RELIGION MARCH 6, 2014 St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church is an open and affirming congregation. All are welcome. The Sunday service is held each week at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. A coffee and fellowship hour will follow.
Sunday, March 9, will be the First Sunday in Lent. The first reading will be from Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, which some have interpreted as “women are to blame” as Eve ate from the tree of knowledge. In the second reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans 5:12-19, it states that “by one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.” The Gospel Lesson of Matthew 4:1-11 follows Jesus through the 40 days in the wilderness and the temptations of the devil.
The Service of Morning Prayer will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 12, at the chapel, 1240 Oakmont Road, 52-B. The Homily will be about Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, 604, who is well-known for his writings. A Bishop’s Committee meeting will follow the service.
The group meets regularly on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for a Bible study. All are welcome.

LITTLE FLOWER GUILD MASS
Little Flower Guild members and family are requested to attend the 10 a.m. Mass, Sunday, March 9. All are asked to sit in the front right side of the church. Everybody is welcome to join them. Members are requested to come early for special prayers before Mass to pray for members, living and deceased.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
First Christian Church will start this Sunday with Bible study under the direction of Jack Frost at 9 a.m. Under discussion will be the book of Acts, chapters 18 and 19. There will be a question-and-answer period throughout the session.
The hospitality room is open at 9:30 a.m. for fellowship, light refreshments, hot coffee and tea.
Pastor Bruce Humes will begin worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, Scripture and prayer. Margaret Humes will lead the congregation in the following hymns: “It is Well with My Soul,” “Blessed Assurance,” “Awesome God” and the Communion hymn “Redeemed.”
“Under His Wings” will be presented by the choir under the direction of Anita Ragole.
Pastor Bruce Humes will preside over the meditation, prayer and the service of Communion. Believers are invited to participate. People do not need to be members of the church. Pianist Jean McPharlin will play “Praise the Name of Jesus” for the offertory.
Jeanne Morris will read from the scripture Psalm 103:1-5, “Praise the Lord; O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will sing a solo, “The Old Rugged Cross Made the Difference,” followed by his message, “Forget Not.” God cares about everything that goes on in people’s lives and wants to heal and prosper them.
An elder meeting will be held at 8 a.m., March 8, followed by a board meeting at 9. All church attendees are welcome.
Bible studies are at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays with Pastor Bruce Humes in the book of 2 Thessalonians and at 10 a.m. on Thursdays with Pastor Gene in the book of Luke. Pastor Phil O’Malley of Calvary Chapel teaches from the book of Daniel Thursdays at 6 p.m. 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.
For all church functions, hearing enhancements are available at the front table.

CONGREGATION SHOLOM
Congregation Sholom Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater conducts services in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 on Fridays at 7 p.m., followed by an Oneg Shabbat in Room 9; and on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. The Kiddush will follow in Room 7.
All are welcome.
Rabbi Levy-Slater leads a class, Navigating the Sim Shalom Prayer Book, after the Kiddush on Saturday.
The Purim Megillah will be read at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, March 15, 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.

CALVARY CHAPEL LOS ALAMITOS
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., Wednesday.
Pastor John Greenroyd teaches at all services.
For more information, call the church office at 431-3464.

COMMUNITY CHURCH
Community Church participates in the Joint Commission For Church Extension and Cooperation Between the United States and Mexico, an important area of ministry. A delegation will travel to Mexico on March 8 to attend the 2014 annual meeting at the Nuevo Pacto Methodist Church in Tijuana.
This partnership between the participating churches in the United States and Mexico helps to serve neighbors south of the border in a variety of ways. Projects include building and repairing cabins at a Methodist Camp east of Tecate, replacing a roof on an earthquake damage parsonage, and offering scholarships and subsidies to seminary students and support for pastors starting new churches or serving as missionaries.
Another area that reaches beyond the church is the provision of health kits that assist deportees with meals, health care and bus tickets to go home. Over 35,724 meals were served last year to deportees and the hungry. Support was also offered for a clinic that offers medical and dental services to the poor and unserved areas of Mexicali. The love of God touches the hearts of many through the generous gifts and willing hands of those who support this work in Mexico.
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 Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7, Psalm 32, Romans 5:12-19, and Matthew 4:1-11.
—Sue Long
WOMEN AGLOW
An Aglow International luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 13, at Khoury’s Restaurant, 110 Marina Drive, Seaport Village, Long Beach.
Cost is $13. Make reservations by Monday, March 10, by calling Joan Eisenhart, 343-8066. Women and men are welcome. The speaker will focus on the word, worship and Communion.

THE ROCK
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 www.gototherock.com.

FAITH CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY
Faith Christian Assembly will start a midweek Bible study on the book of Ecclesiastes, detailing the futility of human effort to provide real meaning to their lives “under the sun.”
This biblical book is intended to destroy people’s confidence in their own efforts and abilities, and cause them to have faith in God as the only source for meaning, value and significance in life.
Faith Christian Assembly invites everyone to come and join it as members journey through this incredible book of Ecclesiastes.
The study meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Faith Christian Assembly’s Garden Room. Bring family and friends.
Faith Fellowship Time is at 11 a.m., Tuesdays, 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.

