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Hurricane Relief Information

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.

County Hotlines

  • Flagler County: 386-586-5111
  • Volusia County’s Citizens Information Center: 866-345-0345 (open to answer hurricane-related questions from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Beginning Thursday, it will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice.)
City Hotlines
  • DeLand: 386-626-7000
  • Deltona: 386-878-8100
  • Edgewater: 386-424-2400
  • New Smyrna Beach: 386-424-2113 or 386-424-2114
  • Palm Coast:386-986-2360
  • Port Orange: 386-506-5999
Disaster distress helpline
This toll-free, multilingual and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.
  • Call 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
  • Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing can text TalkWithUs to 66746 or use their preferred relay service to call the helpline at 800-985-5990.
  • Persons who speak Spanish can call 800-985-5990 and press 2 or text Hablanos to 66746.
Residents with damaged homes
As of Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m.:
Residents with damage to their home should file a claim with their insurance company. Those who received significant damage from Hurricane Matthew are advised to call Volusia County’s Citizens Information Center at 866-345-0345, which will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Wednesday.

Salvation Army
As of Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m.:
Salvation Army volunteers are providing food and water to the public at these locations:
  • Pierson Community Center, 124 W. Washington Ave., Pierson
  • Dollar General Store, 107 N. U.S. 1, Oak Hill
  • Publix, 1850 Ridgewood Ave., Holly Hill
  • EVAC building, 112 Carswell Ave., Holly Hill
Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dinner is served from 4 to 6 p.m.
Mobile canteens are roaming among HUD homes in Port Orange and mobile home parks in west Volusia.
People who want to help those affected by the storm to or call 800-SAL-ARMY.

Volunteers and donations
As of Oct. 11, 11:30 a.m.:
  • The Halifax Humane Society asks residents to serve as “storm troopers” by hosting adoptable pets through Friday, Oct. 14. Employees and volunteers hope this will allow animals to stay in homes instead of the kennels while they continue to repair the shelter. Families are asked to stop by the shelter between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. to temporarily foster a dog, cat or other adoptable pet. Animals should be returned by Friday, Oct. 14, with flexibility. If families fall in love with their new friend, they are welcome to adopt it from the humane society. If you have a lost or missing pet, contact the Halifax Humane Society at or on its Facebook page. Include a photo of the pet. Residents can also call 386-274-4703. If you find an animal, send a photo with complete information by email or Facebook private message. If you drop an animal off at the shelter, let staff know. The Halifax Humane Society’s shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 2364 W. LPGA Blvd., Daytona Beach. The society’s dog park and Redinger Clinic are closed.
  • Volunteers and donations are being coordinated through the Emergency Operations Center. Call 866-345-0345.
  • Community Organizations Active In Disasters (COAD) is coordinating volunteers and donations through the Emergency Operations Center. For more information, call the Citizens Information Center at 866-345-0345. COAD is a multi-agency group that assists local governments in organizing and deploying volunteers and resources in response to the unmet needs of local disaster survivors. Membership is open to individuals, faith-based groups, government agencies, civic clubs, volunteer organizations, social service agencies, business people and emergency management personnel.
Disaster Recovery Centers
  • Disaster Recovery Centers provide assistance with disaster unemployment, financial assistance through FEMA, elder affairs issues, housing and rental assistance, aid for businesses and referrals for other needs. DCF's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office works with providers to staff centers with crisis counselors, and our Economic Self-Sufficiency staff are on site to handle replacement food assistance for clients who lost food due to power outages or flooding.
  • Benefit Replacement (Food Stamps)
    Families and individuals who are current food assistance clients may receive replacement of benefits for the value of the food lost because of damage to their home or sustained electrical outages. To report food loss or to request replacement benefits, customers can obtain the Food Assistance Replacement Authorization Form. Customers can submit the form via fax at 1-866-886-4342 or by mailing it to: ACCESS Central Mail Center, P.O. Box 1770, Ocala, FL 34478-1770.
  • Food for Florida
    The Department of Children and Families’ “Food for Florida” disaster relief program provides emergency food assistance to families in need after a hurricane or another disaster under federal guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. Florida distributed $270 million in emergency aid to more than 2 million people after Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
    For more information and to sign up for text/email alerts, visit
From: The Daytona Regional Chamber
Important Reporting Information and Funding Sources
Commercial and Residents
All local damage assessments should be reported to Volusia County Citizens Information hotline at 1-866-345-0345.  They will only need general information at this number so that the property appraisers office can be informed and information can be submitted to activate funding and resources.  Please indicate during your call if this is damage to a business and/or residence, so they can properly track your call.
Click Here for the website that the State EOC pushes people to for answers to anything Matthew-related.
Additional reporting is necessary to activate services.  We understand that this may feel duplicative but it's very important.
Click Here for the site that assists the State with determining if relief services for businesses should be activated.
EOC Contacts for businesses:
Larry Jerome McIntyre
Emergency Coordinating Officer, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity/ESF 18
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Christopher Eliadis
Private Sector Liaison, Florida Division of Emergency Management
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FEMA Hotline- 1-800-621-FEMA
Short-term loan information:
Owners of small businesses with two to 100 employees located in 67 counties affected by Hurricane Matthew can apply for short-term loans for up to $25,000. Loans are granted in terms of 90 or 180 days and are interest-free for that time period. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to October 3, 2016, and demonstrate economic or physical damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew.
To complete an application by the Nov. 11 deadline, or for more information on the program Click Here. For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network state office at 850-898-3489.
For general and up-to-date information from our Emergency Operations Center
For public protection and emergency management :Click Here

