January 11, 1999


Sacramento Holy Union Service-Related Events

In California and across the nation

Small lavender heart Friday, January 15, 1999 Small lavender heart

Minnesota Prayer Vigil

The Minnesota Reconciling Network will hold a prayer vigil in solidarity for the Sacramento service. The MN prayer vigil will be from 7:30 - 9 p.m. Friday, January 15, at Hobart United Methodist Church, Minneapolis.

Judy WestLee
Minneapolis, MN

Sandwiches for Clergy Officiants!

People who want to help make sandwiches for the officiating clergy can meet at Trinity Cathedral's kitchen in Sacramento at 5:00PM Friday. Trinity is at 2620 Capitol (parking in St. Luke's parking garage 27th and N St across the alley from the church).
from Barb Chandler barb@gvn.net

Group Opposing Holy Union Moves Protest Location

There has been a major change in plans for Friday's Evangelical Renewal Fellowship Press Conference and Worship Service. Hope UMC has backed out as the location. Everything is being moved to:

First United Methodist Church
3101 Colusa Hwy
Yuba City, CA

Press Conference: 11:00AM
Worship Service: 2:00 PM

First Church is located on 3101 Colusa Hwy. at George Washington Blvd. which is west of Hwy. 99 approximately 1 mile. On the North West Corner, Yuba City.

Contact: Tom Weathers tomw@nequest.com

From unofficial Confessing Movement web site


Small lavender heart Saturday, January 16, 1999 Small lavender heart

Circle of Love Around the Convention Center

Persons who can not be physically present in California are invited to form an even wider circle by being in prayer wherever they are during the time of this sacred event. Some congregations may want to open their sanctuaries for corporate prayer also. Read more details....

Oregon Solidarity Service

A service of prayer and support for Jeannie and Ellie will be held in Salem, Oregon, at the same time as the service in Sacramento. Gerry Hill, pastor at Monmouth's Christ's Church: Methodist and Presbyterian United; and Paul LaRue, retired elder, with Charge Conference connection to Christ's Church; are planning and leading the service, which will be held at the retirement center where LaRue is a resident.

Clergy and laity from the area have been invited. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to contact Paul LaRue by e-mail pvrvlaru@open.org not later than 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, or before.

The group will meet at 12:30 p.m. for a time of preparation, including background of United Methodist legislation and subsequent actions on "Holy Union" ceremonies for gay or lesbian couples.

At 1:00 they will move to a small chapel for a service of prayer and affirmation. This will be during the time of the service in Sacramento -- and include some elements of the service they will be using.

Light refreshments and fellowship will follow.

Although we are focusing on inviting United Methodists, other people who seek justice in ministry to all God's children are certainly invited. We would like to know in advance how many plan to attend.

California-Pacific Solidarity Service

The California-Pacific Service of Solidarity, to which all clergy and laity in the Conference are invited, will begin at 12 noon and conclude with the ringing of the church carillon at 1:00 p.m., marking the hour when the Sacramento service begins. A prayer vigil will follow the ringing of the carillon. Clergy are invited to wear their stoles.

Hollywood UMC is located at 6817 Franklin Ave. For more information, contact Jeffrey Hammond by phone at 323-850-1034; e-mail him a jhammond@pacificnet.net.

From the California-Pacific Chapter, Methodist Federation for Social Action, January 1999 newletter

Web: http://www.MFSAcal-pac.net

Action Alert From UFMCC Ecumenical Officer/USA

...Actions across the country will be held to coincide with the Sacramento service. These actions will witness to the importance of ministries that celebrate the loving and committed relationships of all people. This rite so familiar to MCC churches around the world is in direct violation of United Methodist Church polity. To uphold the couple, clergy and all present, we are asking MCCer's to join in solidarity with our friends and partners in faith around the country by surrounding all parties in prayer from noon to 1:00 PM and/or by ringing their church bells at 1:00PM in solidarity.

Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord, UFMCC National Ecumenical Officer/USA.

Solidarity Service in Brooklyn

Kings Highway UMC in Brooklyn, NY will hold a service of solidarity with the Holy Union Service of Ellie Charleton and Jean Barnett at 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 16, 1999. The church is at 1387 East 37th Street, on the corner, of course, of Kings Highway. The phone (718) 338-6619/377-7130.

The # 2 or #5 IRT trains end at the "Junction" of FLATBUSH and Nostrand Avenues. From there you can get a B41 bus south on Flatbush Ave., about 8 long blocks, to Kings Highway, where you walk three short blocks west on Kings Highway to the church on the right.

Information for the Reverend Chick Straut, Sacramento Holy Union Service Officiant, in absentia
King's Highway UMC (http://www.gbgm-umc.org/kingshwyumc/ Coming Soon)

Service of Prayer in Michigan

A service of prayer, support and hope and will happen at The Wesley Foundation (1400 South Washington, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858) at 10:00 a.m. EST so as to coincide with the Union Service in California. All will be welcome.

Rev. Steven Michael Smith
The Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry
Web Page: http://come.to/wesley/
...a reconciling campus ministry serving the greater Central Michigan
University Community 1400 South Washington - Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Prayer Vigil in Binghamton, NY

Centenary-Chenango Street United Methodist Church in Binghamton, New York plans to hold a prayer vigil on January 16 in support of the ceremony in Sacramento.

Gary Doupe, pastor
Centenary-Chenango Street United Methodist Church


Hate Group Pickets

Westboro Baptist Church (Fred Phelps) has announced it will picket the Convention Center where the covenant service will be held.

Small lavender heart Sunday, January 17, 1999 Small lavender heart

Mark Bowman to Speak at Central UMC

Mark Bowman, director of the Reconciling Congregations Program, will be in Sacramento Jan 17 to hear and answer questions related to: the latest Judicial Council ruling, "ban" on same-sex holy unions, local churches 'welcoming' or 'reconciling'?, and more. Hosting Mark is the Reconciling Conference Committee. This informal discussion with Mark takes place at Central UMC 51st and H Streets from 5 to 6:30 PM. Refreshments galore.

Earlier on Jan 17 Mark speaks about the Reconciling Congregation Program during 9:30am "Reconciling Congregation Sunday" Worship with Fair Oaks UMC 9849 Fair Oaks Blvd, 1 block west of Sunrise Boulevard. Our Reconciling Congregation Team, participating the day before in the Holy Union, is leading worship for us. I am preaching.

In Christ, Marilyn Ericksen

Hate Group Pickets

Westboro Baptist Church (Fred Phelps) has announced it will picket St. Mark's UMC at 10am, St. Paul's Episcopalian at 8am, and Trinity Episcopalian at 9am.

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