“Cloudburst” lesbian film at Sunday matinee

NEW CHURCH FAMILY invites the public to an April 27 screening of “Cloudburst,” a comedy-drama about two aging lesbians who flee a nursing home to get married in Canada. The film stars Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker. Ryan Doucette is the hunky hitchhiker they pick up along the way.
The film will start at 11:45 a.m. in the church’s main hall at 3520 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach. (just west of the I-4 ramps, near the Animal Emergency Clinic.) It runs about 90 minutes.
Free admission, but small donations are welcome. You do not have to be a church member (or lesbian –lol) to attend. Invite a friend. Written and directed by Thom Fitzerald, this 2011 film has garnered several awards from film festivals.
Questions: 386-527-5952

Word Up 263 New Church Family newsletter

Word Up 263 –
New Church Family weekly newsletter, April 16, 2014.
3520 W. Int’l Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach 32124
(US 92 near I-4 ramps, just west of the Animal Emergency Clinic)
Web site: www.newchurchfamily.org; e-mail: NewChurchFamily@gmail.com
Pastor’s e-mail: RevSBR56@gmail.com

Telephone: Church office/pastor – 386-527-5952;
Pastor’s office hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9-noon.
APRIL 20 –EASTER SUNDAY April 16, 2014

Worship and Holy Communion at 10 a.m. with Rev. Susan B. Roth preaching.
You are invited to share your spring flowers with us for this service by bringing in lilies or other potted plants. If you are overstocked on Easter candy, how about bringing some of your surplus to church to share with youngsters and our Samaritan Supplies table?
SCRIPTURE for SUNDAY: Acts 10: 34-43; Jeremiah 31:1-6; Psalm 118; Colossians 3: 1-4; John 20 1-18; Matthew 28:1-10.
April 16- WED., 6:30 p.m. – LOGOS Bible Study Group, led by Mark Bundy. The group will review more than 20 parables and look for Biblical truths that link them. Open to newcomers at any time. Bring along a Bible.
APRIL 17, THURS., 5:30 p.m. – MAUNDY THURSDAY Prayer Service. Led by Tom C. Bring a towel and take part in our mutual foot-washing act of healing.
APRIL 18, FRI., 6 p.m. – GOOD FRIDAY/PASSOVER SEDER – Join us for a sacred meal to remember both the Passover in ancient Egypt and Jesus’ last meal with his disciples before his arrest and execution. The Seder, with its many courses, remind us of God’s promises and the peace we long for in Jerusalem.
Please RSVP as soon as possible so we have an accurate headcount for food preparation. $5 donation requested. We have 3-or 4 people who need rides in the Daytona and Port Orange areas. Call the church if you can provide a lift.
 Thanksgiving that Stephen Lamb is making progress in the hospital after his nearly fatal Bike Week collision with a drunken driver. Nice to have Becki, Steve’s mom, back with us for church.
 Good outcomes and rapid healings for Chris’s gall bladder surgery, Liam’s shoulder surgery and Lloyd’s colonoscopy, all scheduled for Wed. (today) Also for Dave L.’s cataract surgery on Thursday.
 Healing for Teresa’s persistent sciatica
 May Terry’s test results be favorable
 Safe travel for Diane as she heads to New Mexico this week to see her granddaughter perform in a Passion Play.
 Support for Kitty’s children, going through tough times
 For the soul of the late Michael Blake. Longtime residents will remember the many years Michael was on stage at the Hollywood Bar introducing the act of the late Billie Boots. More recently, he was a manager at The Streamline
 Carol is thankful for improvement in her health
 Protection and rescue for endangered pets
 Business success for Chris & Frank
SUNDAY SERMON RECAP – April 13 – HOSANNA – The entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to celebrate Passover and reach a climax in his ministry leaves us with mixed feelings. The event, recorded in all 4 gospels, was a suspense-filled culmination of the many signs and wonders that Jesus had performed in the countryside, including his dramatic raising of Lazarus from the dead just weeks earlier. Naturally, expectations ran high as Jesus came closer and closer to the center of both religious and political power. Yet, so many people were uncertain how things would play out. Some expected a call to arms to drive out the foreign occupiers. They couldn’t understand why Jesus allowed himself to be arrested without a fight, and stood silent at his farce of a trial. “Hosanna,”the cry that echoed through the streets of Jerusalem, is most accurately translated into English as “God save us.” The full meaning, which we still struggle to grasp, is not “Save us from The Enemy,”but save us from ourselves.
Rev Susan’s full sermon can be viewed on Facebook at the New Church Family of Daytona Beach Group page. Or at YouTube at this link:

