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 January—August 2014

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—by W.W. Spencer, NSB-side, FL  32169

 

Boyhood, Grand Budapest Hotel, Lego Movie (animation),

Life Itself (documentary), Love Is Strange*, Snowpiercer

 

By way of a consensus  of critical approval, the above 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.
DETAILS:

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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.
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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
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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Word Up 277 New Church Family newsletter Aug. 6, 2014

WORD UP 277 – AUG. 6 2014
NEW CHURCH FAMILY weekly newsletter
3520 West InternationalSpeedway Blvd., Daytona Beach (US 92, just west of the I-4 ramps. Daytona)
PASTOR: Rev. Susan B. Roth. Pastor’s office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-12 noon and by appointment.
Telephone: 386-527-5952. (connects with pastor after hours).
E-mail: NewChurchFamily@gmail.com

ABOUT NCF: We are an informal and independent Christian church welcoming people of all faiths, orientations, and genders. We have been doing GLBT outreach in the Volusia-Flagler area since 1986. Our congregation comes from many different f aith backgrounds — Evangelical, Catholic, Jewish, mainline Protestant, unchurched, Native American, Unitarian, etc. We welcome visitors, and our dress code is informal – t-shirts, shorts and sandals are OK!
THIS SUNDAY– AUG 10. 10 a.m. — WORSHIP & HOLY COMMUNION, with REV SUSAN B. ROTH preaching.

SCRIPTURE FOR SUNDAY
Genesis 37:1–4, 12–28 or 1 Kings 19:9–18
Psalm 105:1–6, 16–22, 45b or Psalm 85:8–13
Romans 10:5–15; Matthew 14:22–33

PRAYERS & TESTIMONIES of the People
Peace for Gaza, Syria, Ukraine and all other battle zones.
Thanksgiving for our first-time visitors— Manny & Jeff, Gil, Iris, and David & John (not to be confused with our snowbirds D & J now in Maine).
Safe travel for Mark, visiting his daughter and 3 grandchildren in Long Island, N.Y.
Prayers for Jacki Robinson, going to court this week over serious injuries she received from a fly ball at the ballpark. Also for her daughter Marlee who is worried about her mom but is away at college.
Jerry asks prayers for the soul of his friend Dean who died this past week. Five days later, Dean’s brother Jim died from cancer. Prayers for their family.
More healing for Nicole Turner’s complications from hip surgery
Linda N. asks prayers for Rickey and Sonia, and gives thanks for her church family.
Becki asks success for the surgery scheduled for her son Stephen on Thursday, Aug. 7. He is still recovering from a collision caused by a drunk driver 5 months ago.
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.
Guidance for Liam and CJ, searching for affordable, dog friendly housing.
Heather asks healing for Donna’s father, who is getting weaker as his body shuts down.
Tom B. gives thanks that his grandniece Melissa is back home with her parents in NY after 15 years in prison. He will be visiting her later this month.
For Michele, dealing with cancer, and for her husband and two sons.
Continued prayer for Jack H., an amputee in rehab at the Carlton Shores facility.
Safety for Latino mothers and children crossing our border.
Thanksgiving for the music ministry of Daryl Stroble.
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 — (JULY 27, “ENOUGH?” –
Sometimes we are told it is impolite to discuss money issues. Yet Jesus preached a great deal about wealth. He never condemned money per se but repeatedly told us it is better to share it than to hoard it. How much money is “enough”? Humans never seem to be satisfied, even if they amass millions. For some reason, we think we need more and more possessions, even as our surplus clothes, furniture and gadgets pile up in storage units, unseen and unused. God, help us control our material desires and pay more attention to the beautiful things of nature that are absolutely free.
REV. SUSAN’s complete sermon& DARYL STROBLE’s gospel music are available on Facebook at New Church Family of Daytona Beach (Group.)
Here is the link:

