“When I grow up I’m going to…”

What came to mind when you read that title? Did it bring a smile to your face? I have often laughed at my own vision of plotting the path of my life, of course in hind sight. I cannot help but think about God’s sense of humor at our antics. The older I get the more I think we take ourselves way too serious! “A cheerful disposition is good for your health,” Proverbs 17:22 reminds us.

Last week, June Sherin brought me a couple of scrapbooks of political cartoons from 1968 to present. It seems like every president and congress from 1968 till present have had the same challenges…they take issue with each other, they don’t like the press and they don’t laugh enough at themselves. Similarly, we, the people, complain a lot and take our leaders too seriously for our own health.

I think that we need to be given a spiritual time out every once in a while, just to ponder the joy of life. Like perhaps Jonah… “They took Jonah and threw him overboard. Immediately the sea was quieted down. The sailors were impressed, no longer terrified by the sea, but in awe of God. They worshiped God, offered a sacrifice, and made vows. Then God assigned a huge fish to swallow Jonah. Jonah was in the fish’s belly three days and nights.” (Jonah 1:15-17) We need more big fish in this world and we need a time out! God’s humor is hilarious. Can you just imagine God’s perspective when we are stubborn like Jonah? Bring on the great fish that didn’t get away.

Solomon reminded us in Ecclesiastes 3:4 that there “is a time to weep and a time to laugh.” Today is a time for laughter and I invite you to join me! Having just finished a wonderfully fun lunch with Lori, Lori and Conya, I’m hearing the rumble of dark clouds move in. It sounds like deep belly laughter. On any other day, it would have sounded scary, but today the clouds are rolling with belly laughter!

We can choose to enjoy the day and laugh with God or we can fuss and cry at the world falling apart around us. Which do you choose? If “the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that their day is coming” (Psalm 37:13), then why must we be so somber faced? Lighten up and listen to this story:

“The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, 'Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.' For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.” (Mark 37:30-31). I have heard a lot of good speakers and preachers, but never have I been so entertained that I forgot to eat! We know Jesus was a great teacher, but he must have also been fun to be with; so much fun that folks simply forgot to eat!

Speaking of Jesus, he starts his ministry making wine at a wedding, seems to be the invited guest at everyone’s dinner party, and at the very Last Supper, it is a banquet. He even follows up his own resurrection with a fish fry on the beach where he tells Peter to “feed his sheep.”

Finally, in my exploits of humor today, I rest on the joy of participating in the ministry of God’s church. Paul reminds us of God’s heart when he says in his second letter to the church in Corinth, “for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor 9:7) Are we cheerful in our giving and loving? I hope and pray we are, and I hope I have been able to not only bring you a short message of joy today, but also enticed you to bring the joy of Christ to one another. 

May you have a Jesus-filled day, full of joy and blessing.

Your humbled servant in Christ Jesus,

Pastor Dale
“Revival of Israel with Ezra and Nehemiah”
April 22-July 1 Series:

July 1 Ephesians 5:19-20 Singing a New Song

Bearing fruit in a changing world leads us to question everything except God. The world we knew changed powerfully in 1965 and again in this century. How do we adapt and prepare for the world of 2025 and beyond?

"Oh, Grow Up!"
July 8-September 16 Series:

My very good friend, singing Evangelist, Rev Tom Kraeuter, wrote Oh, Grow Up! The everyday miracle of becoming more like Jesus . His book of wit and wisdom is an inspiration for a hurting and often out of control world. Rules do not change the character of the human heart. Tom helps us to reflect the character of God. Oh, Grow Up leaves no doubt that, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”. (Philippians 1:6) Let me be clear: I don’t want to preach about the lack of “Christ-like behavior such as gentleness, kindness, truthfulness, and humility in the church". I want to preach on these subjects because I want to grow in Christ and improve my character. I invite you to join me in God’s sanctifying grace that has no bounds.

July 8 - James 1:19-27  Becoming more like Jesus

Becoming more like Jesus means we are less of our old selves and more of Christ within us. It means we become doers of the Word and not simply hearers without change. It means we have to grow up! (Eph 4:14-15)

July 15 - Matthew 7:21-23  What you do vs Who you are

If we have a job, the first thing new people want to know is, “What do you do for a living?” Why do you think that question and answer might be important to our Christian living as well? A great job does not indicate a great heart but the reverse can be true.
July 22 - Music Makers' perform "Herbie and the Good News Garden"
July 29 - Colossians 3:12-16 The Strength of Gentleness

How do we define gentle? The gospel of Matthew reminds us that Jesus is gentle and humble of heart. Jesus was humble and gentle in both word and action.
July Events

