National group to own Lee church after members vote to end lawsuit

A federal judge has decided that a Lee church with about a dozen members belongs to the Christian & Missionary Alliance and not the congregation that cut ties with the national group last year.

U.S. District Judge Jon Levy issued the judgment Wednesday after the congregation and the organization agreed to settle the dispute, according to attorneys for both sides.

The Colorado Springs, Colorado-based Christian and Missionary Alliance in December sued the New Beginnings Church in U.S. District Court in Bangor. The church’s affiliation with the alliance dated back to 1983, when the national organization accepted an application from the Lee church to join its fold.

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