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September 24, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was just a large piece of canvas, leaky during rainstorms and not very good at keeping out the morning chill. But for 10,000 worshipers of the Saddleback Valley Community Church, their tent was a spiritual home for almost three years. Choir member Bill Cowdrey remembers watching a particularly nasty cloudburst blow freezing rain on several rows of the congregation last Easter.
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March 12, 2000 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saddleback Valley Community Church has brought out the heavy artillery in its battle to reach the unchurched in Orange County: a nationally celebrated preacher who gave up his career as a big-city newspaperman and went from atheist to evangelist. The Lake Forest church recruited Lee Strobel away from Illinois' Willow Creek Community Church, the nation's largest church and a leading institution in America's blossoming megachurch movement.
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April 2, 1994
The Orange County Fire Department is offering tips on how to prepare for a major earthquake at a community meeting to be held here April 18. Called "Are You Ready For The Big One?" the informational session will start at 7 p.m. in a multiuse tent at the Saddleback Valley Community Church at 1 Saddleback Parkway, located near the intersection of El Toro Road and Santa Margarita Parkway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was just a large piece of canvas, leaky during rainstorms and not very good at keeping out the morning chill. But for 10,000 worshipers of the Saddleback Valley Community Church, their tent was a spiritual home for almost three years. Choir member Bill Cowdrey remembers watching a particularly nasty cloudburst blow freezing rain on several rows of the congregation last Easter.
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September 27, 1989
The county Planning Commission decided Tuesday to consider five development proposals, including an ambitious plan to build a $55-million church with 4,800 seats near Trabuco Canyon. The projects are involved in a larger debate over development of a 6,500-acre swath of backcountry northeast of Mission Viejo. The commission, in a bid to give supporters of the projects some direction, said it will take a straw vote on each proposal at its Oct. 10 meeting.
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August 20, 1989 | STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writer
A plan to build a massive church complex east of Mission Viejo with more seating than the Crystal Cathedral and enough parking space to cover seven football fields has ignited the wrath of residents and environmentalists battling development in the hills and canyons of southern Orange County.
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May 15, 1990 | GEORGE FRANK
Officials at the Saddleback Valley Community Church and Hon Development have agreed to a land swap that will move a proposed $55-million church complex out of the rural foothills below Cleveland National Park and nearer to El Toro, county officials said Monday. The church, with one of the county's fastest-growing congregations, will take over a 60-acre industrial site between El Toro Road and the proposed Foothill Transportation Corridor.
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December 30, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA
After 13 years of moving from one high school gymnasium to another, members of the Saddleback Valley Community Church are preparing to create a "spiritual oasis" in the hills of the Foothill Ranch development . Earlier this month, about 6,000 members of the church gathered for the first worship service on the 74-acre Foothill Ranch site, the largest church campus in California and one of the 10 largest in the nation. Instead of glitzy buildings and flashy monuments, church founder the Rev.
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March 28, 1990 | STEVEN R. CHURM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under fire from environmentalists, proponents of a proposal to build a sprawling, $55-million church complex, one of the largest in Orange County, may move the project from the rugged backcountry northeast of Mission Viejo to a site near El Toro.
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April 2, 1994
The Orange County Fire Department is offering tips on how to prepare for a major earthquake at a community meeting to be held here April 18. Called "Are You Ready For The Big One?" the informational session will start at 7 p.m. in a multiuse tent at the Saddleback Valley Community Church at 1 Saddleback Parkway, located near the intersection of El Toro Road and Santa Margarita Parkway.
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December 30, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA
After 13 years of moving from one high school gymnasium to another, members of the Saddleback Valley Community Church are preparing to create a "spiritual oasis" in the hills of the Foothill Ranch development . Earlier this month, about 6,000 members of the church gathered for the first worship service on the 74-acre Foothill Ranch site, the largest church campus in California and one of the 10 largest in the nation. Instead of glitzy buildings and flashy monuments, church founder the Rev.
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December 14, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
From the makeshift altar on the windy Foothill Ranch plateau, the Rev. Rick Warren looked upon a festive scene he never doubted would occur. After more than a decade of wandering from high school gymnasium to high school gymnasium, and from hall to hall, members of his Saddleback Valley Community Church were "home at last," he told an estimated 6,000 parishioners who gathered Sunday morning for an open-air service on the site of their future church.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1990 | GEORGE FRANK
Officials at the Saddleback Valley Community Church and Hon Development have agreed to a land swap that will move a proposed $55-million church complex out of the rural foothills below Cleveland National Park and nearer to El Toro, county officials said Monday. The church, with one of the county's fastest-growing congregations, will take over a 60-acre industrial site between El Toro Road and the proposed Foothill Transportation Corridor.
NEWS
March 28, 1990 | STEVEN R. CHURM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under fire from environmentalists, proponents of a proposal to build a sprawling, $55-million church complex, one of the largest in Orange County, may move the project from the rugged backcountry northeast of Mission Viejo to a site near El Toro.
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December 14, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
From the makeshift altar on the windy Foothill Ranch plateau, the Rev. Rick Warren looked upon a festive scene he never doubted would occur. After more than a decade of wandering from high school gymnasium to high school gymnasium, and from hall to hall, members of his Saddleback Valley Community Church were "home at last," he told an estimated 6,000 parishioners who gathered Sunday morning for an open-air service on the site of their future church.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2000 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saddleback Valley Community Church has brought out the heavy artillery in its battle to reach the unchurched in Orange County: a nationally celebrated preacher who gave up his career as a big-city newspaperman and went from atheist to evangelist. The Lake Forest church recruited Lee Strobel away from Illinois' Willow Creek Community Church, the nation's largest church and a leading institution in America's blossoming megachurch movement.
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October 25, 1989 | STEVEN R. CHURM
The Orange County Planning Commission on Tuesday indefinitely postponed any action on plans for a $55-million church complex in the foothills northeast of Mission Viejo to allow county planners time to reach a compromise with church officials. The delay was sought by county Planning Director Michael M.
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October 11, 1989 | STEVEN R. CHURM
A decision on a proposal to build a major church complex with a 4,800-seat sanctuary in the foothills near Trabuco Canyon was postponed Tuesday by the Orange County Planning Commission. Commissioner Stephen A. Nordeck recommended that action on the $55-million project be delayed until Oct. 24 to give the Saddleback Community Church and the county an opportunity to discuss alternatives to the current proposal.
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