St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church is an open and affirming congregation that welcomes everyone. Sunday service is held each week at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. A coffee and fellowship hour follows.

Sunday, May 4, will be the Third Sunday of Easter. The first reading from Acts 2:14a, 36-41 is of Peter telling a crowd that everyone will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit through baptism. The second reading from Peter 1:17-23 is often called the “charge to be baptized.” The Gospel Lesson of Luke 24:13-35 tells the story of the walk to Emmaus.

A Service of Holy Communion and Healing will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May7, at the Chapel, 1240 Oakmont Road, 52-B.

The Homily will be about Harriet Starr Cannon, co-founder of an Episcopal sisterhood, focusing on child health and welfare. The group also meets regularly on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for Bible study. All are welcome.


Leisure World’s Interfaith Council will observe the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer May 1 at 10 a.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. All are welcome to attend.

The theme for 2014 is “One Voice, United in Prayer,” emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in God. Romans 15:6 is the Scripture for this year.


The Home League of The Salvation Army will meet Monday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. Greeters will be Frances and Wally Johnson.

A harmonious evening will be provided by The Cornerstone Group. Nicole McGahey of the Bethel Reformed Church and three other women comprise the quartet that sings mostly a capella music. This will be their fourth visit to the Monday programs and is a favorite musical presentation. Jeanette Bensema will introduce the group.

Major Irene Seiler will lead he Pledge of Allegiance and announcements along with words of welcome. Cherrie Green will lead the hymns, and Edith Emilio will give the first devotion for day. Treasurer Virginia Lincourt will give a finance report.

People who like to sing are invited to help with distribution of song sheets and magazines for a program at the Los Alamitos Health and Rehab Center Thursday, May 8, at 4 p.m. Meet in the dining room.

The planning meeting for September-January will be held May 21 at 10 a.m. at the Seiler Residence, 13580 Cedar Crest Lane, 110-L. Suggestions for Monday programs are welcome.

Refreshments will be supplied by Dorothy Alvey and Dena Anderson and served by tea hostesses Ann Hause and Leone Metros.

Door prizes and birthday gifts are wrapped and distributed by Leanna Sharon with help by Bruno Verville. Birthday recipients are Audrey Bridges, Virginia Lincourt, Ruth Payne, Fred Seiler and Millie Westmoreland.

Major Fred Seiler will close program.


Pastor Gil Moore of Redeemer Lutheran Church will give a sermon based on Luke 24:13-35 Sunday. His message will expand on the theme of how people’s hearts can burn with the joy of Easter. He will also briefly report on the church convention he attended in Hawaii.

The service with Holy Communion begins at 10:30 a.m. and is followed by a coffee hour in the fellowship hall. Greeters will be Carol and Mickey Costello.

A memorial service for Luverne Crawford will be Wednesday, May 7, at 10:30 a.m.

A website, which features the congregation’s monthly newsletter, can be accessed at

The Respite Center offers an adult day care program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For further information and registration, call 596-1209.


Congregation Sholom holds weekly services, conducted by Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater, in the Lobby of Clubhouse 3. All are welcome. On Friday, the service begins at 7 p.m., followed by an Oneg Shabbat in Room 9.

The service Saturday will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Kiddush will follow in Room 7. A class, Navigating the Sim Shalom Prayer Book, will be taught by Rabbi Levy-Slater afterward.

A Holocaust memorial service will be held Friday, May 2. There will be a guest speaker.

The Friday night service in recognition of Israel Independence Day will be on May 9.

There is a direct link to Rabbi Galit’s Ma’ariv service and her name “Rabbi Galit” is on the screen; just click that to hear the service.

People who are unable to attend services may log on to Sim Shalom, an online synagogue, at for a brief Arvit (evening) service. Services are streamed every afternoon at 4. Rabbi Levy-Slater leads the service on Thursdays.

Sim Shalom’s services can also be accessed from Rabbi Levy-Slater’s website,

For information on Congregation Sholom, call 594-4368 or 493-2680.


A Community Hu Chant, sponsored by the Eckankar Religion of Light and Sound, will be held at 7:30 p.m., May 2, at Farmers and Merchants Bank, 12535 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach.

Hu is an ancient name for God. People of all faiths are welcome to come and deepen their connection with the divine. The program will be held in the conference room at the side of the building. For more information, call Leonda Renken, 596-4264.


