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December 19, 1991 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Marla Toomire used to attend Sunday services at a neighborhood Baptist church, a short drive from her home in Huntington Beach. But after six years, she and her husband, Jim, got tired of "dry sermons" that had no relevance to their lives. Disillusioned, they began to shop for a new place to worship. Their search led to South Coast Community Church--a sprawling congregation in Irvine where instead of hymnbooks, the lyrics to spirituals are projected on a giant video screen.
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November 11, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Within the next few years, the construction of more than a dozen major religious buildings will give Orange County's spiritual skyline a more cosmopolitan feel, complete with a Buddhist monastery, one of the country's largest mosques and a $65-million Jewish community center. The building spree spans the county from Yorba Linda, where a mega-church is undergoing a $23.5-million expansion, to San Juan Capistrano, where a proposed $70-million Catholic high school hopes to find a home.
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June 16, 2000 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Garden Grove officials gave a green light this week to the state's first Cao Dai church, despite residents who protested having a religious facility in their neighborhood. Council members granted a conditional use permit Tuesday for construction of a 2,150-square-foot church and a caretaker's home nearly the same size at 8791 Orangewood Ave. The facility would provide about 200 followers of the Cao Dai faith in Orange County a place to pray aside from their homes and offices.
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August 17, 2001
Parishioners of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church will hold a memorial prayer service tonight marking the first anniversary of a fire that destroyed their 50-year-old sanctuary. Investigators declared the fire to be the result of arson, but no suspects have been identified. The blaze was the second arson incident at the church, a smaller blaze in May 2000 having caused $7,500 in damage to the church school. Today's 7 p.m.
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February 14, 1999 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During the most important times in Martha Feenstra's life--including her battles with breast cancer and a malignant tumor at the base of her tongue--she has relied on Tim Timmons, now pastor of the New Community Church in Irvine, for spiritual support. "He married my youngest son, and he buried my husband," said Feenstra of Costa Mesa. "He's been a Rock of Gibraltar for me."
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December 17, 1991 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a chilly, second-floor meeting room at the Ole Hanson Beach Club, eight people are seated in a circle, their eyes closed in meditation. Accompanied by an electric keyboard, they are chanting: "Eheyeh" (Unity), "Jehovah" (cosmic father), "Elohim" (divine mother), "Adonai" (Lord). They are followers of a secretive order known as "Builders of the Adytum," or BOTA, whose members study Tarot "keys" and meditate in their search for spiritual enlightenment.
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December 1, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rev. Charles R. Swindoll, nationally known for his Christian radio ministry and best-selling religious books, has announced that he will leave the First Evangelical Church to found a nondenominational church south of Nashville, Tenn., eventually taking the organization that produces his popular "Insight for Living" program there.
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December 25, 1992 | LYNDA NATALI
Grace Church isn't really a church. It's more like a religious shopping center, complete with entertainment, education and, yes, a place to worship. In the center of this 12-acre complex, which officially opened its doors this month, is the main sanctuary that seats 1,000 people and eventually is going to be a gymnasium. There is also a wedding chapel with bride's quarters and an outdoor patio for parties, an elementary school, conference rooms, parking lots and offices.
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December 25, 1992 | TERRY SPENCER
In some ways, the Orange County Buddhist Church isn't much different from its Christian counterparts. There is a chapel with pews, a gymnasium, a reception hall and classrooms. There are Sunday services, Sunday school classes, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and a variety of hobby groups. But those are just the Western trappings that have been grafted onto a 2,400-year-old religion practiced primarily in Asia, but which is growing in North America.
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May 5, 1996 | RENEE TAWA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By way of introduction, Pastor Robert E. Nixon nods to a ponytailed man in black jeans and a biker's vest with a big tattooed cross on his right forearm. "That's Die Hard," said Nixon, 48, a ponytailed biker himself, his voice rising over the thundering electric guitars downstairs. "He's our chaplain." And here, at fast-growing New Wine Church, there is also C-leggs and Cat and Scooter, volunteers with street-hip names and sensibilities.
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July 13, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The new Mormon temple in Orange County will be a modest 17,500 square feet, built on seven acres next to the church's Newport Beach meeting house and smaller than that brick structure, officials in Salt Lake City announced Thursday. The exact design hasn't been finalized, but church leaders said it will reflect Los Angeles architecture in public buildings built in the 1920s and 1930s.
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June 8, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A stack of Christian Coalition voter guides left at a church polling place during Tuesday's municipal election in Orange generated a complaint to the Registrar of Voters, officials said. "The pamphlet was in a basket in the same room but away from the registration table. It was not something the typical voter would see," Registrar Rosalyn Lever said. The pamphlets were removed by poll workers at Heritage Christian Fellowship Church, and no further action was taken, Lever said.
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June 3, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crystal Cathedral founder Robert H. Schuller initially courted the secular world in 1955 by starting his church in a drive-in movie theater. Now, the reverend's spreading the word through a less beloved American tradition: telemarketing. Over the past few months, the recorded voice of Schuller has been heard in hundreds of thousands of Southern California homes.
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June 3, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Crystal Cathedral founder Robert H. Schuller initially courted the secular world in 1955 by starting his church in a drive-in movie theater. Now, the reverend's spreading the word through a less beloved American tradition: telemarketing. Over the last few months, the recorded voice of Schuller has been heard in hundreds of thousands of Southern California homes.
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May 27, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The part-time preacher left. The collection plate held less money each week. Membership, once a robust 200 congregants, dwindled to fewer than 50. The Church of Christ of Cypress, made up mostly of white senior citizens, was dying. Sixteen miles away in a small Santa Ana building, the Westside Church of Christ--filled with young African American families--was very much alive.
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May 27, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The part-time preacher left. The collection plate held less money each week. Membership, once a robust 200 congregants, dwindled to less than 50. The Church of Christ of Cypress, made up mostly of white senior citizens, was dying. Sixteen miles away in a small Santa Ana building, the Westside Church of Christ--filled with young African American families--was very much alive.
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July 15, 1991 | LYNN SMITH and THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The church is red brick, pastel-paned Middle America. The music is a drum-and-guitar version of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." The religion is hand-clapping, tears-of-joy Pentecostal. It is a typical evangelical revival meeting--except here all the Bibles, the sermons and the faces are Vietnamese.
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June 12, 1999 | ALLISON COHEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There is no Bible, no sin, no conversion. At The Gathering, a nondenominational Native American church that meets each week in Garden Grove, there is no written Word, no right or wrong, no death or need for redemption--just truth, accountability and a belief that all is sacred and connected. Formally known at the American Indian Church, it was founded with eight members in 1978 by Little Crow, a Garden Grove resident of Dakota and Lakota Indian heritage, and his wife Alice Bryant.
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May 25, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Plans for a $4.5-million interfaith chapel at Chapman University--which has seen two architects and protests from conservative Christians and Wiccans--suffered another setback this week when Orange planning commissioners rejected the project on aesthetic grounds.
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May 17, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The most visible part of the megachurch's expansion plan is a quaint, New England-style chapel perched on a hilltop and surrounded by cottonwoods, southern magnolias and California pepper trees. The charming building--something from a Vermont postcard--is intended to give the project a "churchy" feel. Without that nod to tradition, Mariners Church's 10-year building project sprawled across 40 acres in Irvine might be mistaken for a college campus or small town, complete with park and lake.
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