time allows, discussion may be included after Walsh’s presentation. Those attending will happily gather after the service for a social hour to share coffee, tea and conversation.

Those attending in person are encouraged to come to church at 10:15 a.m. or 10:25 a.m. for greetings before the service begins. Masks are discretionary but encouraged at this time.

Services are also live-Zoomed, and all are invited. This begins at 10:30 a.m., but you’re encouraged to tune in early for greetings. This is how those attending in person include those who are at home not ready or able to attend.

The Zoom Sunday-service ID is the same every week: https://zoom.us/i/92718819188. Feel free to contact the church for help in getting connected at www.uudeland.org.

‘The Path to Victory’

Time is marching on. In fact, this weekend marks that special day when the clocks fall back one hour. This Sunday, Nov. 6, also marks the day when we say a special thank-you to those who have served and are serving in our military. How grateful we are to those who give so much to ensure that we have the freedoms that we hold so dear.

Appropriately, at First United Methodist Church of DeLand, in the sermon series “Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table,” the focus will be “The Path to Victory.”

We all face challenges, struggles and battles as we go through the various stages of our lives, both physical and spiritual. God gives us guidance on how to be victorious in all the battles of life.

You’re encouraged to join First United Methodist Church this Sunday for one of three services to uncover God’s directives together. “To be prepared is half the victory.” — Anonymous

The church provides in-person traditional worship at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, and an in-person 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 are small-group Bible studies taking place at various times during the week. To get connected to a small group for fellowship and sharing, call the church office for more details at 386-734-5113.

What salvation could mean for UUs

Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation, while not meeting face to face, is meeting online at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The Sunday, Nov. 6, service is titled “Saving the World Through Actions.”

The topic of salvation is a theme that is discussed in many different faith traditions. Unitarian Universalists ascribe to a belief in “universal salvation,” but just what exactly does that mean? And, more importantly, what does that mean for how people view and interact with the world outside of our church walls?

You’re encouraged to join Matthew Pargeter-Villarreal for a discussion of what salvation has the potential to mean for UUs.

Worship leader Jane Bradford will guide the service. Everyone is welcome!

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

The lawless one and us

This Sunday, Nov. 6, First Presbyterian Church of DeLand will have services to recognize All Saints’ Day, begun in November of the year 835 by the church to honor saints, known and unknown. Since Protestants regard all past and present Christians as saints, this day focuses on remembering solemnly those who died in the past year, emphasizing Christ’s victory over death, our hope in the Resurrection, and our place in the “communion of saints.”

Drawing from 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 and 13- 17, Pastor Michael Bodger will teach about “The Lawless One and Us” at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and offer Holy Communion to all.

Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica to “stand firm and hold by the teachings we passed on to you,” against the enemy, the devil, who will prowl around and tell false narratives. Paul urged the Thessalonians to remember that God remains in control and God’s triumph stands complete.

This same deceptive enemy thrusts Christ followers today into such a cauldron. Those called by God have God’s grace to feel eternal encouragement to carry out “every good deed and word” (2 Thessalonians 2:17).

After each service this Sunday, members and guests are invited to enjoy November Birthday Fellowship in the fellowship hall for singing, birthday cake and coffee.

First Pres volunteers and friends prepare in-house and takeout dinners at The Bridge on the first Thursday of each month. This event supports the hungry and needy of DeLand.

Reaching out into the community, a night of free bingo for all ages begins at 7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month in the fellowship hall. You’re encouraged to attend for the fun and invite many to join you this Friday, Nov. 4.

God’s Bathhouse opens at 9 a.m. in the pavilion on Saturdays, Nov. 12 and 26.

The Youth Group that meets Sundays at the One 2 One House is hosting its first Youth Bowling Night 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6. The church van will transport the group to and from the bowling alley. Contact edegaetano@fpcdstaff.org for reservations and details.

Operation Christmas Child concludes Sunday, Nov. 13, the deadline for donating shoebox gifts to share the Gospel around the world. Chairperson Sandy Guthrie says that participants can still acquire boxes and directions. Find details at samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/donate.

The Joy Group, made up of active single women, will meet for its Fall Lunch at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at The Table in Downtown DeLand. RSVP to Alice at 386-734-6212.

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