RELIGION AUGUST 21 2014 IDF RESERVIST TO SPEAK by Jeff Sacks for the Golden Rain News
Dan Gordon, a member of the Israeli Defense Force Reserves, will be the guest speaker at the Friday evening service of Congregation Sholom at 7 p.m. on Aug. 22 in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.  
Leisure World residents and their guests are welcome to attend. 
Gordon was born in Los Angeles but left home at age 16 to live in a kibbutz in Israel.
He returned to the U.S. to earn a degree as a film major at UCLA.
He then returned to Israel and entered the IDF in 1973 and served in the Yom Kippur War. Gordon was discharged in 1975 and served in the IDF reserves. 
He returned to the U.S. in 1980 to begin his career as a screenwriter, producer, director, playwright and novelist.
Throughout, Gordon has continued to serve as a captain in the IDF Military Spokesperson Unit, serving in all of the wars.
Gordon’s articles from the front and media interviews reached an estimated 50 million people in over 50 countries around the world during Operation Protective Edge.
He lives in northern Arizona and has been deployed in southern Israel for the past several weeks.
The service will be followed by an Oneg Shabbat in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, for an opportunity to socialize.
RSVP at (714) 642-0122 or 596-6039 to ensure sufficient seating for everyone. 

Beginning Aug. 24, the Leisure World Assembly of God will hold a special Communion moment and prayer for the sick after the evening hymn sing. The Sunday night service is held at 6 in Clubhouse 3. All are welcome.
At the conclusion of the service, Pastor Dan Ballinger will be at the front of the lobby to minister Communion and anoint people with oil and pray for them.
Pastors will also come to people’s homes to pray and give Communion.
For more information on this or any other services provided by Leisure World Assembly of God, call 343-3655.

by Sue Long
for the Golden Rain News

Community Church has magnificent stained glass windows that were designed and manufactured by the renowned Judson Glass Studio over 50 years ago. Established in the mid-1880s as a family business, the Judson Studios is the world’s foremost provider of handcrafted stained, leaded and other unique forms of architectural glass.
They create magnificent windows, signs, fine art pieces, domes and skylights. (See page 10 for information on an upcoming tour of the studio sponsored by Long Beach City College).
Each scene of the Community Church windows reflects biblical stories and events.
The church extends an invitation to come and enjoy this precious artwork in the sanctuary. Office hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, or come for Sunday services at 9:50 a.m.
On Aug. 24, Pastor Don Roe will preach a message titled, “Worship and the Experience of Renewal,” taken from Psalm 40.
Worship services are followed by a coffee hour and fellowship in Edgar Hall.

St. Theodore of Canterbury Episcopal Church welcomes everyone to the worship service with the Rev. Becky Tinnon at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 24 in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.
On the eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, the first reading is Isaiah 51:1-6; the second reading is Romans 12:1-8; and the Gospel Lesson is from Matthew 16:13-20.
The Service of Morning Prayer will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 27 at the Chapel, 1240 Oakmont Road, 52-B. The Homily will be about Thomas Gallaudet, a renowned American pioneer in the education of the deaf.

First Christian Church will have a Bible study in the book of Galatians led by Jack Frost at 9 a.m. on Aug. 24, followed by fellowship in the hospitality room at 9:30.
Pastor Bruce Humes will start the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, Scripture and prayer. Margaret Humes will then lead the congregation in “Love Lifted Me,” “Just a Closer Walk,” “Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus” and the Communion hymn, “Nothing but The Blood.”
Communion is served every Sunday. Pianist Jean McPharlin will play “Jesus Paid it All” for the offertory
Edith Emilio will Acts 4:9-13, and special music will be presented by Anita Ragole. Pastor Gene Cherryholmes’ message is titled “Been with Jesus.”
Prayer and Bible studies for the week will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Pastor Bruce in the book of Isaiah and Pastor Gene in the book of Luke.
Pastor Phil O’Malley in the will lead a study in the book of Nehemiah at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. For the Wednesday home study, contact Sue Dougherty at 431-5392.
Call the Church office at 431-8810 on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 9-11:00 a.m. for more information.
For all church functions, hearing enhancements are available at the front table.

