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June 23, 2009

In aftermath of church split, two congregations flourish

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They also received a fund, hand bells, Bibles and furniture as part of the settlement.

The Orchard Christian Fellowship staff has grown, too.

A youth ministry director, Graham Buck, was recently hired and will start in August.

The Londonderry Presbyterian Church is growing as well.

Last summer, Mokkosian was the only pastor at the church. Now, they employ eight people, including two associate pastors and several support staff.

The church recently received a $75,000 grant from the national church organization, which will help it pay staff salaries over the next three years, Mokkosian said.

"We've moved from survival mode to thriving mode," he said. Since taking over the church, Mokkosian said they have removed some of the pews and replaced them with tables to make Sunday services more family-friendly.

Later this week, Mokkosian said the church will open its doors to a 100-member choir concert and is inviting people from all area religious organizations.

"That's the kind of thing we're doing to connect with the community," he said.

This summer, the church is hosting a children's Bible camp with other churches in the area.

"It's really encouraging for me to see our church cooperating with other churches," Glasier said.

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