APRIL 16-27 – “Jersey Boys” touring show visits Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, downtown Orlando. Sunday matinees at 1 p.m.
 6:45 a.m. – Interfaith Sunrise Service on the Beach, Winter Haven Park, S.R. A1A, 3.5 miles south of Dunlawton. Organized by Port Orange United Church of Christ.
 — 6:30 a.m. – ORMOND Sunrise Service on the Beach, Cardinal Avenue beach approach, Ormond. Organized by First United Methodist, Ormond Beach.
 7:30 a.m. – MASS on the BEACH – near Ocean Walk, sponsored by Our Lady of Lourdes.

APRIL 22, TUES., noon to 8 p.m. – EARTH DAY FILM FESTIVAL, featuring 4 environmental films. Details: www.smponline.org. Shown at Southeast Museum of Photography, Hosseini Building, Daytona State. Free.

APRIL 23, 5-7 p.m. RECEPTION and fundraiser for “out” Democratic congressional candidate David Cox. Wine & cheese hosted by The Villa, 801 N. Peninsula, Daytona Beach. Contact Jim Camp at the Villa to RSVP.
APRIL 25, 9-11 and 11 to 1 p.m. – AIDS Classes, Parts 1 and 2 – Comprehensive overview of HIV, AIDS and current treatments and prevention efforts. Part 2 will focus on AIDS programs in the U.S. and Kenya. Instructor: Mae Miner. Institutes of Health, Daytona State campus, Building 320, Room 541. Provides continuing education credits for several health and social service professions. Details and registration, Jeanine Roberson, robersj@daytonastate.edu. Cost: $30 for both classes.
APRIL 26 – Halifax Urban Ministries Blue Diamond Celebration and fundraising dinner. Guest speaker” Donald Whitehead, former director of the National Homeless Coalition….an actor, comedian and author who overcame homelessness and addiction himself Oceanside Country Club, Ormond Beach. RSVP: Mark, 386-252-0156.

APRIL 27, 11:45 a.m. – GLBT MOVIE MATINEE screening of “Cloudburst.“ Critique from RottenTomatoes.com – “This hilarious lesbian road movie co-stars Oscar -winning actresses Brenda Fricker and Olympia Dukakis as Dot and Stella, who are on the run from a nursing home. Now in their seventies, Stella is hard of hearing and Dot is legally blind. Dotty’s prudish granddaughter, Molly (played by Kristin Booth), decides the best place for Dot is a nursing home. This forces Stella and Dot to make a bold decision: they will leave their hometown and make their way to Canada, where same-sex marriage is legal. It’s a last-gap bid to stay together. En route to Canada, they pick up a young hitchhiker, Prentice, played by newcomer Ryan Doucette. A small-town boy turned modern dancer, he is returning to Nova Scotia to visit his dying mother. Despite his bravado, Prentice is a confused and wounded soul who has much to learn from Stella and Dot as they wage their own unexpected battle – after three decades, can they keep their family together? “ This movie will be shown after service and refreshments at New Church Family. Open to anyone – invite a friend. Brace yourself — the movie does contain salty language from Dukakis. Written and directed by Thom Fitzgerald in 2011, the movie has won dozens of awards from various film festivals. Free admission (small donations welcome.(
APRIL 30 — DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS to the Volusia-Flagler Rainbow Alliance for the 2014-15 academic year. The Ralph D. Smith Memorial Grants of up to $1 ,000 each are reserved for GLBT people enrolled in colleges or technical schools in Volusia, Flagler and nearby counties. DETAILS: Check out WWW.GayDaytona.com or contact Tom Brown for an application. .

Fine Fag Film Favs

Rather than best, top, classic, or essential gay/gay-implied films, the following thirty-three are for one reason or another my own personal very special favorite such movies.  While some are familiar, others obscure, and an especially renowned few not included at all, for various reasons they particularly resonate with me.  None more so than the sweetly devastating Mama Cass lovin’ coming-of-age Beautiful Thing (1989) and compassionately harrowing epiphany of an ending HIV/AIDS Longtime Companion (1996) that have been seen several times with only increasing admiration and joy each and every time.

