RELIGION Dec. 12, 2013



The third Advent candle will be lit at the beginning of this Sunday’s service at Redeemer Lutheran Church, and Pastor Gil Moore will bring the message, “What Will It Be, Comfortable or Comforted?,” based on Matthew 11:2-11.

The service, which includes Holy Communion, will begin at 10:30 a.m. A coffee hour follows the service in the fellowship hall.

Communion assistant will be Bruce Young, and acolyte, Barbara Schuyler. The choir anthem is “Christ, Be Our Light.”

Congregation members are encouraged to bring homemade cookies this Sunday for distribution to the homebound on Tuesday, Dec. 17. People who want to assist in the distribution should be in the conference room at 2 p.m.

The last Advent Soup Supper and Devotions will be held Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m. Singing, a monologue by Pastor Gil Moore, and a soup supper prepared by caterer Michele Abbott are the highlights of the evening. The early start time enables everyone to be home before the sun sets.

There are no finance or church council meetings in December.

 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.



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, Dec. 15, will be the Third Sunday in Advent as the church continues its preparation for the coming birth of Jesus. The first reading from Isaiah 35:1-10 says rejoice for the Lord is near. The second reading from James 5:7-10 asks for patience as people prepare. The Gospel reading from Matthew 11:2-11 has John preparing people for the coming of the Lord.

The Service of Holy Communion and Healing will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the Chapel, 1240 Oakmont, 52-B. William Lloyd Garrison and Maria Stewart are the subject.



An evening of Christmas music will be presented at the Home League program sponsored by The Salvation Army at 7 p.m., Dec. 16, in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. The greeters will be Marie Solis and Kathy Sparks.

The Leisure World Baptist Church Choir, directed by Em Schoonhoven, will present “Once Upon A Miracle.” This wondrous story of hope for a weary world will be dramatized in word and song. Everyone is invited. A refreshment time will follow. Tea hostesses Ann Hause and Leone Metros will serve Christmas cookies. Dena Anderson and Jean Watkins will serve hot drinks.

People who want to help distribute gifts to Country Villa and carol in the hallways should meet at 3:15 p.m., today, Dec. 12, in the craft room.

Members need to make reservations for the Christmas party and Kentucky Fried Chicken dinner at 6 p.m., Dec. 23. “An Old Fashioned Christmas” is the theme for the program. The dinner is $5. Treasurer Virginia Lincourt will register people. Dues should be paid by January.

The evening will begin with words of welcome by Maj. Irene Seiler with closing words of appreciation by Maj. Fred Seiler.



On Dec. 15, First Christian Church will start the Sunday service with Pastor Gene Cherryholmes continuing a special series on Christmas from all four of the Gospels. The study begins at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship in the hospitality room at 9:30 with light refreshments, hot coffee and tea.

Pastor Bruce Humes will open the worship service at 10:15 a.m. by leading in the praise chorus, “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him,” followed by scripture and prayer, and greeting of visitors.

Margaret Humes will lead the congregation in “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear,” “I Heard the Bells,” “We Three Kings” and the Communion hymn, “At Calvary.”

The choir is next with Anita Ragole directing the hymn “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”

Pastor Bruce will present the Communion meditation, and then Communion will be served. All believers are welcome to participate. People do not need to be members of this church to partake of Communion.

Jeanne Morris will read Ephesians 1:7-8: “Forgiveness from sin….”

Anita Ragole will sing a solo, “Gesu Bambino.”

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will present his message, “The Relief of Christmas.” Guilt is the major cause of mental illness in society today.

The world’s answer for guilt is to convince people that they are not really guilty; somebody else is at fault. But God says that people feel guilty because they are guilty, and he offers unconditional forgiveness.

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; and 10 a.m., Fridays, with the Women of the Word in an inductive Bible study. For the Wednesday home study in Leisure World, contact Sue Dougherty at 431-5392.

Call the church office at 431-8810 on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 9-11 a.m. for for information. For all church functions, hearing enhancements are available at the front table.



Congregation Sholom of Leisure World has Sabbath (Shabbat) services twice weekly. Leisure World residents and their guests are welcome.

Services will be conducted by lay leaders in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 while Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater is away for the weekend.

The Friday night service will begin at 7 p.m., Dec. 13, followed by an Oneg Shabbat in Room 9 p.m.

The Saturday service will begin at 9:30 a.m., Dec. 14. The Kiddush will follow in Room 7. The Torah Study group will meet immediately afterward.

For Congregation Sholom information, call 596-1969 or 493-2680. To view the rabbi’s website, log on to



The Calvary Chapel Bible Study will be held at 6:30, tonight, Dec. 12, in the First Christian Church Chapel on Northwood Road next to the Verizon Building. All are welcome. The group is going through the book of Daniel in the Old Testament. Come for fellowship, prayer and worship in addition to the study of God’s Word. For more information, call Phil or Pam O’Malley at 598-0270.

—Phil O’Malley



The Leisure World Baptist Church choir will present its Christmas musical, “Once Upon a Miracle” at 9:45 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 15, in Clubhouse 4.

The musical tells the old Christmas story of miracles, beginning with “A Child is Born,” and continuing through the Christmas story.

It tells of angels announcing the birth of a king to lowly shepherds, and of a bright new star that led the wise men of old to worship the Christ child with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

The choir will repeat the same musical at the Salvation Army meeting Monday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

All are welcome to attend.

For more information, call 430-2920.

