MINUTES – April 11, 2021
Attendees – Board Members: Charlene Rywant, Bryan Poaches, Rev. Donna Choate, Tom Brown. Absent: Judi Omelia, ill. Other attendees: Jeff DeYoung, Lois Klammer, Bonnie Frazee, Dave McBride, and Heather Choate.
Charlene, as acting president, called the meeting to order at 11:45 a.m. in the Conference Room. She offered an opening prayer. Bryan moved acceptance of the agenda. Accepted by a voice vote as submitted. Bryan moved acceptance of the March 7 minutes. Accepted by a voice vote as submitted.
PASTOR – Rev. Donna reported more than 30 people attended our in-person Easter Service. Attendance is gradually growing as the virus situation improves.
VICE PRESIDENT – Charlene notified the board she will be traveling in Georgia for a week. She thanked Bryan, Dave, Teresa Wright and others for their help with worship services. Board members will take turns monitoring the church’s cell phone and alerting the pastor as needed.
TREASURER – Bookkeeper Jeff D. submitted financial reports through March. He noted tithes are lagging expenses as the church continues to experience the impact of Covid virus precautions. There was discussion of our $30-a-month cellphone service. Dave will check on whether we would qualify for a cheaper rate (approx. $14 a month) from Spectrum. It was noted that a recent month of service generated only 7 calls, all of them telemarketing-related. Bonnie said she will update our Morgan Stanley investment account by contacting their office and removing her name as a signer. Discussion of possibly switching the church’s operating accounts from SunTrust to Space Coast Credit Union was tabled because of the treasurer’s illness. Dave noted a change of church locks has been been completed as no expense to the church.
PROPERTY – Dave has brought 18 buckets of dirt to the western side of the church’s slab to fill in a gully caused by gutter spillover. More dirt will be brought to the site, and a tarp laid down as a stopgap remedy. A new refrigerator was purchased from John’s Appliances with special donations and the old one has been hauled away.
Attic stairs: Donna moved that we spend up to $300 to purchase a multi-function ladder to give us safer access to the attic than our cumbersome pull-down staircase. Approved on a voice vote. Char noted one outside light and one office light need replacing.
SOCIAL DIRECTOR: Bryan noted April 25 will be his last regular attendance at worship for a while as he gets resettled in Orlando. At his suggestion, the board tabled plans for a June 5 yard sale and a June 13 raffle. A proposal for a joint memorial service May 29 for four deceased members was moved back to June to allow more time for gauging family interest.; the annual memorial tribute for all deceased members will take place during service May 30. A plan for an outdoor craft fair has been postponed until October; Char said Sharron is working on it.
PASTORAL SEARCH – Rev. Donna, as requested, submitted a written copy of the terms the board approved for her services as interim pastor. Dave moved that the Search Committee remain in recess until the November board meeting. Interim Pastor Rev. Donna will continue leading worship through the summer. Bryan seconded the motion. Approved on a voice vote with Rev. Donna abstaining. With Bryan’s departure, the Search Committee consists of Dave (who will on vacation in Michigan through the summer), Sharron Mitchell and Russell Van Allen.
RESIGNATIONS – Dennis Brooks submitted a written resignation as president, stating the time was right, now that we have regained pastoral leadership again and have made it through the worst of the pandemic. Bryan Poaches submitted his resignation as social director, citing his impending relocation to Orlando. Tom moved that the board accept both resignations with regret and deep gratitude for jobs well done. Rev. Donna seconded, accepted on a voice vote.
BOARD VACANCIES – There was general discussion of how the board will function with three vacancies. Charlene noted Dennis has briefed her on taking over most of his duties, and Rev. Donna will generate PowerPoint files to guide the worship services (slide shows displaying prayers, Scripture, sermon topic and music videos). All board members and other volunteers will help Treasurer Judi with property management tasks. Tom moved that the board invite Sharron Mitchell, our kitchen manager, to take on social director duties as a non-voting member until the 2022 Annual Meeting. Approved by a voice vote.
SUCCESSOR CORPORATION – The church’s present bylaws designate Halifax Urban Ministries (HUM) as the inheritor of the church’s assets if New Church Family members ever voted to disband. Charlene informed the board that another non-profit, DeLand Pride, has asked to be considered as our successor in the event we decide to sever ties with HUM. Tom commented that he felt the request was tremendously premature – first, because the church is nowhere near the point of closing its doors, and, second, he was unaware of any reasons to question HUM’s performance. Charlene moved we table the discussion pending further research.