Beyond high quality entertainment, each and every one of these movies have affected a cultural impact to each and every one these movies by way of public outlook, understanding, and/or acceptance. With more than sixty per-cent of this personally preferred list produced toward the end of the twentieth century through the beginning of the twenty-first, progress in gay film seems ever increasingly made.

two in the 1940′s:  “Put the Blame on Mame, Boys” Rita Hayworth as Gilda , cattle driving western Red River with Daddy Duke Wayne/Sonny Boy Monty Clift generational estrangement

three in the 1950′s:  real life Leopold-Loeb murder trial recreation Compulsion; Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train; Kate Hepburn, Liz Taylor, and Monty Clift in Tennessee Williams’s Suddenly, Last Summer

one in the 1960′s:  Servant/master s and mBritish

three in the 1970′s:  divinely decadent and inimitably talented Liza with a Z Minnelli comes to the Cabaret (musical),  eccentric Naked Civil Servant—British, love triangle between two men and a woman in Sunday Bloody Sunday—British

three in the 1980′s:  AIDS Quilt in Common Threads (documentary), Longtime Companion, class war in MauriceBritish

ten in the 1990′s:  bus trip outback Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert—Australian; Beautiful Thing—British; harrowing Nazi concentration camp monotonous mind games in Bent—British; deadening bi-marriage in Carrington—British; closeted gay film innuendo in Celluloid Closet (documentary); Julia Robert/Cameron Diaz rom-com My Best Friend’s Wedding; real life down ‘n dirty Black/Hispanic NYC drag queen vogue-ing in Paris Is Burning (documentary); constricted gay Catholic Priest; upper-crust dual identity Euro-intrigue in star-studded Talented Mr. Ripley; glam-rock Velvet Goldmine—British

eleven so far so good in the 2000′s:  Cuba-to-NYC poet’s true life story in Before Night Falls, Breakfast on Pluto’s—British transgender foundling searching for her/his long-lost Mum long as eccentrically portrayed in an overwhelmingly astonishing actor/actress all-in-one lead performance, odd ball stalker Chuck and Buck,  trans- rocker Hedwig and the Angry Inch (musical), gay teacher in History Boys, no holds barred true life story of gay scammer’s in ‘n out of jail love affair with Jim Carrey in I Love Phillip Morris, Truman Capote’s real life crime story writing in Infamous, unemployed factory worker/drag queen in  Kinky Boots—British, older man with younger boys in L.I.E., true life political story with Academy Award-winning performance by Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, youthful show-must-go-on Shakespearean fantasy in Were the World Mine (musical)

W.W. Spencer  (NSB-side, FL  32169)

Villa Fundraiser forDavid Cox


It was a pleasure to have candidate David Cox speak at the last Guild social. Attendees found him to be young articulate and willing to stand up for his (and our) beliefs.

The Board of Directors believe he would be a great alternative to the present T Party Republican. There fore Jim Camp owner of the Villa B&B and president of the gaydaytona business guild and the board of directors have authorized a fund raiser event at the Villa B&B 23 April 5 to 7 PM.

Click on the above link for your invitation to the wine and chees event. Bring your questions and meet our endorsed candidate. With your help we can reclaim Volusia ‘s county US representative seat in congress. Any size contribution would be appreciated.



Smith Memorial GLBT Scholarship Application form — copy & paste

Rainbow Alliance Scholarship Application

INTRODUCTION: The Volusia-Flagler Rainbow Alliance, a coalition of gay-affirming individuals, is pleased to announce scholarships for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students attending or planning to attend a college, university or The Volusia post-secondary vocational program in Volusia or Flagler counties or adjacent counties in the 2014-2015 academic year (from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.) The awards also can be used in Orange County & Alachua County (Gainesville.) One or more awards in the $500-$1000 range are expected to be awarded. Funds can be used for tuition, books, living and commuting costs, or other educational expenses.
Recipients will be chosen by the Rainbow Alliance Scholarship Committee on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and service to the GLBT community. The competition is open to all, regardless of race, age, religion, or ethnic group. Applications will be treated as confidential documents, reviewed only by the Scholarship Committee.
A complete application — typed, computer-printed or hand-printed legibly in ink — should be mailed to Volusia-Flagler Rainbow Alliance, Attn: Scholarships, PO Box 1936, Daytona Beach, FL. 32115 no later than April 30. 2014. Extra sheets may be attached; be sure that your name appears on each sheet, and that each response is numbered to match the corresponding question. Please retain a copy for your own records. Awards must be accepted or declined by June 1, 2015.
1. Full legal name:
2. Gender identity
3. Date of birth
4. Social Security number (for ID verification only; this data will be kept confidential) _________________
5. Citizenship _________ If not a U.S. citizen, what legal documents do you have for residing in the U.S. (visa, green card, student visa, etc.) ? __________
6. Permanent, legal address: (street)_________________________

