Spiritual side: Benefit dinner with entertainment on May 21

A PRAYER FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING — Reverend Christopher Hoffmann of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Deltona leads a prayer group near the fountain in front of the Volusia County Administration Building in DeLand on May 3. Members of FAITH (Fighting Against Injustice towards harmony). The group is praying for Volusia County Council to establish a countywide housing trust fund that will address the lack of affordable rental housing for working families and the elderly. The group also attended the Volusia County Council meeting that day. FAITH was founded in 2000 by a group of clergy from various congregations across the county to address community issues. TAG PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

American Legion Post 259 hosts a Benefit dinner “Praise be to God” at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. Entertainment will be provided by The ladies of the south. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Profits will benefit Operation Vet Relief. The position is at 470 Summerhaven Drive in DeBary.

Clearance Sale at Greater Faith AME Church

AME Church of the Greater Faith in Deltona hosts a clearance sale clothing, tools, household items, collectibles and more starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 28. The church is at 800 Deltona Blvd.

Garage sale for the benefit of Ukraine

Faith Lutheran Church in DeLand has a Garage sale 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 4, for the benefit of Ukraine. Hot dogs, pastries, drinks and other refreshments will be served. Donations will be gladly accepted.

The church asks that the public help by donating items, which can include jewelry, plants, linens, toys, tools, small furniture, knick-knacks, and just about anything in good condition.

Donated items can be delivered to the church on Sunday morning after the 9:30 a.m. church service, or during the week on Wednesday or Friday, as long as the church office is called first at 386-734-2791 , or you can call Deborah at 386-848-3631.

As of 11:30 a.m. on June 4, all unsold items will be 50% off.

Every nickel collected will provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine through Lutheran World Reliefa branch of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Faith Lutheran Church is located at 509 E. Pennsylvania Ave. at DeLand.

We need an encounter with Jesus

“Despair is the raw material for radical change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. —William S. Burroughs

The most distressing situation a person can find themselves in is when they feel totally hopeless and feel they have absolutely no control. Unfortunately, for many people, this is a reality they have experienced or are experiencing.

Members and friends of DeLand First United Methodist Church believe that God is the true source of hope and help for anyone who finds themselves in this type of situation.

This week, in the “Encounter: Jesus Makes All Things New” sermon series, the sermon is “The Possessed Man.” He was a person running wild and naked through a cemetery with no hope until he met Jesus.

Many of us need such an encounter to help us overcome our daily struggles in life. If you want to learn more about meeting God through Jesus, join the folks at First United Methodist this Sunday as the church explores this topic.

This year the church will have Vacation Bible School 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday to Friday, June 20 to 24. The theme is “Monumental – Celebrating the Greatness of God”.

Contact the church office for registration information at 386-734-5113.

The environment: what must a Unitarian Universalist do?

To First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLandone of the church committees is the Green team. The Green Team is responsible for informing the congregation and participating in anything that makes the environment go “green” or does not exhaust all of our resources.

At 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, the team will present a program on environmental justice. The active group acts on behalf of the world in which we live and which we hope to have for our future. Cathy Lowenstein will present information on actions we can take now and how we can be part of the Green Sanctuary movement.

Masks are discretionary at this time.

Zoom meetings for a repeat of last week’s program will also take place at 10:30 a.m., with an invitation to join between 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. This Second Chance Sunday Service meeting is the same every week: 927 1881 9188 ID: https://zoom.us/i/92718819188.

Unitarian Universalists are an open-minded, free-thinking, and open-hearted spiritual community where all are welcome as everyone learns together. A discussion may be included after each presentation.

The church can be contacted via www.uudeland.org to find out more.

Activities of the 1st Christian Church

The Rev. Patreza Newtonthe first African-American woman ordained by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Florida, is the guest minister for the 10:45 a.m. worship service on Sunday, May 22 at DeLand’s First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Those who would like to hear it can connect to Facebook at First Christian Church – DeLand Disciples.

This dynamic minister will be assisted in worship by elders Nancy Jones and Eddie Wacherwho will administer Communion to all believers in Jesus Christ.

Christina Coulter will provide music for services on May 22 and 29, with Donna Mozley as song leader.

Julia Taylor is the host of the day, and Kathy Porr will welcome worshipers and visitors to the sanctuary, reminding everyone of the prayer meeting at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 23; flower arrangement at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24, with Essie Miller; a meeting young people at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, with Janet Raney; and bingo at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 27.

Everything takes place in the fellowship hall, except for the prayer meeting, which will take place in the church library.

Continuing through the month of May, the Women Disciples under the president Sue Brague collect household linen, stationery and hygiene products for beacon center, a domestic violence shelter in Daytona Beach. Materials can be left at the church office from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday or Sunday in the church narthex.

“The Resurrection of Intuition”

Unitarian Universalist Mosaic Congregation meets online at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The title of the May 22 service is “The Resurrection of Intuition.”

There are things we know that no one taught us, things we know but we don’t know how we know. There are things we trust for which we have no proof or assurance. There are things that our body knows that our conscious mind is not aware of.

On May 22, the Rev. Well collins explores the question “What if healthy spirituality included an intentional reconnection with this intuitive knowledge? »

Cult leader Judy Raymond will guide everyone through the service. Everyone is welcome.

For more information about Mosaic, see the website at mosaicuuc.org. To find out how to join the virtual service, send an email to [email protected]

Activities at DeLand’s First Presbyterian Church

Over the past two weeks, the congregation of DeLand’s First Presbyterian Church considered the fact that the Living God has sent us to proclaim in word and deed the good news of Jesus Christ, and that when we engage with others, we should do so in love.

This week, Pastor Michael Bodger will use the biblical text in the book of Acts 16:6-15 to help us consider where Jesus would have us go.

Paul knew where he was going! The province of Asia, then Bithynia, were the logical places, but the Spirit prevented him from entering there. The Spirit pushed him further west, until the land ran out and he and those with him had to get into a boat.

Are we willing to listen to the Spirit and be sent to places and peoples different from those we think are best?

The church invites everyone to attend a Fourth Wednesday BBQ 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday 25 May, in the pavilion behind the church. The barbecue will include hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and water. Bring a dish to share if you wish and enjoy the conviviality and the games.

Registration for the Vacation Bible School the “Monumental” program is available now! The school is open from 9 a.m. to noon from Monday, June 20 to Friday, June 24. Register online at www.fpcdeland.org. VBS welcomes children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grade.

A class to strengthen marriages is due to start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3. “The Art of Marriage: Getting to the Heart of God’s Purpose” will be taught by Katie and Ollie Rives. The cost is $25 per couple for the notebook. To register, email Katie at [email protected] or call 352-551-5850 by Wednesday, June 1. The course will run on six Fridays.

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