Southern Gospel concert video

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 newsletter No. 357 -- Sept. 14, 2016

New Church Family’s biweekly newsletter, Sept. 14, 2016
3520 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
Tel. 386-527-5952.
For daily prayer requests and other announcements, visit our website at
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.

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
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:
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:

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.

 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.

NCF board agenda Sept. 18, 2016

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
b. Supplies
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

Bob Austin elected to NCF board

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.

Congratulations to Jerry Corlis, our 30-year member

             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.

This Sunday at church....Sept. 4

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

DeLand Pride -- Nov. 13


Several West Volusia merchants and activists are making plans for a Nov. 13 DeLand Pride event to raise funds for a proposed GLBTQ Community Center.

The New Church Family board of directors has voted to support this new campaign with a $150 donation for a sponsorship and vendor's spot.

Here is an outline of the event issued by the DeLand Pride group.

1st annual DeLand Pride Block party to benefit the Collective Cares LGBTQ community center
11 am-2 pm Collective's Soul Brunch  at Cafe DaVinci, $15 per person.

2-7pm Block Party on Georgia Aveenue, downtown DeLand. Free but donations are very welcome. The block party will include LGBTQ vendors, food trucks, live music at the Brunch, a  Block Party DJ from 3:30 to 5:30pm; drag show at 5:30 pm at Cafe DaVinci
Vendors and Sponsors -- please go to our website to download the forms. Thank you!

