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Highlights of our ministry, special events and projects:

  • A two-year search for a larger worship space ended in August 2012 when we purchased the Volusia Building Industry Association headquarters at 3520 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.  The relocation tripled the leased space we were using in South Daytona.
  • In the spring of 2013, the congregation called Rev. Susan Roth as our pastor, succeeding the Rev. Beau McDaniels, who retired after nearly 10 years at our church. Rev. Susan previously served four years as associate pastor of our church. Raised in the Orthodox Jewish tradition in New York, she converted to Christianity about 20 years ago  and was ordained in 2009 by International Christian Community Churches.
  • During 2013-2015, the church has added more than 20 members to its rolls, and its active voting membership now tops 60.
  • We continue our years of support for Halifax Urban Ministries by sending clothing, food and cash donations to its homeless ministry  every few months. In December 2014, we served an outdoor "Supper with the Homeless" to more than 200 people at the Bridge of Hope soup kitchen. We also have set up a Samaritan Supplies mini food-bank  near our front door to help hungry people who come to our door.
  • The church has expanded its social events by adding free GLBT movies to its schedule and frequent "Club 3520" Friday-night dances.
  • In the past two years, we have organized four special music services, two featuring Tennessee recording artist Marcus Young, one led by Shawn Thomas of West Palm Beach and one led by Ray Vester of Greer, SC.
  • We are videotaping Sunday sermons for Facebook. They can be found on this web site, on You Tube and on the Facebook group labeled New Church Family of Daytona Beach (Group). We have enhanced the music part of our worship by projecting music videos on a large screen above our altar.
  • We have continued our occasional God Gab discussion series with a  critique of “Pagan Christianity,”  based on a book with the same name by Frank Viola and George Barna. Earlier God Gab meetings explored  elements of worship, gay saints and martyrs, the origins of Halloween, and the nature of Heaven and Hell, as presented by author-pastor Rob Bell. We also had an interfaith series that looked at Islam, Judaism, Wicca, and Mormonism, plus a session on the “Love Languages” book of Gary Chapman and an overview of various Bible translations, presented by Dr. Paul Edson.
  • Mark Bundy, a clergyman ordained by the Kaleo Fellowship in Jacksonville, leads the Logos Bible Study group on Wednesday evenings. The group is open to anyone -- beginners are always welcome.
  • A confidential men's discussion group meets at the church weekly. A women's group meets frequently at the  home of the pastor.
  • We served a Seder meal to celebrate Passover in 2015, continuing a tradition of recent years.
  • Recent charitable events included an Ice Bucket Challenge for the ALS Association; donations to the American Cancer Society and the Riley Medical Fund (help for a 6 year old boy with brain cancer) and support of Teresa's Needy Kids Fund (Christmas gifts for homeless and nearly homeless  families.)
  • We provide meeting space for several community groups, includng the local chapter of the National Association of Social workers, PFFLAG, a VITAS grief support group for GLBT people, and the Volusia-Flagler Rainbow Alliance. We also provide an office for Ocean Road LLC, a counseling agency specializing in DUI cases. We occasionally rent out our hall for weddings and other private gatherings.
  • We have attended several GLBT mixers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Stetson University and Daytona State College, introducting our church to scores of students. In August 2013, we returned to Embry-Riddle to participate in a Faith Showcase.
  • In June 2013, member Mark Bundy led a discussion group about sexual orientation at the GLBT Community Center in New Smyrna Beach. Later he moderated a panel discussion with Daytona State students visiting our church.
  • We displayed our AIDS memorial quilt at Daytona State in 2011 as part of a larger memorial sponsored by the Northeast Florida chapter of the Names Project.
  • We have attended many of the organizing meetings of the Volusia Pride Committee and made a $100 donation to Volusia Pride 2012, $150 to Volusia Pride 2013, $125 each to the 2014 and 2015 events. We exhibit at every local Pride festival.
  • We supported the Daytona GLBT FilmFest in 2011 by attending the films, buying a program ad and helping with publicity materials.
  • We meet informally for coffee on Friday mornings. Panera Bread in Port Orange is our usual gathering spot.
  • We conducted a “Blessing of Relationships” for a Kaleidoscope observance at Stetson University.
  • We have attended Stetson’s Day of TRANS-Action and have sponsored our own transgender workshops, led by Nicole Turner and Terri Sharp.
  • We served a 2014 Thanksgiving Dinner for church members and the GLBT community at large.
  • We enjoy grab-bag parties each year during the Christmas season.
  • During 2012, we attended and helped co-sponsor the “Ruthie and Connie” lesbian documentary at Embry-Riddle.  In 2013, we did the same for a screening of “Bully.”

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New Church Family
3520 W. Int'l Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32124

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