Anita Ragole to direct choir at Sunday service

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will talk about how selfishness and failures cause clouds to come and go between people and God in his message at the Sunday service beginning at 10:15 a.m., Nov. 17, at First Christian Church.

Elder Larry Massey will lead a Bible study at 9 a.m. in the book of Acts, Chapter 16.

At 9:30 a.m., join church members, visitors and friends in the hospitality room for light refreshments, hot coffee and tea.

Pastor Bruce Humes will begin the Sunday worship service by leading everyone in song with “Let’s Just Praise the Lord,” followed by Scripture and prayer.

The congregation will join Margaret Humes in singing the following hymns: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “It Is Well With My Soul” and “He Has Made Me Glad.” Anita Ragole will then direct the choir in “One Day.”

The Communion hymn, “Redeemed,” will be led by Margaret Humes. Pastor Bruce Humes will present the Communion meditation. Pianist Jean McPharlin will play “Glory Be His Name” for the offertory.

Jackie Colley will read from the book of John 21:15-17. Anita Ragole will present a solo “I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked.”

First Christian Church will host the Hallmark movie “Fallen Angel” at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 15, in the Chapel. Come early for good seats. The movie is the story of unresolved family issues that two strangers, once childhood friends, must face.

Bible studies are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. with Pastor Bruce Humes in the book of Romans and Pastor Gene in the book of Luke. On Thursdays at 6 p.m. Pastor Phil O’Malley of Calvary Chapel is in the book of Daniel. Contact Sue Dougherty, 431-5392, in Leisure World for information on the Wednesday Home Study. Women of the Word meets Fridays at 10 a.m.

Hearing enhancement devices are available at all church functions.


Sock drive for veterans ends today

The Missions Team of Community Church will conclude its Sock-It-To-Me project today, Nov. 14. New white socks or cash donations will be accepted at the church office. The volunteer services for the VA Medical Center in Long Beach and the Cabrillo Center for Homeless Veterans will distribute them to the men and women veterans. This project is open to anyone in the community who would like to offer their support.

See’s Candy will be offered through the Community Church Office for holiday giving. See’s Christmas gift selections can be purchased at a considerable savings compared to retail store prices. The deadline to place an order is Nov. 19. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the annual Christmas dinner that is provided at no cost to the Leisure World community friends and family on Christmas Day at noon.

The Sunday Worship service begins at 9:50. Pastor Oliver will give a word of encouragement from God’s Holy Word, followed by a coffee hour and a time of fellowship in Edgar Hall.

The Scripture readings for Sunday are Isaiah 65:17-25, Psalm 118, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, and Luke 21:5-19.

Quilt collection will be featured Nov. 18

The Home League of The Salvation Army will meet Monday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. Greeters will be Margaret Putnam and Velma Salvaggio.

Beth Ferguson from Tustin Ranch will display her quilt collection and share information on her hobby. Everyone is invited.

Maj. Irene Seiler will welcome everyone and make announcements. Following the hymn sing by Cherrie Green, Jill Ayars will bring a devotional thought and take prayer requests. Maj. Fred Seiler will provide piano accompaniment.

Door prizes will be wrapped and presented by Leanne Sharon, assisted by Bruno Verville.

Refreshments will be supplied by Cherrie and Bill Green and served by tea hostesses Ann Hause and Leone Metros.

Thanks to those who helped with last week’s service at Country Villa. Reaching out to others, especially shut-ins, is a rewarding experience.

The annual Christmas dinner and musical program is at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2, in Clubhouse 4. Tickets are $15, and reservations can be made each Monday prior to and after the 7 p.m. program. For more information, call Virginia Lincourt at 493-5657. This LW festive Christmas celebration has been held for 38 years. All are welcome to attend.

—Maj. Irene Seiler



The Aglow International luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m., today, Nov. 14, at Khoury’s Restaurant, 110 Marina Drive, in the Seaport Village. Cost is $13. The theme is “Reaching the Next Generation for God.”

—Joan Eisenhart



The Calvary Chapel Bible Study invites everyone to its weekly study in the Book of Daniel tonight at 6 in the First Christian Church Chapel on Northwood Road. The study will consider end-time prophesy.  Join the group for fellowship, prayer and worship. For more information, call Phil or Pam O’Malley at 598-0270.

