RELIGION AUGUST 14, 2014 FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH First Christian Church begins every Sunday morning with Bible study at 9 under the direction of Jack Frost followed by fellowship at 9:30 a.m. with light refreshments.
Pastor Bruce Humes starts worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, scripture and prayer.
The congregation will sing “Bring Them In,” “Standing on the Promises” and “How Great Thy Art,” under the direction of Margaret Humes. The communion hymn “Nothing but the Blood” will follow.
Communion is served every Sunday.
Pianist Jean McPharlin will play “I Love to Tell the Story” for the offertory.
Gypsy Cherryholmes will read scripture from the book of Acts 3:6-8. Special music will be presented by Jerry Tester followed by Pastor Gene Cherryholmes’ message “In the Name of Jesus.”
Prayer and Bible studies for the week are at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pastor Bruce is in Isaiah, and Pastor Gene is in Luke. Pastor Phil O’Malley will lead a study in the book of Nehemiah at 6 p.m., Thursdays. For a Bible study on Wednesdays, call Sue Dougherty at 431-5392.
For more information, call the church office at 431-8810 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 9-11 a.m. Hearing enhancements are available at all church functions. Check with the front table.

LW LDS
The Leisure World LDS annual picnic and potluck will be 12:30-3 p.m. on Aug. 15 at the Clubhouse 1 picnic area. Hot dogs, hamburgers and water will be provided. Members and guests should bring salads, beans and desserts. People from outside Leisure World should come through the Main Gate and tell the guards they are going to the LDS
The picnic area is one block from the gate on the right side of the street. There is parking on both sides of the clubhouse and across Golden Rain Road on the north side of the street.

SPIRITUAL LIVING CENTER
The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 500 Marina Dr., Seal Beach, has Sunday morning services at 8 and 10. The early service is more intimate with music, message and prayer. At the second service, Rev. Joshua Reeves will give a talk on “The Masks of God.”
Guest singers Joanne LaPointe and Tina Carson will be accompanied by Bill Wolfe at the piano.
Rev. Reeves will conduct a class on “The Art of Living” beginning from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 28. A book by Joseph Campbell will be used in the class, which will cover how to get the best out of life. Donations are accepted.
A meditation is held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.
An evening service in the sanctuary begins with meditation be at 6:40 on Wednesday. Rachel Rosen, RScP, will give the talk. Vocalist Tina Carson will sing.
Texas Hold’em night is from 6:30-8:30 on Aug. 15 in the sanctuary. Everyone is invited to play or learn to play.  Bob Papp and Mike Herman are the dealers. Donations are accepted.
The pastoral care ministry, Living and Thriving Through Life, will be held on Aug. 16.
This is a support group for people who want spiritual support for life challenges. For more information, contact Rev. Juanita Gardner at (714) 895-3080 or love4nita@yahoo.com.
Yoga classes are held at noon on Tuesday and at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays with teacher David Hennage.
Donations are accepted.
Every Sunday, there are licensed practitioners available after services. For more information, call the church office at 598-3325.


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

LW ASSEMBLY OF GOD
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.
The 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.

LITTLE FLOWER GUILD BINGO
Leisure World bingo fans are invited to play bingo on Aug. 17 in Clubhouse 2. Buy-in begins at 1 p.m. and must be completed before heading to bingo tables. Speed up the buy-in lines by having spending 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. Plan to be ready for Early Bird Bingo at 1:30 p.m. Invite friends to come along and share the fun.
The fundraiser is sponsored by the parish altar society.

LW BAPTIST CHURCH
The Leisure World Baptist Church will meet for Sunday school at 8:40 a.m. on Aug. 17 in Clubhouse 4. The group is studying Mark, chapter 5
At 9:45 a.m., Pastor Rolland Coburn will give a message from Revelation, chapter 5, titled “Heaven’s Champions.
Prior to the message, people will sing “Trust and Obey,” “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and “To Be Like Jesus.” Jean Davidson will sing a solo, “My Savior First of All.” Accompanist Christine Morell leads the music.
Everyone is welcome.
For more information, call 430-2920.

COMMUNITY CHURCH
Community Church’s new pastor Don Roe is settling into the Leisure World community. He has confirmed that the next Community Church rummage sale will be held Oct. 2-3.
Community Church accepts donations of small furniture, small kitchen appliances and kitchenware, household items, clothing, jewelry, linens, shoes, etc. People should drop off donations at the church office during the week. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The church will no longer pick up donations or deliver items purchased from the sales.
On Aug. 17, Pastor Roe will preach a message titled “Worship and the Experience of God’s Call,” taken from Psalm 139 and Mark 4:26-32.
Worship services begin at 9:50 a.m. and are followed by a coffee hour and fellowship in Edgar Hall. The Scripture readings for Sunday are Psalm 139 and Mark 4:26-32.

HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH
Holy Family Catholic Church will observe the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time on Aug. 17. Readings are from Isaiah 56:1, 6-7; Romans 11:13-15, 29-32; and Matthew 15:21-28.
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.

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, which includes reading the Torah, will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Kiddush will follow in Room 7, with a discussion of the weekly torah reading after the Kiddush.
Congregation Sholom is collecting 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 wellbeing 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. According to www.charitynavigator.org, FDIF receives the highest overall rating (four stars) for financial, accountability and transparency.
Make checks payable to Congregation Sholom with a notation FIDF on the memo line. This notation is important, as the congregation receives checks for a variety of reasons.  
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) Sept 24. Rosh Hashannah, the Jewish New Year, will be observed Sept. 25 and Sept. 26.
Yom Kippur, Kol Nidre (evening service) for Day of Atonement, is Oct. 3.
The Yom Kippur day service, which includes the Yizkor memorial service, is Oct. 4.
Current members can send in forms located in the Congregation newsletter, and others can call 594-4368 or 493-2680 for more information.
For more information, call Congregation Sholom at 594-4368 or 493-2680.

REDEEMER LUTHRAN
“Going the Wrong Way with Jesus” is the title of this Sunday’s sermon by Pastor Gil Moore at Redeemer Lutheran Church. The text for his sermon is Matthew 15:21-28.
The Sunday service with Holy Communion begins at 10:30 a.m. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served in the fellowship hall following the service.
Communion assistant is Carmen Leslie, and acolyte is Barbara Schuyler. Pastor Lynda Elmer will sing “What a Fellowship, What a Joy Divine.”
The Bible class meets Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. On Aug. 20, people will study chapters 24-26 of the Book of Acts.
A website that features the congregation’s monthly newsletter can be accessed at www.redeemerlutheransealbeach.com.
The Respite Center offers an adult day care program on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For further information and registration, call 596-1209. 

FAITH CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY
Faith Christian Assembly offers new members’ classes as a prelude to church membership. The next meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Aug. 31 in Pastor Vaughn’s office.
Anyone who wants to find out more Faith Christian Assembly is invited to sign up.
Faith Fellowship Time is held at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays in the Garden Room. A midweek Bible study meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays 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.

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.

ST THEODORE’S EPISCOPAL
St. Theodore of Canterbury Episcopal Church welcomes everyone for Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m., Aug. 17, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 with The Rev. Becky Tinnon. 
This Sunday will be the tenth Sunday after Pentecost. In the first reading from Isaiah 56:1, 6-8, God brings foreigners together to a “house of prayer.” In Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, Paul asks if God has rejected his people and answers with an emphatic, “no.”  In the Gospel Lesson of Matthew 15:10-28, Jesus encounters a Canaanite woman.
The Service of Morning Prayer will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 20, at the Chapel, 1240 Oakmont Road, 52-B. The Homily will be about Barnard, Abbot of Clairvaux, 1153.

ST BONAVENTURE SENIORS CLUB
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.
Bingo then resumes from 12:30-2 p.m. All are welcome.

CALVARY CHAPEL
Calvary Chapel Bible Study will discuss the book of Nehemiah in the Old Testament at 6 Aug.14 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.

BLESSING OF THE WAVES
Huntington Beach’s seventh annual Blessing of the Waves will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 7 at the Upper Pier Plaza, Huntington Beach. It’s an event for anyone and everyone, all ages, all faiths. Come Bless the Waves as people focus for a moment on the importance of water and the environment on their lives.
The event is sponsored by the Huntington Beach Interfaith Council and representatives from the Huntington Beach Jr. Life Guards, Golden West Swim Team, Marine Safety Division, City of HB, 100 Year of Surfing Committee, City of Huntington Beach and a variety of celebrities.
The 2014 Program and Tributes include:
• Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann, JCD, DD, bishop, Diocese of Orange and 2014 Blessing of the Waves keynote guest speaker.
• Rick “Rockin’ Fig” Fignetti, 10-time surfing champion, and 2014 Blessing of the Waves Surf Culture champion
• Olympian Janet Evans, female distance swimmer and Blessing of the Waves 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
Other special guests include:
• The Hon. Mathew Harper, Mayor City of Huntington Beach,
• Representatives from a number of local religious organizations, surfing community greats such as P.T. Towend, first world champion, U.S. Open and Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, and Don Mac- Allister, former mayor and president of the Surfing Walk of Fame.
The seventh annal paddle-out event will follow the Blessing of the Wave ceremony.
The Blessing of the Waves was originally conceived as a Catholic-led event through the Diocese of Orange.