CHURCH & COMMUNITY CALENDAR – SUMMER EVENTS

AUG. 6, 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 6, 9 a.m. – MEMORY LOSS WORKSHOP – Learn about the basics of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimers from Danny Anez of the Alzheimers Assn. Port Orange Library. Free.
AUG. 7, Thurs., 7:30 p.m. – “LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical” continues at Athens Theater, downtown DeLand. Eventing performances Thursdays through Saturdays, and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 17. Tickets $10 to $27. Based on the 2002 movie.
AUG. 8, FRI., 8:30 a.m. – TGIF Coffee Break – Get an early start on your Friday and the weekend by meeting your NCF buddies at Panera Bread, Dunlawton Ave., next to Target, Port Orange. We gather in the rear of the restaurant for miscellaneous chitchat, sometimes church-related but often not. Generally we have 4-8 regulars, but more are always welcome. Bring a friend if you like.
AUG. 8-9 – BOOK SALE at Port Orange Library. Most are priced at 25 cents to $1. Fri. 9-4 p.m; Sat. 9-1 p.m.
AUG 8, FRI., 7:30 p.m.-midnight – COME OUT & PARTY at Club 3520 – Our building turns into a nightclub once a month for a BYOB dance party, with Chris of KC Sound Express providing the music. Give her your special music requests in advance. DJ Chris says it’ll be a big night for Tina Turner and all the Proud Marys out there. $5 donation. Please arrange transportation – car pool or taxi pool — if you plan to have more than 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks. Soft drinks and coffee also available. Restricted to those 21 or older.
AUG. 10, SUN., 2 p.m. – SCREENING of “Man on Wire.” A documentary about the 1974 tightrope walk that Phillipe Petit performed between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. This film won the 2009 Academy Award for best documentary. Port Orange Library. Free.
AUG. 10, SUN., 4-7 p.m., OUTPOST SALOON Monthly Tea Dance, with Chris of KC Sound Express providing the music. 5115 N. US 17, DeLeon Springs.
AUG. 11, MON., 2 p.m. SCREENING of “Nebraska. “ Rated R. An aging, booze-addled father, played by Bruce Dern, makes a trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son. Port Orange Library. Free.
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. 25, MON, 2 p.m.—SCREENING of “ Heaven is for Real.” A young boy suffers a near-death experience in which he claims to have visited heaven in this inspirational drama based on the best-selling book. Port Orange Library. Free.
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 discussion of First Corinthians, led by Mark Bundy.
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. DETAILS:

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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 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. Members of the mission team will be on hand to describe the ongoing work at the Gaitu school.
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. 25, Sat. – 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 many guys don’t come out to gay life until their 30s, or 40ss, or even 50s or 60s? 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 how many guys might be available sometime in early Sept.

Thoughts from Rev Susan
IMHO (In my humble opinion)

The dawn of a new day
A new house
The adventure of traveling down a road you’ve never been on before.
A gift to be opened
A new recipe…..
What is it about new things that we love?
Is it always wrong to long for something new or is there something within us made for newness?
During a time when I was looking for music for worship I came across the song, “He makes all things new.” I thought about how new things can bring us hope.
And I thought of how the Bible tells us that if we are in Christ, we ourselves become new creations. A new creation. The impact of those words still stops me in my tracks. Knowing how God created Adam and Eve, how He was intimately involved with His hands, His eyes, His words, His breath, causes me to wonder about the depths of what it means for God to make us new creations
Lately, I am trying to think of things through lenses that don’t give a predisposed idea. I am trying to keep my mind and emotions from jumping to the set religious answers that I have been taught. Not that all those answers are wrong. It’s not that at all. Well, it is not completely that. It just seems to me that when I – or when you- can lay down our pre-set lens of view – we can see more. We can understand more deeply.
So in thinking of what happens when God makes us new, I allowed myself to imagine what that looks like. I see His hands, His eyes, His words, His breath involved in the creation of a new spirit within a man or woman or child. I see Him equipping us to live forever. I see our spirits becoming animated, alive, with purpose and hope.
Our spirits come alive to God. The rest of the work takes some time. The process of sanctification by which we become Christ-like is a life long process. When we become weary because the process seems to be taking too long, the words of Christ should give us hope, “I am making everything new!”
Newness in Christ is always tied to purpose. It is tied to eternity. It is tied to hope. And it is tied to the here and now.
So enjoy your new day. Ask God for new eyes to see, new ears to hear, new mindsets to understand Him, others, and yourself more. Ask for newness of purpose and hope. Invite the work of His Spirit in to continue the work of newness inside you. Live each day abundantly. And allow God to touch you, breathe on you, mold you, and shape you into newness. You and I were created for it.

