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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. 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!'"

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.

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.-


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