The NCF Board on July 9, 2017 approved Rev. Donna Choate's proposed addition to her pastoral covenant with New Church Family. She noted it applies only to herself. It would be up to the board to decide whether to require similar no-contact provisions for future pastors. Questions should be directed to the pastor or board members.
Addendum to New Church Family
Pastoral Covenant 2017
At the time of separation, the exiting pastor will no longer be Pastor of New Church Family, and
therefore must discontinue the functions of the pastoral office in the New Church Family
Congregation unless specifically authorized to do so by the new Pastor (Interim/Permanent), or
Board of Directors in the absence of a working Pastor.
Because of the sensitivity of the pastoral relationship, it is important that the departing pastor, in
any dissolution, assume certain responsibilities to the former Congregation, to individual
members of that Congregation, and to the interim and next installed Pastors.
These responsibilities are:
1) That all pastoral and professional relationships and responsibilities of the Pastor with the
congregation will end as of the effective date of the dissolution;
2) That the Pastor will not be involved in any way in the selection process of either the interim
Pastor or the next installed pastor. Neither will he or she be involved in any way with the
selection of any search team or Pastor nominating committee.
3) That the Pastor, after leaving, will not become engaged in conversations which, in any way,
offer opinions or criticism about the life of the congregation or the performance of the interim or
any subsequent installed Pastors;
4) That any desire on the part of members of the congregation for the departing Pastor to
participate in congregational life or services should be discussed not with the departing Pastor,
but with the interim Pastor or subsequent installed Pastor;
5) That the departing Pastor may participate in a wedding or funeral of the congregation, after
the date of dissolution, only by invitation of the interim Pastor or installed Pastor, who shall be
Furthermore, it is advised that the exiting Pastor take an extended break from Church
attendance and activities for a period of no less than one year so as to allow the new Pastor the
opportunity to develop an identity as the shepherd/leader. This has no reflection on continued
friendships; it is limited to the dissolution of duties as a Pastor for the New Church Family
Congregation outlined in 1-5.
Reverend Donna S. Choate
NCF SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – July 9, 2017
(Meeting will start directly after our worship service -- approximately 11:30 a.m., and will be followed by the regular monthly board meeting, in the boardroom. )
1. Call to Order – Opening prayer
2. Certification of quorum – Need 20% of membership ( members)
3. Acceptance of agenda
4. Election of board member to fill vacant secretary position – term up in February 2019.
a. Char Rywant
b. Judy O'Melia
5. Announcement regarding the outcome of the Board of Directors election.
6. Adjourn and Closing Prayer
JULY 20 GOD GAB Discussion -- Byzantine and Oriental Christianity
What are the Christian Churches of the East, what are their beliefs, and how do they express their spiritual life? Paul Edson leads a God Gab discussion of the ancient Eastern Christian Churches that have been so strongly affected by political events of the past hundred years. Dr. Edson, recently retired from Embry-Riddle University’s humanities division, has been exploring the life of Eastern Christian Churches for almost 60 years. This free educational event, open to the public, is part of an ongoing series exploring various faith traditions found in the Volusia-Flagler. Like all of our God Gab chats, the intent is not to convert anyone to a particular belief, but to inform each other about our diversity.
The event will take place July 20, Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m., at New Church Family, 3520 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach (US 92, just west of I-4). For more information call the church office at 386-527-5952 or facilitator Tom Brown at 386-576-6671.
Prayers of the people (June 25) -- HEALING: For Stephen's eye surgery today; for Teresa's brother-in-law John with cancer; for Aunt Rosi's recuperation from surgery; for Aris at Halifax-Port Orange; for Dave L.'s start of radiation treatment; for Carol P. in Tampa area; for Jerry C.'s mobility problems.
A special Congregational Meeting has been called for Sunday July 9, after the worship service, to elect an interim member for the church board of directors. The new member will fill the vacant post of board secretary until the next Annual Meeting in February 2018.
Three church members have informed the pastor they are willing to stand for election. They are Judi Omelia, Cindy Parker, and Charlene Rywant. A fourth candidate, Jerry Nelson, has withdrawn.
A regular monthly meeting of the board will follow the election.
The other elected members of the board are Debra Ramsay, president; Dave McBride, vice president; David Low, and Gil Jordan. Rev. Donna Choate is an ex-officio member.
Here are prayer requests gathered at our June 18 worship service:
THANKSGIVING on Father's Day for our fathers, uncles and grandfathers. Also, thanks for a beautiful day.
HEALING for Ron & Clarence's Aunt Rosie, recovering from an operation. For Aris, now at Halifax Hospital Port Orange, 5th floor, for 2-3 weeks of rehab. Jeanne & Alyce ask healing for Genevieve, who broke two toes while moving furniture.
NCF BOARD MEETING – JUNE 11, 2017 – SUMMARY
BOARD VACANCY – Sunday JULY 9 was set for a short after-service Congregational Meeting in order to elect a member to fill a board vacancy until next February. Announced candidates so far are Char Rywant, Judy OMelia and Cindy Parker. Jerry Nelson withdrew (he reaches the 6-month membership requirement in August.) The congregational meeting will coincide with the next monthly board meeting.
