December 7, 2002
A local church will be bearing its holiday spirit for all to see and is hoping for donations to help them do it. The Unity Church of Burbank and North Hollywood is holding a teddy-bear and stuffed-animal drive. Organizers hope enough stuffed animals will be donated so they can give them to the residents of the Beverly Manor Nursing Home on Dec. 15. The purpose of the event is to let seniors know someone is thinking about them during the holidays, organizers said.
April 6, 2012
In the wake of a controversial proposal to install a telecommunications facility in a local church, the Burbank Unified School District is moving to ban similar equipment on any of its campuses. The district's spokeswoman, Kimberley Clark, said a sentence prohibiting cellular antenna equipment and towers on school property was added to the district's safety policy by school officials on Monday. The move was a nod to neighborhood opposition to the telecommunications facility planned for the Little White Chapel on Avon Street.
January 17, 2009
The California Supreme Court ruled last week that churches that part with their denominations may lose their church buildings and property. The ruling came in a case involving several congregations that split with the Episcopal Church after the national church consecrated a gay man as a bishop in 2003, but lawyers said the decision would apply to other denominations as well. Should congregations be allowed to take their property with them if they break off from their mother churches?
January 20, 2007
A recent study of church giving titled "The State of Church Giving Through 2004: Will We Will?" reportedly shows that most church giving ? as of 2004, the latest year for which data was available ? goes to needs within local church organizations, with declining numbers of dollars going to activities outside the church, such as international mission work, combating child mortality rates worldwide, establishing elementary education across the globe. According to the study, more funds are spent on church building projects and church salaries as congregations give less than they once did for benevolent purposes.
November 30, 2002
Ryan Carter Two local churches have less to rejoice after being part of a string of burglaries at houses of worship. "It's unusual to have three church burglaries in a week and a half -- very rare," Police Lt. Kevin Krafft said. Police Lt. Bill Taylor said he couldn't remember the last time a church was burglarized in the city. Usually, crimes that involve churches are connected with vandalism, not burglaries, he said. On Nov. 18, a parishioner walked into the youth worship hall at Bethany Korean Church, 2401 N. Brighton St., to find four guitars missing from a stage.
October 25, 2008
The old saying “practice makes perfect” rings true for 20-year-old soprano Katie Trimble, who took some time off from vocal competitions to work on her technique. She believes stepping back from competitions and studying with internationally known opera singer Carol Neblett helped her win a scholarship from the Pasadena Alumnae, Sigma Alpha Iota. In addition to a cash prize, Trimble, a Burbank native, received the honor to perform with two other college students in a recital today at the First Presbyterian Church in Burbank.
June 13, 2007
HILLSIDE DISTRICT — A 10-member team from First Presbyterian Church of Burbank is in Louisiana this week, joining the effort to rebuild communities that were leveled almost two years ago, when hurricanes Katrina and Rita pulverized the U.S. Gulf Coast within weeks of one another. While the severity of the storms dissipates from the public's consciousness, the needs of the region are more urgent than ever, said Briana Cwik, 20, a John Burroughs High School graduate and current student at Bible Institute of Los Angeles, or BIOLA University.
April 7, 2007
Christian churches throughout Burbank this week observed Holy Week, a time for atonement and spiritual renewal. Parishioners at St. Finbar's Catholic Church gathered Friday for a Good Friday Mass, performing the 12 Stations of the Cross, a ritual meant to retrace the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The service also featured a dramatization of the stations, from Jesus being sentenced to death to his burial in a tomb. Acting out the stations helps believers to identify with Jesus' suffering that leads up to the celebration of his resurrection on Easter, said Father Albert Bahhuth, pastor of St. Finbar's.
January 12, 2002
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- The former youth director for a local church pleaded not guilty to allegations that he committed lewd acts on a girl in his youth group. David Shelton, 43, entered the plea Thursday in a Burbank courtroom. Police believe that while Shelton was employed as a youth director at American Lutheran Church in Burbank, he performed sex acts on a girl who was in the youth group. Shelton, who lives in Burbank, was released on bail shortly after his arrest.
May 13, 2000
Amber Willard BURBANK VILLAGE -- Police and fire officials will hit the streets in a different way today -- for Fire Service Day and Police Open House. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Police and Fire Headquarters, 200 N. Third St., residents can watch firefighters rappel from a ladder and extricate a "victim" from a mangled car. Police dogs and officers on horseback will also be on hand. In addition, members of a local church will distribute free safety locks for guns.