Blessings, hugs, love, peace, shalom, amen and amen.

SUSAN

VIVA OUR VOLUNTEERS –
n Thank you to Peter & CJ who helped Daryl unload and load up sound equipment for Sunday’s concert.
n The names are too numerous to mention, but let’s applaud all those who help with the “dirty work” of our building – cleaning up after refreshments, washing dishes, mopping up spills, emptying the trash., and sprucing up the rest rooms.
n Our bushes and trees could use a good pruning. If you’d like to organize a work bee in the next month or two, contact a board member. Otherwise, we may have to hire a landscaper.
n 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.
n REFRESHMENT VOLUNTEERS:
Aug. 10 – Russ, Loretta, Clarence & Ron; Cameron
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.

FINANCIAL NOTE from Diane: I have paid for half of my trip with donations and fundraisers that we have done. I thank you all for helping out that way. New Church Family has chipped in with $1,000 taken from its land mortgage fund. I still have some jewelry for sale; if any one like to see it, just ask. I have about $1200 more to to come up with. If anyone would like to donate as an individual, the check can be made payable either to Covenant United Methodist Church or to myself, Diane Walrath. If you would like to help organize a fundraiser, just give me a call or see me 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 Avi Shemesh, Embry Riddle grad and activist in the university’s P.R.I.D.E. group, has landed a safety and security internship with Southwest Airlines. He is a past winner of a Rainbow Alliance scholarship.
n -The Orlando City Council has voted unanimously for an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect transgender people. A final vote on the law is scheduled for Aug. 11. Thank you, Orlando, for blazing a trail.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY — Last Sunday was a red letter day for our church’s giving. Our regular offering brought in $980, and our monthly Benevolence Collection was $160, a record. Plus we collected another $160 for Halifax Urban Ministries, a way of showing appreciation for our guest musician, Daryl Stroble (Daryl performs free of charge.) Thank you, congregation, for your great outpouring. It helped us meet a $430 property insurance installment with some extra reserved for a $500-plus annual stormwater fee due in November.

EQUALITY WATCH – Marriage equality advocates have a big day in court today in Cincinnati. It’s where the Sixth District Court of Appeals will hear arguments in cases concerning gay marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. So far, other marriage cases that have made it to the Circuit Court level have all been decided in favor of gay marriage. But some legal experts speculate that a George W. Bush appointee, Judge Jeffrey Sutton, could deliver a deciding vote against gay marriage. If that happens, that increases the chances that the US Supreme Court will have to take another look at the issue in 2015.
Meanwhile, in Florida, 3 judges have ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in 3 separate cases. The most recent one said that Florida has to respect gay marriages that have been performed in other states. But those rulings all have been placed on hold to give Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi a chance to appeal. Equality Florida is circulating petitions that call on Bondi to drop the appeals.
… AND ON A LIGHTER NOTE…..

A small boy was at church with his parents, listening to the congregation sing a hymn. The expression on his face grew puzzled. Finally, he whispered to his mom: “What did Grace do that was so amazing??”
(From Bill Keane’s The Family Circus comic strip) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuzTLsFsi5M
OUR CLASSIFIEDS –
HELP WANTED – Part-time fiscal assistant needed by The House Next Door, 810 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. Bookkeeping experience, organizing abilities and computer skills, especially Excel , required for 12-14 hours per week. Submit resume.
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 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

footnotes from a finicky film fan/Future Feature Film Fetes

IMG_4274—by W.W. Spencer, NSB-side, FL  32169

Though the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Oscar became the first ongoing movie award in 1929 (honoring the films of 1927 and 1928), the longest running still continuous actual film festival started three years later in Venice, Italy.  Now up to as many as 3,000 active worldwide gatherings in celebration of movies, Venice along with Cannes (France) and Toronto (Canada) are considered the most prestigious and Berlin the largest.

 

Other than this year’s early sneak peaks via the Cannes in mid-May, Tribeca (New York) in late April, Sundance (Utah) at the end of July, and a few other smaller film fests, the movie award season for 2014 productions doesn’t really get into full swing until late fall as a build up to the 87th Academy Awards on February 22, 2015.

