RELIGION MAY 29, 2014 ASSEMBLY OF GOD Leisure World Assembly of God pastors John and Judy Heide, who have ties to the community, recently visited the small towns of Vilonia and Mayflower, Ark., the scene of a devastating tornado that killed people and livestock and leveled much of the area.
A special love offering is being received to help those affected.
“They have sufficient food and water, and clothes but what is needed are gift cards and cash so people can buy what they need and pay their other bills,” said Pastor John. “One utility company called a family to let them know their utilities had been turned back on, but the problem was there was no house left.”
The F4 tornado with winds of up to 180 mph hit April 27 and demolished the small town of Vilonia and much of Mayflower. Over 480 homes were destroyed and 200 more were damaged. From expensive brick homes to mobile homes, the storm destroyed 85 percent of the downtown Vilonia business area. Judy Heide graduated from Vilonia High School. While many people were in church that evening, 15-20 people were killed, including seven- and eight-year-old brothers and several other children.
To make a donation, call the Assembly of God at 343-3655. One hundred percent of all donations will go to the people and families affected by this storm.

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 will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Kiddush will follow in Room 7, with Rabbi Galit and Carol Levine leading a discussion of the text “Ethics of the Fathers” after the Kiddush.
Because June 3 is the eve of the Shavuot holiday, the Congregation Sholom Board meeting has been moved to Tuesday, June 10, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.
There is a link to Rabbi Galit’s Ma’ariv service; click on “Rabbi Galit” to hear the service.
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.
Sim Shalom’s services can also be accessed from Rabbi Levy-Slater’s website, www.galityomtov.com.
For information on Congregation Sholom, call 594-4368 or 493-2680.

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
This Sunday at the Assembly of God, Pastor John Heide will share a message titled “The Battle for Truth.”
The service starts at 10:30 a.m. and meets in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
The Sunday evening hymn sing begins at 6 p.m. All are welcome.
In today’s society, there is much emphasis on acceptance and tolerance of everyone regardless of their belief or behavior. Freedom of expression is promoted as the highest good. His sermon will look at how these good concepts must be balanced with the truth if a nation, or a person, is to survive.

ST. BONAVENTURE BINGO
The St. Bonaventure Seniors Club sponsors bingo games from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the first Mondays at St. Bonaventure’s Church Hall, 16400 S. Springdale Ave., Huntington Beach. Meet at 10 for a free continental breakfast; bingo starts at 10:45.

SALVATION ARMY
The Home League of The Salvation Army will meet Monday, June 2, at 7 p.m. in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. Greeters will be Janet Milligan and Juanita Montgomery.
Marie Puffpaff,who has been at the LW Health Care Center for 20-plus years, will be the guest speaker. She will give a talk titled “Keeping Healthy in the Hot, Summer Months.” The recent hot weather affected many LWers two weeks ago. This advice will help people cope with future heat waves.
Marie graduated from California State University, Long Beach, as a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree. Her graduate studies were at UCLA, where she earned a degree in geriatric nursing.
Major Irene Seiler will welcome everyone and lead in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Hymns will be led by Cherrie Green and followed by devotions and prayer by Pauline Siler. Treasurer Virginia Lincourt will give the May finance report.
Birthdays will be celebrated in song and with gifts for June celebrant Bill Green, and Ruth Foxhoven and Ramona Glass whose birthdays are in July. Birthday gifts and door prizes are wrapped by Leanna Sharon and helping to present them will be Bruno Verville.
Major Fred Seiler will give words of appreciation to those who help with various areas of the program and to the guests. Refreshments will be served by Ann Hause, Leone Metros and Dena Anderson.
The planning meeting was held, and programs for September-January will be announced at the meetings June 16 and 23. There are no meetings in July or August.

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.

