AFFIRMATION PREPARES FOR METHODIST CONFERENCE
AFFIRMATION, United Methodists for Lesbian and
Gay Concerns, is preparing for the United Methodist
Church's General Conference, which will set church
law and policy for the next four years.
The issues that AFFIRMATION will address include
deletion of anti-gay sections of church law, attempts
to prohibit openly gay people from being ministers,
and a sexuality study.
Joan Clark and Richard Cash, chairpersons of the
Conference Planning Committee, have started coordinating the work assignments for the Conference. Events
which AFFIRMATION has planned include a worship service, a social event featuring known entertainers,
a newsletter to be distributed to the delegates, a
hospitality center, and an information booth.
People are also needed to sit in on committees,
to talk to delegations and caucuses, and to speak to
conference guests, such as seminary and university
General Conference will be held in Indianapolis
April 15-25, 1980, If you are planning to attend,
even for a day, please let Richard and Joan know as
soon as possible. They may be contacted by writing
them in care of Peggy Harmon, 30lU Millmar Drive,
Dallas, Texas 75228.
PASTOR: Rev. Candace Naisbitt
SUNDAY SERVICES: 12 Noon .and 7:30 PM
WEDNESDAY PRAYER AND COMMUNION SERVICE: 7:30 PM
BIBLE STUDY: Tuesday 7:30 PM
RAP GROUP: Tuesday 8:30 PM - On all subjects.
COUNSELLING: Monday-Thursday by appointment, lpm-6pm.
LAMBDA ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Friday 8:00 PM.
VALENTINE'S DAY DANCE, February 16, 7:30 PM, at the
University Y. $1.00 cover. All proceeds go to the
HILLBILLY POTLUCK, February 29, 7:30 PM, at the church.
In honor of Sadie Hawkin's Day, Prize for the Best
COME JOIN US FOR WORSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP
614 E. 6th ST., AUSTIN, TEXAS
A WORSHIP EXPERIENCE OF SPIRITUAL RENEWAL
by Ron Moss
In September of 1976, three people felt called to
start an evangelistic ministry to the Metropoli
Community Churches. Reverend Ron J. Anderson, Annette
Beal and Jeanne Leggett sold all their belongings,
bought a 1959 GMC school bus, converted it into a 1
and set off across the country to hold spiritual revivals at local M.C.C. churches.
The first services were held at M.C.C. OKlahoma
City. At that time, Reverend Candace Naisbitt (currently M.C.C. Austin pastor) named the bus "Shasta"
(shasta have gas, shasta have oil, shasta have tires,.)
Since that time, the team has started a bookstore,
estabolished a publication called "Evangelite", and
made outreaches into many cities that do not have the
blessings of a local M.C.C,
The team is supported by individual donations and
love offerings collected at the services. Much of the
equipment the team uses is donated. Team members
receive a weekly salary of $20.00, which must cover
all their personal needs. The rest of the money goes
back into the ministry. When "Shasta I" threw two
rods, there was enough money in the Bus Fund to buy
"Shasta Too", a 1971 Chevy,
In the spring of 1978, Annette and Jeanne left the
team and God sent Nancy and Scooter to take their
place. Butch joined the team as Ron's "mate" and took
over preparations for revivals. Dee Lamb (Exhorter in
Houston) is in charge of their mail, Annette's mother
had done this for hte first 19 months. Billy Stoffell
of Houston is the bookkeeper. M.C.C. Austin members
Joe Miller and Mark Bruzzese have joined the team for
one year. They have also helped the team produce
"I AM A CHILD OF GOD". This record should be available
by March 1,
The team books churches six months to a year in
advance by notifying all churches in an area that they
are coming. Those churches which express an Interest
are sent pre-renewal packets, schedules, dates, and
other essential information.
"Evangelite", the team's monthly publication, keeps
people in touch with the team's activities and tells '-
them what is happening in people's and churches lives
as well. To receive the free publication, send your
name, address and zip code to: New Freedom Evangelistic
Team, Inc., P.O.Box 371, Galena Park, Texas 775*+7.
The New Freedom Evangelistic Team is a great assett
to U.F.M.C.C. and our community. If you haven't attended one of their services, you are tr-uely missing a
blessing. Please support your brothers and sisters,
who are working for you on the team, with your dollars,
encouragement and letters.
DISCRIMINATION INFORMATION NEEDED
The Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus is looking
for newspaper clippings, magazine articles and any
other documentation concerning discrimination against
lesbians or gay men.
When ALGPC members met with Congressman J. J.
Pickle during the March on Washington, he expressed
ignorance of any discrimination against gays and asked
for more information.
If you have any clippings, articles or other documentation of discrimination, mail them to ALGPC,
P.O.Box 822, Austin, Texas 78767.
Affirmation/Gay Mormons United has changed its name
to "Affirmation/Gay and Lesbian Mormons".
The decision to add "Lesbians" to the name was made
at the Affirmation National Organization's first meeting, which was held in California last December. Ti
site of the group's national headquarters will be decided at a future meeting. Salt Lake City and Washington D.C. are currently the most favored locations.
Affirmation is now conducting a membership drive in
Texas. All active, inactive, or excommunicated members
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who
are gay are invited to join. Contact Ron Moss of
Austin (512/'4143-lilOO) for more information.