Community Church extends the Christmas season with the Christian celebration of Epiphany. Epiphany, which means “manifestation” or “revelation,” is the celebration of the manifestation of God, in human flesh through Jesus Christ, His Son. Jesus, the son of God, came in human form as a baby to dwell in the world. Through the magi, the three kings who visited the Christ Child, the hope of salvation was revealed to include all people, even those who were not of Jewish origin.

The new year is a great opportunity to include Sunday worship into the weekly routine. Worship services begin at 9:50. Pastor James Oliver will present a message from God’s Holy Word. A coffee hour follows the worship service where it is a great opportunity to connect with friends, old and new.

The Scripture readings for Sunday are Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14, Ephesians 3:1-12, and Matthew 2:1-12.



Congregation Sholom of Leisure World Seal Beach holds Sabbath (Shabbat) services every week. Leisure World residents and their guests are welcome. Services are conducted by Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater 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 after the Kiddush.

The Congregation board meeting will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. All members are welcome.

For information, call 596-1969 or 493-2680. The rabbi’s website is at



Faith Christian Assembly suggests getting in the habit of regularly attendingchurch to get the New Year started off right. Newcomers are welcome. Services include inspirational music, including hymns sung under the direction of gifted musician, Ginny Vaughn. Pastor Gwyn Vaughn gives a weekly message straight from God’s word, and the church offers weekly fellowship events and Bible studies.

Studies have found that people who attend church and worship regularly tend to be happier. Church attendance has also been shown to decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s. So come visit this Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and invite a friend.

Faith Fellowship Time is at 11 a.m., Tuesday, in the Garden Room. The Midweek Bible Study is 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 the website at



The Women’s Rock Group Bible Study is held from 2-4 p.m., Fridays. Call Joan Eisenhart, 343-8066, for the location and more information.



The Right Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce will preach and celebrate Holy Communion at St. Theodore’s Episcopal on Epiphany Sunday, Jan. 5, at the 10:30 a.m. service in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.

Bishop Bruce was elected seventh bishop suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles Dec. 4, 2009, after having served 10 years as rector of St. Clement’s By-the-Sea Church in San Clemente. The first woman to be elected bishop in diocesan history, she was ordained to the episcopate on May 15, 2010.

Her areas of specialization include multicultural ministries, stewardship and oversight of the congregations in the southern third of the Diocese.

Bishop Bruce became rector of the San Clemente parish in 2000. She was previously associate rector of the Church of the Messiah, Santa Ana. Prior to ordination she served Wells Fargo Bank as vice president, compensation management and analysis. She was employed by Wells Fargo (formerly Crocker Bank) in various capacities since 1980.

Ordained a priest in 1998 in the Diocese of Los Angeles, Bishop Bruce speaks Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese as well as English. She holds a doctoral degree from Seabury-Western Seminary (awarded in May 2011) as well as a master of divinity degree from the Claremont School of Theology and a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley.

A native of Pequannock, New Jersey, Bishop Bruce is married to G. Stephen (Steve) Bruce, a computer software engineer. The Bruces have two adult children, Max and Jardine.

Bishop Bruce’s visit marks her official pastoral visit to St. Theodore’s.

The congregation is thrilled to have her as pastor and friend. All are welcome on this festive occasion.



The First Christian Church service begins with Bible study at 9 a.m. led by Jack Frost, then there is fellowship in the hospitality room at 9:30 a.m. Worship service starts at 10:15 a.m.

Pastor Bruce Humes will lead the congregation in the opening hymn “His Name is Wonderful,” followed by Scripture and prayer.

The hymns for the day are; “He Lives,” “The Heavenly Vision,” “When the Roll is called up Yonder” and the Communion song, “Beneath the Cross of Jesus,” under the direction of Margaret Humes.

Next Anita Ragole will lead the choir in a special presentation, “Morning Has Broken.”

Pastor Pastor Bruce Humes will bring the communion meditation, then communion will be served. All believers are welcome to participate, and people do not need to church members.

Dorene London will read the scripture, John 21:15-17: “Jesus said for the third time, ‘Simon do you love me?’ Stan Shiroma will provide a solo just before Pastor Gene Cherryholmes’ message.

“Another Chance” is the title of this Sunday’s message. Second chances abound throughout the Bible and the Lord is still offering them to believers today.

Bible studies for the week are at 10 a.m. on Tuesday with Pastor Bruce in the book of Thessalonians; at 10 a.m. on Thursday with Pastor Gene in the book of Luke; at 6 p.m. on Thursdays with Pastor Phil O’Malley of Calvary Chapel in the book of Daniel. For the Wednesday home study in Leisure World, contact Sue Dougherty at 431-5392.

