BY JEFF FARANCE
''The Girl on the Train'' is rated R; 2 stars (out of 5)
One scarcely can say ''The Girl on the Train'' runs off the rails since it never really was on them to start.
Adapted from Paula Hawkins' wildly popular novel by the same name by former college prof Erin Cressida Wilson (whose ''Secretary'' script was shorthand for S&M), the 112-minute movie directed by Tate Taylor is a disservice compared to his wonderful ''The Help.''
''Train'' is practically ''Gone Girl'' without the loveable characters. Where ''Gone Girl'' had dueling protagonists whose mission seemed to be finding clever ways to dive morally and ethically lower than his/her spouse, the ''Train'' crew begins as deeply flawed and never develops any traits or circumstances to redeem them or to make them more interesting and sympathetic. They don't unravel: they clearly never were raveled.
Rachel (Emily Blunt, dressed down from ''The Devil Wears Prada'') is an alcoholic voyeur who watches a house in her former neighborhood each day as she rides a commuter train to and from New York City, where she no longer has a job but has been going through the motions of heading to work for months to fool her friend Cathy (Laura Prepon of ''Orange Is the New Black''}, from whom she rents a room.
Gazing longingly out the window at symbols of a life she had -- and lost when she and husband Tom (Justin Theroux) split up because he was overwhelmed by her drinking and had an affair with Anna (Rebecca Ferguson). They're now married and have the child Rachel never could have, so Rachel is awash not only in gin but in self-recrimination.
She gazes twice a day at the home of Tom's neighbors, Megan (Haley Bennerr), who babysits for Anna's daughter, and Scott (Luke Evans). One day, Rachel sees Megan embracing a stranger, not knowing he's Dr. Abdic (Edgar Ramirez), Megan's shrink. When Megan goes missing, Rachel winds up in the very middle of a murder investigation.
The book, stationed in England instead of the New York suburbs of the film, was at least a trifle clearer, since everyone was easier to keep straight. Anna and Megan look so much alike, ''Train'' often uncouples our understanding with its badly engineered storytelling.
Like ''Gone Girl,'' ''The Girl on the Train'' delivers a couple of surprises. But overall, this ''Train'' doesn't track.
Various federal, state and local agencies will join forces for a hurricane recovery open house in Ormond Beach on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The session runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Nova Community Center Gym, 440 N. Nova Road.
Congressman Ron DiSantis, who announced the session, stated "Federal and state agencies will be on-hand to help those who have been affected by Hurricane Matthew to submit applications and process claims. I encourage residents who have questions or need assistance to stop by and learn more about the resources available to them.”
The congressman said groups invited to take part include: American Red Cross, United Way, Catholic Charities. Florida SBDC Network, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Small Business Administration (SBA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Florida Department of Elder Affairs, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida Department of Financial Services -- Division of Consumer Services, Volusia County Animal Control, CareerSource Flagler Volusia, and the staff of Sen. Marco Rubio.
WORD UP 359
Biweekly newsletter of New Church Family
THIS SUNDAY at church…..
Oct. 16, 10 a.m. – Worship & Holy Communion, with Rev. Donna Choate preaching.
AFTER SERVICE – Wellness Program led by Deb Porter, D.C., Cindy Parker, P.A. and Alan Austin. Free and confidential chiropractic adjustments, blood pressure checks, medication reviews, herbal information.
SCRIPTURE for Sunday:
Jeremiah 31:27–34 or Genesis 32:22–31; Psalm 119:97–104 or Psalm 121; 2 Timothy 3:14–4:5; Luke 18:1–8Read more: Word Up. No. 359 -- newsletter Oct. 13, 2016
Here are various contacts for agencies and organizations providing hurricane relief and information in the Volusia-Flagler area.
The information was compiled by the Community Connector newsletter.
SOUTHERN GOSPEL CONCERT featuring The Cathedrals
We’re going to try something a little different for our after-service MOVIE MATINEE this month – a concert video featuring a farewell tour of The Cathedrals, a Southern Gospel male vocal group that was popular in the 1970s, 80s and 1990s. The concert, held in 1999, features two dozen mostly evangelical oldies from years ago, such as “Going Home,” "This Old House," “There’s Something About that Name, ” “O What a Savior” "Noah Found Grace," and “Cleanse Me.” Guest artists include Bill Gaither, Sandi Patty, Oak Ridge Boys and the Statler Brothers. Group members heard in the video include George Younce and Roger Bennett, now deceased, lead singer Glen Payne, Ernie Hasse, and Scott Fowler. Lots of beautiful harmonizing.
