Crystal Cathedral hit with $2 million in lawsuits

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) - Three businesses have sued the Crystal Cathedral megachurch in California for more than $2 million combined in unpaid bills.

It's another blow for the pioneering Orange County ministry that airs the "Hour of Power" to viewers worldwide each week. Last week, several vendors claimed the church owes them tens of thousands of dollars for services provided during the annual "Glory of Christmas" extravaganza. Crystal Cathedral has a $55 million budget deficit and recently laid off some employees, sold church property and reduced the number of TV stations airing the "Hour of Power" telecast.

The 10,000-member church was founded more than 50 years ago by the Rev. Robert H. Schuller (SHOO'-ler), who preached the power of positive thinking.

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