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June 5 NCF Board Meeting -- highlights

New Church Family Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
June 5, 2019
Board members present: Bob A.; Jerry N.; Judi O.; Charlene R.; Rev. Donna C.; Jerry C.; Bonnie “T-
Bear” F. (Jeff D on sabbatical.).  Guests present: Frank O.; Dave M.; Jim B.; Pam B.; Tom B.

Judi, board president, called the meeting to order at 5:09 p.m. Rev. Donna led opening prayer.

Pastor's Report: Key Points – Emergency Contact information form  was shown to the
Board. New Confidential Membership agreement was shown to the Board. Women's Ministry
is to be reconfigured in the fall. Rev, Donna  asked the board to roll back the pastor's hours to 24 a week in light of board members now handling Wednesday office duties. Motion by Bob A. to approve the request and change the pastoral covenant accordingly. Charlene seconded, approved by a voice vote. Rev, Donna noted that negotiations for a 2020 pastoral covenant will begin shortly.

A written treasurer's report was distributed.

Building report -- Bonnie circulated 3 bids received for new carpeting, and discussed their pros and cons. Bids ranged from $3913, to $6836 depending on the square footage to be covered and thickness of the material. Several details need clairifying and more bids may be sought. The capret fund has $5152 available. Bonnie also noted the parking lot striping project is continuing.

Events: Social director Jerry N. noted these events are on the calendar: Rocketman concert at the Daytona bandshell June 8; Father's Day Potlukc at church June 16; Pulse Remembrance ceremony in downtown DeLand on June 12; NCF pancake breakfast Aug 11, featuring pineappe upside down pancakes.
 Logo:  There was further inspection and discusion of a Cross Starburst design developed by Stan. The project is nearing completion. Board members will be emailed a request for final approval.
Safety -- Charlene R. reported that South Daytona Police Dept. offers a CPR course without certification for $25. A person can be certified by passing an online course and paying addition $35. Volusia County Sheriff's office will assist us in drawing up an evacuation plan in the event of a fire or shooting incident.The Volusia County Fire Department willwork with us on outdoor safety.to reduce brush fire hazards.

Hope Place Volunteer opportunities: Tom B. ia awating details from the shelter's volunteer coordinator.

NEW BUSINESS --
Prayers of the People -- In a lengthy discussion, board members agreed with the pastor we should let members continue voicing their concerns as the spirit leads them,  including painful memories of rejections and assaults. . The board also agreed that youngsters in the congregation should be protected againt X-rated stories they are too young to understand.  The prayer leader, assisted by the pastor and others, will intervene if a person gets overly emotional and might need private comforting. Rev. Donna said she hopes by early July, a faith-based therapist will be available to help church members work through their personal issues in weekday group sessions.

A discussion of new fundraising activites was tabled.

Facebook: Board members discussed details of the board's continued monitoring of our Facebook group. The board agreed the page remains off-limits to commercial promotions and political statements. FB membership requests have to come from the person seeking membership, not from a third party, and applicants must state why they want to join.

Memorial -- Board approved Jerry N's motion to dedicate our library in memory of Jeff Farance. It also approved Charlene's motion to update the angels' plaque as needed.
A change in the church's vision statement was tabled so it can be discussed at a July 28 congregational forum.

The July board meeting was set for July 3 at 5 p.m.  Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
    (Compiled by Tom Brown from a draft of the minutes. The full text of the minutes with additional details is available at the church office.)
 