BUILDING – Dave McBride has been gathering price quotes for a 5-ton air-conditioning unit to replace the ailing 15-year-old unit that cools the southeast portion of the building. Quotes received so far range from $3861 to $5610, depending on the warranty desired. Cindy Parker said she knows of a company that may be able to offer a lower price. Board voted to cover the cost by using recent investment earnings in our Morgan Stanley account. The Carpet Fund will continue collecting donations earmarked for a new floor covering in the sanctuary.
COOKBOOK – Char will ask church members and friends to give her one or more favorite family recipes and cooking anecdotes that will be gathered into an NCF Cookbook as a fundraiser. Goal is to get it printed in time to sell it at the Oct. 21 Volusia Pride. Tom B. will help with editing.
ARTS & CRAFTS – Free weekly lessons will be moved to a daytime hour, starting Tuesday June 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Several craft options are available – cross-stitching, making a newspaper basket (bring old newspapers), bead work, embroidery. Speak to Char for more information.
FUNDRAISER – Pastor said Dee & Steph plan to sell watermelon slices in order to raise money for a program that provides swimming lessons for infants (Watermelon for Water Babies.)
OTHER FUNDRAISERS – Dennis Brooks suggested the church consider using the County Fairgrounds flea market as a site for a future yard sale. No action taken.
PICNIC -- At the suggestion of Jeff Farance, July 15, Saturday, was tentatively set for a church picnic at a riverside park in Holly Hill.
GOD GAB – Tom B. said a God Gab discussion is planned for a week night in July – not yet determined -- with Paul Edson, retired Embry-Riddle humanities professor, discussing Eastern Christianity (various Orthodox churches). Dave McBride asked the God Gab group to reimburse the church for use of the space. No amount was specified.
TREASURER’s REPORT – May tithes were $2,186, or $541 per Sunday. Expenses were $3144 including a $376 property insurance payment. $500 was transferred from a reserve account to help cover bills.
PASTOR’s REPORT - -A detailed breakdown of the pastor’s work hours and activities is available at church. She reported her May ministry averaged 41.5 hours per week (her compensation is for a 28-hour work week.)
-- Notes compiled by Tom Brown. Contact him for any additions or corrections.
Here are Prayers of the People gathered at our June 4 service and in recent days ---
HEALING -- For Teresa, for Aris's heart valve infection, for Lois's stomach problem, for Kenneth Parnell (Terry's Dad) scheduled for heart stints this week; for little Anthony; for young Riley's brain tumor -- may his latest MRI test show improvement; for Dave L.'s ongoing radiation.
PEACE of MIND -- For Jessie in the midst of storm
COURAGE & STRENGTH -- For families affected by London's latest terror attacks and those in Paris; For Florida families still grieving for the 49 young lives lost in the Pulse shooting a year ago.
THANKSGIVING - -That Jay's blood test showed no cancer.
GUIDANCE -- For Frank's friend Lamont
New Church Family -- Agenda – Board Meeting -- June 11, 2017
1. Call to Order – Opening prayer
2. Acceptance of the agenda
3. Acceptance of prior month's minutes
4. Pastor's Report
5. Treasurer's Report
6. Building Report
7. Accept withdrawal of memberships for Bob & Alan Austin
8. Carpet project delay
9. Accept withdrawal of membership for Susan Roth
10. Discuss any new candidates for board position
11. NCF Cookbook - fundraiser
12. Craft/Art Meeting Weekly – move to a 9-1 slot Tues, Wed, or Thur.
13. DeLand & Volusia Pride (Oct. 21) Jeff to head up Volusia
14. Proposal for A/C repair/replacement
15. Other new business?
16. Set date for next Board Meeting
17. Adjourn and Closing Prayer
Prayers collected at our May 28 service --
REMEMBRANCE for our 83 church members and friends who are no longer with us in earthly life. Also for the service members who protected America with their lives.
SPIRIT & STRENGTH for Rev. Donna -- May her heart be overflowed with spirit during the service and beyond. And may she fill each one with the knowledge they need to go on their way through their day and whatever troubles there may be.
HEALING for all in pain. For T-Bear, scheduled for surgery Friday, and strength for Theresa, her caregiver. For Sylvia still weak from her vacation trip. For Jeff D., still recuperating from a TIA. For Pat D., not feeling well. For Terry. For Patsy. For Becki who fell from a go-kart.
SAFETY for motorists on I-4. For attendees at the Country 500 music festival at the speedway.
GUIDANCE for visitor Johnny, who needs to resolve a job and housing problem by Tuesday so he can stay in the Daytona area.
CONDOLENCES for families affected by the Manchester bombing and the Coptic Christian families affected by the bombing in Egypt.
Prayers gathered at our May 23 service and in recent days:
CONDOLENCES for the British families who lost 12 children and 10 adults in the terrorist bombing of a concert in Manchester, UK. For Jerry N., whose friend in rehab recently died.
THANKSGIVING -- That a biopsy for David (of Stan & David) showed no cancer. For our new member Brian. That Jerry N.'s aunt in Alabama revived after a near-death episode last Sunday. Pam B. reports she is almost back to normal after three months of heart problems and other ailment.
HEALING -- For cancer patient Gayle, who regained enough strength to move from a bed to a wheelchair. Strength for her partner Judy. For Jerry C., sporadic leg pain and swelling.
SAFE TRAVEL -- For Deb & Irene in RI. For the Hatfield brothers, getting resettled in Sebring
GUIDANCE -- For Rev. Donna's daughter Hunter as she learns a new job here after relocating from Tennessee, and husband Tyler searching for employment.