Community Church will welcome Bob Morley to the pulpit Sunday, May 25. Rev. Morley is a United Methodist minister recently retired as senior pastor at Covina United Methodist Church.
He is an accomplished concert performer (guitar and vocal), seminar leader and keynote speaker. His casual style engages audiences of all ages and in a variety of settings: Churches, schools, YMCAs, military bases, conventions.
Rev. Morley has performed in every state and Europe, Asia and Africa. He has produced many recordings, five of which are in CD format. He has published two books and a dozen magazine articles. His wife, Isla, is from South Africa and had her first novel published in 2009. Her second, “Above,” published by Simon & Schuster, was released in March.
They have a daughter, Emily, who is 12 years old, and they share their home in Covina Hills with two dogs, a cat, three desert tortoises and an assortment of other creatures, wild and domestic.
The worship service begins at 9:50 a.m. Rev. Morley will share his musical talent in providing the offertory. All are welcome to the coffee hour and fellowship in Edgar Hall at the conclusion of the service.
The Scripture Readings for Sunday are Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20, 1 Peter 3:13-22, and John 14:15-21.

The Leisure World Assembly of God will feature several special events in June, including a concert by the Regents Quartet, a gospel-singing group; a special movie and several other programs.
This Sunday, Pastor John Heide will return to the series, “Dressed to Kill,” a study on the believer’s walk and warfare in this world.
The service begins at 10:30 a.m. and the evening hymn sing starts at 6.
All services are held in Clubhouse 3.

The Rockettes has begun a seven-week series on the ‘Power of Answered Prayer.”
The DVD and booklets will be provided free of charge. Anyone can join at any time during the series.  
The Rockettes is a non-denominational women’s Bible Study group that meets in Clubhouse 6, Room B, every Friday from 2-4 p.m.
All are welcome.

Congregation Sholom holds weekly services, conducted by Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. All are welcome. On Friday, the service begins at 7 p.m., followed by an Oneg Shabbat in Room 9.
The service Saturday will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Kiddush will follow in Room 7, with Rabbi Galit and Carol Levine leading a discussion of the text “Ethics of the Fathers” after the Kiddush.
There is a direct link to Rabbi Galit’s Ma’ariv service and her name “Rabbi Galit” is on the screen; just click that to hear the service.
People who are unable to attend services may log on to Sim Shalom, an online synagogue, at 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’s website,
For information on Congregation Sholom, call 594-4368 or 493-2680.

First Christian Church begins this Sunday with a Bible study taught by Jack Frost in Acts, Chapter 29, at 9 a.m.
The hospitality room opens for fellowship at 9:30 a.m. with hot coffee, tea and light refreshments.
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: “My Country ’Tis of Thee,” “We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations,” “O Beautiful for Spacious Skies” and the Communion hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross.”
The choir, under the direction of Anita Ragole, will sing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will preside over the Communion meditation, prayer and service. All believers are invited. People do not need to be members of the church to participate.
Edith Emilio will read Scripture from the book of 1 John 4:16-21. Anita Ragole will sing “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”
Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will deliver his Memorial Day message “Greater Love” about the brave troops, police, firemen and other public servants who put their lives on the line for love of country, families and one another.
Bible studies for the week are at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays with Pastor Bruce in 1 Peter and at 10 a.m. on Thursdays with Pastor Gene in Luke.
Pastor Phil O’Malley of Calvary Chapel teaches Thursdays at 6 p.m. in Ezra. 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.

Calvary Chapel Los Alamitos holds a weekly Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. at the church, 3021 Blume Drive in Rossmoor. Refreshments follow the service.
Pastor John Greenroyd will teach a verse-by-verse study in the Gospel of John.
A midweek service is held Wednesday at 7 p.m. Pastor Greenroyd is teaching the “Sermon On The Mount.” 
For more information, call the church office at 431-3464.