NCF Timeline -- 1986-2018

Here are highlights of our church’s journey, 1986 – 2016
1981-1983 – Rev. Art Fleschner, pastor of 2-year-old Joy Metropolitan Community Church in Orlando, visits Daytona to start new church, Blessed Redeemer MCC. After Rev. Art moves away, attendance at the Broadway storefront falls off and the church disbands November 1983.
1986 – Rev. Jean Levy, a clergy student, arrives from Jacksonville in February with partner Barbara Stumpf and they start up St. Peter’s MCC. Worship is held first in a Daytona apartment on Brentwood Avenue and later in the Unitarian Society’s library in Ormond Beach. Jerry Corlis is among the pioneers and today remains our longest active member – may God bless him for his faithfulness.
1987 -- Rev. Ted Morgan becomes our 2nd pastor in December and St. Peter’s expands its worship service into the main Unitarian sanctuary.
1989 – Several guest clergy preach at St. Peter’s during a pastoral search, including Jimmy Brock, Linda Beane, Tom Bigelow, Judy Davenport and Ken Klaus. In September 1989, Rev. Bob Finch and his partner Michael Smolen take over the ministry, and the congregation, at the suggestion of Al Steady, changes the church’s name to HOPE MCC. The congregation grows to about 30.
1992 -- Rev. Stephen Steele and partner Darrell Rose arrive in June and lead our church into more active social-justice ministry. They organize a counter-demonstration to protest a KKK rally at Daytona Beach City Hall.
1993 – A Hope group travels to Washington D.C. for a National March for Gay Liberation, which draws 1 million participants. Rev. Steve performs a holy union in Daytona for two gay lawyers in December 1995; hundreds attend the ceremony. He also starts a Sunday morning service at Lambda Center to supplement the Ormond evening service.
1996 – Rev. Steve negotiates a large gift from the estate of Larry Vion, a church member fatally beaten in an Ormond burglary. The gift provides the church with a parsonage and a substantial Building Fund. In 1997, Rev. Steve resigns and relocates to Tampa Bay area.
1997 – MCC Moderator Troy Perry appoints Rev. Lee Carlton as Hope’s 5th pastor. Rev. Lee purchases a former funeral home and a block of land at 500 S. Ridgewood Ave. for $200,000, giving Hope its first building of its own. By Christmas Eve, a $100,000 remodeling project is complete and Hope holds its first service at its new location.
1998 – MCC Moderator Troy Perry in May dedicates “Hope Center” and a church choir “Voices of Hope” is formed by music minister Tim Ryan. Sally Brayton and helpers establish a church pantry that distributes groceries and clothes to nearly 100 people a week. Tom Brown starts Word of Hope, a quarterly newsletter.
1999 – Rev. Lee retires, succeeded by Rev. Jim Lynch and partner Terry Lee Ousley. The church expands its music ministry, stages holiday cantatas and presents concerts by several touring artists, including Marsha Stevens and Rob Nicewarner (now performing as Jason & DeMarco. The church expands its sanctuary by removing an interior wall.
2002 – When Rev. Jim resigns, Rev. Ruth Jensen of First Coast MCC in St. Augustine steps in as interim pastor, serving both churches for nearly a year.
2003 – MCC elevates Hope from “New Work” to “church” status, giving it authority to hire its own pastor. In September, the congregation affirms Rev. B.J. “Beau” McDaniels as its 8th pastor. Rev. Beau shores up the church financially by purchasing its parsonage. She expands the church’s community outreach, visiting campuses, attending Guild dinners and campaigning for improved AIDS services. Our newsletter goes online as “Word Up.”
2007 – A challenging year. Five church members bypass our congregation and file a confidential complaint with the MCC Board of Elders, challenging Rev. Beau’s leadership. MCC officials keep the complaint secret, but documents released by Rev. Beau indicate it is basically a personality clash. MCC suspends Rev. Beau and orders the church to fire her. The membership refuses, and instead, disaffiliates from MCC. With attendance and finances dwindling, the church sells its Ridgewood building and meets temporarily at Daytona State College.
2008 – In January, the church reorganizes under a new non-profit charter and renames itself New Church Family. It signs a lease for a storefront at 815 Beville Road, South Daytona. Later, it affiliates with several other ex-MCC churches, the International Christian Community Church.
2009 – NCF launches One Daytona, an independent secular non-profit, to hold a Stonewall anniversary concert and start a GLBT scholarship program. Later, the group sells its name to Daytona International Speedway and renames itself Volusia-Flagler Rainbow Alliance.
2012 – New Church Family moves west, buying 3520 W. International Speedway Blvd. near I-4 from the Volusia Building Industry Association for $287,500. Halifax Urban Ministries is designated as our "successor corporation" in the event the church ever disbanded.
2013 – Rev. Beau retires after nearly 10 years as pastor, a record for our church. She is replaced by Rev. Susan Roth, our former associate pastor. As our congregation grows, we begin holding monthly dances, weekly Bible study and other activities. We launch a Facebook group and a website, We leave ICCC and become a nondenominational church.
2015 – NCF updates its bylaws and names Rev. Donna Choate to a new position, lay leader. Soon after the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage nationwide, Rev. Susan begins marrying gay couples at our church.
2016 – Rev. Susan retires, and Rev. Donna is promoted to interim pastor.

