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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 6, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Jerry Falwell has a dream: ‘birth-to-death’ community By CHRIS KAHN Associated Press LYNCHBURG, Va. — Rev. Jerry Falwell pulls the wheel hard right, sweat budding across his cheeks as he guides the Chevy Suburban around potholes in the dirt road. It’s a rough drive to the mountaintop overlooking his 1,700-hectare property. But the view, he promises, is worth the trip. Sprawled below is the red brick of Liberty University and his beloved Thomas Road Baptist Church. Now imagine golf courses, recreation centres, apartment complexes, he says. Maybe a ski lift up the mountain, maybe one of those revolving restaurants on top. At 68, Falwell thinks often about what will remain when he’s gone. If he gets his way in federal court this summer, the conservative pastor will leave his most visible legacy twinkling below — a master-planned Chnstian community where members of his flock can live from “birth to antiquity.” “You’ll never have to leave this place,” Falwell says. “You can come in at age two, in our early learning centre ... age five into our kindergarten, age six through 18 in our elementary and high school. Then on to Liberty University for four years.” For fun, kids can already go to Falwell’s Camp Hydaway summer camp. If residents develop a drinking problem, there’s his Elim Home for Alcohol and Drug-Addicted Men. If a woman has an unwanted pregnancy, she can go to the Liberty Godparent Home for Unwed Mothers. When Falwell followers turn 55, they soon will be eligible to move nearby into Liberty Village, a 1,135-unit retirement centre with its own markets, putting green, chapel and associate pastor from Falwell’s church. The retirement condos, which run from $100,000 to $300,000, are under construction just outside Lynchburg. Taking oft’ his glasses, Falwell pauses to dispel what he already expects to be misinterpretations of his dream. “We have no intentions of building a ‘compound’ — no wall is going to go up,” he says. “If a non-Chnstian family applied, they would be accepted.” How about homosexual couples? “That wouldn’t work,” Falwell says with a chuckle. While he can’t legally bar anyone from living in his community, “they wouldn’t be comfortable here — all these Christians would be witnessing to them.” Already, Falwell has built much of his community and employs about 2,000 people — more than the city government. With donations picking up since Sept. 11, he’ll break ground on the putting green and recreation centre this summer. What’s missing right now is the spiritual — New Russia abandoning anti-Semitism TORONTO — Rabbi Berel Lazar, chief rabbi of the Russian republic, says the new Russia is much friendlier to Jews and has abandoned the state-sponsored anti-Semitism of the past. For example, reports the Canadian Jewish News, Lazar’s recent visit to Toronto was cut short by the unexpected invitation from Murtaza Rakhimov, president of the Russian autonomous republic of Bashkortostan, to receive the return of a building that will be turned into a Jewish school, as well as a parcel of land for a new community centre. During his brief stay in Toronto, Lazar said Russian President Vladimu Putin deserves much of the credit for the improvement in attitudes toward the country’s Jews. “He has spoken out against anti-Semitism more than once,” Lazar said. While much of Europe has seen an explosion of attacks against Jews, “Russia has been an incredible exception.” Canadian Press v?/i n ey ard    1037 Lorne Ave- /••y1 J    Ph:    728-4108    or    728-4937 Sunday Worship —10:00 a.m. Nursery - Children - Youth House Groups Intercession - Mercy Ministry ASSOCIATED PRESS The Rev. Jerry Falwell walks a sidewalk where Liberty Village model homes are clustered in Lynchburg, Va. Liberty Village is a 1,135-unit retirement centre with its own markets, putting green, chapel and associate pastor from Falwell’s church. and legal — connection to Thomas Road Baptist Church. Virginia’s constitution prohibits churches from owning more than six hectares of land within a city and holding a corporate charter. Since the 1950s, the restrictions have forced Falwell to keep his church legally separate from the ministry and its related operations under a handful of separate corporations. Combining the entire ministry under