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36 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 6 - March 12, 1998 Conference on leaving homosexual lifestyl(; set for Sussex March 21 A one-day conference offering help to individuals and churches ministering to people who are seeking to leave the homosexual/lesbian lifestyle will be held Saturday, March 21, at St. John's United Methodist Church, Seaford. The conference, which begins at 9 a.m. and runs to 4:30 p.m., is open to the public. The $5 fee includes lunch. After a morning session of wor- ship and testimony, titled "Origi- nal Sin and Sexual Trauma, Wounding Causes Wounds," five small group workshops will focus on the following topics: The Reality of Change - help for the struggler. Help for families and friends whose loved ones have "come out." Starting a transforming con- gregation/ministry in the church. $10,000 - $77/m0 $30,000 - $231/m0 $80,000 - $615/m0 Births Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, Delaware Peter and Wanda Tyler, Frank- ford, Feb. 10, son. Russ and Nicole Palmer, Lewes, Feb. 11, daughter. Tim and Jennifer Finnegan, Lewes, Feb. 13, daughter. Chris and Chandra Justice, Frankford, Feb. 13, daughter. Scott and Laurie Bucka, Mills- boro, Feb. 15, son. Shawn Hastings and Tara Fuller, Laurel, Feb. 15, daughter. David and Paula Pulcinella, Re- hoboth Beach, Feb. 16, son. llya Waples and Natasha Wha- ley, Rehoboth Bach, Feb. 16, daughter. Darrell and Kimberly Dixon, Georgetown, Feb. 17, daughter. Derrick Wilson and Dawn Clark, Ellendale, Feb. 18, son. Melissa Smith, Lewes, Feb. 19, daughter. Timothy and Amy Plump, Mil- ford, Feb. 20, son. Matthew and Erin Fagan, Re- hoboth Beach, Feb. 21, daughter. Idriea Strand, Dagsboro, Feb. 23, daughter. Cloretta Upshur, Millsboro, Feb. 23, son. Reinaldo and Juliann Atencio, Milford, Feb. 24, son. Michael Harris and Carla Brit- tingham, Dover, Feb. 24, son. Arnita Gibson, Georgetown, Feb. 24, son. Rhonda Lathbury, Frankford, Feb. 24, son. Shane and Kimberly Deshields, Millsboro, Feb. 25, daughter. Daryl Golden and Jacqueline June, Frankford, Feb. 25, son. Parish Alexander and Joanna Ortiz, Millsboro, Feb. 25, son. Shawn Moore and Jennifer Short, Lewes, Feb. 25, son. Heath Hall and Angela Foxwell, Bethany Beach, Feb. 26, son. Angela Benton, Millsboro, Feb. 26, son. Alae and Kim Zarif, Rehoboth Beach, Feb. 27, daughter. "One of my flock is gay.": Counseling strategies for leaders. Youth at risk. A critical time for intervention. The conference leaders will look at controversial passages from the Bible about sexual be- havior. The day will end with a healing worship service. The leader is Jim Gentile of Penndel, Pa., a former gay man whose personal history, organiz- ers say, places him in a position of compassion and leadership for other people who are struggling against homosexual behavior and orientation and the churches that minister to them. Gentile is the na- tional director of Transforming Congregations (TC), an unofficial ministry of the United Methodist Church, whose mission is offering assistance to homosexuals wish- ing to leaving the gay lifestyle. TC provides information, resources and training to individuals and churches in the area of sexual healing and change. Transforming Congregations does not limit its training just to United Methodist Congregations, but is involved in many Christian denominations. Gentile is married with three chil- dren. He will preach at Red Lion United Methodist at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 22, and will also be the featured guest on WXPZ's "Delmarva Forum" radio show on Saturday, March 7, at 9 a.m. An offering will be taken at the conference for Transforming Con- gregations. For more information about the conference, call the Rev. Karen Booth at Long Neck Methodist, 945-9453. Preregistration for the confer- ence is recommended. a, The Sussex CounW flag license tag comes with stainless screws for easy mounting. Cape Gazette Salutes Sussex On the eve of the nation's 1976 bicentennial, Bill Scott, of Selbyville and Lewes, set out to create a flag for Sussex County, Delaware. The boundaries of the state's largest county as they exist today were finally established just a year before the thirteen colonies of England declared their independence in 1776. Through the following 200 years, Sussex County had no flag nor any real need for one. The design created by Scott includes'elements related to the county's earliest European set- tlers: the Dutch who landed and established a community in the area of Lewes in the early and mid 1600s, and the English who later, under William Penn's guidance, confirmed- that Delaware's southernmost county should be known as Sussex. Scott wrote the following background history for his design: "The flag of the Nether- lands since 1630 has been equally divided horizontal stripes of red, white and blue. The flag for the county has adapted this pattern but instead of equal distance the propor- tions of the colors are 1/4 red (on top), 1/2 white, and 1/4 blue. The sheaf of wheat comes from the fact that when Sussex County was under the jurisdiction of William Penn, he decreed that the Sussex County seal should be identified by the sheaf of wheat, Kent County by ears of corn, etc. Since flag design should be as simple as possible, the sheaf of wheat is superimposed on the horizontal Dutch colors, thereby making a colorful and easily recognizable flag." Scott's design was present- ed to Sussex County officials on Return Day in 1974. The Cape Gazette recently ran with Scott's design idea and has created a new license tag New Subscriber special for the front of Delaware vehi- cles. The newspaper joined forces with Lewes's award-win- ning artist Connie Costigan and commissioned a new version of Scott's design with a little artis- tic license. Using a representa- tion from a stained glass win- dow in Groome Methodist Church in Lewes as her guide, Costigan drew a shock of stalks bending under the weight of mature wheat grains. Costi- gan's shock was then superim- posed on the Dutch colors to create the latest edition of the Sussex flag. This new version arrives at a time when Sussex County is focusing on the need to pre- serve its valuable farmland. The tag punctuates the histori- cal and contemporary impor- tance of agriculture to the Sus- sex community. The new Sussex County flag license tag is available free to new Cape Gazette subscribers or for the nominal fee of $3 for current subscribers. The tags are also available to non-sub- scribers at a cost of $10. The tags, metal with baked- on enamel paint to capture the vibrant colors of the Sussex County flag, come with a pair of stainless steel screws for easy mounting. IrAFE-GAZETT : I'd be proud to have the new Sussex County tag. : | Please print I I I | Your name | I Your address l I I I city state zip I I (__). I | Your phone I | Second address (Snowbird) | I I SUBSCRIPTION I (Enclose check) I [3 $25 Sussex County (52 wk) | [3 $13 Sussex County (26 wit) I [3 $40 Out-of-County (52 wit) I [3 $22 Out-of-County (26 wk) I Q $30 Snowbird mailed Out-of-County part of the year. I [3 $30 College Student (9 too.) I [3 $2 Senior Citizen Discount (52 wk) I I Make check payable and mall to: Cape Gazette, Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958, ! I I I I I I I I I I I I  plae e  order m (302) .