RELIGION JAN. 30 2014
The Leisure World Baptist Church will meet in Clubhouse 4 at 9:45 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 2. New pianist Christine Morell will be welcomed as she begins her ministry with the church this year.
Christine began her piano lessons at age 9 and played for churches at age 14. She graduated from Chapman University with a bachelor’s of music degree in June 2000. She is currently an elementary school music teacher in Orange County. She and her husband, Alex, have two daughters, Brianna, 8, and Kelsey, 16 months.
At the morning worship service, the church family will celebrate Communion. The congregation will sing “O Happy Day” and “Moment by Moment.”
The choir will sing the old invitation hymn, “There’s Room at the Cross for You,” and Cherrie Green and Em Schoonhoven will sing a duet, “Take Up Thy Cross.” Pastor Rolland Coburn will give the message. All are invited.
ASSEMBLY OF GOD
This Sunday, Pastor John Heide will begin a two-part series on “The Blessed Life” during the Sunday Assembly of God service at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3. A Bible study precedes the service at 9:30.
God wants to bless those who follow him, said Pastor Heide. That includes physically, emotionally, relationally and financially. While some have abused this teaching, God does promise to meet the financial needs of those who are faithful. The message will explore what the Bible says and how people can enter into the blessed life.
The popular Sunday night Hymn Sing begins at 6 in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.
For more information or a ride to church, call 343-3655.
Join Community Church in the fun and spirit of Christian giving as members participate in “Souper Bowl XLVIII” on Sunday, Feb. 2.
People root for their favorite teams by bringing in cans or packages of nonperishable food items and dropping them in the bin designated by each team’s name.
This year the game is sure to generate much excitement and support as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos. The cans/boxes will be counted during the worship service, and the winner will be announced at the close of the service. The Lakewood Food Pantry will receive and distribute the donated food that will bless many in the community.
Sunday services begin at 9:50 a.m., with Pastor James Oliver delivering a message from God’s Holy Word. Worship services are followed by a coffee hour and fellowship in Edgar Hall.
The Scripture readings for Sunday are Micah 6:1-8, Psalm 15, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Matthew 5:1-12.
The church will have a used furniture sale Feb. 6 from 8 a.m.-noon. All are welcome.
LITTLE FLOWER GUILD
Little Flower Guild President Betty Regalado welcomed noted speaker Marilou Capalongan who discussed the great humanitarian Mother Teresa at the January meeting.
Marilou is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and a Core Group member. She also facilitates the Holy Family Bible Study in Artesia, where she serves as class administrator.
Her talk covered The Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, commonly known as Mother Teresa (1910-1997).
She was an Albanian-born, Indian Roman Catholic Religious Sister. Mother Teresa and her helpers built homes for orphans, nursing homes for lepers and hospices for the terminally ill in Calcutta.
She was one of the greatest humanitarians of the 20th Century and is remembered for her forgiving, loving, compassionate and merciful life.
Marilou’s talk was enjoyed by all.
Refreshments were served by Vice President Mary Rita Richcreek, Neva Senske and Betty Mineo.
President Regalado, Secretary Gui Baker and their helpers have planned for interesting programs throughout the year. All are welcome.
The next Little Flower Guild meeting will be held Feb. 20.
FAITH CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY
After taking a break in January, Faith Fellowship will resume at Faith Christian Assembly starting in February. Dan Puglia is the new director of this inspiring ministry. Dan has the gift of hospitality and leadership. Faith Fellowship is designd for people who like to have fun, and enjoy eating lunch and playing games with others.
Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Faith Fellowship will meet for fellowship, games, food (bring a sack lunch), worship and prayer. The group meets in Faith Christian Assembly’s Garden Room. All are welcome to come and invite friends.
The church has a midweek Bible study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Garden Room. To receive a free newsletter and for more information, call 598-9010 or visit www.FCAchurch.net.
A Community Hu Chant, sponsored by the Eckankar Religion of Light and Sound, will be held at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 7, at Farmers and Merchants Bank, 12535 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach.
Hu is an ancient name for God. People of all faiths are welcome. 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
Holy Family Catholic Church will observe the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Sunday, Feb. 2.
The first reading is from Malachi 3:1-4; second reading: Hebrews 2:14-18; and the Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32.
Thursday, Feb. 6, is the Day of Perpetual Adoration, starting at 9 a.m. and concluding with a Holy Hour from 4-5 p.m. All are invited to join parishioners in the Blessed Sacrament.
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.
CALVARY CHAPEL LOS ALAMITOS
Calvary Chapel Los Alamitos holds services on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the church, 3021 Blume Drive, Rossmoor. Refreshments follow the Sunday service. Pastor John Greenroyd teaches at all services. The Sunday message is a verse-by-verse study in the Gospel of John. The Wednesday message is a study of the “Sermon on the Mount.” For more information, call the church office at 431-3464.
Leisure World residents and their guests are welcome to the following events hosted by Congregation Sholom:
•Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater will teach a class, Navigating Siddur Sim Shalom: How to Experience Prayer, for the LW Friendship Club. The class will meet Mondays in Clubhouse 6, Room B, from 10-11:30 a.m. The material will be repeated the following Saturday at noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, after the Shabbat service.