NCF Board Meeting May 8, 2019 -- Highlights

NCF Board Highlights of May 8, 2019 Meeting
(From condensed minutes; the full text of the minutes is available at the church office)
Board members present: Bob Austin; Bonnie T-Bear Frazee; Charlene Rywant; Jerry Nelson, Jeff DeYoung; Judi Omelia; Rev. Donna Choate. Guests present: Tom B., Frank O., Jim B., Stan R.
Meeting called to order 5:09 p.m. by Judi, board president, presiding.
April 3 board minutes, agenda and several reports accepted.
Pastor reported she is asking the state to post “Church Entrance” signs on US 92 to help slow up traffic. Char is gathering emergency contact information sheets from members willing to have the church keep them on file. Treasurer reported the year-to-date deficit stands at $363. A year ago, at this point, it was $2,000. Building manager (T-Bear) reported she is awaiting a county inspection that will determine whether we have to buy 6 small trees to replace the large pine we removed from the front lawn. She is optimistic our woods in the rear of our property will meet our tree requirement. She is seeking a large wicker basket to hold our artificial indoor tree.
OLD BUSINESS – Cookbook ad prices have been set as follows: $20 for a one-line name listing; business card, $25; half page $50; full page $100. Final editing of cookbook pages is under way.
LOGO – Stan presented a preliminary design of a cross positioned against a rainbow-colored starburst. The tweaking continues.
NEW BUSINESS – A memorial roll of 86 deceased members will be presented at Memorial Day weekend’s Sunday Service.
A carpet sample book was passed around at the May 5 congregational forum, and most members favored on particular color. The building manager will seek bids for purchase and installation.
SAFETY: Char will lead a committee that will come up with a church evacuation plan in the event of fire or a shooting. Other safety measures discussed were door peepholes and a 90-degree convex mirror outside the front entrance so we can see who is ringing our doorbell. We discussed having a church member with a concealed carry permit bring his or her weapon to church as a precaution. The board, at the pastor’s recommendation, decided against this measure.
Father’s Day – Frank O. and Jerry N. will plan a fathers’ recognition event for the Father’s Day service.
CPR Training – Rev. Donna is seeking quotes. Red Cross training would cost $858 to have 8 people trained in defribillator use. Further discussion tabled until the next meeting.
Parking lot painting – The board approved yellow as a color for bump stocks and curbs near shrubs. Parking space lines will be white.
Back-door ramp – Char suggested a ramp would help with loading and unloading of large items. Others felt the front patio ramp is sufficient. On motion of T-Bear, the board voted 5-1 against adding a back ramp.
Surplus organ – Tom B. asked whether the unused spare organ in the front corner of the sanctuary will be included in the upcoming yard sale. Char is checking to see if a start-up church wants it as a donation. If not, the organ will be available for sale.
June board meeting will be June 5 at 5 p.m. Meeting adjourned at 6:51 p.

May 8 NCF Board Agenda

New Church Family -- Agenda for Board of Directors Meeting
May 8, 2019 -- 5 p.m. -- NCF Conference room (or possibly the Library)

1. Call to Order – Opening prayer – Note attendees
2. Acceptance of the agenda
3. Acceptance of the minutes of the April 3rd Board meeting
4. Pastor’s Report
5. President’s Report
6. Vice President’s Report
7. Treasurer’s Report
8. Building Report
9. Old Business
a. Cookbook Update
b. Logo Update
10. New Business
a. Memorial Day Reading of Deceased NCF members.
b. Carpet replacement
c. Church security options
d. Hope Place Volunteer opportunities – FYI item
e. Father’s Day observance
f. CPR training
g Parking lot painting
h. Need for a back door ramp
i. Yard sale details – FYI item
11. Set Jun’19 Meeting Date
!2. Adjournment and prayer

