Cuban Pastor Humberto Berillo to visit New Smyrna Beach / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Preaching Christianity in Communist Cuba is the topic of a 9 a.m., Saturday, July 6 talk by native Pastor Humberto Berillo, shown here, when he visits United Church of Christ in New Smyrna Beach.

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.


Stetson University Professor Jamil Khader / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Jamil Khader of Stetson University will be the featured speaker Saturday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. as the United Church of Christ in New Smyrna Beach concludes its Community Forum Series for 2012-2013.

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 Family Days Food PantryPhoto for Headline Surfer / Port Orange Walmart executive Lil Berard, shown at left, a Family Days Community Trust board member, works with volunteer Dave McCall in unloading food to the shelves of Port Orange Pantry in last year’s delivery. The need for helping family's is even greater this year.

PO Family DaysPORT 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.


Christian Healing Center in Ormond Beach / Headline Surfer®Photo for Headline Surfer® / The Christian Healing Center, 1028 North US Hwy 1 in Ormond Beach, is open 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

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.


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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

Rev. Willie Barnes of Macedonia Baptist Church in Eatonville / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer® / Greater Friendship Baptist Church is celebrating its 1113th sanniversary with a Sunday visit from The Rev. Willuie Barnes, as shown here, and pastor of the Macedonia Baptist Church of Eatonville.

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.


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Pa,mela Jackson Smith / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Pamela Jackson Smith, a parenting specialist with the Flagler County schools, shown here, is among several speakers at an upcoming parenting seminar.

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.


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Seminole State College in Sanford/Lake Mary tobacco free / Headline SurferPhoto for Headline Surfer / Tobacco products -- smoking and chewing are now banned on the campuses of Seminole State College with signs like this erected as a reminder.

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.


Fulton Williams, chairman, Bert Fish Medical Center Foundation / Headline SurferNEW 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.


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Daytona Beach, Fla. -- 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.



Council on Aging of Volusia County in Daytona Beach / Headline SurferThe Council on Aging of Volusisa County is located at 160 N. Beach St. No. 100, as shown in this locator map.

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: