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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.

Bible Study -- 4 texts for Nov. 5, 2017

Bible Readings for Nov 5, 2017 -- Our session starts 6:30 p.m. in the New Church Family sanctuary, and continue to 8 p.m. Anyone is welcome to take part.

MALACHI 1:14B -2: 2B, 8-10
A great King am I, says the LORD of
hosts, and my name will be feared among the
And now, O priests, this commandment is for you:
If you do not listen, if you do not lay it to heart,
to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts,
I will send a curse upon you and of your blessing I will make a
You have turned aside from the way, and have caused many to falter by your
instruction; you have made void the covenant of
Levi, says the LORD of hosts.
I, therefore, have made you contemptible
and base before all the people,
since you do not keep my ways,
but show partiality in your decisions.
Have we not all the one father?
Has not the one God created us?
Why then do we break faith with one
another, violating the covenant of our fathers?

Responsorial Psalm
PS 131:1, 2, 3
R. In you, Lord, I have found my

O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor are my eyes haughty;
I busy not myself with great things, nor with things too sublime for me.

R. In you, Lord, I have found my

Nay rather, I have stilled and quieted
my soul like a weaned child.
Like a weaned child on its mother's
lap, so is my soul within me.

R. In you, Lord, I have found my

O Israel, hope in the LORD, both now and forever.

R. In you, Lord, I have found my

! Thessalonians 2: 7B to 9, 13
Brothers and sisters:
We were gentle among you, as a nursing mother cares for her children.
With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you
not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well,
so dearly beloved had you become to us.
You recall, brothers and sisters, our
toil and drudgery. Working night and day in order not to
burden any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of
And for this reason we too give thanks
to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God from
hearing us, you received not a human word but, as
it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who

Gospel -- Matthew 23:1-12
Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his
disciples, saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees
have taken their seat on the chair of
Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things
whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example.
For they preach but they do not
They tie up heavy burdens hard to
carry and lay them on people's shoulders,
but they will not lift a finger to move
them. All their works are performed to be
seen. They widen their phylacteries and
lengthen their tassels.
They love places of honor at banquets,
seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the
salutation 'Rabbi.'
As for you, do not be called 'Rabbi.'
You have but one teacher, and you are
all brothers.
Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven.
Do not be called 'Master'; you have but one master, the Christ.
The greatest among you must be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be
humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be

For your Halloween amusement -- Scary movies with GLBT elements

Have you noticed how today’s horror films often have a GLBT subplot, sometimes a very obvious one? Just for fun, here is a list of various movies with gay content, including a few vintage ones that most of us have overlooked or forgotten.
From the QUEERTY web site:
1. Interview with a Vampire. Tom Cruise gives one of his best performances, even if he seems to be the only one that doesn’t realize he’s in a movie about gay vampires. A young Kirsten Dunst also excels, and then there’s the sexual tension between Brad Pitt and Antonio Banderas’ vampires.
2. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 : Freddy’s Revenge
Out actor Mark Patton stars in this oh-so-very gay installment of the popular franchise. The film features Patton dancing in his undies, a hot dude begging to spend the night with bestie, and scenes in a leather bar. Did people pick up on this at the time?

3. Hellbent
Viewers who don’t mind horror cliches like bad acting, a predictable plot and dumb characters will enjoy this genre piece set in West Hollywood during Halloween. A group of gay boys encounter a slasher killer, but not before they manage to show off their bodies.
4. The Brotherhood
This series of very gay horror movies kicked off with the titular entry back in 2001. Each entry features a cast of pretty young hunks battling supernatural forces...and the urge to Grindr each other.
5. The Haunting
Legendary director Robert Wise helmed this iconic horror classic which just happens to feature one of the earliest–and most respectful–depictions of lesbianism in Hollywood history. Claire Bloom plays out-lesbian Theo, who comforts the psychic Eleanor (played by Julie Harris in a spellbinding performance). The two team up to fight some nasty ghosts, and some awesome sexual tension.
6. The Lost Boys
Go figure that out-queer director Joel Schumacher would direct this homoerotic classic featuring a litany of young heartthrobs including Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Alex Winter, Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. Vampires take over a southern California town, and plenty of shirtlessness ensues.

7. The Covenant
For men wishing they could have joined the coven in The Craft, The Covenant offers a male answer. A group of hunky teens (played by hunky 20-somethings) do battle with the powers of an ancient witch coven. The b-movie features performances from stars to be, including Sebastian Stan, Taylor Kitch and Chance Crawford.
8. The Dark Place
Less supernatural horror than a noir thriller, The Dark Place features former gay porn star Brett Corrigan (acting under his real name, Sean Paul Lockheart) in a tale of family betrayal set against the backdrop of California’s wine country. It also features a cast of unapologetically queer characters in some very steamy scenes.
9. The Hunger
The Hunger caused a sensation upon release in 1983 courtesy of two great performances by Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve as a pair of lesbian vampire lovers.

10. Dracula’s Daughter
A classic sequel from the Universal Monsters era, Dracula’s Daughter follows the progeny of the famous count, who lives as a lesbian predator seducing young women. Yes, really. In a movie from 1936. Think about that one...
11. Apt Pupil
Queer director Bryan Singer helmed this creepy thriller, based on a short story by Stephen King. Featuring a pre-X-Men Ian McKellan and 90s hunk Brad Renfro, the story follows a boy obsessed with World War II who discovers his elderly neighbor is actually a wanted Nazi war criminal. The two develop a weird sort of S&M relationship, though without actual sex. The film does make up for that absence by featuring an extended shower scene of Renfro, which alone is worth the price of streaming.
SOME ADDITIONAL FILM PICKS from New Church Family’s very own movie critic, Jeff Farance
A. Rocky Horror Picture Show – My all-time favorite
B. All Cheerleaders Die
C. Otto or up with dead people
D. Addams Family Values
E. Black Swan
F. Lesbian Vampire Killers
G. ParaNorman
H. Whatever happened to Baby Jane
I. Cat people
J. Bride of Frankenstein.
K. Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter – Can’t say I’m familiar with this last one on my list – but it certainly sounds interesting. -- JF

Bible Study -- 4 texts for Oct. 25 meeting

The New Church Family Bible Study group meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at our church -- 3520 W. International Speedway Blvd, Daytona (just west of the I-4 ramps.) Anyone is welcome to attend. You don't have to be a member of any church.)

Here are our readings for the Oct. 25 session:

Thus says the LORD:
"You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in
the land of Egypt.
You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry out
to me, I will surely hear their cry.
My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you
with the sword; then your own wives will be widows, and
your children orphans.

"If you lend money to one of your poor
neighbors among my people, you shall not act like an extortioner
toward himby demanding interest from him.
If you take your neighbor's cloak as a
pledge, you shall return it to him before sunset;
for this cloak of his is the only covering he has for his body.
What else has he to sleep in?
If he cries out to me, I will hear him; for I am compassionate."

3, 3-4, 47, 51

R. (2) I love you, Lord, my strength.

I love you, O LORD, my strength,
O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my

R. I love you, Lord, my strength.

My God, my rock of refuge, my shield, the horn of my salvation, my
stronghold! Praised be the LORD, I exclaim,
and I am safe from my enemies.

R. I love you, Lord, my strength.

The LORD lives and blessed be my
rock! Extolled be God my savior.
You who gave great victories to your
king and showed kindness to your anointed.

R. I love you, Lord, my strength.


READING 2  1 THESSALONIANS  1:5C-10 Brothers and sisters: You know what sort of people we were among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the Holy Spirit, so that you became a model for all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.

For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth not only in Macedonia and in Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything.

For they themselves openly declare about us what sort of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to await his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus, who delivers us from the coming wrath.