NCF Board Meeting March 13, 2019 -- Minutes

New Church Family -- Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
March 13, 2019
Board members present: Bob A.; Char R.; T-Bcar; Rev. Donna C.; Angel O.; Judi O.; Jerry N.
Guest present: Dave M.; Frank O.; Keith H.; Michael F.
1. Call to order and Opening Prayer: The meeting was called to order at 6:31 pm. Opening
prayer was given by Rev. Donna C.
2. Review and Acceptance of the agenda: Motion by Rev. Donna C. and second by T-Bear to
accept the agenda as handed out. Motion passed.
3. Review of Congregational Meeting Minutes for February 24th: Motion by Jerry N. and second
by Char R. to accept and submit at the next Congregational Meeting for approval. Motion passed.
4. Review and Acceptance of the minutes of the February 24th Board Meeting: Motion by Rev.
Donna C. and second by Jerry N. to accept the minutes as handed out. Motion Passed.
5. Pastor's Report: The Pastor's Report was handed out. Rev. Donna C. will be on vacation April 7
- 13. Memorial Service for Jeff Farance will be on April 6th at 11 am at NCF. The 3rd Sunday of
each month will be “Movie Sunday.” Much discussion on membership proposal (voting and no
voting status). Alan Austin will be in charge of the Mother's Day Celebration on May 12th.
The May monthly potluck will be changed to the second Sunday May 12th. Motion by Bob Austin second
by T-Bear to accept Pastor's Report.
6. President's Report: none.
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Vice President's Report: Things are going smoothly, working with Dave M. learning reports.
Need emergency contacts from members so Pastor has access to it in case of a emergency.
Treasurer's Report: In absence of the Treasurer Jeff D. Board President Judi O. gave the report.
Jeff and Judi are working hard getting everything put on and transferred to Church Quick Books.
There are a few discrepancies that will work themselves out. Motion by Rev. Donna C. second by
Bob A. to accept the Treasurer's Report. Motion Passed.
Building Report: T-Bear reported that the roof has been fixed. She received 2 estimates on tree
removal for the tree in front of the Church. She will find out if a permit is needed to remove it.
Motion by Char R. second by Bob A. to accept the bid from Clayton's Quality Tree Service for
$400 pending permit info. Motion passed.
10. New Business:
• a.) Relay for Life Track Marker Sponsorship: Motion by Rev. Donna C. second by Char R. to
purchase one and use Benevolence Fund to pay for it. Motion passed.
• b.) DeLand Pride Block Party: Motion by Rev. Donna C. second by Bob A. to purchase a
Vendor space for the early discount of $50. Motion passed.
• c.) Schedule a Congregational Forum: Since the May potluck is being changed to the second
Sunday of May the Congregational Forum has been set for May 5th after service.
• d.) Men's Ministry Flea Market Sale: It will be held on May 1st at the County Fairgrounds.
Motion by Rev. Donna C. second by T-Bear to partner with the Men's Ministry to promote the
sale. Motion passed.
• e.) Board Goals for 2019: Look at By Laws in depth to determine if there are any other
refinements or changes necessary. All records need to be digitized.
• f.) Cookbook Update: Where are we? Dave M. will try to get everything together and submitted
in a couple weeks.
• g.) Logo Contest Update: Nothing is sufficient as of now. Scrap idea of contest. Leave to Board
and Pastor to work on it. Touch base with Stan to work on his idea.
11. Schedule next Board Meetings: Board meetings are moved to the first Wednesday of each month
at 6:30 pm. Next meeting will be April 3rd.

Wine, Movies and a Kitty Afterlife: In Memory of Jeff Farance

 By Rick De Yampert

Editor's Note: Rick and Jeff worked together for many years in the Accent Department of the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Once upon a time I lied to my friend Jeff Farance. It was sort of a big lie, too, given the subject at hand. Even now I try to convince myself that it was what Kurt Vonnegut, in the fictional religion of Bokononism that he created in his novel “Cat’s Cradle,” would call “foma” – a “harmless untruth.”

Jeff, who was not only my friend but also my colleague and editor at the Daytona Beach News-Journal, passed away, seemingly peacefully, at his Holly Hill home on March 7 at age 67.

Along with being the Daytona newspaper’s entertainment editor, movie reviewer and wine columnist, Jeff also was a wit in the Oscar Wilde sense (truly!), a devoted caretaker of his kitty companions L.A. and Sally B., a helping, roll-up-his-sleeves friend, my wine pimp, my own personal Roger Ebert, a tool collector who possessed more devices than Inspector Gadget, and a subscriber to every magazine in the world (at least the worthy ones in the fields of cultured literary writing, arts and entertainment, and progressive politics).

Jeff was laid off from the News-Journal in 2008 along with about half of the paper’s workforce, including my wife Cheryl, who worked in the marketing department. Jeff and Cheryl were friends too – he adored her!

I still had my job as the News-Journal’s arts and entertainment writer, and Jeff and I kept in touch by having lunch together every few months or so. After Cheryl died from breast cancer in April 2015, Jeff and I had lunch or dinner meet-ups more often.

Some months after Cheryl’s death, I had Jeff over to my home for dinner. This was after L.A., one of Jeff’s two cats, had mysteriously disappeared from his home, never to be seen again and leaving Jeff heartbroken.

We were sipping our post-dinner wines – procured as always by Jeff -- when he became a bit subdued and asked me: “Do you believe you’re going to see Cheryl again?”

“Yes, I do,” I said quietly.

