April 21, 2009
The Harbor Mesa Lions donated funds of more than $20,000 to various organizations in the community at a recent meeting. Twenty-eight representatives of these organizations were presented checks by President Gina Stansbury and Treasurer Eileen Jensen. The club raised money with a casino night, spaghetti dinner, bingo, by selling candy and ice cream, and having a garage sale. NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER A number of congregations will celebrate the National Day of Prayer on May 7, but the Newport-Mesa- Irvine Interfaith Council will be offering one of the few events that will bring together clergy and members of more than 35 faith communities according to the Rev. Julie Elkins, council president and pastor at First United Methodist Church of Costa Mesa.
October 26, 2012
Orange County beat its own record by reading to more than 21,000 young children - including at Costa Mesa's Metro Pointe - in October during a national day of shared reading. THINK Together and the Children and Families Commission of Orange Country participants read the "Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad" to 21,214 children up to 5 years old during Jumpstart's annual Read for the Record event Oct. 4 across Orange County. "Reading to children early and often has so many benefits that its importance can't be overstated," commission Chairwoman Sandra Barry said in a prepared statement.
May 3, 2002
Tony Dodero At an early morning gathering Thursday at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Corona del Mar, members of the Newport-Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council took in a little bit of breakfast and some inspirational words and spiritual messages as part of the fifth annual National Day of Prayer. The breakfast, which was attended by 34 congregations and about 200 people, united the wide spectrum of faithful in the Interfaith Council and their different flavors of theology with an array of city, school and community leaders.
May 10, 2003
"Prayer is for the religious life what original research is for science -- by it we get direct contact with reality. We pray because we were made for prayer, and God draws us out by breathing himself in." -- P.T. FORSYTH Last Thursday was a great day in many ways. It was the first of the month, it was the first of May, and it was May Day. I love May Day. When I was young, my friends and family members often gave or received May baskets, May flowers or big tasty May cookies.
September 14, 2001
Lolita Harper NEWPORT-MESA -- In the wake of the most tragic terrorist attack on American soil, residents here are planning to join the rest of the nation today in searching for answers, solace and a sense of peace. Many will abandon their daily routine for at least a moment and bow their heads today in observance of the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance proclaimed by President Bush. Newport Beach resident Janet Dawson, 55, said she feels a void in her life now that can only be filled by focusing her energy on a higher power.
April 23, 2013
With the happenings in Boston and in West Texas fresh in our minds, the National Day of Prayer makes more sense than ever, says the Rev. Julie Elkins, president of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council and pastor at First United Methodist Church of Costa Mesa. Different faiths will join "for common action in prayer" at 7 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, she says. The prayer breakfast will welcome clergy and members from a variety of faiths, including Jewish, Methodist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Muslim, Bahai, Sikh, Church of Jesus Christ, Latter-day Saints, First Church of Christ, Scientist, United Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, Unitarians, Lutherans, Episcopal and UCI Interfaith.
September 22, 2001
"God, our wise and creative Maker, has been pleased to make everyone different and no one perfect. The sooner we appreciate and accept that fact, the deeper we will appreciate and accept one another." -- Chuck R. Swindoll "I never thought I needed God. I thought I had life under control," a young man said with a shaky voice to his friend. The two walked behind me into church last Friday for the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. "But then the world fell apart, and I feel like I'm falling apart, and I don't know what else to do but turn to God," hecontinued.
February 14, 2004
SPECIAL EVENTS CAPPELLA CANTORUM Cappella Cantorum, the young adult choir of St. John Vianney Chapel, is beginning its fifth year. The choir is open to students in grades six to 12. It provides active faith participation for teens during their high school years. Participation includes singing at mass regularly and at special events. Rehearsals are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in the Chapel at 314 Marine Ave., Balboa Island. Younger children are invited to join.