U.S. Supreme Court may update its gay marriage ruling this year or next

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has formally added gay marriage cases to the justices’ agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29, the Associated Press reported.

The action taken on Sept. 10 does not mean that the court will decide that day to hear state appeals of lower court rulings that struck down bans on same-sex marriage. But the late September conference will be the first time the justices have the issue before them. The meeting will be the justices’ first since late June.

Appeals have been filed from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The gay couples who won in each case in the lower courts also favor Supreme Court review.

The justices could put off deciding whether to take up gay marriage until January and still be able to issue a decision by June of 2015.

No Florida marriage case has yet gotten close to the U.S. Supreme Court. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, supported by Gov. Rick Scott, continues to wage appeals against gay marriage at both the state and federal level. She contends she is obligated to follow the direction that Florida voters gave in 2008 when they amended the Florida constitution to limit legal marriage to man-woman couples.

Word Up 280 — New Church Family newsletter Sept. 10, 2014

WORD UP 280 – SEPT. 10, 2014
NEW CHURCH FAMILY weekly newsletter
3520 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach 32124 (US 92, west of LPGA Boulevard intersection and the I-4 overpass )
PASTOR: Rev. Susan B. Roth. Pastor’s office hours – Tues, Thurs 9 a.m.-noon.
Telephone: 386-527-5952 (connects with pastor after hours)
E-mail: NewChurchFamily@gmail.com
ABOUT NCF – We are an independent Christian church welcoming people of all faiths, orientations and genders. We have been conducting a special outreach to GLBT people since our founding in 1986. Our 100 members and friends come from many different faith backgrounds — evangelical, Catholic, Pentecostal, Jewish, mainline Protestant – as well as unchurched and questioning. Our dress code is informal – t-shirts, Bermuda shorts and flip-flops are OK (Remember, Jesus wore sandals!)
THIS SUNDAY—SEPT. 14 — 10 a.m. — WORSHIP & HOLY COMMUNION, with REV. SUSAN B. ROTH preaching.
SCRIPTURE FOR SUNDAY
Exodus 14:19–31 or Genesis 50:15–21; Psalm 114 or Exodus 15:1–11, 20–21, or Psalm 103
Romans 14:1–12[ Matthew 18:21–35
DON’T FORGET – THIS FRIDAY, SEPT. 12 is DANCE PARTY MADNESS at “Club 3520” (the NCF building). The smoke-free BYOB event for the over-21 crowd starts at 7:30 p.m. and runs until midnight. Chris of KC Sound Express, is fired up to play your favorite tunes. $5 donation please. If you have volunteered to help set up, please be there by 6:30 p.m. Soft drinks and coffee also will be available. Be responsible – arrange a ride or form a taxi pool if you plan to have more than 2 drinks. All genders and orientations are welcome.

PRAYERS & TESTIMONIES of the People
Peace for Gaza, Israel, West Bank, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and all other battle zones.
Betty asks we continue praying daily for researchers trying to find a cure for ALS. Her grandson, 22, is at risk for developing the disease in mid-life.
John D. in DeBary is scheduled for a hip replacement next week.
Healing for Terri
Linda N. asks continued prayers for Rick and Sonia
Thanksgiving Terry, Jerry’s partner, is recovering from a near-fatal infection.
Continued prayers for Randa’s health and her search for a roommate.
Thanksgiving for first-time visitors, including Joan from Ottawa. She and Sylvine were joined in a Holy Union last week, performed by Rev. Susan.
Safe travel for Frank & Jerry as they prepare to head back from Ontario to Deltona in two weeks.
TE: Our Prayer Team, led by Dom, sends up prayers every day. Contact DOM or REV. SUSAN if you have a crisis requiring urgent prayer or know someone else who needs this support..
SUNDAY SERMON RECAP — (SEPT. 7 – FORGIVING and FORGETTING and FORGOTTEN) — Most of us are familiar with the procedure that Matthew 18 lays out for resolving conflict. It starts first with direct dealing with the person you feel has wronged you. If that doesn’t resolve the issue, you call on neutral parties to hear the issue and help mediate it. As we attempt such negotiations, which always are stressful, Rev. Susan advises us to keep just one word uppermost in our minds — “release.” Whether it’s an argument, or a lawsuit, or a divorce , it is ultimately self-defeating to focus on “victory” or “revenge” or “vindication.” The goal should be to release the poison of mutual hatred from both yourself and your adversary. And then to move on. Or, as someone once told Oprah Winfrey, “Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past was something different.”
Rev. Susan’s full sermon is available on YouTube and Facebook. The link is:

ARCHIVES – If you ever want to hear a sermon or see a church event from a few months ago, it’s easy to do on the computer – just go to YouTube.com and type in New Church Family Daytona Beach as a search phrase.

CHURCH & COMMUNITY CALENDAR –

SEPT. 10, WED., 6:30 p.m. – LOGOS BIBLE STUDY GROUP weekly sessions, led by Mark Bundy. (Mark has a master’s of divinity degree and is an ordained clergy.) This meeting will continue a discussion of Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians. Newcomers are always welcome. NCF Boardroom.

SEPT. 12, FRI., 8:30 a.m. – TGIF Coffee Break – Join NCF pals for coffee and a snack and light conversation. Panera Bread, (rear of restaurant) Dunlawton Ave., next to Target, Port Orange. We usually have 4 to 8 regulars and attendance is growing — more are always welcome. Bring a friend if you like.
SEPT. 10 to NOV. 15 — JACK MITCHELL Photo Exhibit continues at Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach. Nearly 200 stunning close-up portraits of major dancers, artists, authors and actors. For a review written by Tom B., go to www.gaydaytona.com . Scroll down this newsletter to the Sept. 21 film listing for more information about Mitchell, who died last year at 88. He was a gay man who grew up in New Smyrna Beach, got his start in professional photography as a teenager in the Daytona area, then moved to NY to become a major photographer of celebrities in the arts. Free.
SEPT. 11, THURS. 7:30 p.m. – “Bingo: The Winning Musical” continues at Little Theater, South Causeway, New Smyrna Beac h. A comedy about the bingo subculture. Continues through Sept. 14 . Directed by Dan Blazi (Our own Tom C. is president of the theater and stage manager for this production. Loretta and Paul K. went to a preview and give it a thumbs up.) Tickets $20, $19 for seniors 62+.
SEPT. 10, WED. 7 p.m. – SCREENING of “BUFFALO BILL and the INDIANS, “ a 1976 Robert Altman film about Buffalo Bill’s hiring of Sitting Bull for his Wild West show. Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State. Free.
SEPT. 11, 7 p.m. – SCREENING of “This Far by Faith,” the story of two slaves, Sojourner Truth and Denmark Vesey, who used their spiritual resources to fight for freedom. Part of a civil rights film series being shown at the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State. Free.

SEPT. 10, WED, 7 p.m. – PFLAG of Volusia starts monthly meetings at New Church Family, 7 p.m. This organization is for Parents, Friends and Family of GLBT people. They will meet in the sanctuary while our Logos group continues using the boardroom. Many of you already have met two of the group’s leaders, Kathy Seibert and Judy Provost. Attend one of their meetings and get to know the whole group. Praise God as NCF progresses toward being a community center welcoming all people.
SEPT. 11, THURS., 6:30 p.m. — OVER THE RIVER social group meets for dinner at Olive Garden, Orange City. Newcomers welcome.
SEPT. 12, FRI. 7:30 p.m. to midnight — CLUB 3520 DANCE PARTY at New Church Family. NOTE: Volunteers are needed for set-up, starting 6-6:30 p.m .
SEPT. 13, SAT. 9:30-12:30 p.m. – PANEL on YOUTH VOLUNTEERING – Agency representatives will discuss various ways volunteers can help at-risk kids through the Guardian Ad Litem program and other organizations. City Island Library, Daytona Beach. Similar programs will be held Sept. 20 at the DeLand Library and Sept. 27 at the New Smyrna Beach Library. Free.
SEPT. 15, MON., 2 p.m. – SCREENING of “Noah” film starring Russell Crowe. Port Orange Library. Free.
SEPT. 16, TUES, 7 p.m. – RAINBOW LEAGUE GLBT-friendly bowling at Bellair Lanes, North Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach. Newcomers welcome.
SEPT. 17, WED. 10 a.m. – SUICIDE PREVENTION WORKSHOP – Jessica Bucculo and Jenifer Flores, clinical social workers with the VA, will discuss what behavioral signs to look for in a loved one to head off a suicide attempt. City Island Library, Daytona. The presentation will be repeated Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. at the DeLand Public Library. .

SEPT 18, THURS. 5:30 p.m. – MISSION BENEFIT – A potluck dinner and dance will be held at the Easy Clubhouse of Lighthouse Pointe Mobile Home Park, Nova at Madeline, Port Orange. Admission $5. Donation of a children’s book or school supply also would be appreciated. This will help Diane raise the remaining $1,200 still needed for her mission trip to Kenya next year. Joyce, a member of the mission team, will be on hand to describe the ongoing work at the Gaitu school. (Scroll below for more details)
SEPT. 18, THURS., 7:30 p.m. – “Peace Love and Rock n Roll” fundraising concert at Little Theater, New Smyrna. A medley of music from the 1960s and ‘ 70s with singers directed by Dr. Richard Martorano and a visiting show band “Rock this Town.” Continues through Sept. 21. Ticket info: 423-1246.
SEPT. 20, SAT., 7:45 a.m. – SYMETRA/Embry Riddle LPGA Golf Tournament, Third Round, at LPGA. Volusia County residents get free admission. Tournament winds up Sunday 4 p.m. Some tournament proceeds are shared with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia County. Details: http://www.symetratour.com/golf/owned-event-pages/daytona/daytona-spectator-information.aspx
SEPT 21, SUN – THIRD SUNDAY COLLECTION of items for Halifax Urban Ministries. Canned goods, clothing, diapers, personal hygiene items, etc. The collection bin is behind our front counter. See Michelle for details on what is most needed by this ministry to the homeless.
SEPT 21, 11:45 a.m. – GLBT FILM SERIES screens “Jack Mitchell: My Life in Black and White.” This documentary will be shown at New Church Family, immediately after the worship service. Introduction by Jennifer F., former News-Journal film critic and personal friend of Mitchell and his partner. The film also will be shown Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Southeast Museum of Photography. Free. A preview can be found at www.jackmitchellmovie.com
SEPT. 26, SAT. – -Brevard County’s Space Coast Pride Festival – New location: Eau Gallie Arts District, Melbourne. This year, the event will include a parade.
SEPT. 27, 9 a.m. to noon – FURRY FRIENDS FESTIVAL — A canine fashion parade and contest to benefit The House Next Door foster care agency. Activities for kids. Entry fee $25 per dog. Admission $10 per person; $15 a couple. Port Orange City Center.
SEPT. 27, SAT. 10 a.m- 5p.m. – LAKE CITY PRIDE Festival at Telford Hotel, 16521 River St., White Springs Fl.
SEPT. 28, SUN., 10 a.m. – GUEST PREACHER at NCF – One of our favorite young clergymen will fill the pulpit while Rev. Susan takes a brief vacation. (Our visitor promises to leave his ice bucket at home – lol)
OCT. 1, 1:30 p.m. – SCREENING of “Blackfish” – This powerful documentary raises disturbing questions about Sea World’s treatment of captive whales. Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State. Free.
OCT. 3, 7:30 p.m. – “THE MIRACLE WORKER” opens at Athens Theater, DeLand, presented by the Sands Theater Co. The classic drama about Annie Sullivan’s work in tutoring Helen Keller. Continues through Oct. 19.
OCT. 4, noon-9 p.m.—ORGULLO Hispanic LGBT Pride Festival, 73rd. St. & Collins Ave., Miami Beach.
OCT. 4-5 – RIVER CITY PRIDE in Jacksonville, Parade on Oct. 4 along Park St.; festival on Oct. 5 at Riverside Arts Market.
OCT. 5, SUN., 5 p.m. — GROUP DISCUSSION on “Sex and the Spirit: Marrying our Bodies to the Rest of Us.” This will follow a potluck dinner at the parish house of First Congregational Church, 107 N. Euclid Ave., Lake Helen. Bring a dish to share; beverages and desserts will be provided. Details: Michelle O’Donnell at 407-928-8376 or Rev. Frank Faine at 773-206-6011. First Congregational UCC is an Open and Affirming church.
OCT. 11, from noon on – Orlando Pride Festival, Lake Eola, Orlando
OCT. 24, FRI., 7:30 p.m. – HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY at CLUB 3520 (N CF Building). We are moving back the October party so it can usher in Volusia Pride weekend and give us an excuse to put on scary or funny costumes. Start thinking about what you’d like to wear. A BYOB event for the over-21 crowd; $5 donation please.
OCT. 25, Sat. , noon to 4 p.m. – VOLUSIA PRIDE 2014 at Old Fort Park, New Smyrna Beach. The festival is not that far away. Contact Rev. Susan if you would like to help plan our church’s exhibit and possible performance, such as a “flash mob” or “dance-walk” thru the park. . Contact Kathy Seibert or Charlotte Lambert if you would to be part of the festival’s overall planning.
NOV. 8 – FLORIDA STATE BLUEGRASS BAND performs at Athens Theater.
DEC. 3-14 – “The Phantom of the Opera” touring version by Cameron Mackintosh plays the Dr. Phillips Center, Orlando. Ticket info: OrlandoBroadway.com
POSSIBILITY for LATE SEPTEMBER – Tom C. is organizing a men’s discussion group on the topic of “Nature vs. Nurture” Many of us believe a gay orientation starts at birth or soon after. Yet some guys don’t come out to gay life until their 30s, or 40s, or even later. What’s behind this late-blooming phenomenon? We’ll talk confidentially about this subject. If you’d like to take part , speak to Tom C. We are considering a week night in late Sept. or early Oct.