But I was lying. At that time, in the early months after Cheryl’s death, I was still reeling, and I didn’t know what I thought about any sort of afterlife. I had been an agnostic on the subject long before Cheryl was diagnosed with the Breast Cancer Demon in October 2011. Anytime the subject had come up in philosophical-spiritual discussions with her or friends, I would shrug and say, “I’ve read a lot about what different faiths believe, but for me any sort of afterlife is a big question mark, and I’m OK with that.”

But I lied to Jeff that night at dinner. I told him that I did believe I was going to see Cheryl again whenever I left this earthly realm. (These days, following numerous strange, spooky, woo-woo occurrences over the past several years, I genuinely have come to believe that I will meet Cheryl again in some sort of afterlife. But that is a story that is being told in another place and time.)

That night I lied.

Jeff smiled meekly before his expression turned wistful.

“I believe each one of us will spend eternity with our one true soulmate,” he said. “For me, that will be L.A.”

I recognized the hesitant, sheepish tone that had crept into his voice. Since Cheryl had died, I had talked to a number of friends who had lost animal companions. Often as they poured out their grief, they would suddenly get that deer-caught-in-headlights look and their voice would falter and hesitate, and I knew what they were thinking even as their thoughts remained unspoken: “I didn’t mean to compare my loss to yours, Rick.” Sometimes friends indeed would verbalize such apologetic sentiments to me.

I reassured Jeff just as I had other friends: “You lost a beloved too. That’s hard. That’s heartbreaking.”

Some years earlier Jeff had fallen at his home and was unable to get up, and it was three or four days before a friend figured out something was wrong and checked up on him. Jeff told me and others that he was able to survive his ordeal only because L.A. was there beside him and kept reassuring his human that he was going to be OK.

But I didn’t know the true depth of Jeff’s relationship to his cat L.A. until that night at dinner.

Jeff’s fall was due to the chronic pain he suffered from back problems that had proved difficult for doctors to diagnose, and from hip and knee problems. His hip replacement surgeries went well and, during his last several years in this world, Jeff was rather pain-free from what I could see.

And he was happy during our meet-ups. My heart leaped up to see him in such a good place. And he was happy to know I had found love again with my girlfriend Rachel – he adored her, too!

Jeff and I would talk movies and, because he was then a freelance movie reviewer who received DVD screening copies of the latest flicks, he would loan me ones that he knew I would like: “The Shape of Water,” “Loving,” “Manchester By the Sea” and many others. And he’d gift me with an insightful mini-review off the top of his head.

Jeff also was my sweet-wine pimp. Jeff loathed sweet wines but he lovingly procured them for me without condemning my philistine taste in vino, and without condescension – unlike another editor and wine enthusiast who had sniffed that sweet wines were “Kool-aid.” Rather, Jeff would gift me some sweet vino and genuinely extol the peculiar virtues of each bottle – or at least what he had heard about them.

Each meet-up with Jeff also would mean I would walk away with three or four bags bulging with the latest issues of The New Yorker, National Geo, The Nation, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic and dozens of other mags. I often wondered why Jeff subscribed to so many magazines, and if he ever got around to reading even a tenth of them.

The last three bags he gifted me, after we had lunch at Einstein Bros. Bagels last month, are still piled up in a corner of my home.

People who were close to Jeff know that he was a multi-faceted personality. Some Facebook posts by friends have called him “complex,” “complicated” and “unique.” All true!

I’ve never known anyone else who had as big a heart as Jeff while also possessing an acerbic wit and a scimitar-sharp tongue to match. Jeff could go Oscar Wilde on bullies and assholes who had shown themselves to be heartless – whether it was national newsmakers or local folks known to both of us.

His tart tongue was still evident during his last few years in this world, but he seemed just as content to regard the heartless ones with bemused contempt rather than dismiss them with acidic one-liners. But still, you didn’t want Jeff to go Oscar on your ass!

And just to be clear: Jeff was not being mean-spirited at such times. Anyone who might have been eavesdropping on our conversations would have silently nodded in agreement and thought “Yes, that bastard deserves to be taken down a notch.”

Jeff was happy during his last years in this world. He smiled a lot. He laughed a lot. I miss him. I miss hearing his laughter. I especially miss hearing him when he would get what my mom would call “tickled” – when he would share something silly and he would begin giggling and then wheezing as he fought to suppress a belly laugh that would have rattled the windows of whatever eatery we were at.

