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Bible Study texts for Nov. 29, 2017


First Sunday of Advent
READING 1 ISAIAH 63:16B-17, 19B; 64:2-7
You, LORD, are our father, our redeemer you are named forever.
Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways,
and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?
Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your heritage.
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
with the mountains quaking before you, while you wrought awesome deeds we
could not hope for, such as they had not heard of from of
No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but you
doing such deeds for those who wait for him.
Would that you might meet us doing right,
that we were mindful of you in our ways!
Behold, you are angry, and we are sinful;
all of us have become like unclean people,
all our good deeds are like polluted rags;
we have all withered like leaves, and our guilt carries us away like the
There is none who calls upon your name,
who rouses himself to cling to you;
for you have hidden your face from us
and have delivered us up to our guilt.
Yet, O LORD, you are our father;
we are the clay and you the potter:
we are all the work of your hands.

R. (4) Lord, make us turn to you; let
us see your face and we shall be
O shepherd of Israel, hearken, from your throne upon the cherubim,
shine forth. Rouse your power, and come to save us.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us
see your face and we shall be saved.
Once again, O LORD of hosts, look down from heaven, and see;
take care of this vine, and protect what your right hand has
planted the son of man whom you yourself
made strong.
R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us
see your face and we shall be saved.
May your help be with the man of your
right hand, with the son of man whom you yourself
made strong. Then we will no more withdraw from
you; give us new life, and we will call upon your name.

R. Lord, make us turn to you; let us
see your face and we shall be saved.

Brothers and sisters: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge, as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

GOSPEL MARK 13:33-37
Jesus said to his disciples: "Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his own work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore; you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: 'Watch!'"

Prayers of the People June 11, 2017

Prayers received at our June 11 service and in recent days:

HEALING: Becki asks God's care for her son Steven, scheduled for eye surgery June 27 and more facial surgery. Also for his family. For Terry, who cut his head in a fall at home; for Dean having leg problems; for little Anthony; for Carol P., now in hospice home care, and her spouse Chris; for Eugene, hospitalized in Kentucky for 6 days as of Sunday with stomach problems; for Olga; for Cindy's friend John;  for David L's respiratory problem, for Merrill's heart condition; for good results on Aris's blood tests at Halifax Hospital, so she can return home; for Teresa, improving after a severe cold.

THANKSGIVING: John B., our newest member, gives thanks for church's support for his personal situation. Char thankful for Blue Spring park rangers who urged her to go to ER for heat exhaustion.

COMFORT: For families grieving loved ones killed a year ago at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

NCF Memorial Honor Roll -- 2017


84 deceased Members and Friends of Hope MCC & New Church Family

….In memoriam -- 2017…

Billie Abner

Bruce Austin (partner of Jackson Weaver)

Bill Ballon (author, partner of David McCarthy

Jim Bebee (father of Bruce Bebee)

Ron Bergeron (father of Tony Bergeron, carpenter who built our church’s portable altar and wood cross)

Blake, Michael, emcee for Billy Boots

Dennis Blyth

Billie Boots (Queen Mother of female impersonators, longtime performer at the long-gone Hollywood Bar in Daytona and other East Coat clubs. Raised thousands of dollars for AIDS benefits and helped start our Benevolence Fund. Partner of comedian Tubby Boots)

Sally Brayton (organizer and manager of our Hope food pantry; partner Gloria Lesko was a driver and helper)

Carl A. Brown (father of Tom Brown)

Rev. James Buchanan (Cassadaga spiritualist who also attended our church)

Jim Burkhalter, woodworker and orchid fancier

Cecil Burnette, artist and trade-show manager, partner of Ray Stovell

John Cadzo, AIDS activist in the 1980s

John Clinger

Alan Columbia

Barbara Cook

Rick Croley

Ruth Cronk (landscaper, partner of Janet Brown)

Matthew Dilworth

Donnie Dudenhoffer (brother of Kirk Dudenhoffer)

Kirk Dudenhoffer, Hope MCC deacon

Bill Finn

Eve Gillen, wife of Eric Gillen

Eric Gillen

Ed Grinsell

Jim Hagan, partner of Jim Cruzan

Hazel Holt

Robert Hunold, hair stylist, usher and food pantry volunteer

Fay Kelley, partner of Charlene Ryant

Lowell Kelm, partner of Willard “Bode” Boedecker

Bonnie Kennedy, wife of David Kennedy

David Kennedy

Scott Kline

Walter Konak

Gerald “Jerry” Legg ( partner of Frank Olcefski for 42 years)

Gloria Lesko, partner of Sally Brayton

Rev. Jean Levy (first pastor of our church when it was known as St. Peter’s MCC; partner of Barbara Stump)

Helen Martell (partner of Sandra Matthews)