—Phil O’Malley


Thanksgiving dinner for seniors is Nov. 24

Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 11600 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos, will hold its annual local Senior Adults Thanksgiving Dinner at 5 p.m., Nov. 24. The congregation donates and prepares the food and the youth and family ministries help set up and serve the meal.

There will be after-dinner entertainment featuring the band Crowsfeet, which will entertain with oldies from the 60s and beyond. The band is comprised of congregation members and is known as Southern California’s oldest rock band. Members have played for several years for various venues around Orange County. They will play a mixture of rock, country/western and blues.

The dinner event started years ago as a church event and now includes all seniors in the community who would like to attend. It has grown to almost 300 in number. The dinner is free but reservations are required so there is enough for everyone. Call the church at 493-2553 to make reservations. People who are not able to spend Thanksgiving with their families are especially welcome.

—Marilyn Kane

Hanukkah party is Nov. 24 in CH 3

Congregation Sholom holds Sabbath services every week. All 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 first day of Hanukkah is on Thanksgiving Day.The Hanukkah party will be Sunday, Nov. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. There is no charge. Refreshments, including doughnuts and drinks, will be provided. Bring games to play, and friends.

The service on Saturday morning will begin at 9:30. The Kiddush will follow in Room 7, with Torah study afterward.


Precious Life shower is Nov. 21

The Little Flower Guild will have its annual Precious Life Baby Shower at 1 p.m., Nov. 21, in Clubhouse 2. Speaker Teresa Murphy, director of Precious Life Shelter, will give a presentation on the Precious Life Foundation.

The Little Flower Guild is collecting baby items and monetary donations to benefit the Los Alamitos shelter, which provides residential and supportive services for homeless pregnant women. Leisure World residents are invited to contribute.

For more information, contact Betty Regalado at 430-8960 or drop off items at the Nov. 21 meeting at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.

—Gui Baker



Leisure World women are invited to the Women of the Word Bible study from 10 a.m.-noon at First Christian Church. The group takes a more traditional approach to the study of the Gospel of John, emphasizing fellowship and discussion of Scripture.


Thanksgiving banquet is Nov. 22

Leisure World Assembly of God will host its annual Thanksgiving/Christmas banquet at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, in Clubhouse 2. Special guests will be musicians Dean and Mary Jean Brown. 

The Browns have traveled around the world in ministry and served with Billy Graham, Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, TBN, and many other ministries. Dean has recorded over 300 music and video projects for numerous top name artists, and Mary Jean has composed, arranged and produced numerous recordings.

For 36 years, they have worked with the “Good News Kids” music program teaching children how to sing. They annually take the children to area malls, churches and other venues to perform at Christmas time.

“We look forward to this special evening of a great meal and music and all our friends are welcome,” said Pastor John Heide.

Tickets for this catered event are $15. To purchase tickets, call Darlene Dortch at 544-7415, Midge Dunagan at 594-9698 or Judy Heide at 343-3655. 


Bingo is Nov. 17

Everyone is invited to attend Little Flower Guild Bingo Sunday, Nov. 17, in Clubhouse 2. Buy-in begins about 1 p.m. and must be completed before heading to bingo tables. Players can speed up the buy-in lines by having their money ready in small bills or the correct change.

Complimentary desserts and beverages will be provided by the Little Flower Guild of Holy Family Church. Players will want to get their things organized to be ready for Early Bird Bingo starting at 1:30 p.m.

To help as a volunteer, call 594-0209 for information.

—Joyce Vlaic



Holy Family Catholic Church will observe the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time on Nov. 17. The Sunday’s readings are as follows: First reading: Malachi 3: 19-20a; second reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; and Gospel: Luke 21:5-19.

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. 


Thanksgiving, worship and praise are themes of Sunday service

The Leisure World Baptist Church will meet Sunday, Nov. 17, at 9:45 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. Praise, Thanksgiving and Worship is the ongoing theme of the month. The choir will sing “Ring the Bells of Heaven,” with the congregation adding hymns of thanksgiving, “It is Well With My Soul” and “Come Ye Thankful People, Come.” Iris Muncie will sing a special number to complete the musical portion of the service.

Pastor Doug Friederichsen’s message will look at incorrect examples of true worship in the Old Testament stories of Nadab and Abihu in Leviticus 10. He will also consider the story of King Saul in 1 Samuel, Chapter 13, and Uzzah in 2 Samuel, Chapter 6, where they all tried to worship God in a self-styled manner. God’s response shows his displeasure and shows people how to correctly worship him. The message is one in a series on “The Importance of True Worship.”