1 Troy Baumgartner
2 Samantha Lilly
2 Sharon Lyster
3 Mike Nicholson
5 Grace Bishop
5 Marshall Dubberly
5 Susan Moor
5 Maurica Sisk
5 Debby Williams
7 Joyce Bennett
7 Patty Comley
7 Troy Panda
11 Jan Mogk
12 Shirley Hall
13 Debbie Bennett
13 Ashley Dunne
14 Scott Mohr
14 Bob Thew
15 Lauren Robbins
16 Lori Hansard
17 Kayla Palmer
18 Sandra King
19 Linda O'Quinn
23 Judy Moss
23 Chelsey Solar
23 Tekla Thornton
24 Hannah Churms
24 Jan Shipman
26 Lex Ford
29 Barbara Bradley
29 Sion King
29 David Shipman
31 Carol Wert

03 Dale & Maurica Sisk
  • 60 yrs
21 John & Carol Dill
  • 28 yrs
27 Keith & Charlie Yocum
  • 5 yrs

If your contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number, email address) has recently changed, please notify the church. You can call the office at (386) 734-4425 or email Lori Jones at officemgr@trinitydeland.org.
To call, write or send a member a card or email, contact the church office to request an updated "People Directory."

  • The deadline for getting information in the weekly worship bulletin is every Tuesday.

  • The deadline for getting articles into the monthly newsletter is the 20th of every month.

Below is a repeat of the list containing 46 members for whom we have no address. If you know how to contact someone on the list, let Lori Jones know:

1. Mr. Ray Allison
2. Calla Brewster
3. Mr. Peter Bukur
4. Mrs. Peter Bukur
5. Rainy Burris
6. Karen Carter
7. Benjamin Carter
8. Nancy Carter
9. Thomas Cooley
10. George Daviglus
11. Russell Densock
12. Louise Densock
13. Douglas Fogle
14. Richard Gaylord
15. Charles Gilreath
16. Sally Harrison
17. Mr. J Johnson
18. Steve Johnson
19. Faith Kurth
20. Mrs. Maddox
21. Helen Martin
22. James McGregor
23. James Moore
24. Lee Moore
25. Dennis Mulcahy
26. Susan Mulcahy
27. George Nesmith
28. Ronnie Nester
29. Patti Patten
30. Timothy Peterson
31. Yvonne Peterson
32. Patricia Poitinger
33. Martin Quinn
34. Roger Reese
35. Melinda Reese
36. Shirley Skinner
37. Maxine Smith
38. Sam Teague
39. Myra Teague
40. Mrs. Unkefer
41. Margaret Vieth
42. Robert Walker
43. Gabrielle Walker
44. Amy Wommack
45. Halsi Yanta
46. Janet Zimmerman
Are you ready to have the best Fourth of July ever ? Let us know what you did in a quick story or (better yet) send us your favorite pictures. We'll create a collage of your stories/pics to go in our August issue . Send to me, using this email address .

Thanks and we look forward to learning all about your special day!

Anita "Nita" Campbell

Below is a repeat of the list of 31 members whose last known address we have in our files is no longer valid. If you have a new address for them, send to Lori Jones:

  1. Wilma Aberts – 1125 Private Rd, DeLand, FL 32720
  2. Edith Allen – 113 W. Chipola Ave. DeLand, FL 32720
  3. Chantalle Altland – P.O. Box 3661, DeLand, FL 32721-3661
  4. John Weaver – P.O. Box 3661, DeLand, FL 32721-3661
  5. Taylor Anderson – 421 N. Woodland Blvd. Unit 5653, DeLand FL 32723
  6. Tracey Baumgartner – 508 Wild Cherry Dr., DeLand, FL 32724
  7. Rodney Blevins – 2541 E. Lake Dr., DeLand FL 32724
  8. Karen Blevins – 2541 E. Lake Dr., DeLand FL 32724
  9. William Bosco – 1608 Gaudrey St., DeLand FL 32720
  10. Jeanne Bosco – 1608 Gaudrey St., DeLand FL 32720
  11. Lesleye Erickson – 1031 Garvin Place, Louisville, KY 40203
  12. Daniel Fogle – 1919 Ladybug Lane, DeLand FL 32720
  13. Jennifer Fogle – 1919 Ladybug Land, DeLand FL 32720
  14. Raines Freeman – 400 Howry Ave Apt 30, DeLand FL 32724
  15. Paula Freeman – 400 Howry Ave Apt 30, DeLand FL 32724
  16. Elizabeth Furlong – 1160 Orangewood Rd, DeLand FL 32720
  17. Richard Jackson – 30 Dearborn Court, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
  18. Joan Kartzmark-Honeycutt – 313 Stonington Way, DeLand FL 32724-7313
  19. Avis Killing – 706 Deerfoot Rd., DeLand FL 32720
  20. Karen Lyster-Mullen – P.O. Box 3067, DeLand FL 32721-0247
  21. Sarah Bosco Maki – 831 North Arlington, DeLand FL 32724
  22. William Mastny – 411 Shangri La Circle, Edgewater FL 32132
  23. Carole Miller – 1210 North Stone St., #102, DeLand FL 32720
  24. William Mooney – 453 South St., DeLeon Springs FL 32130
  25. Dorothy Mooney – 453 South St., DeLeon Springs FL 32130
  26. Michael Newberry – 1558 Brendon Palm Ct. #304, Orange City FL 32763
  27. Lisa Parissi – 1074 E. French Ave., Orange City FL 32763
  28. Edward Pennington – 1114 Cari Place, DeLand FL 32720
  29. Debby Squires – 2739 Bird Nest Court, DeLand FL 32724
  30. Grace Swartz – 247 N. Blue Lake Ave., DeLand FL 32724
  31. Homer Wilkins – 929 Bosco Ble Ave., DeLand FL 32720
SEPTEMBER 26 – 28, 2018
The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kansas

