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Category: Religious News
WASHINGTON (AP) - A pastor whose church won millions of dollars
in a religious discrimination lawsuit against a Maryland county
says officials are now trying to limit the size of the church's new
Reaching Hearts International, a Seventh Day Adventist Church,
has tried for the last decade to build a church in West Laurel, but
has been blocked by the Prince George's County Council. The county
argued that extensive building could affect the capacity of a
nearby reservoir and threaten water quality.
On Tuesday the county council made changes in response to the
court decision, allowing the church to begin the building process
on less than half of its 17-acre property.
The church's pastor, Michael Oxentenko, says that would limit
the size of the church to less than his congregation needs.