First Christian Church has pledged to pray daily for rain to end the devastating California drought. On Sunday, members brought umbrellas to church to demonstrate their faith in claiming James 5:17-18.
First Christian Church will host the Hallmark movie, “The Magic of Ordinary Days,” tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. See the Arts and Leisure section for more information.
Jack Frost will teach a Bible study from the book of Acts this Sunday at 9 a.m. The study is an open-discussion format; questions are encouraged.
Light refreshments, hot coffee and tea are available in the hospitality room at 9:30 a.m. Join in for food and conversation. All are welcome.
Pastor Bruce Humes will start the Sunday worship service at 10:15 a.m., followed by Margaret Humes leading the congregation in the worship hymns, “I Love to Tell the Story,” “Almost Persuaded,” “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” and the Communion hymn, “At the Cross.”
Anita Ragole will lead the choir in a special presentation, “I Love to Tell the Story.”
Elder Larry Massey will preside over the meditation, prayer and the Service of Communion. Pianist Jean McPharlin will play “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” during the offertory.
Jean Barker will read from 2 Peter 3:11-13: “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.”
Anita Ragole will sing the solo, “His Eye Is On the Sparrow.”
Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will bring the message, “What Kind of People?” There is no greater privilege, other than coming to Christ, than to personally lead another person to make a commitment to follow Jesus Christ. He commissioned his followers to be fishers of men, not keepers of the aquarium.
Bible studies for the week are at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays with Pastor Bruce in the book of 1 Peter; 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 at 10 a.m., and Fridays, with the Women of the Word Bible study. For the Wednesday home study, contact Sue Dougherty at 431-5392.
Call the Church office at 431-8810 on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 9-11 a.m. for more information or private concerns. For all church functions, hearing enhancements are available at the front table.

Join the Buddha Circle from 9:30-11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, in Clubhouse 4 as Ven. Kusala Bhikshu opens the conversation on compassion and wisdom; which is more important? Be part of this conversation.
The Dharma, the teachings of Buddha, are like seeds. Seeds on hard soil lay on the top. When seeds get into the soil, they can grow but also need water and sunlight.
Compassion is like water. Wisdom is like sunlight. With the right amount of water and sunlight the seeds will grow. Leaves will sprout and flowers will bloom. The flowers are happiness.
Ven. Kusala is an American-born Bhikshu (monk) ordained in the Zen tradition.
He will present Buddhism as it relates to the Camino de Santiago trip.
This group meets the fourth Saturday of every month. People do not have to be Buddhist to join. There is no membership requirement.
It’s a gathering of like-minded people who take part in a joyful morning learning how to suffer less and become happier.
All are welcome. People who do not live in Leisure World should have names added to the list at the front gate.
Bring questions to share with the group because there will be time to share insights.
The Buddha Circle will end in a short meditation.
For more information about the group, call Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or
All donations welcome and go to Ven. Kusala to support him as he brings the teachings of Buddhism to Leisure World.

Congregation Sholom will have its yearly Festival Of Bargains rummage sale Thursday, Feb 27, from 8:30 a.m-1 p.m in Clubhouse 2. Donations are welcome, but clothes, bed linens and heavy furniture will not be accepted. Drop off items Wednesday, Feb 26, after 4 p.m. at Clubhouse 2 or call Maxine Smith at 493-3679 by Tuesday, Feb. 25, to arrange a pick up.
Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater has been invited by the Leisure World Friendship Club of LWSB to teach a class on Navigating Siddur Sim Shalom: How to Experience Prayer. It will meet Mondays in Clubhouse 6, Room B, from 10-11:30 am. The same material will be repeated on the following Saturday after the Shabbat service at noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 7.
Services are conducted by Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. The service Friday will begin at 7 p.m., 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, with the Rabbi’s class afterward.
People who are unable to attend services may log on to Sim Shalom, an online synagogue, at at 4 p.m., Thursday, for a brief Arvit (evening) service. Services are streamed every afternoon at 4, but the one Rabbi Galit leads is on Thursdays.
Sim Shalom’s services can also be accessed from Rabbi Galit’s website, For information on Congregation Sholom, call 594-4368 or 493-2680.

