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Ormond Beach Observer Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 5 years ago

We need to talk: Lifetree offers place for conversation on faith, life

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Directed by an Ormond Beach resident, the Lifetree Café is a new initiative that offers locals a free place to talk about life’s deeper issues. The next session is Jan. 20.

BY THE OBSERVER STAFF

An Ormond Beach resident of 24 years, Sylvia Meincke is now the director of the Lifetree Café, a new venue for people to meet for conversation on life and faith, in Daytona Beach.

Each free session, held 9:30 a.m. Sundays, is an hour long, with the next, “My Angel Saved Me: Can We Count on Supernatural Protection?” scheduled Jan. 20. Participants will watch a filmed interview with a woman who claims her life was saved by an angel. After, they will share their own stories and thoughts about the afterlife.

Launched locally Jan. 6, Lifetree is a national initiative, with 242 programs sponsored throughout the country.

“We’ve set it up pretty much like a café bistro,” Meincke said. “And there’s no obligation to come every week. You can come every time, or just for specific topics.”

The program is hosted by Central Baptist Church, but Meincke is careful to emphasize that Lifetree is a community, not a religious, project. And it’s meant for everyone — “tweens through adults.”

The closest Lifetree Cafes outside of Volusia County are in Rockledge and Eustis, she added. And the program is currently seeking donations and volunteers.

“I think it’s just going be something that’s going be really, really good for the community — because times are hard,” she said.

The following session,“Schindler’s Youngest Survivor Speaks: A Story of Risk and Redemption,” Jan. 27, will show a film on Leon Leyson, who was 13 when Oskar Schindler put him to work in a factory in Poland

Lifetree Café is located at 142 Fairview Ave. Call 451-5223.

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