First Christian Church begins this Sunday with Bible study at 9 a.m. Jack Frost will teach from the book of Acts in Chapter 17. Light refreshments, hot coffee and tea will be served in the hospitality room at 9:30 a.m. Meet a friend or make a new friend.
Pastor Bruce Humes will begin the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, Scripture and prayer.
Margaret Humes will lead the congregation in the following hymns: “In My Heart There Rings a Melody,” “Now I Belong to Jesus,” “He is Lord” and the Communion hymn, “Beneath the Cross of Jesus.” Under the direction of Anita Ragole, the choir will sing “They’ll Know We Are Christians.”
Elder Larry Massey will preside over the meditation, prayer and the service of Communion. All believers are invited to participate. Pianist Jean McPharlin will play “Great Things He Has Done” for the offertory.
Jarilyn Anzallo will read Scripture from the book of Hebrews 10:23-25: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Anita Ragole will sing a special solo just before the morning message.
Pastor Gene Cherryholmes’ message is titled “The Need to Belong.” The church is family – where people can belong. So, one of the greatest needs that people have is fulfilled by the church. God gave his son to save it. Jesus shed His blood to forgive it. The Holy Spirit came to empower it.
There will be a memorial service for Elmer Larson at 11:30 a.m., following the worship service.
Bible studies for the rest of the week are at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays with Pastor Bruce in the book of 1 Peter; 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 book of John. 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.

Holy Family Catholic Church will observe the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Feb. 16. Sunday’s readings are as follows: First reading: Sirach 15:15-20; second reading: 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Gospel: Matthew 5:17-37or 5:20-22a, 27-28, 33-34a and 37.
The February Apologetics Talk will be Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4-4:45 p.m. at the Rectory. The theme will be about “Inquisition and the Crusades.” Bring a friend and a Bible.
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 at 8:30 a.m., Monday-Saturday.

Enjoy a Valentine treat by coming to the Little Flower Guild’s bingo party Sunday, Feb. 16,  in Clubhouse 2. Buy-in begins about 1 p.m. and must be completed before heading to bingo tables. Players can speed up the buy-in lines by having spending money in small bills or correct change ready. Complimentary desserts and beverages will be provided by the Little Flower Guild of Holy Family Church. Everyone will want to get their things organized to be ready for Early Bird Bingo starting at 1:30 p.m.

Calvary Chapel Los Alamitos meets on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments follow the service. The Sunday message is a verse-by -verse study in the gospel of John.
The midweek Bible study at 7 p.m. in on the “Sermon On The Mount.” The church is located at 3021 Blume Drive, Rossmoor. For more information, call the church office at 431-3464.

The Leisure World Baptist Church will meet Sunday, Feb. 16, in Clubhouse 4 at 9:45 for the morning worship service with interim Pastor Rolland Coburn speaking from John 18:12-27. His message title is “Our Lord, Despised and Forsaken.”
The musical theme is “heaven,” built around special numbers from Flower DeLay and a duet from Gloria Justiniano and Barbara Chambers.
The congregation will sing “When We All Get to Heaven,” “Until Then” and “Face to Face.” The choir will sing an arrangement of “The Old Fashioned Meeting.” All are welcome. For information, call 430-2920.

The Home League of The Salvation Army will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb.17, in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. Greeters for the evening will be Jeanette Bensema and Frances Benson.
Poet Thelma McQuery is the guest. Her poetry will be in keeping with a Valentine’s theme—love of country and others, and appreciation of God’s love. She is a Leisure World resident and looks forward to this evening of meeting new friends.
The Pledge of Allegiance, welcome words and announcements will be given by Maj. Irene Seiler. Cherrie Green will lead the hymn time accompanied by Maj. Fred Seiler. Devotional thought and prayer requests will be presented by Jeanette Bensema.
Ruth Payne and Marjorie Pozehl will be hostesses. Tea hostesses are Ann Hause and Leone Metros. This fellowship is an important part of the Monday meeting.
Door prizes are wrapped and prepared for each Monday by Leanna Sharon. Bruno Verville will help distribute them.
Treasurer Virginia Lincourt is still taking dues. Capt. Stacy Cross, Orange County director of special services for The Salvation Army, will enroll eight new members Feb. 24.
Closing words of appreciation and prayer will be given by Maj. Fred Seiler. The club is a place for new residents to meet friends.

“Believe and Behave” is the title of the sermon at Redeemer Lutheran Church this Sunday. Pastor Gil Moore will use Matthew 5:21-37 to describe the actions of Jesus and how they set the standard for people’s behavior today. The choir, under the direction of Sharon Heck, will sing “Come Down, O Love Divine.”
The service with Holy Communion begins at 10:30 a.m. and is followed with coffee, cookies and conversation in the fellowship hall. The reader will be Patti Drumm and prayer leader, Shirley Reimers.
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.

by Margie Meigs
LW contributor

St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church is an open and affirming congregation that holds Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. A coffee and fellowship hour follows.
Sunday, Feb. 16, is the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany.
The first reading will be from Sirach 15:15-20, on people’s choice to obey God.
The second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians 3:1-9, where he scolds them as children who must work together. 
The Gospel lesson from Matthew 5:21-37  builds on the tradition of the Ten Commandments and asks more of people and promises more.
Jeannie Bruggemann’s 90th “Coming of Age” birthday will be celebrated.
The Service of Holy Communion and Healing will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19 in the Chapel, 1240 Oakmont, 52-B.
The subject is Frederick Douglass, who was a firm believer in the equality of all people.
He was been famously quoted as saying, “I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”

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 Aglow International luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m., today, 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.