7. Current mailing address (if different from above): ________________
8. Telephone number(s):
9. E-mail address:

10. School, college or program you now attend or most recently attended.
11. List academic grade levels and/or diplomas or degrees you have completed so far (examples: high school junior; associate of arts; B.A.)
12. List grade level and local educational institution you plan to attend in the next academic year (examples: sophomore, University of Central Florida; Wyotech, core motorcycle repair training)
12. State your grade-point average and scale for this academic year so far (example: 3.3 on 4.0 scale):
13. Last year’s grade point average and scale (example: 89 on 100 point scale):
14. Degree or vocational certificate you will be pursuing during your 2010-11 study (examples: Bachelor of Science; Licensed Practical Nurse; )
15. High school seniors: List any standardized test scores for college admission received so far. Indicate point scale also. (Example: S.A.T. 550 math on 800 scale; 688 verbal on 800 scale).
16. List academic or service prizes, scholarships or other forms of recognition you have received in high school or college. Briefly describe the award. (Examples: John Philip Sousa Prize, $100, for high school band music; National Honor Society member; Stetson Dean’s List, 4 semesters; varsity letter, Mainland High School football.)
17. List and give brief details for up to 5 of your most significant extracurricular activities and/or examples of volunteer service (school clubs, teams, charity projects, church work, etc.)
18. Summarize, in 200 words or less, your interest in one or more gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender issues or topics. What have you done to become knowledgeable about, and support, an aspect of GLBT culture, equality or justice.

19. State a career goal and at least one personal goal (not work-related) that you hope to achieve within the next 1 to 5 years. Explain briefly (100 words or less) why the goals are important to you.

20. Give an estimate of the total academic and living expenses you expect to incur in the next academic year. If available, please attach your school’s official estimate of “typical” student expenses for your grade level __________
21. Have you applied for other scholarships for 2010-11? _____ What dollar amount has been awarded to you so far? _____ Are additional awards likely? Yes / No / Don’t Know
22. Are you currently working or have you worked within the past 12 months? Full-time / part time / seasonal ?
Describe your job(s):
How many hours a week do you work, or have you worked in the past year, on average? ________ Approximate weekly take-home pay __________
23. Do you anticipate needing a student loan for next year? ______ If so, what amount do you plan to borrow ?
24. OPTIONAL: If you wish, briefly mention any other circumstances that significantly affect your finances. (Examples: 2 siblings also attending college; 1 parent unemployed; I am self-supporting with no income from parents; I am supporting a child) .
25. OPTIONAL: Provide any additional statement you wish to support or clarify your application (100 words or less)

26. List a school official and telephone number we may contact to verify your academic performance _______________________________
( Alternatively, you may submit an official copy or a photocopy of an up-to-date transcript, or ask your school to submit a transcript to us.)
27. List a person, along with their telephone number or e-mail address, who will provide a confidential personal character reference for you. This can be from a teacher, principal, counselor, clergy person, supervisor, club officer, neighbor, or someone else who knows you well — but not from a spouse, partner, parent or other relative. The person should be able to confirm that you identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bi or Transgender. It is your responsibility to ask for the reference and make sure it is included with this application or else mailed separately to the Scholarship Committee by the April 1 deadline. The reference letter should be 100 words or less.

