RELIGION—Dec. 26 2013


St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church welcomes everyone to Sunday service held each week at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. The congregation will celebrate the First Sunday after Christmas on Dec. 29.

The Rev. Canon Charles Sacquety, rector emeritus, will be the guest celebrant and preacher.

A coffee and fellowship hour will follow.

The first reading from Isaiah 61:10 - 62:3 says that people are still hoping for redemption.

The second reading from Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7 describes Christ being born of a human mother so that people can be adopted as God’s children.

The Gospel reading from John 1:1-18 offers another perspective on the birth of Jesus and of Christmas and what it means.

The Service of Holy Communion and Healing will be held at Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 11 a.m. in the chapel, 1240 Oakmont, 52-B. The Holy Name is the topic.

—Margie Meigs


A Community Hu Chant, sponsored by the Eckankar Religion of Light and Sound, will be held at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 3, 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.

Calvary Chapel Los Alamitos invites everyone to a service Sunday, Dec. 29, at 9:30 a.m. A missionary/pastor from Japan will give the message. Refreshments follow the service.

The church meets at 3021 Blume Drive, Rossmoor. For more information, call the church office at 431-3464.

—Tony Davis


The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living has two Sunday morning services, at 8 and 10. Practitioner Michael Heinle conducts the 8 a.m. service, with guest singer Sunny Daye.

The 10 a.m. service will be conducted by Rev. Peggy Price. She will give a talk on “In This Moment Now.” Guest singer Debi Wheeler-Ure will be accompanied by Bill Wolfe at the piano.

The church is located at 500 Marina Dr., Seal Beach, and is a loving spiritual sanctuary where everyone is welcome.

An Intention Setting Workshop, given by Rev. Josh Reeves, will be held from 10 a.m.-noon, Jan. 1. This will be an opportunity to learn powerful tools of focus and attention-setting processes for a successful new year.

Podcasts of serviced are available at

Every Wednesday from 11:30-noon, meditation is offered in the sanctuary, available to everyone.  It’s a great chance for a mid-week tune-up of spiritual practices.

Every Sunday, there are licensed practitioners for short spiritual mind treatments. For more information, call the church office at 598-3325.

—Florann Limpus


The Leisure World Baptist Church is blessed to have people like Gene and Margaret Smith.

Besides being the resident narrators for all choir musicals, Gene is a Sunday morning usher, and Margaret is a parish worker and member of the Deaconess board. The church is thankful for faithful servants like these two.

The morning worship service will start at 9:45, Sunday, Dec. 29, in Clubhouse 4. Pastor Rolland Coburn will give a message from the Gospel of John 16:12-15 titled “The Holy Spirit-Inspired Scriptures.”

The choir will sing the Bill and Gloria Gaither song, “Redeeming Love,” which speaks of God’s love “from the azure halls of heaven to a lowly manger stall.”

Following the morning service, there will be the last All Church Eat In of the year.

All are welcome. Call 430-2920 for more information.


Rev. Curt Sample will speak Sunday morning at the Leisure World Assembly of God, which meets in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. His message is titled “Coming Home for the New Year.”

The evening hymn sing will begin at 6 and Rev. Dan Ballinger will share the devotion.

Pastor John Heide would like to thank everyone in Leisure World for a great 2013.

“We have experienced growth both numerically and spiritually, and we look forward to a better 2014,” he said.

“In these last days, the world will continue to decline, but God’s grace and power is still available for those who put their trust in him.”

For a ride to church, call 343-3655.


The Home League of The Salvation Army will not meet Dec. 30, since it is the fifth Monday of the month.

The first meeting of the New Year will be Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. Dues of $5 can be paid during January to Treasurer Virginia Lincourt. New members are welcome to be enrolled in the February service, but membership is not required to attend the programs.

For new residents who are not familiar with this program, the Home League is open to anyone interested in fellowship, service to others, education programs and worship experiences.

The first meeting of the month includes recognition of birthdays, treasurer’s report and special announcements. Each meeting includes the Pledge of Allegiance, a devotional thought, songs of praise and prayer requests.

A planning meeting will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Seiler residence, 13580 Cedar Crest Lane, 110-L. People with ideas and regular helpers are welcome to attend. The printed programs for February-June will be available on the last Monday in January. There are no meetings in July and August.

Roster books are printed as necessary to update the membership, usually every two years.

The Home League of Leisure World is part of an international organization.

The Salvation Army is thankful for the many Christmas donations to its work in 126 countries. Many are blessed and their lives made brighter.