one board of deacons not only would simplify things, Falwell says, but it also would give him peace of mind that his ministry won’t fall to pieces after he’s gone. “As long as I’m living, it makes no difference. But there will be another pastor one day,” Falwell says. Falwell stops the Suburban at a clearing and delicately steps onto the dirt in his navy suit and leather dress shoes. His fleshy, grandfather’s face is flushed under the sun. “From there to there, as far as the eye can see,” he says, pointing across the horizon outlining his property. Falwell grew up just a few kilometres away with his twin brother, hunting rabbits and squirrels with a double-gauge shotgun his father gave him when he was IO. Later, as he became a voice for religious conservatives, he accumulated tracts of land surrounding his church. Since his Moral Majority folded in 1989, close associates say Falwell has increasingly focused his attention on central Virginia, consolidating his ministry and making good on an early dream to build a community for his followers. “He used to be so wrapped up in the national scene,” says Lynchburg Mayor Carl Hutcherson. “More recently, he’s more amenable, more available to the local community.” Falwell successfully sued in federal court this year to force the state corporation commission to grant Thomas Road a charter, a preliminary step to consolidating his entire ministry. A federal judge is expected to rule on the land limitation sometime this summer. First Baptist Church 3881 Park Ave. — 727-5557 -- — ..  HL-. ^ "CPS and God" Rev. Rand}/ Stanton Worship Service at 11:00 a m. Affiliated with the Baptist Union of Western Canada GRACE MENNONITE CHURCH 951-loth Street 728-4515 Pastor George Derksen 10:00 a rn. — FAMILY WORSHIP Glenn Galloway THE SALVATION ARMY I st Street and Princess Ave. 727-6271 I I:OO a.m. -FAMILY WORSHIP and SUNDAY SCHOOL ON THE NET: http:/ / 727-2531 ^1039 Lorne Ave un,    "Living    Life to its Fullest" 11 a.m. Sunday Celebration Service Email: Home Page: Pro-gay bishop top Anglican choice Allen - Randall Pat and Harvey Allen and Amy and Geordie Randall wish to announce the engagement and forthcoming wedding of their children, Candace Mao and Darren James, July 20, 2002 at Central United Church at 3:00 p.m. Kara Penno received her designation as a Chartered Accountant at a ceremony held on February 2, 2002 at the Winspear Center of the Arts, Edmonton, AH. Kara graduated from Vincent Massey High School, Brandon and received a Bachelor of Commerce* from the* University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. She is the daughter of Kathy Brigden and Cliff Penno of Brandon. Rara currently resides in Edmonton, AB where she is employed with the firm Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants. ~ Congratulations and Hrs! Wishes from your family, Kara LONDON — A nominating commission has picked Archbishop Rowan Williams of Wales as its first choice to be the new leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion and the Church of England, the London Times has reported. Among candidates for Archbishop of Canterbury, Williams, 52, stands out for his liberal view on homosexual priests, the most divisive issue among the world’s ll million Anglicans. In 1998, 82 per cent of the world’s Anglican bishops opposed same-sex activity, but Williams declined to endorse that decision. Before the 1998 vote Williams had ordained a gay priest living with a partner, the London Telegraph said last month. Two choices for Canterbury are sent by the nominating commission to Prime Minister Tony Blair, in order of preference. The Times did not identify the panel’s second choice. — AP RICHMOND PARK MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH 1526 - 26th Street 571-4444 Pastor Dave I us, Youth Pastor Scott Dueck 10:30 a.m. - WORSHIP SERVICE “Bite your tongue " - Pastor - Dave Ens MCDIARMID DRIVE ALLIANCE CHURCH 635 McDiarmid Drive 728-2473 Summer Schedule 10:00 a.m. - Worship Service We invite you to worship with us! A Happy 60th Anni versary Mom & Dad Mary & Ken Hawkins 1942 - July 8 - 2002 Dennis and Marlene Basso of Killarney, MB along with Gerald and Beverley Mulhern of Churchill, MB are happy to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their children, Vicki Lynne Basso to Derek Grant Mulhern. The wedding will take place at the Roberts Family Farm on July 27, 2002. Congratulations ~ love from