This Sunday, Assembly of God Pastor John Heide will continue his series on “Financial Stewardship.” There are so many different views on money in the church, from hyper prosperity preachers who espouse prosperity for all to those who see no connection between being a believer and their finances. Learn what the Bible actually teaches about money. It may surprise some to discover that one out of every seven verses in the book of Luke deals with money, and Jesus gave 11 parables using money as an examples.

Services begin at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3. The Sunday evening hymn sing at 6, same location.

The next Christian Film Night will be Feb. 11 at 6. The film “Letters from God” will be shown. It is the story of a young boy who is dying and begins to write letters to God, which are intercepted by the mailman. Everyone is welcome.

A men’s breakfast will be Saturday, Feb. 15, at 8 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. Breakfast omelette in a bag will be served.

On Feb. 16, the all-male choir from Teen Challenge Santa Ana will sing and share their stories at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3.

Teen Challenge is the nation’s most successful drug and rehabilitation program with an 85-percent success rate.

Pastor Heide says, “These young men are making an effort to change their lives, and I think people will appreciate their enthusiasm and sincerity.”

For more information, call 343-3655.



The Aglow International luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, at Khoury’s restaurant, 110 Marina Drive, Seaport Village. Cost is $13.

Come and be challenged to fulfill “God’s Destiny: and discover the meaning of Jeremiah 29:11.

For reservations, call Joan Eisenhart by Monday, Feb. 10.



The Baptist Church will meet Sunday, Feb. 9, at 9:45 a.m. in Clubhouse 4 with a musical theme centered on Pastor Rolland Coburn’s message from John, Chapter 18, “The Sword and the Cup.” The choir will sing a new arrangement of “Jesus is the Sweetest Name I Know,” followed by Iris Muncie’s solo, “I Lift My Hands Up.”

The congregation will sing “Why Do I Sing About Jesus?” and “Jesus, What a Friend of Sinners.” All are welcome.



Faith Christian Assembly has a host of activities for the community in February.

The Sunday morning services at 10:30 are a special time to worship God in singing the traditional hymns of the faith and hear an inspiring message from God’s Word by Pastor Gwyn Vaughn.

The Celebration service starts Sunday evenings at 5:30. It is a one-hour service of worship, praise and hearing from God’s Word by Pastor Sheri Leming. On Sunday, Feb. 23, Vern Jackson will sing in concert at 5:30.

On Tuesdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., people are invited to bring sack lunches for Faith Fellowship, featuring fun and games.

On Wednesdays at 7 p.m., people meet for a Bible study in the book of Hebrews.

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



This Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Pastor Gil Moore of Redeemer Lutheran Church will discuss “The Next Lesson” on what Jesus taught after the Beatitudes, as recorded in Matthew 5:13-20.

The choir will sing “Bring Forth the Kingdom.”

The 2014 Church Council and Officers will be installed during the service.

A luncheon will follow in the fellowship hall. There will also be a brief annual meeting to adopt the year’s budget and elect delegates to the Pacifica Synod Assembly, which will be held in Hawaii.

Ushers will be Jean Ackerman, Shirlene Braderick, Barbara Schuyler and Alma Zamzow.

A website that 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.



First Christian Church offers six verse-by-verse Bible studies each week with Jack Frost teaching in the book of Acts on Sundays at 9 a.m.

On Tuesdays at 10 a.m., Pastor Bruce Humes teaches in the book of 2 Thessalonians. On Thursdays, Pastor Gene Cherryholmes is in the book of Luke at 10 a.m., and Pastor Phil O’Malley of Calvary Chapel is in the book of Daniel at 6 p.m. The Women of the Word study meets from 10-noon on Fridays. The home study group in Leisure World meets on Wednesdays with Sue Dougherty. For more information, call 431-5392.

The Sunday service begins with fellowship at 9:30 a.m. Light refreshments, hot coffee and tea are available in the hospitality room.

The worship service starts at 10:15 with Pastor Bruce leading the congregation with an opening praise song followed by Scripture and prayer.

Margaret Humes will lead the hymns “Precious Lord Take My Hand,” “Bring Them In,” “To God Be the Glory” and the Communion hymn, “Room at the Cross.”

The choir will be directed by organist/pianist Jean McPharlin in the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” For the offertory, she will play “Heavenly Sunlight.” Meditation, prayer and the service of Communion is next with Pastor Gene Cherryholmes presiding.

Jackie Colley will read the Scripture from John 15:15-17: “This is my command: Love each other.”

Pastor Gene will bring the solo, “The Longer I Serve Him,” followed by his message for the day “Love in Action.” God teaches people how to love him by giving them the opportunity to love their families. The family includes relatives, friends and the church.

For more information, call the church office at 431-8810 on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 9-11 a.m. Hearing enhancements are available at the front table at church functions.



The Home League of The Salvation Army will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10, in Clubhouse 4. Greeters will be Jean and Bill Barker and Bill Inch.

Joan Tubbs will give a talk about people who work for God in faraway places. Kip Watkins will introduce his guest.