Holy Family Catholic Church will observe the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Feb. 23. The first reading is from Isaiah 53:10-11; second reading, 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; and the Gospel, Matthew 5:38-48.
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 Women’s Rock Group Bible Study is held from 2-4 p.m., Fridays.
For the location and more information, call Joan Eisenhart at 343-8066.

Calvary Chapel will hold a Bible study of the book of Daniel tonight at 6 at the First Christian Church Chapel on Northwood Road next to the Verizon Building. The Calvary Chapel Bible Study is non-denominational look at scriptures chapter-by-chapter, verse-by-verse. Come for fellowship, prayer, praise in addition to the study of God’s Word. For further information, contact Phil or Pam O’Malley at 598-0270.

Community Church extends an open invitation to a piano recital at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, in the Sanctuary. Laura Dickey, who often provides the organ accompaniment at Sunday Worship, will showcase about 20 of her piano students.
Laura Dickey began teaching music students while a student herself in the 1970s at Texas Woman’ s University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in piano. She went on to earn a pedagogue in performance. The capstone achievement of her education was earning a master’s degree in music history at Yale University.
Laura’s piano students range from age 6 to adult. The recital will include mostly children ranging in ability from beginner though upper intermediate levels. Solos and duets will be performed by the young musicians. It is sure to be a delight to watch the youth as they demonstrate their growth in their musical ability.
Sunday worship services begin at 9:50 where a word of encouragement from God’s Holy Word will be given by Pastor Oliver. The Chancel Choir will sing an anthem of worship and praise. Worship services are followed by a coffee hour and a time of fellowship in Edgar Hall.
The Scripture Readings for Sunday are Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, Psalm 119:33-40, 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, and Matthew 5:38-48.

by Gloria Serafano
LW contributor

The Little Flower Guild will meet to discuss its ministries at noon, today, Feb. 20, in Clubhouse 2. President Betty Regalado has planned a discussion on the guild’s various ministries, duties and service to the church.
Most members are familiar with the altar care, flowers and vestments and the monthly bingo fund raiser and card party.
There are also lectors, altar service, and eucharistic ministers who help in the church and who visit the homebound.
The goal of the discussion is to give an overview of the groups and their work.
Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

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

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.

St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church is an open and affirming congregation. Everyone is welcome worship at Sunday services held each week at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. A coffee and fellowship hour follows.
Sunday, Feb. 23, is the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany. The first reading will be from Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 on how people should treat one another. The second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-34, which uses the metaphor of the master builder laying the foundation for people to build upon. The Gospel lesson of Matthew 5:38-48  refutes the saying “an eye for an eye” by “turning the other cheek.”
The Service of Holy Communion and Healing will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the Chapel, 1240 Oakmont, 52-B.  The group will learn about Emily Malbone Morgan, who was a prominent social and religious leader in the Episcopal Church and the founder of the Society of Companions of the Holy Cross.

Great music can uplift and inspire people. Everyone is welcome to come and hear gospel great Vern Jackson at Faith Christian Assembly Sunday, Feb. 23. He will perform a full concert at the 5:30 p.m. service.
Vern has been a regular guest artist on Trinty Broadcasting Network for many years. He has blessed thousands of people around the world with his ministry. Come early because Vern has a great following and draws a crowd.
Faith Fellowship is at 11 a.m., Tuesday, in the Garden Room. The midweek Bible study meets each Wednesday 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 congregation of Redeemer Lutheran Church will examine a portion of the Sermon on the Mount as Pastor Gil Moore speaks about “A Hard Lesson” this Sunday. Using Matthew 5:38-48 he will discuss how Christians live counter to the way the world about them lives. The choir sings “Listen! You Nations of the World.” Acolyte is Sylvia Makus.
The service begins at 10:30 a.m. with a Mission Moment presentation by Flo Nesland. It is followed with coffee, cookies and conversation in the fellowship hall.
The Outreach Team will meet Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. in the conference room.
A website that features the congregation’s monthly newsletter can be accessed at
The Respite Center offers adult day care on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For further information and registration, call 596-1209

