MUSIC MAKERS — Members of the Music Makers summer camp of Trinity United Methodist Church in DeLand practice for their upcoming performances of Stomp & Praise. The camp took place July 17-21. The program is billed as fun, loud and exciting, and is directed by the church’s Music Director Conya Hartman. BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Trinity UMC planning pilgrimage to the Mediterranean

In September 2024, members of Trinity United Methodist Church of DeLand will retrace the journeys of Paul on an exciting pilgrimage aboard Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas! Ports of call include Mykonos, Athens, Corinth, Ephesus, Santorini and Chania, with an optional three-day extension into Rome.

Flights leave from Orlando International Airport.

This is not limited to Trinity members only. If you have questions about the pilgrimage, reach out to Pastor Todd by calling the church office at 386-734-4425.


The congregation of Mosaic Unitarian Universalist meets online at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The Aug. 6 service is titled “Change.”

John Maxwell wrote that “change is inevitable; growth is optional.”

Indeed, change is an inevitability that we each face during our lives. When we demonstrate new behaviors, growth is possible.

These Mosaic 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.

Judy Raymond will facilitate the service. Everyone is welcome!

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

Grace, all-inclusive

At First Presbyterian Church of DeLand, in keeping with the theme of a seven-part sermon series titled “Broken? There’s Good News!,” the teaching Sunday, Aug. 6, will declare the news that God offers “All-Inclusive Grace!”

Pastor Michael Bodger will base his lesson on Romans 9:1-5, Scripture that relates Paul’s writings to the new church in Rome, saying “I speak the truth in Christ — I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit.” Good news to the broken indeed!

For more information on First Pres, take a look at the Religion Directory for details of the schedule and activities of the church family. First Pres reaches out to all in the community and welcomes you to visit, in person or virtually!

Music, in both praise and more traditional forms, provides a significant aspect of church worship. The Praise Band rehearses on Wednesday evenings and is seeking to expand its group; leader Joe DeGaetano would enjoy hearing from interested musicians.

After a short summer hiatus, the Chancel Choir resumes rehearsals at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17. Contact Jean Christeson, director of music ministry, to respond to her welcome to new singers.

Next Saturday, Aug. 12, God’s Bathhouse and its mission to local homeless people opens at 9 a.m. for two hours in the courtyard near the Mission Room. Volunteers will provide showers, hygiene kits, fresh clothing, towels and manna-bags. A second Bathhouse will return Saturday, Aug. 26, same time and place.

Announcing a big change in Cookout Conversations! This monthly informal picnic event is moving to second Wednesdays, affording participants an improved and varied chance to meet a wider range of church members and visitors. With hot dogs, hamburgers and the fixings supplied by the church kitchen and sides voluntarily brought by attendees, this picnic welcomes the community. On Wednesday, Aug. 9, Cookout Conversations take place at 5:30 p.m. in fellowship hall due to the hot weather. First Pres reaches out to all in The Beacon community to become acquainted with First Pres and First Pres with you!

The church reminds members that August brings congregational gatherings that are significant to the sustaining growth of the church. Check the church calendar, and select one of the three offered times. First Pres needs to hear your voice! First Presbyterian Church of DeLand is reaching out to meet you!

First Church DeLand youth to speak Aug. 6

First Church DeLand is hosting Youth Sunday on Aug. 6, and the community is invited. There will be presentations by the youth that are sure to delight everyone!

First Church’s youth have been busy this summer, first going to Tennessee on a mission project, where they learned about discipleship. After returning home, the youth helped lead activities at Vacation Bible School. They also attended Passion Camp in Daytona Beach, and have had fun activities, such as bowling and movie nights.

Up next is a local mission trip, where the youth will work in DeLand on projects and provide relational ministry. Come support First Church’s youth as they share their experiences.

The church’s traditional worship services are at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. The contemporary service is at 9:30 a.m. in the Life Enrichment Center. For those unable to attend in person, the services are streamed live on Facebook on the First Church DeLand page or accessed through the website at

For additional information, call the office at 386- 734-5113.

Deborah McShane to speak about Cassadaga

On Sunday, Aug. 6, at 10:30 a.m., at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand, Deborah McShane, a member of the church and local history enthusiast, will explore “Cassadaga: History & Spiritualism Right Next Door.”

McShane will examine the Spiritualists’ nondogmatic belief system and their practices of mediumship to interpret and communicate information provided through contact with the spirit world.

1st Christian Church activities

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of DeLand invites the public to watch the 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, service live on the church’s Facebook page. It can be watched later by clicking on the “video” tab or looking at the news feed.

John Parrish, the Rev. Carlos Perez and Dorothy Ashton are developing a new website; look for that soon.

All are welcomed to attend the regular worship service that includes music with Barbara Polomsky and Donna Mozley; Scripture read by an elder each week; Pastor Perez’s message; and Communion open to all, organized by Elder Brenda Velazquez-Morales.

Prayers are part of the service and are followed up at 3:30 p.m. Mondays in the church library.

Bingo takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, in the fellowship hall.

The Disciple Men’s breakfast is at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Big Rig 2. Call 386- 734-6078 for reservations.

Temple Learning Center Summer Camp, directed by Voloria Manning with many assistants, after 10 weeks comes to an end Friday, Aug. 11. First Christian and Manning are appreciative of the enriching activities provided by the community, including the Music Makers Camp with Conya Hartman and many Trinity United Methodist Church volunteers; Marge Jones’ art classes; Dr. Rowena Waters’ Young Authors; Elliana Dix and Ella Shepherd, Spa Days; Patti Rausch’s Conflict Management; Mitzi Dykes’ Hula Dance; Rocky Good’s choir; Suze Peace’s Dream Catchers; the Good News Faith Program; the DeLand Regional Library; Central Florida Zoo for providing scholarships; Daytona Beach’s Hard Rock Cafe; and Volusia County’s Summer BreakSpot Food Program. Some of the activities were on-site at the church, and others were field trips.

Manning, with assistants Minister Shands, Glenda Gibbs and Pam Jackson, directed 40 children and youth for 10 weeks from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. In addition to the special enriching learning experiences, the children and youth went bowling, skating and swimming, and brought music to nursing homes.


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