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March 11 NCF Board Meeting Summary

The New Church Family Board of Directors held its regular monthly meeting on Sunday, March 11 following the morning worship service. After editing and reviewing the agenda for the meeting, the minutes of the previous meeting were approved. The Pastor’s, President’s, Vice President’s and Treasurer’s reports were reviewed and accepted. Vice President Char Rywant, as chairman of the membership committee, is looking to engage a few volunteers to help review current membership status and update addresses and phone numbers, as well as to look at avenues whereby the church can make itself more visible and relevant, especially to the high school and college age group as well as younger adults in general. The committee will also be looking at ways NCF can become visible to the thousands of people moving into Volusia Country each month.

The Treasurer cautioned the Board that the church is running a deficit each month and that we need to look for ways to increase giving and income or we will eventually be forced to cut items from the budget for which funds will not be available. The board authorized a one-line summary of our monthly budget performance to be included in the worship bulletin.

The lights in the parking lot and for our roadside sign on US 92 are planned to be repaired by late Monday, March 19 – just in time for the God Gab session that is scheduled for that evening.

A recent change to the church website now makes it possible for a viewer to click on the link to send a prayer request to the church. We are looking for volunteers to form a church prayer group. Prayer requests received from the website, as well as other sources, will be passed along to members of the group. The prayer group will also meet on occasion at the church to pray as a group and to enjoy each other in fellowship. Please let Rev. Donna or any member of the Board know if you are interested.

The board voted for the church to sponsor a “Flea Market Event” for Wednesday, May 2. The idea is to collect donated items in the church conference room the two weeks prior to the date and then, with the help of volunteers, transport the items to the Volusia County Fairgrounds for their regular Wednesday flea market. More details will be make available soon, but we are looking for volunteers who can help transport items to the flea market, and/or help “man” the table and cleanup afterwards. Please let Tom B., Dennis B., or Dave M. know if you are interested.

Throughout the year our Pastor will be on vacation several Sunday’s. Two of those Sundays are coming in April. Though we have a few suggestions for speakers for April, please pass along any ideas you have for speakers for July and October.

At our Annual Congregational Meeting it was suggested that we have a church open forum every quarter. The first of these is scheduled for Sunday, April 22 after the worship service. The idea is to have open discussion about anything of concern affecting the church. This could be a time to address issues, to offer ideas and suggestions to make our church experience better, as well as to brainstorm regarding the growth and impact of the church in our community. Mark your calendar!!

April 8 was set as the date for the next Board meeting – all are welcome. The meeting will follow the Sunday service, starting around noon.

    (Contributed by Dave McBride, board president. Official minutes of the March 11 meeting will be available at the April 8 board meeting. )

Agenda for March 11, 2018 meeting of NCF Board

1. Call to Order – Opening prayer – Note attendees
2. Review and Acceptance of the agenda
3. Acceptance of prior meeting’s minutes
4. Pastor’s Report
5. President’s Report
6. Vice President’s Report (Membership Committee)
7. Treasurer’s Report
8. Building Report

9. Old Business
a. Progress on Logo contest
b. Volunteer Groups
c. Tackling our Goals – Prioritizing and identifying leaders
1). What about the Flea Market idea?

10. New Business
a. Establishing a Prayer Group
b. Changes to our Web site
c. Pastoral vacations for 2018: 4/16-4/29, 7/9-7/15, 10/22-10/28
d. Pulpit supply for 4/22, 4/29, 7/15, 10/28
e. Office coverage for 4/17, 4/19, 4/24, 4/26, 7/10, 7/12, 10/24, 10/25
f. Phone coverage for 4/16-4/29, 7/9-7/15, 10/22-1/28
g. Keith’s “Alumni Chart” idea
h. Facebook Responsibilities
1) Handling requests to join the group
2) Should we ask qualifying questions in order to join the group
3) Procedures for editing/ removal of posts
4) Procedures for removing a person from group access
5) Board member guidelines for responding to or posting anything public regarding the church
i. Christian flag for flag pole
j. DeLand Pride
k. Volusia Pride
l. Other:
m. Other:
11. Set date for next Board Meeting
12. Adjournment and prayer

