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Presbyterians Drop Plan for Center at Olympics

January 19, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

LOUISVILLE, Ky — LOUISVILLE, Ky.--Financial woes have forced the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to drop a plan for a denominational welcome center at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

The denomination had hoped to raise up to $7 million to build a center for worship and hospitality in Utah, where 70% of residents are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Welcome Center was to house big-screen televisions broadcasting Olympic events, while offering Bible lessons and worship in a 10,000-square-foot sanctuary. Multimedia presentations on Presbyterian missions were also planned.

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