Already nearly seven months in advance, likely frontrunners for Best Picture Oscars are touted by those most closely connected to the film and subsidiary industries.  Movie buffs and awards aficionados should keep a lookout for the following 39 English-speaking narrative full-length film fare (listed in very early order of preference within tiers).  While a few have been released during the first two-thirds of the calendar year, most of them will be released soon after summertime blockbusters through late December.

top tier:  Foxcatcher, Boyhood (earlier mid-summer release), Unbroken, Birdman, Gone Girl, Inherent Vice, Interstellar, and Big Eyes

middle tier:  Wild, Grand Budapest Hotel (earlier spring release), Imitation Game *Most Violent Game, Fury, Into the Woods, Whiplash, Mr. Turner, and Trash

bottom tier:  Carol *, Homesman, Suffragette, Suite Franchaise, Drop, Exodus, Kill the Messenger, Knight of Cups, Little Chaos, Love Is Strange * (earlier late summer release), Rosewater, Search, Selma, Snowpiercer (earlier mid-summer release), St. Vincent, True Story, While We’re Young, Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, Theory of Everything, American Sniper, Map to the Stars,  and Judge

* denoting special interest to LGBTQAI audiences

With other titles likely added to this already stellar listing, 2014—15 makes for a rather grand year of potentially award-winning celebration in film.  Good luck to each and every one of them, along with the creative casts and crews working toward their excellence.  May the best films win BIG and film fans grow to appreciate them in all their garnered glory . . . .

 

 

 

 

Judge: Florida must recognize gay marriages performed elsewhere

A state circuit judge in Broward County on Monday (Aug. 4) made history by ordering the state of Florida to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

Circuit Judge Dale Cohen’s ruling is the third in as many weeks by a Florida judge who has ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

This one is unique, however, because it’s the first requiring the state to recognize a gay marriage conducted elsewhere.

The other two – one July 17 by a judge in Monroe County and another July 25 by a Miami-Dade judge – only required local clerks of court to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Those decisions have not yet been enforced because of pending appeals, meaning no same-sex couple has gotten married in Florida.

The Broward case involves a West Palm Beach lesbian seeking to dissolve a Vermont civil partnership. Florida has declined to grant her a divorce since it didn’t recognize the validity of Vermont’s partnership.

All three Florida rulings favoring gay couples have been put on hold in order to give Florida Atty. Gen. Pam Bondi an opportunity to appeal. Bondi contends she is obligated to defend a 2008 referendum that limited marriages in Florida to couples of opposite genders.
– Compiled by Tom Brown, with a report from the Orlando Sentinel

footnotes from a finicky film fan/Mixed-Orientation Marriage Movies

 

 

—by W.WIMG_1333. Spencer, NSB-side, FL  32169

 

With as many as an estimated 20% of gay males and 40% of lesbians in the United States married to straight members of the opposite sex, so-called cover, lavender, Brokeback, New York marriages are 2.5 to 5.0 times more common than inter-racial marriages.  Members of the LGBTQAI community enter into traditional matrimony for wide-ranging reasons.  Acceptance; safety; careers; finances; fealty to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers; parenting; religion; love; or even wishful thinking are understandably taken into consideration.  Whether or not the homosexual and heterosexual are up front with one another about what they are getting into, their imagined dreams of living happily ever after usually devolve into the reality of unhappy endings.  As each couple approaches intimate issues in their own unique way, the way of handling the conflict may contribute as much to the outcome as the conflict itself.  In cases of a total absence of any sexual passion whatsoever, infidelity frequently follows.  Often the final outcome is particularly rancorous divorces along with shame, guilt, hopelessness, and despair.

