Series to Explore Sanctuary Issue

Tustin Presbyterian Church has scheduled a five-week lecture series on the issue of providing sanctuary for homeless refugees as part of its adult education program from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Sunday. The program will continue for the next four Sundays at the same time.

Speakers will discuss the church's role in providing sanctuary, U.S. policy on refugees from Central America and alternatives to sanctuary.

Scheduled to speak Sunday is the Rev. James White, campus pastor at Cal State Long Beach. The Rev. Ross Kinsler, a former missionary in Guatemala, will speak May 25. Other lecturers in the series will include a representative of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; Gloria Kinsler, director of sanctuary for the interfaith task force on Central America for the Southern California Ecumenical Movement, and the Rev. Don Smith, synod associate on refugee resettlement.

Tustin Presbyterian Church is at 225 W. Main St.

The series is free and open to the public. For more information, call the church at (714) 544-7070.

Theology professor Ian Pit-Watson of the Fuller Seminary in Pasadena will preach at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave. in Laguna Beach. For more information, call the church office at (714) 494-755.

Baptismal vows will be renewed by a group of youths at the 11 a.m. service Sunday at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 23262 El Toro Road, El Toro. The 22 participants have completed a two-year course of instruction under Pastors Charles R. Birner and Jim Kuntz.

Lee Kleiwer will give a sermon titled "How to Overcome Discouragement and Depression" at the 9 and 11 a.m. services Sunday at Geneva Presbyterian Church, 24301 El Toro Road in Laguna Hills. Nursery care will be available at both services.

Jewish Studies Institute Day School will present "An Evening of Jewish Humor and Music" at 7:30 Sunday at Temple Beth Emet, 1770 W. Cerritos Ave. in Anaheim. The San Diego-based Zmiros band will perform klezmer music, a form of Yiddish folk music with a jazz twist. The group consists of a violinist, bass player, guitarist and clarinetist. Samuel Penner, rabbi emeritus of Congregation Beth Tefillah in San Diego, will follow the band with tales and foibles of Jewish life. Admission to the program is $18 for reserved seats, $10 for general admission and $9 for students and seniors. Proceeds will benefit the school's scholarship fund. For ticket information, call the school at (714) 535-3665.

Friendship Baptist Church has moved to temporary quarters in the auditorium of Pacific Christian College in Fullerton until the completion of a new church in Yorba Linda. The college is at 2500 E. Nutwood Ave., across from Cal State Fullerton. For more information, call the administrative office at (714) 528-0990.

"Crime and Punishment" will be the first issue discussed in a series of programs sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Mid-Orange County. The first program is at 7 p.m. Sunday in the JCC Auditorium, 12181 Buaro St. in Garden Grove.

Meir Westreich, attorney and vice president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, Paul Robbins, city prosecutor for Long Beach, and Howard Garber, director of Citizens Anti-Crime Task Force, are panelists for the debate, which will be followed by an audience participation period. Garden Grove Councilman Milton Krieger will moderate. Admission is free. For more information, contact the center at (714) 530-6636.

Catholic Spirit Renewed Christians will celebrate Pentecost with a Pentecost Celebration Mass at St. Polycarp Church from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Archbishop Tomas A. Clavel will be the principal celebrant. Participants should bring a favorite dish and their own place setting for a potluck dinner following the Mass. St. Polycarp is at 8100 Chapman Ave. in Stanton. For more information, call (714) 974-7120, Ext. 229.

The Sisterhood of Temple Bat Yahm of Newport Beach and Irvine will present a program by "People for the American Way" at 7 p.m. Sunday at the temple, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach. The group is a nonpartisan organization that promotes religious liberty and interfaith tolerance. Fern Cassel of the Los Angeles branch will screen a 15-minute film; a discussion session will follow. There is no charge for the program. For more information, call the temple office at (714) 644-1999.

Cal State Fullerton's orchestra will join the Chancel Choir of Garden Grove United Methodist Church in performing Brahms' German Requiem Mass at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 12741 Main St. in Garden Grove. Donations for the performance are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students.

Mount of Olives Lutheran Church, 24772 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo, is hosting a mother-daughter luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Kids Are Music, a 120-member youth choir, will perform "Songs of the Century" at the event. The group has also been selected to perform in Washington during Fourth of July celebrations. Tickets for the luncheon are $4 for adults, $3 for children under 12. For more information, call the church at (714) 837-7467.

"Understanding Your Adolescent" will be the topic of discussion at a seminar sponsored by Irvine Presbyterian Church at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The seminar will feature two sessions: "The Teen-Ager in Today's World" and "The Ten Most Important Things a Parent Needs to Know." Admission is $15 per person, $20 for a married couple, $12 for single parents and $5 for members of the church. Admission includes seminar materials and refreshments. For more information, call the church office at (714) 786-9627.

Jerry Gillies, author of "Moneylove," will lecture at the Church of Religious Science in San Juan Capistrano, 32261 Camino Capistrano, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Gillies will discuss attitudes about love and money and how one affects the other. A donation of $10 is suggested. For more information, call the church at (714) 240-6463.

A statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be carried in procession Sunday from St. Catherine's Military Academy to St. Boniface Catholic Church, both in Anaheim. The procession is part of "Mary's Hour, 1986," which will include a Rosary, May crowning and benediction. The procession starts at 2:30 p.m. in St. Catherine's parking lot at the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Cypress Avenue.

The Festival of Pentecost will be celebrated at a 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Laguna Beach, 1190 Morningside Drive. The Rev. Richard G. Schumm, pastor of St. Paul's, will speak on the theme "Light From Light." A potluck luncheon honoring new members will follow the service in Behnken Fellowship Hall.

The Kol Echad Chorale will perform tonight at 8 in the sanctuary of Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback St. in Newport Beach. The chorale is directed by Cantor Alan Weiner and will perform Jewish music in Hebrew, English, Yiddish and Ladino. Tickets for the concert are $3. For more information, call the temple office at (714) 644-1999.

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