When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"

He said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments

Rev. Donna's message to the New Church Family congregation

(Delivered by Rev. Donna Choate at the conclusion of our Oct. 15 worship service)

Ecclesiastes 3 guides each of us saying “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
I have prayed intently over the last several months having very deep conversations with God and at this time I must tell you that I feel certain I have answered the call put before me by God in July of last year and will have fulfilled it with the ending of my Covenant in January of 2018. I will not be asking to continue as Pastor of NCF for 2018 at our annual congregational meeting, as I believe this is God's will.

I was on Facebook recently and I stumbled onto an ad for a coffee cup. The cup had the most beautiful saying.
It said:
“If ever there is a tomorrow when we are not together, there is something you must always remember.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is that even if we are apart, I will always be with you. I love you.”
I could not have formed better words to express how I feel about each of you. So know this and know Heather and I are still here with you in this journey until it is complete. God will guide us through the next 4 months with me at your side as your Pastor while you search for the special person who deserves you as their flock. Never forget, God is with us in all things.


Prayers of the People -- Oct. 8, 2017


HEALING: For Stanley Kopec in Massachusetts, Anna’s dad, battling a return of prostate cancer; for Grace White, also facing a return of cancer. For a niece, Milsayla, in a high-risk pregnancy due to diabetes; for Paul Kaminsky making progress in his recovery from a stroke. He welcomes brief phone calls and hopes to finish his therapy and return to Florida before December. For Kitty’s son Steven, injured in a fall while doing hurricane repair work in Key West; for brother in law John Davis, still fighting cancer; For a good report Tuesday on cancer surgery results for sister Bonnie. For Richard, Marty & Slava’s roommate, in very critical condition at Halifax after a heart attack. For Keith’s recurring back and shoulder pain. For good results on Jay’s stress test this week as he prepares for thyroid surgery. For Jeff D.’s mother in a N.H. hospital with a broken hip.
COMFORT: For victims, survivors and their families in the Las Vegas mass shooting.
THANKSGIVING: For insightful Bible Study on Wed. night. Mike Brown gives thanks for our congregation and pastor as he becomes an NCF member.
PEACE: For all trouble spots in the world, especially North Korea and Spain.
CONDOLENCES: For family and friends of Linda Nash, a retired correctional officer who passed away this summer.
GENERAL: Psalm 17:6 “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayers.”
GUIDANCE: For our church, board members and pastor as we all strive to do the best ministry we can.

Prayers of the People -- Oct. 1, 2017

Prayers & praises collected at our Oct. 1 worship service

HEALING – For Dee’s mom, undergoing surgery Oct. 2 for brain cancer; for Becki’s sister Bonnie awaiting cancer surgery; for Jerry C., in rehab at Gardens near Volusia Mall after a successful hip replacement; for Ron’s mom, who broke an ankle and ribs in a fall at her NY home; for Ron and Clarence’s friend Scott, who had a stroke; for Jay S., recovering from blood clots on the lung; Frank’s friend Tom who has severe diabetes; for Lois’s cousin John, fighting leukemia. For Paul K. in Connecticut, continued recovery from a stroke. For Slava’s spouse Marty. For Jerry N. who was in the hospital last week.
THANKSGIVING – For birth of grandson Rowan. For volunteers who helped the Hatfields with their move. For Bible Study, which resumes Wednesday 6:30 p.m.—all are welcome.
SAFE TRAVEL – For John & David, visiting Maine for a month following David’s completion of radiation treatment.
GUIDANCE & STRENGTH for Frank and friend Lamont. For hurricane victims in Puerto Rico.
ENCOURAGEMENT – “Be alert and always pray for all the Lord’s people.” (Ephesians 6:18). From Char -- for all church members, may each of us reach out to someone who needs support.-

Bible Study -- 2017 fall term

    Our Bible Study group is gathering again on Wednesday evenings starting 6:30 p.m., Oct. 4.  We are trying a new format: Each Wednesday we will talk about a different topic, related to one, two or more of the Lectionary readings scheduled for the next worship service. Tom C. again will lead the group, but the discussion is open to anyone. We learn from each other. The sessions, running 60 to 90 minutes, also will include time for group prayer, if desired, and light refreshments. Speak with Tom if you intend to participate so he can email you the Bible readings in advance.

