ASSEMBLY OF GOD
“Trouble in Leisure World” will be the subject of Pastor John Heide’s message this Sunday at Leisure World Assembly of God. Services start at 10:30 a.m. with the Sunday evening hymn sing at 6. All services meet in Clubhouse 3.
“Most people are just coming out of a difficult time, going through a trial, or getting ready to have some problems,” said Pastor Heide. “We might as well get ready for trouble, because trouble is getting ready for us. How we go into a problem will usually determine how we come out of challenges. What the Bible teaches can help prepare us for what’s ahead.”
Next Wednesday a new Bible study will begin at 10 a.m. with Pastor Heide teaching from the book of Acts. They will meet in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.

ROCK GROUP
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.

SALVATION ARMY HOME LEAGUE
The Home League of The Salvation Army will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, March 3, in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. Greeters will be Julia Coburn and Rosemary Denos. Maj. Michelle Lescano, who is a divisional commander and director of Women’s Services for the Sierra Del Mar Division of The Salvation Army in San Diego, is the guest. This will be her first visit since her transfer.
Maj. Irene Seiler will welcome everyone, followed by Cherrie Green who will lead the singing and devotional thoughts. Maj. Fred Seiler will provide piano accompaniment. Virginia Lincourt will give the treasurer’s report. Birthdays will be recognized for the following people: Jill Ayars Belinda McLeod, Marjorie Pozehl, Anita Ragale, Wally Johnson and Edith Sessa. Gifts are prepared for birthdays and door prizes by Leanna Sharon with distribution by Bruno Verville.
Refreshments will be supplied by Leanna Sharon and Suleeta Smith and served by tea hostesses Ann Hause and Leone Metros.
Words of appreciation and the benediction will close the meeting by Maj. Fred. For more information on this program, call the Seilers at 296-8539.

LW BAPTIST
The Leisure World Baptist Church will meet Sunday, March 2, in Clubhouse 4.
The Sunday school class will resume at a new time, 8:40-9:10 a.m. in the Art Room. The new time will allow choir members to attend and then make it to choir practice at 9:15 a.m. while the others enjoy fellowship around the coffee table. 
 At 9:45 a.m., the service will begin with music centered around the Communion Table. The congregation will sing the old songs of faith, “He Lifted Me,” “My Faith Has Found a Resting Place” and “Let Us Break Bread Together.” The choir will sing “Have You Any Room For Jesus?” Jean Davidson will sing “Holy, Holy, Is What The Angels Sing.” 
Interim Pastor Rolland Coburn will give the message before Communion is served. His sermon is titled “There They Crucified Him” from John 19: 17-30. The Roman government, under pressure from Jewish leaders, crucified Christ Jesus.
For more information, call 430-2920.

CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING
The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living conducts Sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m. Rev. Joshua Reeves will speak at 10 a.m. about “Surviving to Thriving.” The church is located at 500 Marina Drive, Seal Beach, and is a loving spiritual sanctuary where everyone is welcome.
Guest singer Sunny Daye will be accompanied by Bill Wolfe at the piano.
The church’s annual meeting is Sunday, March 2, at 11:30 a.m.  Reports on last year and the vision for 2014 will be given. Church members will be asked to select members for the Core Council and vote on new by-laws for the center. By-laws are available for review at the church office or online at www.sbcsl.org. Light lunch items will be available.
A book by Michael A. Singer, “The Untethered Soul” will be the subject of an ongoing group starting today, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the sanctuary. The group will explore inward journeys and learn how to be free from perceived limitations. Anyone can join at any time. 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 camaraderie afterward at a nearby restaurant. The movie title will be announced later and will start around 7.
The annual church fundraiser will be held Saturday, March 15, from 6-9 p.m.
Join family and friends for dinner and dancing, with a live and silent auction. Cost is $45 per person.
The church is looking people who are willing to give someone a ride to church.
Sign up at the event table.
Every Sunday, there are licensed practitioners for a short spiritual mind treatments for anyone in need of someone to confide in.
For more information on the church or activities, call the church office at 598-3325.
—Florann Limpus

ST. THEODORE’S EPISCOPAL
by Margie Meigs
LW contributor

St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church is an open and affirming congregation. All people are welcome to attend, wherever they are on their journey of faith. A Sunday service is held each week at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. A coffee and fellowship hour follows.
Sunday, March 2, will be the Last Sunday in Epiphany, the Transfiguration of Our Lord. The first reading will be from Exodus 24:12-18, bringing the season of Epiphany to conclusion, at God’s holy mountain where humans encounter the divine. In the second reading from 2 Peter 1:16-21, Jesus takes three of his disciples to the mountain where they hear God and are prepared for the coming darkness of the Lenten season. The Gospel lesson of Matthew 17:1-9 teaches about the light of Epiphany to the darkness of Lent.
Wednesday, March 5, is the observance of Ash Wednesday and the distribution of ashes followed by Holy Communion and healing. The service begins at 11 a.m., 1240 Oakmont Road, 52-B.  People also meet regularly on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for Bible study. All are welcome.

CALVARY CHAPEL LOS AL
Calvary Chapel Los Alamitos holds a Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. at 3021 Blume Drive, Rossmoor. The message is a verse-by-verse study in the Gospel of John. Refreshments will follow.
A midweek Bible study on “Sermon on the Mount” is held at 7 p.m., Wednesdays.
Pastor John Greenroyd teaches at all services.
For more information, call the church office at 431-3464.

CHURCH OF CHRIST
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.

HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC
Holy Family Catholic Church will observe the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time on Sunday, March 2. The first reading is from Isaiah 53:10-11; second reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; and the Gospel, Matthew 6:24-34.
Mass on Ash Wednesday, March 5, will be at 8:30 a.m. Ashes will be distributed at Mass only.
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 through Saturday.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Help save lives by donating blood through the American Red Cross. Los Altos United Methodist Church will have a blood drive from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, March 2, in the church lounge.
The church is located at 5950 East Willow St., Long Beach, 90815 (corner of Willow and Woodruff).
Sign up online at redcrossblood.org and type in sponsor code: LAUMC, or contact the church at 598-2451 for additional information.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
by Dorene London
LW contributor

Jackie Colley of Mutual 11 was surprised and overwhelmed Feb. 15 when her family gathered from all over the country and joined with the congregation of First Christian Church to throw her a surprise 80th birthday party. She was thrilled by the family reunion and visiting with old friends.
First Christian Church will begin this Sunday at 9 a.m. with a Bible study taught by Jack Frost. The book of Acts is currently under discussion going into Chapters 17 and 18. At 9:30 a.m. the hospitality room is open for light refreshments, hot coffee and tea, and conversation.
Pastor Bruce Humes will start the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, Scripture and prayer. Next Margaret Humes will lead the congregation in the following hymns: “I Love to Tell the Story,” “I’d Rather Have Jesus,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and the Communion hymn, “Nothing But the Blood.” Anita Ragole will lead the choir in a special presentation of “I’ll Go Where You Want Me To Go.”
Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will preside over the meditation, prayer and the service of communion. All believers are invited to participate. Pianist Jean McPharlin will then play “Sweet By and By” for the offertory.
Gypsy Cherryholmes will read Scripture from the book of Acts, chapter 8:1-4, “A great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered.”
Pat Kogok will sing “Jesus is Coming.”
Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will give a message titled “Wherever They Went.” Wherever Christians go, whatever they do, they are witnesses for Jesus, either positively or negatively.
Bible studies for the week are at 10 a.m., Tuesdays, with Pastor Bruce in the book of 1 Peter and at 10 a.m., Thursdays, with Pastor Gene is in the book of Luke. Pastor Phil O’Malley of Calvary Chapel teaches from the book of Daniel Thursdays at 6 p.m. For information on 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. Hearing enhancement devices are available at the front table.

REDEEMER LUTHERAN
The Transfiguration of Jesus is the theme of the service at Redeemer Lutheran Church this Sunday. Using the text of Matthew 17:1-9, Pastor Gil Moore will speak on “Transfiguration Voices and Visions” and cite the importance of both.
The service with Holy Communion will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by a luncheon in the fellowship hall honoring Kathy Nilsson’s 80th birthday.
Greeters will be Kathy Aldstadt and Richard Stiitz. The choir will sing “Drawn to the Light.”
The Church Council meets today, Thursday, at 2:30 p.m. in the conference room.
Ash Wednesday service is March 5 at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary with the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion.
Pastor Moore will speak at the Sunshine Club meeting Friday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 8, concerning Redeemer’s Respite Care Program.
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.

CALVARY CHAPEL
The Calvary Chapel Bible Study is currently going through the Book of Daniel at 6 p.m., Thursdays, in the First Christian Church Chapel on Northwood Road.
Tonight, the group will examine Chapter 10, which contains one of Daniel’s greatest prophesies. Come for fellowship, music, prayer and the Word of God. For further information, call Phil or Pam O’Malley at 598-0270.

CONGREGATION SHOLOM
Congregation Sholom will have its yearly Festival Of Bargains today, Feb 27, from 8:30 a.m-1 p.m in Clubhouse 2. Come and browse for electronics, tools, books, jewelry baked goods, cooking ware, pictures, dinnerware, cutlery, pottery, dishes, kitchenware and sporting goods.
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. Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater will teach Navigating the Sim Shalom Prayer Book after the Kiddush.
All services are conducted by Rabbi Levy-Slater in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.
People who are unable to attend services may log on to Sim Shalom, an online synagogue, at new.livestream.com/sim-shalom at 4 p.m., Thursday, for a brief Arvit (evening) service. Services are streamed every afternoon at 4. Rabbi Levy-Slater leads the service on Thursdays.
Sim Shalom’s services can also be accessed from Rabbi Levy-Slater website, www.galityomtov.com.
For information on Congregation Sholom, call 594-4368 or 493-2680.

FAITH CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY
Faith Christian Assembly celebrates in the sacrament of Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month at the 10:30 a.m. service. Jesus commanded in 1 Corinthians 11:25, “As often as you drink from it, keep doing this in memory of me.” Pastor Gwyn Vaughn will give insights into Communion and explain how it is a special observance that should never be rushed. All are welcome to attend. People do not have to be members to partake of Communion as long as they have accepted Christ as their savior.
Faith Fellowship Time 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 www.FCAchurch.net.

COMMUNITY CHURCH
Community Church holds periodic rummage sales that are supported by Leisure World residents, who donate items and attend sales. The proceeds from sales used for good causes, and unsold merchandise is donated to worthy recipients. Recently, a third-grade girl with physical challenges was given a lightweight wheelchair, and another one was donated to a clubhouse to have available in case of an emergency. A church in Mexico received a lectern and folding chairs. A load of furniture was delivered to a youth camp in Wrightwood. Community Church has also partnered with an organization called Planet Aid that accepts unsold, surplus clothing. Hosting a Planet Aid bin supports worldwide environmental and developmental programs. The proceeds from the sponsors of the Planet Aid bins have benefited the local community as well as over 11 million people around the world. Community Church has witnessed the multiplication of God’s blessings through the generous donations of Leisure World.
Community Church welcomes all friends and neighbors to Sunday Worship Services at 9:50 a.m. Pastor James Oliver will deliver 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 Exodus 24:12-18, Psalm 99, 2 Peter 1:16-21 and Matthew 17:1-9.
—Sue Long