 

From post-WWII, movies have first implicitly and then explicitly latched onto plots involving all sorts of mixed-orientation marriages.  Different perspectives and attitudes toward such a mismatch of characters increasingly continue being depicted through the years, some with more success and popularity than others.  This is readily seen by comparing and contrasting such movies as Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert-1994; American Beauty-1999; Brokeback Mountain-2005; Carrington-1995; Color Purple-1985; De-Lovely-2004; Far from Heaven-2002; Fried Green Tomatoes-1991; Frida-2002; Gilda-1946; Henry & June-1990; Imagine Me and You-2005; Inside Daisy Clover-1965; Kinsey-2004;  Making Love-1982;  Maurice-1987; Mulligans-2008; Reflections in a Golden Eye-1967; Rocky Horror Picture Show-1975; Valley of the Dolls-1967; Velocity of Gary-1998; Velvet Goldmine-1998; Victim-1961; and Wedding Banquet-1993.

Like women from all walks of life, some actresses have had first-hand experiences as straight women married to gay men.  Among them have been the disparate likes of Amanda (Gunsmoke‘s “Miss Kitty”) Blake, Carol (Hello, Dolly! herself) Channing, Fran (The—nasal-voiced—Nanny) Drescher, Carrie (Star War‘s “Princess Leia”) Fisher, Judy (Over the Rainbow) Garland, Jackee (sassy sexy “Sonnnnddddrrrraaaa”) Harry, Elsa (aka Bride of Frankenstein) Lancaster, Dame Angela (Murder She Wrote) Lansbury, like-mother-like-daughter Liza (with a Z) Minnelli, Charlotte (Facts of Life‘s “Mrs. Garrett”) Rae, Vanessa (of the radical British acting family) Redgrave, Jean (Angel Face) Simmons, and Dame Elizabeth (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) Taylor.

Conversely, gay actors Stephen (Ben-Hur’s “Messala”) Boyd, Raymond (namesake Perry Mason) Burr, Alan (Good Wife’s “Eli”) Cumming, Rock (Pillow Talk) Hudson, Charles (Mutiny on the Bounty) Laughton, and Anthony (Psycho Norman Bates) Perkins are but a few having opted to protect their audience approved macho-male image by way of real-life marriages to straight women.

 

Whether by the standards of Hollywood or elsewhere, state-by-state legalization of same-sex marriage is a painstakingly long drawn out process.  Now approved by 54% of an ever-increasing number of Americans, popular opinion is moving slowly but surely in the right direction.  To spare future generations the ambiguous entanglements and painful wounds engendered by such apparently denied basic human rights, marriage equality and all the benefits that go along with it must gather momentum.  Sanctimonious naysaying holier-than-thou condemnations aside, LGBTQAI members should have no less than the same marriage rights as their straight counterparts.  And, along with sanctity of marriage to whomever they so may please, a citizen’s fair expectation that it bear all due federal recognition and protection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word Up 276 — New Church Family newsletter July 30, 2014

WORD UP 276 – JULY 30, 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: 486-527-5952 (connects with pastor after hours)
E-mail: NewChurchFamily@gmail.com
ABOUT NCF – WE are an independent and informal Christian church welcoming people of all faiths, orientations and genders. Our 60-plus members come from many different backgrounds — Evangelical, Catholic, Pentecostal, Jewish, mainline Protestant, unchurched, Native American, Unitarian, etc. We respect and support everyone’s own faith journey.
THIS SUNDAY– AUG 3, 10 a.m. — WORSHIP & HOLY COMMUNION, with REV SUSAN B. ROTH preaching, and special music by Daryl Stroble of Jacksonville.
Followed by potluck lunch. All are welcome.
REMINDER: We will have our monthly First Sunday special collection of spare change and dollars, to support our Benevolence Fund, PLUS a love offering to benefit Halifax Urban Ministries. (Daryl is donating his musical presentation for a charity of our choice. )

SCRIPTURE FOR SUNDAY
Genesis 32: 22-30; Isaiah 55: 1-5
Psalm 17:1-7 or Psalm 145
Romans 9: 1-6; Matthew 14:13-24