OUTREACH – Board members noted there has been favorable reaction to our efforts to broadcast our services in live time thru Facebook Live. There was a consensus to continue the effort with volunteers, and to acquire a second tripod to hold a cellphone camera.
MEETING -- With pending changes in board leadership, Charlene moved we waive a monthly meeting in May and schedule the next board meeting for June 6. Approved by a voice vote.
Rev. Donna offered a closing prayer and meeting adjourned 1:58 p.m.
2021 MEMORIAL ROSTER—New Church Family
For our 2021 Memorial Day service on May 30, we pause to remember these 97 departed members and friends who have supported our church since its founding in 1986.
Billie Abner, Bruce Austin, Jeff Allen. Bob Baglia, Bill Ballon, Jim Bebee, Ron Bergeron, Billie Boots, Dennis Blyth, Sally Brayton, Carl A. Brown, Brunhilda, Rev. James Buchanan, Jim Burkhalter, Cecil Burnette.
John Cadzo, Alan Columbia, Barbara Cook, Jerry Corlis, Marty Cox, Helene Coyne, Rick Croley, Ruth Cronk, Jim Cruzan. Tom Damron, Matthew Dilworth, Donnie Dudenhoffer, Kirk Dudenhoffer
Jeff Farance, Bill Finn, Jennifer Garms, Eve & Eric Gillin, Ed Grinsell, Mark Haseman. Hazel Holt, Robert Hunold. Aris Johnson, Fay Kelley, Lowell Kelm, David Kennedy & Bonnie Kennedy, Scott Kline. Walter Konak. Dave Leathers. Gerald Legg, Gloria Lesko, Rev. Jean Levy.
Helen Martell, Gretchen Martin, Gayle Meade, Michael McCray, Rev. Beau McDaniels, Dennis Moreno, Rev. Ted Morgan. William L. Murphy. Donna "Mom" Morris.
Linda Nelson, Gil O'Donnell, Frank Olzewski. Mary Agnes Page. Roy Panella. Rocky Wayne Pickett, Rev. Larry Ponder, Rev. Carol Pyles. Robert Quantino. Bill Rebola. Jack Reed. Tom Reynolds. Charles Rigoll. Rev. John Rogers. Tim Ryan.
Holly Ann Scott, Tony Silvestro. Gene Sims. Sylvine Smith. Michael Smolen. Jack Snyder. Al Steady. Rev. Steve Steele. Mark Sverha. Nicole Turner, Mary Ann Taylor
Will Verick, Clarence Vion, Larry Vion, Jeff Walker, Rev. Tim Ward, Jackson Weaver, Stan Wetherald, Douglas Whiton, Margaret Wickham, Edmond J. Wieckowski, Chuck Wilford, Steve Womack, Ross Wyss, Bill Zimmerman
Scraps of 1900-year-old parchment with a few words from the Old Testament have been found in caves near Jerusalem.
The scores of pieces are the first texts to be added to the ancient Dead Sea Scrolls after 60 years of exploration in the Judean desert. The discovery, announced March 16 by the Israel Antiquities Authority, gives scholars their earliest gllimpse of a few phrases in Greek translations of the Books of Nahum and Zechariah.
Carbon-dating has traced the fragments to the Bar Kokhba Revolt (132–136 A.D)., when Jews resisted the Roman Emperor Hadrian. The fragments, along with coins and arrowheads, were recovered from the Cave of Horrors, where earlier excavations identified remains of dozens of men, women, and children hiding from the Roman army..
“When we think about the biblical text, we think about something very static,” said Joe Uziel, head of the IAA’s Dead Sea Scrolls unit. “It wasn’t static. There are slight differences (among the scrolls), and some of those differences are important.”
The recent IAA investigations at the Cave of Horrors are part of a campaign to survey hundreds of secluded caves in canyons 25 miles south of Jerusalem. The Israeli scholars saying they are trying to head off looting of artifacts in the West Bank area. The project,. which began in 2017, has recovered an exceptionally well-preserved woven basket dating to 10,500 years ago, and the mummified remains of a child who was laid to rest in a cave more than 6,000 years ago.
(This article was condensed from the Biblical Archaeologicial Review.. Issues of the Review are available in the New Church Family library.)
The directors of New Church Family, meeting after service on March 7, voted unanimously to hire Rev. Donna Choate as its interim pastor while it continues seeking a permanent clergy person to lead its ministry.