Lorraine, Allan & Darlene, John & Fran & families Sally Ann told to provide gay benefits PORTLAND, Me. — The Salvation Army must comply with Portland’s domestic partners ordinance or lose contracts for the only activity centre and meals-on-wheels program serving the city’s elderly. City councillors voted 6-3 against exempting religious groups from a 2001 ordinance that requires recipients of federal funding to provide health and employment benefits to workers’ domestic partners. The Salvation Army says it cannot comply because the Bible forbids sexual relations between persons of the same gender. The Salvation Army receives $60,000 a year from the city to operate its $400,000 meals program and the centre for seniors. AP THE welling PLACE •Milt Mi JbMirn I hit*! P.idor MiVf'    Iii 724-6774 Come join us al RIVERHEIGHTS SCHOOL 32R Fotheringham Drive Join us at 9:30 tor cottee and dainties Service begins at 10:00 a m. REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH 114 Ashgrove Blvd. 7th Sunday after Pentecost 10:00 a.m. Worship Pastor Ted Jannuska Office 728-6206 Residence 727-8449 St. Andrew’s Presbyterian 361 Russell Street — 727-4414 10:30 a.m. — MORNING WORSHIP & Rev. John van Vliet First Presbyterian 339-12th Street — 727-5874 I I OO a.m. — MORNING WORSHIP Sunday School — Nursery Care t vor yone Wellcome Rev. Dale Woods _ www FAITH FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH 26th and Willowdale 728-9702 Summer Schedule 10:30 am Worship Service with special features for children of ail ages Senior Pastor: Brian Kirsch Associate Pastor: Jeff Lee The Anglican Church of Canada ST.GEORGE’S ANGLICAN CHURCH 5th Street and Southern Ave. 728-6542 Rev. Jim Brown Samaritan House Donation Sunday 8 30 am 10:30 am nporary Wor ad ST.MARY’S CHURCH let and Louise Ave. 727-3393 Rev Garry MacDowel A 10:00 a m. - Holy Eucharist Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. Holy Communion_ ST. MATTHEW’S CATHEDRAL 13th Street at Louise 727-2380 Bishop Jim Njegovan Father Tom McQuiston 3> Sunday Summer Celebrations 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Children’s program at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday - 10:00 a.m. For All God’s People j6 em J-/, a* irn me 4m tm rn » em me tm me em fUflAAJf ST. AUGUSTINE’S 327-4th Street 727-4728 Pastor Rev f ather Leo fernandes, V.F Associate Rev Father Kevin Smith Saturday: 7:30 p m. Sunday: 9:00 a m.. IO 30 a.m., 12 00 noon 7 30 p.m. LIFE TEEN MASS rn    SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION VA. Saturday, 6:30 to 7:15 p m. ST. HEDWIG’S 227-llth Street 727-1682 Pastor Rev Fr. Anthony Korewa Masses: Saturday, 4:00 p.m. Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) Saturday 3:00 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. ST. MARY’S Ukrainian Catholic Pilgrimage site for Jubilee Year 2000 927 Assiniboine Ave. 727-2233 Pastor. Father Victor Yakowchuk Saturday. 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. Reconciliation 30 min. before mass % %M (Umk $ TRINITY Richmond and 6th Street 728-4796^) Seventh Sunday After Pentecost Service at 10:00 a.m. ALEXANDER Service at 12:15 p.m. tome to me. ail of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will jive you rest.'Mat! 11:28 Mini 'Rev John A Nesbitt | ii I,:; list Kathy Matohomuk Deanna Grin KNOX CENTRAL 18th Street arid Victoria Ave. 8th Street and Lorne Ave. Ph: 727-6975 Fan: 727 5964 727-0577 SSS, JA 'TheChurch with a heart in the jjj 10 a.m. heart ol the City" WORSHIP I I .OO a.m. — WORSHIP SERVICE SERVICE Pulpit Guest Baby Fold Newborn to Age Two Dan Jardme Minister Regular Sunday School Classes Rev Don Hudson Ministers: Music Team Rev. Joan Jarvis Bernie* Whetter, Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood June Skinner, Music Leanna Mitchell, Carolyn Gwyer www escape ca/centralu Miridy Campbell Ward - Kelly Mr. and Mrs. Ben Ward of Ditch Lake, MB are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Trisha to Dr. Stephen Kelly, son of Mrs. Mary McMullan, Victoria, B.C. and Norman Kelly of Paisley, Scotland. The wedding will take place on August 31, 2002 at Danceland, Wasagaming, MB._ Garnet and Dorothy Effler 1952 - June 28 - 2002 Congratulations to Garnet and Dorothy Effler on their 50th Wedding Anniversary A family celebration has taken place at the Royal Oak Inn in brandon on June 2, with their son Neil and daughter Gail and their families. Basso - Mulhern ;