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. On Aug. 22, the guest speaker will be Capt. Dan Gordon, an Israel Defense Forces reservist.
On Saturday, the service begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Kiddush in Room 7. A discussion of the weekly torah reading is held after the Kiddush.
Congregation Sholom is collection donations for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) to help with the current crisis in Israel. FIDF was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors to provide for the education and well-being of the men and women who serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and to help families of fallen soldiers.
Headquartered in New York City, FIDF is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation that operates 15 regional offices in the United States and Panama.
Make checks payable to Congregation Sholom with a notation FIDF on the memo line. Mail checks by Aug. 31 to Congregation Sholom, P.O. Box 2901, Seal Beach, CA, 90740.
The High Holiday schedule starts with Erev Rosh Hashannah (evening service) Wednesday, Sept 24.
Rosh Hashannah, the Jewish New Year, will be observed Thursday, Sept. 25, and Friday, Sept 26.
Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre (evening service) for Day of Atonement, is Friday, Oct. 3. The Yom Kippur day service, which includes the Yizkor memorial service, is Saturday, Oct. 4.
Current members can send in forms located in the Congregation newsletter or call 594-4368 or 493-2680 for more information.

The Leisure World Baptist Church will meet at 9:45 a.m. on Aug. 17 in Clubhouse 4. Pastor Rolland Coburn will give a talk in a series in the Book of Revelation, chapter 6:1-2.
The message is titled  “Antichrist, Early Career.”
Kip Watkins will sing “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”
The congregation will sing “Rejoice, the Lord is King, Holy, Holy” and “Alleluia.”
Sunday school will meet at 8:40 a.m. for a study in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 6, where Jesus is rejected in his hometown of Nazareth. All are welcome.
For more information, call 430-2920.

Calvary Chapel Bible Study will discuss the book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament at 6 tonight, Aug. 7, at the First Christian Church Chapel on Northwood Road. All are welcome. The nondenominational study includes prayer, worship, and fellowship. For more information, call Phil or Pam O’Malley at 598-0270.

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 and click on the Seal Beach campus or call (714) 526-8233.

The Rev. Lynda Elmer will be the guest pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church this Sunday. She will conduct the service and speak on the theme “Right Lock Wrong Key. Pastor Elmer and her husband, Cedric, are new residents to Leisure World, having recently moved here from Pennsylvania.
The Sunday service begins at 10:30 a.m. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served in the fellowship hall following the service. The reader will be Flo Nesland with prayer leader Violet Quist. John Graber will sing “A Mighty Fortress.” The choir will have a rehearsal before the service.
A Bible class meets at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday in the fellowship hall. On Aug. 27, the group will conclude the study of Acts.
The outreach team will not meet this month. The finance Committee will meet Aug. 26. The church council will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 28.
Pastor Gil Moore and his wife, Lavona, are on a vacation trip to the Northwest.
They are spending this Sunday with a church in Seattle they helped establish in 1956.
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.

A Community Bible Study (CBS) for women will be held from 9-11 a.m., starting Sept. 12, at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Los Alamitos. Registration is open for the weekly study that will continue on Fridays until May 15.
CBS is an interdenominational, nonprofit religious organization.
The topic is the New Testament book of Romans, written by the Apostle Paul in the first century. This in-depth study will help students understand more deeply the concepts of faith, righteousness, sin, forgiveness and other Christian cornerstones.
This will be the third year as teaching director for Krista Harvey of Long Beach.
CBS is for women of all denominations, backgrounds and church affiliations.
Classes will include small group discussions, lectures and commentary notes.
Adult registration is $25, which includes a study workbook. For more information, visit the Community Bible Study website at
Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church is at 11600 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos.

