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Note: Picture does not depict Lake Helen Methodist Church's pumpkin patch

Lake Helen Methodist Church, at 111 W. Delaware Ave., is opening up its holiday Pumpkin Patch 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30. This is a great place to buy your holiday pumpkins.

The Pumpkin Patch will remain open 3:30-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, through Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Call 386-228-2345.

Worthy of the Gospel

In the text of his letter to the Philippians (1:21-30), the Apostle Paul muses about whether he would prefer to be with Christ or recognize that he has further work to do with the Philippians.

On Sunday, Sept. 24, Pastor Michael Bodger of First Presbyterian Church of DeLand will give a sermon titled “Worthy of the Gospel.” Turning from personal gain, Paul stays with the followers in Philippi as they grow in their faith, and tells them, “Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” (v.27)

Pastor Bodger will then challenge us listeners with “Where do we stand? Are we of the Gospel?”

On Saturday, Sept. 23, God’s Bathhouse will be 9-11 a.m. in the courtyard near the Mission Room. Clients will receive fellowship, manna bags, fresh towels and clothing. Volunteers will assist those who come!

The “Learning to Do Justice” class began meeting at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. This new study, “The Color of Compromise,” will guide members in thinking through concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church. Bring your ideas, opinions and questions, as you can still join the group!

Don’t forget that on Sunday, Sept. 24, First Pres has its combined worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by the monthly Potluck Lunch. It is not necessary to supply a side dish to attend. The church kitchen will serve an entree of chicken and rice.

Kraving Kona Fundraiser

On Saturday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church is having a Kraving Kona Fundraiser. This is a fun, cool event that will include the Kona Ice Truck and bounce houses. The proceeds will go toward the youth program.

Prices and sizes are $3 kiddie; $4 regular; $5 king size.

The church is at 1401 W. New York Ave. in DeLand. Call 386-734-4425.

Revival weekend at DeLand Church of the Nazarene

DeLand Church of the Nazarene, at 913 E. New York Ave., is hosting the “Harvest Workers Revival Weekend” Friday-Sunday, Sept. 22-24.

The revival starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. There will be three special speakers.

Call to register at 386-734-8281, or visit All are welcome.

Yard Sale at St. Jude’s Episcopal

St. Jude’s Episcopal Church in Orange City is having a Yard Sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23. There are many items to choose from. Proceeds will benefit the church’s ministries and outreach.

St. Jude’s is at 815 E. Graves Ave. in Orange City.

‘An American Journey’ concert

Emmaus Lutheran Church in Orange City is presenting “An American Journey” as part of its Emmaus Concert Series at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. The concert will feature the music of American composers, such as George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Henry Mancini, Cole Porter, Scott Joplin and more.

Musicians Tom Macklin, Joni Hanze, Lisa Ferrigno, Melissa Swedberg and Adriana Stenvik will bring this music to life.

No tickets are required for the concert. A freewill offering will be collected.

The church is at 2500 S. Volusia Ave. in Orange City.


The Mosaic Unitarian Universalist congregation meets online at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The Sept. 24 service is titled “Mabon.”

Join Minister Teresa Leary as she shares her exploration of the mythology and history of the deity Mabon, as well as a few of the reasons and ways modern pagans celebrate the harvest Sabbat.

Everyone is welcome!

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

‘Is Vaping a Safe Alternative to Cigarettes?’

Tobacco Free Volusia, in partnership with the DeLand Seventh-day Adventist Church, is hosting a workshop on all forms of smoking 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center, 815 S. Alabama Ave. in DeLand.

Attendees will learn about the dangers of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and vaping products, and can sign up for free tools and services to help quit smoking.

There will be a display table with free literature, and breakout sessions for adults and youth, as well as a “Hidden in Sight” booth for parents.

The free event will also include refreshments.

Call 386-736-8833 or email for more information.

‘Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage’

Just a reminder that Glenwood Presbyterian Church, at 3190 Grand Ave. in DeLand, is hosting a hilarious and informative series that will help improve your relationship, while having fun doing it! “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage” will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, and continue on Wednesdays, Oct. 4, 11 and 18.

Come for one session or all four. Refreshments will be served, and child care is available. The series is free.

Chancel Choir Fall Concert

First Presbyterian Church of DeLand, 724 N. Woodland Blvd., invites the public to its Chancel Choir Fall Concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. The concert will feature the Schubert Mass in G Major. There is no charge to attend.

Call 386-734-6212.

Tomb of St. Peter and other incredible discoveries

On Sunday, Sept. 24, Bill Lazarus returns to First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand to share his views on many incredible discoveries and why the discoveries don’t support religious teachings. These include the Tomb of St. Peter, the Dead Sea Scrolls, archaeological digs in such cities as Jericho, and more.

A lot of people, especially those who are strong believers in any faith, are constantly looking for evidence that will back their beliefs. Lazarus plans to explain why he thinks that this is a fruitless idea and one guaranteed only to disappoint.

Lazarus authors the popular blog “Religion and Religious History in Today’s World.”

To join the Zoomed service, go to Contact the church for help in getting connected at

The spiritual assistance available to us all

Sometimes we need assistance during a recovery. We cannot conquer everything on our own. “For I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me,” Philippians 4:13

Pastor Mark Bitner continues the series “Ever Wonder Why?” at First Church DeLand. The sermon title this Sunday, Sept. 24, is “Recovery.” Come and learn about the spiritual assistance available to all of us.

The weekly Bible study meets at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in the Life Enrichment Center.

The popular Pumpkin Patch returns Sunday, Oct. 1. This is the very best place to buy your pumpkin! Proceeds go toward youth activities.

Save the date for the Harvest Festival 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. There will be family fun, games and prizes!

First Church DeLand offices are open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 386- 734-5113 for information.


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