religion june 26, 2014 community church community church extends hearty congratulations to the rev. james f. oliver as he concludes over 40 years of pastoral ministry june 30 and enters retirement.
pastor oliver was appointed by the united methodist church as the senior pastor to community church on july 1, 2008, and has served the community of leisure world well since his arrival.
many residents recognize him as “the preacher with the white truck,” who faithfully picked up furniture and other household items as a service to the community.
others know him as a dear friend who loves the lord, his family, the church, and the many friends he has made along the way.
during pastor oliver’s tenure, the rummage sales have grown in magnitude, benefiting people both inside and beyond the borders of leisure world.
furniture, golf clubs, walkers, household items, etc., have been donated to such worthy recipients as a church and camp in mexico, a camp in wrightwood, a middle school, a mission to the uninsured and many others.
community church will continue to receive donations and have rummage sales, but the “white truck” will no longer be out in the community doing pick-ups.
as community church sends pastor oliver into his retirement with its blessings and gratitude, a farewell appreciation celebration honoring pastor oliver and his wife, marian, will held june 29.
everyone is invited to attend worship and hear an inspiring final word from pastor oliver.
after the worship service, an informal reception will be held in edgar hall where people will have an opportunity to extend pastor oliver and marian their well wishes.
the scripture readings for sunday are genesis 22:1-14, psalm 13, romans 6:12-23, matthew 10:40-42.

assembly of god
this sunday at leisure world assembly of god, pastor john heide will give a sermon, “he’s closer than you think” at 10:30 a.m. in clubhouse 3.
the message will explore what people think about god and what the bible says about it.
the sunday evening hymn sing begins at 6 in clubhouse 3. all are welcome.
for more information, call 343-3655.
the summer bible series will begin at 10 a.m., wednesday, july 2, in clubhouse 4, section c. everyone is invited to attend.

calvary chapel bible study
calvary chapel bible study invites everyone to a weekly bible study at 6 tonight at the first christian church chapel on northwood road. this evening will conclude the study of the book of ezra. all are welcome for fellowship, prayer, worship and the study god’s word.  for more information, call phil or pam o’malley at 598-0270.

st. theodore’s episcopal
st. theodore of canterbury episcopal church will say farewell and happy retirement to rev. nancy sinclair sunday, june 29.  rev. sinclair will be the celebrant, and rev. charles sacquety will be the guest preacher.
all members of the community are encouraged to join the church on this special sunday. sunday service is held each week at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of clubhouse 3.
sunday, june 29, will be the third sunday after pentecost. the first reading from jeremiah 28:5-9 tells of the prophet jeremiah wearing a yoke around his neck and his encounter with the prophet hananiah who breaks the yoke and says that the true prophet will prophesy peace. the second reading from romans 6:12-23 is paul’s account of the new life that is a new walk with christ. the gospel lesson of matthew 10:40-42 continues the instructions on what it takes to be a disciple. 
the service of morning prayer will be held at 11 on wednesday, july 2, at the chapel, 1240 oakmont road 52-b. the homily will be about harriet beacher stowe.

buddha circle
the buddha circle will meet saturday, june 28, in clubhouse 4 at 9:30 a.m. everyone is invited to come and learn about buddhism, which for many is a way to achieve happiness by gaining wisdom and a mind free of negative emotions.
rev. ven. kusala bhikshu, an american-born monk ordained in the zen tradition, will share his wisdom of the buddhist philosophy.
he will also lead a guided meditation. there is no membership.
there are comfortable blue chairs to sit in for people who have trouble sitting in the folding chairs during meditation.
for more information, contact lynn r. heath at 296-5588 or lynnrheath@gmail.com.
donations are welcome and go to ven. kusala to support him as he brings the teachings of buddhism to leisure world.

lw baptist church
the leisure world baptist church will hold sunday school at 8:40 a.m., sunday, june 29, in clubhouse 4. the group is studying the gospel of mark.  
at 9:45 a.m., the morning worship service will begin. pastor rolland coburn will continue his series from the book of revelation. his sermon is titled “faith is the victory” from revelation 2:8-11.
the choir will sing an arrangement of “fill my cup, lord,” with the congregation joining in on “wonderful grace of jesus”  and “it is well with my soul.”
pianist christine morell will sing and play a special number for the offertory. 
all are welcome. for more information, call 430-2920.

rock church
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.

first christian church
members of the first christian church turned out in force for a work day june 7 to do some much needed painting and upkeep on the “little yellow chapel.”
the main project was scraping and repainting the wrought iron fence along the front of the property. the beautification project will benefit the church and leisure world.
bible study begins at 9 a.m. this sunday with jack frost continuing in acts, chapter 28.
light refreshments, hot coffee and tea are provided at 9:30 a.m. in the hospitality room. all are invited.
at 10:15 a.m., the worship service begins with pastor bruce humes leading the congregation in praise, prayer and scripture. the following hymns will then be sung: “o beautiful for spacious skies,” “my country ’tis of thee,” “onward christian soldiers” in honor of july 4, and the communion hymn “beneath the cross of jesus. margaret humes will direct.
pastor bruce will preside over the communion meditation, prayer and service.
pianist jean mcpharlin will play “he touched me” for the offertory.
ann winder will read 2 chronicles 7:11-16: “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will i hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
next, there will be a duet by walt and bobbye trent followed by pastor gene cherryholmes’ message, titled “if my people.” he will cover what happens when people neglect to teach the younger generations the truth of the nation’s christian heritage.
bible studies for the week will be held at 10 a.m. on tuesdays with pastor bruce in the book of isaiah; at 10 a.m. on thursdays with pastor gene in the book of luke; and at 6 p.m., thursdays, with pastor phil o’malley of calvary chapel in the book of 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.
for all church functions, hearing enhancements are available at the front table.