Thoughts From Rev Susan……IMHO (in my humble opinion)
There are moments when God surprises you in such profound ways that there is no other way to describe it other than “Wow, God, You are amazing.” I recently experienced one of those moments and while it might seem unimportant in the big scheme of life, it was a significant moment for me. A moment when I felt overcome by the kindness of God. A moment I was reminded of how intimately He knows me and how much He cares about me.

During my life, I’ve kept scrap boxes….you know, the plastic type with the snap on lids. I have had 24 houses…(I know , hard to believe, but true). With each house I would review the boxes, re-evaluate….give sentimental things about their great grand- parents to my daughters and throw away other things, no longer of value to me.
I carried those boxes with me. The final move to Asheville left me with 3 boxes. Coming back to Daytona Beach, I was able to wean down to 2 very, very precious boxes.
I have been going through my garage, now almost empty of personal things which are carefully put away elsewhere in my last (I hope) residence. The other night I began thinking of my beloved last boxes…..I moaned and groaned about how I apparently had thrown them away. Nostalgically I had a strange desire for them.
In the middle of that moment, I felt a nudge to ask God to restore what I had lost. Immediately I thought of the futility of such a prayer. After all, the most of the boxes had been discarded for over 30 years. But a thread of faith arose in my heart and inwardly I asked, “Lord, if those boxes or their contents are anywhere to be found, I would like to have some of their contents back.”
As I took a load of wash into the garage, I realized my washer had done a little walk as washers are known to do when the load is too heavy….and lo and behold, I see the edge of one of the boxes! Overwhelmed I stood there and told BB, my Cocker Spaniel the impossibility of what was happening.
I pulled out the box and began to look. I was overjoyed. God had answered an intimate prayer from a very tender place in my heart. A prayer request that I had not even breathed aloud.
I felt overwhelmed with the kindness of God. Amazed at His involvement in my life. Breathless at how He Himself initiated my very prayer by nudging me to ask. I knew that I was in the midst of a God moment. A moment when God was saying, “I care about the smallest things in your life. I am intimately involved. I want to give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalm 37:4 resonated in my spirit, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
The boxes were not eternally significant but they represented an inner desire of my heart. The message was loud and clear. I am important to God. He heard my prayer. It mattered to me so it mattered to Him.
Such encounters take us deeper into the heart of God. They build our sense of being known, which is the essence of intimacy.
I later found out that the young woman who had helped me pack in Asheville had found the one box and shoved it into a large carton.
Whether or not God, who is not bound to time, reached back and restored that one box to me or whether it was there all the time, the kindness of God is all the same.
Not only is He involved in the great big things. The matters of eternal significance. He is involved in the little things, too. The ones that matter only to you.
He is a personal God. He wants to be invited into your secret desires. He knows you intimately and loves you completely.
God is a God of intimacy. He knows all about you and He longs for you to share your heart with Him. He desires to restore all that you’ve lost and show His heart of kindness to you.
Will you open your heart to Him? Will you step into the nudges of His Holy Spirit?

Love, hugs, blessings, peace, shalom, amen and amen

SUSAN

Psalm 18:1 I love you, O LORD, my strength.

VIVA OUR VOLUNTEERS –
n Isaac, our new building manager, has been reviewing all our files on the building and doing some pressure washing.
n Thank you to Martha and Carol for donating dozens of DVDs to the church. They are available in a carton in the library for people to check out and borrow. Titles range from Disney kids’ movies to adult action flicks.
n Rev. Susan reminds us she needs some set-up help for the Sept. 12 dance party. If a half-dozen people get to the party an hour early (6-6:30 p.m.) , it will be an easy task.
n “SUPPLIES NEEDED” list on the refrigerator says we could use: Small paper plates; plastic forks; large heavy duty plastic bags for the trash barrel, chips & pretzels, and bottled w ater.
n Reminder to kitchen volunteers – Before leaving the building, make sure the ice-maker’s wire lever in the freezer is in the “UP” (off) position. Rev. Susan received a second “ice challenge” the other day when she opened the freezer door and was bombarded with cubes.
n REFRESHMENT VOLUNTEERS are urgently needed for several empty slots in September and October, including this Sunday. (We aim to recruit three households per Sunday).
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NCF BUILDING UPDATE
Steve Whitten of TermaGuard in DeBary did a precautionary inspection of our building for termites. Hallelujah – no critters found. However, he does recommend adding 3 or 6 feet of PVC pipe to our A-C drip tubes outdoors so no puddles form near our slab. Dampness attracts termites. He also recommends we replace our wooden deck with crushed stone or a type of bug-proof plastic lumber.
A Flair Air Conditioning technician last Friday made 2 major repairs to A-C units that chill our sanctuary. One unit required a new capacitor, the other a compressor. Total cost of parts and labor was about $1,400. We used several large donations given during our move-in period 2 years ago to cover this emergency expense. Thank you, angels!
If someone has a sturdy pole or a board about 6 feet long to donate, that would help us in lowering and closing our folding staircase to the attic. We had a close call last week when a church member was knocked off a stepladder as the stairs were being lowered. Rev. Susan reminds us not to attempt to wrestle with the staircase singlehandedly.
We also could use an ash bucket or urn for our side-door smoking zone near the Dumpster. The rusty cookie tin currently being used is not the best solution.

UPDATE ON OUR MISSION PROJECT IN KENYA – from Diane W.
A BOX HAS BEEN PLACED in the church lobby to collect supplies for the Gaitu school in Kenya. Church members are asked to help us fill it in coming weeks. Supplies that are needed: Blunt scissors, rulers, hand held pencil sharpener, # 2 pencils (unsharpened), pencil eraser, colored pencils; small bottles of hand lotions and bath soaps; Scrubby; Books for elementary and high-school reading levels.

MARK THURS., SEPT 18 on your social calendar. That’s when Diane & her helpers will host a benefit potluck dinner and dance at Lighthouse Pointe clubhouse in Port Orange. Joyce, a member of the mission team in Gaitu, will be on hand to discuss progress. A new well has been drilled and pipes installed to replace an unsanitary cement trough for the school’s drinking water. Also, a slab has been poured for new construction.
Admission 5 will go toward the $1,200 Diane needs to raise by next spring. Donation of school supplies also are welcome. If anyone would like to donate to her fund as an individual, the check can be made payable either to Covenant United Methodist Church or to Diane Walrath. If you would like to help organize a fundraiser, give her a call or talk to her at church.

GOD IS FOR YOU !
Diane Walrath, 1060 Azalea Points Dr., Port Orange, Fl 32129 ; 315-750-9753

NEWS OF OUR EXTENDED FAMILY
n Terri has launched a new Facebook group called Volusia County Transgender Society. It is open to transwomen, transmen and their allies. Contact Terri for more information.

REVIEW: “Alejandro & Diego” gay-themed soap opera.
Surf on YouTube on any given day and you can find dozens of young-adult soap operas with gay & lesbian themes. One that caught my eye recently was “Alejandro & Diego,” a Spanish-language romance set in a Miami private school. It runs 45 episodes, each about 5-7 minutes long, with somewhat lame but adequate English subtitles. The plot, like any soap opera, is convoluted and far-fetched but it’s easy to get caught up in the fantasy. The romance is tame – nothing beyond kisses here – but it’s comical how every kid in Miami is portrayed as model material – no one is overweight or has acne or bad hair. PLOT SUMMARY: Alejandro, a gay kid just starting to come out, has lost his best friend Rodrigo in an accident, but Sebastian, Rodrigo’s brother, does his best to cheer up “Ale.” So, is this the start of a gay romance? No, Sebastian actually has fallen for their mutual pal Nora, and he gently breaks the news to a disappointed Ale. Meanwhile Ale has to deal with a pack of handsome but oafish bullies. Four macho guys enjoy teasing him about his clumsiness in sports but still, for some strange reason, they let him hang around the edge of their clique. Gradually Ale notices that Diego, one of his tormentors, is sending mixed messages – dissing him one day, hugging him the next. So it goes for several dozen episodes, as viewers wonder — will boy get boy? The next to last episode seems to give a negative answer, but then the final episode – a “several years later” scene – turns the earlier plot upside down. Leaving aside the implausible story line, what I found more interesting was the subplot that showed tensions between rich Cuban-American naturalized citizens and the more recently arrived undocumented Mexicans. This is a dimension of the immigration issue that many Anglos in America would fail to grasp. (Review by Tom Brown)

NOTE – Have you seen a good movie or play, or read a good book or taken an interesting day trip? Word Up welcomes your recommendations.

AND ON A LIGHTER NOTE…..
The Rev. William Archibald Spooner, a 19th century Anglican vicar, was known for mixing up sounds within a phrase. This type of blooper became known as a Spoonerism. One day, as he was wrapping up a wedding ceremony, he told the groom, “It is kistomary to cuss the bride.” And in a speech to Parliament, he tried to say, “Three cheers for our dear old Queen.” It came out: “Three cheers for our queer old dean.”