FAITH CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY
Ministry happens every week at Faith Christian Assembly as people from the church minister to those in the community, including those behind prison bars.
Faith Christian Assembly financially supports Verlene Thompson and Earlene Leming in prison ministry. They both started out ministering in juvenile hall and have a combined 40-plus years of prison ministry experience. Earlene now ministers at various prisons throughout California, and Verlene ministers at the detention facility in Lynwood. These women go places most people have never been to show the love of Jesus. Jesus said in Matthew 25 that when people minister to “the least of these,” they minister unto him.
Faith Fellowship Time is at 11 a.m., Tuesdays, 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 the website at www.FCAchurch.net.

HOLY FAMILY CHURCH
Holy Family Catholic Church will observe Ascension of Our Lord Sunday, June 1. The first reading is from Acts 1:1-11; second reading, Ephesians 1:17-23; and the Gospel, Matthew 28:16-20.
Friday, June 6, starting at 9 a.m. is the Day of Perpetual Adoration. It will conclude with a Holy Hour from 4-5 p.m. All are welcome.
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 at 8:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday.

COMMUNITY CHURCH
by Sue Long
LW contributor

Community Church has a talented music department, led by Renee Cortez, who serves as the interim choir director and the soprano soloist. In addition, Joe Harris is the trumpet soloist and bass soloist.
Laura Dickey regularly supports the choir on the organ. Together with the team of devoted choir members, wonderful worship music enhances the Sunday services each week.
Renee Cortez is an active singer, educator and music therapist.
In addition to her ongoing work with the Pacific Chorale and the Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center, she was recently honored as one of two teaching artists selected for the launch of the Pacific Chorale Academy, the nation’s second vocal program inspired by El Sistema, which trained Dudamel.
Her singing credits include international competition accolades, orchestral solos, recitals and featured roles in some of Los Angeles’ larger venues; however, she counts serving God and humanity through music as her greatest professional satisfaction to date.
As a music therapist, her internship focused primarily on serving those in rehabilitative, palliative and hospice care. Since then, her work with those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder came to national attention through NBC Nightly News: Making a Difference.  
Joe Harris is an active performer throughout Southern California.
A sought-after jazz and commercial musician, he has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, received competition recognition and can currently be heard on numerous commercial recordings, as well as seen as a regular performer at Disneyland.
The Sunday worship service begins at 9:50 a.m. with a word of encouragement from God’s Word from Pastor James Oliver.
Engage in the service as gifted musicians use their talents to bring glory to God.
Worship services are followed by a coffee hour and fellowship in Edgar Hall.
The Scripture readings for Sunday are Acts 1:6-14, Psalm 68:1-10 32-35, 1 Peter 4:12-14,5:6-11, and John 17:1-11.

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.

ROCKETTES
The Rockettes has begun a seven-week series on the “Power of Answered Prayer.”
The DVD and booklets will be provided free of charge. Anyone can join at any time during the series.  Come and hear how God is answering people’s prayers.
The Rockettes is a non-denominational women’s Bible study group that meets in Clubhouse 6, Room B, every Friday from 2-4 p.m.
All are welcome.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
The men served the women sandwiches, dessert and hot tea at the Ladies Tea in honor of Mothers Day May 17. A highlight of the event was a fashion show featuring nine ladies of the congregation who modeled outfits on a “runway”created in the middle of the chapel. The clothes were donated by the Long Beach Rescue Mission Thrift Store, and an offering was taken up for the rescue mission as a part of the afternoon’s activities.
This Sunday at 9 a.m., Jack Frost will teach a Bible study from Acts, Chapter 26. All are welcome.
At 9:30 a.m. light refreshments, hot coffee and tea will be provided along with fellowship in the hospitality room.
Pastor Bruce Humes will begin the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, Scripture and prayer. Margaret Humes will lead the congregation in the following hymns: “My Jesus I Love Thee,” “Love Lifted Me,” “In My Heart There Rings a Melody” and the Communion hymn, “At Calvary.”
The choir special is “Under His Wings,” under the direction of Anita Ragole. Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will preside over the Communion meditation, prayer and service. All believers are invited to participate.
Dorene London will read the sermon Scripture text from 1 Corinthians 13:3-7, “Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
Pat Kogok will provide the solo “Me and God” as a lead-in to Pastor Gene’s message, “Unconditional Love.” The almighty, all powerful, Creator and Sustainer of this whole universe loves each individual personally.
Bible studies for the week are at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays with Pastor Bruce in the book of 2 Peter, and at 10 a.m. on Thursdays with Pastor Gene in the book of Luke. Pastor Phil O’Malley of Calvary Chapel is in the book of Ezra Thursdays at 6 p.m. 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.

