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Church Celebrates Diversity and Inclusion

Nick Hernandez

Neighborhood Congregational Church hosts a free screening of “Fish Out of Water” on Sunday, June 26, at 12 in the sanctuary.

Filmmaker Ky Dickens explores the seven Bible passages notoriously used to condemn homosexuality and justify marriage discrimination.  With the help of a cartoon narrator, animated recollections of Bible passages and witty illustrations, “Fish out of Water” makes this polarizing subject accessible and non‐threatening. The film screening follows the church’s five-year anniversary celebration of being an affirming church in the United Church of Christ during the 10 a.m. worship service at 340 St. Ann’s Drive. 

Laguna’s own Nick Hernandez will be performing as part of the 10 a.m. celebration, with his own songs of inclusion and acceptance. All are welcome and invited to this celebration and film. Food will be available for all between worship and the film!

For more information, call 949-494-8061 or email [email protected] or visit the church website at www.ncclaguna.org.

Amateur Radio Operators Ham it Up Again

It’s June and Laguna’s amateur radio operators will demonstrate completely off-the-grid international radio communications beginning Saturday, June 25 from 11 a.m. through 11 a.m. Sunday, June 26.

For this event, a completely solar powered amateur radio station will be set up and operated alongside the fire road between Moulton Meadows Park and Top of the World. The occasion is the American Radio Relay League’s Field Day, the world’s largest on-air operating activity, which has been an annual international amateur radio event since 1933. For Laguna Beach radio operators this will be their 13th year of participation.

Concurrently Laguna Beach amateur radio operators are celebrating the 11th anniversary of the authorization of the Laguna Beach Emergency Communications Team (LBECT) by the Laguna Beach City Council. Young and old are cordially invited to join in and try their hand at high frequency radio communications to practically anywhere in the U.S. and Canada, propagation permitting.

A GOTA table will be available specifically for public participation and local amateur radio operators will be available to answer your questions and get you ‘on the air.’ For those wishing to become an FCC licensed amateur radio operator handouts as well as details concerning license exams and LBECT’s monthly meetings. For further information please contact John Kountz, chief radio officer of Laguna Beach Emergency Communications Team at 949-494-8783.

Draining Locals for Donations

Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive on Sunday, June 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Tankersley Hall.

In recent years, former sponsors of blood drives have been forced to close, resulting in a loss of their donors and a critically low blood supply. If unable to donate, volunteers are needed for the canteen and registration deck.

All participants will receive a coupon for a free taco at Wahoo’s, two free VIP tickets to the Laugh Factory, and may enter a regional drawing for a free gas card worth $500.

To schedule your appointment, go online to RedCrossBlood.org, and enter sponsor code lagunap or call the church office at 949-494-7555.

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