—Em Schoonhoven



The Assembly of God Church will host a showing of “The Star of Bethlehem” documentary film at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

The film, by the producer of “The Passion of the Christ,” will be of special interest to people who enjoy astronomy and the study of the alignment of the stars. It reveals how scientists can now project where stars and planets will be in the future (to help direct satellites to their destinations) and use the same calculations to look back in time, finding interesting and startling facts.

A lawyer shares how his interest in the stars led him to discover some amazing things about the star that the Bible records led the Magi to where Christ was born. 

For more information, call 343-3655.

—John Heide



Calvary Chapel Los Alamitos welcomes everyone Sunday, Dec. 15, at 9:30 a.m. for a  Christmas message by Pastor John Greenroyd. Guest recording artist Crystal Cooper will sing.

A  luncheon will be served following the service, which is held at 3021 Blume Drive, Rossmoor.

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



The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 500 Marina Dr., Seal Beach, is conducting Sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m.

At 10, Rev. Joshua Reeves will give a message, “Greeting in the Dawn.” Guest singers will be Tina Carson at the 8 a.m. service, and Faith Rivera at the 10 a.m. service, accompanied by Bill Wolfe at the piano.

The church’s annual Gratitude Banquet is Sunday, Dec. 15, from 5:30-8 p.m. There will be turkey and all the trimmings; the side dishes will be provided by those in attendance. There will be a raffle with prizes, including a $500 gift certificate from South Coast Plaza; $100 movie tickets, and so much more. Raffle tickets are $5 each or six for $20.

Rev. Juanita Gardner has begun a pastoral care ministry, an ongoing support group for people experiencing a loss of any kind, including health challenges, caregivers and people who need medical devices. Living Beyond Loss will meet on the second Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary. The next meeting is Dec. 14.  For more information, contact Rev. Juanita at (714) 895-3080 or

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m.-noon in the office conference room. Anyone who enjoys knitting, crocheting or looming is welcome to join or come to learn, as there are people happy to teach.  For information, call Linda Watson at (714) 310-0462 or at

Podcasts of each week’s service are available at the church website at

Every Sunday, there are licensed practitioners available.

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



The Leisure World Assembly of God will host its annual Women’s Christmas luncheon Saturday, Dec. 14, at noon in Clubhouse 4.

“We look forward to celebrating the Christmas season with the ladies of the church and other friends who want to join us this Saturday,” said Judy Heide, wife of Pastor John Heide.

Ladies are asked to bring finger foods. Instead of exchanging gifts, the ladies will collect items for the Love-Lift ministries, which provides blankets, clothes, toys, toiletries and other necessary items for women and children living in impoverished areas like Indian reservations, Mexico, Haiti and other nations.

For more information, call 343-3655.



Community Church continues its preparation for Advent by offering a weekly soup/study each Wednesday leading up to Christmas. All are invited at 5:30 p.m. for a homemade soup dinner followed by Scripture study and reflection.

To attend the Advent Soup/Study, RSVP to the church office at 431-2503.

An open invitation is extended to all family, friends and neighbors to join in worship at the Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m., Dec. 24.

Advent is a wonderful time to join in Sunday worship at Community Church.

Services begin at 9:50 a.m. and include a word of encouragement from the Bible from Pastor James Oliver.

Worship services are followed by a coffee hour and fellowship in Edgar Hall.

The Scripture Readings for Sunday are Isaiah 35:1-10, Luke 1:47-55, James 5:7-10, and Matthew 11:2-11.



The Aglow International luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m., today, Dec. 12, at Khoury’s Restaurant, 110 Marina Drive, in the Seaport Village. Cost is $13. Bring a friend and enjoy Christmas as it relates to the Book of Solomon.



Holy Family Catholic Church will observe the Third Sunday of Advent on Dec. 15. The Sunday’s readings are as follows: First reading: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10; second reading: James 5: 7-10; Gospel: Matthew 11: 2-11

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.

The Christmas Mass schedule is as follows: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 25, 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Confessions: Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 9 a.m.; Thursday, Dec. 19, at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 21, at 4 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 23, at 9 a.m.



Paul Vaughn, the son of pastors Gwyn and Ginny Vaughn, will minister at Faith Christian Assembly Sunday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 a.m. In October 2011, Paul moved to Tahiti to pastor a French-speaking church. He will recount his experiences of God’s faithfulness. Come and be blessed by his speaking ministry, which is done with a good dose of humor. Paul will also minister in music.

Faith Fellowship Time is at 11 a.m., Tuesday, 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 the website at



Take a break from holiday preparations Sunday, Dec. 15, in Clubhouse 2 for bingo. Lobby Luck will be played in the lobby for players who arrive by 12:30 p.m. Buy-in begins about 1 p.m. and must be completed before heading to the bingo tables. Players can speed up the buy-in lines, by having their spending money ready in small bills or the correct change. To celebrate the holidays, plans are in the works for a few special giveaways.

Complimentary desserts and beverages will be provided by theLittle Flower Guild of Holy Family Church. Early Bird Bingo starts at 1:30 p.m.



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 Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is supporting the Spark of Love toy drive and collecting new, unwrapped toys for underprivileged children in Orange County. Every fire station in Orange County is a drop-off point for sporting goods, gift cards and new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls 0-18 years old. The program runs until Dec. 24. All of the toys donated in Orange County, remain in Orange County.

The closest drop off to LW residents is Fire Station 48 on North Gate Road.


—Joyce Vlaic

—Sheri Leming