The Buddha Circle will meet at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24, in Clubhouse 4. The group met April 27 to celebrate Buddha’s birthday with wonderful food. The festivities was enjoyed by a full house.
Buddhism is a religion, philosophy, discipline of the mind and way of life. The Buddhist path is a personal experience of achieving deep and long lasting happiness by gaining wisdom and a mind free of negative emotions.
Rev. Ven. Kusala Bhikshu, an American-born Bhikshu (monk) ordained in the Zen Tradition, will join the circle to share his wisdom of the Buddhist philosophy. He will conduct a guided meditation that allows even the most inexperienced beginner to commence a journey to enlightenment.
There is no membership requirement, just like-minded people gathered for a morning of peace at the start of the weekend. All are welcome.
Twenty comfortable blue chairs will be available for people who have trouble sitting on folding chairs during meditation.
For more informatiton, contact Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or
Donations are welcome and benefit Ven Kusala to support him as he brings the teachings of Buddhism.

Holy Family Catholic Church will observe the Sixth Sunday of Easter May 25. The readings are Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; 1 Peter 3:15-18 or 1 Peter 4:13-16, and from the Gospel, John 14:15-21 or John 17:1-11a.
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.

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 Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 500 Marina Drive, Seal Beach, has two Sunday services—an early service at 8 a.m. featuring meditation, music and a message, and a Celebration service at 10 with music and a message by Rev. Joshua Reeves, “Don’t Stop Now.”
Singer J.D. Crawford will be accompanied by Bill Wolfe at the piano.
The Untethered Soul group will meet from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., today, May 22, in the sanctuary.  The ongoing group discusses the book, by Michael A. Singer, which explores inward journeys and how to be free of limiting thoughts. Donations are accepted.
The center supports Women Helping Women (Men Helping Men), an organization that helps individuals find jobs. During May, the center will collect professional clothes, toiletries and other items for Women Helping Women. Donations are tax deductable. Donation guidelines are available on the activities table. For more information about Women Helping Women, see
There is an opportunity to hear a relaxing meditation given by a practitioner-in-training Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m.-noon.
Wednesday evening services are held in the sanctuary beginning with meditation at 6:40; the service starts at 7.
People are welcome to play miniature golf Friday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Boomer’s, 16800 Magnolia Blvd., just west of Warner Avenue off the 405 Freeway. Mini-golf is $5. The group will go to a local eatery afterward. Be sure to sign up to secure a group rate.
There will be a spiritual painting workshop with Valerie Rogers Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m.-noon. The process is designed to awaken intuition and discover the beauty from within. No artistic ability is required. Wear old clothes. Donations will be accepted.
Every Sunday, licensed practitioners are available for a short spiritual mind treatments. For more information, call the church office at 598-3325.

The Calvary Chapel Bible Study holds a weekly study today, Thursday, at 6 p.m. in the First Christian Church Chapel on Northwood Road. Ezra, Chapter 5, is the subject.
The Calvary Chapel Bible Study is a non-denominational study. All are welcome for fellowship, prayer, worship and study of the Word of God. For further information, call Phil or Pam O’Malley at 598-0270.

After a week away, Pastor Gil Moore will return to the pulpit at Redeemer Lutheran Church this Sunday.
His sermon theme, “A Parting Gift,” is based on the text of John 14:15-21 in which Jesus promises his disciples peace.
The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a Mission Moment presentation by Flo Nesland. May birthdays will be celebrated in the coffee hour, which follows in the fellowship hall. The reader will be Alma Zamzow; prayer leader, Larry Norlander. The choir, under the direction of Sharon Heck, will sing “The Holy Wings.”
Devotions will be conducted today, May 22, at 4 p.m. in Seal Beach Health Center.
The Outreach Team will meet at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 27, and the finance committee will meet at 2:30 p.m.
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.

The Rock Church, Seal Beach Campus, welcomes everyone to weekly services held at Marina Community Center, 151 Marina Drive, Seal Beach. Sunday services are at 9 and 11:15 a.m. in English and at 1:30 p.m. in Spanish.
For more information and links to the free weekly podcasts, visit the website at and click on the Seal Beach campus or call (714) 526-8233.