March 19 God Gab about Holy Week

   New Church Family invites you to an interfaith lay discussion about the meaning of Holy Week and its relevance for today's life. The March 19 God Gab gathering, starting at 7 p.m., will use "The Last Week" as a guide for perceiving and interpreting the actions and statements of Jesus from Palm Sunday through Easter. The book was written in 2006 by theologians Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan. They contend Jesus had a political agenda as he rode his donkey into Jerusalem to confront the priests and scribes running the Temple. 

     Copies of the book can be obtained beforehand at the church or the Port Orange Library. Inexpensive used copies ($4-$6) are also available through major bookstores, Amazon, and eBay.

    Anyone is welcome to attend and participate. You don't have to be a member of our church, or any church, nor agree with the interpretations of Borg and Crossan. We ask only that debate be kept courteous and respectful. We will probably meet for 60 to 90 minutes and then have coffee and refreshments.

    "God Gabs" have been held at our church every few months for several years on a wide variety of topics.  Some have introduced us to other religions and denominations, such as Judaism, Islam, Wicca, Mormonism and Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Others have explored such topics as the Great Flood, origins of Halloween, gay saints, taming our tongues, Bible translations, theology of the body,  the Rob Bell book, "Love Wins," and the Peter Gomes book "The Good Book." We welcome topic suggestions and volunteer facilitators for future sessions. Contact Tom Brown, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 386-576-6671.
     New Church Family, an independent Christian church,  is housed in  a stucco building at 3520 W. International Speedway Blvd,, Daytona -- north side of US 92, just west of the I-4 ramps. We have plentiful parking and easy access for the disabled. We hold weekly worship and Communion every Sunday at 10 a.m.


Riley Update 2018


Since 2015, the congregation of New Church Family has been praying for healing for Riley, now 9, a Jacksonville boy who has been receiving chemotherapy for an inoperable brain tumor. Riley Ruppert-Richendollar is the cousin of Pat Miller, a member of our congregation. We thank God that Riley’s condition has been stable in recent months, and he has been able to attend fourth grade, hang out with firefighters (some of his favorite adult buddies) and enjoy trips with his two dads, Scott & Robert. Here is a recent report from the dads:

In July 2016, Riley finished 52 weekly chemotherapy treatments and was happy to be done with them. He finished treatment on a Friday, and two days later, we had a big party for him at one of the local fire stations. Firehouse Subs donated food and we all had a good time. Afterward, Riley headed down to Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis for a week of vacation. Camp Boggy Creek is for children with life threatening illnesses. The kids get to stay there on their own and Riley was ready to start what he called "Getting My Life Back." While he was away, his grandfather Larry declined rapidly in health while under hospice care. When Riley returned from camp, we picked him up and rushed to see his grandfather one last time, but we did not make it in time. We had tried to prepare him as much as anyone could for the passing of a loved one, but, of course, it is never easy. What was to be the start of a celebration for Riley finishing treatment had a rough start.

Read more: Riley Update 2018

2018 Annual Meeting Report

By David McBride, church board president
Following our regular first-Sunday-of-the-month Potluck dinner, as required by the church bylaws the Congregation held its Annual Congregational meeting to conduct certain required church business. The purposes of this year’s meeting were to review and approve the church’s operating budget for 2018, reaffirm the current pastor for two additional years, elect three members to the Board of Directors, and to review and approve a list of goals for the church for 2018. The budget was approved as presented at the meeting. For those who did not attend the meeting, a copy of the budget is available for review or pickup at the church office or you can request a copy be sent to you by contacting the church. This is true for all official documents reviewed at congregational meetings or meetings of the board of directors.

