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.

The Friday night service in recognition of Israel Independence Day will be on May 9. Moishe Kapon will speak on the history of Eretz Israel since 1932.

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.



The Home League of The Salvation Army will meet Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. Greeters this evening are Florence Johnson and Virginia Lincourt.

Kip Watkins will introduce guests Terry DeLeon, GRF physical property and recreation supervisor, who will give a talk on the Leisure World Recreation Department. Guests Jillian Sorenson and Rachel Rodriguez will sing and play the guitar.

Major Irene Seiler will conduct the opening exercises, which include the Pledge of Allegiance, announcements and greetings. Cherrie Green will lead the hymn sing with Major Fred Seiler providing piano accompaniment. Suleta Smith will give the devotional thought and prayer.

Refreshments will be supplied by Jill Ayars and Jeanette Bensema, and served by tea hostesses Ann Hause and Leone Metros.

The meeting will conclude with door prizes presented by Leanna Sharon and Bruno Verville.

The planning meeting for September to January will be held May 21 at 10 a.m. at the Seiler residence: 13580 Cedar Crest Lane, 110-L. Come and bring ideas.

All are welcome for an evening of good fellowship, learning and uplifting thoughts.



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.



by Gloria Serafano

LW contributor


The Little Flower Guild held a special luncheon to honor lifetime members who are 90 years old and above April 17. The tables were elegantly set for the honorees, and each woman was presented with a lovely bouquet of roses, which were beautifully arranged by Vice President Mary Rita Ritchcreek.

The food table contained delicious home-cooked dishes.

President Betty Regalado opened with prayer and a salute to the flag. She introduced Rev. James Hartnett of Holy Family Catholic Church, who congratulated the ladies on his behalf and that of the church.

The next Little Flower Guild meeting will be held at noon, May 15, in Clubhouse 2.



Holy Family Catholic Church will observe the Fourth Sunday of Easter on May 11.

The Sunday’s readings are as follows: First reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-41; second reading: 1 Peter 2:20b-25, Gospel: John 10: 1-10

The 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.



St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church is an open and affirming congregation. All are welcome. Sunday service is held each week at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. A coffee and fellowship hour follows.

Sunday, May 11 is Mother’s Day and the Fourth Sunday of Easter. The first reading from Acts 2:42-47 teaches of community building. The second reading from 1 Peter 2:19-23 speaks of not retaliating for abuse, but rather allowing God to judge. The Gospel Lesson of John 10:1-10 is the story of the “good shepherd.”

The Service of Morning Prayer will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 14, at the Chapel, 1240 Oakmont Road, 52-B.

The Homily will be about Frances Perkins, who was the first woman to be appointed to the U.S. Cabinet, where she served as secretary of labor under Franklin D. Roosevelt. 

She will be honored with a feast day in the Episcopal Church on May 13.

The group also meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for Bible study; all are welcome.



This Sunday for Mother’s Day, Carolyn Van Aalst will give the morning message titled “Like Mother, Like Child.”

Services at Leisure World Assembly of God begin at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Carolyn has lived in Leisure for about two years and serves as the missions representative for the church.

A hymn sing will be Sunday at 6 p.m., with Curt Sample giving the evening devotion. For more information, call 343-3655.

The women of Leisure World’s Assembly of God chose a Cinco de Mayo theme for their spring luncheon April 29 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Decorations were provided from Lynn Lieder’s collection of artifacts and souvenirs of Mexico.

Christine Theodore, daughter of LW resident Carolyn van Aalst, was the featured speaker. Christine has made six trips to Honduras in the past three years. Three of those trips were to prepare 1,500 meals for the Honduran women’s Spiritual Retreat. Because the camp is held in the mountains and the facility is not heated, it is very cold at night.

Therefore, the Americans provided caps to the women there. They wear them night and day to keep their heads warm in the extremely cold weather. Mrs. Van Aalst would welcome any LW residents who wants to crochet, knit or use a loom to help with this project. Call 343-8424 for more information.



First Christian Church will feature a duet for the offertory this Sunday, May 11, Mother’s Day, with pianists Jean McPharlin and Pat Kogok playing “Children of the Heavenly Father.”

Jack Frost will teach a Bible study at 9 a.m. from the book of Acts, Chapter 23, in an open discussion followed by fellowship at 9:30 a.m. in the hospitality room with light refreshments, hot coffee and tea.

Pastor Bruce Humes will begin the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, Scripture and prayer followed by Margaret Humes leading the congregation in “Faith of Our Mothers,” “Just a Closer Walk,” “There Shall Be Showers of Blessings” and the Communion hymn “Nothing But the Blood.”

Anita Ragole will direct the choir special, “A Christian Home.”

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will preside over the Communion meditation, prayer and service. All believers are invited to participate.

Jeanne Morris will read Scripture from the book of John 19:26-27: “When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, dear woman, here is your son.”

Pastor Gene will then do a solo “I’d Rather Have Jesus,” followed by his message for the day, “The Love of Mother.” Throughout his time here on earth, Jesus took great pains to let people know he was human.

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 in the book of Luke. Pastor Phil O’Malley of Calvary Chapel in the book of Ezra at 6 p.m., Thursday. 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.



The Community Church rummage sale was a success due to the generosity of the Leisure World community and the tireless effort and gracious hospitality of over 100 volunteers.

The church property was abuzz with activity on Thursday and Friday as people from all over Seal Beach and beyond enjoyed the opportunity to acquire treasures of all kinds.