The Women of the Word (WOW) will not meet tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 3.

Call the church office at 431-8810 on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 9-11 a.m. for questions or private concerns. For all church functions, hearing enhancements are available at the front table.



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



Little Flower Guild members will attend the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Jan. 12. Members are asked to sit in the front on the right side of the church. Family members and friends are welcome to join them. Members are requested to come early for special prayers before mass to pray for all members, living and deceased.



Holy Family Catholic Church will observe The Epiphany of the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 5.

The Sunday’s readings are as follows: First reading: Isaiah 60:1-6; second reading: Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12

Monday, Jan. 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is the Day of Perpetual Adoration, concluding with a Holy Hour from 4-5 p.m.

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 Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living has two Sunday services, at 8 and 10 a.m. Rev. Joshua Reeves will conduct the 10 a.m. service. His message is titled “Whole Life.” Guest singer Sunny Daye will be accompanied by Bill Wolfe at the piano.

The church is located at 500 Marina Dr., Seal Beach. Podcasts of each week’s service can be heard by going to the church website at

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

Every Sunday, there are licensed practitioners for a short spiritual mind treatments.

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



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.



The Home League of The Salvation Army will meet Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. Greeters will be Bruno Verville and Bill Inch.

Speaker Mark Barnett will use the pastoral epistles of the Apostles Paul, Timothy and Titus to discuss what Jesus wants from people.

The Pledge of Allegiance, words of welcome and announcements will be made by Maj. Irene Seiler, followed by hymns led by Cherrie Green with piano accompaniment by Maj. Fred Seiler. The devotional thoughts will be given by Pauline Siler.

This is the month to pay dues, and Treasurer Virginia Lincourt is ready to accept $5, which is the annual cost for new members and renewals. New membership cards have been prepared for several people, and it is the time to register for the enrollment service in February. A new-members information sheet will be printed to be inserted in last year’s roster books that are issued biannually.

A planning meeting for February-June will be held Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. at the Seiler residence, 13580 Cedar Crest Lane, 110-L. All ideas are welcome and considered.

Refreshments will be provided by Judy Heine and Wilma Hodges, and served by tea hostesses Ann Hause and Leone Metros.

Come meet a new friend, learn a new helpful idea and share experiences. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.



“A Different Route” is the theme of the sermon at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Sunday. Pastor Gil Moore will combine the theme of Epiphany and that of the New Year as he speaks on Matthew 2:1-12. Pastor Moore will share that as the Wise Men took a different route home from Bethlehem so many may need to take a different route in their lives in this New Year.

The service with Holy Communion begins at 10:30 a.m. and is followed by a coffee hour in the fellowship hall. The choir anthem is “Rise, Shine, You People.” Greeters are Beverly Dinning and Lottie Dolby. The church office is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15 a.m.-2 p.m. and is staffed by Margo Geesing.

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

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



The Leisure World Baptist Church will meet Jan. 5 at 9:45 a.m. in Clubhouse 4.

It begin the New Year with a Communion service.

Fran and Wally Johnson will sing that familiar song, “At Calvary.”

The choir will sing “The Healer,” with the lyrics “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; Surely he bore our sorrows, and by his stripes we are healed.”

The congregation will join in with the hymns, “The Old Rugged Cross” and “O How He Loves You and Me.”

Pastor Rolland Coburn will give a message from the Gospel of John 16:16-24, “Sorrow to Joy.”

A men’s Bible study begins Monday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, and all men are invited.



The Calvary Chapel Bible Study will meet tonight, 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.



The Aglow International luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, at Khoury’s Restaurant, 110 Marina Drive, in the Seaport Village. Cost is $13. Make reservations by Monday, Jan. 6, by calling Joan Eisenhart, 343-8066.



The Women of The Word Bible study will meet from 10 a.m.-noon, beginning Jan. 10 and weekly after that at the Christian Chapel on Northwood Road. The topic is the Gospel of John. All women are invited to the study for prayers and a light snack. The study guide is the Bible and is non-denominational.



Calvary Chapel, Los Alamitos, will have a Sunday service at 9:30 a.m., Jan. 5. Pastor John Greenroyd will give a message from John 3. Refreshments to follow the service.

There will be a Bible study at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8, on “Sermon On The Mount.” The church meets at 3021 Blume Drive, Rossmoor. For more information, call the church office at 431-3464.



The monthly card party of the Little Flower Guild will be held today, Jan. 2, 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 to play, 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.

Cost is $1 per person and refreshments will be served.