Jeff, like your fellow movie critic Roger Ebert, I know you have an aisle seat in heaven. And I know L.A. is curled up in your lap as you sip wine and the two of you watch movies together. And I imagine Sally B. will join you both one day.

Namaste my dear friend: The Light of the Divine in me bows before the Light of the Divine in you.

-- Rick de Yampert

Jeffrey Farance obituary

   HOLLY HILL -- Jeffrey Edward Farance, 67, a retired writer and editor who had worked at the Daytona Beach News-Journal for 18 years, was found deceased March 7 in his Twelfth Street home after friends asked police to conduct a wellness check.
   Known throughout Florida for his incisive movie reviews, Jeff was a member of the Florida Film Critics Circle, formerly served on the board of the Cinematique art moviehouse and helped organize the Daytona Beach Film Festival. More than 300 of his mini-reviews can be found online at the RottenTomatoes.com cinema website.(Look for the "critics" tab and search under his name.)
   Besides writing reviews, he wrote and edited many entertainment, travel and food articles for the newspaper’s feature sections. He also served as the paper’s wine columnist. Cathy Klasne, a longtime colleague who was the News-Journal’s food editor, rated him the best headline writer on the 14-member features team.
    Mike L. Czeczot, one of Farance’s former supervisors, remembered Farance for his rebellious streak in the newsroom – “always ready with the quick one-liner retorts to senior management (mostly in whispers, but effective nonetheless), and always, always a great confidante. His writing was witty, often scathing, but fair.”
   Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Farance attended Case Western University and then transferred to Pennsylvania State’s Erie campus, where he received a degree in journalism in 1972. As a high school student, he wrote a column for a weekly newspaper in Pennsylvania. After college, his early career included 17 years at the Derrick newspaper in Oil City, Pa. His beats ranged from municipal governments to courts to food.
   After visiting the Daytona area as a tourist, Jeff moved to Florida and began working at the News-Journal in 1990. He took a buyout in 2008 when the paper, under new management, began major staff cutbacks that eliminated many of its locally written lifestyle features.
   His dry wit and self-effacing personality earned him a devoted following among Daytona’s movie buffs and restaurant patrons. He guest-lectured at many high schools, introducing students to the technical aspects of film production.
   Jeff was a member and tireless volunteer at New Church Family. He kept a hand in film reviewing by penning occasional pieces for the church’s website and newsletter. He also encouraged church members to attend movies, plays and museum exhibits. He frequently attended and took part in film discussions at the Southeast Museum of Photography at Daytona State College. Helping with the editing of a church cookbook was one of his final projects.
   Jeff also served as chairperson of the Volusia-Flagler Rainbow Alliance, a nonprofit scholarship provider for gay, lesbian and transgender youth. He represented both the church and the alliance at several GLBTQ pride festivals in Volusia County.
He was the son of H.W. Farance and Sara Louise (White) Farance of Conneautville, Pa. He is survived by a sister, Elaine, and her husband Paul Mattis of Poinciana, Florida, niece and great-niece, Ann Mattis and Sara Bilal of Westminster, Colorado and nephew Steven Mattis and his wife Kathryn Beaty of Munich, Germany. He also leaves behind his loyal feline friend, Sally Bowles.
   Arrangements are being handled by the Dale Woodward Funeral Home in Holly Hill, and the McCauley Funeral Home in Pennsylvania. Interment of ashes will take place at the Conneautville Cemetery in Conneautville, Pa. A memorial will be held April 6 at 11 a.m. at New Church Family, 3520 W. International Speedway Blvd, (US 92), Daytona Beach. Friends are invited to share their photos and memories of Jeff. Memorial donations may be made to New Church Family or any humane society.

March 13 NCF board meeting summary

MARCH 13 BOARD MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

SCHEDULING: The next board meeting was set for April 3 at 6:30 and future monthly meetings will be on the first Wednesday of the month. The pastor will be on vacation April 7 - 13. A memorial service for Jeff Farance has been scheduled for Saturday April 6 at 11 a.m. A quarterly congregation forum will be held after the service on May 5. The May monthly potluck has been moved back from May 5 to May 12, and a Mother’s Day celebration will take place on the 12th. The third Sunday of the month will continue being programmed as a “Movie Sunday” with a free film shown after the worship service.