Community Church will continue to accept donations for future rummage sales.

Items may be dropped off at the church during office hours, Monday-Friday, from 9:30- 1:30 p.m.

Community Church will welcome the Rev. Lee Hirt to the pulpit Sunday, May 11. He will honor mothers as part of a special Mother’s Day service. His sermon is titled “The Family of Faith.”

Pastor James Oliver will return to the pulpit May 18.

Worship services begin at 9:50. All are welcome to a coffee hour and fellowship in Edgar Hall at the conclusion of the service.

The Scripture Readings for Sunday are Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:19-25, and John 10:1-10.



by Em Schoonhoven

LW contributor


On Mother’s Day, May 11, the Leisure World Baptist Church will have a special day of remembrance for mothers in Clubhouse 4 at 9:45 a.m.

Several members will share memories that are special to them about their mothers and how, even though many years have gone by, they can identify personal attributes that came from their moms. 

Church members will sing the songs like “Amazing Grace,” “How Sweet the Song,” “The Lord is My Shepherd” and “Count Your Blessings.”

The choir will sing “A Christian Home,” a song that carries the message from the first line, “O give us homes built firm upon the Savior, Where Christ is head and counselor and guide, that we want to convey today.”

Christine Morell will bring an offertory song.

Interim pastor Rolland Coburn will give the Mother’s Day message. All are welcome.

For more information, call 430-2920.



Editor’s Note: Lucille Martin of Mutual 15 submitted the following Mother’s Day Proclamation by Julie Ward Howe, who was the first to fight for an official Mother’s Day celebration in the U.S. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if on some distant Mother’s Day, the wishes of Julia Ward Howe could be fulfilled and the human race could celebrate a day when, all over the world, no mother would have to mourn the death of her child lost in a war or terrorist attacks?” asks Ms. Martin.

Mother’s Day Proclamation

by Julia Ward Howe, 1890


Arise, then, women of this day!

Arise all women who have hearts,

whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

Say firmly:

“We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies.

Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage,

For caresses and applause.

Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn

All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.

We, women of one country,

Will be too tender of those of another country

To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”


From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own.

It says “Disarm, Disarm!

The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”

Blood does not wipe our dishonor

nor violence indicate possession.

As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons

of war,

Let women now leave all that may be left of home

For a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means Whereby the great human family can live in peace,

Each bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,

But of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask

that a general congress of women without limit of nationality,

May be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,

To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,

the amicable settlement of international questions,

the great and general interests of peace.”



Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying, “No man is poor who has a Godly mother.”

There are so many reasons to be thankful for moms, but perhaps the greatest thing that can be said that they pointed their children to the way of God.

Sunday, May 11, is Mother’s Day.

At Faith Christian Assembly’s 10:30 a.m. service, Pastor Gwyn Vaughn will be give a message from God’s Holy Word, and mothers will be honored.

There will be no evening service May 11.

Faith Fellowship Time is at 11 a.m., Tuesday, in the Garden Room.

The midweek Bible study is Wednesdays at 7 p.m., repeated 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



On this Good Shepherd Sunday, Pastor Gil Moore of Redeemer Lutheran Church will give a sermon titled “More Than You Ever Wanted to Know about Sheep.”

His text is based on John 10:1-10. To acknowledge Mother’s Day, all women in attendance will receive a special flower.

 The service begins at 10:30 a.m. and includes the dedication of food gifts for those in need in Orange County. It will be followed by a coffee hour in the fellowship hall.

Ushers are Margret Deaton, Barbara Schulyer, Richard Stiitz and Alma Zamzow.

The choir will sing “My Shepherd, You Supply My Need.”

The Interfaith Council meets in the conference room Tuesday, May 13, at 4 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 Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 500 Marina Drive, Seal Beach, has two Sunday services. There is an early service at 8 featuring meditation, music and Sunday message, and a Celebration service at 10 with music and a message by Rev. Joshua Reeves, “The Second Birth.”

Guest singers will be Kelly Corsino and Tina Carson, with Bill Wolfe at the piano.

There will be an eight-week class taught by Rev. Margie Clark and practitioner Dory Steinmetz on “This Thing Called You,” by Religious Science founder Ernest Holmes. The class begins tomorrow, Friday, May 9, from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost is $135. Sign up at the activities table or call the church office.

The center supports Women Helping Women (Men Helping Men), an organization to help people find jobs. During May, there will be a collection of professional clothes, toiletries and other items to help Women Helping Women. Donations are tax deductable. There are donation guidelines on the activity table.  For more information about Women Helping Women, log on to

The church will begin having an evening service Wednesdays, May 14, at 6:40. Meditation will precede the service, which starts at 7. Rev. Josh Reeves talk title will be “My First Time.” 

There will be a celebration of the life of Bob Heck on Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m.  All are welcome.

A relaxing meditation given by a practitioner-in-training is held Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m.-noon.

The church is looking for people who are willing to transport people to church. Sign up at the events table or see Rev. Juanita Gardner for more information.

Every Sunday, there are licensed practitioners for short spiritual mind treatments. For more information, call the church office at 598-3325.



An Aglow International Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m., today, May 8, at Khoury’s Restaurant, 110 Marina Drive, Seaport Village, Long Beach. Cost is $13. Women and men are welcome.



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.



Calvary Chapel Bible Study invites everyone to Thursday evening Bible study at 6 in the First Christian Church chapel on Northwood Road. The group studies the scriptures chapter by chapter, verse by verse. All are welcome.



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.