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May 15, 1992 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It lures a diverse set of worshipers: A real estate lawyer from Irvine, a Basque from southwestern France, a homeless man who sleeps on the streets of this historic city. But when they file into Serra Chapel on the grounds of Mission San Juan Capistrano each morning, this eclectic crowd maintains a tradition that began 210 years ago with Father Junipero Serra, the Franciscan missionary priest who built missions from San Diego to San Francisco during the colonization of California.
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August 21, 2000 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gone is the altar, the organ, the tabernacle and the crucifix. The fire that gutted the sanctuary of St. Philip Benizi in Fullerton last week destroyed the piano, the wooden pews, perhaps even the St. Philip statue, but not the spirit of countless parishioners who journeyed to Servite High School in Anaheim on Sunday to celebrate Mass and mourn the loss of their majestic brick church.
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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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August 17, 1997 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is another rocking Sunday at one of Southern California's fast-growing evangelical churches. The squeal of electric guitars calls the faithful to prayer. The ballplayer-turned-pastor hugs thousands of people streaming off shuttle buses from distant parking lots. In the lobby stands the model of a planned multimillion-dollar sanctuary as big as the Crystal Cathedral.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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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.
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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.
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