Community Church offers another opportunity to engage in the celebration of the Christmas season with the singing of favorite Christmas carols on Dec. 29. The congregation will be invited to suggest favorite carols or hymns to be sung together.

Family, friends and neighbors are invited to come and join the singing.

God’s gift to world through his son Jesus is the hope people share as they move into 2014.

Sunday services begin at 9:50 a.m. with a powerful message from God’s Holy Word by Pastor James Oliver.

The worship service is followed by a coffee hour and fellowship in Edgar Hall.

The Scripture readings for Sunday are Isaiah 63:7-9, Psalm 148, Hebrews 2:10-18, and Matthew 2:13-23.


Congregation Sholom of Leisure World Seal Beach holds Sabbath (Shabbat) services every week. Leisure World residents and their guests are welcome. Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater conducts services in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.

The service Friday night will begin at 7, followed by an Oneg Shabbat in Room 9.

The service on Saturday morning will begin at 9:30. The Kiddush will follow in Room 7, with Torah study afterward.

For more information, call 594-4368 or 493-2680.

View the rabbi’s website at


First Christian Church will start at 9 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 29, with Pastor Gene Cherryholmes concluding his special series on Christmas from all four Gospels. This will be followed by fellowship in the hospitality room at 9:30 with light refreshments, hot coffee and tea.

Pastor Bruce Humes will open the worship service at 10:15 a.m. by leading the congregation in the worship chorus, “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him” followed by Scripture and prayer.

Margaret Humes will direct the parishioners in “Wonderful Words of Life,” “In Times like These,” “Standing on the Promises” and the Communion hymn “Room at the Cross.”

Under the direction of Anita Ragole, the choir will sing “Go Tell It On the Mountain.”

Pastor Gene will present the Communion meditation, and then the Communion will be served. All believers are welcome to participate

For the offertory, pianist Jean McPharlin will play “Crown Him with Many Crowns.”

Edith Emilio will read the scripture from 1 Peter 2:9-10, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.”

Pat Kogok will present special music with a solo “Go Tell.”

Pastor Gene will give a message titled “A Royal Priesthood.” Jesus says he has called believers out of darkness into his wonderful light. It is time for them to begin walking in that light and allowing it to shine forth.

Bible studies for the rest of this week are canceled due to the Christmas holiday. Next week, the Tuesday and Thursday Bible studies will resume normal schedules.There will be no Wednesday study on Jan. 1, and no Women of the Word meeting on Jan. 3.

Call the church office at 431-8810 and leave a message during the week. For all church functions, hearing enhancements are available at the front table.


The Calvary Chapel Bible Study will not meet tonight. The study will resume Jan. 2 in the book of Daniel at 6:30 p.m. in the First Christian Church Chapel on Northwood Road next to the Verizon Building. Communion will be observed. All are welcome.

For more information, contact Phil or Pam O’Malley at 598-0270.


Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that involves people in the acceleration of Bible translation, is raising emergency funds to assist Bible translation teams and their families in the Philippines. Their homes, offices and computer equipment were destroyed in Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the nation on Nov. 8, killing over 5,000 people and displacing 4 million.

Wycliffe Associates maintains the Missionary 911 Fund for ministry partners who are affected by natural disasters or civil unrest. The emergency fund provides help with evacuations, temporary housing, rebuilding, and the replacement of some belongings. Donations to the Missionary 911 Fund will provide immediate assistance to Bible translation partners, their families, and local citizens in the Philippines.

Wycliffe Associates is working to translate every verse of the Bible into every tongue to change every heart. The organization partners with nationals, mother tongue translators, staff, volunteers and supporters to direct and fund these efforts, as well as provide logistics, networking and technical support. Additional information is available at or by calling 1-800-THE WORD (1-800-843-9673).


This Sunday is the last one of 2013, and Faith Christian Assembly knows that people are creatures of habit. So whatever they did this Sunday is probably the same thing they did last Sunday, and the same thing they will do next Sunday, the first Sunday of 2014.

Pastor Sheri Leming will speak Sunday, Dec. 29, at the 10:30 a.m. service. In her message, she will ask, “Will this year be any different for you than last?” As people step into 2014, the heart of the issue is who orders their steps? All are invited to attend.

Faith Fellowship Time is at 11 a.m., Tuesday, in the Garden Room. The Midweek Bible Study is taught by Pastor Sheri on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Garden Room.

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—Sheri Leming

—Phil O’Malley

—Dorene London

—Jeff Sacks

—Sue Long

—Irene Seiler

—Pastor John Heide

—Em Schoonhoven