Rev. Donna previously spent five years in NCF’s pulpit, first as Lay Leader and then as interim pastor and permanent pastor. She stepped down in February 2020 to pursue secular employment. She officially returns to a pastoral role in April and will lead the Easter service April 4. Meanwhile, the church’s Pastoral Search Committee, led by Bryan Poaches, continues accepting applications and reviewing candidates for the permanent position.
Terms approved for the interim position call for a part-time salary of $800 a month for 60 hours of work, including Sunday sermons.
Vice President Charlene Rywant offered the motion to hire Rev. Donna. Voting to approve were Charlene, plus President Dennis Brooks, Social Director Bryan Poaches and Secretary Tom Brown. Treasurer Judi Omelia was absent. The board’s sixth seat is vacant.
In other business, the board:
Heard member reports on a developer’s plan to build a 470-space RV resort on the south side of 92, opposite the church. Vice President Charlene Rywant attended a city hearing on the project and learned planners want the developer to build an access road alongside 92 to prevent traffic back-ups on the highway. The entrance would be somewhat east of the church, closer to the merger of I-4 and US 92 traffic lanes. Dennis Brooks, board president, said the resort, once built, may generate more visitors to to NCF services. He asked the board to think about how best to present nondenominational, GLBT-friendly NCF to tourists as an “all affirming” church.
Received a treasurer’s report showing the church was running a $459 surplus as of Feb. 28.
Scheduled a women’s luncheon of light, wrapped snacks for March 28 and an ice cream & cake social for April 18
Scheduled an Easter egg hunt on the church property for April 4
Designated Merrill Hendler to lead shopping for a refrigerator to replace our current leaking appliance. A total of $965 in donations has been earmarked for the project. Merrill also will recommend whether church members can complete an installation of new locks and re-keying for the church or whether a locksmith needs to be hired
Heard Dave McBride report he is continuing efforts to reduce rainwater erosion along the west side of our building.
The board also met in executive session with the Pastoral Search Committee for about 20 minutes for an update on applicants and a discussion of the background checking process.
ATTENDEES: Board members Dennis Brooks, Charlene Rywant, Judi OMelia, Bryan Poaches, Tom Brown, Rev. William Dunlap. Absent: Keith Henry. Visitors: David McBride, Jeff DeYoung.
CALL to ORDER & REPORTS: Dennis Brooks, president, called the meeting to order at 11:56 a.m. in the Corlis Conference Room, and led opening prayer. Judi moved acceptance of the agenda submitted by Dennis; Bryan seconded. Accepted by a voice vote. Minutes of the November board meeting were corrected (changing a name from Dennis to Bryan). Bryan moved acceptance; Charlene seconded. Accepted by a voice vote.
PASTOR – Rev. Bill handed out a written summary of his church activities October through mid-December.
PRESIDENT – Dennis noted the church’s recent accomplishments: drafting of a new church information brochure by Wayne & Rev. Bill; raising more than $1600 for the Teresa’s Kids Christmas gift-giving project; and delivery of more donated men’s clothing, estimated value of $200, to the First Step homeless shelter. Dennis noted many churches are watching our experience with in-person services, which we resumed in May, so far with no further cases of Covid 19 virus. He also mentioned the Word AIDS Day observance in our parking lot has received pledges of $700 in sponsorships, and a portion may be shared with the church.
VICE PRESIDENT – Char is working on organizing a “phone tree” with each board member assigned several names to contact once a month. This will help us keep in touch with people not attending church on a regular basis. Char moved approval of the project; Judi seconded; approved on a voice voice.
Char said Sharron has volunteered to take over our greeting-card outreach. Quotes received on refrigerators so far have ranged by $279 to $590. Dennis made a motion that we set our target price for a refrigerator at $400, plus $50 more for delivery and removal of the old refrigerator. Judi seconded; approved on a voice vote.
TREASURER – Judi noted she has been filling in as building and grounds manager temporarily. She will contact Keith about completing the re-keying of our locks. Our Dec. 5 Clean-Up Day attracted only two volunteers (Judi & Char). A bicycle run on US 92 that day interfered with access to the church. We will try to organize another clean up project in the new year. Judi cited as our most pressing needs the replacement or repair of our attic stairs, and the need for crushed rock to fill in eroded places along our western wall. Charlene will pursue quotes on both projects. Judi will seek a quote for cleaning out our gutters, saying she may be able to get the gutter work done for $75.
