The Rev. Gregory Barrette is returning to Unity of Delray Beach Church as its new senior minister and chief executive officer. Since 7960798097?profile=originalthe Rev. Nancy Norman retired last August, guest ministers have filled the role.

It’s not Barrette’s first time in Delray Beach. He served the church from 1989 to 1996, but his most recent post was as senior minister at Unity Northwest in Des Plaines, Ill. Barrette has 38 years of leadership experience as a minister and administrator. Though you may see him around the church now, Barrette will begin his role permanently in October.

Unity of Delray Beach, a nondenominational church that welcomes visitors and guests of all faiths, is at 101 NW 22nd St., at Swinton Avenue. Info: 276-5796.

‘Believe’ series begins

Beginning in September, First United Methodist Church, 625 NE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, will offer a new series, “Believe,” on Sunday mornings supplemented by small group meetings during the week. The course will use the curriculum and follow the teachings in Randy Frazee’s book Believe, which encourages spiritual growth by asking three questions:  What do I believe? What should I do? Who am I becoming?

Anyone interested in joining a small group should contact Pastor Rachel DeLaune at racheld@fumcbocaraton.org. For more information or to purchase the book, contact Jill Haire at jhaire@fumcbocaraton.org or call 395-1244.

Wedding gowns displayed

Cason United Methodist Church will host “Portrait of a Bride, An Evolving Silhouette,” a display of 25 to 30 antique, vintage and contemporary wedding gowns by Leigh Anne Brown at 11 a.m. Oct. 6. The fundraiser will be at Benvenuto Restaurant, 1730 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach.

Those who attend can learn the history of this important garment, from the evolution of textiles and construction methods to how its design was influenced by economic boom times and crises to the ever-changing notion of the “modern bride.”

The day begins with a reception and silent auction, followed by lunch and the program at noon. Tickets are $60. For reservations, call 271-3168 or visit casonumc.org. 

­— Janis Fontaine

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