RELIGION-Nov. 28, 2013



A Bible study led by Larry Massey from 9-9:30 a.m. starts Sunday mornings at First Christian Church. Fellowship follows in the hospitality room from 9:30-10. All are welcome to attend and enjoy light refreshments, including decaffeinated hot coffee and tea.

Organist Pat Kogok will play “O Come Let Us Adore Him” for the prelude.

The call to worship will begin at 10:15 a.m. with Margaret Humes leading the congregation in the following hymns: “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul” and “The First Noel.” Anita Ragole will direct the choir in “Redeeming Love.” The Communion hymn is “Near the Cross.” Communion will be served.

Pianist Jean McPharlin will play “The Friendly Beasts” for the offertory.

Ann Weiner will read 2 Corinthians, 5:18: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”

Stan Shiroma on the ukulele will present a musical solo.

Pastor Bruce Humes will give a message, “Ministry of Reconciliation,” on restoring harmony between people.

Bible studies for the rest of the week are at 10 a.m., Tuesday, with Pastor Bruce in Romans; at 10 a.m., Thursday, with Pastor Gene Cherryholmes in Luke; at 6 p.m., Thursday, with Pastor Phil O’Malley of Calvary Chapel in Daniel; and at 10 a.m., Friday, with Women of the Word. For information on the Wednesday Home Study in Leisure World, call Sue Dougherty at 431-5392.

Hearing enhancements are available at all church functions. For more information, call the church office, 431-8810, on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 9-11 a.m.

—Dorene London



The Leisure World community is invited to participate in the Community Church Alternative Christmas Fair Dec. 1, 8 and 15. The event, sponsored by the Missions Team, raises funds for worthwhile charities. This year proceeds will support Habitat for Humanity, Heifer Project International, Doctors Without Borders and the Joint Forces Training Base. This is an opportunity to make a contribution in honor of that difficult-to-buy-for person on holiday giving lists. Donations can be brought to the church office during office hours, Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

All are welcome to join in Sunday worship at Community Church. Services begin at 9:50 with a word of encouragement from God’s Holy Word by Pastor James Oliver. Worship services are followed by a coffee hour and fellowship in Edgar Hall.

The Scripture readings for Sunday are Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44.

—Sue Long



The monthly card party of the Little Flower Guild will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, in Clubhouse 2 at noon. Various games are played—pinochle, bridge, canasta, etc. Everyone is welcome to attend; however, a table of four is necessary to play, so bring partners. People who would like to substitute for bridge or who need a substitute are asked to call Gail Mandell at 799-0117.

Cost is $1 per person and refreshments will be served.

—Gui Baker



The Little Flower Guild hosted its annual Precious Life Baby Shower with piles and piles of baby items, many of which were hand knitted with love. There was also a monetary donation to benefit Precious Life Shelter in Los Alamitos. It was a huge success.

Speaker Teresa Murphy, executive director, explained that the shelter’s purpose is to provide emergency and transitional housing, food and immediate necessities for mother and baby. Her presentation was informative and inspiring.

People who are interested in volunteering are encouraged to contact Teresa at 431-5025.

—Gui Baker


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

—Joan Eisenhart


A Community Hu Chant, sponsored by the Eckankar Religion of Light and Sound, will be held at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6, 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.



Redeemer Lutheran Church

13564 St. Andrews Dr., LW

Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m.

Bible Study, Wed., 10-11:30 a.m.



St. Theodore Episcopal Church

Clubhouse 3, Lobby,

Sunday service, 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, 11 a.m.,

Chapel, 1240 Oakmont 52-B



Leisure World Assembly of God

Clubhouse 3, Room 2

Bible class, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday worship,

10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Bible study, Wed, 10 a.m.

CH 3, Room 6


Congregation Sholom

Clubhouse 3 lobby

Friday service, 7 p.m.

Saturday service, 9:30 a.m.

Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater

431- 2680


Church of Jesus Christ of LDS

Family home Evenings,

Clubhouse 3, Room 1

3rd Monday, 6 p.m., Sept.-June


First Christian Church

Sunday Bible study, 9 a.m.;

Worship Service, 10:15,

Chapel on Northwood Road behind Carport 125

Bible studies, 10 a.m., Tues. & Thur., 431-8810


Holy Family Catholic

13900 Church Place

Mass Mon-Sat., 8:30 a.m.;

Sat., 5 p.m.; Sunday at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 430-8170


Buddha Circle

Fourth Saturday of the month,

9:30 a.m., Clubhouse 4, Section B;

Information: Lynn R. Health, (562) 296-5588


LW Community Church

14000 Church Place

Sunday worship, 9:50 a.m.,



LW Baptist Church

Clubhouse 4, Sun., 9:45 a.m.;

Bible class, 8:45 a.m, Art Rm.

Wed. Bible study, 3 p.m., CH 3, Rm. 1 (2nd Wed in CH 4)

Em Schoonhoven, 430-2920


Chinese Bible Study Fellowship

Bible Study, Christian Fellowship, Tuesday (except June, July, August) 1:30-3:30 p.m., Clubhouse 3, Rm. 5, (last Tues, Rm. 9), 430-2209


Seal Beach Sa-Rang Church

Clubhouse 3, Room 1

Sunday worship, 11 a.m.

Wednesday worship, Bible study, 7 p.m., 493-5110


Korean Catholic Fellowship

3rd Saturdays, 5 p.m.

Clubhouse 3, Room 4

(562) 431-8902


Seal Beach Cornerstone


Sunday worship (Korean),

9:45 a.m., Clubhouse 2

(562) 594-6575


Calvary Chapel Bible Study

First Christian Chapel on Northwood Road behind Carport 125

Thursdays, 6 p.m.

