Spiritual side: chest or treats and other church events

HONOR AT 27 YEARS – Rev. James Wilson and Lady Carolyn Wilson are honored for 27 years of service at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in DeLeon Springs on October 16. Speaking at the event, Elder Anthony Gibson of God’s Unity Manna Ministries in DeLand and Pastor Dr. Lantz G. Mills of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Orlando. Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church is located at 410 Webb St. in DeLeon Springs. TAG PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN

Trunks of treats will feature decorated cars and their trunks from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, October 31 at DaySpring Community Church in DeLandand there will be free candy, hot dogs, fries and fun for everyone, including games for the kids to play.
The church is at 902 S. Spring Garden Ave. at DeLand.

Knights of Columbus sponsorship campaign to help those in need
Deltona Knights of Columbus Council 6584 sponsor a Collection of diapers/toiletries for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society 8am-2pm Sunday 6 Nov at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, 1310 Maximilian Street in Deltona. The landing stage will be in the parking lot of the church.
Items requested are diapers sizes 3-6, baby wipes, baby soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, baby shampoo, laundry detergent and toilet paper. Cash donations will also be appreciated. Make checks payable to Knights of Columbus Council #6584.

“Adam and the Fallen Man”
First Church of Christ, Scientistat 111 E. New York Ave. in downtown DeLand, welcomes members, friends and visitors to attend the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, October 30, the subject of which is “Adam and Fallen Man,” based on Luke 9:25, “For what is the advantage of a man, if he gains the whole world, and gets lost, or is rejected?
Testimony meetings are held at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Everyone is welcome.
The Christian Science Reading Room, where the church sells literature, is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the same location.
For more information, call 386-734-6547.

UCC 1st Congregation of Orange City welcomes Dr. Timothy Peters
First United Congregational Church of Christ of Orange City welcomes Dr. Timothy Peters at the service on Sunday, October 30.
Peters is director of choral activities at Stetson University. The university choir will join the worship with a music ensemble.
You are encouraged to bring your family, friends and neighbors. A light lunch will follow the service. Everyone is welcome!
Visit the church’s website at https://www.orangecityucc.org.

Reformation Day Service October 30 at Providence Lutheran Church
Providence Lutheran Church, at 1696 Providence Blvd. in Deltona, will have a Reformation Day service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 30.

Activities at the 1st Christian Church
The reverend dr. Fernando Morales will be the guest minister at DeLand’s First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for worship at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, October 30. Kathy Porr will greet everyone enthusiastically at the start of the service.
Organist/pianist Barbara Polomsky and conductor Donna Mozley offer music for the service, and Reverend Morales and Dr. Janet Raney will offer Communion to all participants.
Nancy Jones and Sue Brague greet all during fellowship time at 10:30 a.m.
The Rev. Carlos Perez begins his service with First Christian as senior pastor on Tuesday, November 1 and will be in the pulpit on Sunday, November 6.
Bingo will be played at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 28 in the Community Hall. Proceeds after expenses will go to Journey’s End Animal Sanctuary.
Trinity United Methodist Church and First Christian invite all children to attend the Trunk or treat event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 31, in the south parking lot, with guest car parking in the north parking lot.
Dr. Janet Raney and Sue Brague invite all high school and college students to participate in a youth group, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the hospitality room outside the kitchen.
For more information about the church, call 386-734-0677.

“The Battle of Our Minds”
Tis the season to be busy: fa la la la la la la la la. The countdown to Christmas has already begun, and in the meantime, we still have Thanksgiving plans to make. Sometimes it seems like we’re so busy that we don’t have time to stop and think.
This week at DeLand First United Methodist Churchthe “Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table” series of sermons will continue, with the topic for Sunday, October 30 being “The Battle of Our Mind.”
Noam Shpancer wrote, “Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you go.
When it comes to spiritual sanity, people often have to look beyond themselves.
Aristotle wrote, “It is during our darkest moments that we must concentrate to see the light.”
Jesus is the light that brings enlightenment and peace to troubled minds.
At First United Methodist, traditional in-person worship is held at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, and contemporary in-person worship is held at 9:30 a.m. in the Family Life Center. All three services are streamed live on Facebook on the First Church DeLand page, or they can be accessed via the website at Firstchurchdeland.org.
The church also offers small group Bible studies at different times of the week: young adults meet on Sunday evenings; youth groups meet at different times of the week; and there is a men’s Bible study on Saturday mornings.
To connect with a small group of fellowship and sharing, call 386-734-5113.