OUR CLASSIFIEDS –
HELP WANTED –HOSPICE JOB FAIR TUES., Sept. 19 – For nursing positions at Halifax Hospice, all locations. Fair runs 7 am to 7 pm at the Clarion Hotel, 3650 E. International Speedway Blvd., DeLand. Interviews will be conducted on-site, please bring resume and completed application. Visit halifaxhealth.org/careers to download an application.
WANTED TO BUY: Large-screen TV. Tom & Jay are seeking a used TV in good working order, 35 inch screen or larger. We will consider paying up to $100. This is for a housebound friend who struggles on $600 a month but often donates clothing and pet care to other poor people. Her TV died, and she enjoys watching gospel music. Call 386-256-0733; leave message.
ROOMMATE WANTED in PORT ORANGE — Randa is looking for a new roommate, preferably a gay female ( but a gay man will not be excluded.) Will have a private bedroom and bath and run of the whole house. Home is in Lighthouse Pointe, at Nova Road & Madeline, a mobile home community for 55+ residents. BrightHouse Internet and use of washer and dryer included. Non-smoker required. Small pets OK. Community amenities include: Clubhouse, pool, and Jacuzzi. $450 per month. Please call Randa at (508) 524-1508.
HOUSING WANTED: LIAM & CJ and C J’s small dog would like to share a 2 bed, 2 bath apartment or mobile home in East Volusia. Both men are employed and active in our church. Target rent $600, possibly higher if utilities are included. Contact Liam at Liammg224@hotmail.com or CJ at dragkingjayden@ yahoo.com

FOR SALE LIGHTHOUSE SCALE MODEL – The NCF BOARD has authorized the sale of our wooden miniature lighthouse for $200 or best offer. For photos check our CraigsList ad under the “Collectibles for Sale” heading on the Daytona page. It was constructed by a high school carpentry class about 10 years ago, and includes a dollhouse-type cutaway section showing interior rooms with furniture. It stands 44 in tall with an electric light at its top. The model currently is stored in our library, but we need to move it to make room for the Ocean Road Counseling Service that will need library space later this fall. Contact Rev. Susan or Tom B. to make an offer.
FOR SALE – COUNTRY MUSIC COLLECTIBLE CARDS & AL:BUM — On display in our NCF library. Includes hundreds of color cards honoring the stars of American country music. Cards are mounted in vinyl sleeves in an album. $50 or best offer. Photos are available at Craigs List. 386-527-5952.

OUR FRIENDLY SITES & PLACES
INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION & HISTORY of our church: www.newchurchfamily.org
NCF FACEBOOK PAGES – Search for “New Church Family of Daytona Beach Group,” (our main information page) “The Porch of Daytona (youth outreach)” and “Daytona God Gab” — lively discussion of theology, interfaith topics, GLBT faith issues, etc. Listen to our sermon videos and help us out by posting a “like” or a supportive message.
SAMARITAN SUPPLIES – We maintain a small pantry on our front desk at NCF to help out needy people who come to our door. Canned goods, toiletries and towels, socks etc. are always welcome. If your own pantry is bare, speak to Rev. Susan – we’d be happy to supply you with a bag of food.
GLBT AA Group Meetings at the Lambda Center, 320 Harvey Ave., Daytona Beach, on Fridays at 6 pm. .
DAYTONA area gay news, and Events Calendar : www.gaydaytona.com. NOTE: Back issues of WORD UP are available at this website. For news of greater Orlando, check out www.watermarkonline.com

AIDS/HIV Support Group — Jim Geary’s confidential HIV support group meets Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Daytona. Call him at 386-235-6420 or 441-7562 for permission to attend. www.delicatecourage.com.
TRANSGENDER Information & support site operated by Nicole Turner of DeLand – www.transgenderwoman.net. Also, on Facebook, Terri is managing a group called “Volusia County Transgender Society.”
THE PORCH of DAYTONA – A local Facebook page aiming to provide GLBT news and commentary of special interest to youth. Co-sponsored by New Church Family and the Rainbow Alliance
JEWISH COMMUNITY – A Facebook group has been created for LGBTQ Jews and straight allies in the Orlando area. LINK:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1397668847157117/

GOODWILL Self-Sufficiency Center, 116 W. ISB, downtown Daytona – A friendly storefront that helps people find jobs, qualify for Food Stamps, etc. .
CLOTHEStoYOU.org – A local ministry distributing clothes to the needy. Check their website for distribution schedules.
GLBT Community Center of Volusia County, 519 Julia St., New Smyrna Beach – Hosting meetings for gay-straight alliances and other gay groups. Chris Funk, president. www.glbtcommunitycenterofvolusiacounty.com. Also on Facebook.
FREE FILMS – Southeast Museum of Photography presents several free movies each week during the academic year.. Schedule: www.smponline. Many others can be found at Volusia County libraries – for a schedule, see www.volusialibrary.org
VOLUSIA-FLAGLER RAINBOW ALLIANCE, formerly known as OneDaytona. Sponsors a GLBT scholarship program and offers matching grants for GLBT-related projects (films, workshops, GSA activities, etc.) This nonprofit group is open to anyone interested in GLBT equality and solidarity. Rev. Susan is chairperson; Tom is secretary-treasurer. Paul Edson, Roxanne Williams and Russ Van Allen round out the board. Check out its Facebook page.
Community Partnership for Children, 135 Executive Circle, Daytona Beach – recruits mentors for teens in foster care. Contact Susan Hiltz at (386) 547-2293 or via email at Susan.Hiltz@cbcvf.org
THE CENTER, Orlando’s GLBT Community Center, lists many gay organizations, support groups, businesses and events at: thecenterorlando.org. Their headquarters is at 946 N. Mills Ave , Orlando.
OUTREACH Community Care Network: Provides HIV and AIDS testing, counseling, support, information and referrals. outreachinc.org or 386-255-5569. Contact person: Joaquin.
EQUALITY FLORIDA for gay-rights updates, state legislative news: www.eqfl.org. Also for GSA Network news.
DOMESTIC ABUSE COUNCIL – Hotline to get confidential help for dealing with violence in your home — 1-800-500-1119 .
TREVOR PROJECT – National youth counseling web site for GLBT coming-out issues, bullying and depression: www.thetrevorproject.org . Their suicide prevention hotline is 866-4-U-TREVOR
SUICIDE Prevention Hotline – 1-800-539-4228 (Act Corp. psychiatric stabilization for Volusia County)
HALIFAX URBAN MINISTRIES — Emergency help with food & shelter, 215 Bay St., Daytona Beach, and www.halifaxurbanministries.org. Pastor Troy Ray is director; Mark Geallis is his assistant. (NCF collects food and used clothing for them on the 3rd Sunday of each month.) Place your items in the bins under the front desk. Money donations go into a Coin Can in the sanctuary. If you are interested in seeing HUM’s operation in person, contact Michelle Rivero)
CHRISTIANGAYS.com – A gay-affirming church directory, e-mail forum, friend-finder and non-pornographic chat, hosted by Mary Pearson in Oshawa, Ontario. New Church Family runs a banner ad on this website, which has 8,500 members across North America.
PFLAG New Smyrna Beach/Volusia meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month during the school year. Meetings are now being held at NEW CHURCH FAMILY. We can be found on Facebook. Our email address is pflagnewsmyrnabeach@live.com, or contact Kathy at 386.299.0698.
KINGCHAMP BOOKS – Quality used books, mostly nonfiction, sold online by Tom. Check the “Church Benefit” category for hundreds of books on consignment for NCF. Operated by Tom Brown. www.kingchampbooks.com
MISS COMPUTER FIX-IT – Computer maintenance and overhauls. Bridget Rose—misscomputerfixit@yahoo.com, or 386-506-2195.
”JUST US” for professional women 35+ meeting on a monthly basis at local restaurants. Contact dee1023@yahoo.com.
“OVER THE RIVER” Social Group meets weekly for dinner in the West Volusia area. Their events are posted on Yahoo Groups, or check with Peter or Dennis.

THANK YOU FOR READING “Word UP” – Have an item to contribute? Contact Tom B. or Rev. Susan. See you in church!

The Maggie & Milo Movie — both bittersweet and brilliant

Now that the summertime action-packed comic book hero blockbusters have once again given way to more serious film fare, how refreshing to see a little movie such as The Skeleton Twins combining both drama and comedy in keeping with real life circumstances.  As a long estranged bi-coastal adult brother and sister reluctantly reunite after simultaneous suicide attempts, the audience shares their many ties that bind.  Though they can neither stand one another nor their miserable lives as a would-be actor and wife/mother, the siblings grapple with the fall-out from their dysfunctional origins and the debilitating depression that has resulted.

All this comes about by way of several touchingly believable—even staggeringly awesome—performances from the entire cast of eccentric characters.  Similar to her star turn in Bridesmaids, her role as sister Maggie Kristen Wiig adeptly combines the light and the heavy without overdoing either.  Her Saturday Night Live alumnus, Bill Hader (during the half-dozen past years in the daftly akiltered Superbad, Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder, Night at the Museum, etc.), trades in his outrageously flamboyant gay character Stefon from late night TV for the less cartoonish gay brother Milo on the big screen in a truly daring award-worthy portrayal.  After initially reverting to their youthful smart-ass personas, muster the wherewithal from one another to  more authentically than ever confront their unhappiness with the people in their lives.  The newfound sibling connection leads to her dealing with an always optimistic husband (Luke Wilson) as well as him confronting his foreboding former lover (Ty Burrell, from TV’s Modern Family, as not usually so uncomfortably seen).  Certainly after seeing them lip-synch and play dress-up, you will never again think of either fun activity in quite the same way.  Kudos to stars Wiig and Hader along with supporting players Wilson and Burrell who each in their own distinct way make it appear effortless to so believably play off each other.

If ending rather predictably, the bold emphasis on the deep and dark rather than easy jokes and silly foolishness make The Skeleton Twins both bittersweet and brilliant.

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Review of Jack Mitchell photo exhibit

JACK MITCHELL – Up close and personal

By TOM BROWN

NEW SMYRNA BEACH — Step into the Atlantic Center of the Arts, and you might think you have time-traveled into a Manhattan cocktail party for the artsy crowd. Nearly 200 black and white portraits made by acclaimed celebrity photographer Jack Mitchell serve as a Who’s Who of the American arts from 1960 through 1995. Most were produced from the New York studio that Mitchell operated for four decades before retiring to New Smyrna, his boyhood hometown.
The exhibit is titled “Icons & Idols,” but Mitchell is far from reverential – he brings his celebrities down to earth and makes them human. Working with high-contrast black and white film, he captures every pore, wrinkle or stray hair that you might see if you were sitting across the table from the subject. Most of the portraits are head-and-shoulders close-ups, and the people typically are either laughing, smiling or slyly grinning. Only a few are shown in a pensive mood, and no one appears angry. He uses angularity to great effect: subjects typically are shown leaning sideways or tilting forward toward the viewer, making them seem alive and accessible. Thus the overall ambience of the exhibit is one of relaxed good feeling. You feel as though Mitchell has coaxed his clients to let their hair down and share an intimate story.
Although Mitchell was openly gay, as were many of the men he photographed, I didn’t see any blatant homoeroticism in his male portraits. While he highlights muscles in both the men and women he photographed, he presents their bodies in a matter-of-fact fashion, not seductively. In his presentation of a youthful Arnold Schwarzenegger, you are caught just as much by Arnold’s boyish, innocent face as by his showcase torso. A 1983 shot of John Travolta in his “Staying Alive” period keeps his muscle shirt in shadow so you can study the glint in his eyes. Singer Cat Stevens, with his flowing tousled curls shot from a low angle, is given a Christ-like effect.

Everyone will have their own favorites after an hour in this exhibit. I was especially taken with the wild flying leap executed by young dancer Patrick Dupond, with legs outstretched in a breathtaking diagonal split. In contrast, just beneath the Dupond picture, ballerina Valentina Koslova is frozen en pointe in a serene Swan Lake pose.
Mitchell, who died last year at 88, was best known for his portraits of dancers, and this exhibit provide a generous sampling. The full body view of Paul Taylor is especially intriguing. He is shown sitting rigidly straight, seemingly in meditation. But then you glance down and notice his gnarled hands and bruised bare feet. Interestingly, Mitchell chose to show some of the dancers not in a dance pose, but only in close up. I think this was the first time I had ever seen Rudolf Nureyev as just a face.
This is also an opportunity to see the people who have created some of our best-known modern art. I enjoyed connecting the faces of Alex Katz, Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring, Louise Bourgeois and others with bits of the art that made them famous.
It’s an eerie coincidence that the exhibit includes a 1984 shot of a young Robin Williams. His shirt is unbuttoned to show a hairy chest and his mouth is wide open in an animated expression. But we cannot tell if it’s a belly laugh – or a scream.
Some of the exhibit will remain on view permanently at the Atlantic Center, but a large selection of the best-known artists will be sent on tour after Nov. 15.
In conjunction with the exhibit, the Southeast Museum of Photography at Daytona State will screen a biography of Mitchell on Saturday, Sept 27. “Jack Mitchell: My Life is Black and White,” written and directed by Craig B. Highberger in 2006, will be shown at 3 p.m. The same film also will be shown at New Church Family on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 11:45 a.m. The church is at 3520 W. International Speedway Blvd. (US 92), Daytona Beach. Admission is free for both the exhibit and the screenings.
The film contains ample footage of an elderly Mitchell wryly reminiscing about his life and career, along with charming anecdotes from his longtime partner Bob Pavlik and tributes from various artists and critics. Of special interest to me as a retired newspaperman was a segment in which a New York Times photo editor confesses how the Times bowed to the artistic demands of Yoko Ono, giving her censorship power over Mitchell’s images of her and John Lennon. It’s a disconcerting dent in the Times’ credibility. And, incidentally, the film does answer the question about Robin Williams’ facial expression.