Phil O’Malley, 598-0270


Salvation Army

St. Andrews Clubhouse 4

Home League, Mon., 7 p.m.

Maj. and Mrs. Seiler, 296-8539


Church of Christ

Clubhouse 3, Room 3

Sunday worship, 1:30 -2:30 p.m.

Minister David Dominessy

(562) 320-3980



Holy Family Catholic Church will observe the First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 1. The first reading is Isaiah 2:1-5; second reading: Romans 13:11-14; and the Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44.

The Day of Perpetual Adoration is Friday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. It will conclude with a holy hour from 4-5 p.m.

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-Saturday.



The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 500 Marina Dr., Seal Beach, conducts Sunday services at 8 and 10 a.m. Rev. Joshua Reeves will speak about “The Gifts of God are Mine Today.” The church is a loving spiritual sanctuary where everyone is welcome.

Tina Carson will sing at the 8 a.m. service, and Cheryl Crandall, accompanied by Bill Wolfe at the piano, will sing 10 a.m.

Take time out for a midweek respite as practitioners lead meditation from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Dec. 4. Meditation sessions are held on the first Wednesdays of the month.

Everyone is invited to a night of Texas Hold’em Friday, Dec. 6, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. All are welcome to join, whether they are new to the game or seasoned players.

Sunday Night Alive will have its annual Christmas party and program Dec. 8 at 6 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to come and sing carols or perform. It will be a dessert potluck, so bring something to share. For more information, see Bill Wolfe.

David Hennage teaches yoga Tuesdays at at noon and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Donations welcome.

Podcasts of each week’s service can be heard by going to the church website at

Every Sunday, licensed practitioners are available. For more information, call the church office at 598-3325.

—Florann Limpus



HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH—Fr. Jerome Moras (center) officiated a well-attended healing Mass Nov. 9. Music was provided by the Filipino choir, led by guitarist Lito Jeremillo (far right). The mass was spearheaded by Reddy de Guzman (to the right of Fr. Moras) and Rene Cortes (fourth from left, back row), with help from the Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW), Rene Villanueva, president (second from right, back row).The sizable collection was donated to Holy Family Catholic Church.



Faith Christian Assembly will host a midweek Bible study, “The Word Became Flesh,” on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Garden Room.

The study will look at John 1:14, with the focus on what Jesus gave up when he came to earth and what people’s response to his sacrifice should be.

Pastor Sheri Leming teaches the study.

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

To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call 598-9010 or visit



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.



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 new board will be installed at this service.

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

For Congregation Sholom information, call 596-1969 or 493-2680.

—Jeff Sacks



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.



The Leisure World Baptist Church will meet Sunday, Dec. 1, in Clubhouse 4 for the Communion Sunday meditation.

Since Pastor Doug Friederisen has retired, Rolland Coburn is the interim senior pastor.

He will bring the message from John 16:5-15 on the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer.

He will speak on Jesus’ promise that the Holy Spirit would glorify Jesus in believers’ lives.

In keeping with the Communion service, the choir will sing a Christmas hymn, “Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne.”

The congregation will respond with “Why Should He Love Me So?” “There is a Fountain” and “My Savior’s Love.” For more information, call 430-2920

—Em Schoonhoven



“Joy To The World” is the theme of the annual Christmas dinner at 6 p.m., Dec. 2, in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. Today is the last day to call Treasurer Virginia Lincourt at 493-5657 for tickets, $15. For more information, call Majors Irene or Fred Seiler at 296-8539.

This catered dinner has been planned with the holidays in mind with a Christmas program of brass music by the Divisional Youth Group, Bandmaster Kevin Larson. Piano and vocal numbers are part of its reportoire. Southern California division leader colonels Doug and Coleen Riley and captains Nigel and Stacy Cross, newly appointed commanders for The Salvation Army in Orange County, will also participate.

A token gift in gratitude from The Salvation Army will be given to all.

The annual dinner, which kicks off the Christmas season for the Home League, has been held for 31 years. Majors Fred and Irene Seiler invited everyone to attend, with a special invitation to new shareholders.

—Maj. Irene Seiler



This Sunday is the First Sunday in Advent at Redeemer Lutheran Church, and Pastor Gil Moore will give a message “Ready or Not, Here I Come,” based on Matthew 24:36-44.

The service, which includes Holy Communion, begins with the lighting of the first candle on the Advent wreath at 10:30 a.m. The choir anthem is “Soon and Very Soon.”

A coffee hour follows the service in the fellowship hall. The Bargain Basement with all kinds of items for sale is available during the coffee hour.

Greeters will be Wilma Duffin and Lois Rakow.

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, the annual holiday boutique will be in the fellowship hall from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Featured will be Thailand imports, photo note cards, many special art and crafts, baked goods; and the Bargain Basement.

At 3 p.m., Advent Soup Supper Devotions will be held. Michele will cater the supper, and Pastor Gil Moore will present a monologue devotion.

A website with 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.



The Christmas season is in full swing at Leisure World Assembly of God Church.

This Sunday, Pastor John Heide will continue to look at the seven “Beholds” of Jesus at the Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. in Clubouse 3, Room 2. An evening hymn sing begins at 6 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, and everyone is invited to this inspirational meeting. 

Everyone is welcome to attend the following special events in addition to regular meetings; all are held in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

•An Evening with Johnny and Ruth Larring, Dec. 8, 6 p.m.

•Ladies Christmas Luncheon, Dec. 14, noon

• “The Star of Bethlehem” documentary film, Dec. 17, 6 p.m.,

•A Simple Christmas program featuring special guests, Dec. 22, 6 p.m.

For more information, call 343-3655.



The Calvary Chapel Bible study group will not meet today, Nov. 28, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The study will resume Dec. 5.

For more information about the study, contact Phil or Pam O’Malley at 598-0270.