holy family catholic
holy family catholic church will observe the solemnity of saints peter and paul sunday, june 29. the first reading will be from acts 12:1-11; second reading: 2 timothy 4:6-8, 17-18, and the gospel: matthew 16:13-19.
the 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 8:30 a.m., monday through saturday.

faith christian assembly
in a day of disheartening statistics on men’s church attendance, father’s day brought a superb gathering of men at faith christian assembly.
each sunday at 10:30 a.m., pastor gwyn vaughn delivers a message relevant to people’s daily lives.
the church also offers a thriving men’s ministry, under the direction of gary leming.
the men’s ministry meets from 9-10 a.m. on the third saturday of each month at faith christian assembly’s garden room.
occasionally the men enjoy a golf tournament among other special events.
faith fellowship time is held tuesdays at 11 a.m. in the garden room. a midweek bible study is held 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 our website at www.fcachurch.net.

sholom sisterhood
sholom sisterhood is open to every jewish woman in leisure world. the group hosts social activities and works together to promote jewish programs for the benefit of all.
to join the sisterhood, call henrietta zarovsky, 596-3767, or leah perrotti, 296-8470. dues are $36 a year.
plans are being made to bring programs and activities throughout the year. board meetings are held on the third thursday of each month at 1 p.m. paid members are invited to attend. the next meeting will be held july 24 at henrietta’s home. call to rsvp.
membership meetings are held on the first thursday of each month in clubhouse 3, room 7, at 1 p.m. the july 3 meeting will be the first day of the crafts program. rabbi galit levy-slater will teach people how to make yarmulkas. a no. 5 hook and perle cotton no. 5 yarn will be needed. bring two colors of yarn to learn how to make designs. for those who cannot do smaller stitches, the crochet hook can be larger, and any regular yarn and material (including wool and synthetics) can be used.
all of the supplies can be found at craft stores.
since it will take more than one session to complete the yarmulkas, a second craft day will be held aug. 7 in clubhouse 3, room 7, at 1 p.m.
the sisterhood is planning a trip to see “my mother is italian, my father is jewish & i’m in therapy” at the 2 p.m. matinee, aug. 13, at the huntington beach library playhouse. tickets are $45 per person and are available by calling henrietta or leah as soon as possible.

redeemer lutheran
worship services at at redeemer lutheran church begin at 10:30 a.m., sunday, with a mission moment presentation by flo nesland. pastor gil moore will speak on the text of matthew 10:40-42 with a message titled “what’s welcoming christ all about?”
greeters will be wilma duffin and lois rakow. the choir will sing “come, we that love the lord.” during the coffee hour following the service, people with june birthdays will be given one of barbara laboyteau’s cupcakes.
the church council meets today, thursday, at 2:30 p.m. in the conference room.
a bible class under the direction of pastor lynda elmer meets on wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall.
this sunday is the final opportunity to get something from the june bargain basement, which will be open during the sunday coffee hour.
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.

congregation sholom
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, which includes reading the torah, will begin at 9:30 a.m. the kiddush will follow in room 7, with a discussion of the weekly torah reading after the kiddush.
there is a direct link to rabbi galit’s ma’ariv service at www.simshalom.com/online-synagogue-services/. to hear the service, click on her name “rabbi galit.”
people who are unable to attend services may log on to sim shalom, an online synagogue, at www.simshalom.com/online-synagogue-services for a brief arvit (evening) service. services are streamed every afternoon at 4. rabbi levy-slater leads the service on thursdays.
for information on congregation sholom, call 594-4368 or 493-2680.

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.

calvary chapel los alamitos
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.

spiritual living center
the seal beach center for spiritual living, 500 marina dr., seal beach, conducts sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m. the early service is more intimate with music, message and prayer. the 10 a.m. service is led by rev. joshua reeves, whose talk title will be “think for yourself.”
guest singer michael paul smith will be accompanied by bill wolfe at the piano.
there are now wednesday evening services in the sanctuary beginning with meditation at 6:40. and a talk and music from 7-8.
rev. donna baranyay will facilitate “the essential ernest holmes,” which delves into holmes’ writings, beginning saturday, july 5-aug. 30. the class fee is $150, plus $45 for a certificate, if desired. sign up at the activities table or call the office.
“self mastery, emergence of the true self,” facilitated by tom hodges, r.sc.p, will begin thursday, july 10, and continue through aug. 28. the eight-week class deepens the understanding of the science of mind philosophy and its application to life.  class fee is $135, plus $45 for a certificate, if desired. sign up at the bookstore or call the church office.
a meditation given by a practitioner-in-training is held wednesdays from 11:30 a.m.-noon.
for more information, call the church office at 598-3325.
—florann limpus