For more information about Mitchell and the movie, visit www.jackmitchell.com and www.jackmitchellmovie.com . The Atlantic Center is in northern New Smyrna, off U.S. 1 on Art Center Road.

Word Up 279 — New Church Family newsletter Sept. 3, 2014

WORD UP 279 – SEPT. 3, 2014
NEW CHURCH FAMILY weekly newsletter
3520 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach 32124 (US 92, west of LPGA Boulevard intersection and the I-4 overpass )
PASTOR: Rev. Susan B. Roth. Pastor’s office hours – Tues, Thurs 9 a.m.-noon.
Telephone: 386-527-5952 (connects with pastor after hours)
E-mail: NewChurchFamily@gmail.com
ABOUT NCF – We are an independent Christian church welcoming people of all faiths, orientations and genders. We have been conducting a special outreach to GLBT people since o ur founding in 1986. Our 70 members come from many different faith backgrounds — evangelical, Catholic, Pentecostal, Jewish, mainline Protestant – as well as unchurched. Our dress code is informal – t-shirts, Bermuda shorts and sandals are OK!
THIS SUNDAY—SEPT. 7 — 10 a.m. — WORSHIP & HOLY COMMUNION, with REV SUSAN B. ROTH preaching. Reminder: Our First Sunday collection for the Benevolence Fund will be received – please bring your spare change and spare dollars.
NOTE: Our picnic last Sunday counted as our monthly potluck for September.

SCRIPTURE FOR SUNDAY
Exodus 12: 1-14 or Ezekiel 33: 7-11; Matthew 18: 15-20; Romans 13:8-14;
Psalm 139 or Psalm 119:33-40
PRAYERS & TESTIMONIES of the People
Peace for Gaza, Israel, West Bank, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and all other battle zones.
Betty asks we pray daily for researchers trying to find a cure for ALS. Her grandson, 22, is at risk for developing the disease in mid-life.
Prayers for wellness for Randa, Mary C., Becki in knee rehab, Kitty & Linda.
Thanksgiving for first-time visitors – Linda & Maureen, DeBary; Judy, DeLand; Lauri & Trenten, from Deltona, and two guys from DeBary.
Success for people seeking jobs. Special prayer for Donna, starting a job search.
Good results for Diane’s upcoming eye surgery.
Safe travel for Pam and Charlotte on a month-long camper trip.
Guidance for Liam and CJ, searching for affordable, dog- friendly housing.
Condolences for Jerry and other friends of Jack Holden, 57, who died Aug. 21 from complications of diabetes. Jack worked 24 years for Home Depot in Daytona. A graveside service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Belleview Memorial Park, Daytona.
Thanksgiving for successful heart bypass surgery received by Loretta’s friend.
Healing for Jose, recovering from a stroke.
Keith asks prayers for his Aunt Wanda in the hospital
Safe travel for Frank & Jerry as they prepare to head back from Ontario to Deltona in two weeks.
Strength for Clarence and Ron as they seek healing for Clarence’s spinal problems. NY doctors have advised against surgery.
Linda N. asks prayers for Ricky & Sonia
Guidance for Lenny R.
Heather G. asks comfort for her Aunt Pam, dealing with loss of her daughter and unemployment.
For Ken Beland
For Catherine and Michael to realize their goal of moving to New Smyrna
Tom B. gives thanks for the opportunity to see his family and classmates in NY, especially his grandniece Melissa, now free on parole.
Thanksgiving for our Sunday attendance of 70.
NOTE: Our Prayer Team, led by Dom, sends up prayers every day. Contact DOM or REV. SUSAN if you have a crisis requiring urgent prayer or know someone else who needs this support..
SUNDAY SERMON RECAP — (Aug. 31) “WE ARE ONE” – Isn’t it sad that satellites and the Internet have made worldwide communication so easy, yet divisions and conflicts still stand in the way of global unity. Rev. Susan’s vision is that one day, the church will become the true global village – accepting everyone regardless of doctrine, or race or orientation. The United Nations may continue to stumble, but here, at our humble local level, our own church can work toward being a refuge for everyone.
Rev. Susan’s full sermon is available on YouTube and Facebook. The link is:

ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE – Eight hardy souls at New Church Family accepted the ice-bucket challenge last Sunday. Here is the link to view the action, plus testimony by Betty S. on the impact of the ALS disease on her family.

Incidentally, our special collection for ALS raised $134. Thank you, everybody, for your support. Rev. Susan has relayed the challenge to Darlene and Charlotte, organizers of Volusia Pride.

FOR CATCH-UP … .REV. SUSAN’s complete sermon of Aug. 3, & DARYL STROBLE’s gospel music are available on Facebook at New Church Family of Daytona Beach (Group.)
Here is the link:

CHURCH & COMMUNITY CALENDAR –

SEPT. 3, WED., 6:30 p.m. – LOGOS BIBLE STUDY GROUP resumes weekly sessions, led by Mark Bundy. This meeting will focus on Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians. NCF Boardroom. Newcomers are welcome. Bring your favorite Bible.

SEPT. 4, THURS., 9 p.m. – TV show on transgender military hero KRISTEN BECK – Kristin, formerly Christopher, is a retired Navy SEAL and former Tampa resident who has served in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. She tells her personal story in a documentary airing on CNN cable channels. She now lobbies Congress for transgender equality and safety.
SEPT. 5 FRI., 8:30 a.m. – TGIF Coffee Break – Join NCF pals for coffee and a snack and light conversation. Panera Bread, (rear of restaurant) Dunlawton Ave., next to Target, Port Orange. We usually have 4 to 8 regulars; more are always welcome. Bring a friend if you like.
SEPT. 5, FRI., to Nov. 15 — JACK MITCHELL Photo Exhibit continues at Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach. (Scroll down to the Sept. 27 film listing for more information about Mitchell, a renowned gay photographer of American celebrities.) The exhibit runs through Nov. 15.
SEPT. 5, FRI., 7:30 p.m. – “Bingo: The Winning Musical” opens at Little Theater, South Causeway, New Smyrna Beac h. A comedy about the bingo subculture. Continues through Wed-Sundays, Sept. 1 4 . Directed by Dan Blazi (Our own Tom C. is president of the theater.) Tickets $20, $19 for seniors 62+.

SEPT 3, WED., 1:30 p.m. – SCREENING of “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” Werner Herzog’s documentary of the Chauvet Cave in France, where the first rock paintings by humans date back 32,000 years. Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State. Free.

SEPT. 4, 7 p.m. – SCREENING of “Amistad” – Steven Spielberg’s movie about a revolt on a slave ship heading to America. This 1997 movie kicks off a weekly film series about America’s civil rights struggles. Next up in the series, on SEPT 11, is “This Far by Faith,” the story of two slaves, Sojourner Truth and Denmark Vesey,” who used their spiritual resources to fight for f reedom. Both will be shown at Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State. Free.

SEPT. 6, SAT., 10 a.m. – VOLUSIA PRIDE meeting at Old Fort Park, Julia Street, New Smyrna Beach. This is a chance to scope out the festival site in advance.
SEPT. 6, SAT., 8 a.m. –5K BEACH WALK/RUN to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor, a foster care agency specializing in keeping siblings together. The run leaves from SunSplash Park, 611 S. Atlantic., Daytona. $20 registration fee for advance sign-up includes a T-shirt. DETAILS:

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SEPT 7, SUN, 2 p.m. – SCREENING of “The Summit” – A film about the day 11 climbers died mysteriously on K-2 in the Himalayas. Port Orange Library. Free.
SEPT. 9, Tues. 9 a.m. –noon – SEMINAR on “The Healing Power of Forgiveness,” a continuing education class for nurses, social workers, and others but open to anyone. Lisa Benitez, a mental health counselor, is the presenter. Daytona Stat e, Institute of Health Sciences, Bldg 320, Room 541. Cost $20. To register contact Janine Roberson, robersj@daytonastate.edu.
SEPT. 10, WED, 7 p.m. – PFLAG of Volusia starts monthly meetings at New Church Family, 7 p.m. This organization is for Parents, Friends and Family of GLBT people. They will meet in the sanctuary while our Logos group continues using the boardroom. Many of you already have met two of the group’s leaders, Kathy Seibert and Judy Provost. Attend one of their meetings and get to know the whole group. Praise God as NCF progresses toward being a community center welcoming all people.
SEPT. 12, FRI. 7:30 p.m. to midnight — CLUB 3520 DANCE PARTY at New Church Family. A monthly BYOB e vent for the over-21 crowd. Visitors welcome. Music by Chris of KC Sound Express. Snacks, soda and coffee will be available. $5 donation please. NOTE: Volunteers are needed for set-up, starting 6 p.m.

SEPT. 13, SAT. 9:30-12:30 p.m. – PANEL on YOUTH VOLUNTEERING – Agency representatives will discuss various ways volunteers can help at-risk kids through the Guardian Ad Litem program and other organizations. City Island Library, Daytona Beach. Similar programs w ill be held Sept. 20 at the DeLand Library and Sept. 27 at the New Smyrna Beach Library. Free.
SEPT. 15, MON., 2 p.m. – SCREENING of “Noah” starring Russell Crowe. Port Orange Library, Free.
SEPT 18, THURS. 5:30 p.m. – MISSION BENEFIT – A potluck dinner and dance will be held at the Easy Clubhouse of Lighthouse Pointe Mobile Home Park, Nova at Madeline, Port Orange. Admission $5. Donation of a children’s book or school supply also would be appreciated. This will help Diane raise the remaining $1,200 still needed for her mission trip to Kenya next year. Joyce, a member of the mission team, will be on hand to describe the ongoing work at the Gaitu school. (Scroll below for more details)
SEPT. 18, THURS., 7:30 p.m. – “Peace Love and Rock n Roll” fundraising concert at Little Theater, New Smyrna. A medley of music from the 1960s and ‘ 70s with singers directed by Dr. Richard Martorano and a visiting show band “Rock this Town.” Continues through Sept. 21. Ticket info: 423-1246.
SEPT 21, SUN – THIRD SUNDAY COLLECTION of items for Halifax Urban Ministries. Canned goods, clothing, diapers, personal hygiene items, etc. The collection bin is behind our front counter. See Michelle for details on what is most needed by this ministry to the homeless.
SEPT. 26, SAT. – -Brevard County’s Space Coast Pride Festival – New location: Eau Gallie Arts District, Melbourne. This year, the event will include a parade.
SEPT. 27, 9 a.m. to noon – FURRY FRIENDS FESTIVAL — A canine fashion parade and contest to benefit The House Next Door foster care agency. Activities for kids. Entry fee $25 per dog. Admission $10 per person; $15 a couple. Port Orange City Center.
SEPT 27, SAT., 3-4:15 p.m. – SCREENING of “Jack Mitchell: My Life is Black and White.” A 2006 documentary directed by Craig Highberger. Jack Mitchell, a gay photographer and author, was best known for his portraits of artists, dancers, actors and musicians. Among the many celebrities he photographed for the New York Times were Gloria Swanson, Meryl Streep, Twyla Tharp, Al Pacino, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The film is being shown at Southeast Museum of Photography to compliment a special ongoing exhibit of Mitchell’s work at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach. Mitchell spent his youth and retirement years in New Smyrna Beach, but did most of his photography in New York City. He died last November at 88. A website detailing his life and work can be found at www.jackmitchell.com.
SEPT. 28, SUN., 10 a.m. – GUEST PREACHER at NCF – One of our favorite young clergymen will fill the pulpit while Rev. Susan takes a brief vacation. (Our visitor promises to leave his ice bucket at home – lol)
OCT. 4, noon-9 p.m.—ORGULLO Hispanic LGBT Pride Festival, 73rd. St. & Collins Ave., Miami Beach.
OCT. 11 – Orlando Pride Festival, Lake Eola, Orlando
OCT. 25, Sat. , noon to 4 p.m. – VOLUSIA PRIDE 2014 at Old Fort Park, New Smyrna Beach. The festival is not that far away. Contact Rev. Susan if you would like to help plan our church’s exhibit and possible performance, such as a “dance-walk” thru the park. . Contact Kathy Seibert if you would to be part of the festival’s overall planning. Just 2 or 3 hours a month would be a tremendous help.
DEC. 3-14 – “The Phantom of the Opera” touring version by Cameron Mackintosh plays the Dr. Phillips Center, Orlando. Ticket info: OrlandoBroadway.com
POSSIBILITY for LATE SEPTEMBER – Tom C. is organizing a men’s discussion group on the topic of “Nature vs. Nurture” Many of us believe a gay orientation starts at birth or soon after. Yet some guys don’t come out to gay life until their 30s, or 40s, or even later. What’s behind this late-blooming phenomenon? We’ll talk confidentially about this subject. If you’d like to take part in this small group, speak to Tom C. We are checking to see how many men might be available to meet on a week night in late Sept. or early Oct.
*** LOOKING AHEAD to SEPT/OCT *** – We’d like to revive our SUNDAY MATINEES of GLBT movies….Do you have some recommendations? One pending request is for “I DO,.” a comedy about a gay Brit who marries his lesbian friend in order to stay in the U.S. We’d like to get some other choices lined up, too.

