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November 25, 1997 | JEFF KASS
The Rev. Wiley S. Drake, who was convicted of illegally sheltering homeless people, will be allowed to open his church doors to an unlimited number of needy individuals during the holiday season, a judge said Monday. Fullerton Municipal Judge Gregg L. Prickett made his ruling at a probation "progress hearing" to monitor operations at the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park.
May 11, 1988 | Associated Press
A fire Tuesday caused extensive damage to a 12th-Century church that had been partially destroyed by the Great Fire of 1666, which destroyed half of London. The church was rebuilt in 1676 by famed architect Christopher Wren. The three-hour blaze Tuesday destroyed most of the roof and a four-story belltower at the St. Mary-at-Hill church.
"If you build it, he will come." That promise by a voice from above in the movie "Field of Dreams" is all that one American farmer, a baseball fanatic, needs to hear. He plows under the corn, builds a diamond, and, lo, pretty soon it's ghostly time to play ball. Life imitating art? Listen to this.
April 11, 1996 | FRANK MANNING
Emerson Unitarian Church will break ground Sunday for its new church. The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at 7304 Jordan Ave. in Canoga Park. Church officials say that construction is expected to be completed in the fall. The one-story, 3,700-square-foot stucco building will also house a social hall, church officials said. The plans call for another structure of about the same size that officials said will house a day-care program and administrative offices.
October 9, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Mary Immaculate Catholic parish is seeking alumni, former religion students and past parishioners to participate in a series of events related to the January dedication of its new church and school buildings, church officials said. "We want to get as many people as we can who have a connection here," said Julia Cardoso, administrator at Mary Immaculate. "We're planning an enormous dedication and we want to include our past parishioners and students."
March 20, 1999 | Associated Press
A Baptist congregation has decided to sever ties with the Southern Baptist Convention after years of unhappiness over the denomination's increasingly conservative policies. Members of Wake Forest Baptist Church voted in January to end its affiliation with the convention, but the congregation did not make the vote public until Tuesday because of recent publicity over its stand on same-sex ceremonies. "We wanted the community to know where we stand," said the Rev.
September 6, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Parts of a church dating to the Byzantine era have been uncovered in southern Jordan, an archeologist said. "A big mosaic floor, an altar and pillars ... built between 400 and 600 A.D. have recently been unearthed," Hamad Qatameen said. Qatameen said the church was in Dhat Ras village near Karak, 93 miles south of Amman, Jordan's capital. He said the find was still under excavation.
June 27, 1995 | MIMI KO
In a change of policy, the city has decided to allow churches to apply for permits to operate in a downtown area where they have not been allowed since 1984. The city banned churches from the Central Business District, the goal was to attract occupants to the 12-block downtown area that would produce sales tax revenue. In addition, businesses had complained over the years that churches create parking problems.
March 13, 1999 | Associated Press
Two Alabama churches for the deaf will share a $1-million bequest from a friend of the pastor, who pioneered deaf ministry in the Southeast. The churches, both Episcopalian, are St. John's Church for the Deaf in Cahaba Heights and St. Mark's Church for the Deaf in Mobile. The benefactor, Mary Brigham, died in 1998. She was a friend of the founder of St. John's, the Rev. Robert C. Fletcher, and his wife, Estelle. Brigham was not deaf, but the Fletchers were.
January 9, 1999 | Religion News Service
Six evangelical Christian organizations are pooling their resources in an effort to identify every evangelical church in the world. The Church in Habitat project, coordinated at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., is using a combination of new computer technology and traditional personal contact.
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