By signing and dating this application, I affirm that all information in this document is up-to-date and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I give the Rainbow Alliance permission to verify the information, and to use my name in its announcement of the scholarship awards.
____________________________________(date) _________
Applicants who are under 18 should have this document co-signed by a parent or guardian.
(co-signer) ____________________________________ (date) __________

P.S. PLEASE HELP the Rainbow Alliance by telling us how you heard about our scholarships:
A. Friend _______
B. A GLBT organization _____________
C. A website (which one, if you recall)_______________________
D. A financial aid or guidance office _____________________
E. Teacher ________________
F. An advertisement ___________
G. Facebook _________________
H. A search engine (Google, Yahoo etc) ________
I. Volusia Pride ______________
J. OTHER ______________________________

April 30 deadline for GLBT scholarship applications

The Volusia-Flagler Rainbow Alliance reminds area GLBT students that April 30 is the deadline for subbitting an application for its Ralph D. Memorial Scholarships. The grants of $500 to $1000 can be used for study at colleges in Volusia, Flagler and adjacent counties, as well as in Orlando or Gainesville. The awards are based on academic performance, financial need and service to the GLBT community.
Please help us spread word of this opportunity to gay-straight alliances, guidance counselors, teachers and financial aid offices.
Application forms and details can be found in the EVENTS section of this website. Simply do a copy and paste, and mail the signed, completed form to the Rainbow Alliance at PO Box 1936, Daytona Beach FL. 32115-1936.
Questions? Contact Tom Brown at brownt218@yahoo.com or call 386-576-6671. Alliance Chairperson Susan Roth can be reached at the New Church Family office, 386-527-5952.

Word Up 262 New Church Family newsletter April 9 2014

New Church Family newsletter
– April 9, 2014

3520 W. Int’l Speedway Blvd. (US 92 near I-4) Daytona Beach
TEL. 386-527-5952 – church office & pastor

PASTOR – Rev. Susan B. Roth
Pastor Office Hours – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon
E-MAIL: NewChurchFamily@gmail.com; RevSBR56@gmail.com
WEB SITE: www.newchurchfamily.org WORD UP BACK ISSUES – www.gaydaytona.com
THIS SUNDAY — APRIL 13 – PALM SUNDAY – WORSHIP and HOLY COMMUNION at 10 a.m. – Rev. SUSAN ROTH preaching. We invite you to bring in your lilies or other potted plants to share with us, either for Palm Sunday, or Easter Sunday or both.
SCRIPTURE for SUNDAY — Lectionary Readings (Revised Common Lectionary, Year A)
Isaiah 50:4–9a; Psalm 31:9–16; Philippians 2:5–11; Matthew 26:14–27:66 or Matthew 27:11–54


APRIL 9, Wed., 6:30 p.m. – LOGOS Bible Study Group, led by Mark Bundy. NCF boardroom. Bring a Bible. Newcomers are always welcome.
APRIL 10, THURS., 5:30 p.m. — LENTEN Prayer Service, led by Tom C. Informal gathering in the sanctuary
APRIL 9, WED. 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., church office open, Tom on duty.
APRIL 11, FRI, 8:30 a.m. – TGIF Coffee Break, informal chit chat, anyone welcome, Panera Bread, Port Orange, adjacent to Target.
APRIL 11, FRI., 7:30-11:30 p.m. – COME OUT & PARTY Join us for another dance party and a fun-filled, smoke-free night out. Chris of KC’s Sounds Express returns as our DJ. Open to anyone over 21. All genders and orientations welcome. $5 donation please. BYOB – Coffee and soft drinks available. If you plan to have more than 1 or 2 drinks, please arrange a designated driver or taxi ride. Questions?? 386-527-5952.

MAY 4– PICNIC PREP – OUR NEXT POTLUCK, will be a picnic using our new grill. Please sign up in advance for bringing picnic-type food — especially hamburgers, hot dogs and buns – so we can get an idea of how much food we’ll have on hand. Thank you.

- -Thanksgiving for Steven’s progress in healing from a crash during Bike Week. He is breathing on his own and able to talk with his wife Catherine and his baby daughters.
- John S. asks healing for a person whose left kidney had to be removed because of cancer
- Healing for a young girl in DeLand getting chemo.
- Safe travel for Pat’s sister
- Linda M. thankful for opportunities to visit great grandchildren.
- Peter & Dennis thankful they made it home safely despite transmission trouble in their car
- Jackie thankful for being able to see a son after two years away.
- Carol thankful she is feeling well after a bad cold
- Healing for injuries to Connie’s dog
- Dennis asks we stay mindful that Volusia County has more than 2000 children classified as homeless
- Diane’s cousin Joan is dealing with a shin fracture
- Frank asks prayers for a neighbor
- A man with cancer on his spinal cord
- Strength for John and David who had to evacuate their house due to armadillo damage to their A-C ducts. Thanksgiving that Chuck & John’s home next door is available as a refuge.
- Linda N., as she regains strength, would appreciate a phone call.
- Tom B. is thankful his grandniece in NY is scheduled for release from prison in July.