The choir from the Orange County Teen Challenge Center will give a free one-hour concert at 6 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, for Assembly of God in Clubhouse 3.
These men (not all are teenagers) have been delivered from addictive lifestyles and will share how they have gotten free from destructive habits.
Everyone is invited to come and hear their inspiring stories. Refreshments will be served after the service.
For more information, call Pastor John Heide, Assembly of God, 343-3655.
Teen Challenge provides youth, adults and families with an effective and comprehensive Christian faith-based solution to life-controlling drug and alcohol problems to become productive members of society.

Faith Christian Assembly has a Celebration service every Sunday evening at 5:30. This one-hour service is an informal time of worship, teaching and fellowship, with time to enjoy the great hymns of the church. Due to a drop-off in attendance, many churches have cancelled their Sunday evening services. But this is a popular service at Faith Christian Assembly. All are welcome to this inspiring way to begin a new week. People are also invited to come early for prayer time at 5 p.m.
Faith Fellowship Time is at 11 a.m., Tuesdays, in the Garden Room. The midweek Bible study meets 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

Bay Shore Community Congregational United Church of Christ, Youth Center at corner of 5200 The Toledo at Nieto Avenue in Belmont Shore, Long Beach, will host a public American Red Cross Blood Drive Sunday, Feb. 23, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. All participants will receive a voucher for discounted tickets to select Anaheim Ducks hockey games. Reservations are requested, but walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to sign up online go to The Sponsor Code is BayShoreCC. Reservations can also be made by phone to the church office at 433-0401.
Why give blood? Here are just a few reasons. One pint of blood can save up to three lives. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day. The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately three pints.
Blood donation is a simple process: Registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments. All information is confidential. The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process takes about an hour and 15 minutes.
Recommendations for donors are to maintain healthy iron levels, hydrate – drink an extra 16 ounces of liquid before and after donation—and have a healthy meal before giving blood. Avoid foods high in fat just prior to the appointment. Bring a list of medications, and remember to bring an ID.

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 the 70 weeks of Daniel, Chapter 10. The study includes fellowship, worship God and prayer.
For more information, call Phil or Pam O’Malley.

Community Church extends a warm thank-you to the Leisure World and surrounding communities for their support of its recent furniture sale.
Even with the threat of much-needed showers, the sale turned out to be a success.
Many homes received a welcomed change as they were outfitted with gently used furniture upgrades. Community Church is grateful for the people who graciously donated countless hours to prepare for, and work, the furniture sale and for those who donated furniture and other quality items.
As the furniture sale concludes, preparations are under way for the next rummage sale to be held May 1-2. Donations can be dropped off at the church office Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Donations of furniture and larger items can be picked up free of charge. Contact the church office at 431-2503 to arrange for a pick-up appointment.
Sunday worship services begin at 9:50 with a word of encouragement from God’s Holy Word by Pastor James Oliver. Worship services are followed by a coffee hour and fellowship in Edgar Hall.
The Scripture readings for Sunday are Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 119:1-8, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 and Matthew 5:21-37.

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.

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.

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.

A large rummage sale to benefit the Rising Tide at the Marguerite Kiefer Education Center in Long Beach will be held Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
This event will be held in the parking lot of Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. 3rd St., in Long Beach. People who want to purchase their own sales space at the rummage sale may do so by pre-registering at 437-0958, ext. 25, and paying a fee of $20 by Thursday, March 6. Donations of articles are welcome and will be accepted through Wednesday, March 5. Drop off clean and usable clothing, toys, household items, etc., at the center.
Rising Tide at Marguerite Kiefer Education Center is an afterschool drop-in program and 501(c)(3) organization. Purchases and registration fees help provide academic support, mentoring, cultural enrichment, arts, sports, recreation and nutrition for over 300 inner city children and youth in Long Beach.

The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living has Sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m. at 500 Marina Dr., Seal Beach.
Everyone is welcome.
Rev. Joshua Reeves will give a message, “Forgive Before It Happens.”
Guest singers Daniel Nahmod and Megan Reeves will be accompanied by Bill Wolfe at the piano.
On Feb. 11, 18, and 25, Carl Rischer will teach a Life Enrichment Class from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Learn how professionals sketch with digital pencils, ink pens and digital paint brushes on digital paper and canvas.
They will use the software Procreate, which won the Apple Design Award for 2013. Bring an iPad 3, 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 are accepted.
A new monthly group will meet to discuss articles, daily guides and principles from the Science of Mind magazine Feb. 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Dorothy Lantz, RScP, and Donna Baranyay, RScP, will be facilitating the class on a donation basis.
The church is looking for Ride Angels who may be willing to give someone unable to travel to church, a ride. Sign up at the event table or see Rev. Juanita for more information.
A class on visioning will be held 9:30 a.m.-noon, Friday, Feb. 21,-April 11. Cost is $135 plus $45 for a certificate if needed.
The class, facilitated by Monica Johnson, RScP, teaches the visioning process and how to implement it.
Yoga classes are offered each week for a donation, on Tuesdays from noon-1 p.m., and Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m., led by David Hennage.
—Florann Limpus