2017 -- Rev. Donna Choate is affirmed as pastor.

2018 -- Rev. Donna is reaffirmed as pastor through January 2020.

(Compiled by Tom Brown & Jerry Corlis)

NCF Board Minutes -- Aug. 14, 2016

New Church Family Board Meeting – Minutes -- August 14, 2016

Board Members present: Deb Ramsay, Presiding; Reverend Donna Choate; David Low; Jerry Corlis; Jeff DeYoung. Guests present: Bob Austin; Tom Brown; Pat Miller; Bonnie Frazee; Deb Porter; Cindy Parker; Heather Choate; Glen Foley.

1. Deb Ramsay called the meeting to order at 11:54 am. Opening prayer by Reverend Donna Choate.

2. Acceptance of the agenda – Jeff DeYoung motioned to accept, David Low seconded, passed.

3. Acceptance of prior month minutes – Jeff DeYoung motioned to accept, Jerry Corlis seconded, passed.


4. Pastor Report – Approved July report.

5. Treasurer's Report – accepted as read.

6. Building Report – Jeff DeYoung reported the following: Air Conditioner taken care of, front entrance almost done. Reverend Donna talked about the outside lights with some still needing to be fixed. Bleach has not been put in overflow drains in attic as of yet.


7. Church Security Update – Jeff DeYoung reported that all locks have been changed, keys assigned, signed for and personal security codes issued.

8. T-Shirt Update – The T-Shirts are in that the Board approved at the last meeting. They will be available to members for $15 each. We will replenish as needed.

9. Anniversary Party Update – Due to sickness the 30th Anniversary Party has been moved to the Church for Sunday, August 28th. Tom Brown will have a brief written timeline of the Church to pass out to people. Slava is working on a video to be shown. It was decided to raise the amount of food from 50 people to 60 people. There will be tickets sold for various raffle baskets.

10. Volusia Pride Festival in October – We will once again do a sponsorship for $100 and rent a booth space for $25. T-shirts, jewelry, rainbow fans and bracelets, pamphlets, and raffle for a 21 speed bicycle will be at the booth. We will put on our Facebook page, Web page and announce at Church for volunteers to help with setting up, taking down and monitoring the booth.

11. Purchase of Safe Update – Talked about size of the safe and also getting a safe deposit box at the bank instead of the safe. Also, about the safe needing to be fire proof. Bonnie Frazee said she had a safe she would donate. Jeff DeYoung is planning to check on it. Tabled until more information is obtained.

12. DeLand Pride Block Party – DeLand Pride will be having a Block Party on November 13, 2016 and tailoring it similar to Volusia Pride's Festival. They are selling sponsorship and vendor spaces. Motion by David Low and seconded by Jeff DeYoung to purchase a $100 sponsorship and get a $50 vendor booth space. Motion passed. Deb Porter told the Board that Porter Chiropractic and Wellness would pay the $150 for NCF. They were thanked for their generosity. Bob Austin is in charge of the DeLand Pride event for NCF.


13. Board Members helping out with office hours – It was stated that Reverend Donna was working too Board Members helping out with office hours – It was stated that Reverend Donna was working too many hours and we needed some of the Board to step up and volunteer to help a few hours each week. All agreed to volunteer to help.