APRIL 9, 7:30 p.m. – THREE WISE GUYS Radio Show visits Stetson – Orlando Radio Station WMFE tapes two segments for a program on “What Millennials Think About Religion. “ Sparking the dialogue will be a Protestant minister, a Muslim imam and a Reform rabbi. Spectators welcome. Stetson Room, Carlton Student Union, Minnesota Ave., Stetson campus.
APRIL 9, WED., 1:30 p.m. – SCREENING of “PECKER.” — Directed by John Waters. This 1998 R-rated comedy introduces us to 18-year-old Pecker, a would-be photographer who snaps candids of his peculiar family, a gay go-go bar, and phenomena of blue-collar Baltimore. Art critics in New York discover his work and declare him a genius. Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State. Free.
APRIL 9, 4 p.m. – ART FORUM – “The Case of the Parthenon Marbles.” Roberta Smith Favis, a retired Stetson art historian, will discuss the famous Greek sculptures now on exhibit in the British Museum in London. Greece has been campaigning for them to be returned to Athens. The issue was spotlighted by actor George Clooney, who directed and starred in “The Monuments Men.” City Island Library. Daytona.
APRIL 9, 7 p.m. – SCREENING of “The Crowning Experience,” a 1960 film based on the life of Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator and civil rights pioneer during the FDR administration. This film kicks off a Bethune-Cookman film festival being hosted by Cinematique, 242 S. Beach St, Daytona Beach. Details about other films in the series – www.cinematique.org
APRIL 10, 6:30 p.m. – OVER THE RIVER GLBT Social Group dinner at Olive Garden, Enterprise Road, Orange City.
APRIL 13, SUN. Noon to 3:30 p.m. – INDIA DAY FESTIVAL – Ethnic food, dance, etc. Rockefeller Gardens, Ormond Beach. Free.
APRIL 10-27 – “LES MISERABLES” Musical continues at the Athens Theater, DeLand.
APRIL 10, THURS., 7 p.m. – SCREENING of “Nazarin.” A 1959 classic from Mexican film director Luis Bunuel. A priest who lives by the principles of Christianity is cast out of his church for helping a local prostitute, ends up beaten in prison, and begins to question his faith. Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State. Free.
APRIL 12, SAT., — EARTH DAY CELEBRATION co-sponsored by the Gillespie Museum and the Stetson Environmental Coalition at the museum and adjacent Rinker Environmental Learning Center. Booths exhibiting the work of Hatter Harvest, Stetson Cycles, Team Sandhill, the Stetson Environmental Club, the Stetson Scrappers, the hives of Stetson Beekeepers and a newly developed Seed Library. Plus a rock swam, a recycled art corner, a natural plant tie-dye station, a walk through the organic garden, and some planting in the pollination garden, and more. Free. 234 East Michigan Ave., DeLand. Details: 386.822.7330 or visit www.stetson.edu/gillespie.

APRIL 18, FRI. (GOOD FRIDAY), 5:30 p.m. – PASSOVER SEDER at New Church Family. Please RSVP by Sunday. $5 donation appreciated. We could use volunteers for set-up and clean-up. Speak to Rev. Susan. A Seder is a multi-course ceremonial meal that Jews share to celebrate their liberation from slavery in Egypt. Each course recalls a certain apect of their experience. It is the same ritual that Jesus shared with his disciples just before his crucifixion.

APRIL 22, TUES., noon to 8 p.m. – EARTH DAY FILM FESTIVAL, featuring 4 environmental films. Details: www.smponline.org. Shown at Southeast Museum of Photography, Hosseini Building, Daytona State. Free.

