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an eight bed residential
hospice for individuals
in the terminal stages
of AIDS. Volunteers
are currently needed
on weekdays to help
with supportive functions
such as cooking,
If you are interested,
please call Claudia Commo
Catch The Bering Spirit -
A Place for Everyone
jlk Bering Memorial
flP' United Methodist Church
A Reconciling Congregation
Where persons - regardless of sexual orientation, gender,
ethnicity, age - fully participate in the church's life and
ministries as loved disciples of Christ.
Sunday School 9:30 am
Sunday Worship ... 10:50 am
Rev. Janet Parker
ASK THE PASTOR
Q: "DO YOU BELIEVE THAT BEING GAY IS A
CHOICE? IS BEING GAY SIMPLY THE LIFE
STYLE THAT SOMEONE CHOOSES OR ARE WE
MADE THAT WAY?"
A: The best person to ask is a gay person. Most people who are gay will tell you that it is not a choice.
Many people have recollections about their sexual orientation as early as age two or three. Other people delayed
in.dealing with their sexual orientation in hopes of fitting
in with society. Marriage has been experienced by many
gay/lesbian people with little success. For a person who has chosen not to act upon
their gayness. they generally end up living a celibate life. Many do not marry. If it
was a choice, it seems that a person would be able, with intervention, to make
justments to live in the heterosexual world and be happy. Unless a person is bisexual, they would probably not be content in the heterosexual world. Why would a
person choose to be gay when: 1. it is frowned upon by society, 2. there is significant discrimination, 3. relationships are not recognized by the legal system and the
church at large, 4. families disown members because they are gay, and 5. churches
tell gay people that God condemns them for "being gay." My own personal experience tells me that being gay/lesbian is not a choice. What becomes a choice for us
is to learn how to be al! that God has designed for us to be as gay/lesbian peoplt
We do this by connecting with God, our Creator. We can then learn to celebrate
ho we are instead of defending who we are. We need to face fear and hatred by
others and not be ashamed. I do believe that God made a diversity of sexual orientations. Why are we to judge another person if they do not conform to our own
standards? If an individual can settle the issue, that it is not a choice, then I believe that they can then go on in life and be very fulfilled. One needs to surround
therhself with a community of affirming and supportive people. When a person
finds a good, healthy role model in the gay/lesbian community, they have found a
good thing. Many people come to our church to see if a person really can be gay
and Christian. People are searching to find someone who defies the stereotype of
what the world thinks a gay/lesbian person to be, simply because they do not fit the
mold. I pray that you will find peace in your heart about being gay/lesbian! Jesus
Christ is the one who can give you that peace, We must learn to love ourselves and
the One who made us this way!
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE PASTOR
A QUESTION, WRITE: REV. JANET
PARKER, MARANATHA FELLOWSHIP
MCC, P.O. BOX 667032, HOUSTON, TX.
Church Calendar of Events
* "Your Sacred Self"—study group using the
best seller by Wayne Dyer. COME learn more
about your sacred self, sacred sisters & brothers. & the sacred, loving Creator God who made
it so. At Kingdom Community Church 862-7533
* Catholic Mass at 10:00 a.m. at Kolbe Project
* Maranatha Fellowship Metropolitan
Church Services "A Study in the Gospel of
Mark" and "The T Factor," (How to be a positive influence on others as a witness for Christ)
at 10:00 a.m. Praise and Worship, Ministry of
the Word. Drama and Personal Ministry. 11:00
a.m. at Maranatha Fellowship 528-6756
* MCCR worship services 9:00 a.m. & 11:00
* Worship Service 11:00 a.m. at Faith and Hope
* Grace Lutheran Church Sunday school for all
ages at 9:30 a.m. Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.
t 9:30 a
:rsalisi Church Si
* Services ai 5:30 pm Dignity Church 880-2872
* Community Gospel Church worship service at 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 pm 880-9235
* Houston Mission CI
10:30 a.m. 529-8225
* Kingdom Community Church worship service at 11:00 a.m. Sunday School at 10:00 a.m.
862-7533 "The Celestine Prophecy. An Experiential Guide" at 10:00 am
* Ecumenical Catholic Church Mass al 10:15
* Covenant Baptist Church Worship service
1:30 pm and education hour at 3:00 pm 668-8830
' Bering Memorial United Methodist Church
Worship service. 10:50 a.m. Seekers class
9:15 a.m. 526-1017
Catch a glimpse of the Kingdom of God
Sunday School - 10 A.M.
Sunday Worship Service - 11 A.M.
Wednesdays: A Course in Miracles -
4404 Blossom at Snover
a 713-862-7533 m
PRAISING • TEACHING
An evangelical ministry
with celebration services
of Praise, Prayer and
Study of God's word.
Bible Class: 10am
3400 Montrose, Suite 600
(Montrose at Hawthorne)
For info, on weekly home groups, call
* Catholic Mass at 7:30 pm Kolbe Project 522-
* MCCR Handbell Choir Rehearsal at 7:00 pm
* MCCR: Empowerment for Living support
group & pot luck dinner at 6:00 pm, Gloryland
Singers at 8:00 pm. The Gospel Ensemble ?Mk
6:00 pm 861-9149 W
* PROTECT meets at Bering Church. 520-7870.
* Small home groups meet to sing, share their
faith and pray for one another at 7:30 p.m. These
groups are open to all people, Maranatha Fellowship ai 528-6756 for location each week.
* MCCR Bible Study 7:30 pm 861-9149
* Worship Service 7:30 pm at Faith and Hope
* MCCR: Jubilation Mixed Ensemble meets at
6:30 pm Midweek uplift service al 7:00 pm,
Bible Study, Lecture Series & Choir Rehearsal
7:30 pm 861-9149
* "A Course in Miracles"—Study Group using
the book, published by the Foundation for
Inner Peace, which is aimed at removing the
blocks to our awareness of one's presences*
Kingdom Community Church 7:30 pm 862^
* Ecumenical Catholic Church Mass at 7:00
* Small home groups meet to sing, share their
failh and pray for one another at 7:30 p.m. These
groups are open to all people. Maranatha Fellowship al 528-6756 for location each week.
* Bible Study 7 Pm At Faith And Hope Fellowship 773-4429
* Community Gospel Church worship service 7:30 pm 880-9325
* Healing Service and Anointing al Kolbe Project, 7:30 p.m. 522-8182
* AIDS Affected Group meets at Community
Gospel Church. 7:00 pm 880-9235.
if you want an event listed in this section, please
call 529-8490 .
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501 E. 18th @ Columbia • Houston, TX
PRAISE & WORSHIP
Sun. If 7:00pm
Tues. • 7:00pm
AIDS Affected Group
Thurs • 7:30pm
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Serving the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-»ml
r.emmiinit" ot Catholic. & Friandt.
Become t tart of Dignity U.S.A.
Saturdays 7:30 pm
Inclusive liturgy celebrated.
Call and press 4 for our
Social Events & Schedules.
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In the Heights 1307 Yale
Ste. H Phone 880-2872