All are welcome. For more information, call 430-2920.

—Em Schoonhoven


Service includes readings from Malachi

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

Sunday, Nov. 17, will be the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost. The first reading from Malachi 4:1-2a announces the return of God’s judgment. The second reading from 2 Thessalonians  3:6-13 is relevant to the present time, contemplating the idle and whether they should eat. The Gospel reading from Luke 21:5-19 reminds people that Jesus never said that it would be easy to follow him.

The Service of Holy Communion and Healing will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Chapel, 1240 Oakmont, 52-B. Edmund, King of East Anglia, is the topic.


Ram Dass study is set for Nov. 15

The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 500 Marina Dr., Seal Beach, will meet at 10 a.m., Sunday, for a service with Rev. Joshua Reeves speaking on “The Continuity of Life.”

Guest singer Debi Wheeler-Ure will be accompanied by Bill Wolfe at the piano.

Rev. Josh will hold a book study of Ram Dass’ “Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying” from 10 a.m.-noon, Friday, Nov. 15. The class will run through Dec. 13; donations will be accepted.

Choir practice has begun for the Thanksgiving service.  Everyone who enjoys singing is welcome. See pianist Bill Wolfe after services.

The monthly beach clean-up will be held Saturday, Nov. 16. See Leona Rustin for more information or call her at 633-6388.

Green Wednesday will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Laila Skaar will discuss the Asian concept of Feng Shui and how it influences basic decorating principles. Everyone is welcome; donations will be accepted.

There is an ongoing midweek meditation service from 11:30 a.m.-noon every Wednesday.  It’s a wonderful opportunity for quiet during the week.

Yoga is taught every Tuesday at noon and every Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Podcasts of each week’s service are available at

Every Sunday, there are licensed practitioners briefly available after church.

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

—Florann Limpus


Vern Jackson will be featured Nov. 17

Vern Jackson will be in concert at Faith Christian Assembly, Sunday, Nov. 17, at the 5:30 p.m. service.

Vern has been a regular guest artist on TBN Christian Television for many years.

He has just finished a new album and will play new material as well as old favorites.

Come early and get a good seat because Vern always draws a crowd. All are welcome.

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

The Midweek Bible Study, taught by Pastor Sheri Leming, is Wednesday 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

­—Sheri Leming


Memory screening offered Nov. 19

“Let’s Have Breakfast with God” is the title of this Sunday’s sermon at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Pastor Gil Moore in using the text of Luke 21:5-19 will address the issues related to the end of the world.

Holy Communion will be celebrated in the service, which begins at 10:30 a.m. New members will be received into membership. A light luncheon will follow in the fellowship hall in honor of the new members and a brief annual meeting will be held to adopt the congregation’s 2014 budget.

Acolyte is Shirlene Bradrick and communion assistant is Nancy Luebben.

The congregation is hosting a Dine Out at Daphne’s on Monday, Nov. 18, from 4-9 p.m. Flyers for the event are available at the church office.

The finance committee meets Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 2:30 p.m. in the conference room.

Respite Care is hosting a memory screening in the Leisure World Health Center conference room on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m.-noon. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

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

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


All welcome to service at 1:30

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 St. Bonaventure Seniors Club sponsors bingo games from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the first Monday of the month, excluding holidays at the St. Bonaventure’s Church Hall, 16400 S. Springdale Ave., Huntington Beach. Meet at 10 for a free continental breakfast; bingo starts at 10:45, with lunch at noon, donation.

Bingo then resumes from 12:30-2 p.m. All are welcome.


Santa, festive food and crafts featured

The Cypress Holiday Bazaar will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Cypress Community Center, 5700 Orange Ave. Admission to the event is free.

Boy Scout Troop 660 will provide breakfast With Santa from 8-11 a.m. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit, orange juice and coffee are on the menu. Santa will visit from the North Pole for photos from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., so don’t forget to bring a camera.

The bazaar will offer handmade and commercial items for sale with entertainment throughout the day.

The Cypress High School Baseball Boosters will have a barbecue lunch and Mrs. Claus’ Sweet Shoppe will be open.

For more information, call the Cypress Community Center at (714) 229-6780.