Holy Family Catholic Church will observe theThird Sunday of Easter May 4. First reading will be Acts 2:14, 22-23; second reading, 1 Peter 1:17-21; and Gospel, Luke 24: 13-35

The Day of Perpetual Adoration service is Tuesday, May 6, starting at 9 a.m. and concluding with a Holy Hour from 4-5 p.m. All are welcome to join those who love and adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

The Holy Family Church celebrates Sunday Mass at 8 and 10 a.m. and at noon. The Vigil Mass is at 5 p.m., Saturday; daily Mass is 8:30 a.m., Monday-Saturday.


The monthly card party of the Little Flower Guild will be held today, May 1, in Clubhouse 2 at noon. Various games are played—pinochle, bridge, canasta, etc. Everyone is welcome to attend; however, a table of four is necessary, so bring partners. People who would like to substitute for bridge or who need a substitute are asked to call Gail Mandell at 799-0117.


Proverbs 3:27 says, “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.” Pastor Gwyn Vaughn has been pastoring Faith Christian Assembly for over 22 years, and he is turning 75.

He will be honored with a tribute and celebration Sunday, May 4, in the 5:30 p.m. service at the main sanctuary. All are invited to attend to make this night extra special. It is a surprise. Since Pastor Vaughn is away, so it won’t be hard to keep the party secret, according to his daughter Sheri Leming.

After the service, people will go to the Garden Room for food and an evening filled with love, laughter, pictures and lots of memories to share.

Tuesday is Faith Fellowship Time at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room. A midweek Bible study meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Garden Room.

To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call 562-598-9010 or visit our website at


Calvary Chapel Bible Study will have a Communion service tonight, Thursday, at 6 in the First Christian Church Chapel on Northwood Road. In addition to the Communion service, the group will continue in its study in the book of Ezra. Come join for fellowship, prayer and worship in addition to the study of God’s Word.  For more information, call Phil or Pam O’Malley at 598-0270.


The Church of Christ meets at 1:30 p.m., Sundays, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.

All are welcome to the service. Preacher David Dominessy from Downey ministers at the Imperial Highway Church of Christ in the morning and in Leisure World in the afternoon. For information, call David at 320-3980.


by Florann Limpus

LW contributor

The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 500 Marina Drive, Seal Beach, has two Sunday services.

There is an early service at 8 featuring meditation, music and Sunday message, and a Celebration service at 10 with music and a message.

This week, Rev. Joshua Reeves will give a talk on “The Missing Piece” at the 10 a.m. service.

The guest singer will be Douglas Ladnier, with Bill Wolfe at the piano.

The church is hosting an outreach program for the homeless community in Long Beach that will include lunch and free haircuts.

People who know how to cut and style hair are invited to donate their services Saturday, May 3.

Volunteers will be needed to wash hair, cut and clean up. Contact Rev. Josh Reeves at the church office or Leona Rustin at 633-6388 for more information.

There will be an eight-week class taught by Rev. Margie Clark and practitioner Dory Steinmetz on “This Thing Called You,” by Religious Science founder Ernest Holmes.

The class begins Friday, May 9, from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $135. Sign up at the activities table or call the church office.

There will be a celebration of the life of Bob Heck on Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m.  All are welcome.

A relaxing meditation given by a practitioner-in-training will be Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-noon.

Sign up at the event table to give people a ride to church, or see Rev. Juanita Gardner for more information.

Yoga classes are offered Tuesdays from noon-1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m., led by David Hennage.

Donations are accepted.

Every Sunday, there are licensed practitioners consultation.

For more information, call the church office at 598-3325.


Lynn R. Heath will share her 400-mile journey on the El Camino de Santiago at 6:30 p.m., today, May 1, in Clubhouse 2, hosted by the Buddha Circle.

Lynn walked over 400 miles in 30 days, which was 15 miles per day. The pace kept her on the trail for 6-8 hours each day. After a long and sometimes hard day of hiking, she was grateful to be able to rest her head on a pillow in her sleeping bag at an amazing albergue.

Most albergues would make a hot meal with a wonderful local Spanish wine and bread for the pilgrims passing through. After a refreshing shower and daily laundry, they retired to their own bed in a dorm shared with other pilgrims from around the world, who became friends.