Judi said she is researching the terms of transferring the church’s operating accounts from SunTrust Bank to Space Coast Credit Union, and will keep the board informed. Bryan moved that Judi be given authority to transfer the accounts at hear discretion. Tom seconded; approved by voice vote.
SOCIAL DIRECTOR: Bryan handed out a list of special recognitions coming up for December through April. He moved board approval for two presentations scheduled for January. (UPDATE: Teresa Wright will receive the Human Rights Award, while Slava Melnikov, Charlene Rywant and Lois Klammer will receive monthly Outstanding Service Awards. ) Tom seconded, approved by a voice vote. Bryan said a human rights plaque to be presented in January will cost about $70. Dennis moved that Bryan be reimbursed for the $70 expense; Tom seconded, approved by a voice vote.
2021 BUDGET DRAFT – Bookkeeper Jeff presented, for discussion only, a draft of two 2021 budgets (Operating and Building) that would authorize spending of $31,005, about the same as the 2020 budgets of $30,750. (Actual spending in 2020 year to date has been under $24,000 so far.) He noted the church may run a deficit of $6,000 or more unless it boosts income through tithing and/or fundraisers or other sources. The board’s vote on the budget is scheduled for the January board meeting.
MEETING DATES – Dennis proposed the board meet Jan. 17 to finalize items for the Annual meeting. The Annual Meeting would be held on Feb. 7. Dates were approved on a voice vote. The board discussed which board seats are up for election. Church records will be checked to verify, but it appears at least 3 or 4 of the 6 seats are slated for election or re-election.
REALTOR CALL – Rev. Bill notified the board that a realtor contacted him to discuss a possible purchase of wetlands on the west side of our property. Dennis and Tom will contact the realtor to get details of the request.
ADJOURNMENT – Judi moved to adjourn the meeting at 2:15. Dennis seconded; approved on voice vote. Rev. Bill offered a closing prayer.
NCF Board Meeting – NOV. 8, 2020 – MINUTES
ATTENDEES – Board members Dennis Brooks, Bryan Poaches, Charlene Rywant, Judi OMelia, Tom Brown. (Absent: Keith Henry; Rev. Bill Dunlap on vacation). Observers—David McBride, Merrill Hendler.
CALL to ORDER & REPORTS -- : President Dennis Brooks called the meeting to order in the Corlis Conference room at 12:05 p.m. and offered an opening prayer. An agenda submitted by Dennis was approved on a voice vote. Minutes of the October board meeting were submitted. Dave McB. noted Tom’s name was omitted as an oversight. Judi moved approval of the corrected minutes; Charlene seconded. Accepted on a voice vote.
President’s report – Dennis noted briefly the success of our Sept. 27 Pastoral Installation service. T-shirt and mask sales are continuing. He said Sunday attendance since May has ranged from 13 to 22; weekly cleaning continues.
Vice President’s Report – Char is organizing a “phone tree” so board members can increase contacts with absent church members. She also displayed a blue-jean quilt to be raffled off 2021 to benefit the church.
Treasurer’s Report -- Judi and Char suggested more outreach to the hundreds of people who have contact with us only through Facebook or our newsletter. Tom will work on end-of-the-year request for donations to be posted on Facebook, our web site and Word Up. Char, Slava and Tom are roughing out a video to reinforce the message that our church is open for in-person worship and is continuing many of the ministry activities that we had before the Covid-19 outbreak.
We are publicizing our need for a refrigerator to replace our aging leaky appliance, which is at least 10 years old. So far, we’ve had no offer of a used refrigerator. An anonymous donation of $100 has been earmarked for a refrigerator fund (either used or new). Merrill offered to help shop for a refrigerator if we go that route. Tom recommended that Sharron, our kitchen manager, also be involved.
Judi reported our 2020 budget still has a slight surplus of about $200 as of October, but a stormwater bill and other end-of-year expenses could push us into a small deficit.
Building and Grounds – At Judi’s suggestion, the board set Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. as a Church Clean-up Day, to tackle bigger projects not included in weekly cleaning routines. Approved on a voice vote.
Social Director – Bryan recommended that greeter Gil Jordan be honored with a Monthly Outstanding Service Award for November. He also recommended another church member (to be made public later) be recognized for a Human Rights award in January. Both were approved on voice votes.