SALVATION ARMY
The Home League of The Salvation Army will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, March 10, in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. Greeters for the evening are Charlene and Ron Cole, assisted by Bill Inch.
Vern Jackson, well-known and favorite singer, will bring a program of song to bring back memories of sentimental times. All are invited to come and have fellowship with Vern. Kip Watkins will introduce the guest, and Jim Erickson will assist in the production.
The evening will begin with words of welcome, the Pledge of Allegiance, and announcement of future events by Maj. Irene Seiler.
Cherrie Green will bring devotional thoughts and lead the hymn sing with accompaniment by Maj. Fred Seiler.
The additions to the 2013-14 roster books are available each Monday.
Be sure to pick one up. There are still a few program books for March through June.
Refreshment will be supplied by Pauline Siler and Marie Solis. Tea hostesses Ann Hause and Leone Metross will serve. This fellowship is a wonderful time to meet someone new.
Door prizes, wrapped by Leanna Sharon, will be distributed by Bruno Verville and surprizes are seen each week.
Maj. Fred Seiler will express appreciation to all and close in prayer.

ECKANKAR RELIGION
A Community Hu Chant, sponsored by the Eckankar Religion of Light and Sound, will be held at 7:30 p.m., tomorrow, March 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 to come and deepen their connection with the divine.
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
Holy Family Catholic Church will observe the First Sunday of Lent on March 9.
The readings will be: Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7; second reading: Romans 5:12-19 or 5:12, 17-19; and Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11.
Stations of the Cross are each Friday of Lent at 4 p.m. with Benediction.
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 at 8:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday.

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.

BAPTIST CHURCH
The Leisure World Baptist Church will meet at 8:40 a.m., Sunday, March 9, in Clubhouse 4 for Sunday School. There was good attendance at the initial meeting last week, and the church family is inited to join the group.
At 9:45 a.m., the morning worship will begin with the congregation singing, “Jesus Loves Even Me,” and “O, The Wonder of It All” with the chorus, “Great and Mighty is The Lord our God.”
Magda Bellis will bring a special number today as she sings, “Now I Belong to Jesus.” Gloria Justiniano and Barbara Chambers will sing a duet before Pastor Rolland Coburn gives the message.


CALVARY CHAPEL BIBLE STUDY

The Calvary Chapel Bible Study will celebrate its monthly Communion service this evening at 6 in the First Christian Church Chapel on Northwood Road. On the first Thursday of each month, members celebrate the Lord’s Supper by reflecting on what the Lord has done for them through his sacrifice for their sins. Come for fellowship, worship, prayer and the study of God’s Word.
For more information, contact Phil or Pam O’Malley at 598-0270.

COMMUNITY CHURCH WOMEN
The Community Church Women’s Fellowship will meet at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 11. Bring a sandwich; drinks and dessert will be provided.  After a brief business meeting, Jean Martin from Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HUGGS) will talk about the program and what people can do to help.
The fellowship meets on the second Tuesday of the month. All are welcome.

REDEEMER LUTHERAN
On this First Sunday in Lent Pastor Gil Moore will use the familiar text of Matthew 4:1-11, which describes the encounter of Jesus with Satan, for a message he entitles “The Interaction of Tempter and Tempted.”  He will make comparisons to Jesus’ temptations to those we encounter today.
The service begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by a  coffee hour in the fellowship hall. Everyone is reminded that Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday. Set your clocks ahead one hour.
Ushers are Beverly Dinning, Margaret Deaton, George Koehm and Edith Sessa. Choir under the direction of Sharon Heck sings “Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song.”
The Interfaith Council meets in the conference room at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 11. 
Pastor Moore will conduct devotions today, Thursday, March 6, at 4 p.m. in the dining room at the Seal Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Lenten Soup Supper Devotions will be held Wednesday, March 12, at 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall. A soup supper will be served by caterer Michele Abbott. Songs will be accompanied by pianist Beverly Hansen, followed by a dialogue between Rev. Nancy Sinclair and Pastor Gil Moore, discussing the difficult meaning of Matthew 5:38-48 in “Turning Cheeks or Resisting Evil.”
 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.

BAYSHORE CHRISTIAN
Learn more about progressive Christianity at Bay Shore Community Congregational Church in Long Beach.
It offers weekly small group discussions on the topic “Living the Questions,” www.livingthequestions.com, a popular video and Internet-based series. Rev. Susie Bjork, associate pastor, leads the series.
The public is invited to attend. Identical classes are offered weekly for 90 minutes on Mondays at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Each class is independent, so newcomers are welcome.
There is no charge, and no homework is required. The series runs through March 12. Bay Shore Church is located at 5100 The Toledo, Long Beach, 90803. Call 433-0401 for more information or log on to www.bayshorechurch.org.

LITTLE FLOWER GUILD
The monthly card party of the Little Flower Guild will be held at noon, today, March 6, in Clubhouse 2. Various games will be played—pinochle, bridge, canasta, etc. 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 substitutes should call Gail Mandell at 799-0117.
Cost is $1 per person, and refreshments will be served.

ST BONAVENTURE BINGO
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.

SPIRITUAL LIVING CENTER
The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living conducts two Sunday morning services, at 8 and 10. Rev. Joshua Reeves will speak at 10 a.m. about “True Prosperity.” Guest singers will be Douglas Ladnier and Tina Carson with Bill Wolfe at the piano.
“The Untethered Soul” book group will meet Thursday, March 30, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. All are welcome to come and explore the book’s themes of inward journeys and freedom from perceived limitations. Donations are accepted.
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 of a new bike, dinner and theater coupons, and other items. Cost is $45 per person.
The Pastoral Care Ministry, living and thriving though life support group, will meet on Saturday, March 15, at 9 a.m. This group is meant to support anyone going through a life challenge, which includes sharing solutions for similar experiences. For information, contact Rev. Juanita Gardner at love41nita@yahoo.com or call (714) 895-3080.
The church is looking for drivers to give people rides to church.Sign up at the event table or see Rev. Juanita for more information.
Every Sunday, there are licensed practitioners for short spiritual mind treatments. For more information, call the church office at 598-3325.