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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...

On Faith: A Journey of Faith ‘To The Ends Of The Earth’

“We hope people see the documentary and leave feeling inspired to be God’s hands and feet,” explained Doug Wekenman, one of the four men featured in the documentary “The AC Project: To The Ends Of The Earth.” “We hope people come away feeling an invitation to be part of the...

On Faith: Seeking Justice at Grace Fellowship Church

“Injustice is what happens when someone uses their power to take from someone else the good things God intended them to have: their life, their liberty, their dignity or the fruit of their love or their labor.” Newport resident Lucie Moore said that this definition from the bo...

On Faith: Easter Church Services in Newport Beach

Christ Church by the Sea United Methodist, 1400 W. Balboa Blvd, Balboa. (949) 673-3805 / christbytheseanb.org. 4/5: Sunrise 6:30 a.m. at 14th St., 10 a.m. at church. Community Church, Congregational, 611 Heliotrope Ave., CdM. (949)-644-7400 / cdmucc.org. 4/5: Sunrise 6 a.m. at...

On Faith: Paintings Raise Funds for My Refuge House

“The transformation in the girls is a miracle to me,’ explained Jennifer Mathews, Newport Beach resident and artist. “I think about what has happened to these children and the fact that they can experience recovery and transformation and be whole again is miraculous. I love...

On Faith: Orange Coast Christian Outreach Week

“Every year is wonderful, but this year is unique in that we have the theme of honoring our military, specifically our Veterans,” explained Pamela Curry, Newport Beach resident and Chairman of Orange Coast Christian Outreach. “We always put a table of Veterans together for the...

On Faith: St. Mark Hosting Foreign Policy Series

“We believe God calls us to be faithful stewards of our world and not to skim over the hard stuff,” said St. Mark Elder Deborah Mayhew. “Being good stewards requires us to be well informed about what is happening beyond our homes and church doors. You can’t have one without the...

On Faith: Solidarity Sleep Out at Vanguard University

“I spent 12 hours at the Solidarity Sleep out. I really didn’t think it was going to be that hard, but I was proven wrong,” explained Vanguard student Taylor Hallahan. “It was so cold and I was shivering all night even with my five layers of clothing on. It really opened my eyes...

On Faith: New Alpha Course Starting at Rock Harbor

“Alpha is for anybody with questions about the Christian faith or about God,” explained Newport resident Kelly Callaghan. “It’s for those who don’t go to church or those who do go to church but who are struggling with questions. We address the basic tenants of Christianity and no...

On Faith: HomeWord Benefit Helps Develop Strong Marriages

“Imagine you joined me on an airplane, and we heard an announcement, ‘Welcome to our flight, and oh and by the way, there’s a 35 to 50 percent chance that this plane is going to crash.’ How many of you would get on?” Jim Burns asked over 400 people recently at the Balboa Bay...

On Faith: A Guide to Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Services

Christ Church by the Sea United Methodist (1400 W. Balboa Blvd). Dec. 24: 7 & 11 p.m. (949) 673-3805 / christbytheseanb.org. First Church of Christ, Scientist (Scouts Sea Base – 1931 West Coast Hwy). Dec. 24: 7:30 p.m. (949) 673-6150 / cs-nb.com. Community Church,...

On Faith: Fellowship of Christian Athletes

“I was only 15 years old, but I drank more than anybody else,” explained Newport Beach resident Becky Tirabassi. “Before I turned 16 I was blacking out and passing out every time I drank. By 16, I dropped out of all my sports. My grades dropped and my friends changed. I smoked...

On Faith: Veterans Day at Mariners Christian School

It was a day to talk about patriotism, service, sacrifice and freedom. It was a day to thank God, thank veterans and pray for our country. It was also a day to talk about dogs, specifically service dogs and the important role they play in the lives of veterans. More than 200...

On Faith: Eric Metaxas Talks Miracles

Do you believe in miracles? Do you think miracles really happen? If so, how do they happen? What do they mean? What does science prove, or not prove regarding miracles? Can you be an intelligent person and still believe in miracles? If you have ever asked any of those questions,...

On Faith: Creating Awareness of Human Trafficking

“We must change the moral conscience of today,” Jody Hassett Sanchez said. “There is more slavery in the world today than ever; there are 20 million around the world.” Sanchez, formerly of ABC News and CNN and now an acclaimed news and documentary producer, spoke recently to over...

On Faith: Mariners Church Sends Relief Teams to Congo

Mariners Church recently sent two relief teams to The Democratic Republic of Congo in response to escalating civil war and violence in the country. Mariners has a ten-year partnership with Camille and Esther Ntoto, who both grew up in the Congo before going to graduate school in...