Our Christmas season schedule includes DEC. 13 for a grab-bag exchange and a gift-wrapping bee for the Teresa’s Kids project. DEC. 20 will be our Christmas sermon (with candlelight arranged by Rev. Bill.)
Charlene moved we reschedule our Joint Memorial Service in May, moving it to Saturday May 29, 11 a.m. in order to give special honor to our most recently deceased members – Frank Olzewski, Jerry Corlis, Dave Leathers and Jim Cruzan. Rev. Donna will be contacted to see if she wishes to take part (as requested by Frank.) Our other 90-plus deceased members will be remembered and prayed for at our Memorial Sunday service.
Items tabled included lift station maintenance; installation of new door locks and improvements needed in the parking lot.
Judi reported we now have signers authorized for our Morgan Stanley investment account. She is researching a possible transfer of other church accounts from SunTrust to Space Coast Credit Union. She will keep authorized signers Dennis Brooks, Charlene Rywant and Dennis Poaches (plus Judi herself) informed.
The board briefly discussed contacting Spectrum to make sure our WiFI “hot spots” within the church are in working order.
Dec. 6 was set for the next monthly meeting.
ADJOURN -- Meeting adjourned 1:52 p.m., with Tom offering closing prayer.
Here is a list of guest preachers who will lead New Church Family worship services in coming weeks. If you have any suggestions, questions or comments, please contact NCF Board President Dennis Brooks.
Feb 07 Chaplain David Jolly:
Feb 14 Chaplain David Jolly:
Feb 21 Lay Minister Alice Lewis:
Feb 28 Lay Minister Alice Lewis:
Mar 07 Rev. Donna Choate:
Mar 14 Chaplain David Jolly:
Mar 21 Rev. Dr. Alan Austin
Mar 28 Chaplain David Jolly
April 4 EASTER -- Rev. Donna Choate
New Church Family will celebrate Black History Month with two special video tributes at its February services.
On Feb. 14, the service will include the music video of "Peace Be Still," sung by Jesse Dixon. The Feb. 28 service will feature the Mississippi Mass Choir and Mossey Davis performing "I'm Not Tired Yet"
New Church Family Board of Directors – Oct 11, 2020 Meeting
Attendees: Board members Dennis Brooks, Judi OMelia, Bryan Poaches, Charlene Rywant, Tom Brown, Rev. Bill Dunlap. Absent: Keith Henry. Visitors: Jeff DeYoung, Lois Klammer, Russ Van Allen.
Board President Dennis called the meeting to order in the Jerry Corlis Conference Room at 11:50 a.m. and offered an opening prayer.
Agenda: Judi moved acceptance of the agenda submitted by Dennis, with additional items (World AIDS Day, Teresa’s Kids) offered by Rev. Bill and Tom. Charlene seconded, agenda approved on a voice vote.
September Board Minutes—Judi moved acceptance as submitted by Tom; Bryan seconded, approved by voice vote.
Pastor’s Report – Written report accepted as submitted for the Sept. 13-Oct. 10 period. Tom thanked the pastor for doing 24 visits over the month, noting the increased personal contact was a board priority.
President’s Oral Report – Dennis outlined the Blessing of the Animals event on Oct. 10, and Keith’s hanging of memorial plaques designating the Jeff Farance Library and the Jerry Corlis Conference Room.
Vice President’s Oral Report – Charlene recommended the church consider replacing the refrigerator, which is at least 10 years old, because of its ice-making jams and leaks. The board agreed we will seek a donation first before pricing a used or new appliance. (Width of refrigerator space is 36 inches, per Keith.) Charlene also recommended we consider buying a 10-by-10-foot canopy for outdoor events if we cannot locate the one we had used previously.
Lift Station – Charlene recommended we consider buying a $400 a year service contract for our lift station. In the meantime, we will continue weekly flushing of the sewage line. (The line and lift pump is owned by us, not Volusia County.) No action taken.
Treasurer’s Report – Judi noted that September expenses in the General Fund totaled $2254, while income was $1965, resulting in a $288 shortfall for the month. For the Jan-Sept. 9-month period, however, cumulative income has exceeded expenses by $339. She submitted line-item figures for the General Fund, Building Fund and Benevolence Fund. (on file)
Social Director’s Written Report – Bryan said the church has started collecting food for the Teresa’s Kids project. The church will be mentioning Native Americans and veterans during upcoming services. It also will be reminding members to vote in the November election. Bryan asked the board its intentions for observing Thanksgiving. Dennis and Jeff said they felt the Covid-19 pandemic made it too risky for the church to continue its usual turkey potluck dinner. Rest of board agreed (no formal vote.) We will hope for improved circumstances next fall.