SPIRITUAL LIVING CENTER
The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living has a quiet and meditative service at 8 a.m.
At the 10 a.m. service, Rev. Joshua Reeves will give a talk on “What Was I Thinking?”
Guest singer Cheryl Crandall will be accompanied by Bill Wolfe.
Rev. Josh Reeves will hold a new member class for anyone interested in learning more about the church and church membership from 6:30-8 p.m.
A Bible Wisdom class began Tuesday, May 27, from 6:30-9 p.m. It will run through July 29. Join Rev. Josh Reeves for an exploration of the wisdom of the Bible.
From the creation stories in Genesis to the ministry of Jesus, how the words were taken by the people of the time and the insights that can be gathered from them in everyday life.
Cost is $150, plus $45 if a certificate is desired.
There are Wednesday evening services in the sanctuary with a quiet time of meditation at 6:40 p.m., and a talk and music from 7-8 p.m.
Each Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.-noon, there is an opportunity to hear a relaxing meditation given by a practitioner-in-training.
There are yoga classes available every Tuesday at noon and every Wednesday at 10 a.m. with teacher David Hennage. Donations are accepted.
Every Sunday, there are licensed practitioners available. For more information, call the church office at 598-3325.

REDEEMER LUTHERAN
“Ascension—A Happy Ending” is the theme of Pastor Gil Moore’s sermon this Sunday as Redeemer Lutheran Church celebrates the Ascension of Jesus.
The service with Holy Communion begins at 10:30 a.m. Greeters are Wilma Duffin and Lois Rakow. The choir will sing “Loving Spirit.”
A weekly Bible study, led by Pastor Lynda Elmer, will begin June 4. The class will meet Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the conference room.
The Church Council meets at 2:30 p.m. in the conference room.

ST. THEODORE’S EPISCOPAL
St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church is an open and affirming congregation. Sunday service is held each week at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.
Sunday, June 1, will be the Seventh Sunday of Easter. The first reading from Acts 1:6-14 depicts the Lord’s ascension. The second reading from 1 Peter 4:12-14 and 5:6-11 ends with the statement, “To him be the power forever and ever.”  The Gospel Lesson of John 17:1-11 completes what is known as “Jesus’ Farewell Discourse.”
The Service of Holy Communion and Healing will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 4, at the chapel, 1240 Oakmont Road, 52-B. The Homily will be about John XXIII, bishop of Rome. The group meets at 10 a.m., Wednesdays, for a Bible study; all are welcome.

LW BAPTIST CHURCH
The Leisure World Baptist Church will meet Sunday, June 1, in Clubhouse 4. The growing Sunday School class is at 8:40 a.m., followed by the morning worship service at 9:45 a.m. The month will begin with a Communion service.
Pastor Rolland Coburn’s will give a message on “John’s Personal Testimony” from the Gospel of John 21: 24-25.
The choir will sing the old hymns to remind people of Communion Sunday, “Why Should He Love Me So?” “The Old Rugged Cross,” with the choir singing “O Mighty Cross.” 
Jean Davidson will sing her favorite number, “His Eye is on the Sparrow” to complete the musical part of the service. 
Call 430-2920 for more information.

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.
For more information and links to the free weekly podcasts, visit the website at www.gototherock.com and click on the Seal Beach campus or call (714) 526-8233.
—Joan Eisenhart