Learn how to equip your ministry team with practical
ministry ideas translatable to your context.

  • Pre-Institute speakers sharing their latest, most innovative ministry ideas
  • General Session Speakers sharing the newest leadership growth strategies to help maximize your leadership impact
  • 70+ ministry-specific breakout workshops with useful and feasible take-aways from every session adaptable to your own ministry setting

Build up the local church by renewing leaders and
reinforcing the vision of both clergy and laity.

  • Create plans and ideas for your congregation to reach new people
  • Maximize your impact as an effective leader and a strong leadership team
  • Discover God’s clear purpose for your call to ministry and leadership to fulfill the church’s mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world

Come away recommitted, passionate and confident
for the future of your church and ministry.

  • Experience vibrant worship, prayer and encouragement to help you find hope, meaning and purpose as a Christ-follower and a leader
  • Connect and fellowship with peers from a variety of ministry contacts across the country
  • Cast a vision for your church to transform lives and your community

Pastor Dale was truly inspired last year when he attended the 2017 Leadership Institute. Trinity plans to send a small contingency to the 2018 Leadership Institute in September. If you are interested, please see Pastor Dale Golden for details.
Members of the Building Committee are still receiving and reviewing inquiries and proposals from potential contractors. As soon as we complete the search and interview process, Trinity members will be notified of our recommendation. In the meantime, our architect, Dana Smith, continues to meet with team leaders to discuss ministry program needs and space.

Breakfast at Trinity continues throughout the hot months of summer. Many of our regular volunteers are on vacation, however, so we are in need of YOU to step in and help. The jobs are ones you can do easily: pour drinks, wash dishes, serve food, give out crackers when they leave, or talk to those eating with us.

Our June Breakfast brought in 48 adults and 3 children. They come to us to get a full meal and to get into an air-conditioned place of safety. Some of them want to be left alone; others enjoy conversation with us. They have family issues just like most, with the additional problems of homelessness and lack of funds. We offer them free Bibles, children's books, and a devotional wrapped around a package of crackers.

Breakfast at Trinity is always held on the fourth Friday of every month from 9:30 – 11:15 a.m. Come join us! For more info, call me at (386) 736-1008.

Lana Saxon, Breakfast coordinator

I want to thank Trinity United Methodist Church and all the volunteers who recognize the importance of our public schools in our community. Our public schools are still the greatest equalizer in our community and have become vital to providing breakfast and lunch for students, even through the summer months.

I am grateful to those who are spearheading the sock drive. At one point, I entertained the thought of asking for school supplies, but after talking with Lana Saxon, we felt it was best to stay focused on one area rather than try to handle too many projects and split our efforts to help both students and staff at Citrus Grove.

There will be new opportunities for mentor training coming this autumn. Please stay tuned and thanks again for supporting our schools!

Leslie LaRue, Partnership Leader

Don't forget! We need new socks to go with the new sneakers that will be purchased for needy children at Citrus Grove Elementary:

WHAT: Low-cut or ankle-length socks
SIZES: 13 (small foot) to 10 (adult)
WHEN: July and August
WHERE: Put them in the "pink bin" in the Fellowship Hall
CONTRIBUTIONS: Can't get to the store? For monetary contributions, write your check to Trinity and designate it in the memo line for  "Sneakers for Kids". (Each pair of sneakers costs about $30 - $35.)