Bryan moved we give our monthly Outstanding Service Award to Wayne McLean for his work on beautifying the sanctuary and helping the pastor update our “Who We Are” brochure for newcomers. Tom seconded. Approved on a voice vote.
Memorials – Covid-19 concerns have delayed potential in-person memorials for Frank Olzewski, Jerry Corlis, Dave Leathers and Jim Cruzan. Tom moved that with the continuing uncertainty about the virus, we plan a joint remembrance of the four deceased members at our Memorial Sunday service in 2021, notifying the families of all four. Charlene seconded. Approved on a voice vote.
Dennis noted we’re still working out details for transferring some of our front-door information to the entrance sign.
Rev. Bill, Tom and Charlene said they intend to visit the First Step Homeless Shelter at 3889 W. ISB to get acquainted with its program.
Tom moved we earmark the November Benevolence Collection for the Teresa’s Kids Christmas project. He also moved we authorize the treasurer to release donations left over from 2019, giving the project about a $500 head start. Approved on a voice vote.
Rev. Bill informed the board that the Community Health organization has asked permission to use our parking lot for a Dec. 1 World AIDS Day outdoor observance. The 7 p.m. event is to be organized and publicized by Community Health. Judi asked that we make sure the sponsor provides an insurance certificate assuming liability for the event. Charlene voted approval of the event, Judi seconded. Approved on a voice vote. The contact person is Bill Hall, 386-301-9309.
Rev. Bill informed the board he and Wayne will be away for the Nov. 8 service to visit relatives in Ohio. Dennis will arrange a guest preacher.
Next board meeting – The board set noon Nov. 8 for its November meeting. Rev. Bill offered a closing prayer, and the meeting adjourned 1 p.m.
Submitted by Tom Brown, secretary.
Items discussed at our Oct. 11, 2020 monthly board meeting included:
Approved the earmarking of the November Benevolence Collection for the Teresa’s Kids project. Bookkeeper Jeff DeYoung reported that about $500 in early donations already has been received.
Approved a Dec. 1 World AIDS Day program that will be presented at 7 p.m. by Community Outreach in our parking lot. The free event will include HIV testing, prevention information and music, but no barbecue. We are asking the organization to show proof of liability insurance. Community Outreach will handle publicity.
Discussed whether to sign up for a $400 yearly maintenance policy for our sewage lift station. (The station is our property and our responsibility, not covered by our $515 annual county stormwater fee.) No decision was reached. In the meantime, we will continue flushing our sewage line weekly to make sure the pump performs adequately.
Discussed our aging refrigerator and its chronic icemaking jams and leaks, a problem since we moved into our building 8 years ago. We will seek a donation of a new or used refrigerator-freezer before considering a purchase. (Our refrigerator space is approx. 32 in. wide.)
Discussed the possibility of buying a 10-by-10-foot canopy for outdoor events if one isn’t found in our attic.
Decided that the ongoing Covid-19 crisis forces us to give up our Thanksgiving Sunday potluck tradition. Hopefully, by next fall, a vaccine will allow us to revive the gathering.
Decided that members who have died in recent months will be honored jointly with special remembrances during our annual Memorial Sunday observance in May. The departed include Frank Olszewski, Jerry Corlis, Dave Leathers and Jim Cruzan. This will be in lieu of individual memorials.
New Church Family's board voted Oct. 11 to launch a fundraising drive in November to benefit the Teresa's Kids Christmas charity. And on Nov. 8, the board presented a $1,000 check to kick off the 2020 campaign.
Teresa Wright, a church member who is a social worker for the Volusia school system, each year identifies several families who need toys, clothing and food for their children during the Christmas season. She focuses on families who haven't been helped by the bigger charities, such as Toys for Tots. All of our Nov. 1 monthly Benevolence Fund collection was donated to the project, along with some funds leftover from the 2019 campaign. We will continuing accepting donations through November and December -- please make your check payable to New Church Family if you wish to claim a tax deduction for your gift. We also will have a bin in our lobby for those who wish to bring in canned goods or new or like-new kids' clothing and toys.A gift-wrapping work bee is scheduled for Dec. 13 after our Sunday service.
In past years, we've been able to raise at least $1,000 for this cause. This year, with rising unemployment, the need will be greater.