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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 23 - February 29, 1996 - 15 C/00PE LIFE " Trinity Faith Christian Center celebrates Black History Month Congregation, guests express heritage through dress, art exhibit By Dennis Forney Parishioners of Trinity Faith Christian Center on New Road in Lewes gathered last Sunday, Feb. 18 for a special service to cele- brate National Black History Month. Many of those gathered for the service and dinner beforehand donned clothing from a number of periods of AfriCan-American his- tory to get into the spirit of the occasion. And Guest Pastor Linda Wheat- Icy, chairperson of the Harriet Tubman Coalition of Cambridge, Md. brought to the celebration an exhibit of African art for the bene- fit of those who attended. Harriet Tubman lived from 1820 to 1913 and was born into slavery in Dorchester County, Md. of which Cambridge is the county seat. She escaped to freedom when she was 29 and worked for years on the "Underground Railroad" to assist over 300 fellow slaves escape to freedom. The "Underground Railroad" provided a system of hiding places along a dangerous route through southern slave states. Items related to the Under- ground Railroad, Harriet Tub- man's life, and African culture are available in the Underground Rail- road Gift Shop of the Harriet Tub- man Coalition Building located on Main Street in Cambridge. The Coalition has been in exis- tence since 1989 and the shop has been open since 1992. (Call 1- 410-228-1401 for information.) "We didn't have a lot of money to buy items to get started so many things we have in the shop are on consignment," said Wheatley. Unique items made of African Kente cloth offer a wide variety of decorations some of which repre- sent different regions of Africa. Wheatley is also involved with HomeTowne Tours which oper- ates, by reservation, every Satur- day and takes individuals or groups to locations of African- American significance in the area around Cambridge including Har- riet Tubman's birthplace, a one room African-American school- house and scenes of the Little Blackwater River which was a hiding area for runaway slaves near Bucktown. In the last few years, Trinity Faith Christian Center has grown to a congregation of over 100 under the pastorship of Arthur D. Jones. "We have a gospel group and a choir - a very strong music depart- ment," said Pastor Jones. "We have a recreation area and a bus for trips we take for a variety of purposes. The congregation comes from a wide area." Pastor Linda Wheatley, who served as guest pastor for the Sun- day service, Was joined by several other pastors including her hus- band, the Rev. Anthony Wheatley - both of St. JohwAME Church in Bishopville; Pastor Arthur D. Jones and his wife, Pastor Mar- garet Jones; and Pastors Theresa and Richard Scott of Grow in Grace Church, Delmar. Dennis Forney photos Above, dressed in a variety of African-American garb from different periods in history are (1. r) Brianna Snead, Sharon Snead, Patricia Maull, Jordan Duffle (small and in front), Leon Tre. herne, Kathie Sunkett, Terrance Snead, Victoria Oney, and Joyce Snead. Below, among the clergy members gathered for Sunday's Black History Month celebration at Trinity Faith Christian Center, and robed in traditional African garb, are (l-r) the Rev. Antho- ny Wheatley and the Rev. Linda Wheatley of St. John AME Church in BishopviHe, Md.; Pastors Arthur D. Jones and Margaret Jones of Trinity Faith; and Pastors Theresa Scott and Richard Scott of Delmar's Grow In Grace Church- You would be hard pressed to find a definition for the word loy- alty today. At the slightest provo- cation, people are ready to jump ship. There isn't any commitment anymore. Just take the supermar- ket. "Hey, that guy ahead of us is reaching into his pocket. He's pulling out something." "Relax, it's probably just a gun. These places are always being held up." "By God, it's a COUPON!" Quick, duck down and Crawl into the next line!" Oh, I could go on and on with examples of the deterioration of the ideal of being loyal and stand- ing by your commitment. But look at the positive. There is one bastion of loyalty left today. And that is the dog. I'm a dog Loyalty has gone to the dogs AROUND TOWN Nancy Katz lover from way back. And judg- ing by what I've seen lying on the boardwalk, on the streets and on the sidewalks, a lot Of you are dog lovers too. When I was growing up, there was only one breed of dog avail- able for purchase in the United States. And that was the collie. Also, you could only name that dog Lassie. This dog stood for everything that was right about America. Personally, we were not allowed to have a dog in our house due to the fact that my mother barely tolerated us in her house. But I was proud to keep an auto- graphed picture of Lassie by my bedside at night. Recently, I watched the West- minister Kennel Club Dog Show on television. This is the Super Bowl for dogs. The creme de'la creme. The best in show being the top prize. It's sort of like the Academy Awards without the speeches. Dogs with names like Baron Von Wohheim, Champion son of Ironman out of Cheshire England are paraded around before a judge. You won't find any mutt named Larry from south central L.A. in this group. Some of these dogs, especially the giant poodles, have coats that look like they have been manicured by Lawns R' Us. Our own back yard never looked this good. The judge for the event, who is usually a cardiologist who has spent hours studying stick figure drawings of what dogs should look like, puts in a fair amount of time physically going over these ani- mals. This part is so thorough that future custom agents are brought in to learn how to earch dope smugglers in the future. This lifting of tails, poking and prodding is very confusing for the dogs, who have been told they were brought here for a taping of the Geraldo Rivera show entitled "Dogs Who Openly Date Cats." But that is the great thing about dogs. They are very loyal and take things in stride. They calmly allow this pat down because they are satisfied with the simple things in life. Like knowing they will get to hear the Beach Boys sing "Little Surfer Girl" on the bus on the way home. No jumping ship here. Unless a small squirrel should walk by, then all bets are off. Each dog is then run up and down in front of the judge to make sure it conforms to the stick figure picture of a dog running. At the end, a nice silver bowl for Baron Von What's His Name, although he would prefer a porce- lain toilet bowl. And after the dogs have exchanged fax numbers, it is back in the bus..