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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 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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January 21, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
At Surfer's Chapel in Huntington Beach, members don't worship surfboards and pray for big waves. But services are Saturday nights instead of Sunday mornings, when surfers would rather be riding waves. And members often bring their surfboards and skateboards with them. The pulpit is shaped like a surfboard. There is no dress code, so casual surf clothing is perfectly OK. Some attend services barefoot. Baptisms are in the ocean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1997 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At last, congregants of Iglesia Bautista Jehova Yireh have a place to call their own. Sunday morning, after enduring years without a church--even having to worship at a hotel--the congregants celebrated in their first dwelling with "hallelujah," "amen" and "praise the Lord" ringing loudly. "It's like buying your first house," said Gerardo Herriano, congregant and director of the church's evangelical program. "It's so exciting.
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May 2, 1992 | DONNETTE DUNBAR
Drawing inspiration from the biblical saying, "Give and it shall be given unto you," about eight volunteers gather every Wednesday in the driveway of the San Clemente Episcopal Church to distribute food to about 200 families. It is part of the Bread for Hungry Ministry, a weekly food distribution program that began more than a decade ago in the back of an old Cadillac. "The Lord put it in my heart to see others blessed and provided for," said David Felsenstein, a ministry volunteer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1993 | TERRY SPENCER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
More than 500 members of a controversial church protested peacefully on the steps of City Hall Monday, saying they will fight attempts to evict them from the city-owned building where the church holds children's services and community outreach programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1999 | ELEANOR YANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prayers at mosques throughout Orange County on Friday were dedicated to ethnic Albanians being driven out of Kosovo, and local Islamic groups moved into high gear organizing fund-raising dinners and a blood drive for the mostly Muslim refugees. Many local Muslim leaders said eliciting support for the effort has been easier than during previous crises involving Muslims, such as the Persian Gulf War, because this time the United States is backing the Muslim cause.
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December 26, 1991 | PATRICK MOTT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On Balboa Island, the difference between a frozen banana and religion is about 20 steps. Pop culture food for the body at 310 Marine Ave. and more traditional food for the soul two doors away at 314. And the island landmarks that dispense both are about the same size. It is easier to spot the frozen banana joint, though. After all, Sugar 'N' Spice is notable for the huge banana sign that soars over the sidewalk, and St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1991 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The young man was walking out of his house to make a delivery of cocaine last year when he met Jose Montoya, who was driving a neighbor to church. The man rejected Montoya's invitation to go along, but several days later Montoya returned and persuaded him. It was during that first prayer service at Mision Cristiana Fuente De Vida, the man said last week, that "I felt something powerful I have never felt before in my life."
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November 18, 2000 | WILLIAM LOBDELL and TINA BORGATTA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With its membership rolls growing rapidly, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has launched an aggressive expansion campaign that will include six church renovations, five new parishes and perhaps a new, grand cathedral in Santa Ana. Church officials said Friday that they have agreed to buy 15 acres of bean fields near South Coast Plaza from C.J. Segerstrom and Sons for a church that could be a new cathedral, the home church of Bishop Tod D. Brown.
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