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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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January 7, 1997 | RUSS LOAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Rev. Marvin Abrams conducts two Communion services, a symbolic act that represents the two worlds of his Native American congregation, two worlds that he has brought together within a single faith. Abrams, a Seneca born on the Allegany Reservation in western New York, sees no conflict between Christianity and the cultural traditions of Native Americans.
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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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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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July 13, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mormon leaders announced details Thursday about the proposed temple in Newport Beach, saying it would be modest in size and reflect 1920s California architecture. The temple would be on seven acres across Prairie Road from the church's red-brick meeting house at Bonita Canyon Drive and Prairie. For Mormons, regular worship services are held in meeting houses. The temple, which is seen as a bridge between heaven and Earth, is reserved for sacred ceremonies, including baptisms and weddings.
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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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April 15, 2000 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Churches around Orange County are gearing up for Easter celebrations, which will range from simple homilies, hymns and sanctuaries lined with fresh lilies to million-dollar productions, high-tech innovations and full orchestras. Many churches are offering sunrise services, and others are scheduling the rites throughout the day to accommodate as many people as possible.
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April 28, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like many leaders of small congregations in Southern California, Pastor Doug Webster walks through the valley of the shadow of the megachurch. Saddleback Church, one of the country's largest congregations, looms just two miles down the road from Webster's Mountain View Church offices in Mission Viejo. The 20-acre Saddleback complex welcomes 15,000 worshipers each weekend, has more than 55,000 names on the church roster, and is run by celebrity pastors whose books are bestsellers.
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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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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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