14. Vacant Seat on Board – It was decided that the Vacant seat on the Board needed to be filled. The position is for the Secretary position. Motion by Jerry Corlis, seconded by David Low to fill the seat. Motion passed. We will announce in Church that if anyone is interested in filling the Secretary position to let Reverend Donna Choate or Deb Ramsay know by August 28th. We will have a brief Congregational Meeting on September 4th to get the Congregation's approval of the candidate. The candidate must be a member in good standing for 6 months and attend regularly.

15. Advertising in Hometown News – Reverend Donna Choate told the Board that she had been talking to the Hometown News about NCF advertising in their paper. It would have to be a commitment of 8 weeks for $45 per week. It would go to over 10,000 homes. Motion by Jerry Corlis, second by David Low to proceed. Passed. Treasurer Jeff DeYoung told the Board that we had not used very much out of the advertising budget so far.

16. Use of building for National Transgender Day Celebration – Reverend Donna Choate has been asked if the building could be used for an event to celebrate National Transgender Day on November 21, 2016. Motion by Jeff DeYoung, second by David Low to allow them to use the building. Passed.

17. Team Leaders – Reverend Donna Choate talked about the Team Leaders and told the Board that the new system was working and more Team Leaders would be in place soon. She also stated that she was going to send handwritten notes to all members saying miss you, glad you are attending, etc.

18. Choir – Deb Porter and Cindy Parker volunteered to help start a Church Choir. They will be working with Dennis Brooks.

19. Free Wellness Day – Deb Porter and Cindy Parker want to start a monthly Wellness Day at the Church. It would be after the service. Chiropractic and Wellness, discussion about medications, etc. All items would be free to members. Motion by Jerry Corlis, second by David Low to proceed. Passed. A date would be announced later.

20. Volusia-Flagler Rainbow Alliance – Tom Brown asked for the use of the board room for their meeting. It was given to him to use on September 11, 2016, after service.


21.Set date for next Board Meeting – The date was set for Sunday, September 18th at noon.

22.Adjourn and Closing Prayer – Motion to adjourn by Jeff DeYoung, second by David Low and Passed.

Adjourned at 1:22 pm. Closing Prayer by Reverend Donna Choate.

Social Security update for same-sex married couples (August 2016)

The Social Security Administration has issued updated guidance for GLBT couples who are considering legal marriage or who have already entered into a legal marriage. Here is the condensed text:

Social Security celebrates the fight for dignity and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the United States and is committed to treating all Americans fairly and with respect.

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in all states and have their marriage recognized by other states. This decision made it possible for more same-sex couples and their families to benefit from our programs.

We encourage you to apply right away for benefits, even if you are not sure you are eligible. Applying now will protect you against the loss of any potential benefits.

We’re There for You When You Marry

Marriage is the start of a new chapter in your life. Your marital status is important for our retirement, survivor, and disability programs because you or your spouse could be entitled to benefits or a higher benefit amount based on the relationship to a worker. Children or stepchildren could also be entitled to benefits. For some surviving spouses, divorced spouses, and adults disabled during childhood, benefits could end if they marry.

We now recognize same-sex couples’ marriages in all states, and some non-marital legal relationships, for purposes of determining entitlement to Social Security benefits, Medicare entitlement, and eligibility and payment amount for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). We also recognize same-sex marriages and some non-marital legal relationships established in foreign jurisdictions for purposes of determining entitlement to Social Security benefits, Medicare entitlement, and SSI.

If you already receive Social Security benefits, you must tell us if you get married, enter a non-marital legal relationship, or divorce because your marital status may affect your entitlement to benefits. If we stop your benefits because of marriage or remarriage, we may start them again if the marriage ends. If you have questions about how a same-sex marriage or non-marital legal relationship affects your claim, please call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 or at our TTY number, 1-800-325-0778, if you are deaf or hard of hearing. Or you can contact your local Social Security office.

Whenever you change your name, be sure to report the change to us. Otherwise, your earnings may not be recorded properly and you may not receive all the benefits you are due. We will provide you with an updated Social Security card. There’s no charge for a Social Security card.
We’re There to Help if You Become Disabled

One in four of today’s 20-year-olds will become disabled before they retire.