The Rev. Donna Choate was reaffirmed as pastor by an overwhelming majority (96 percent) for a term of two years. Jeff DeYoung was re-elected to the Board of Directors. Two new directors were also elected: Charlene Rywant and Jerry Nelson.
In a brief Board of Directors meeting following the Annual Congregational meeting, the Board elected its officers for the next year: Dave McBride will serve as Board President, Charlene Rywant as Board Vice President, Jerry Nelson as Board Secretary, and Jeff DeYoung as Church Treasurer. Judi Omelia and Gil Jordan round out the board’s voting members. Rev. Donna Choate is also a member of the Board of Directors.

The Congregation also reviewed and accepted a proposed listing of goals for the church for the coming year. That list included: Congregational Growth, Spiritual Growth and Maintenance, Community Outreach through working with places like HUM, the Step of Faith Shelter, United Way, the local GSA’s, Interfaith/Sister Ministries, Pride Event’s, Teresa’s Families, Building Better Defined, Stronger, and Functioning Ministry Teams such as for Congregational Care, Carpooling, Kitchen Volunteers, Grounds Keeping, Expanding Our Youth/Children’s Ministry Appeal, Holding Quarterly Membership Forums to encourage and allow the Members to Express Ideas, Concerns, or General Inquiries about the Happenings of the Ministry with their church and their Board of Directors, Increase Fellowship by way of Social Events/Outings such as Bi-Monthly Movie Days, Picnics/BBQ’s, Dances, or Museum and Zoo Visits, bicycle events and more, Invite a Minimum of 1 Guest Speaker or Musician per Quarter, and finally, Continue our Carpet Replacement Fund via donations and fundraisers.

NCF Board Meeting minutes -- Dec. 10, 2017

NCF BOARD MEETING DEC. 10, 2017 (condensed from official board minutes)

Attendance – All board members and pastor were present, along with 5 visitors. Called to order 11:57 a.M.
Reports – Written reports from vice president, pastor and treasurer were accepted as presented. (They are on file at the church)
Building report from Dave McBride: There are 41 parking spots. T-Bear (Bonnie F.) began pressure washing. Gil & Jesse offered their pressure washer. Want to repaint lines in parking lot when pressure washing is done. Jeff DeYoung would like to see bump stops painted yellow. Sign lighting is in need of repairs – damaged by Hurricane Irma. Ladies Room light needs to be switched to LED.
1. Budget Committee is meeting in the beginning of January after the year is done to have a full year of financial data to work with.
2. Establishing a Membership Committee
a. Bylaws indicate if a member is not here for a period of time, they can be moved to inactive. The member must be contacted and asked their intentions, i.e. reactivate or remove. Board members must attend 50 percent of services.
b. Jerry C., T-Bear and Dave McBride volunteered for the committee.
3. Establishing NCF facility as a wedding venue – looking for a team leader to research costs, charges, contracts, deposits, liability issues, etc. Donna C. willing to be liaison until we find someone, and Dave McBride will assist.
4. Logo contest – Put to congregation. If no logos sent in, a picture of the building with the NCF logo (name) to be used.
5. Board candidates update – Jerry Nelson & Char Rywant are running.
6. Cookbook updates – The cookbook will cost about $4.50 each to print, will have a $10 sale price. We are looking for sponsorships @ $10 each, which would include a listing in the front with name, address & phone number of the (commercial) sponsor.


1. Set date for the Annual Congregational Meeting – 1st Sunday in February has traditionally been the date for the Annual Meeting, this would be Feb. 4, 2018. 2 weeks prior, there is to be notification by mail or email to members with a copy of the agenda. Motion to accept was made by Jeff De Young, and seconded by Judi Omelia. Motion passed.
2. Letter of intent from Pastor (to seek reaffirmation at the Annual Meeting). Motion to accept made by Judi OMelia and seconded by Gil Jordan. Motion passed.
3. Report of the Pastoral Search Committee – To continue at least until the congregational meeting, need to update our vision.
4. Congregational survey – Given out on (Nov.) 24th, 2-3 weeks to get it back, to be used to design boards for the coming year.
5. Goals of 2018 – Review Goals of 2017 (Review minutes from 2017 meeting) – There will be serious discussion in Jan 2018 board meeting after getting questionnaires back.

