DELAND QUAKERS — Members of the DeLand Quakers display their banner. From left are Linda Gurney, Cynthia Young, Lynn Peterson, Jim Cain, Kathy Hersh, Carl Hersh, Cindy Kwalwasser, Bill Kwalwasser, Joy Brennan, Bill Brennan and Beeg Camarota. The group now meets at the DeLand Garden Club clubhouse, 865 S. Alabama Ave. The door opens at 10 a.m. for coffee and chat. PHOTO COURTESY CARL HERSH

DeLand Quakers have moved! They now meet at the DeLand Garden Club clubhouse, 865 S. Alabama Ave., in the southwest corner of Earl Brown Park. The door opens at 10 a.m. for coffee and chat. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m.

(Visit the website at to learn about Quaker core beliefs and practices.) Call or text 386-337-5204 for Friendly details.

“We are so pleased to meet in such a delightful spot, surrounded by nature, with handicapped access and plenty of parking,” said Kathy Hersh, DeLand resident and member of the group. “We invite everybody to come and experience the serenity of a Quaker meeting for worship, and enjoy our warm fellowship with coffee and homemade goodies.”

Quakers, aka the Religious Society of Friends, began as a spiritual movement in England in the 17th century by people seeking a return to simple Christianity. Today, the Society of Friends has evolved into a worldwide fellowship, whose members welcome all seekers of truth, integrity, justice for all people, and a peaceful world.

Save the date

Lutheran Church of Providence, at 1696 Providence Blvd. in Deltona, is hosting a special service for Ascension Day, which takes place 40 days after Easter.

The service, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 18, celebrates the ascension of Jesus into heaven. Holy Communion will be celebrated along with the Divine Service.

Music Makers to perform Sunday, May 21

The Music Makers have been working hard at Trinity United Methodist Church on their upcoming performances on Sunday, May 21, of “Who, What, Where, When, Why – Discovering a Relationship With Jesus.” The choir will perform during Trinity’s 9 a.m. worship service and again during First Christian Church’s 10:45 a.m. worship service.

This children’s community choir consists of second- through fifth-graders who have fun learning about music, acting and performing, as well as enjoying games, snacks and crafts.

Trinity also has a Southern gospel choir that meets one Wednesday a month and sings one Sunday a month during the worship service. This month, the choir sings at the Sunday, May 14, worship service. New singers are always welcome!

Trinity United Methodist Church is currently meeting at 1401 W. New York Ave. in DeLand. To learn more about the Music Makers or the Southern gospel choir, contact Music Director Conya Hartman at 386-734-4425, or visit

Spring Basket Social in Lake Helen

Saturday, May 13, will find the Spring Basket Social taking place in the Parish House of First Congregational United Church of Christ of Lake Helen, at 107 N. Euclid Ave. Doors will open at noon to purchase tickets, view the baskets, and put tickets in the containers for the baskets you would like to win.

Drawing for the baskets and door prizes will begin at 1 p.m. Ticket sheets cost $20 for 25 basket chances, a door prize chance and refreshments. You, or someone representing you, must be present to win. Call 386-218-5976.

‘Set Free’

On Sunday, May 14, the Rev. Michael Bodger will teach listeners both present at First Presbyterian Church of DeLand and joining services online, streaming and recorded, about the biblical reading in Acts 17:22-31. The sermon “Set Free” will center on the substance of Paul’s talk with Athenians about the Living God, who stands unlike all the “gods” they worship. Athenians even worship at an altar inscribed “an unknown god.” Talk about the people of Athens “covering all their bases!”

Paul asserts that the Living God cannot be contained in any image; God needs nothing from humanity because God created all! Moreover, God sets us free!

Paul teaches that the Living God does require us to acknowledge our need for God — repentance, as well as our searching constantly for God in the midst of life.

In fact, we know this because God has given us proof in Jesus Christ, whom He has raised from the dead!

First Pres, guided by its vision to reach up, in and out to the world at large, continues its work in several ways these next weeks. First, Boy Scout Troop 550 presents its Take-Out Pasta Dinner Fundraiser 5-7 p.m. this Friday, May 12. Ticket holders will pick up their boxed dinners in the parking lot loop behind the Ministries Building. You’re encouraged to support this hardworking group by purchasing an easy Friday-night meal.

Another God’s Bathhouse returns at 9 a.m. this Saturday, May 13, to help those in need of showers, hygiene kits, towels and fresh clothing items. This session will remain available until about 11 a.m. and will open again on Saturday, May 27.