Gretchen Martin, wife of Paddy Martin

Michael McCray, early church member and partner of Kent Stevenson

Rev. B.J. “Beau” McDaniels, seventh pastor, founder of New Church Family

Dennis Moreno

Rev. Ted Morgan, our second pastor and musician

William L. Murphy, stylist and CNA, organizer of church dinners

Donna “Mom” Morris, mother of Lee Gray and unofficial mom to countless others

Esta Mosher

Linda Nelson

Gil O’Donnell

Page, Mary Agnes, Hope deacon

Roy Petnella, partner of Russ Van Allen

Rocky Wayne Pickett, partner of John Bugis

Rev. Larry Ponder

Robert Quantino, traveler, writer and artist

Bill Rebola, Hope deacon

Charles Rigoll, partner of Bill Zimmeran for 55 years

Rev. John Rogers, church organist and pianist

Tim Ryan

Holly Ann Scott, locksmith and our first transgender member

Tony Silvestro, partner of Dominick Romano and father of Tony Silvestro

Gene Sims

Michael Smolen, partner of Rev. Bob Finch, our third pastor

Al Steady, who coined our Hope MCC name

Steele, Rev. Steve, fourth Hope pastor

Mark Sverha

Turner, Nicole, transgender advocate

Will Verick, administrative assistant to Rev. Lee Carlton

Clarence Vion, father of Larry Vion

Larry Vion, realtor and benefactor whose bequest enabled us to buy our former Ridgewood property

Jeff Walker, partner of Stan Wetherald

Rev. Tim Ward, music minister under Rev. Lee Carlton; later organized Kingdom of God Church

Jackson Weaver, pantry volunteer

Stan Wetherald, Hope treasurer, Bible study leader and prison minister

Edmond J. Wieckowski, partner of Bill Pace

Steve Womack

Douglas Whiton

Margaret Wickham, Army veteran

Bill Zimmerman, partner of Charlie Rigoll, 55 years.


(Thank you to Jerry Corlis, our longest surviving member, for compiling this list. If anyone has additional names or information to suggest, please contact our church office, 386-527-5952)

Minutes of NCF Board Meeting April 9, 2017

New Church Family
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
April 9, 2017
Board Members present: Debra Ramsay, presiding; Rev. Donna Choate; Dave
McBride; Jeff DeYoung; Bob Austin; David Low and Jerry Corlis.
Visitors present: Bonnie Frazee; Tom Brown; Jeff Farance and Merrill Hendler.

Read more: Minutes of NCF Board Meeting April 9, 2017

Rev. Donna Choate confirmed as pastor

   Rev. Donna Choate, who has served as our interim pastor since last summer, has been confirmed by the congregation to continue leading New Church Family.

     At the church's Annual Meeting, held Feb. 5 after our worship service, Donna received a 92 percent vote of confirmation. NCF bylaws require a 75 percent majority.

      In voting for the board of directors, David McBride was elected to fill an open seat, and Gil Jordan and Bob Austin were re-elected to continue their board service.Unsuccesful candidates were Pam Berdebes and Frank Olzynski. Also continuing on the board for another year are David Low, Jeff DeYoung and Debra Ramsay.  Jerry Corlis, retiring from the board, was granted the title of director emeritus, an honorary non-voting position, by a unanimous vote.

     In other action, the congregation held an advisory vote on Sunday service times and by a large margin, favored staying with the present 10 a.m. service time, Other times that were considered were 11 a.m. and noon. 

    A budget of $41,050 was adopted with no changes. The new budget is about $2,600 less than the 2016 budget, but about $2,500 more than was actually spent in 2016. The pastor's part-time compensation continues unchanged, but a $25 monthly increase in the gasoline allowance, an extra week of paid vacation,  and life insurance, estimated to cost $25 a month, were added to the pastor's benefit package.

    In a discussion of goals for 2017, the congregation endorsed continuing with periodic dances, and holding a craft bazaar in early November.

    Forty-eight active members attended the meeting and took part in the voting. Several frequent attenders also were present as spectators.



Memories of Rev. Beau McDaniels

Here are just a few of the memories that people have shared with us about the life and ministry of Rev. Beau McDaniels, who died Sept. 23. She was our pastor from 2003 to 2013.

Read more: Memories of Rev. Beau McDaniels

Rev. Beau McDaniels dies at 73

    New Church Family members were saddened to learn that Rev. B.J. "Beau" McDaniels died early Friday (Sept. 23) at a hospital in New Mexico. She was 73.

     Her longtime friend and housemate, Terry "Spider" Holt, said Rev. Beau suffered congestive heart failure, a complication of pneumonia. She had been living in Rio Rancho, N.M., adjacent to Albuquerque, since her retirement.

Read more: Rev. Beau McDaniels dies at 73

IMHO -- Discovering God's purpose for each of us -- June 22, 2016

Thoughts from Rev Susan -- IMHO (In my humble opinion) 

 Mid year, I am marveling at what God had planned for my life
this year.

Read more: IMHO -- Discovering God's purpose for each of us -- June 22, 2016

IMHO -- Satisfying spiritual hunger, June 8


As of late, I’ve been thinking more about food. I’ve been on a
quest to get healthier, lose weight, and exercise more. I lost 2
pounds on vacation and feel really good about that, as my
waistband is no longer quite so snug.

Read more: IMHO -- Satisfying spiritual hunger, June 8

"Next Year in Jerusalem"

EDITOR'S NOTE: At our April 29 Seder at New Church Family, Rev. Susan concluded the meal by reading this essay, taken from  It's a beautiful statement of what the concept of "The Promised Land" can mean for our spiritual journey. Thank you, Rev. Susan, for preparing a delicious meal, and to the 50 people who joined us for this wonderful Passover observance.

Read more: "Next Year in Jerusalem"

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