Thoughts from Rev Susan IMHO (in my humble opinion)
Question: I know that when you do something wrong you have to repent, but how do you know when you have been forgiven? Or does the guilt just go on and on?
Answer: As soon as you regret what you did, and resolve that it will never happen again, you are forgiven. You say out loud, “I did such-and-such, and I really regret it, and I won’t do it again.” That’s called atonement. If you say it and you really mean it, you’re past it.
Getting forgiven is great. But the real question is, “How do I clean up my mess and get on with my life?”
There really are 3 steps: Forgiveness, Healing and Health.
Or, think of them like this:
 Get past it.
 Get over it.
 Get it.

Healing—getting over it—begins when you do something to clean up the mess you’ve made. What heals a spiritual mess-up? Just cleaning up your mess and getting back to where you started is a real waste of a good sin . . .You’re not really over it. It’s like getting sick: The doctor can prescribe powerful antibiotics to knock off the bacteria, or perform surgery to remove the malignant tissue. But even after that, there’s still a lot of time left for inflamed tissue to heal and for the body to recover.
So today, the best way to bring about healing is with lots of “good works.” Go out there with both your feet and both your hands and do something good for someone. Now you’re at the stage of healing. But not yet at health.
It’s said that God created the possibility of sin in order to make spiritual health accessible. Health is a whole new level where you’ve never been before. It’s when that mess-up in your past drives you to greater heights, with a surge of unprecedented energy
If so, the question is not just “Did you get over it?” but “What did you do with it?” and. . . “DID YOU GET IT?”
Love, blessings, hugs, peace, shalom, amen and amen
SUSAN

VIVA OUR VOLUNTEERS –
 Isaac, our new building manager, attended our board meeting and discussed maintenance priorities. He is planning to do some pressure washing on our exterior this week. Please remember — maintaining our church & grounds is everyone’s responsibility. If you spot a problem, let Isaac know what you can do to help fix it..
 Rev. Susan reminds us she needs some set-up help for the Sept. 12 dance party. If a half-dozen people get to the party an hour early (6-6:30 p.m.) , it will be an easy task.
 “SUPPLIES NEEDED” list on the refrigerator says we could use: Small paper plates; plastic forks; large heavy duty plastic bags for the trash barrel, and medium size bags for smaller trash baskets.
 Thank you to Gil for trimming a lot of trees and bushes on the edge of our parking lot.
 REFRESHMENT VOLUNTEERS needed for several empty slots in September. (We aim to recruit three households per Sunday).
 Thanks for the 8 brave souls who experienced the Ice Bucket Challenge, and the many who donated to ALS. We raised $134.

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BOARD HIGHLIGHTS of the AUG. 27 meeting – 12 people attended.
 Approved a Facebook Code of Conduct to govern our Facebook page. We are attempting to preserve free expression, but also respect privacy and guard against commercialism, porn, profanity and personal attacks. The code is on our sign-in table near the front door. Take a look and let us know if you think it needs tweaking.
 Voted to get a precautionary termite inspection. (Inspection is scheduled for Thursday morning)
 Tom reported progress in setting up a tax escrow fund so the church can cover 50 percent of our pastor’s Social Security taxes, similar to the arrangement required of most secular employers. The church and Rev. Susan have split expenses of $1400 to cover taxes due for January through September.
 Waived a meeting in September because of vacations. Next meeting will be OCT. 2.

UPDATE ON OUR MISSION PROJECT IN KENYA – from Diane W.
A BOX HAS BEEN PLACED in the church lobby to collect supplies for the Gaitu school in Kenya. Church members are asked to help us fill it in coming weeks. Supplies that are needed: Blunt scissors, rulers, hand held pencil sharpener, # 2 pencils (unsharpened), pencil eraser, colored pencils; small bottles of hand lotions and bath soaps; Scrubby; Books for elementary and high-school reading levels.

MARK SEPT 18 on your social calendar. That’s when Diane & her helpers will host a benefit potluck dinner and dance at Lighthouse Pointe clubhouse in Port Orange. Joyce, a member of the mission team in Gaitu, will be on hand to discuss progress. A new well has been drilled and pipes installed to replace an unsanitary cement trough for the school’s drinking water. Also, a slab has been poured for new construction.
Admission $5 will go toward the $1,200 Diane needs to raise by next spring. Donation of school supplies also are welcome. If anyone would like to donate to her fund as an individual, the check can be made payable either to Covenant United Methodist Church or to Diane Walrath. If you would like to help organize a fundraiser, give her a call or talk to her at church.

GOD IS FOR YOU !
Diane Walrath, 1060 Azalea Points Dr., Port Orange, Fl 32129 ; 315-750-9753

NEWS OF OUR EXTENDED FAMILY
 Isaac has started work on the morning shift at Perrine’s Produce, U.S. 1, South Daytona. Best wishes on the new job.
 Congrats to Tom C. and Brian, who have moved from New Smyrna into a new house in Sabal Creek, near the Spruce Creek Fly-in
 Big hugs for Sylvine, a retired nurse in Ocala, and Joan, a retiree from Ottawa, Ont. On Tuesday, Rev. Susan drove to Ocala and performed a Holy Union ceremony for them. Check our Facebook group page for a photo. They are hoping to join us for services this month and the Sept. 12 dance.
 Terri has launched a new Facebook group called Volusia County Transgender Society. It is open to transwomen, transmen and their allies. Contact Terri for more information.

AND ON A LIGHTER NOTE…..
A bus driver went to a church for his first time and chose a seat in the first row. Afterwards, the pastor greeted the newcomer and asked him why he sat alone. “Well,” the driver replied, “I just sat up here to see what you did to make everyone move to the back.” (From Monsignor Arthur Tonne in “Jokes Priests Can Tell.”

OUR CLASSIFIEDS –
HELP WANTED –HOSPICE JOB FAIR TUES., Sept. 19 – For nursing positions at Halifax Hospice, all locations. Fair runs 7 am to 7 pm Clarion Hotel, 3650 E. International Speedway Blvd., DeLand. Interviews will be conducted on-site, please bring resume and completed application. Visit halifaxhealth.org/careers to download an application.
ROOMMATE WANTED in PORT ORANGE — Randa is looking for a new roommate, preferably a gay female ( but a gay man will not be excluded.) Will have a private bedroom and bath and run of the whole house. Home is in Lighthouse Pointe, at Nova Road & Madeline, a mobile home community for 55+ residents. BrightHouse Internet and use of washer and dryer included. Non-smoker required. Small pets OK. Community amenities include: Clubhouse, pool, and Jacuzzi. $450 per month. Please call Randa at (508) 524-1508.
FOR SALE: Elliptical stationary exercise bike, $50. Contact Loretta for details and photos. dyduo611@live.com.
HOUSING WANTED: LIAM & CJ and C J’s small dog would like to share a 2 bed, 2 bath apartment or mobile home in East Volusia. Both men are employed and active in our church. Target rent $600, possibly higher if utilities are included. Contact Liam at Liammg224@hotmail.com or CJ at dragkingjayden@ yahoo.com

FOR SALE LIGHTHOUSE SCALE MODEL – The NCF BOARD has authorized the sale of our wooden miniature lighthouse for $200 or best offer. This would make a sensational Christmas gift for a child or a lighthouse collector. It was constructed by a high school carpentry class about 10 years ago, and includes a dollhouse-type cutaway section showing interior rooms with furniture. It is loosely inspired by the Ponce Inlet Light but is not an exact replica. It stands about 3 feet tall and has an electric light at its top. The model currently is stored in our library, but we need to move it to make room for the Ocean Road Counseling Service that will need library space later this summer. Contact Rev. Susan or Tom B. to make an offer.
FOR SALE – COUNTRY MUSIC COLLECTIBLE CARDS & AL:BUM — On display in our NCF library. Includes hundreds of color cards honoring the stars of American country music. Cards are mounted in vinyl sleeves in an album. $50 or best offer. Photos are available at Craigs List. 386-527-5952.

OUR FRIENDLY SITES & PLACES
INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION & HISTORY of our church: www.newchurchfamily.org
NCF FACEBOOK PAGES – Search for “New Church Family of Daytona Beach Group,” (our main information page) “The Porch of Daytona (youth outreach)” and “Daytona God Gab” — lively discussion of theology, interfaith topics, GLBT faith issues, etc. Listen to our sermon videos and help us out by posting a “like” or a supportive message.
SAMARITAN SUPPLIES – We maintain a small pantry on our front desk at NCF to help out needy people who come to our door. Canned goods, toiletries and towels, socks etc. are always welcome. If your own pantry is bare, speak to Rev. Susan – we’d be happy to supply you with a bag of food.
GLBT AA Group Meetings at the Lambda Center, 320 Harvey Ave., Daytona Beach, on Fridays at 6 pm. .
DAYTONA area gay news, and Events Calendar : www.gaydaytona.com. NOTE: Back issues of WORD UP are available at this website. For news of greater Orlando, check out www.watermarkonline.com

