RELIGION DEC 19 2013

COMMUNITY CHURCH

The Chancel Choir of Community Church will proclaim the coming of Jesus Christ, the Savior, through the presentation of the cantata, “Tapestry of Light,” by Joseph M. Martin.

Community Church invites everyone to engage in the worship, song and narration, as the promise of the Savior is declared and celebrated with joy.

Advent is a wonderful time to invite friends, family and neighbors to join in Sunday worship at Community Church.

Services begin at 9:50 with a word of encouragement from God’s Holy Word.

Pastor James Oliver will conduct the service.

Worship services are followed by a coffee hour and fellowship in Edgar Hall.

The Scripture readings for Sunday are Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, Romans 1:1-7, and Matthew 1:18-25.

—Sue Long

COMMUNITY CHURCH WOMEN

The Deborah and Esther study groups of Community Church will join for a salad luncheon Friday, Dec. 20, at noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Bring a salad large enough to share and an item to place in a the white elephant exchange.

—Carolyn Boodman

REDEEMER LUTHERAN

“Christmas Job” is the title of this Sunday’s sermon on the Fourth Sunday in Advent at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Using Matthew 1:18-25, Pastor Gil Moore will discuss how Joseph was involved in Christmas and in the life of Jesus and what that means for people today.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. and is followed by a coffee hour in the fellowship hall. 

Nancy Luebben is the prayer leader, and Violet Quist is the reader. Choir anthem will be “The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came.” The altar area is arrayed with poinsettias purchased by congregation members and friends in memory and honor of loved ones.

The finance committee and church council will not meet in December.

A website that features the congregation’s monthly newsletter can be accessed at www.redeemerlutheransealbeach.com.

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

CONGREGATION SHOLOM

Congregation Sholom of Leisure World has Sabbath (Shabbat) Services twice weekly. Leisure World residents and their guests are welcome. Services are conducted by lay leaders in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 while Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater is away for the weekend.

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

The service on Saturday will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Kiddush will follow in Room 7. The Torah Study group will meet immediately afterward.

For more information, call 594-4368 or 493-2680. Rabbi Levy-Slater’s website is located at www.galityomtov.com/.

ASSEMLY OF GOD

The Assembly of God will host a hymn sing featuring traditional Christmas songs and the Christmas message at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.

“We hope to help people slow down during this hectic time of year and just enjoy some traditional singing in a family atmosphere,” said Pastor John Heide. “We will have musical guests, and special songs and a few surprises. I think people will enjoy and appreciate the simplicity and sincerity of the service.”

The Sunday morning service begins at 10:30, preceded by Bible study at 9:30 in Clubhouse 3. For more information or a ride to church, call 343-3655.

SALVATION ARMY

The Salvation Army Christmas Party for members will be held Monday, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m. in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. This program called the Home League meets regularly Mondays at 7 p.m. Note the change of time. A Kentucky Fried Chicken dinner, Christmas dessert and a gift from The Salvation Army Santa will be part of the festivities. Majors Fred and Irene Seiler will give a program, “A Christmas Long Ago.”

Members pay $5; guests are $10. New members will be enrolled in February, and dues should be paid in January.

Decorations will be prepared by Leanna Sharon. Tea hostesses and the men will help serve at this special event. Capt. Kimberly Jo will be Mrs. Santa this year. The Home League thanks all who help make this remembrance of Jesus’ birthday a joyful time.

Thanks to those who helped in the distribution of gifts and sang carols at Country Villa last Thursday.

—Maj. Irene Seiler

LW BAPTIST CHURCH

The Leisure World Baptist Church will meet Sunday, Dec. 22, at 9:45 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. It will continue with the celebration of the birth of Christ Jesus by singing of the Christmas carols “Joy to the World,” “Away in a Manger,” “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night.” The choir will bring the beautiful carol, “The Birthday of a King.”

Iris Muncie will sing the traditional carol “O Holy Night” and then Pastor Rolland Coburn will give a message centered on that wonderful Christmas day. All are welcome.

—Em Schoonhoven

CALVARY CHAPEL

Calvary Chapel Bible Study invites everyone to its Christmas Celebration at 6, tonight, Dec. 19, in the First Christian Church Chapel on Northwood Road next to the Verizon Building.

The group will celebrate the birth of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Come for fellowship, prayer, Christmas music, and cookies and coffee. This will be the last meeting of this year.  

The group will not meet Dec. 26. The study will resume Jan. 2. For more information, contact Phil or Pam O’Malley at 598-0270.

CALVARY CHAPEL LOS ALAMITOS

Calvary Chapel Los Alamitos will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 22. with a message by Pastor John Greenroyd. Refreshments will follow the service. 

The Christmas Eve service will be held Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. and will include Christmas carols and cookies.

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

ST THEODORE’S EPISCOPAL

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 Fourth Sunday in Advent is Dec. 22 as members prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus and look forward to his coming again. 

The first reading will be from Isaiah 7:10-16, recounting God’s promise. The second reading is from Romans 1:1-7, the introduction to Paul’s way of thinking. The Gospel reading is from Matthew 1:18-25, a traditional telling of the Christmas story.

Immediately following the service, people will gather for a festive Christmas luncheon. For additional information, call 493-7970.

The Service of Holy Communion and Healing will be held Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel, 1240 Oakmont, 52-B.