This was shared all along the trail as they bonded, helping new friends as they rose at sunrise to further their journey to Santiago until sunset and then again each day. Spain is beautiful from the mountains to the plains, in rain and shine, and has a vibrant history.

Lynn says the journey was worth it. She learned much about herself and invites everyone to share her story through pictures, videos and a presentation that will have time for questions.

For more information, contact Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or email her at and hike on down to meet her at Clubhouse 2 to become an armchair traveler for her trip to Spain.


The Community Church rummage will be held today, May 1, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and Friday, May 2, from 8 a.m-noon. Furniture, household, clothing and other items will be sold. Pastor James Oliver will begin his retirement soon, and future rummage sales will be handled differently.

The church will accept all donations but may be able to provide a pick-up service.

The Sunday worship service begins at 9:50 a.m. with a message by Pastor Oliver from God’s Holy Word. The Chancel Choir will participate in worship through song. All are welcomefor the coffee hour and fellowship in Edgar Hall after the service.

The Scripture readings for Sunday are Acts 2:14a, 22-32, Psalm 16, 1 Peter 1:3-9, and John 20:19-31.


The Rock Church, Seal Beach Campus, welcomes everyone to weekly services held at Marina Community Center, 151 Marina Drive, Seal Beach. Sunday services are at 9 and 11:15 a.m. A service in Spanish is at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Tristan Fenholt has begun the series “Seven Steps to Answered Prayer,” which is designed to help people increase their percentage of answered prayer.

For more information and links to the free weekly podcasts, visit the website at and click on the Seal Beach campus. Contact LW resident Janet Wade, 841-2696, for more information.

—Janet Wade


First Christian Church will have a Bible study with Jack Frost teaching from the book of Acts, Chapter 22, Sunday at 9 a.m. This is an open discussion.

At 9:30 a.m. the hospitality room will be open for light refreshments, hot coffee and tea.

All are welcome for fellowship.

Pastor Bruce Humes will open the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, Scripture and prayer.

That will be followed by Margaret Humes leading the congregation in three hymns: “Fairest Lord Jesus,” “Oh, How I Love Jesus,” “Why Do I Sing About Jesus?,” and the communion hymn “At the Cross.”

Jean McPharlin will direct the choir in special music, “Blessed Be the Name.”

Pastor Bruce will preside over the Communion meditation, prayer and service.

All believers are invited to participate. For the offertory, Jean McPharlin will play a special arrangement of “How Majestic Is Your Name?” on the piano.

Gypsy Cherryholmes will read Acts 2:46-47, “Praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will present the message, “Praising God.”

Bible studies for the week are at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays with Pastor Bruce in the book of 1 Peter and at 10 a.m. on Thursdays with Pastor Gene in the book of Luke.

Pastor Phil O’Malley of Calvary Chapel teaches from the book of Daniel at 6 Thursdays. For the Wednesday home study, contact Sue Dougherty at 431-5392. People do not need to be members of the church Bible studies.

Call the church office at 431-8810 on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 9-11 a.m. more informaiton.

For all church functions, hearing enhancements are available at the front table.


The Leisure World Baptist Church will have Sunday School at 8:50 a.m., May 6, in Clubhouse 4. At 9:45 a.m., the morning worship will begin the new month with a Communion service. It is a special time for people to take the elements representing the death, burial and resurrection of Christ Jesus.

The congregation will sing “There is Power in the Blood,” “Are You Washed in the Blood?,” and “O, How He Loves You and Me.”  

The choir will sing an old hymn that is not found in church hymnals anymore, “The Center Cross,” written by Merrill Dunlop. Former mid-westerners will recognize him from his many years at Moody Radio, WMBI, in Chicago. Christine Morrel will bring special music prior to Pastor Rolland Coburn giving the Communion message.

If information is needed, call 430-2920.


The Rockettes Bible Study group meets from 2-4 p.m., Fridays, in Clubhouse 6, Room B. The non-denominational group welcomes everyone and is beginning a seven-week series on the “Power of Prayer.” A DVD and booklets will be provided at no cost.

“Seven Steps to Answered Prayer” is the title of the video workbook series by Jerry Dirmann. This series is designed to help people increase their percentage of answered prayer.

For more information contact Janet Wade at 841-2696.