APRIL 26-27 OYSTER BED MUSIC FESTIVAL – Manatee Island, downtown Daytona, 325 N. Beach St. – Various bands from 11 a.m. each day. $10 admission. Proceeds benefit an oyster bed restoration project in the Intracoastal Waterway.
APRIL 27 —SUN. 11:45 a.m. – GLBT MOVIE MATINEE – “CLOUDBURST” starring Olympia Dukakis. Two feisty lesbians defy their families and take off for Canada to get married, picking up a hunky hitchhiker along the way. Free (small donations welcome).
APRIL 30 – SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE for GLBT students, sponsored by the Volusia-Flagler Rainbow Alliance. To copy and paste an application form, go to WWW.GAYDAYTONA.com. Grants have been increased to the $500 to $1,000 range. They are for use at colleges and technical schools in Volusia, Flagler and adjacent counties, plus Orlando and Gainesville. Mail to Rainbow Alliance, PO Box 1936, Daytona Beach 32115-1936.

APRIL 6 – “The Lamb” — An important part of the preparation for the Jewish Passover festival is a thorough house-cleaning. Every nook and cranny is to be swept clean, and all dishes and cooking equipment thoroughly washed. For a brief period, yeast is to be omitted from bread baking, because the yeast is thought to symbolize sin. The ancient Jews were instructed by Moses to make their households absolutely sin- and dirt-free. Homes were to be marked with the blood of a perfect Lamb on the doorframe, so the Angel of Death would ”pass over” their family during the 10th and final plague sent to the Egyptians – death of firstborn children.
We can see how these traditions provide the foundation for our observance of Christian Lent and preparation for Holy Week. It may seem a gruesomeand disturbing story as we ponder how God mandated that the blood of his own son be shed to atone for our sins. But we know a glorious final chapter awaits us. Jesus is not left as a corpse in a tomb. Nor do we have to fear death as a final punishment.
FOR A You-Tube VIDEO OF REV. SUSAN’s full sermon go to the Facebook page labeled New Church Family of Daytona Beach (Group) or click on this link:

Better Things to Come . . .

Although five dozen new movies are coming out in April, none of them are big bet masterpieces.  Fading Gigolo (Woody Allen pimps out his best friend), Frankie & Alice (Halle Berry a la much, much better past multiple personality Sally Field as 1976′s Sybil, Joanne Woodward in The Three Faces of Eve and Eleanor Parker in Lizzie, both in 1957), (Cameron Diaz as) The Other Woman, (Johnny Depp as a mad scientist in) Transcendence, and Under the Skin (Scarlett Johansson as an alien nymphomaniac)—despite the vast array of stars—offer not much for audiences beyond the most dedicated of fans.  If anything, dvd-viewing is no more than these five may later deserve.

There are, however, several thought-provoking documentaries and three particularly interesting LGBTQ-related features yet to come.  Love Is Strange (subtle intergenerational love story between flaws-and-all older Ben and George, who have been together for four decades before marrying), starring stellar Third Rock from the Sun’s John Lithgow and Oscar-winning Marisa Tomei as his niece;  Skeleton Twins bitchy gay Milo from big city LA and unhappily married Maggie from suburban NYC) starring as the estranged siblings, the impressive Bill Hader and Kristen Wigg of SNL fame; and Tom at the Farm (a sly French-Canadian thriller involving family exposure of the closeted sexual identity of a deceased man and his surviving lover).  Such a trio of unusual gender-bending films are definitely well worth the wait.

W.W. Spencer (NSB-side, FL)