Thank you to Jeff Farance for sharing this video with us. It runs 2 hours but you are free to come and go as you like. As usual, no charge – bring a friend.
WORD UP 357
New Church Family’s biweekly newsletter, Sept. 14, 2016
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THIS SUNDAY at church....SEPT 18
10 a.m. – Worship & Holy Communion, with Rev. Donna Choate preaching
Refreshments & a gift basket raffle afterward, followed at 11:45 a.m. by the monthly meeting of the NCF Board of Directors. Anyone in the congregation is welcome to attend and give suggestions. If you have an item for the agenda, please notify the pastor or Board President Deb Ramsay asap. Agenda topics include: Pride preparations, front entrance redesign, A-C update, budget modifications (Lay Leader stipend), use of church as a disaster shelter, update on our Hometown News advertising plan. (For complete agenda, see Agenda news item on this web site)
SCRIPTURE for SUNDAY -- Jeremiah 8:18–9:1 or Amos 8:4–7; Psalm 79:1–9 or Psalm 113; 1 Timothy 2:1–7; Luke 16:1–13
(From the Revised Common Lectionary)
SEPT. 16, FRI., 8:30 a.m. – 10 or later – TGIF COFFEE BREAK, Panera Bread, Dunlawton Ave., Port Orange. Relax and joke with your NCF buddies. We generally have 6-12 regulars on hand – always room for more – invite a friend.
SEPT. 17. SAT. 1 p.m. – WOMEN’s GROUP POTLUCK at church.
SEPT. 18, SUN., 11:45 a.m. – NCF BOARD of DIRECTORS Monthly Meeting
SEPT. 22, THURS., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – LUNCHTIME SPIRITUALITY SHOWCASE on the Embry- Riddle campus, Legacy Walk, S. Clyde Morris Blvd. New Church Family will be represented in the outdoor display with a table set up on Legacy Walk, near the campus library. Come join Rev. Donna and Tom B. as we meet students and let them know our church welcomes all orientations, genders, nationalities and faiths. It would be a great day to wear your new “I Love My Church t-shirt.
SEPT. 27, 6-9:30 p.m. – NCF GAME NIGHT – Informal get-together to play board games, cards, dominoes, chess or whatever suits the crowd. Strictly for fun, no wagering. Bring your favorite snack and soft drink. Drop in at any point. Questions? 386-527-5952. Invite a friend – a great way to introduce to our family.
OCT. 12, 6 p.m. – BIBLE STUDY, led by Tom C. Our sessions run about 90 minutes and are open to anyone. You don’t have to a church member or a Bible scholar to take part. Bring your favorite Bible.
OCT. 22, SAT, 1-5 p.m. – VOLUSIA PRIDE Festival at Old Fort Park, downtown New Smyrna Beach. We need volunteers to help staff our information table.
OCT 23 Sun., Noon – MOVIE MATINEE – Screening of “NASHVILLE”
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING -- Our Sept. 4 congregational meeting unanimously elected Bob Austin as an interim board member and board secretary. He will serve until the church’s Annual Meeting in February, and then will be eligible to be reaffirmed in the post. Bob already had been doing a great job of taking board minutes as a volunteer.
ONGOING SALES AT CHURCH --
Thanks to a generous donor, we are raffling off a "Gently Used" 21 speed Mongoose MGX adult bicycle. It has front shocks, front light, back light, and a nice seat. Tickets are $2 each; 3 for $5 or 7 for $10. To be given away on Saturday, October 22nd at the Volusia Pride festival.
T-SHIRTS anyone? – A fresh supply of “I Love My Church” t-shirts is now in stock. Adult sizes -- small to 3X. Colors: Navy blue, light blue and purple. This is an excellent way to build curiosity and interest in our church. Wear it with Pride. But, remember, the t-shirt makes you an ambassador of NCF, and your actions will speak louder than the T-shirt slogan.
FREE CLOTHING – An angel has donated several bags of premium-quality men’s and women’s clothing. It’s available for free in our conference room this week only. Take some for any needy people you may know. Next week, most of the remainders will be donated to Halifax Urban Ministries.