Need more info? Contact me or Cindy Fox. Thank you for yo ur support!

Lana Saxon, Sneakers for Kids Coordinator

Volunteers are needed (individually or in ministry teams) to prepare and serve meals to the homeless and destitute of our community through the Inter-Faith Kitchen, located at 1st UMC. Trinity has agreed to provide this service to the least of these - including men, women and children - on the third Tuesday of every month. That's just once a month...only 12 times a year...

The recurring dates have been set through 2019 and put on the church calendar. Time to report is 4:30 p.m. Event reminders will be posted in the weekly worship bulletin and monthly newsletter.

Melissa Fuller is coordinating this outreach ministry and she needs enough man/woman power to fill at least five 2-hour volunteer slots every month. If you love to cook and would like to help her plan or prepare meals in advance, she will need to speak with you as soon as possible. Email her using this email address link or see her at church on Sunday.

A luau is being planned for July 18th at 5:30 p.m. in the Life Enrichment Center at 1st UMC. Sponsored by the Inter-Faith Caregivers Board, the purpose of the dinner is to thank the many churches and individual volunteers that support this vitally important ministry. If you would like to attend with Melissa and other Trinity volunteers, let her know via email.

Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote a song, “I’m So Glad To Be A Part of the Family of God" and I’m so glad to be a part of our Trinity family and the United Methodist Church! Yet, as in all families, there may be disagreements from time to time. We may find this particularly true when we will be asked to attend Point of View (POV) Town Hall Meetings, to be held in Orlando and at Trinity in September to learn more about the LGBTQ issues facing our denomination. All will be invited to attend.

Adam Hamilton, a popular Christian author and senior pastor of The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, addressed the issue in his May 5th blog, explaining the differences of opinion we may encounter. "Faithful United Methodists disagree about how we interpret the handful of Scriptures related to same-sex relationships. Some believe these scriptures that directly speak to some kind of same-sex relationships capture God’s timeless will for intimacy and marriage (though all agree that the command to kill gay men found in Leviticus 20:13 is not God’s timeless will) and thus believe that same-sex marriage is a sin. Others, including me [Hamilton's words] believe that those passages that speak of prohibitions against some form of same-sex relationships are more like the 270 verses in the Bible that permit and regulate slavery and the verses that subordinate women to men, forbid them from teaching men, from speaking in church, require them to pray with their heads covered, to learn in quietness and submission and to submit to their husbands tell us more about the historical and cultural context and the sensibilities and understanding of first century Christians than about how God looks at His gay and lesbian children."

Dear friends and family members, there is so much more all of us must learn. We can no longer dodge this issue. It requires hours of deep prayer for the Holy Spirit’s leading. As faithful Christians, we know we love Jesus, the Scriptures and each other. We are all a part of God’s family and we must pray to be open to listening to each other without animosity. Some will come away from the POV meetings without changing their minds. Others may hear something new they hadn’t considered. Do begin praying now about how God will lead you in deciding what is His will in the matter.

The United Methodist Church’s motto is: Open hearts, open doors, open minds. Think about it. Do we really believe this is who we are? Do pray about this. And, as we continue praying for members listed in our directory, please join me in praying for Cliff & Vicki Butters, Rev. John & Anita Campbell, Rick & Nisha Cannone, Fred & Linda Capilupo, Rev. Dan & Cherrie Casselberry


Carolyn Harner, Prayer Team Coordinator
Vacation Bible School (VBS) was held from June 11-15. We had an average of 47 children each day and a great time was had by all the students. They learned about different scientific activities. The children heard Bible stories from Melissa Fuller and sang fun songs with Olivia Panda and Conya Hartman. Snacks were the favorite part of the day (of course!). They made towels, life preservers and sand creations during crafts sessions. Our goal for the week was to raise funds by issuing an "ice bucket challenge" to crew leaders. We ended up raising $236.75 that will be donated to the Florida Methodist Children's Home.

What an awesome experience kids and adults had at Warren Willis Church Camp. We did a low ropes course, worshipped together, did different skills including gaga ball, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, and others. The students bonded with their cabin mates and made long-term friendships. To view some of the pictures taken at camp, visit the church website.

Trinity Youth will be leaving this Sunday, July 1, for their summer mission trip. We are joining with youth and leaders from Community United Methodist in DeBary this year to go to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Come, if you can, to give them a BIG SEND-OFF! Time for the bus to leave is 6:30 a.m., so plan to be at the church by 6:00 a.m. Watch for pictures and stories to be shared on the church website and Facebook page in the near future. Thank you to all our "sponsors and stockholders" that made this trip possible.

