THE MISSION OF THIS SITE
This site is an extension of the ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Torrance. Comments about the site can be sent here. The content of this website is copyright by First United Methodist Church of Torrance, or the individual authors of the material. Usage of the cross and flame logos are with the permission of GCFA.
THE CROSS AND FLAME LOGO
The Cross and Flame logo is a registered trademark, and the use is supervised by the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) of the United Methodist Church. Permission to use the Cross and Flame must be obtained from the GCFA, Attn: Legal Department, Post Office Box 340029, Nashville, TN 37203-0029; phone 615-369-2334; fax 615-369-2330.
On May 13, 1953, El Portal began as a monthly newsletter. From the first issue: “The name chosen ‘El Portal,’ meaning ‘The Door,’ suggests both the local setting and the religious significance of the publication” (see John 10:7). For many years it was a weekly publication that acted as an open door to the ministry of Torrance First. Current publication is bi-weekly due to budget challenges.
This website, created in May 1997, has continued to move El Portal into the future as a door to what is happening both locally and globally. On the News and Events pages of our website you will find content that includes news and information about, or of interest to, the local church, as well as audio content with weekly sermons and meditations.