The meeting will start with a welcome, the Pledge of Allegiance, and announcements. Maj. Fred Seiler will accompany the hymn sing led by Cherrie Green. Devotional thoughts will be read by Jeanette Bensema. Bring prayer requests.

Program books are available each Monday evening, and dues are payable to Treasurer Virginia Lincourt.

Refreshments will be supplied by Juanita Montgomery and Jean Morris and served by tea hostesses Ann Hause and Leone Metros.

Four people will receive door prizes, prepared by Leanna Sharon and presented by Bruno Verville.

Maj. Fred Seiler will giving closing words of appreciation and the benediction.



The monthly card party of the Little Flower Guild will be held at noon, today, Feb. 6, in Clubhouse 2. Various games, including pinochle, bridge, canasta, etc., are played.

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.



Holy Family Catholic Church will observe the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time on Feb. 9. The first reading is Isaiah 58:7-10; second reading: 1 Corinthians 2: 1-5; and the Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16

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



The Community Church Women’s Fellowship will meet at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11. Bring a sandwich; drinks and dessert are provided. Vern Jackson, whose beautiful voice is well known around Leisure World will entertain.

The group meets the second Tuesday of the month. All are welcome. 



Community Church serves the residents of Leisure World by making available its beautiful facility. On Sunday mornings, God is worshipped and praised, and the good news of Jesus Christ is proclaimed from the Holy Scriptures.

Sunday worship is one of many uses for the facility, which features stained glass windows that are over 50 years old overlooking the tranquil sanctuary. It’s a perfect location for weddings or memorial services.

On Saturday, Feb. 8, at noon, Jim Mueller will be honored and remembered. All are invited to attend this celebration of his life. A reception for friends and family will follow the service in Edgar Hall.

Sunday worship services begin at 9:50 a.m. and include a word of encouragement by Pastor James Oliver. The service is followed by a coffee hour and fellowship in Edgar Hall.

The Scripture readings for Sunday are Isaiah 58:1-12, Psalm 112:1-10, 1 Corinthians 2:1-16, and Matthew 5:13-20.



Calvary Chapel Bible Study will meet tonight, Thursday, at 6 at the First Christian Church Chapel on Northwood Road next to the Verizon Building. The focus will be on Daniel, Chapter 9. The study includes fellowship, worship God and prayer. For more information, call Phil or Pam O’Malley.



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. The church is located in the Marina Community Center, 151 Marina Drive, Seal Beach, 90740.



St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church welcomes everyone to Sunday services held each week at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. A coffee and fellowship hour follows.

Sunday, Feb. 9, is the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany. The first reading will be from Isaiah 58:1-12, which speaks of the past and the present as people try to move beyond serving their own interests. The second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians 2:1-36 tells people that through spirituality they will know the mind of God. The Gospel Lesson of Matthew 5:13-20  is from the Sermon on the Mount and presents the metaphors of salt and light.

The Service of Morning Prayer will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Chapel, 1240 Oakmont, 52-B. Charles Freer Andrew, an Anglican priest who went to India to teach and became a close friend of the Mahatma Ghandi, will be the topic. This “Friend of the Poor” is remembered on his feast day, Feb. 12. A bishop’s committee meeting will follow the service.



Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater is teaching a class, Navigating Siddur Sim Shalom: How to Experience Prayer, Mondays in Clubhouse 6, Room B, from 10-11:30 a.m. The class will be repeated the following Saturday at noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, after Congregation Sholom Shabbat morning service. The class is sponsored by the Friendship Club. All are welcome.

Congregation holds services, conducted by Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. The Friday service begins at 7 p.m., followed by an Oneg Shabbat in Room 9.

The Saturday service begins at 9:30 a.m. The Kiddush will follow in Room 7. The Rabbi’s class will be held after the Kiddush.

A brief Arvit (evening) service is provided by Sim Shalom, the online synagogue for people who are unable to attend services and have Internet access. Access it at at 4 p.m., Thursdays. Online services are offered every afternoon at 4 but Rabbi Galit leads the service on Thursdays. People may also access Sim Shalom’s services from Rabbi Galit’s website,



The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 500 Marina Dr., Seal Beach, conducts two Sunday morning services at 8 and 10. Rev. Juanita Gardner conducts the 8 a.m. At 10, Rev. Joshua Reeves will give a mesage, “The Heart of Relationships.”

Carl Rischer will teach a Life Enrichment class, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Feb. 11, 18 and 25. Learn how professionals sketch with digital pencils, ink pens and amazing digital paint brushes on digital paper and canvas. The software Procreate won the Apple Design Award for 2013. Bring an iPad 3 or or iPad Air, the new iPad Mini with iOS 7. It can be purchased through Apple’s app store for $5.99. Also needed will be a stylus to work with. Donations will be accepted.

A new monthly group will meet to discuss articles, daily guides and the principles taught in the Science of Mind magazine Feb. 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dorothy Lantz, RScP, and Donna Baranyay, RScp, will facilitate the class on a donation basis.

Meditation in the sanctuary is open to all on Wednesdays from 11:30-noon.

—Florann Limpus