Lori Hansard, Children & Family Ministry Director


Our annual Music Makers Summer Music & Drama Camp will be the week of July 16-22 for rising 2nd through 5th graders. Information about the camp program and a registration form can be found on the church website.

A new summer initiative is to form a middle- to high-school singing group that will perform during the early worship service. Know of teens who love to sing? Please let me know their names, ages and contact info. I would love to talk with them about this new group! (Remember, they do not have to be a member of Trinity UMC!) Email me or call me at (386) 734-4425, ext 205.

And, finally, our Christmas Candlelight Concerts will be held on Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15. Concert time is 7:00 p.m. Notify your friends and neighbors so they can get the date down on their calendars!

Conya Hartman, Director of Music and Worship


Rob and Dee Miller recently moved to DeLand from Rockville, Maryland, and have made their home in Victoria Hills. They are the proud parents of two sons and five grandchildren.

Rob and Dee began their life journey together in 1972. Dee was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she lived with her family until she was fifteen, at which time her family moved to Rockville. Rob was born in Nasawadox, Virginia, on the Eastern Shore where he lived with his family until he was seven. His father, who was in the Air Force, received orders to go to Germany which was the first of many moves. When his father retired from the Air Force in 1969, the family settled in Glenmont, Maryland - just several miles from Dee’s family! And, as only God can arrange, both families attended the same church where Rob and Dee met while participating in the United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) program.

Their life journey has taken them to many parts of the world, as a family and as a couple. They are excited to see what adventures their new town and church have to offer. (And we are equally excited to discover the many gifts and graces they will share with us!)

As part of their faith journey, Rob and Dee just completed the last class of Pastor Dale's United Methodist 101 Course. A new course will begin in the late summer-early fall. Watch this space for more info or contact Pastor Dale.

Visitors are always welcome to attend any of our Adult Sunday School groups. If you would like more info on these or other adult classes and groups, contact Cindy Fox, Adult Education Coordinator, by email here .

The Discussion Class has been reading and discussing current Christian books by authors such as Adam Hamilton and Andy Stanley. When available, videos are used. Leadership is shared.  For more information, contact Becky and Bob Kellogg or Jill and Jeff Churchill (Oct-Apr).

For more information, contact Melissa Fuller, class leader.

For more information, contact Tom Cunningham, class leader.

We are continuing our study of the Book of Romans. For more information, contact Cindy Fox, class leader.

The Friendship Class meets Sundays at 10 a.m. in the Wesley Room, located on the first floor (no stairs to climb). Open to all adults. The current lesson material comes from the Bible and the United Methodist Church's Adult Bible Studies “Covenants With God”. For more information, contact  Don Taylor , class leader.
For those who are looking for a deeper insight into some of Pastor Dale's teachings and leadings, he has created a blog which can be viewed anytime on the church website. Click HERE  to read his latest blog! And, to get an email notice about new blogs being posted on the website, click on the red button below to sign up or contact Lori Jones in the church office for assistance.
  • Want to help in the office? Contact Lori Jones.
  • Willing to be an usher or greeter on Sundays? Contact Dave Shipman or Jennifer Griffis.
  • Love cooking and want to serve on our Kitchen Team? Contact Karen Averill or Betty Kobler.
  • Want to serve the least of these through our monthly Breakfast at Trinity ministry? Contact Lana Saxon.
  • Willing to call, write or visit homebound members? Contact Debra Wood or John Campbell.
  • Love kids and want to serve as a volunteer or mentor in local schools? Contact Leslie LaRue or John Campbell.
  • Interested in serving on the Altar Guild? Contact Cherrie Cassleberry or Becky Kellogg.
  • Want to help preserve, protect and pack our historical artifacts for the BIG MOVE? Contact Tom Cunningham or Anita Campbell.
  • Willing to learn how to operate our sound board? See Conya Hartman
  • Interested in reading scripture and/or participating in worship services? See Pastor Dale or Conya Hartman.
  • Want to help get our new Nurture Team up and running? Contact Donna Beaty or Pastor Dale to learn more.
  • Find it easy to talk with people about your faith? We would love to form a team that will focus on ways to strenthen our ability to witness to others. If interested, see Pastor Dale or one of our retired clergy members.
  • Are you an outgoing extrovert and love people? Willing to serve as an "ambassador" for Trinity at church and area events? Consider joining the Hospitality Team. See Judy Ross or Ann Jenkins.
306 W. Wisconsin Avenue,
DeLand, Florida 32720