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May 28, 1989
Lake Avenue Congregational Church has dedicated its $20-million sanctuary and five-story Christian education building. The new sanctuary has a seating capacity of 3,300. The 93-year-old church has 4,550 members.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1989
The Rev. Paul Cedar of Pasadena, elected overwhelmingly Thursday as the new president of Evangelical Free Church of America, surprised the denomination's delegates hours later by saying that he would not accept because he didn't believe that God wanted him to. Free Church officials said that the current president, Thomas McDill, would delay his retirement until a new nominee can be found. Only last month, Cedar had told his 4,500-member Lake Avenue Congregational Church in a long letter how, after months of wooing by the Minneapolis-based denomination, he had decided that it was God's will to accept the nomination.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1989
The Rev. Paul Cedar of Pasadena, elected overwhelmingly Thursday as the new president of Evangelical Free Church of America, surprised the denomination's delegates hours later by saying that he would not accept because he didn't believe that God wanted him to. Free Church officials said that the current president, Thomas McDill, would delay his retirement until a new nominee can be found. Only last month, Cedar had told his 4,500-member Lake Avenue Congregational Church in a long letter how, after months of wooing by the Minneapolis-based denomination, he had decided that it was God's will to accept the nomination.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1989 | JOHN DART
The pastor of a Pasadena congregation that recently dedicated a $20-million, 3,400-seat church--one of the largest in Southern California--has informed members in a four-page letter that he has consented to be nominated as president of another denomination, the Evangelical Free Church of America. The Rev. Paul A. Cedar, the pastor of the Lake Avenue Congregational Church for the last eight years, indicated he would accept the position if he receives a substantial majority of votes on June 22. The relatively small but growing denomination, based in his home state of Minnesota, is picking a successor to Thomas A. McDill, who is retiring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1989 | JOHN DART
The pastor of a Pasadena congregation that recently dedicated a $20-million, 3,400-seat church--one of the largest in Southern California--has informed members in a four-page letter that he has consented to be nominated as president of another denomination, the Evangelical Free Church of America. The Rev. Paul A. Cedar, the pastor of the Lake Avenue Congregational Church for the last eight years, indicated he would accept the position if he receives a substantial majority of votes on June 22. The relatively small but growing denomination, based in his home state of Minnesota, is picking a successor to Thomas A. McDill, who is retiring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1989
Jim Murray (Feb. 14) perpetuates a dangerous falsehood--that the college football draft is tantamount to slavery. A slave is someone who works at the point of a gun, with no choice on his part. In contrast, the NFL (like any employer) offers an economic value to prospective employees. It says, in effect: We will pay you a certain amount if you want to work for us under certain conditions (including a player draft). The football draftees are free to say no and pursue some other line of work.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 1991
The Rev. Chester L. Talton, the first black bishop elected to serve the Episcopal Church in the Western United States, will be installed as suffragan (assistant) bishop in the Diocese of Los Angeles next Saturday. Presiding Bishop Edmond L. Browning of New York will lead the 10 a.m. ceremony and Bishop Barbara Harris, suffragan bishop of Massachusetts, will preach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1997
As a child, Spencer Perkins saw his father, the Rev. John Perkins, beaten, bloodied and jailed repeatedly in small-town Mississippi during the struggle for civil rights. By the time the younger Perkins was a teenager, he did not merely distrust white people. He hated them. Chris Rice, a New Englander who had never had a close friendship with a black person, met Perkins while working with a nonprofit organization in the early 1980s.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 1990
California has 25 of the top 100 Protestant churches in the country, ranked by average Sunday attendance, according to a new survey by John N. Vaughan, International Mega-Church Research Center, Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Mo. Here is how they rank in the state: 1. Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa: 12,000. 2. Grace Community Church, Sun Valley: 8,000. 3. Harvest Christian Fellowship, Riverside: 7,700. 4. Calvary Chapel, Downey: 7,500. 5. Calvary Church, Santa Ana: 6,000.
NEWS
November 11, 1993
In the aftermath of the Altadena fire, churches and charities are seeking volunteers to sandbag hillsides to guard against mudslides during the rainy season. Officials say the crusty layer of soil left behind from the recent hillside fire will prevent water from penetrating the ground. And without brush, mud will flow downhill uninhibited. Monrovia-based World Vision U.S., the Salvation Army and a number of local churches are organizing a volunteer sandbagging effort for the weekends of Nov.
NEWS
May 28, 1989
Lake Avenue Congregational Church has dedicated its $20-million sanctuary and five-story Christian education building. The new sanctuary has a seating capacity of 3,300. The 93-year-old church has 4,550 members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1989
Jim Murray (Feb. 14) perpetuates a dangerous falsehood--that the college football draft is tantamount to slavery. A slave is someone who works at the point of a gun, with no choice on his part. In contrast, the NFL (like any employer) offers an economic value to prospective employees. It says, in effect: We will pay you a certain amount if you want to work for us under certain conditions (including a player draft). The football draftees are free to say no and pursue some other line of work.
NEWS
September 9, 1993
School Supt. Vera Vignes and community leaders told more than 1,500 teachers, students and parents gathered at Lake Avenue Congregational Church on Wednesday morning that together the community can transform its schools this year. "We're in a period of transition, a period of change," Vignes said. The meeting was called to welcome the community to the new school year starting Monday--one that school officials hope will be a turning point for the district.
NEWS
February 2, 1995 | DEBORAH SULLIVAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ravaged by recent rains, Deliverance Tabernacle Church is a wrinkled shell of its former self. The ragged, stained plywood floor is stripped of carpet. Mildew mars the sodden walls. The once-beautiful wood-beamed ceiling is warped and sagging. Despite the ruin, the church's pastor, Coy Turrentine, sees a beauty that transcends the devastated structure itself. After rains poured into the Northwest Pasadena church, the neighboring Lake Avenue Congregational Church offered to help.
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