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September 11, 1993|ROSANNE KEYNAN

Autumn is a season of beginnings. Renewed after summer retreats and vacations, members of the Southland's religious communities have scheduled a full calendar of fall activities, including worship services, classes and conferences. Some are listed below.


* Several thousand people are expected to attend three days of free talks by well-known U.S. theologians at the third annual Catholic Family Conference, from 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, through Sunday evening, Sept. 26, at St. Cyprian Catholic Church in Long Beach. Father Joseph Fessio, a Jesuit and founder of Ignatius Press, will receive the first Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Award for his zeal and dedication to promoting the spiritual lives of families. Among the speakers are Msgr. George Kelly, author and founder of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, and Scott and Kimberly Hahn, producers of a popular audiocassette series. Child care is provided. 4700 Clark Ave. For a complete schedule, call (818) 331-3549.

* The third International Christians in Recovery Conference will be held at the Crystal Cathedral at noon Friday, Sept. 24, through Saturday evening, Sept. 25. Psychologist Jack Jones and the Rev. David Moore are among the scheduled speakers. More than 20 workshops, including Spanish-language sessions, will be offered. Subjects include "Women Who Love Sex Addicts," "Healing the Father Wound" and "Boundaries: When Food is Your Best Friend and Worst Enemy." For registration information, call (800) 859-5979 or (310) 697-3994.

* The difficult transition after a major loss, such as death, divorce or separation, is the subject of "A New Beginning," a nondenominational workshop offered by licensed marriage, family and child counselor Mary Garbesi at First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica from 7 to 9 p.m. on five Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 21. Child care is available. Registration is $40. (310) 393-8258.

* The South Coast Ecumenical Council's Peninsula-Harbor Cluster will hold its Fall Gathering, a potluck dinner, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Rancho Palos Verdes. Bring a dish to share and your own table service. Donations accepted. 31290 Palos Verdes Drive West. (310) 595-0268.

* Financial management of churches and ministries is the subject of the daylong Regional Christian Management Institute Thursday at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel. Tax issues, new accounting laws and fund raising are among the topics to be addressed by attorneys and management specialists. For information and registration, call (800) 727-4CMA.

* First United Church of North Hollywood will hold a "back to church" worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by a carnival and potluck picnic. 4832 Tujunga Ave. (818) 763-8231.

* The Witherspoon Society, a Presbyterian social action group, will present the Rev. Bear Ride Scott speaking on "Leadership for the Once and Future Church" at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at Packard Hall, Westminster Gardens, 1420 Santo Domingo Ave., Duarte. (818) 357-6045.

* Congregational Church of the Messiah in Westchester will hold a Kick-Off Sunday celebration in honor of its new minister, the Rev. Paul Clark. Worship and school registration will begin at 10 a.m. A reception will follow the service. 7300 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester. (310) 670-2242.

* St. John's Presbyterian Church in West Los Angeles will present its Adult Bible Study Seminar, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on eight Wednesday evenings, beginning this week. The course, taught by attorney and author Gary Maeder, offers instruction and practice in studying the Bible and leading Bible studies. Materials cost $15. 11000 National Blvd. (310) 390-2682.

* Sixty-four of 110 plants mentioned in the Bible are growing in St. Gregory's Episcopal Church Bible Garden in Long Beach. The Herb Society of Long Beach will present a talk, slide presentation and tour of the courtyard garden at 2 p.m. Sunday at the church, 6201 E. Willow St. For information about the garden, call (310) 421-4918; for the Herb Society, call (310) 438-1073.

* Saint Peter's By-the-Sea, formerly the New Presbyterian Church, will receive its charter at a 4 p.m. ceremony Sunday at the church site, 16871 Bolsa Chica St., Huntington Beach. (714) 846-6641.

* UCLA professor Scott Bartchy will discuss the Dead Sea Scrolls, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 18, at Culver-Palms United Methodist Church in Culver City. Registration is $10; child care is available. 4464 Sepulveda Blvd. Register by phone. (310) 390-7717.

* All Nations Literature, a Christian ministry that trains church members to teach English as a second language, will offer a training seminar Sept. 22-25 at the San Fernando Valley Holiday Inn. Call (800) 962-0080 for fees, registration and scholarship information.


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