Disability benefits provide financial support for disabled workers and their dependents, including our wounded warriors.
We’re There to Provide Financial Support During Difficult Times

The loss of a loved one can be both emotionally and financially difficult. Some widows, widowers, and children may receive survivors benefits to help them cope with the financial loss.

The number of credits needed to provide benefits for survivors depends on the worker’s age when he or she dies.

Unmarried children who are under age 18 (up to age 19 if attending elementary or secondary school full time) can be eligible to receive Social Security benefits when a parent dies.
We’re There For Those Who Need a Helping Hand

The SSI program provides monthly payments to people who have limited income and resources. SSI is for people age 65 or older, and for those of any age, including children, who are blind, or disabled. For more information, visit our SSI web page or read our publication, You May Be Able To Get Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

If you get SSI, the law requires that we look at your case from time to time to make sure that you should still be getting SSI and are getting the right amount. We’ll ask you the same kind of questions you answered when you applied for SSI. For example, we’ll need information about your income, your resources, whether someone moves into or out of your household, and your bank accounts. You should report a change when it happens.

Marital status
We consider your marital status when we determine eligibility and payment amount for SSI. Therefore, you must tell us about any marriage, separation, divorce, or death that could affect your SSI eligibility and payment amount.

Your spouse’s income and resources may count when we determine your eligibility and SSI payment amount. We pay a married couple where both individuals are eligible for SSI a couple’s benefit amount that is less than the amount that we pay to two individuals. If you’re younger than age 18, we may consider part of your parents’ income and resources in determining your eligibility and SSI payment amount.

If you become a parent
If you become the parent of a child (including an adopted child) after you begin receiving SSI payments, let us know.

How and when to report changes
Don’t wait until we review your case to tell us about any changes. You must report a change within 10 days after the month it happens. You should report a change even if you’re late. If you don’t report a change, you may not receive the money you are eligible for if the change means you should receive a greater amount. Or, you may get too much money and have to pay it back. For more information, read What You Need to Know When You Get Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
We Wouldn’t Miss Your Retirement Party

When most people think of Social Security, they think of retirement benefits — with good reason.

Social Security is a lifeline for most retirees, keeping tens of millions out of poverty. Fifty-one percent of the workforce has no private pension coverage. Thirty-four percent of the workforce has no savings set aside specifically for retirement.
You Can Count on Us to Be There

Your Social Security taxes pay for three kinds of benefits: retirement, disability, and survivors. If you are married or you entered a non-marital legal relationship, and you think you might be eligible for benefits, we encourage you to apply right away even if you are not sure you are eligible. Applying now will protect you against the loss of any potential benefits by preserving your filing date, which we use to determine when your benefits may potentially start.

When you start receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits, other family members may also be entitled to benefits. For example, we can pay benefits to your spouse, unmarried minors, or disabled children. If you become the parent of a child (including an adopted child) after you begin receiving benefits, let us know about the child, so we can decide if the child is eligible for benefits. For more information about benefits for your family, read:

If you already receive Social Security benefits, you must tell us if you get married, enter a non-marital legal relationship, or divorce because your marital status may affect your entitlement to benefits. If we stop your benefits because of marriage or remarriage, we may start them again if the marriage ends. For more information, read What You Need to Know When You Get Retirement or Survivors Benefits.
When You’re Ready to Apply for Benefits

When you are ready to apply for benefits, you can apply for benefits online.

For more information about retirement benefits, read Retirement Benefits.

For more information about Social Security disability benefits, read Disability Benefits. You can apply for Social Security disability benefits online.

You can get a quick and easy benefit estimate based on your Social Security earnings record and more detailed benefit calculations on our website.

If you have additional questions
If you have questions about how a same-sex marriage or non-marital legal relationship may affect your claim, or to tell us if you are married, separated or divorced, please call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or contact your local Social Security office.


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