RECORDS: The pastor is asking members to give her emergency contact information. The information will be kept confidential. The data is especially important for anyone who doesn’t have a partner or close relative in our local area. The Men’s Ministry is assisting.

PROPERTY: The board accepted a bid for removal of a pine tree leaning on our front lawn toward the parking lot. The tree was taken down March 23. A minor roof repair has been completed.

EVENTS: Vendor space has been purchased for the DeLand Pride Block Party in October. A track marker with the church’s name has been purchased for the March 31 Relay for Life cancer fundraiser at Gemini Springs park.

FLEA MARKET – The Men’s Ministry has volunteered to sell surplus goods in early May at the weekly Wednesday flea market at the County Fairgrounds, S.R. 44, near I-4. Start sorting and cleaning your donations.

(Thank you to Bob Austin, board secretary, for this information.)

2019 Annual Meeting

NCF ANNUAL MEETING 2019

New Church Family held its 2019 annual business meeting Feb. 24, with about half of its 73 members attending and President Dave McBride presiding. Our quorum rule requires at least 20 percent attendance to transact business.
Three church members were elected to two-year terms on the NCF board. They are incumbent Judi OMelia, elected to a second term, and Bob Austin and Bonnie “T-Bear” Frazee, each elected to an initial two-year term. Angel Ocasio was elected board alternate. As an alternate, Angel will fill any vacancy that happens to occur in the coming year.
After the congregational meeting, the new board met briefly and elected Judi OMelia as president, succeeding Dave McBride, who retired from the board. Bob Austin was elected secretary and Bonnie Frazee was elected to the new post of Manager of Building and Grounds. Charlene Rywant continues as vice president and membership director, and Jeff DeYoung, continues as treasurer. Jerry Nelson was named coordinator of the church calendar and social events, another new position.
Rev. Donna Choate continues as our pastor and spiritual guide. She is in the second year of a two-year covenant for pastoral direction. Jerry Corlis, our member with the longest membership record (since our founding in 1986) continues as a non-voting board member emeritus.
The board gave certificates of appreciation to Dave McBride and Gil Jordan for their past service to the board.
Members unanimously approved a 2019 operating budget of $37,325 – down from the 2018 budget of $39,030, but up from actual 2018 spending of $36,123. The biggest new expense is a $605 line item to pay for workers compensation insurance. Compensation for the pastor and treasurer remains at the 2018 levels. The tithing target was set at $33,095, compared to the 2018 target of $36,030 and the actual 2018 receipts of $26,150. Fundraisers, donations of supplies, and income from investments will be relied upon to supplement the tithes. Detailed line-item copies of the budget are available at church.
In other business, members overwhelmingly approved several bylaw amendments after more than an hour of discussion. The amendments:
 Require all church members to have at least six months of frequent church attendance and other forms of service to receive or continue to have voting privileges. The board assured the congregation that allowances will be made for members who miss services because of illness, work on Sunday, or seasonal residence. The amendment was approved 27-1.
 Require a notice be issued at least two weeks in advance of any congregational meetings. Approved unanimously.
 Created new board oversight duties (building & grounds; social events) Approved unanimously.
 Changed term limits for board service from two consecutive terms to three consecutive terms, approved unanimously.
 Approved a requirement for board members, starting in 2020, to serve as unpaid volunteers. Compensation for the treasurer will continue during 2019.

Church members voted to continue pursuing a list of goals that was adopted in 2018. These include congregational growth, outreach, fellowship and youth instruction. A goal that was added at the annual meeting was to discuss placing a cardiac defibrillator in the church building and training church members in its use.
The meeting adjourned after two hours of discussion.