AIDS/HIV Support Group — Jim Geary’s confidential HIV support group meets Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Daytona. Call him at 386-235-6420 or 441-7562 for permission to attend. www.delicatecourage.com.
TRANSGENDER Information & support site operated by Nicole Turner of DeLand – www.transgenderwoman.net. Also, on Facebook, Terri is managing a group called “Volusia County Transgender Society.”
THE PORCH of DAYTONA – A local Facebook page aiming to provide GLBT news and commentary of special interest to youth. Co-sponsored by New Church Family and the Rainbow Alliance
GOODWILL Self-Sufficiency Center, 116 W. ISB, downtown Daytona – A friendly storefront that helps people find jobs, qualify for Food Stamps, etc. .
CLOTHEStoYOU.org – A local ministry distributing clothes to the needy. Check their website for distribution schedules.
GLBT Community Center of Volusia County, 519 Julia St., New Smyrna Beach – Hosting meetings for gay-straight alliances and other gay groups. Chris Funk, president. www.glbtcommunitycenterofvolusiacounty.com. Also on Facebook.
FREE FILMS – Southeast Museum of Photography presents several free movies each week during the academic year.. Schedule: www.smponline. Many others can be found at Volusia County libraries – for a schedule, see www.volusialibrary.org
VOLUSIA-FLAGLER RAINBOW ALLIANCE, formerly known as OneDaytona. Sponsors a GLBT scholarship program and offers matching grants for GLBT-related projects (films, workshops, GSA activities, etc.) This nonprofit group is open to anyone interested in GLBT equality and solidarity. Rev. Susan is chairperson; Tom is secretary-treasurer. Paul Edson, Roxanne Williams and Russ Van Allen round out the board. Check out its Facebook page.
Community Partnership for Children, 135 Executive Circle, Daytona Beach – recruits mentors for teens in foster care. Contact Susan Hiltz at (386) 547-2293 or via email at Susan.Hiltz@cbcvf.org
THE CENTER, Orlando’s GLBT Community Center, lists many gay organizations, support groups, businesses and events at: thecenterorlando.org. Their headquarters is at 946 N. Mills Ave , Orlando.
OUTREACH Community Care Network: Provides HIV and AIDS testing, counseling, support, information and referrals. outreachinc.org or 386-255-5569. Contact person: Joaquin.
EQUALITY FLORIDA for gay-rights updates, state legislative news: www.eqfl.org. Also for GSA Network news.
DOMESTIC ABUSE COUNCIL – Hotline to get confidential help for dealing with violence in your home — 1-800-500-1119 .
TREVOR PROJECT – National youth counseling web site for GLBT coming-out issues, bullying and depression: www.thetrevorproject.org . Their suicide prevention hotline is 866-4-U-TREVOR
SUICIDE Prevention Hotline – 1-800-539-4228 (Act Corp. psychiatric stabilization for Volusia County)
HALIFAX URBAN MINISTRIES — Emergency help with food & shelter, 215 Bay St., Daytona Beach, and www.halifaxurbanministries.org. Pastor Troy Ray is director; Mark Geallis is his assistant. (NCF collects food and used clothing for them on the 3rd Sunday of each month.) Place your items in the bins under the front desk. Money donations go into a Coin Can in the sanctuary. If you are interested in seeing HUM’s operation in person, contact Michelle Rivero)
CHRISTIANGAYS.com – A gay-affirming church directory, e-mail forum, friend-finder and non-pornographic chat, hosted by Mary Pearson in Oshawa, Ontario. New Church Family runs a banner ad on this website, which has 8,500 members across North America.
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PFLAG New Smyrna Beach/Volusia meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month during the school year. Meetings are now being held at NEW CHURCH FAMILY. We can be found on Facebook. Our email address is pflagnewsmyrnabeach@live.com, or contact Kathy at 386.299.0698.
KINGCHAMP BOOKS – Quality used books, mostly nonfiction, sold online by Tom. Check the “Church Benefit” category for hundreds of books on consignment for NCF. Operated by Tom Brown. www.kingchampbooks.com
MISS COMPUTER FIX-IT – Computer maintenance and overhauls. Bridget Rose—misscomputerfixit@yahoo.com, or 386-506-2195.
”JUST US” for professional women 35+ meeting on a monthly basis at local restaurants. Contact dee1023@yahoo.com.
“OVER THE RIVER” Social Group meets weekly for dinner in the West Volusia area. Their events are posted on Yahoo Groups, or check with Peter or Dennis.

THANK YOU FOR READING “Word UP” – Have an item to contribute? Contact Tom B. or Rev. Susan. See you in church!

Picnic plus ice bucket challenge at NCF

New Church Family invites the community to join us Sunday , Aug. 31. for a Labor Day picnic, plus an ice-water endurance event to raise money for ALS research.
The free pot-luck picnic will start about 11:45 a.m. immediately after the church’s worship service. Please bring a side dish, such as a salad or chips. The ice bucket challenge will take place in the church parking lot (3520 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach) at approximately 12:30 p.m.
The more the merrier for the bucket challenge. You do not have to be a church member to take part. We suggest you bring an extra set of clothes and a bath towel.
If you cannot take part because of health conditions, you can still help by cheering on our participants and giving a donation to the cause. We will be sending a special collection to the Muscular Dystrophy Association for this national campaign.
ALS, short for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a fatal disease that attacks muscle nerve cells over a period of years. Gradually, a person loses control of most voluntary muscles and ultimately the involuntary ones.
Rev. Wiley Lowe challenged our pastor, Rev. Susan Roth, to be doused with ice water. Members of our congregation are joining in to show family solidarity.
New Church Family is an independent, interfaith Christian church serving Volusia-Flagler area since 1986. All genders, orientations and races are welcome. Our dress code is super-casual — T-shirts, Bermuda shorts and sandals are perfectly OK.
Questions — contact the church office at 386-527-5952.

New ‘Phantom’ kicks off Dr. Phillips Broadway season

ORLANDO — The newest production of “Phantom of the Opera” will open the 2014-15 Broadway winter season at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando. The Cameron Mackintosh version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber favorite, fresh from a sell-out tour in the UK, will be on the Orlando stage Dec. 3-14.
The season will also include “Newsies,” the smash hit musical from Disney, and the record-breaking sensation “Motown: The Musical.”
Rounding out the 2014-2015 season are the brand new, high-flying production of “Pippin,” the Tony Award-winning revival of “Anything Goes”and the charming “I Love Lucy® Live on Stage.”
Back by popular demand are “The Book of Mormon” and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”
Season ticket holders will have first access to purchase tickets to these hit shows before they go on sale to the general public. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at OrlandoBroadway.com, by calling (800) 448-6322 (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5p.m.), or in person at 100 S. Eola Drive, Suite 101, Orlando (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Prices for the six-show season start at $219, depending on performance time, day of week and seating location selected

Here is the complete season schedule:
The Phantom of the Opera, December 3 – 14, 2014
Newsies, January 27 – February 1, 2015
Motown: The Musical, March 10 – 15, 2015
Pippin, April 21 – 26, 2015
Anything Goes, May 26 – 31, 2015
I Love Lucy® Live on Stage, June 23 – 28, 2015

2014-2015 Season Specials:

The Book of Mormon, December 26, 2014 – January 4, 2015
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, May 12 – 17, 2015

— From Hotspots magazine, Orlando edition

Best Films winter, spring, summer 2014

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—by W.W. Spencer, NSB-side, FL  32169

 

Boyhood, Grand Budapest Hotel, Guardians of the Galaxy—and biggest moneymaker,

Lego Movie (animation), Life Itself (documentary), Love Is Strange*, Snowpiercer

 

By way of a consensus  of critical approval, the above seven full-length English speaking films are so far the best of the first two-quarters of 2014.  As quality films tend to be held back for release closer to the fall/winter/spring awards season, film fans may look forward to as many as ten times or more added to this list by the end of the calendar year.

*of special interest to LGBTQAI audiences

Word Up 278 — New Church Family newsletter Aug. 13, 2014

NEW CHURCH FAMILY — A Christian church welcoming everyone

3520 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach 32124 (US 92,
west of LPGA Boulevard intersection and the I-4 overpass )
noon.
PASTOR: Rev. Susan B. Roth. Pastor’s office hours – Tues, Thurs 9 a.m.-
Telephone: 386-527-5952 (connects with pastor after hours)
E-mail: NewChurchFamily@gmail.com
ABOUT NCF – We are an independent Christian church welcoming
people of all faiths, orientations and genders. Our dress code is informal – t-shirts, shorts and sandals are OK!

THIS SUNDAY– AUG 17. 10 a.m. — WORSHIP & HOLY COMMUNION, with REV SUSAN B. ROTH preaching
SCRIPTURE FOR SUNDAY
Genesis 45: 1-5; Isaiah 56: 1, 6-8
Psalm 133 or 67; Romans 11: 1-2A, 29-32; Matthew 15: 10-28

PRAYERS & TESTIMONIES of the People
Thanksgiving for our 3 new members – Glen & David from DeLand and Jessica
from South Daytona
Healing for both Kitty and Linda. Both have been very ill the past 2 weeks.
Peace for Gaza, Israel, Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and all other battle zones.
May the Holy Spirit guide young Zack, who is moving to Orlando and
starting culinary studies at Cordon Bleu.
Safe travel for Mark, visiting his daughter and 3 grandchildren in Long
Island, N.Y.
Liam requests more healing for Nicole Turner’s complications from hip
surgery
Linda N. asks prayers for Ricky and Sonia, also for Mike’s open heart
surgery.
Becki gives praise that her son Stephen, badly injured in a crash during Bike
Week, now can put partial weight on his broken left leg and walk a few
steps. His facial reconstruction surgery has been postponed until late
September. He and wife Cathy are thankful for everyone’s continuing
prayers and concerns. Becki also gives thanks for health improvements
for Lill and Cecilia.
Lill asks prayers for Becki, getting ready for knee surgery
Prayers for Joanne
Success for people seeking jobs
Gratitude for a sunny Sunday.
Thankful Deb & Irene made it home safely from their trip north. Safe travel
for Pam & Char, still on the road in a camper.
Rashiki asks healing for his dad, Greg, suffering from kidney problems.
Safe travel for Pam and Charlotte on a month-long camper trip. Also for
Irene and Deb– safe return from their RV trip to Maryland and Rhode
Island.
Guidance and strength for several church members facing financial
challenges.
May Jesus lift the spirits of Pam
Abby gives thanks the leukemia of her 4-year-old cousin is now in remission.
Guidance for Liam and CJ, searching for affordable, dog friendly housing.
Thanksgiving Randa has found a roommate to help with housing expenses.
But she needs healing as she deals with a high sugar level.
For Michele, dealing with cancer, and for her husband and two sons.
Continued prayers for Jack H., Jerry’s terminally ill friend.
Condolences for the family and friends of Maureen, a friend of Rev. Susan
and Rev. Beau in Las Vegas. She passed away after a 10-year battle
with cancer.
May we find peace of mind in our daily lives.
Erika (aka Bridget N.,) ask prayers for husband Chuck, scheduled for heart-
stress tests and a spinal exam.
Prayers for all of us mourning the loss of comedian Robin Williams.
NOTE: Our Prayer Team, led by Dom,sends up prayers every day. Contact
DOM or REV. SUSAN if you have a crisis requiring urgent prayer or
know someone else who needs this support..

SUNDAY SERMON RECAP — AUG. 10 — FAITH WALK ” – Peter showed
the greatest faith when the disciples were caught in a storm-tossed boat
on the Sea of Galilee. He was the only one in the crew who actually
surf. But when he saw the massive waves, he, too, lost his focus and
obeyed Jesus’ command to not be afraid and step out into the raging
started sinking before Jesus stretched out a saving hand. How often our
but then we’re overcome by our doubts and fears. How many hurting
own daily lives repeat this scenario. We dare to try something great,
people have we failed to help because we hung back, leery of
approaching a stranger? How many times have we let prejudice pass
by because we didn’t want to make waves? The great leaders – those we
forget the hand of Jesus is there to save us when we stumble and fall.
the odds against them, but pursued their visions relentlessly. Let’s not
remember through the centuries – are those who didn’t pay attention to
REV SUSAN’s AUG 10 sermon is available at this link:

For catch-up….REV. SUSAN’s complete sermon of Aug. 3, & DARYL
STROBLE’s gospel music are available on Facebook at New Church
Family of Daytona Beach (Group.)
Here is the link:

CHURCH & COMMUNITY CALENDAR –

AUG. 13, continuing thru Aug. 17 – SCREENING of “Obvious Child” –
Donna, a budding comedian, finds life isn’t so funny after she loses her
job, gets dumped and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s
Day. R-rated, starring Jenny Slate. Cinematique, 243 S. Beach St.,
Daytona Beach. Tickets, $5-9.
AUG. 14, Thurs. 6:30 p.m. – OVER THE RIVER social group meets for
dinner at Olive Garden, at Enterprise Road & Strickland, Orange City.
AUG. 14, THURS., 7:30 p.m. – “LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical”
performances Thursdays through Saturdays, and Sunday matinees at
continues at Athens Theater, downtown DeLand. Evening
2002 movie.
2:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 17. Tickets $10 to $27. Based on the
AUG 15, FRI., 8:30 a.m. – TGIF Coffee Break – Meet up with NCF pals and
relax for an hour or two. Panera Bread, (rear of restaurant) Dunlawton
Ave., next to Target, Port Orange. We usually have 4 to 8 regulars;
more are always welcome. Bring a friend if you like.
AUG. 16, SAT. – OPENING of JACK MITCHELL Photo Exhibit at Atlantic
Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach. (Scroll down to the Sept. 27
film listing for more information about Mitchell, a renowned gay
photographer of American celebrities.) The exhibit runs through Nov.
15.
AUG. 17, SUN, 11:30-3:30 p.m.—ICE CREAM SOCIAL to benefit the Family
Renew shelter for homeless families. Desserts, children’s games, clowns
and silent auction at St. James Episcopal Church, Halifax Drive,
Ormond Beach. $5.
AUG. 22, 1 p.m. – LECTURE ON SHIPWRECKS & PIRACY, given by
archaeologist Ryan Harke. Edgewater Public Library. Free.
AUG. 22, FRI, dusk – OUTDOOR SCREENING of “Sharknado.”
Cinematique sponsors this free showing of a disaster movie in Riverside
Park, off S. Beach St. City Island Library will follow up the next
morning with a 10 a.m. http://video.adultswim.com/black-
jesus/discussion of the Carl Hiaasen novel, “Stormy Weather.”
suffers a near-death experience in which he claims to have visited
heaven. Port Orange Library. Free. (SEE To m B.’s review below.)

