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22 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, August 22' Augu 28, 1007 CAPE LIt:E Trinity Faith Christian Center dedicates recreation center By Dennis Forney Members of the Trinity Faith Christian Center on New Road in lewes finished a three year mis- sion on Saturday, Aug. 16. More than !00, of all ages, escaped the blaring week- end sun by gathering inside the new Gym/Recre- ation Build- ing for a for- mal dedica- tion. '" "" ;;-'':' " Members LORD'S GYM of the congre- gation lifted their voices in an energetic song of praise, watched Pastor Arthur Jones and members of the church's newly formed bas- ketball team try out the building's new hoops, and said "Amen" to the dedication prayer of the Rev. Clarence Sample Sr. Rev. Sample, a visiting pastor, joined Trinity Faith Co-Pastor Margaret Jones and Pastor Arthur Jones in a vari- ety of prayers and invocations designed to properly bless the new facility. Pastor Jones said several of the congregation's approximately 200 members joined in actual finish- ing of the pre-fabricated metal, 60 feet by 80 feet building purchased from a Pennsylvania manufactur- er. "We did the painting, the win- dows, the dry wall and the doors and a lot of the concrete work," said Jones. "It took us three years to raise the funds and get the building up. We want to open it to the community for basketball, ping pong, checkers, Christian movies, popcorn and other activi- ties that We think will benefit youth of the area. We see this building as an evangelistic tool for our non-denominational church." Jones said the building will be open on Friday nights through the winter. "Parents can come with Continued on page 24 Dennis Forney photos Members of the builing committee for Trinity Faith Christian Center's new Recreation]Gym Building, shown behind them, stand here with some of the church's young people who will ben- efit from the building over the years. Shown in back (l-r) are Pastor Arthur Jones, Co-Pastor Margaret Jones, Tony Harmon, Jerry Maull, Betty Morris and Andre Jones. In front (l-r), behind little Jervone Harmon, are Jermaine Harmon, Clarence Harmon, Bianca Benson, Can- dice Parker, Simone Benson and Cyndey Trehern. Unitarian minister says liberals need t Association and serves as director of the Unitarian Universalist's Faith in Action office in Washing- ton D.C. Metropolitan Community Church, according to its pastor, The Rev. David Patterson, serves a congregation of gay and straight individuals and works to help peo- ple understand one another. A banner in the front of Metropoli- tan's sanctuary declares: "Daring to go where no church has gone before." "The radical right has turned the Christian language into a language of oppression in this country," The Rev. Riley told those gathered. "Family values - in the right wing paradigm - include power and control. God is a male, white and rich. Women are under the males and children are owned by the par- ents. Gays present an authority problem to that paradigm. Two men, two women - they pose a threat to the dominant-submissive pa.radigm. You can fit into their value system if you're gay - as long as you're celibate and ashamed," said Riley who is a les- bian involved in a same-sex mar- riage. "What we need are family val- ues that are liberating, not oppres- sive. Methodists and Presbyteri- ans are debating the humanity of Continued on page 24 By Dennis Forney Liberal churchgoers in this country don't have as much insight into their family values as do conservative churchgoers and they don't articulate their values as well as conservatives. That was a central part of the message presented on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 16 by the Rev. Meg Riley at a forum entitled "Religious Responses to the Radi- cal Right." Riley presented her message before an audience of about 70 people at the Metropoli- tan Community Church on The Glade Road outside of Rehoboth Beach. She is an ordained minis- ter in the Unitarian Universalist The Rev. Meg Riley, a Unitarian Universalist minister who serves as director of the church's Faith In Action office in Washington D.C., speaks from the pulpit of Metropolitan Community Church on The Glade Road, Rehoboth. Still pining for that old hound dog Elvis I have the worst post Eivis Pres- ley 20th anniversary hangover in the world. Last week I watched every special, documentary and new found footage possible on the "King" of rock and roll. I stopped short of dying my hair black, plas- tering my lips with frosted pink lipstick and insisting people call me "Cila," Or more formally, "Priscilla." It's difficult to explain the obsession women have with Elvis Presley, unless you grew up with him as your first boyfriend. You really have to stop and reflect on the contribution Elvis made in the lives of everyone he touched. For every girl who never had a date, never was asked to the prom and never had a boy call on the phone, Elvis represented hope. She could go upstairs and put that 45 record on and listen to him sing Nancy Katz "Are you lonesome tonight,." And it was all right.because every gut wrenching note was so pretty. It didn't seem odd that the dorky looking girl who lived across the street from you and had a continu- os post nasal drip and slip hanging below her skirt had Elvis written all over her notebook. It was cool. He was for everyone. Well every- one except maybe your eighth grade teacher, Miss Frost, who sucked on oranges in the back of the room while you were taking an exam and made clicking noises trying to get the strings out of her teeth. No, someone like that didn't deserve Elvis. And Elvis allowed a procession of boys through your house that struck fear in the heart of every parent, mostly their own, of "What did you say your name Was.'?" And nothing was ever your fault when Elvis was around. My brother could cruise in at three in the morning with underwear hanging out of his pockets and the answer would always be the same, "I told you we never had a lick of trouble with that boy until he start- ed listening to that darn Eivis and his Jail House Rock." My brother had been doing this on a weekly basis long before anyone every heard of Elvis. In fact, I think he still continues this routine even course. They wore their hair in a threat- ening duck tail style and turned their collars high up on their necks. They strutted and swag- g ered, but usually stuttered and mumbled when your father asked them intimidating questions like .tgday. Elvis was blamed for everything from the Berlin Wall to my aunt Barbara's athlete's foot. And Elvis added a lot to any conversation in the house. It even- tually came around to a discussion of those dreaded hips. "I hope they have the decency not to show his hips on television," my mother would frequently announce. "I can't imagine a more disgusting sight." She used to say this while wearing an imitation leopard skin leotard with matching earrings that hung to her shoulders and bracelets that clacked like Miss Frost's teeth. My father would agree, nodding his head that was encased in a six foot high chef's hat, while splash- ing grease on his barbecue apron that had enormous lobsters paint- ed on it that spelled out "Achey Breaky Cook." It came with matching barbecue mitts. The rest of us knew all about disgusting sights. Maybe we did top out last week with all the Elvis memories. But it was sure worth the trip.