Spiritual side: the 1st Christian Church welcomes a guest minister on July 24


The reverend dr. Fernando Morales is the guest minister of DeLand’s First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 24, service. Reverend Morales and Olga Palm Tree administer communion to all believers as part of the service.

Nancy Jones and Sue Brague greet guests and members with coffee and pastries before the service.

Mark Bose provide music for the worship service, and Kathy Porr will provide greetings and announcements.

bingo is at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 22, with all welcome in the Fellowship Hall.

The Women Disciples continue cleaning at 1 p.m. on Mondays. At 3:30 p.m., a few women will gather for prayer in the library.

Arianna Duton and Shayla Kopsa screen films in the scholarship room at 2 p.m. every Wednesday until the start of the school year. Call the church office at 386-734-0677 for reservations.

“Not a Twinkie God”

It has been said, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Members and friends of DeLand First United Methodist Church also believe that “man cannot live by bread alone”. He must also have access to the words of God’s truths. This week in “The Land Between” sermon series, the topic will be “Not a Twinkie God.”

Andy Rooney asked this sobering question: “Would a real man get caught eating a Twinkie?” Twinkies aren’t known to have any nutritional value or dietary merits, but they are a gourmet indulgence that many like to share on rare occasions.

When we turn to God’s provision for our physical and spiritual nourishment, we can rely on Him to give us what we need to bring balance and good health to our mind, body, and soul. We encourage you to consider attending First United Methodist on Sunday, July 24 for one of the services, as everyone is interested in this topic.

Traditional in-person worship services are held at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, and contemporary in-person worship is held at 9:30 a.m. at 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.

Contact the office for more information at 386-734-5113.

First Pres Activities

Sunday, July 24, Pastor Michael Bodger of DeLand’s First Presbyterian Church will engage listeners in the meaningful scripture of Luke 11:1-13. The theme of the sermon will state “…How much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

A disciple asks Jesus: “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples. Jesus provides the fundamental prayer for all generations, beginning with “Our Father, hallowed be thy name…”. Although Bible translations vary in verbiage, this thoughtful prayer has remained an essence of the Christian prayer life. Jesus then assures the disciple that “for everyone who asks receives; he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Pastor Bodger will share this message with those attending in person at the 8 a.m., 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. services. You can also view it live or, later, by recording.

God’s bathhouse will begin at 9 a.m. this Saturday, July 23, near the church pavilion. People will receive clean clothes, hygiene kits, a shower and communion for two hours. Anyone in need of this help is welcome.

On Wednesday July 27, First Pres will hold its “Culinary Talk” in the pavilion. Friends and neighbors are invited to join the members for a casual meal of hot dogs, burgers and toppings, accompanied by water and conversation. Anyone present can bring a dish to share with others, but should plan to bring leftovers and serving dishes. This fellowship time begins at 5:30 p.m.

Important upcoming events include the start in late August of the two-year program Bethel Bible Study; and the planning of Presbyterian women of a new women’s bible study, Strength will increase10 a.m. to noon on Mondays starting August 22.


You are encouraged to travel the desert online with Unitarian Universalist Mosaic Congregation this summer for the 2022 Summer Sharing Series based on Jan Phillips’ ‘Inner Journey’ Exploration Visionary thinking Series.

This Summer, Mosaic UU Explores the Integration of Mind, Body, and Spirit

These services are designed to allow participants to share their thoughts if they wish. Sharing is always voluntary; active listening is also welcome.

This Sunday, July 24, Mosaic’s roundtable-style service will continue, with host Helen Scott leading everyone through a discussion of grace. Grace is the outward manifestation of harmony and peace of soul.

The reflection question for this Sunday will be: How do you maintain your inner harmony and peace so that your life is filled with grace? 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]


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