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On Faith: Vanguard University’s Run for Mercy

“Many universities have 5K races during homecoming to raise funds for the university, a crucial need, but we wanted to support an important alumni cause,” explained Joel Gackle, director of Alumni and University Relations at Vanguard University. “One thing students and alumni...

On Faith: Financial Peace University at Mariners Church

Mariners Church is offering a nine-week Financial Peace University class beginning January 20.   It’s the perfect class to help with New Year’s resolutions of improving financial situations. “When it comes to managing your finances, you don’t fear what you know,” explained Eric...

On Faith: Concert Series at Our Lady Queen of Angels

Dr. Patricia Lamb, Director of Music Ministries at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, is excited about the many innovative concerts and musical events planned for 2016. She said that the new church has quickly become known for visual and acoustical beauty, and she wants people to...

On Faith: Christmas Church Services in Newport Beach

Christ Church by the Sea United Methodist (1400 W. Balboa Blvd). Dec. 24: 7pm (949) 673-3805 / christbytheseanb.org. Community Church, Congregational (611 Heliotrope Ave.). Dec. 24: 4 & 7 p.m. (949)-644-7400 / cdmucc.org. Grace Fellowship Church (3170 Red Hill Ave., C.M.)....

On Faith: St. James Anglican’s New Home

After two years of wandering, the St. James Anglican congregation has a new home. “We are the original congregation of St. James that has been in existence since 1941; the congregation that built the buildings on Via Lido,” explained Pastor Richard Crocker, Rector of Saint James...

On Faith: Salute to Veterans at Mariners Christian School

As I entered Mariners Christian School on Veterans Day morning for the “Red, White, and Blue” breakfast, I walked past the school band proudly playing “God Bless America.” Just before leaving the all-school program at noon, I joined with more than 900 students, staff, teachers,...

On Faith: Veterans Day at St. Mark

“St. Mark is excited to invite the community to a free and informative Veterans Day event where we’ll all learn more about how to help our veterans on the road to healing – by really listening to their stories,” said Deborah Mayhew, St. Mark Elder. “While it might seem unusual to...

On Faith: Priceless Luncheon to End Human Trafficking

Orange County may sparkle, but behind that façade lies an ugly problem that needs to be recognized, dealt with and stopped. About 350 people learned more about the problem of human trafficking and what can be done about it at the inspirational Priceless Luncheon to End Human...

On Faith: Salt Company Parachurch Reunion

A Port Street clubhouse hummed recently with laughter, stories, and photo-taking when 115 friends gathered for the 40th reunion of the Salt Company, a unique parachurch organization. “It was wonderful to be together again and hear everybody’s memories,” Abbie (Reichmann) Hubbard...

On Faith: Max Lucado to Speak at St. Andrew’s Oct. 7

Richard Kannwischer, Lead Pastor at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, invites the community to hear Max Lucado on Wednesday, Oct. 7. “I think it’s great that it’s free because it’s an event that might be inaccessible to a lot of people if they had to buy a ticket,”...

On Faith: EQ Workshop at Mariners Church Sept. 19

Do you want to understand why you do some of the things you do? Would you like to have better relationships? If so, then you may want to improve your EQ by attending the upcoming EQ Workshop at Mariners Church on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9a.m. to noon. “EQ stands for ‘emotional...

On Faith: Liberty Baptist Church Hosts Youth Rally

“We invite anyone from 7th to 12th grade, or any youth leader for those ages, to come to the Liberty Baptist Church Youth Rally on September 19,” said Ryan Cavin, youth pastor and athletic director at Liberty Baptist. “It’s going to be a great day of fun, games, pizza dinner,...

Pacifica Christian Orange County Ready for Students

Members of Pacifica Christian Orange County’s administration, faculty and board spoke recently at an informational gathering at Geoff and Lucie Moore’s home in Newport Beach. After the presentation on the uniqueness of the newest school in town, everybody voiced a desire go back...

On Faith: Newport Residents Make an Impact Feeding the Homeless

“I loved working with City Impact because I grew so much in my relationship with Jesus by serving others and praying for them,” explained 18-year-old Brooke Olson.  “City Impact is so amazing; it is based on prayer and they demonstrated what complete surrender and trust in God...

On Faith: A Stirring Night of Worship at Mariners Church

Almost two thousand people from several Orange County churches gathered at Mariners Church recently for “The Stirring,” a unique night of worship. Though the churches differ in style, size and structure, the evening was one of unity, evidenced the minute all the voices joined...

On Faith: All We Have is Today

“I wrote in my diary when I was 13 years old that I was going to write a book to help people with whatever they are struggling with,” explained Newport resident Michelle Wulfestieg, 32. “God put it on my heart way back then. Actually, I didn’t write the book, God wrote it through...

On Faith: Vacation Bible Schools and Camps

Faith columnist Cindy Christeson compiled this list of local vacation bible schools and camps. Ages of camp participants vary, contact individual churches for details and more information. Grace Fellowship Church (3170 Red Hill Ave. Costa Mesa ). July 21 – 25, 4 – 6 p.m. $20...

On Faith: Women of Vision’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

“As I look around this room, I see the faces of women who have quite literally changed the world and I am genuinely humbled in your presence,” said Reneé Stearns at the recent Women of Vision 25th Anniversary Celebration. “For a quarter of a century, in partnership with...

On Faith: Cancer with Compassion Support Group

Walking into the Cancer with Compassion Support Group with my friend Sheila, I didn’t know what to expect. I thought that a room filled with people with cancer struggles, some even fighting for their lives, might be uncomfortable. That’s not what I experienced. I experienced...

On Faith: International Justice Mission

I was one of the over 400 people who were shocked to hear 13-year-old Griselda’s story of horror, but relieved to hear that her story ended up being one of hope and healing. Thanks to the strategic work of International Justice Mission, Griselda and countless others are now able...