The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living has Sunday morning services at 8 and 10. Practitioner Michelle Arellano will give a talk on “It Is What It Is.” Guest singers Debi Wheeler and Sunny Daye 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.
The church is looking for people who are willing to provide a ride to church for those who are unable to drive. Sign up at the event table or see Rev. Juanita Gardner for more information.
A class on visioning will start Friday, Feb. 21, from 9:30 a.m.-noon. The cost is $135, plus $45 for a certificate if needed. The eight-week class, which continues to April 11, will teach the visioning process and how to implement it. Monica Johnson, RScP, is the facilitator.
A workshop on Soul Collage, a process using images, imagination and intuition to retrieve messages from the soul, will be held from 1-3 p.m., Sunday, with Karen Aspin conducting the session. For additional information, go to Seena Frost’s website at Donations will be accepted.
Sunday Night Alive, with Bill Wolfe, will begin at 7, Feb. 23. Everyone is welcome, especially those who want to sing a song, read a poem or share another talent.
Lunch with the Minister will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26. Bring a lunch and join Rev. Josh Reeves and others for conversation in the sanctuary from noon-1 p.m.
Share thoughts on a book by Michael A. Singer, “The Untethered Soul” from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, in the sanctuary. The group explores inward journeys and learns more about how to be free from perceived limitations. Anyone can join the ongoing meeting at any time, even if he or she is not familiar with the book. Donations are accepted.
The Movie Night Out will be held Friday, Feb. 28. Join members of the church to attend a local theater as a group, with an option to enjoy some camaraderie afterward at a nearby restaurant. The movie will start around 7 and will be announced the week prior to Feb. 28.
Every Sunday, there are licensed practitioners for 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.

This Sunday, Rev. Curt Sample will be speaking at the Leisure World Assembly of God service beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.
Curt and his wife, Marsha, moved to Leisure World from San Pedro after years in ministry, including pastoring and evangelism crusades.
Marsha worked at Trinty Broadcasting Network in Virginia.
Sunday night’s hymn sing will be led by Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger, who will also share devotional thoughts on the Gospel of the kingdom and the end of the world.
Pastor John Heide will begin a new Bible study the first Wednesday in March at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.
“With spring just around the corner I thought it would be good to look back and study how the very first church began,” he said. “We will be studying the book of Acts as our guide.
Every major denomination got its start in the book of Acts. How did we end up with so many different denominations and viewpoints?
Did God intend for so many different churches? Let’s study together and find out what God’s Word says.”
Everyone is welcome.
For more information, call 343-3655.

The Home League of The Salvation Army will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. Greeters will be Joyce Carr and Barbara Chambers, with Bill Inch assisting.
The new members to be enrolled are Ella Aasen, Mary Lou Boyd, Barbara Gaia, Edith Sessa, Suleeta Smith, Verline Thompson, and Frances and Wally Johnson.
Capt. Stacy Cross will present membership cards and pins, and special words of welcome. The Home League is an international group that meets the first four Mondays of the month from September through June in Clubhouse 4 at 7 p.m. The program focus is education, fellowship, service and worship. All Leisure World residents are welcome.
Capt. Stacy and her husband, Nigel, are the officers/pastors of the Tustin Ranch Church of The Salvation Army. They have been the co-ordinators of the Army’s program in Orange County.
The opening exercises led by Maj. Irene Seiler will include the Pledge of Allegiance, words of welcome and announcements. Cherrie Green will lead in the singing accompanied by Maj. Fred Seiler. Jeanette Bensema will give the devotional thought and prayer.
Refreshments will be supplied by Margaret Putnam and Velma Salvaggio and served by tea hostesses Ann Hause and Leone Metros.
Door prizes are wrapped by Leanna Sharon. Bruno Verville will help present them.
On Feb. 27 at 4 p.m., the Seilers will present a program at Seal Beach Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, formerly Country Villa. Note time is now 4 p.m. People who enjoy singing and helping distribute song sheets and magazines should meet there just before 4.
The Monday meeting ends with fellowship around the table to enjoy the coffee and tea. Prayer will close the event.

The Leisure World Baptist Church will meet Sunday, Feb. 23, at 9:45 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. Interim Pastor Rolland Coburn’s message titled, “For This I Was Born” from John 18:37. That was the answer that Jesus gave to Pilate, the Roman governor, who asked him, “Are you a king then?” Jesus went on to tell Pilate “that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” Pilate’s reply echos down the centuries, “What is truth?”
The choir will sing “What a Day That Will Be.” Christine Morell and Kip Watkins will sing special songs, and the congregation will sing “Jesus is Coming Again, Lo, He Comes” and “Soon and Very Soon.” All are welcome. For information, call 430-2920
—Em Schoonhoven