(Submitted by Tom Brown)

Meet Pedro

                                                        Meet Pedro
   The newest member of New Church Family is Pedro, 8, a needy child living in a village near Fortaleza, Brazil. Pastor Donna announced to the congregation Feb. 3 that our Benevolence Fund is pledging a $36 monthly donation to help ChildFund International support Pedro and his parents and two sisters. If you would like to donate directly to this project, speak with Rev. Donna.
      Here is information supplied by ChildFund, which formerly was known as the Christian Children’s Fund:
Pedro, whose full name is Pedro Victor Da Silva Sampaio, lives with his parents, Francisco and Maria, and two sisters about 40 miles northwest of Fortaleza. Their simple home, which the family owns, has mud and stick walls, a dirt floor and a clay-tile roof. It has a bathroom but water must be carried into the house from an artesian well. Francisco works as an assistant bricklayer. The Catholic family receives an allowance of $30 per person per month from the federal government and struggles to make ends meet. Pedro attends a local public school, and his favorite subject is math. His wish is to become a firefighter. He is cheerful and playful, helping his mom by filling bottles with water from the well. He enjoys playing soccer and tag and taking care of his pet dog. In spite of poor living conditions and a meager diet, he is in good health.

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We will be sharing periodic updates on Pedro and his family. Check our lobby information table for a photo of Pedro. For information on ChildFund’s programs and finances, go to www.childfund.org.

Jan. 16, 2019 NCF Board draft agenda

New Church Family
Proposed Agenda for Board of Directors Meeting
January 16, 2019  6:30 p.m. -- open to the public

1. Call to Order – Opening prayer – Note attendees
2. Review and Acceptance of the agenda
3. Acceptance of the minutes of the December 30th Board meeting
4. Pastor’s Report
5. President’s Report
6. Vice President’s Report
7. Treasurer’s Report
8. Building Report
9. Old Business

a. Answers regarding the question of liability insurance when personal cars are used for “church business.”
b. Review of current active members to determine voting status for the Annual Congregational meeting as well as any action to be taken by the Board in light of the review.
c. Discussion/Suggestions/Review of possible agenda items for the Annual Congregational Meeting in February 2019 – identify items to be included in mailing.

1) What bylaw changes to include?
2) Final report on 2018 budget and review of new budget proposal for 2019
3) Formation of a working/planning group to formulate and implement the plan for how we
will handle our accounting needs in lieu of changes to our bylaws.
4) Is a survey of any type necessary this year?
5) Do we want to poll congregation as to start time for Sunday service?
6) Balloting procedure for Board member elections – 50% + 1 rule in effect.
7) Review of goals for 2018 and report at the meeting
8) Identify and arrange to vote on goals for 2019.
9) Set deadline for mailing Annual Meeting packets to members.

d. Finalization of the items that need to be included in the information packet for the Annual
Congregation Meeting.
e. Proposal for discussion – a study group to develop a 3 to 5-year look-ahead plan for the
church. Would include ministry, congregation growth, budget/income, and property maintenance.
f. Update on possible Board vacancies other than expiring terms, and review of announced
candidates.

10. New Business

a. Proposal for a congregation growth contest with awards for the “winners.”

11. Set date for next Board Meeting as February 17 immediately following the Congregation
meeting in order to elect officers.

13. Adjournment and prayer

(Submitted by Dave McBride, church president)

God Gab on Orthodox Theology

   Our church’s GOD GAB GROUP will travel to New Smyrna on JAN. 29 for a presentation on “ORTHODOX THEOLOGY” led by Dr. Paul Edson, recently retired after teaching humanities for more than 20 years at Embry-Riddle University. He will bring along some examples of icons and talk about their function in the various denominations of the Eastern branch of Christianity. Greek, Russian, Serbian, Coptic and several other Orthodox faith groups now claim nearly  1 million active worshipers in America, with some estimates ranging up to 4 million. Within Volusia and Flagler counties, we have at least 8 Orthodox congregations, with about 1300 members.

Our 90-minute discussion, held jointly with the New Smyrna Theology Club, will start promptly at 3 p.m. at the Coronado United Methodist Church, 201 S. Peninsula (a half-block south of the North Causeway.)

Like all our God Gab sessions, this program is simply to share information, not an effort to convert anyone to a particular doctrine. We’ll include plenty of time for Q&A. Paul discovered the Orthodox faith back in 1961 and he leads annual tours of the St. Demetrius Greek Orthodox Church during the Daytona Greek Festival. Ten of our NCF members attended a tour in Novmber. Paul states: “The Orthodox Church is the ancient—and also very contemporary — church that studied the Scriptures to define the Trinity, Jesus’ two natures, and the vocation of humankind. It is a church that worships in a comfortable way, but a way that is also filled with great beauty.”

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