NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Visiting Cuban Pastor Humberto Berillo will be the featured speaker as the United Church of Christ in New Smyrna Beach continues its Community Forum Series with an inside look at how Christianity is practiced in the communist country.
Jamil Khader of Stetson University will speak on 'Islam in America' at United Church of Christ in New Smyrna Beach
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Jamil Khader will speak on the "Profile of Islam in America," touching on such subjects such as the view of Jesus in Islam, mistrust of Islam in Western nations, and possible avenues to dialogue between Christians and Muslims. Admission is free.
The 90-minute event will be held in the Community Hall of the United Church of Christ. An audience question and answer period will follow his talk. Khader teaches in the English Department at Stetson and chairs the Gender Studies Program. A Palestinian Arab from Israel, Khader completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English Literature at Haifa University, Israel, and his doctorate on a Fulbright scholarship at Penn State University.
The Stetson professor said that in his youth he was always fascinated by the Quran’s telling of the story of Jesus, or Issa as he is referred to in Arabic. He calls it his “favorite story,” describing it as “full of poetry, wonder, and magic.” Given the elevated place Jesus occupies in Islam, Khader said he came to the US expecting a reverence he did not find toward his own faith, and the Prophet Mohammad.
PORT ORANGE -- The Port Orange Family Days Community Trust uses proceeds from its Family Days, Spring Fair and other events to support a variety of quality-of-life activities in the Port Orange Area.
ORMOND BEACH -- The Christian Healing Center is pleased to be hosting, "How to be led by the Spirit of God" on Nov. 22, at the Christian Healing Center.
Kleyn Russell will explain how the Holy Spirit drives us closer to Jesus in the 6:30 p.m. Friday program.
Jesus promised: He (the Father) will give you another Comforter. The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world is not able to accept, because it does not see and does not know Him, you know Him, because He remains beside you and will be inside you. John 14: 15-17.
Macedonia church minister's Sunday visit part of 113th anniversary celebration
"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." -- Matthew 16:18
DAYTONA BEACH -- The Rev. Willie C. Barnes of Eatonville will be the featured speaker for the 11 a.m. Sunday service commemmorating the 113th anniversary of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
Greater Friendship is located at 539 George W Engram Blvd. Barnes is the pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Eatonville. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering.
PALM COAST -- The First Church of Palm Coast is pleased to be hosting a free parenting seminar from 10 a.m to noon Saturday, Sept. 14.
Seminole State College campuses in Sanford/Lake Mary, Oviedo, Altamonte Springs & Heathrow now tobacco free
SANFORD -- There will be no more lighting up anywhere on the campuses of Seminole State College. The ban went into effect with the the start of fall semester classes on Monday and includes all forms of tobacco, including chewing.
The designated smoking areas at Seminole State College of Florida have come down with the new tobacco-free policy in place. The College’s District Board of Trustees voted unanimously April 15 to ban tobacco use on all campuses beginning with the start of the 2013 fall term.
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Meet Fulton Williams, the elected chair of the Bert Fish Medical Center Foundation, Inc.
"The Foundation provides philanthropic support for Bert Fish Medical Center by generating ongoing resources dedicated to improving the health of the community we serve," Bert Fish Medical Center spokesman Craig Bair said.
Daytona Beach -- The Rev. L. Ronald Durham, one of the nation's most recognized pastors and authors, has been elected president of the Daytona Beach Black Clergy Alliance.
The DBBCA is an alliance of pastors across denominational and cultural lines from the greater Daytona Beach area.
DAYTONA BEACH -- The Council on Aging of Volusia County continues its dementia caregiver support groups 9 a.m. on certain days in April at select locations. Here are the dates and locales: