GLF Soup SupperYou’ve seen the initials “GLF” in bulletins and on posters, but do you know what those letters stand for? NOT a secret organization! GLF stands for the Gay and Lesbian Fellowship of the Church of the Transfiguration. The members of this organization strive to serve Christ in all persons by embracing not only the GLBT community, but their families and friends as well, through opportunities for spiritual growth, fellowship and service.

Our members are everywhere: in neXtgen, The Way, Stephen’s Ministers, Flower Guild, Altar Guild, Eucharistic Visitors, Christian Formation, on the Vestry, the Stewardship Committee; almost anywhere you look. Of the current 100 names on our mailing list, we average anywhere from 20 to more than 30 at our monthly First Friday or Saturday evening get-togethers (food, fun, festivity!). Not all attendees are members of The Fig. We welcome all – gay or straight – and the group continues to grow.

We try to vary the venues for our meetings, which usually, but not always, consist of a pot-luck dinner, with everyone bringing food and their choice of beverage. We have met in places as diverse as the Church Parlor, members’ homes, the (Art) Gallery at Midtown, and The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. Wherever we are, we enjoy each other’s company and welcoming new members. We also welcome suggestions for new places to meet.

Our December meeting will be at Steve Skoog’s & Rob Bugbee’s house at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 6th. If you haven’t seen their lovely home decorated for Christmas, you’ll want to be there just for that! Bring a side dish and your choice of beverage. Newcomers need not bring food.

My Very Own Book WinnerGLF currently proudly supports two outreach programs:

MY VERY OWN BOOK is a project for the collection of elementary age books that are given to Spring Valley Elementary, a Richardson ISD Title I school about a mile east of The Fig, for their reading enrichment program. From our book drive during last Lent, we were able to donate 137 books. Our aim is to collect even more books annually in the years to come. Learn more about Spring Valley Elementary.

YOUTH FIRST is a subsidiary of Resource Center Dallas. We awarded them $600 in proceeds from our annual Maundy Thursday Soup Supper this past spring. In September, a team of nine prepared and served dinner for about 25 youth and family members at their location on Harry Hines. Our plans are to go once a quarter. Learn more about Youth First.

The current Coordinators of the GLF are Maggie Sharer and Brett Vanderbrook. We welcome your comments, questions, and presence at our meetings.