SEPT. 14, WED., 7:30 p.m.—Film series on “SEX, IDENTITY & GENDER” continues at Southeast Museum of Photography at Daytona State. On Sept. 14, the featured film is “The Life & Times of Harvey Milk,” a documentary made by Rob Epstein many years before the bio-drama “Milk” that starred Sean Penn. On Sept. 21, the series presents “The Children’s Hour,” a 1962 William Wyler movie adaptation of the Lillian Hellman play about two women who run a boarding school and get accused of being lesbians. On Sept., 28, the transgender story of Brandon Teena, “Boys Don’t Cry.” More schedule details are available at www.smponline.org
SEPT. 14, 2 p.m. – DOUBLE FILM FEATURE on WATER ECOLOGY. The program includes “Estuary,” a 12-minute Canadian film using underwater photography, and “Water's Journey: Hidden Rivers of Florida,” an hour-long documentary that follows divers through various springs of Florida. Southeast Museum of Photography at Daytona State (Hosseini Building). Free.
SEPT 16-OCT 2 – “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” musical continues at City Rep, 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Suite 207B, Palm Coast. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m Sundays. Tickets $25.
SEPT. 15-17 – FLORIDA HERITAGE BOOK FESTIVAL hosted by Flagler College in St. Augustine. Writers’ workshops on the 15th and 16th, several author lectures and signings on the 17th. DETAILS: http://fhbookfest.com/
SEPT. 17, SAT., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – ORMOND GRAND FESTIVAL of the ARTS on the grounds of Ormond City Hall, 22 S. Beach St., Ormond. More than 60 artists and musicians will take part, plus food trucks and beer garden, kids’ play zone, etc. Free. Rick DeYampert will play sitar music at 12:30 p.m. at the Robbins stage. Full schedule: http://ormondbeachmainstreet.com/granada-grand-festival-of-the-arts/
SEPT 24, Noon. – A “TABLE TALK” small-group event promoting unity at the grassroots level. Rev. Phil Egitto of Our Lady of Lourdes church says the idea is to have diverse groups chat face to face to learn about each other and overcome their fears and stereotypes. Hosted by Our Master's Domain church on Tremont Avenue, Daytona Beach.
SEPT. 20, 6 p.m. – Screening of “Strange Love” in Maitland –
Opening-night film of the Cinema for Peace Festival. Director: Ira Sachs. Stars John Lithgow and Alfred Molina. Plot: After 39 years together, Ben and George tie the knot in a City Hall wedding in Manhattan. On the return from their honeymoon, however, on account of their vows, Ben gets fired from his longtime job as a choir director for a Catholic school. Suddenly, with no real savings to count on, the couple finds that they can’t afford the rent on their small Chelsea apartment. Enzian Theater, Maitland. Admission $12; $25 if you’d like to stay for a party at 8 p.m.
SEPT. 20 – “VALUES DAY” at Stetson – A day of volunteer work, plus lectures and workshops, will culminate in outdoor “Dancin’ on the Green,” in memory of the Pulse Nightclub shooting victims. 7-8:30 p.m.
OCT. 26, WED., 6-8 p.m. – OPENING of PHOTO EXHIBIT on the EVERGLADES – Visit the Southeast Museum of Photography (Daytona State campus) for a lecture and discussion with photographer Adam Nadel and UCLA anthropologist Jessica Cattelino on “Getting the Water Right.” The development of South Florida’s coastal communities and agriculture has reduced the Everglades in size by half. Now, the ecosystem is at risk, threatening the region’s water supply, subtropical wetlands, and the water rights and ways of life of indigenous and nonindigenous peoples. Adam Nadel’s images are presented alongside scholarship by Jessica Cattelino to offer insight into how the world’s costliest ecosystems restoration initiative is as much a social and cultural project as a scientific one.
NCF FINANCIAL REPORT -- August was an improved month for giving as our tithes averaged $730 a week, our best record this summer and very close to our budget target of $750. A special collection to help cover the cost of our new $4700 A-C unit added $179. Treasurer Jeff DeYoung is asking members to consider additional individual gifts to our Building Fund, over the next 3 months to help cover the $2500 insurance deductible on our A-C lightning damage.
RAINBOW ALLIANCE – At the Sept. 11 meeting of the alliance in our church library, the group elected Rev. Donna Choate as chairperson, filling the vacancy left by Rev. Susan Roth. The group also elected Jeff Farance and Bob Austin to the board, joining Paul Edson, Maggie Karda and Tom Brown as directors. The group approved two $250 sponsorships to support Volusia Pride and DeLand Pride, and discussed various ways to expand its scholarship program.