AUG. 28, THURS. , 6:30 p.m. — NCF BOARD MEETING—TOPICS:
Internet guidelines , budget review, building update, HUM ministry,
worship format. If you have an item for the agenda, please contact
Mark Bundy, board clerk.
SEPT. 3, WED., 6:30 p.m. – LOGOS Bible Study resumes weekly meetings
for the fall, starting with a discussion of First Corinthians, led by Mark
Bundy. NCF Boardroom.

SEPT 3, 1:30 p.m. – SCREENING of “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” Werner
Herzog’s documentary of the Chauvet Cave in France, where the first
rock paintings by humans date back 32,000 years. Southeast Museum of
Photography, Daytona State. Free.
SEPT. 4, 7 p.m. – SCREENING of “Amistad” – Steven Spielberg’s movie
about a revolt on a slave ship heading to America. This 1997 movie
kicks off a weekly film series about America’s civil rights struggles. Next
up in the series, on SEPT 11, is “This Far by Faith,” the story of two
slaves, Sojourner Truth and Denmark Vesey,” who used their spiritual
resources to fight for freedom. Both will be shown at Southeast
Museum of Photography, Daytona State. Free.
SEPT. 6, SAT., 8 a.m. –5K BEACH WALK/RUN to benefit Neighbor to
Neighbor, a foster care agency specializing in keeping siblings together.
The run leaves from SunSplash Park, 611 S. Atlantic., Daytona. $20
registration fee for advance sign-up includes a T-shirt. Any church
members interested? The NCF board can consider defraying the cost.
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SEPT 6, SAT., 7:30 p.m. – CONCERT by Ernie Evans and the Florida State
Bluegrass Band – A four-member group presents traditional and
modern bluegrass and gospel tunes in a one-night-only performance at
Athens Theatre, DeLand. Tickets $5 to $15. Anyone interested in a
church outing to this concert?/ For samples of their music, access:
www.floridastatebluegrass.com.
SEPT. 10, WED – PFLAG of Volusia starts monthly meetings at New
Church Family, 7 p.m. This organization is for Parents, Friends and
Family of GLBT people. They will meet in the sanctuary while our
Logos group continues using the boardroom. Many of you already have
met two of the group’s leaders, Kathy Seibert and Judy Provost. Attend
one of their meetings and get to know the whole group. Praise God as
NCF progresses toward being a community center welcoming all people.
SEPT. 12, FRI. 7:30 p.m. to midnight — CLUB 3520 DANCE PARTY at New
Church Family. A monthly BYOB e vent for the over-21 crowd.
Visitors welcome. Music by Chris of KC Sound Express. Snacks, soda
and coffee will be available. $5 donation please.
SEPT 18, THURS. 5:30 p.m. – MISSION BENEFIT – A potluck dinner and
dance will be held at the Easy Clubhouse of Lighthouse Pointe Mobile
Home Park, Nova at Madeline, Port Orange. Admission $5. Donation
will help Diane raise the remaining $1,200 still needed for her mission
of a children’s book or school supply also would be appreciated. This
trip to Kenya next year. Members of the mission team will be on hand
to describe the ongoing work at the Gaitu school.

SEPT. 20 6 p.m. — VOLUSIA PRIDE planning meeting. Meet at the 2090 S. NOVA Warehouse-Office complex, South Daytona, unit AA04. All are welcome.

SEPT. 26, SAT. – -Brevard County’s Space Coast Pride Festival – New
location: Eau Gallie Arts District, Melbourne.
SEPT. 27, 9 a.m. to noon – FURRY FRIENDS FESTIVAL — A canine
fashion parade and contest to benefit The House Next Door foster
agency. Activities for kids. Entry fee $25 per dog. Admission $10 per
person; $15 a couple. Port Orange City Center.
SEPT 27, 3-4:15 p.m. – SCREENING of “Jack Mitchell: My Life is Black and
White.” A 2006 documentary directed by Craig Highberger. Jack Mitchell, a gay
photographer and author, was best known for his photographs of artists, dancers, actors and
musicians. Among the many celebrities he photographed for the New York Times were Gloria
includes interviews with playwright Edward Albee, Broadway star Patti LuPone, critic Clive
Swanson, Meryl Streep, Twyla Tharp, Al Pacino, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The film
Barnes, dance greats Merce Cunningham, Judith Jamison, and Kevin McKenzie, and
author/composer Ned Rorem, among others. The film is being shown at Southeast Museum of
Photography to compliment a special exhibit of Mitchell’s work that opens Aug. 16 at the
Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach. Mitchell spent his youth and retirement
years in New Smyrna Beach, but did most of his photography in New York City. He died last
November at 88. A website detailing his life and work can be found at www.jackmitchell.com.

SEPT. 28, SUN., 10 a.m. – GUEST PREACHER at NCF – One of our favorite
young clergymen will fill the pulpit while Rev. Susan takes a brief
vacation.
OCT. 4, noon-9 p.m.—ORGULLO Hispanic LGBT Pride Festival, 73rd. St. &
Collins Ave., Miami Beach.
OCT. 25, Sat. , noon to 4 p.m. – VOLUSIA PRIDE 2014 at Old Fort Park,
New Smyrna Beach. The festival is not that far away. Contact Rev.
Susan if you would like to help plan our church’s exhibit and possible
performance, such as a “dance-walk” thru the park. . Contact Kathy
Seibert if you would to be part of the festival’s overall planning. Just 2
or 3 hours a month would be a tremendous help.
POSSIBILITY for SEPTEMBER – Tom C. is organizing a men’s discussion
group on the topic of “Nature vs. Nurture” Many of us believe a gay
orientation starts at birth or soon after. Yet some guys don’t come out
to gay life until their 30s, or 40s, or even later. What’s behind this late-
blooming phenomenon? We’ll talk confidentially about this subject.
If you’d like to take part in this small group, speak to Tom C. We are
checking to see how many men might be available to meet some week
night in early Sept.
*** LOOKING AHEAD to SEPT/OCT *** – We’d like to revive our
SUNDAY MATINEES of GLBT movies….Do you have some
recommendations? One pending request is for “I DO,.” a
to stay in the U.S. We’d like to get some other choices lined up,
comedy about a gay Brit who marries his lesbian friend in order
too.
Thoughts from Rev Susan….. IMHO (in my humble opinion)
Quickly name the 5 people you most struggle to forgive. Name the
folks you resent. Hate. Dislike. Feel hurt by.
Maybe you didn’t think of 5. Perhaps it was 2. Or 10. Whatever the
number is, the truth is we all struggle to forgive at times.
We believe we should. It’s biblical. We often say we forgive, but then
who betrayed us. Let us down. Mistreated us. Ignored us. And
we think of that face. The face of the one who hurt us. The one
that feeling rises in our heart right along with our blood pressure
and there it is. Anger. Resentment. Bitterness.
However you paint it, the core issue is a much more vulnerable feeling
than the anger and its defensive friends. The core issue is hurt.
How often we say, “It didn’t really matter.” “I don’t really care.” “It
red flag that says, “I’m really hurt and I can’t/don’t want to
didn’t hurt me.” All of which can be interpreted like waving a big
admit it.”
Yet there is that tender spot. That trigger. That unhealed wound.
Ignoring it will not heal it. Denying it won’t make it disappear.
Minimizing it will not make its effects less deadly.
What will help is opening your heart to God. Naming the truth of your
pain and accessing the grace to forgive.
Easy. Right? Not always.
Forgiveness begins with a decision. A choice. The choice is often
followed by a process where, like peeling layers from an onion,
we deal with one layer only to find out there is still another and
another.
From the initial choice and through the peeling of the layers, grace is
required.
There are many definitions of grace. God’s riches at Christ’s expense.
Unmerited favor. The love and mercy given to us by God
because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we
have done to earn it. It is a spontaneous gift from God to
humankind – “generous, free and totally unexpected and
undeserved” – that takes the form of divine favor and love.
I particularly like a definition I found: Grace is the power and desire
to do the will of God. This grace is supplied by God Himself.
Grace allows us to forgive. Empowers us to forgive. Energizes us to do
God’s will.
Grace gifts us with what we don’t deserve and allows us to gift others
with what they don’t deserve.
The need to forgive doesn’t always walk hand in hand with the need to
restore a relationship. Some relationships are abusive.
Unhealthy. Draining. But even if the relationship doesn’t need
fixing, our hearts always do.
Proverbs 4:23 says that we are to guard our hearts with all diligence
because all the issues of life flow from our hearts. In other
words, we must diligently attend to having a pure heart or it will
affect everything else in our life.
Hebrews 12:15 warns us that when we allow bitterness and
unforgiveness to remain in our hearts, it will spring up and grow
and the end result will be destruction.
The well-known adage says that holding onto unforgiveness is like
drinking poison and expecting someone else to die.
Are you struggling to forgive? Make a decision to release the
offense. Walk through the process by grace. One day at a time.
One moment at a time.
The grace to forgive. It’s a gift we can open. Untie the ribbon. Unwrap
the paper. Open the box. The gift of grace is a gift of life and
hope and love and it’s yours to give, both to others and to
yourself.

Love, blessings, hugs, peace, shalom, amen and amen
SUSAN
VIVA OUR VOLUNTEERS –
Hallelujah – Isaac has agreed to fill our building manager vacancy. Please remember –
 maintaining our church is EVERYBODY’s task let Isaac know what chores you can help with.
Thank you to a few able-bodied people who get our tables and chairs in place each Sunday just
in time for refreshments. Isn’t it great to take your plate directly to a chair instead of standing
 around waiting to be seated?
Well done, Peter, Abby, Michelle and Isaac, for ably taking care of our audio-visual worship last
The “SUPPLIES NEEDED” list on the refrigerator says we could use: Small paper plates; Soda
 Sunday.
(preferably in single-serving bottles; the 2 liter bottles go flat pretty quickly); Large heavy duty
 plastic bags for the trash barrel, and medium size bags for smaller trash baskets.
Our bushes and trees could use a good pruning. If someone would like to organize a work bee in
 the next month or two, contact a board member. Otherwise, we may have to hire a landscaper.
WORD UP will be on hold AUG. 20 and 27, while Tom B. takes a vacation in Albany NY. If you
have an important church announcement, check with Rev. Susan., or post it to our Facebook
 page.
 REFRESHMENT VOLUNTEERS: (We try to recruit at least 3 households per Sunday).
Aug. 17 – Dennis & Peter; Lois K., Liam
Aug. 24, Roe & D., Sylvia, Danah & Abby, Jamie R., Demaris
Aug. 31, Mark, Jerry
SEPT. 7 – LABOR DAY PICNIC
UPDATE ABOUT OUR MISSION PROJECT IN KENYA – from Diane W.
A box has been placed in the church lobby to collect supplies for the Gaitu school in Kenya.
Church members are asked to help us fill it in coming weeks.
Supplies that are needed: :Blunt scissors, rulers, hand held pencil sharpener, # 2
pencils (unsharpened), pencil eraser, colored pencils
Small bottles of hand lotions and bath soaps
Scrubby
Books all kinds — we take 2 suitcases per person full of books so if you have any good
children’s books (elementary or high-school reading level) we can use them.
MARK SEPT 18 on your social calendar. That’s when Diane & her helpers will host a
benefit potluck dinner and dance at Lighthouse Pointe clubhouse in Port Orange.
Members of the mission team will be on hand. Admission $5 will go toward the
$1,200 Diane needs to raise by next spring.

