Local briefs • 10.01.10

The Group for HIV-positive black men celebrating 4th anniversary

“The Group,” an organization for black men who are HIV-positive, will celebrate its fourth anniversary Thursday, Oct. 14, with a meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

The theme or the evening is “Thankful! Celebrating Four Years of Education, Empowerment and Support,” and guest speaker will be Sabrina Y. Taylor, MSW, of Tibotec Therapeutics.

For more information or to become a member of The Group, call 214-455-7316.

First Community Church holding benefit Sunday for Youth First Texas

First Community Church will celebrate its Alternative Christmas on Sunday, Oct. 3, to raise money and awareness for Youth First Texas, beginning with the 11 a.m. worship service, followed by a potluck luncheon in the church social hall where handmade Christmas cards will be sold for $5 each.

All proceeds benefit Youth First Texas.

Alternative Christmas is an annual event at First Community Church, and each year handmade Christmas cards are sold to raise money for a designated ministry partner.

Each card comes with an insert stating a gift has been given in the recipient’s honor to that year’s designated beneficiary.

In addition to raising money for Youth First, the Christmas cards this year will also help raise awareness of the organization and its programs.

Sunday’s worship theme is going to be “When The End Is A New Beginning,” with services focusing on the scripture in Genesis where God’s new covenant with humanity is symbolized by the rainbow. First Community Church is an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ located at 9120 Ferguson Road. For more information, go online to fccdfw.org.

Monday is deadline to register to vote in November elections

The deadline to register to be able to vote in the Nov. 2 elections is Monday, Oct. 4.

To register to vote in Texas, an individual must be a citizen of the United States, a resident in a Texas county, and at least 18 years of age by election day.

A voter’s registration remains in effect unless the voter changes his/her residence.

Texas voters can check to see if they are registered by calling their county Voter Registration Office or by going online to VoteTexas.org.

To register, go to the voter registration office in your county, or complete and mail in the voter registration form available at post offices, libraries and Department of Public Safety offices.

The application is also available for download online at VoteTexas.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 01, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

A couple of Fort Worth notes

For all my fellow Fort Worthians, here are a couple of events happening this week in Cowtown (and you folks from Dallas are welcome to come on over, too!).

• Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Association is staging a fundraising show Sunday, Jan. 31, starting at 9 p.m. at Best Friends Club (on Lancaster at Beach Street). Anyone interested in performing should get there early to get in the line up, and everyone is invited to come and watch the show and support TCGPWA. Photographer Robert Whittaker will be there with his backdrop and lights, starting at 8 p.m., to shoot pics of those who want them. And on top of everything else, Raymond Gill and Mr. GPW 2010 Scott Wasson Conger will be there celebrating their birthdays.

• On Tuesday, Feb. 2, beginning at 11 a.m., Brite Divinity School presents “a special celebration of worship and community,” featuring Bishop Yvette Flunder, senior pastor of City of Refuge UCC in San Francisco and presiding bishop of The Fellowship, a trans-denominational fellowship of 60 primarily African-American Christian leaders and laity who seek to promote and celebrate the radically inclusive love of Christ, particularly on behaf of LGBT people.

Bishop Flunder will preach on “The Both and God” at 11 a.m. at University Christian Church, 2720 S. University Drive in Fort Worth.  The service, which is part of Brite’s weekly chapel service and the school’s observance of Black History Month, will include readings and scripture, preaching, Holy Communion and music.

—  admin