- - Sunday, March 11, 2012


Crystal Cathedral readies for relocation, name change

GARDEN GROVE — The Crystal Cathedral is getting a new name, and the congregation of the financially struggling Orange County megachurch will relocate, its senior pastor announced Sunday.

The ministry will be renamed Hope Center of Christ, Sheila Schuller Coleman said in a short video posted on the Crystal Cathedral website. An announcement on a new location will be made in the next few weeks, she said.

The church sold its iconic glass-paned cathedral to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange last month to emerge from federal bankruptcy protection.

“We’re going to need a new home sooner than we thought, and we’re moving full-speed ahead,” the pastor said.

Her parents, Robert and Arvella Schuller, announced Saturday they were stepping down from the Crystal Cathedral board of directors, citing a breakdown in negotiations over financial claims against the church as part of the bankruptcy proceedings.


Coast Guard ends search for missing boat, 4 men

SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday for four men missing from a fishing trawler off the Washington coast, saying it’s unlikely the men are still alive.

Rescue crews had searched through the night after an early Saturday distress signal from the 70-foot Lady Cecelia led them to a debris field, an empty lifeboat and an oil sheen several miles off the coast.

By Sunday morning, crews in Coast Guard cutters and an MH-60 helicopter had covered 640 square miles, “far beyond what the capacity of somebody to survive in these conditions might be,” Petty Officer Shawn Eggert said.

Coast Guard officials are unsure what happened to the Lady Cecelia.

The four missing men were identified as Dave Nichols, 42, and Jason Bjaranson, 38, of Warrenton, Ore.; Chris Langel, 25, of Kaukauna, Wis.; and Luke Jensen, 22, of Ilwaco, Wash.


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