If anyone would like to donate to her fund as an individual, the check can be made
payable either to Covenant United Methodist Church or to Diane Walrath. If you
would like to help organize a fundraiser, give her a call or talk to her at church.

cNEWS OF OUR EXTENDED FAMILY
the Month” by the Port Orange-South Daytona Chamber of Commerce. The
Chris Kaplan’s DJ business, KC Sound Express, has been named “Member of
chamber’s newsletter notes that Chris started her business in New Jersey
more than 25 years ago, and it has operated in Florida since 2000. It also
mentions she learned to play the drums in junior high school and has been
involved in bands and music ever since. She has a sociology degree from
Rutgers and formerly worked as a volunteer coordinator for Halifax
Hospice. She and her partner Rev. Carol share their Port Orange home with
a dog, Riley, and 2 cats, CC and Pumpkin. Congrats, Chris, on your
 recognition from the chamber.
has been struggling with cancer and homelessness. With HUM’s help, the
Congratulations to Halifax Urban Ministries and the Scesney family, which
family was one of several selected for $5,000 prizes from the Florida
Bankers Association. Thank you to church friends who cast votes on the
Internet in support of t he Scesneys. Mark at HUM says the family now has
their own apartment and the grant will help cover rent as they resume
 work.
Judy Logan asks our continued help in supporting another Internet
contest. This one would help Pet Paradise resort in Ormond win a cash
prize in the Let’s Make a Splash contest. To vote in the contest, go to
 guide you
www.petparadiseresorts.com and look for contest details. Lois can help

REVIEW OF “HEAVEN IS FOR REAL” (from Tom B.)
By now, probably most of you have heard the basics of the Colton Burpo story –
a 4 year old boy causes a stir in Nebraska when he tells people he had a
vision of Heaven and Jesus during emergency surgery for a ruptured
appendix. “Heaven is for Real”, in my opinion, is a film worth watching not
just for boy’s simple and unaffected acting, but also for the deeper story of
shows how the revelation had a mixed impact on the Burpo family and
his minister-father, Todd, played effectively by Greg Kinnear. The film
Todd’s evangelical church. Some church members initially resented how
publicity about Colton turned their church into a media circus and
distracted Todd for months from preaching about other topics. At one
point, the church board came close to firing Todd. But eventually, as the
frenzy died down and Todd grew more comfortable with the core meaning
of the revelation, the church rallied around him and he remains in ministry
there. . So what is that core meaning? Probably every viewer has to decide
that for herself/himself. The message that I got was that, yes, there is an
afterlife, and death is not to be feared, but our job is to concentrate on
earthly life as our daily Lord’s prayer states….i.e. “…Thy Kingdom come on
Earth as it is in Heaven.”
One detail of the story I had not heard before was how Colton’s vision
overlapped that of Akiane Kramarik, another child mystic whose artwork
depicting Jesus has become a big Internet industry. If the images of Colton
and Akiane can be believed literally, Jesus is a Hollywood dreamboat, sort
of like a tall Michael Landon but with compelling blue-green eyes and nicely
trimmed hair & beard. But, in truth, who can say what Jesus looks like?
Hundreds of other mystics and artists have formed completely different
images. Rather than worry about what his complexion or physique might
be, let’s see through to His inner beauty – a kindly smile, beckoning arms
and a radiant spirit.
… AND ON A LIGHTER NOTE (a few of Robin Williams’ one-liners)
 We had gay burglars the other night – they broke in and rearranged the furniture.
The Statue of Liberty no longer is saying “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses
 yeatning to breathe.” Now she’s got a baseball bat and uelling, “You want a piece of me?!”
 Do you think God gets stoned? I do – look at the platypus.
 Death is nature’s way of saying, “Your table’s ready.”

OUR CLASSIFIEDS –
HELP WANTED –HOSPICE JOB FAIR TUES., Sept. 19 – For nursing positions at
Halifax Hospice, all locations. Fair runs 7 am to 7 pm Clarion Hotel, 3650 E.
International Speedway Blvd., DeLand. Interviews will be conducted on-
site, please bring resume and completed application. Visit
halifaxhealth.org/careers to download an application.

FOR SALE: Elliptical stationary exercise bike, $50. Contact Loretta for details and
photos. dyduo611@live.com.
HOUSING WANTED: LIAM & CJ and C J’s small dog would like to share a 2 bed, 2
bath apartment or mobile home in East Volusia. Both men are employed
and active in our church. pageTarget rent $600, possibly higher if utilities
are included. Contact Liam at Liammg224@hotmail.com or CJ at
dragkingjayden@ yahoo.com
FOR SALE LIGHTHOUSE SCALE MODEL – The NCF BOARD has authorized the sale of our
wooden miniature lighthouse for $200 or best offer. This would make a sensational Christmas
about 10 years ago, and includes a dollhouse-type cutaway section showing interior rooms with
gift for a child or a lighthouse collector. It was constructed by a high school carpentry class
furniture. It is loosely inspired by the Ponce Inlet Light but is not an exact replica. It stands
about 3 feet tall and has an electric light at its top. The model currently is stored in our library,
library space later this summer. Contact Rev. Susan or Tom B. to make an offer.
but we need to move it to make room for the Ocean Road Counseling Service that will need
FOR SALE – COUNTRY MUSIC COLLECTIBLE CARDS & AL:BUM — On display in our NCF library. Includes
hundreds of color cards honoring the stars of American country music. Cards are mounted in
vinyl sleeves in an album. $50 or best offer. Photos are available at Craigs List. 386-527-5952.

OUR FRIENDLY SITES & PLACES
INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION & HISTORY of our church:
www.newchurchfamily.org
NCF FACEBOOK PAGES – Search for “New Church Family of Daytona Beach
Group,” (our main information page) “The Porch of Daytona (youth
outreach)” and “Daytona God Gab” — lively discussion of theology,
interfaith topics, GLBT faith issues, etc. Listen to our sermon videos and
help us out by posting a “like” or a supportive message.
SAMARITAN SUPPLIES – We maintain a small pantry on our front desk at NCF to
help out needy people who come to our door. Canned goods, toiletries
and towels, socks etc. are always welcome. If your own pantry is bare,
speak to Rev. Susan – we’d be happy to supply you with a bag of food.
GLBT AA Group Meetings at the Lambda Center, 320 Harvey Ave., Daytona
Beach, on Fridays at 6 pm. .
DAYTONA area gay news, and Events Calendar : www.gaydaytona.com. NOTE:
Back issues of WORD UP are available at this website. For news of greater
Orlando, check out www.watermarkonline.com

AIDS/HIV Support Group — Jim Geary’s confidential HIV support group meets
Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Daytona. Call him at
386-235-6420 or 441-7562 for permission to attend.
www.delicatecourage.com.
TRANSGENDER Information & support site operated by Nicole Turner of DeLand
– www.transgenderwoman.net. Also, check with Bridget R. regarding a
new Facebook group for local trans people and their allies
GOODWILL Self-Sufficiency Center, 116 W. ISB, downtown Daytona – A friendly
storefront that helps people find jobs, qualify for Food Stamps, etc. .
GLBT Community Center of Volusia County, 519 Julia St., New Smyrna Beach –
serving Gay-Straight alliances and other gay groups. Chris Funk, president.
www.glbtcommunitycenterofvolusiacounty.com. Also on Facebook.
VOLUSIA-FLAGLER RAINBOW ALLIANCE, formerly known as OneDaytona.
Sponsors a GLBT scholarship program and donates to other GLBT-related
projects (films, workshops, GSA activities, etc.) This nonprofit group is
open to anyone interested in GLBT equality and solidarity. Rev. Susan is
chairperson; Tom is secretary-treasurer. Paul Edson, Roxanne Williams
and Russ Van Allen round out the board. Check out our Facebook page.
OUTREACH Community Care Network: Provides HIV and AIDS testing,
counseling, support, information and referrals. outreachinc.org or 386-
255-5569. Contact person: Joaquin.
EQUALITY FLORIDA for gay-rights updates, state legislative news: www.eqfl.org.
Also for GSA Network news.
DOMESTIC ABUSE COUNCIL – Hotline to get confidential help for dealing with
violence in your home — 1-800-500-1119 .
TREVOR PROJECT – National youth counseling web site for GLBT coming-out
issues, bullying and depression: www.thetrevorproject.org . Their suicide
prevention hotline is 866-4-U-TREVOR
SUICIDE Prevention Hotline – 1-800-539-4228 (Act Corp. psychiatric stabilization
for Volusia County)
HALIFAX URBAN MINISTRIES — Emergency help with food & shelter, 215 Bay
St., Daytona Beach, and www.halifaxurbanministries.org. Pastor Troy Ray
is director; Mark Geallis is his assistant. (NCF collects food and used
clothing for them on the 3rd Sunday or each monthly. Place your items in
the bins under the front desk. Money donations go into a Coin Can in the
sanctuary. If you are interested in seeing HUM’s operation in person,
contact Michelle Rivero)
CHRISTIANGAYS.com – A gay-affirming church directory, e-mail forum, friend-
pflagnewsmyrnabeach@live.com, or contact Kathy at 386.299.0698.
Ontario. New Church Family runs a banner ad on this website, which has
8,500 members across North America.
.
PFLAG New Smyrna Beach/Volusia meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month
during the school year. Meetings are now being held at NEW CHURCH
FAMILY. We can be found on Facebook. Our email address is
finder and non-pornographic chat, hosted by Mary Pearson in Oshawa,

THANK YOU FOR READING WORD UP! NEXT ISSUE SEPT. 3. SEE YOU IN CHURCH

footnotes from a finicky film fan/What Now? Remind Me—Dog

Near the end of summer 2014, two worthwhile LGBTQAI documentary films are having limited openings in select movie theaters.  The transsexual/promiscuity issues of the one and the HIV-AIDS/same-sex marriage issues of the other are particularly interesting.  Tie-ins with movies and movie-making make for even more interest.

 

The Dog was inspired by the true story of a Vietnam vet who attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank in the early 1970s in order to pay for his lover’s sex-change surgery.  As the very popular mid-’70s movie Dog Day Afternoon dwelled upon the involved  hostage situation, this new documentary probes deeper into personal dynamics of the criminal mind of the spunky but sad sociopathic main character.  Through interviews, fascinating first-hand accounts are given of the historical events at the forefront of the early Gay Liberation movement.

 

The award-winning What Now? Remind Me intimately depicts a year in the of the real-life HIV-positive Portuguese film-maker and his husband.  Back ‘n forth between hospitals for experimental treatments and at home on their farm with their foolish dogs, the couple never, never gives up.  Hitting home the esoteric philosophy and pragmatic politics of this moving and important story, the documentary incorporates remarkable flash- backs/forwards, an eclectic soundtrack, and stunning close-ups of life-goes-on nature.  (NOTE:  in Portuguese with English subtitles)

 

—by W.W. Spencer, NSB-side, FL  32169 

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