St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church is an open and affirming congregation. All are welcome to worship. Sunday service is held each week at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.
Sunday, May 25, will be the Sixth Sunday of Easter. The Rev. Lisa Golden Rotchford will be the visiting celebrant. The first reading from Acts 17:22-31 recounts Paul’s preaching to the Gentiles in the Areopagus speech delivered in Athens. The second reading from 1 Peter 3:13-22 says that there is merit in suffering because there will be future rewards. The Gospel Lesson of John 14:15-21 continues the words of Jesus to his disciples about his impending departure.
The Service of Holy Communion and Healing will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28, at the Chapel, 1240 Oakmont Road, 52-B. The Homily will be about the Ascension, which will be celebrated Thursday, May 29. The group also meets regularly on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for Bible study. All are welcome.

by Major Irene Seiler
LW contributor

The Home League of The Salvation Army is cancelled Monday, May 26, for the Memorial Day holiday. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m., June 2, in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. All residents are welcome for a program, fellowship, service and worship. For information call Majors Irene or Fred Seiler at 296-8539.
The Salvation Army will hold a Service of Remembrance at the Inglewood Cemetery May 25 where many Salvationists are buried. The service is conducted by Western Territory Headquarters and the staff and cadets of The Salvation Army College at Crestmont. A band will play sacred brass music and other vocal will preceed the address to honor those who have been Promoted To Glory. A cornet soloist will conclude the service with “Taps.”
On Memorial Day, many Americans recall the wars in which so many young men and women gave their “last full measure of devotion.”
The Salvation Army women, under the direction of Commander Eva Booth, made their mark on the fields of France where they served their coffee and donuts and endeavored to give the boys a taste of home. They have offered a bit of home-away-from-home through the USO. The Salvation Army salutes the servicemen and woman and pray for them and their families.
Thanks to the people who helped with the service at Seal Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center in May and to those who helped plan the programs for September-January meetings. Books will be available by June 19.
The Home League will not meet in July and August.

Leisure World residents are invited to donate large, casket-sized flags to be flown throughout Leisure World. Residents have donated most of the flags now flying in LW as a way of honoring loved ones. To donate flags, bring them with a name and telephone number to the Golden Rain Foundation Recreation Office in Building C. Donors will be notified by mail about when and where their flags will be flown.


Note: This poetry feature will showcase original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members. The Poetry Workshop meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

LW Karaoke

 It’s seems easy to sing karaoke ’cause the machine displays lyrics with instrumental accompaniment.
The only thing a singer has to do is to fill the missing vocals, following the lyrics and simulating the original artist’s voice.

But singing is a natural act of personal feelings rather than technical adaptation.
So prearranged tunes are not easy to follow for many singers.
To be a better karaoke singer, prior practice must be done.

With silver hair and wrinkles, we are have rusty voices and short breaths.
Yet the beautiful old memories are still alive and warm inside.
So, when we sing as young hearts, those memories are revived and rekindled.

It doesn’t matter how good or bad you sing.
Even if it is in the wrong tune, the audience will understand and love your passion of singing,

In Leisure World, anyone who wants to sing, enjoy live music or just be relaxed, can drop by karaoke lounge where you’ll be rejuvenated and in love the with crowd.   
— Byong Choi

Faith Christian Assembly has a longstanding tradition of a Sunday evening service at 5:30. Many churches have stopped Sunday evening services but it is a way to honor God by beginning and ending Sunday with worship.
Martin Lloyd-Jones, the 20th century Welsh minister supported the practice of evening worship because he believed there should be a hunger for the preaching of the Word. This one-hour service is a great time for extra prayer and fellowship, creating lingering conversations that bring encouragement to one another. Sunday Celebration at 5:30 p.m. is an inspiring way to end the weekend and begin a new week. 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 is Wednesdays at 7 p.m., repeated on Thursdays at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room.
To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call 598-9010 or visit

The Leisure World Baptist Church will meet at 9:45 a.m., Sunday, May 25, in Clubhouse 4. Pastor candidate Ivar Ensminger will give the message.
Last Sunday, he gave a message on everlasting life. This week his message is titled “When Hope is All Gone, Help is on the Way.” He will discuss the hope of a believer that is based on the promises of God. 
The choir will sing “My Faith has Found a Resting Place,” “Moment by Moment,” and with the chorus, “Learning to Lean.”
The choir song will be “Till the Storm Passes By.”
All are welcome. For more information, call 430-2920.

A Community Hu Chant, sponsored by the Eckankar Religion of Light and Sound, will be held at 7:30 p.m., June 2, 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.