CLOSING – Set Jan. 7, 2018 as date for next board meeting. Adjourned 1:15 p.m.

(-- Compiled by Tom Brown from board minutes. Full minutes and other written reports are on file at the church.)

2018 Annual Meeting to be held Feb. 4.


    The board of directors of New Church Family has set Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 as the date for our Annual Meeting. The session will begin at noon, in the church sanctuary, following the worship service and potluck lunch. All voting members of the congregation are encouraged to attend this important meeting. At least 13 of our 61 active members must be on hand as a quorum to transact business.

      The agenda was mailed to members in mid-January. Additional copies are available in the church lobby. Also available at church are various documents relevant to the Annual Meeting, including a year-end financial statement, proposed 2018 budget (already approved by the board but subject to final approval by the Annual Meeting), a two-year pastoral covenant approved by the board for the 2018-2019 period, orovided the congregation reaffirms Rev. Donna Choate as pastor, and a proposed list of church goals.

AGENDA – The board has issued this agenda for the Annual Meeting. A majority of the voting members at the meeting can make changes or additions to the agenda.
1. Call to Order and opening prayer. 2. Certification of quorum (20 percent of active members). 3. Acceptance of agenda. 4. Acceptance of the minutes of the Feb. 5, 2017 Annual Meeting 5. Discussion and final approval of the 2018 budget. 6. Congregational vote for Pastor for a 2 -year term (2018-2019) 7. Election of members to fill three open board seats. (Announced candidates are Jeff De Young, Charlene Rywant and Jerry Nelson. Additional nominations can be made from the floor. ) 8. Presentation of 2018 goals. 9. Other new business. 10. Announcement of vote results. 11. Adjournment and closing prayer.

BOARD GOALS: The NCF board has proposed these 9 church goals for 2018. 1. Congregational growth 2. Spiritual Growth and Maintenance, through such activities as Bible studies, God Gab discussions, Men and Women’s Groups, etc. 3. Community Outreach through contacts with Halifax Urban Ministries, homeless shelters, United Way, local Gay-Straight Alliances, interfaith and sister ministries, Pride events, Teresa’s Families, etc. 4. Build better defined, stronger and functioning ministry teams in such areas as congregational care, carpooling, kitchen volunteers, grounds-keeping, etc. 5. Expand our youth appeal and ministry 6. Hold quarterly board-led membership forums, allowing the membership to express ideas, concerns or general inquiries about our ministry. 7. Increase fellowship with social events, such as bimonthly movies, dances, picnics, outings 8. Invite at least one guest speaker or musician each quarter. 9. Continue fundraising for a new sanctuary carpet. 10. Additional goals from the congregation.

(Compiled by Tom Brown from board documents)


Prayers of the People -- Jan. 7, 2018

HEALING -- for Kenny P. home now but still on oxygen. For Mary Ann T., cancer back, in hospital for treatment. For Jim C. transferred to Florida Hospital-Memorial. For Gil J., recovering from fractured pelvis at home.
STRENGTH for Teresa’s pony, now eating and standing upright.

Bible Study texts for Nov. 22, 2017

READING 1 -- EZ 34:11-12, 15-17
Thus says the Lord GOD:
I myself will look after and tend my
sheep. As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his
scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep.
I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered
when it was cloudy and dark. I myself will pasture my sheep;
I myself will give them rest, says the Lord GOD.
The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back,
the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal,
but the sleek and the strong I will destroy, shepherding them rightly.
As for you, my sheep, says the Lord
GOD, I will judge between one sheep and
another, between rams and goats.

