Middle picture taken today, Dec 24, ’12. Sorry there is no snow on the mountains for this Christmas.
For my Christmas greeting I give you some news from other churches that may be of interest to pens-opinion.org readers:
NEW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (www.newpres.org)
Five years ago the music director, organist, choir & some of the congregation of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida left the church because of the change in music from traditional to contemporary.
A picture of their new sanctuary (debt free) on their south campus is shown on their website. The church plans on moving their church services to this new campus the last quarter of 2014.
Bulletin for 12/22 reported attendance at 410 for 12/15; giving from 12/9 – 12/15 was $30,518 which includes an offering of $5,403 from a Messiah concert attended by 850 people; $732,200 is in the Building Fund.
It is great to see that this church with similar music style as Shepherd’s Grove is doing well financially.
ST. ANDREWS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Newport Beach (www.sapres.org)
Some former members of the Crystal Cathedral attend this church which has a fine pipe organ and outstanding music program.
St. Andrew’s Dec 22 bulletin reported: “The financial Update shows that through the third weekend of December operations just over $5.5 million or 84% of total 2013 budget income has been received year-to-date, with nearly $1.1 million additional receipts needed by year end. This is a substantial goal to meet in the remaining two weeks of December.”
If Shepherd’s Grove is facing a year end deficit as it had last year, it would be nice if SG members would be told of the shortage NOW instead of waiting until a meeting in 2014 to get this information.
St. Andrews has two ‘modern’ or contemporary services: Saturday at 5:30 and Sunday at 11:11am and two ‘classic’ or traditional services: Sundays at 8am and 9:30am. .
The church 2012 Annual Report is on their website plus a balance sheet as of March 31, 2013.
FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF LOS ANGELES (fccla.org)
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles has the largest pipe organ in the world with over 21,000 pipes. Salaries had to be cut due to financial problems so they lost their organist Wayne Foster.
FCC is an inner-city church in a Korean neighborhood and is the oldest Protestant church in LA. The pipe organ is featured on Sundays at 10:30am for a half hour concert before the 11am service. Now Christopher Bull is the organist-in-residence.
HOPE CENTER OF CHRIST OC (hopecenteroc.org)
This church was started by Sheila Schuller Coleman when she left the Crystal Cathedral on March 18, 2012 with James Penner and over 100 people from the Crystal Cathedral.
Hope Center meets in an industrial type building at 1090 Struck Ave in Orange that had been used by another church.
No attendance or income details are given on their website. Dr. Robert H. Schuller attended this church several times.
Merry Christmas PS. – shepherdsgrove.org and hourofpower.org report that Father Christopher Smith of Christ Cathedral is the music for the Dec 29 SG service when he is actually giving the message.