•Services are conducted by Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. On Fridays, the service begins at 7 p.m., followed by an Oneg Shabbat in Room 9. On Saturdays, the service begins at 9:30 a.m. The Kiddush follows in Room 7, with Rabbi Levy-Slater’s class after the Kiddush.
For information, call 594-4368 or 493-2680. To view Rabbi Levy-Slater’s website, log on to www.galityomtov.com.
The Home League of The Salvation Army will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3, in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. Greeters will be Jill Ayers and Mark Barnett.
Noreen Kirchoff, a retired history teacher after 30 years, will present a Power Point program on World War I, which began 100 years ago. The same skills that brought history alive for her 8th-grade students will enliven her presentation, which will include many pictures.
Maj. Irene Seiler will lead in the Pledge of Allegiance and make announcements. Maj. Fred Seiler will accompany the hymn sing led by Cherrie Green. The devotional leader for February is Jeanette Bensema.
Leanna Sharon will wrap February birthday presents and door prizes for distribution by Bruno Verville. The birthday celebrants are Dena Anderson, Joyce Carr, Jackie Verville and George Westmoreland.
New members will be enrolled on Feb. 24 and their names added to roster books. Dues for 2014 are being received by Treasurer Virginia Lincourt.
Refreshments will be supplied by Leone Metros and Janet Milligan and served by Ann Hause and Leone Metros. The evening of education, fellowship and inspiration is open to all. For further information, call Majors Fred and Irene Seiler at 296-8539.
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
First Christian Church will begin at 9 a.m. this Sunday for a verse-by-verse Bible study with Jack Frost teaching in the book of Acts, chapter 16.
Fellowship will follow at 9:30 a.m. in the hospitality room with light refreshments, hot coffee and tea. All are welcome.
At 10:15 a.m. Pastor Bruce Humes starts the worship service with a praise, Scripture and prayer.
Margaret Humes will lead the congregation in “Love Lifted Me,” “Jesus Loves Even Me,” “Oh How I Love Jesus” and, for Communion, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”
Under the direction of Anita Ragole, the choir will present “Spirit of the Living God,” followed by meditation, prayer and the communion service. Pianist Jean McPharlin will play “O Thou in Whose Presence” for the offertory.
Ann Winder will read the Scripture from John 15:9-12: “My command is this; Love each other as I have loved you.”
Pat Kogok will sing “Somebody Loves Me,” prior to Pastor Gene Cherryholmes’ message for the day, “The Joy of Love.”
Jesus invites people to abide in his love so that their “joy may be complete.”
Bible studies for the week are at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays with Pastor Bruce in the book of 2 Thessalonians; at 10 a.m. on Thursdays 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; and at 10 a.m. on Fridays with the Women of the Word in John. For information about the Wednesday home study, contact Sue Dougherty at 431-5392 in Leisure World.
Call the Church office at 431-8810 on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 9-11a.m. for more information. Hearing enhancements are available at the front table for all church functions.
WOMEN’S ROCK BIBLE STUDY
The Women’s Rock Group Bible Study is held from 2-4 p.m., Fridays. Call Joan Eisenhart for the location and more information at 343-8066.
ST. THEODORE’S EPISCOPAL
St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church is an open and affirming congregation. Everyone is welcome. The Sunday service is held each week at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. A coffee and fellowship hour follows.
Sunday, Feb. 2, is the Feast of Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple. The first reading will be from Malachi 3:1-4, preparing people for the coming of God as a refiner and purifier. The second reading from Hebrews 2:14-18 helps people to live as a community of faith in an indifferent or even hostile world. In the Gospel Lesson of Luke 2:22-40, Jesus’ family responds to his birth by attending to their obligations, taking him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.
The Service of Holy Communion and Healing will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the chapel, 1240 Oakmont, 52-B. The topics are Roger Williams (1603-1683) and Anne Hutchinson (1592-1643).
Williams was an English Protestant theologian and early proponent of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. He was arguably the first abolitionist in North American.
Hutchinson was a Puritan spiritual adviser. Her strong religious convictions were at odds with the established Puritan clergy in the Boston area, and her popularity and charisma helped create a theological schism that threatened to destroy the Puritans’ religious experiment in New England. She was eventually tried and convicted, then banished from the colony with many of her supporters.
This Sunday, Pastor Gil Moore of Redeemer Lutheran Church, who constantly reminds his congregation to “stay right-side up,” will tell them that “God’s Kingdom is Not Right-side Up.” The basis for his message is Matthew 5:1-12.
The service with Holy Communion begins at 10:30 a.m. and will have a dedication of the large 50th Anniversary Quilt with its many dedicatory blocks made by members of the congregation. Following the service will be a coffee hour in the fellowship hall.
The opening of the Wednesday Bible class with Nancy Luebben has been delayed.
The Church Council elected the following officers for 2014: Larry Norlander, president; Carmen Leslie, vice president; Lottie Dolby, secretary; and Margaret Deaton, treasurer.
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 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For further information and registration, call 596-1209.