Faith Christian Assembly can help make life more meaningful in 2014.

Come take advantage of the many opportunities it has to enrich people’s lives and make friends. Put church attendance at the top of the resolution list for 2014.

Faith Fellowship Time is at 11 a.m., Tuesdays, in the Garden Room. The Midweek Bible Study is 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 the website at



Assembly of God Pastor John Heide will begin a mini series on how a person can be transformed during 2014 at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, in Clubhouse 3.

It is one thing to be forgiven, but God has also called people to a life of faith. People can overcome any problem in life if they will change their thinking and allow God to work from the inside out.

Come find out how to be forgiven and freed through the power of transformation.

A hymn sing will be held at 6 p.m., Sunday, in Clubhouse 3. For more information, call 343-3655.



Congregation Sholom of Leisure World Seal Beach holds Sabbath (Shabbat) services every week. Leisure World residents and their guests are welcome. Services are conducted by Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.

The service Friday night will begin at 7, followed by an Oneg Shabbat in Room 9.

The service on Saturday morning will begin at 9:30.

The Kiddush will follow in Room 7, with Torah Study after the Kiddush.

For information, call 596-1969 or 493-2680. The rabbi’s website is at



Little Flower Guild members will attend the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Jan. 12. Members are asked to sit in the front on the right side of the church. Family members and friends are welcome to join them. Members are requested to come early for special prayers before mass to pray for all members, living and deceased.



Calvary Chapel Los Alamitos meets on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. at 3021 Blume Drive, Rossmoor. The message is a verse-by-verse study in the Gospel of John.

Refreshments follow the service.

A midweek Bible study is held at 7 p.m., Wednesdays on the “Sermon on the Mount.”

Pastor John Greenroyd teaches at all services. 

For more information, call the church office at 431-3464.



Community Church will partner with Pharmacology Research Institute (PRI) in hosting a complimentary lunch and memory seminar. The seminar will be presented by Charles S.Wilcox, Ph.D., an expert in the field of memory loss. Everyone is invited Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Edgar Hall. RSVP to 795-6955.

A common New Year’s resolution is to begin, or return, to regular Sunday worship attendance. Friends and neighbors are invited to fulfill this resolution at Community Church on Sunday mornings at 9:50. Pastor James Oliver will present a message from the Bible. A coffee hour to connect with old and new friends will follow the worship service. Scripture readings for Sunday are Isaiah 42:1-9, Psalm 29, Acts 10:34-43, and Matthew 3:13-17.



The Aglow International luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m., today, Jan. 9, at Khoury’s Restaurant, 110 Marina Drive, in the Seaport Village. Cost is $13.



The Home League of The Salvation Army will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13, in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. Greeters will be Jean and Kip Watkins.

The 17th annual “My House To Your House Auction” will be held with Maj. Fred Seiler as auctioneer. The auction originated because people often get gifts at this time of the year that are unusable or otherwise unsatisfactory. This is an opportunity to use those gifts to help others in countries where The Salvation Army is doing work. People are encouarged to buy a gift and bring a gift to auction. It is an evening of fun and fellowship, and the public is invited.

Maj. Irene Seiler will welcome people and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Cherrie Green will lead a song, and Pauline Siler will pray.

Thanks to those who attended the planning meeting. The new program books will be available the end of the month.

Treasurer Virginia Lincourt is accepting $5 dues for 2014. New members will be enrolled in February by Orange County directors, captains Nigel and Stacy Cross.

Refreshments will be supplied by Bill Inch and Irene Seiler and served by tea hostesses Ann Hause and Leone Metros.



The Leisure World Baptist Church will meet at 9:45 a.m. in Clubhouse 4 on Sunday, Jan. 12. The congregation will praise God by singing, “Come Thou Almighty King.”

Other hymns include “Stand Up For Jesus” and “Ye Soldiers of the King.” The choir will underscore this theme with an arrangement of “Onward Christian Soldiers.” Other songs include “In Times Like These, We Need a Savior” and “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love.”

Iris Muncie will sing a special number, followed by Pastor Rolland Coburn’s message from the Gospel of John 16:25-33, “The Hour of Victory.”

All are welcome. Those who do not have a church home are especially welcome. For more information, call 430-2920.



First Christian Church starts with a Bible study every Sunday morning from 9-9:30. Jack Frost will continue the verse-by-verse discussion-study in Acts 14.

Fellowship follows at 9:30 a.m. in the hospitality room with light refreshments, hot decaffeinated coffee and tea.

Pastor Bruce Humes will open the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with song, Scripture and prayer, and will lead the congregation in praise with “His Name is Wonderful,” followed by Margaret Humes leading hymns: “Trust and Obey,” “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” “Count Your Blessings” and the communion hymn “At the Cross.” Anita Ragole will lead the choir in “The Lord’s Prayer,” with the communion meditation, prayer and service to follow led by Elder Larry Massey.

For the offertory, pianist Jean McPharlin will play “I Will Arise and Go to Jesus.”

Margaret Humes will read the Scripture text for the message, Colossians 4:7-9: “He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.”

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will sing a solo “Through it All” and present his message “Faithful Followers.” Faithfulness is the hallmark, the measuring rod for good Christian character. It comes through commitment to Christian service and growth, but is impossible to maintain without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Bible studies for the week are at 10 a.m., Tuesdays, with Pastor Bruce in the book of 1 Thessalonians; 10 a.m., Thursdays, with Pastor Gene in the book of Luke; 6 p.m., Thursdays, with Pastor Phil O’Malley of Calvary Chapel in the book of Daniel; at 10 a.m., Fridays, with the Women of the Word. 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. Hearing enhancements are available.