The Buddha Circle will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on Aug. 24 in Clubhouse 4 to explore the Buddhist philosophy. The group meets on the fourth Saturday of every month. There are no membership requirements, and everyone is welcome.
Ven. Kusala Bhikshu is an American-born monk ordained in the Zen tradition. He will present Buddhism in a simple way.
This month the group will celebrate the life of the late Marlene Hirsh.
The Buddha Circle will end in a short meditation. For more information, call Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588 or
Donations are welcome and go to Ven Kusala to support him as he brings the teachings of Buddhism to Leisure World.

The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 500 Marina Dr., Seal Beach, has two Sunday morning services, an intimate one with music, message and prayer at 8 a.m. and a service with Rev. Joshua Reeves at 10 a.m. This week his talk is titled “Living in the Sacred.”
Guest singer Harold Payne will be accompanied by Bill Wolfe at the piano.
The Untethered Soul Group will meet from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 at the church.
The monthly Lunch with the Minister event will be held from noon-1 p.m. on Aug. 27. Bring a sack lunch to the sanctuary.
Practitioners lead a meditation from 11:30 a.m. to noon every Wednesday afternoon in the Brides Room.
Everyone is welcome.
The Wednesday evening service in the sanctuary begins with a quiet time of meditation beginning at 6:40 p.m. Ashley Waugh will give the talk entitled “How I Check my Connect. The service is 7 to 8 p.m. 
There will be music with Tina Carson as the vocalist and Practitioner Monica Johnson will lead a meditation.
Everyone is invited to come hear the baritone voice of Michael Paul Smith as he pays tribute to singer and actor Paul Robeson on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 31, at 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Donations are accepted.
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, licensed practitioners are available for short spiritual mind treatments.
For more information, call the church office at 598-3325.

Long Beach City College is offering a senior day tour of the Judson Glass Studio Tour plus several Judson installations on Sept. 23 and Oct. 7.
The tour is one several offered as part of the Senior Studies, Lifetime Learning Program. Telephone registration is under way.
People may register at the LBCC Senior Center, 1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Room FF-108, Long Beach.
For more information, contact the Senior Studies, Lifetime Learning Program, 1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA, 90806, at 938-3048.
Established in the 1880s as a family business, the Judson Studios is the world’s foremost provider of handcrafted stained, leaded and other unique forms of architectural glass.
The guided tour will focus on the design and manufacturing of the stained glass windows, which are displayed in churches public buildings and private residences. The tour includes samples of “Judson splendor,” starting with the rotunda dome in the Natural History Museum, originally dedicated when The Museum opened in 1913.
Designed by founder Walter H. Judson, his grandson and two great-grandsons worked on its restoration in 1995.
The day will include a trip to the Caruso Catholic Center and its new Our Savior Church (2013) on the campus of USC, which has eight stained-glass windows depicting scenes from the Beatitudes in the Bible. The most recent window was installed four months ago.
Then on to the 1961 Judson installation in the Chapel of Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, with modern-style floor to ceiling windows.
There are stairs on the tour with no elevator and no handicap access to the building.
The tour includes a box lunch on the way back to Long Beach.The Community Church has a Judson stained-glass window, which residents are welcome to stop by and see (see page 8 for more information).

Faith Christian Assembly sings the old hymns of the church, including psalms and spiritual songs. Minister of music Gary Leming leads worship each week, and Ginny Vaughn plays the piano.
All are welcome for Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Aug 24.
Faith Fellowship Time is at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays in the Garden Room. The midweek Bible study is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Garden Room.
To receive a free newsletter and for more information, call 598-9010 or visit

The Church of Christ meets at 1:30 p.m. on 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.

Holy Family Catholic Church will observe the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Aug. 24. Readings are from Isaiah 22:19-23; Romans 11:33-36; and Matthew 16:13-20.
Holy Family Church celebrates Sunday Mass at 8 and 10 a.m. and noon; the Vigil Mass is 5 p.m., Saturday; daily Mass is at 8:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday.

The Rockettes Club holds a Bible study from 2-4 p.m. every Friday in Clubhouse 6, Room B, on the second floor. All are welcome.
Contact Janet Wade, 296-8323, or Joan Eisenhart, 343-8066, for more information.  
—Janet Wade