Word Up 261 New Church Family newsletter April 2, 2014

Word UP 261

NEW CHURCH FAMILY Weekly Newsletter – APRIL 2, 2014
3520 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach Fl. (north side of US 92, just west of the I-4 interchange, adjacent to Animal Emergency Clinic)
PASTOR: REV. Susan B. Roth – pastor office hours – Tues & Thurs 9 a.m. to noon.
TELEPHONE: For church & pastor – 386-527 -5952.
E-MAIL: NewChurchFamily @ gmail.com
THIS SUNDAY – APRIL 6 – Worship and Holy Communion at 10 a.m., Rev. Susan preaching. First Sunday “Children’s Church” class for youngsters in the 5-11 age range. Also, our monthly Benevolence Fund collection will be received – we currently have less than $200 on hand, so your spare change and dollars are appreciated.
Followed by: POTLUCK LUNCH (NOTE: Mark is willing to fire up our new grill, weather permitting, if anyone is willing to supply meat and buns. We are planning a full-fledged picnic for our May 4 potluck)
AFTERWARD, Rev. Susan and some church members will visit Gemini Springs Park, Dirksen Drive, DeBary, Pavilion 5 to bring food and attend the OVER THE RIVER GROUP PICNIC. If you have not yet made your reservation and stated what type of dish you will bring, please contact Rev. Susan today. The OTR Group needs a final headcount by THURS., April 3.
FORGET DON’T – A PRIDE BENEFIT RAFFLE DRAWING IS TODAY at our NCF Potluck. Buy a ticket for $1 for a chance to win a pair of tickets for the April 13 afternoon performance of “Simply Barbra,” a Streisand review by impersonator Steven Brinberg (who can be found in many YouTube videos). The show is raising funds for Volusia Pride 2014. Tickets ($25 and 35 each)are available at the Ormond Performing Arts Center box office or through PFLAG of Volusia.
SCRIPTURE for SUNDAY — Ezekiel 37: 1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8: 6-11; John 11: 1-45.
 Prayers for favorable test results for John R. who is having a heart cath procedure on Tuesday.
 Thanksgiving that Steven, severely injured by a drunk driver, is now breathing on his own and was able to speak to his mom, Becki, and his twin 6 month old daughters.
 God’s blessing on Steph and Dee as they begin their journey into parenthood.
 Thanksgiving for generous people donating clothes and other merchandise to our church. A big batch of clothes went to Halifax Urban Ministries and a used computer helped a low-income family who needed one for their child’s schoolwork.
 Rev. Susan is grateful for the recognition she received Friday from National Association of Social Worker and the many people who have helped her over the past year
 Healing for Carol and Chris, recuperating from severe colds
 For Melissa in NY, having a parole hearing on Tuesday after 15 years at Bedford Hills prison.

SUNDAY SERMON RECAP — DREDGING UP OLD STUFF – Saying the simple phrase “I’m sorry” and really meaning it is one of the toughest challenges of daily living. We all commit wrongs against other people but how often do we resolve things with an apology . Often, we just let the matter drop, and hope the other person will forget about it in time. Sometimes we try to justify our action by saying the other person started the problem. Or that we’re being misunderstood. Yet the Second Greatest Commandment is that we are to love one another, and part of lthat ove is making amends for the hurts we cause others. It’s also part of the Lord’s Prayer. If we want God to forgive us for the mistakes we’ve made, the path starts with us forgiving other people for their errors and letting the past remain in the past.
For the full version of Rev. Susan’s sermon visit the Facebook page of New Church Family of Daytona Beach (Group) or go to this YouTube video:

Rubio drops opposition to gay judicial nominee

By Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — Florida judicial nominee Darrin Gayles just inched a little closer to becoming the nation’s first black, openly gay man to serve as a federal judge.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has given the green light to the Senate Judiciary Committee to proceed with Gayles’ nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, a committee aide confirmed to The Huffington Post on Tuesday. Specifically, Rubio has submitted his “blue slip” to the committee, a crucial step in the confirmation process whereby a senator can unilaterally approve or block a judicial nominee from his or her home state.

Now that both of Gayles’ senators have submitted their blue slips — Florida Democrat Bill Nelson already turned his in — that signals to committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to move forward with a hearing. Gayles still has to clear the committee and pass the Senate, but Democrats are expected to carry those votes. By turning in his blue slip, Rubio has removed the biggest obstacle to Gayles’ confirmation.

If confirmed, Gayles, currently a state judge, won’t be the first black, openly LGBT federal judge. That title belongs to Deborah Batts, an openly lesbian black judge sworn in in 1994.

Rubio’s move comes amid a growing debate over the blue slip process and whether it’s time to get rid of it. It’s more of a courtesy than a hard rule, but it’s one that Leahy has been resolute in observing in the absence of what he considers abuse by home-state senators. Some critics have argued that abuse is already happening, given that some Republicans have leaned on blue slips to jam President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees to court seats that have been empty for months or even years.

But Leahy maintains that things have improved in recent months, pointing out that Arizona’s two Republican senators recently turned in blue slips for a pile of nominees, and says recent failed votes on the Senate floor demonstrate that the matter is far more complex.

Rubio drew the ire of the black community and LGBT rights groups last year after refusing to turn in his blue slip for another Florida judicial nominee, William Thomas, who was also black and openly gay. His opposition to Thomas was especially puzzling, given that Rubio originally recommended him to Obama, only to turn around and oppose Thomas. But Rubio didn’t back down, and in the end the White House opted not to resubmit his nomination this year.