PRAYERS & TESTIMONIES of the People
Healing for Clarence following his medical procedure Tuesday
Ron gives thanks his mom has been discharged from a physical rehab facility
Condolences for those mourning the passing of Keith Walker, 56, a cancer patient
Healing for Linda V. in Pennsylvania, struggling with cancer andfor Damian, dealing with leukemia
Pam asks prayers for Cary H.’s heart problems
Safe travel for Kitty, returning from the Keys. Thanksgiving her daughter Katherine has secured housing in New Smyrna. May she find nursing employment and be reunited with Michael.
Becki asks success for the surgery scheduled for her son Stephen on Aug. 7. He is still recovering from a collision caused by a drunk driver 5 months ago.
Healing for Nicole T after hip surgery and complications
Safe travel for Pam and Char as they get ready for a month-long camper trip. Also for Irene and Deb, leaving this week for an RV trip to Maryland and Rhode Island.
Strength for Jerry
Guidance and strength for several church members facing financial challenges
Liam gives thanks for Trans Across America, a nationwide project that visited Daytona Beach to make a documentary about challenges faced by trans people. He also is thankful that Daytona State has restored his funding and given him credit for courses he completed in computer science.

SUNDAY SERMON RECAP (JULY 27, “Who Am I?” –
There are many different ways we can answer when a stranger asks, “Who are you?” Depending on the situation, we can give our name and address, our ethnic group, our work ID, or our nationality. If it’s in a dating bar or a website, we may give a first name (or alias) and a tidbit about our sexual preference.
Why is it we so seldom answer, “I am a Christian” or “I am a child of God.”? True, it must be admitted that bigots have said so many hurtful things as “Christians,” that the word now has a double-edged meaning. To some people, it is almost like saying “I am a Nazi.” But to call ourselves “children of God” frees us from political slants and gets right down to our basic nature. We are created and loved and nurtured by a Higher Power even when we turn our backs on our origin. We are adopted brothers and sisters of Jesus. God molded us in our mother’s womb, as the Psalmist tells us. God is listening to our prayers. If we can believe this enough to produce just a drop of faith, eventually, day by day, that drop will swell into a blessed river.
. SUSAN’s complete sermon is available on Facebook at New Church Family of Daytona Beach (Group.) Here is the link:

CHURCH & COMMUNITY CALENDAR – SUMMER EVENTS

JULY 30, WED., 6:30-8:30 p.m. – EQUALITY FLORIDA MIXER at Garbo’s Lounge. Learn what this advocacy group is doing in Tallahassee and in the Florida courts to fight for GLBT rights. Meet local candidates. Free admission and appetizers, cash bar. Garbo’s is on U.S. 1, just south of Reed Canal Road, in South Daytona. Look for the rainbow flag. About 90 people have signed up to attend.
JULY 30, WED. – 6:30-8 p.m. – LOGOS Bible Study group wraps up its discussion of the apostles, followed by a potluck. The group will take a break during August, and resume Sept. 3 to study First Corinthians. Mark Bundy is leading the group. Newcomers are always welcome.
AUG. 1, Thurs., 7:30 p.m. – “LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical” opens at Athens Theater, downtown DeLand. Continues Fhurs-Sundays through Aug. 17. Tickets $10 to $27. Based on the 2002 movie.
AUG. 1 – NEW CHURCH FAMILY withdraws from International Christian Community Churches in Asheville, N.C., on this date. We thank ICCC for six years of guidance and fellowship, and wish them well as they restructure their ministry. At this point, NCF once again becomes an independent, non-denominational church while we explore other ways we can bond with other affirming churches.
AUG. 1, 8:30 a.m. – TGIF Coffee Break – Get an early start on your Friday and the weekend by meeting your NCF buddies at Panera Bread, Dunlawton Ave., next to Target, Port Orange. We gather in the rear of the restaurant. Bring a friend if you like.
AUG 8, FRI., 7:30 p.m.-midnight – COME OUT & PARTY at Club 3520 – Our building turns into a nightclub once a month for a BYOB dance party, with Chris of KC Sound Express providing the music. Give her your special requests. $5 donation. Please arrange transportation – car pool or taxi pool if you plan to have more than 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks. Soft drinks and coffee also available. Restricted to those 21 or older.
AUG. 28, THURS. – NCF BOARD MEETING—TOPICS: Internet guidelines , budget review, building update. 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 meeting for the fall, starting with discussion of First Corinthians, led by Mark Bundy.

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. DETAILS:

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SEPT. 10, WED – PFLAG of Volusia starts monthly meetings at New Church Family, 7:30 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. Praise God as NCF progresses toward being a community center welcoming all people.