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



The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living has two Sunday services, at 8 and 10 a.m. Rev. Joshua Reeves will conduct the 10 a.m. service.

His message is titled “Better and Better.” Guest singer Douglas Ladnier will be accompanied by Bill Wolfe at the piano.

The church is located at 500 Marina Drive, Seal Beach. Podcasts of each week’s service can be heard by going to the church website at

Practitioners Dorothy Lantz and Donna Baranyay lead a group discussion of the Science of the Mind Magazine on the second Fridays of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Donations are welcome.

This is a new group of like-minded people who meet monthly to discuss the principles and teachings of Ernest Holmes.

Every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-noon, there is a time of meditation in the sanctuary, available to everyone. It’s a great opportunity for a mid-week tune-up of spiritual practices.

Yoga classes are offered Tuesdays from noon-1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m., led by David Hennage. Donations are accepted.

This Saturday, Jan. 11, the Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet from 10 a.m.-noon. People who want to learn to knit or crochet are invited to attend, and there are teachers available.

Rev. Peggy Price will lead a class on practical mysticism from 6:30-9:30 p.m., starting Tuesday, Jan. 14-March 18. The 10-week course will explore mysticism and is an ideal course for people seeking to deepen their awareness of the divine in daily living. Cost is $150.

A new Foundation class will be held on Wednesdays, Jan. 15-March 19, from 6:30-9 p.m. Cost is $100.

Rev. Josh Reeves will explore life’s deepest questions and teach how to set goals and deepen relationships in life by articulating one’s own answers.

Every Sunday, there are licensed practitioners for a short spiritual mind treatments.

For more information, call the church office at 598-3325.



Holy Family Catholic Church will observe The Baptism of the Lord Sunday Jan. 12. The First reading is Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7; second reading: Acts 10:34-38; and the Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17.

Bishop Kevin Vann, Diocese of Orange, will celebrate the 10 a.m. Mass at Holy Family.

The church celebrates Sunday Mass at 8 and 10 a.m. and at noon. The Vigil Mass is 5 p.m., Saturday; daily Mass is 8:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday.



Calvary Chapel Bible Study will have an evening Bible study tonight at the First Christian Church Chapel on Northwood Road. The group is studying through the book of Daniel.

Come for fellowship, prayer, worship in addition to the study of God’s Word. For more information, contact Phil or Pam O’Malley at 598-0270.



The Community Church Women’s Fellowship will meet at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the church. After a short business meeting, members can visit while having lunch.

Bring a sandwich; drinks and dessert will be furnished.

Jennifer Berry of Camp Wrightwood will be the speaker. She will enlighten people on the camp’s mission and how it operates.

The women’s fellowship meets the second Tuesday of the month. All are welcome.



St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church welcomes everyone to the Sunday service held each week at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. A coffee and fellowship hour follows.

Sunday, Jan. 12, will be the First Sunday after Epiphany. The first reading will be from Isaiah 42:1-9, telling of God sending a servant who will bring justice to all nations. The second reading from Acts 10:34-43 has Paul preaching peace through Jesus Christ to the Gentiles. The Gospel Lesson of Matthew 3:13-17 is the story of the baptism of Jesus by John.

The Service of Holy Communion and Healing will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the chapel, 1240 Oakmont, 52-B.  The topic is Richard Meux Benson (1824–1915), who was a priest in the Church of England and the founder of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, the first religious order of monks in the Anglican Communion since the Reformation. 



The Women of The Word Bible study will meet from 10 a.m.-noon, beginning Jan. 10 and weekly after that at the Christian Chapel on Northwood Road. The topic is the gospel of John. All women are invited to the study for prayers and a light snack. The study is non denominational.



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.



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



Wycliffe Associates, an international organization that involves people in the acceleration of Bible translation, will begin assisting Bible translators in a region of the world that can’t be identified due to credible dangers for Christians there.

The organization will support local, mother-tongue translators with administrative, financial and technical support, which includes providing translators with Bible Translation Acceleration Kits. Each kit consists of a small, portable netbook computer, satellite communication terminal, solar panel, battery and power supply.

The technology makes it possible for Bible translators in remote locations to communicate through satellite connections with translation consultants in real time, reducing or eliminating the need for dangerous travel.

Because millions of people around the world are still waiting to read the Scriptures in their language, Wycliffe Associates is working as quickly as it can to translate every verse of the Bible into every tongue to change every heart.

Last year, the organization mobilized 3,145 volunteers and staff members to accelerate Bible translation in 71 countries. Additional information is available at or by calling 1-800-THE WORD (1-800-843-9673).



Pastor Gil Moore will answer the question “Why Was Jesus Baptized?” based on Matthew 3:13-17 this Sunday at Redeemer Lutheran Church. He will summarize the difficulty he has had in the past of explaining the text’s meaning, and what it really means for people today.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. and will include the dedication of food gifts for those in need in Orange County. A coffee hour will follow in the fellowship hall. The choir anthem is “Wade in the Water.”

Ushers will be Margaret Deaton, George Koehm, Lavona Moore and Barbara Schuyler.

Tickets for the Interfaith installation dinner are available from Barbara LaBoyteaux. The dinner will be held Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2

A website that features the congregation’s monthly newsletter can be accessed at

A Respite Center offers an adult day care program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For further information and registration, call 596-1209.



The Women’s Rock Group Bible Study is held from 2-4 p.m., Fridays. Call Joan Eisenhart for the location and more information at 343-8066.