Book Club to discuss the caustic humor of David Sedaris Oct. 5

A new NCF GLBT Book Club will hold its first meeting Thursday Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m.  (Postponed from our original date of Sept. 27.) The group will be discussing “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls,” a collection of humorous essays by gay author and comedian David Sedaris. David revisits episodes of growing up gay in Raleigh, N.C., and his love/hate relationship with his parents and siblings. He also relates quirks of human nature that he has encountered while living and traveling in France, London, Australia and Japan. The group, which will meet for an hour or so,  is open to anyone – invite a friend. We’d like to continue meeting every month or two, if there is sufficient interest. Please give us your suggestions for the next title we should discuss.

    For more information or questions -- contact Tom Brown, 386-576-6671 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Summary of Sept. 24, 2017 meeting of NCF Board

  Approximately 20 people were on hand for a meeting that stretched two hours. Highlights:
Storm Damage: A sewage lift station on northwest corner of our property has two corroded pumps, 15 years old, that failed during Hurricane Irma. We are borrowing a contractor’s pump temporarily and awaiting a price on what permanent repairs or replacement may cost – probably between $1,000 to $4,500, according to Board VP Dave McBride. The board authorized the repair. Some shingles blew off the west part of the roof and minor leaking has occurred in the rest room ceilings. That damage has not been inspected up close, but we have requested an insurance adjuster to visit asap.
Hurricane Donation – The board decided to earmark 50 percent of the Oct. 1 Benevolence Collection for hurricane relief. The board will decide later if the money should go to needs within our church, or local area, or to a national charity working in Houston, Puerto Rico or the Keys.
Prayers during Worship – After a lengthy discussion, the board decided to reinstate oral “prayers of the people,” reminding the congregation that the microphone should be used only for prayers and praises.
Rev. Susan’s property – After a lengthy discussion, the board decided to go ahead with returning fabric art (which displays our former cross logo) to former pastor Rev. Susan Roth. Susan has also asked for the return of catering items (coffee urn, chafing dishes) that she lent for church dinners years ago. The board decided it will comply with that request but only after receiving an itemized list from Susan, plus a statement that she will not make any further requests from the church. The board obtained a $500 consultation from an attorney after Susan said she would consider legal action against the church if it continued using the cross logo she designed about 7 or 8 years ago.
Board Vacancies – Dave M. announced that Board President Deb Ramsay and At Large member Dave Low have resigned. The board decided to leave the two seats vacant until the church has its general election at the Feb. 2018 Annual Meeting. People interested in serving on board next year should contact a board member or the pastor.
Carpet Fund Update – Treasurer Jeff DeYoung said the fund now has $1,020 of its $3,000 target. He is hoping the installation of new carpet squares in the sanctuary can be completed by Christmas. He said volunteers will be needed to rip out the old carpeting. Clarence H. cautioned the job may be too physical for our older members, and we run liability risks if a volunteer gets hurt.
Membership Review – Board tabled a proposal to form a membership committee to study what procedures the church should follow to remove voting privileges from inactive members.

Cookbook Project -- About 40 recipes have been submitted. More are needed.
Halloween Dance – Pastor Donna said a dance is planned for Fri, Oct. 27 if enough volunteers pledge to help. Some members also expressed interest in having a fall cookout. No date was set.
Next board meeting will be Oct. 8.

(Compiled by Tom Brown)

Tentative NCF Board Agenda, Sept. 24, 2017, Noon

1, Call to order, opening prayer

2. Accept agenda

3. Accept minutes of previous board meeting

REPORTS: Vice president, pastor, treasurer, building

OLD BUSINESS: Carpet Fund update


1. Search for new church logo

2. Prayers of the People format

3. Return of flannel graph materials to Betty South

4. Volusia Pride

5. Acknowlege reinstatment of memberships

6. Establish a membership committee

7. Board vacancies

8. Other new business

Set date of next board meeting

Closing prayer & Adjourn


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