Seventh-day Adventist community loses Sunday mail delivery
Mail carriers won't be delivering in Loma Linda, California, next Sunday for the first time in 81 years.
April 18th, 2011
11:36 AM ET

Seventh-day Adventist community loses Sunday mail delivery

Come next Sunday, residents of Loma Linda, California, will notice that something's missing on the streets U.S. Postal Service mail carriers.

By Brad Lendon, CNN

(CNN) – – The community's 21,000 residents are predominantly Seventh-day Adventists, who observe the Sabbath on Saturday. For 81 years the post office went along, giving Loma Linda on Sundays the mail delivery that almost all of the country gets on Saturdays, according to local media reports.

But costs and technology are forcing an end to Sunday delivery, according to a report in The Press-Enterprise newspaper.

Carrier supervisor Duane Hubbard told the paper that the postal service's computers don't recognize Sunday as a workday, meaning the local office is unable to communicate with any other agency offices then.

Read the full story from CNN's This Just In.

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Filed under: Belief • California • Christianity • Church • United States

April 18th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

Palm Sunday in Jerusalem

CNN's Phil Black explores the beginning of Holy Week with Palm Sunday festivities in Jerusalem.

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Israel

April 18th, 2011
11:11 AM ET

Church gives away a house for Easter

CNN's TJ Holmes spoke with Pastor Tony Scott of the Church on Strayer in Toledo, Ohio. The Church on Strayer is giving away a house on Easter Sunday.

Scott said the motives behind the free home give away are in part to bring people in to hear the message of Easter.  The church has five Easter services.  To enter participants must come to one of the services and fill out an application.

The church will be building the home in the Toledo area and the winner won't be able to sell the house for five years.

Scott said a committee from the church and community members will screen every application to determine a winner.

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Content Partner • Holidays • Ohio • TV-CNN Newsroom • United States

April 18th, 2011
09:50 AM ET

Let my people go: Understanding the Passover Seder

CNN.com Religion Editor Dan Gilgoff explains the Jewish festival of Passover, which starts at sundown Monday and commemorates the Israelites' liberation from slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago.

Watch the video above to learn more about the Seder - the meal in which the story of Exodus is told - and the various symbols used during the holiday, including matzo (unleavened bread), bitter herbs, salt water and a lamb shank bone.

We'd like to hear from you: Tell us how you're celebrating Passover this year. Are you doing anything different at your Seder?

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Filed under: Food • Holidays • Judaism • Moses

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