The alliance, founded in 2009, is a secular group that supports Pride events and other local GLBT projects and programs. It meets about 4-6 times a year. Membership is open to anyone.
NEWS OF OUR EXTENDED FAMILY
Congratulations to Cindy Parker and Deb Porter on rejoining our church. They are spearheading efforts to get a choir organized and a wellness program started.
Jerry Corlis was presented with a photo album as a souvenir of our 30th anniversary celebration. He is our longest-serving member, with ministry dating back to our start in 1986.
Our webmaster, Emery Jeffreys, continues to progress in his recovery from a hiking accident that broke several bones. He is now free of casts, but remains at a rehab facility in Illinois, learning to walk again. His target date for returning to FL. is Sept 21.
After nine months of recovery from a fire, the New Day Worship Center in Toccoa, Ga., has completed construction of a new church. Congrats to Rev. Anthony Coley and his congregation. (Our Benevolence Fund sent a small donation to their project.)
THANK YOU FOR READING WORD UP! Our next biweekly issue will be Tues, Sept. 27 (Tom B. leaves for a NY vacation on the 28th.) We welcome your news items, testimonies, club notes, IMHO essays, event listings and classified ads (they are free). Contact Pastor Donna or Tom B.
New Church Family -- Agenda – Board Meeting -- September 18, 2016
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. Purchase of safe update
8. Purchase Track Marker for 2017 Relay for Life on March 4th $100.
9. Halloween Dance
10. Dale Obracay – Marketing ideas
11. Using NCF as a disaster shelter for our congregation only.
a. Would mean creating a plan
c. Person willing to open the church (Rev. Donna volunteered)
12. Donna vacation – October 9th (Gil will be preaching)
13. Using Lay Leader stipend
a. Part for A/V $10 weekly for each person who prepares presentation &
video=$20/week total. (Not paid for running presentation or filming
with camera as these would still be voluntary positions as they are not
truly time consuming when you are already here.)
b. Time sheet kept for tracking and paid out at the end of each month.
c. The remaining stipend be used for an office manager position done by
one or two people and divided.
14. Other new business?
15. Set date for next meeting
A special Congregational Meeting, held Sept. 4, unanimously elected Bob Austin to the NCF Board of Directors.
Bob fills the seat vacated by Heather Choate and will serve as an interim member until the next Annual Meeting in February. He also will serve as board secretary.
The meeting was attended by 26 members of NCF.
Congratulations, Bob, and thank you for your commitment.
The congregation of New Church Family gave special recognition to Jerry Corlis, our longest-serving member.
A thank-you card was presented to Jerry at our Aug. 28 Anniversary Celebration, honoring him for faithfully serving the church since its founding in 1986. He is a member of our board and also heads up our congregational care team, sneding cards and making telephone calls to the sick and lonely nearly every day.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, we presented Jerry with a photograph album containing an enlargement of the above photo, and several others that Bob Austin captured at our anniversary celebration.
Several other people in our congregation have logged 20 to 25-plus years of active membershiip. They include Linda Nelson, Russ Van Allen, Sylvia Rose, Bonnie "T-Bear" Frazee, Willard "Bode" Boedeker, and Tom Brown.
And let us not forget more than 70 past members of our congregation who have entered into glory over the decades.
SEPT 4 --THIS SUNDAY at church.....
10 a.m. – Worship & Holy Communion with Rev. Donna Choate preaching. Monthly Benevolence Fund collection (The Benevolence Fund is reserved for personal financial emergencies and charitable donations approved by the NCF Board.)
11:30 a.m. -- CONGREGATIONAL MEETING -- Immediately after the benediction – NCF church members, please remain in the sanctuary for a brief (10 minute) Special Congregational Meeting to elect an interim board member who also will serve aa board secretary from now until our Annual Meeting in February 2017. Bob Austin, currently taking board notes as a volunteer, has asked to be elected.
11:45 a.m. – FIRST SUNDAY POTLUCK LUNCH -- Bring a favorite dish to share with your church family.
SCRIPTURE For SUNDAY -- Lectionary Readings (Revised Common Lectionary, Year C): Jeremiah 18:1–11 or Deuteronomy 30:15–20; Psalm 139:1–6, 13–18 or Psalm 1; Philemon 1–21; Luke 14:25–33