The Upstairs Lounge Fire


MCC Magazine Announces Mission

Elysian Fields Parrish of MCC New Orleans.

Our mission in Louisiana may be small, but its name is a mouthful! Their pastor, the Rev. David E. Solomon, is working hard trying to find a church to rent for worship services. Finally, he tells us “…the Lord directed me to a theater in the back of a bar in the French Quarter. The owner of the bar discussed it, consulted with their attorney, and have made it available to EFP of MCC of New Orleans on Sunday evenings at 7:30 P.M. Free of charge!”

The first worship service was held on May 9, 1971, and six people attended. The following Sunday only four appeared, but Rev. Solomon said he has faith in the future of this mission. A salesman he met to order his cassock got so interested in hearing about Metropolitan Community Church that he gave Rev. Solomon the cassock and surplice as a sample. They fit as it tailor-made for him! He asked his landlady about a table she had which was a good size for an altar and she gave it. The bartender at the bar in front of the theater where services will be held donated the candlesticks. One of the members is making the cover for the table and colored runners for the altar—he’s also donating the cloth. Another young man has offerred to try to find a chalice for them. Rev. David Solomon hopes to promote fellowship thru various social activities. A swimming party is planned, and a Shrimp and Crawfish Boil.

Services are conducted at 7:30 P.M at the Theater of the Upstairs 604 Iberville Street New Orleans, Louisiana

The June 1971 issue of MCC’s In Unity magazine contains story of the New Orleans mission beginning to worship at the Upstairs Lounge.
Source: In Unity, June 1971, pp. 25-26
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