“Feed the Hungry Ghosts”
Unitarian Universalist Mosaic Congregation, although it does not meet in person, meets online at 11 a.m. every Sunday. The October 30 service is titled “Feeding the Hungry Ghosts.”
The congregation says, “It’s Halloween, and the ghosts of our ancestors roam the Earth. Sensei Morris Doshin Sullivan will share with us a Buddhist ceremony, Feeding the Hungry Ghosts, which is said to help even the most desperate of spirits move towards spiritual peace.
Cult leader Judy Raymond will guide everyone through the service. All
are welcome!
For more information about Mosaic, visit the website at https://mosaicuuc.org. To find out how to join the virtual service, send an email to [email protected]

1st Unitarian Universalist to learn about the option of a green burial
First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand welcome Carlos Gonzalez at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 30, service. Gonzalez is the executive director of Prairie Creek Conservation Cemetery, a nonprofit community cemetery based in Gainesville. He will provide an in-depth exploration of the wonderful option of a green burial, discuss the environmental impact of different funeral services, and why green burial has the least harmful impact on our precious planet. It is never too late to contemplate and plan for what is inevitable for all of us, our death. Making plans now allows us to spend time with our loved ones with less worry during the precious hours at the end of our lives. In-person attendees are encouraged to arrive at 10:15 a.m. for greetings before the service begins.
Masks are optional but encouraged at this time. The services are broadcast live on Zoom and all are invited.
Go to https://zoom.us/i/92718819188. Contact the church for help logging into www.uudeland.org.
Unitarian Universalists are an open-minded, free-thinking, and open-hearted spiritual community where all are welcome to learn together. Time permitting, a discussion may be included after each presentation. Fortunately, everyone will meet after the service for a social hour to share coffee, tea and conversation.
Regular group meetings include discussion groups, a book club, a group of men, and conversation groupswho continue on Zoom and in person.
Special educational programs for children are available at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. For more information on groups, attendance and church activities, visit www.uudeland.org.

The loss
On Sunday, October 30, DeLand’s First Presbyterian Church recognize two important historical milestones in the history of the church. At the three services, First Pres will recognize Reformation Sundaywhen Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation in Germany in 1517.
Ahead of the 11 a.m. service, the church will celebrate American tradition Kirkin’ o’ the tartan to honor Presbyterian roots in Scotland in the 1700s.
Scottish clansmen who had been subjugated under English Catholic rule protested in secret due to the death threat by hiding a small sample of their family’s tartan to receive the church blessing, the kirk, during services .
The First Pres will enjoy a gala procession with special Scottish dress, music, bagpipes and banners. The choir of the choir will extend the event with special Scottish-flavoured music, in particular with “A Scottish Blessing” by David Blackwell as the anthem. Pastor Michael BodgerThe sermon on Sunday, October 30 will be called “The Lost” and will feature the story of Zacchaeus, the tax collector, as told in Luke 19:1-10. Jesus’ followers were appalled that Jesus had greeted the hated tax collector from the top of a tree saying, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I have to stay with you today. Christ replied to the demonstrators: “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham. The First Presbyterian says, “Consider the ‘lost’ in our society today. They might be standing closer than you think. Figuratively speaking, they could climb a tree in full view! Do we see them and welcome them? Jesus said, “I have come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).
Operation Christmas Child Reminds everyone who contributes shoebox gifts that the deadline for these gifts is Sunday, November 13.
Boxes with instructions on how to contribute to this mission for children around the world are waiting for you at First Pres. Visit samaritanspurse.org.
Scout Troop 440 will have a car wash near the pavilion all day Saturday, October 29. Next Sunday, November 6, First Pres invites the community to join in the celebration of Toussaint. This service recognizes church members and friends who have passed away in the past year. Many churches celebrate this day with the ringing of bells and prayer. The church encourages everyone to check out The Beacon’s Directory of Religions for more details on First Presbyterian DeLand and to “join the journey!”

Jerry B. Hatch