The quite-alive First Presbyterian DeLand Women’s Group continues its regular monthly circle meetings with Bible studies and mission plans, while also enthusiastically planning for its annual Least Coin Dedication and Officer Installation Saturday, May 20, in the fellowship hall. This brunch will welcome Janet Foley, new moderator of the Central Florida Presbyterian Women, as speaker to update attendees on area present and future ideas. With RSVPs to Karen Murin by Friday, May 19, this event welcomes all church women to attend. Brunch tickets cost $5 at the door.

Other events include Bible studies on diverse subjects, as well as groups for support during healing and difficult times.

How to be healthy after a pandemic

The congregation of Mosaic Unitarian Universalist meets online at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The May 14 service is titled “Why Aren’t ‘They’ Telling Us How to Be Healthy After a Pandemic.” Debra Pardee will introduce new ways to be healthy and will remind everyone of what we know regarding health in this different world.

When we are healthy, we can do more for each other and our community. There will be easy tips you can share with family and friends and in outreach programs. Foods, supplements, herbals, homeopathic, movement, thought patterns and alternative methods of health humor can all be a part of getting healthy, being healthy and staying healthy. The congregation says, “Join us in making this planet and its living beings healthier and happier.”

Worshippers arrive at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. Feel free to drop in! Everyone is welcome!

For information on Mosaic, visit the website at For instructions on how to join the virtual service, email to

1st Christian Church activities

The Rev. Carlos Perez of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand is beginning a series on “Witnesses.” On Sunday, May 14, at 10:45 a.m., his topic will be “You Know All Things,” from John 21:15-19.

Peter is given redemption and commission as the witness for Jesus in building the church. For the third time, when Jesus asks, “Do you love me?” Peter responds, “Lord, you know all things, you know that I love you.” Then the further challenge is given to Peter; come to hear it.

The 10:45 a.m. worship service always includes welcoming words by Kathy Porr, inspirational music led by Donna Mozley as song leader, Barbara Polomsky delivering music from the piano or organ, and Brenda Velazquez-Morales organizing the prayers from the elders for Communion, open to all.

The abbreviated worship service “Coffee With God” is led by Dr. Janet Raney at 8:15 a.m. Sundays in the kitchen foyer.

Other church activities include a prayer group Mondays at 3:30 p.m. in the church library; and Men’s Breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Big Rig 2. To make reservations for the breakfast, call 386-734-6078.

Bingo played in the fellowship hall, with Essie Miller as the caller, is at 7 p.m. Friday, May 12 and 26, benefiting, after expenses, the Temple Learning Center Summer Camp, directed by Voloria Manning.

Rick de Yampert to speak at 1st Unitarian Universalist

First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand welcomes the return of Rick de Yampert Sunday, May 14, to present “Gaia, the Great Earth Mother Goddess and Other Divine Moms.” De Yampert, a freelance writer and musician, and pagan since the 1990s, was a newspaper journalist and rock/pop/hip-hop writer.

Though astrophysicists say the universe began with the Big Bang, many ancient religions and spiritual paths say the universe was created by the Big Birth — that is, a goddess brought the cosmos into being by giving it birth.

In celebration of Mother’s Day, you’re encouraged to learn about some of the world’s many Mother Goddess traditions.

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

Services are in person as well as Zoomed. The Zoom will begin at 10:30 a.m. as well, and those individuals are encouraged to come early. The Zoom Sunday-service ID is the same every week: Contact the church for help in getting connected at before Sunday’s worship time.

First Church DeLand to celebrate moms

Elder M. Russell Ballard wrote, “There is no role in life that is more essential than that of motherhood.”

First Church DeLand will be celebrating, this Sunday, May 14, moms and those who have been surrogate moms to those in their lives. Writer Susan Gale wrote, “Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they are still holding the family together.”

First Church DeLand recognizes the value and significance of the role that moms play in our life, and wants to let them know how much we appreciate them for all the things both great and small that they do.

“Motherhood is the exquisite inconvenience of being another person’s everything.” – Unknown

This Sunday, mothers will be recognized in all three services. There will be a special guest speaker to emphasize just how important mothers are to us.

According to author Khalil Gibran, “Mother is the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.” First Church agrees wholeheartedly with this sentiment and wants to make all the mothers feel appreciated and special.

Traditional in-person worship is at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. A contemporary service is at 9:30 a.m. in the Life Enrichment Center.

Services are also streamed live on Facebook on the First Church DeLand page. They can also be accessed through the website at


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