RELIGION AUGUST 28, 2014 ST. THEODORE’S EPISCOPAL St. Theodore of Canterbury Episcopal Church continues its search for a new vicar. Father Mark Shier will be in the pulpit through September. The Sunday service is held each week at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. 
Shier was the rector at St. Andrew’s in Fullerton. After an Army tour of duty in Vietnam, he earned masters’ degrees from Berkeley, UCLA and The School of Theology at Claremont. A voracious reader, he creates free audiobooks that can be found at
Shier is looking forward to his time at St. Theo’s, beginning with the Sunday service on Aug. 31. All are welcome.  
Sunday, Aug. 31, is the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost. The first reading from Jeremiah 15:15-21 is the articulation of the lament of the people of Israel. In the second reading from Romans 12:9-21, Paul calls attention to love beginning with, “Let love be genuine.” The Gospel Lesson of Matthew 16:21-29, Jesus is called the Messiah, but one that will suffer and be killed.
The Rev. Lisa Golden Rotchford will lead the service of Holy Communion and Healing at 11 a.m. on Sept. 3 at the Chapel, 1240 Oakmont Road, 52-B. The Homily will be about the Martyrs of New Guinea 1942.

The Leisure World Baptist Church will meet for Sunday school at 8:40 a.m. on Aug. 31 in Clubhouse 4. The morning worship service begins at 9:45.
The congregation will sing “Amazing Grace,” written by John Newton, and “And Can It Be,” written by Charles Wesley.
Christine Morell will accompany the congregation, ending with a solo song.
Pastor Rolland Coburn will give a sermon based on Revelation 6:3-4, which speaks of a great conflict on earth. 
For more information, call 430-2920.

The Calvary Chapel Bible Study meets from 6-7 p.m. on Thursdays in the First Christian Church Chapel on Northwood Road. The Book of Nehemiah is the topic. All are welcome to attend the study, which includes prayer, worship and fellowship. For more information, contact Phil or Pam O’Malley at 598-0270.

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. On Saturday, the service begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Kiddush in Room 7. A discussion of the weekly torah reading is held after the Kiddush.
The High Holiday schedule starts with Erev Rosh Hashannah (evening service) on Sept. 24.
Rosh Hashannah, the Jewish New Year, will be observed Sept. 25 and 26.
Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre (evening service) for Day of Atonement, is Oct. 3. The Yom Kippur day service, which includes the Yizkor memorial service, is Oct. 4. Members can send in forms from the newsletter or call 594-4368 or 493-2680 for more information.
Congregation Sholom is collecting donations for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) to help with the current crisis in Israel. Make checks payable to Congregation Sholom with a notation FIDF on the memo line. Mail checks by Aug. 31 to Congregation Sholom, P.O. Box 2901, Seal Beach, CA, 90740.

Faith Christian Assembly will have a gospel sing at the Celebration Service at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 31.
Everyone is invited to come and sing the old hymns and songs of the church.
Faith Fellowship is held at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays in the Garden Room. A midweek Bible study meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Garden Room.
To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call 598-9010 or visit the website at

Community Church is a congregation that is open to Leisure World and beyond. People of all denominations and backgrounds are welcome to worship.
A meditation garden is adjacent to the church building along the southeast corner of the property. It has been a peaceful haven enjoyed by many since it was dedicated in 2002. A soothing waterfall, landscaping and a gazebo are there for guests to sit, pray or meditate, and linger awhile.
Pastor Don Roe welcomes everyone to come and worship on Sunday mornings. Sunday services begin at 9:50 a.m. and are followed by a coffee hour and fellowship in Edgar Hall.

Karen Merkel is presiding and preaching at this Sunday’s service at Redeemer Lutheran Church. She is a Leisure World resident and director for the World Mission Prayer League.
The service begins at 10:30 a.m. and will open with a Mission Moment by Flo Nesland. A coffee hour will be held in the fellowship hall after the service. August birthdays will be celebrated.
Greeters will be Joan Cullimore and Caty Villar. Organist Sharon Heck will play an organ solo “Ave Maria,” by L. Cherubini. Altar flowers are from Patti Drumm in memory of her son Craig.
The church council meets at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 in the conference room.
The congregation’s website that features the 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 Crystal Orr at 596-1209.

The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 500 Marina Dr., Seal Beach, holds Sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m.
Rev. Stephen Rambo, a guest minister, will give a talk on “Artful Silence” at the 10 a.m. service.
Guest singers Michael Paul Smith and Sunny Daye will be accompanied by Bill Wolfe at the piano.
Baritone Michael Paul will perform as he pays tribute to singer and actor Paul Robeson at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 31 in the sanctuary. Donations are accepted. Everyone is invited.
A practitioner leads a meditation at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 3 in the Brides Room. Everyone is welcome.
Yoga classes are available at noon on Tuesdays and at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays with teacher David Hennage. Donations are accepted.
Every Sunday, there are licensed practitioners available the after service.  For more information, call the church office at 598-3325.

Jack Frost will lead a Bible study in Galatians at 9 a.m. on Sunday at the First Christian Chapel. The topic is why Paul opposed Peter at Antioch.
The hospitality room will be open at 9:30 for fellowship and light refreshments. All are welcome.
The worship service will begin at 10:15 a.m. with Pastor Bruce Humes leading praise and prayer.
Margaret Humes will direct the congregation in “I’ll Go Where You Want Me To Go,” “Now I Belong To Jesus,” “I Surrender All” and the Communion hymn “Redeemed.”
Communion will be served. Pianist Jean McPharlin will play “Glory To His Name” for the offertory.
Edith Emilio will read Scripture from 1 Corinthians 13:8-12. Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will sing “I’ll Fly Away,” followed by his message for the day, “Face to Face.”
Prayer and Bible studies for the week are at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pastor Bruce is teaching Isaiah and Pastor Gene, Luke. Pastor Phil O’Malley teaches the Calvary Chapel study in the book of Nehemiah at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. For the Wednesday home study, contact Sue Dougherty at 431-5392.
Call the church office at 431-8810 between 9-11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays for more information.

Cindy Trotter, missionary to Chad Africa, will be the guest speaker at the Leisure World Assembly of God service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Cindy has been serving as a single missionary in Africa since 1999. She works alongside Wycliffe Bible translators. Recently they finished translating the New Testament for the Kenga people.
Since only 10 percent of the people can read they also have a literacy program to teach reading and use other media to reach the people.
“We also have to serve the people in a variety of ways,” said Trotter.
We recently taught eight nationals how to pull teeth, and they provide needed services as well as pray with the people. We try to provide goats, which give much-needed milk, as well as loan grain to farmers to raise food for their families.”
Trotter plans to return to Chad in October and is raising funds for her support as well as purchase a much-needed truck.
Pastor John Heide invites everyone to the service. For more information, contact the church at 343-3655.

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 320-3980.