ST BONAVENTURE BINGO

The St. Bonaventure Seniors Club sponsors bingo games from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the first Monday of the month, excluding holidays, at the St. Bonaventure’s Church Hall, 16400 S. Springdale Ave., Huntington Beach. Meet at 10 for a free continental breakfast; bingo starts at 10:45, with lunch at noon, donation.

Bingo then resumes from 12:30-2 p.m. All are welcome.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH

First Christian Church members received a heartfelt thank you from dozens of Korean orphans for a big box of Christmas candy sent just in time for Christmas.

“I just wanted to thank you and to let you know that your box of candies arrived,” wrote Korean missionary, Dr. Yoon Kwon Chae. “And our children will have the sweetest and happiest Christmas season! Thank you so much. We are going to give one to each child every time when they come back from school.”

First Christian Church is pleased to help support this orphanage and the many other mission works conducted by Dr. Chae.

The Hallmark movie “The Note” will be shown tomorrow, Friday, at 6 p.m. at the church. Check out the Arts and Leisure section of the paper for more information.

A Bible study begins at 9 a.m., Sunday, with Pastor Gene Cherryholmes continuing a special series on Christmas from the four Gospels. Fellowship will follow at 9:30 a.m. in the hospitality room with light refreshments, decaffeinated coffee and tea.

Pastor Bruce Humes will open the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him.”

Margaret Hume will lead parishioners in “Silent Night,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Away in a Manger” and the Communion Hymn, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”

Under the direction of Anita Ragole, the choir will present “Joy to the World.”

The Communion meditation will be presented by Pastor Gene followed by Communion. Pianist Jean McPharlin will play “Carol of the Bells” for the offertory.

Gypsy Cherryholmes will read scripture from Luke 2:1-19: “You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

A quartet consisting of Anita Ragole, Pat Kogok, and Bobby and Jerry Trent will present “Every Valley.”

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will give the Christmas message: God proved his love for mankind by sending his only son to die for the sins of the world– that’s the real joy of Christmas. God gives people all they need to get through this difficult life on earth.

Bible studies for the week are cancelled due to the Christmas holiday.

For more information, call the church office at 431-8810 and leave a message.

CHURCH OF CHRIST

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.

ROCK CHURCH

The Rock—Building Solid Lives holds weekly church services every Sunday at 9 and 11:15 a.m. in English and at 1:30 p.m. in Spanish.

Services are suitable for all ages.

The church is located in the Marina Community Center, 151 Marina Drive, Seal Beach, 90740. For more information, call (714) 526-8233 or log on to www.gototherock.com.

SB RELIGIOUS SCIENCE

The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 500 Marina Dr., Seal Beach, has two Sunday morning services at 8 and 10. Rev. Joshua Reeves will speak about “Christ is Born in us Today” at the 10 a.m. service.

Michael Paul Smith is guest singer at the 10 a.m. service, accompanied by Bill Wolfe at the piano and the Seal Beach Spirit Singers.

There will be a candle lighting service, “Lighting the Way,” an evening of music, words and quietude Sunday night, Dec. 22, at 7. This will be a spiritual evening of Christmas. In many countries, people have “luminarias” or “farolitos” to light the way for the Christ Child. This year the children from junior church will participate to create an atmosphere of light. Join Rev. Peggy Price, singer Debi Wheeler-Ure, harpist Caroline Campbell, pianist Bill Wolfe and other musical guests to remember the deeper meaning of Christmas.

Podcasts of each week’s service are available at sealbeach.csl.org.

There is meditation in the sanctuary Wednesday from 11:30-noon. All are welcome.

Every Sunday, licensed practitioners are available. For more information, call the church office at 598-3325.

LOS ALTOS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Los Altos United Methodist Church, 5950 East Willow St., offers four worship services on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, in the church’s sanctuary. The service will include the Christmas story of Jesus, accompanied by the church choir and traditional organ, handbell choirs and the worship band sharing joyful music through guitar, keyboard and drums. The church’s services will be held at 2 p.m., Communion with Christmas music; 5 p.m., All-Family Service; 7:30 p.m., candlelight service with choir and carols; and 10 p.m., candlelight Communion with worship band.

The Sunday after Christmas, Dec. 29, Los Altos United Methodist Church will host one worship service at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary.

Los Altos offers regular Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:20 or 11. For adults, the church offers classes focusing on Bible study and current issues in the news as they relate to everyday lives.

Los Altos is known for its impressive music program. Young people can partake in the children’s choir, youth choir and youth handbell choir. Adults can join the adult choir or adult handbell choir, not only performing at Sunday worship services, but at various performances throughout the year surrounding Easter, Christmas and other celebrations.

Other services in the community include English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring, monthly meals for the homeless, family visits to incarcerated parents and Habitat for Humanity.

FAITH CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY

Everyone is invited to attend Faith Christian Assembly Sunday, Dec. 22, at 10 30 a.m. to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, as Pastor Gwyn Vaughn gives an enriching message of reconciliation and hope.

Although an increasingly secularized society is saying that Christmas is about families, it is really all about God and his son, Jesus. The only present really worth celebrating on Christmas Day is the gift of Jesus himself.

“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11). Everyone is welcome to attend the Christmas service.

Faith Fellowship Time is at 11 a.m., Tuesdays, in the Garden Room. A midweek Bible study is taught by Pastor Sheri Leming Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Garden Room.

To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call 598-9010 or visit www.FCAchurch.net.