2, 2-3, 5-6
R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there
is nothing I shall want.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not
want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is
nothing I shall want.
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul. He guides me in right paths
for his name's sake.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is
nothing I shall want.
You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is
nothing I shall want.
Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the
LORD for years to come.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

READING 2 -- 1 COR 15:20-26, 28
Brothers and sisters: Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of
those who have fallen asleep.
For since death came through man, the resurrection of the dead came also
through man.
For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,
but each one in proper order: Christ the firstfruits; then, at his coming,
those who belong to Christ; then comes the end,
when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father,
when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power.
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
When everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be
subjected to the one who subjected everything to
him, so that God may be all in all.

GOSPEL Matthew 25:31-46
Jesus said to his disciples:
"When the Son of Man comes in his
glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne,
and all the nations will be assembled before him.
And he will separate them one from
another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from
the goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right,
'Come, you who are blessed by my
Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you
from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.'
Then the righteous will answer him and
say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and
feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and
welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and
visit you?'
And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
for one of the least brothers of mine, you
did for me.' Then he will say to those on his left,
'Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the
devil and his angels.
For I was hungry and you gave me no
food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
a stranger and you gave me no
welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing,
ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.'
Then they will answer and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or
thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?'
He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to
you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.'
And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

4 Scripture readings for Nov. 8 Bible Study


Scripture readings for NOV. 8th from Sunday, Nov.
12th Lectionary

READING 1 --WISDOM 6:12-16
Resplendent and unfading is wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her.
She hastens to make herself known in
anticipation of their desire; Whoever watches for her at dawn shall
not be disappointed, for he shall find her sitting by his gate.
For taking thought of wisdom is the
perfection of prudence, and whoever for her sake keeps vigil shall quickly be free from care; because she makes her own rounds,
seeking those worthy of her, and graciously appears to them in the ways, and meets them with all solicitude.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
R. (2b) My soul is thirsting for you, O
Lord my God.

O God, you are my God whom I seek; for you my flesh pines and my soul
thirsts like the earth, parched, lifeless and
without water.

R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord
my God.

Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary to see your power and your glory,
For your kindness is a greater good than life; my lips shall glorify you.

R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord
my God.

Thus will I bless you while I live; lifting up my hands, I will call upon your
name. As with the riches of a banquet shall my
soul be satisfied, and with exultant lips my mouth shall
praise you.

R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord
my God.

I will remember you upon my couch, and through the night-watches I will meditate on you: You are my help, and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.

R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord
my God.

We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord,
that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself, with a word of command,
with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God,
will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
Thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore, console one another with these words.

Jesus told his disciples this parable: "The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish and five were
The foolish ones, when taking their
lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with
their lamps.
Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight, there was a cry, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!'
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.'
But the wise ones replied, 'No, for there may not be enough for us
and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy
some for yourselves.'
While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said, 'Lord, Lord, open the door for us!'
But he said in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.'
Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Prayers of the People -- Oct. 29, 2017

PRAYERS of the People Oct. 29 -2017

Praises for Rev. Vonshelle’s message today.
Thanksgiving for Char and all other volunteers who helped produce a great Halloween dance (about 30 attended)
Travel mercies for Donna & heather, en route to Tennessee. For comfort for Donna’s family as they grieve the death of her cousin.
Success for our holiday fundraising campaign for Teresa's Kids (clothing, toys and food for needy kids) Last year, we raised $1,600. Can we surpass it this year?
Frank O. asks prayers for a friend seeking a job, for a couple with relationship problems, for a friend in need of physical healing, for a friend dealing with a romance choice.
Healing and recovery for Jay, getting thyroid surgery Friday a.m. Nov. 3 at Memorial.
Travel mercy for Steve visiting from North Carolina, and for Merrill & Dave, vacationing in Las Vegas.
Healing for Bonnie and a favorable report on her cancer treatment.
Guidance for the homeless man who stopped at the church Wednesday night seeking directions to a shelter in the 3700 block of West ISB. We checked Google Maps to help him find his way.
Thanksgiving for a warm, supportive chat in our Bible Study group on how we seniors can measure “success” in our lives.


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