VOLUNTEERS HONORED — Sue Brague, Liz Kowalski and Vicki Dean, members of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand, were recognized at a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner April 22 along with all the volunteers who serve at the Interfaith Kitchen, now at The Bridge, and The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia. The other volunteers who make up the team, but were not able to attend, include Jen Brennan, Jill and Greg Carroll, Dusty Going, Walter Davis and Tanna Gartside. The church also extends appreciation to Bill Anderson at AdventHealth Fish Memorial, who provides the entree each month. First Christian has been serving a meal to the marginalized and homeless each first Tuesday of the month for 23 years, beginning in the First United Methodist Church Education Building basement kitchen. In September 2020, the kitchen was moved to The Bridge. PHOTO COURTESY TANNA GARTSIDE

New Covenant Baptist Church in DeLand is very excited to announce that since the original article, they now have the capability to accept payments for Collage Arts Camp online. Click on this link: https://checkout.stripe. com to make your payment Online Payment for Collage Arts Camp. Please note that if you are only registering one (1) child you will need to change the quantity for “Additional Siblings” to 0. The cost is $40 for the first child and $25 for each additional child.

The art camp will be 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 12-16, at the new church building at 1350 S. Blue Lake Ave., diagonally across from Freedom Elementary School in DeLand.

Go to http://newcovenant-baptistchurch.org/events/arts-campcollage to find the registration forms. Please print and complete the forms and mail them to: New Covenant Baptist Church, Attn: Collage Arts Camp, 1350 S. Blue Lake Ave., DeLand, FL 32724.

For questions, call 386- 873-2583 9 a.m.-noon Thursday or Friday, or email to collageartscamp@newcovenant-baptistchurch.org.

The importance of family

Pope John XXIII made this declaration concerning family: “The family is the first essential cell of human society.”

American author John Maxwell wrote, “Family and friendship are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness.”

At First Church DeLand, “we call ourselves ‘The Family Place,’ because we believe family is what God is all about.”

“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are; the ones that would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.” – Anonymous

First Church welcomes all with open arms, so as to love them like Jesus loves us.

“Family is not defined by our genes, it is built and maintained through love.” – Anonymous

First Church DeLand says, “We hope you will come to be a part of our family, as we are the extension of God’s family to our community. If you need a place to fit in and be a part of, consider joining us this Sunday for one of our services.

“We provide in-person traditional worship at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in our sanctuary, and a contemporary service at 9:30 a.m. in our Life Enrichment Center. Our services are streamed live on Facebook on the First Church DeLand page, or they can be accessed through our website at Firstchurchdeland.org.

“We provide a variety of other opportunities for you and your family to get connected with our church family throughout the week. We have youth, young adult, men’s and women’s ministries, Bible studies and prayer times throughout the week.”

For more details, please contact the church office at 386-734-5113 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

‘Spirit of Tranquility’ Gala Day

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 13. 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. Student mediums charge $15.

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. “Meditation and How to Reach the ‘See’ of Tranquility” – the Rev. Dr. Phil DeLong; 11:30 a.m. “Moon as Your Teacher” – Christina Maguire; noon “The Psychology of Spiritualism” – Ilene Ballentin; 12:30 p.m. “Tranquil Mind or Monkey Mind – How does intuition play a part, or Where are the bananas when you need them?” – the Rev. Diane Davis; 1 p.m. “Aids for Staying Balanced in a Chaotic World” – Cindy Gordon; 1:30 p.m. “From ABC to XYZ” – Joy Sagar; 3 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Inez Bracy. Topic: “Experience True Health and Tranquility.”

There will also be a Kids’ Zone and vendors.

Speaker tickets are available online at https://southern-cassadaga-spiritualist-camp.square.site/?fbclid=IwAR28RaqvzqSbYBSb1DUftd5CDG_SfsKNTTe12eyaxRBCJNRe2jxRww1vOiQ.

The camp is at 1112 Stevens St.

Surprise party for pastor at 1st Christian Church

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand is having a special surprise party to celebrate the Rev. Carlos Perez’s birthday and his wedding anniversary after the 10:45 a.m. Sunday, May 7, worship service. Visitors are invited to join in.

The worship service includes Kathy Porr giving the welcome; the Rev. Perez inviting prayer requests and delivering the sermon; Barbara Polomsky with assistance from Donna Mozley performing inspirational music; and Brenda Velazquez-Morales leading the words of institution for the Communion bread and cup.

At 8:15 a.m. every Sunday, Dr. Janet Raney leads “Coffee With God” in the kitchen foyer for prayer, Scripture and Communion.

At 3:30 p.m. on Mondays, prayers are lifted up in the church library.

At 7 p.m. Friday, May 12, lovers of bingo can play their cards in the fellowship hall, with proceeds after expenses going to the Holy Temple Summer Camp directed by Voloria Manning.

The Disciple Men’s Breakfast is at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Big Rig 2; call 386-734-6078 for reservations.

Bill McIntyre, a relatively new member of the church, made a presentation to the church of Elder Barton Warren Stone’s picture with his biography. Elder Stone, in 1832, in Lexington, Kentucky, joined with John “Raccoon” Smith, a follower of Alexander Campbell, to informally found the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

What is God like?

First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand will host Rabbi Merrill Shapiro Sunday, May 7, as he presents the program “What is God Like?” He returns to examine his interpretation of what the biblical text of Genesis and Exodus have to say about the nature of God. Shapiro will present his interpretation of what that is intended to teach people.

Those attending in person are encouraged to arrive between 10:15 a.m. and 10:25 a.m. for greetings before the 10:30 a.m. service begins.

The services are Zoomed as well, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Zoom Sunday-service ID is the same every week: https://zoom.us/i/92718819188. Contact the church at www.uudeland.org for help getting connected before Sunday’s worship time.

Unitarian Universalists are an open-minded, freethinking, openhearted, spiritual community where all are welcomed as everyone learns together. If time allows, discussion may be included after every program. Those attending happily gather after the service for a social hour to share coffee, tea and conversation.

Regular UU group meetings continue: Discussion, Book Club, Men’s, Poetry and two Covenants (one in person and one on Zoom). Special educational programs for children are available at the 10:30 a.m. service.

The Unitarian Universalist heritage

The congregation of Mosaic Unitarian Universalist meets online at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The May 7 service is titled “How It All Began, Part 3: Our Unitarian Universalist Heritage.”

Rounding out her three-part series, the Rev. Tracie Barrett explores the merger of the two historical denominations and how the stage was set for who UUs are today.

Jane Bradford will facilitate the service.

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

Living Stone and Chosen People

On Sunday, May 7, First Presbyterian Church of DeLand will recognize the Fifth Sunday of Eastertide, the spiritual tradition of the liturgical year leading to Pentecost. This week, the Rev. Donna McClellan will draw a lesson from 1 Peter 2:2-10.

The Apostle Peter sends this letter to early Christians suffering for their faith in the Risen Lord to provide hope for the future and a means to grow their faith.

As prophesied in the Old Testament, Peter reminds them that Jesus is, “the living Stone — rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to God … is building [believers] into a … holy priesthood.”

Furthermore, Peter’s letter assures believers to realize “you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood … belonging to God, who called you out of darkness into God’s wonderful light.”

Finally, as the people of God, “now you have received God’s mercy” and “you may grow up in your salvation,” having tasted that the Lord is good. Others, pagans, will see your good deeds and glorify God.

This week at First Pres finds many opportunities for fellowship, worship and learning. A fun-for-all night of free bingo begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5. The evening offers good times, laughter, a bit of competition, and happy prizes until 8:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The community is invited to join in the game, with beverages and snacks!

At the 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services Sunday, attendees will celebrate May birthdays after worship. All visitors are invited to join members for beverages and a colorful birthday cake to regale the birthday people!

Recently, a significant class “Connect and Reconnect” for members and visitors began weekly in the Conference Room at 10 a.m. The class, led by Lynelle Tucker and Donna McClellan, offers an in-depth opportunity to learn about the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) denomination and particularly First Pres DeLand. Call the church office for RSVP and details.

Note that Boy Scout Troop 550 members are selling tickets to one of their always-successful Take-Out Pasta Dinner Fundraisers at Sunday services. Scheduled for 2-9 p.m. Friday, May 12, with pickup on the church campus, this promises a delicious and easy dinner!

On two Saturdays, May 6 and May 27, from 9 to 11 a.m., God’s Bathhouse will offer showers, hygiene kits, towels and fresh clothing to those who meet at the pavilion at First Pres.

At various locations on campus throughout the week, First Pres reaches up, reaches out, and reaches into our community through children’s church, exercise groups, Bible studies, fellowships, music rehearsals, and other enlightening events.


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