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. 8, will be the Second Sunday in Advent as the church continues its preparation for the coming birth of Jesus.

The first reading from Isaiah 11:1-10, preaching hope in a time of terror and justice in a time of oppression.

The second reading is from Romans 15:4-13, with Paul asking people to “welcome one another.”

The Gospel reading from Matthew 3:1-12 tells of John the Baptist .

The Service of Morning Prayer will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the Chapel, 1240 Oakmont, 52-B. Thomas Merton is the subject. A meeting of the Bishop’s Committee will follow.



Community Church will celebrate the joyous season of Advent, which is the time of preparation for the coming of Christ. Jesus is “Immanuel,” meaning, “God with Us.” Community Church will light candles each Sunday during Advent in recognition of the hope, love, peace, and joy that God gave through his son, Jesus.

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

The Scripture readings for Sunday are Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7,18-19, Romans 15:4-13, and Matthew 3:1-12.



The Aglow International luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, at Khoury’s Restaurant, 110 Marina Drive, in the Seaport Village. Cost is $13. Make reservations by Monday, Dec. 9, by calling Joan Eisenhart, 343-8066.

Bring a friend and enjoy Christmas as it relates to the Book of Solomon.



Advent continues to be celebrated at Redeemer Lutheran Church. This Sunday, the second candle on the Advent wreath will be lit, and Pastor Gil Moore will bring the message, “A Call to Repentance,” based on Matthew 3:1-12. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. and will include receiving food gifts for distribution to those in need in Orange County. A coffee hour will follow in the fellowship hall. The Bargain Basement with all kinds of items for sale will be open during the coffee hour.

Ushers are Shirlene Bradrick, Margaret Deaton, Carmen Leslie, and Bruce Young. The choir will sing “Come Now O Prince of Peace.”

The Advent Soup Supper and Devotions will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11. There will be singing, a monologue by Pastor Gil Moore, and a soup supper prepared by caterer Michele Abbott. The early start time will allow everyone to be home before the sun sets.

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.



Special international guest ministers Johnny and Ruth Larring will be in concert this Sunday evening at the Leisure World Assembly of God meeting in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. The popular couple divide their time ministering between the U.S. and Norway and are a hit with the Leisure World audience.

“The Larrings will sing a couple of songs in Norwegian; I can’t understand a word they’re saying but still enjoy it,” said Pastor John Heide. 

The service begins at 6 p.m., and people are encouraged to come early and get good seats. 

The Sunday morning service begins at 10:30, preceded by Bible study at 9:30.

For more information or a ride to church, call 343-3655.



Holy Family Catholic Church will observe the Second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 8. The first reading is Isaiah 11:1-10; second reading, Romans 15:4-9; and the Gospel, Matthew 3:1-12.

Monday, Dec. 9, is a Holy Day of Obligation: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Our Blessed Mother Mary. Masses will be at 8 and 11 a.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 through Saturday.



This is the season for songs with lyrics like “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Yet, statistics show it is a lonely time of the year for many.

At Faith Christian Assembly, people are encouarged to participate in the ministries for men and for women. There are special times of celebration for the Men’s Ministry Fellowship, which is directed by Gary Leming. The Women’s Ministry, Touch of Love, is directed by Linda Hernandez.

The Men’s Group will meet for breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9-10 a.m. in the Garden Room. They always have a great time together, and LW men are invited to join this friendly group.

Touch of Love will meet Thursday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Garden Room for a festive get-together.

Bring a $10 wrapped gift-card for the gift exchange. These events are wonderful opportunities to get to know the great people that call Faith Christian Assembly their home. All are welcome.

“The Word Became Flesh, John 1:14” is the topic of the Mid-Week Bible Study at Faith Christian Assembly Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Garden Room. Pastor Sheri Leming teaches.



The Home League of The Salvation Army will meet Monday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. Greeters for the evening will be Leanna Sharon and Pauline Siler.

Rev. Owen Huff and his wife, Kaye, will give a Christmas program as a reminder to be thankful in all things.

All are invited to join this fellowship time. Refreshments will be prepared by tea hostesses Ann Hause and Leone Metros, and supplied by Connie Gutierrez and Ann Hause.

Maj. Irene Seiler will give announcements and welcome everyone. The devotional time will feature carols and prayer by Cherrie Green. This will be a good opportunity to sing a favorite Christmas song.

Treasurer Virginia Lincourt will give the treasurer’s report. Dues should be paid as of Jan. 6.

A planning meeting for February to June 2014 will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Seiler residence.

Gifts will be distributed at Country Villa with caroling in the hallways at 3:30 p.m., Dec. 12. To help, let Maj. Seiler know. It’s a rewarding program.

The members’ Christmas Party will be held Monday, Dec. 23. Cost for Kentucky Fried Chicken and sides is $5. The party will include dessert, a gift, and fellowship from 6-8 p.m. People who are not members are welcome. Sign up now and pay in advance.



The Community Church Woman’s Fellowship will meet at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the church. After a short business meeting, a catered meal will be served. Pianst Ralph Brunson will be the guest performer. He entertains in Clubhouse 1 on Saturday nights. He will play songs by request.

Tickets, $15, are available in Edgar Hall after the Sunday service and at the church office.

The Woman’s Fellowship meets on the second Tuesday of the month, and all women are welcome.



The Women’s Christian Fellowship and Bible Study will hold a special Christmas potluck brunch at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 9, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. The group meets on the second and fourth Mondays to study God’s word with Bible teacher Joan Tubbs. Jesus is the main focus of the study, and the women pray and encourage each other. All LW women are welcome to join the group.

For more information, call Connie Lee, 296-8185.



The First Christian Church will host a potluck Christmas dinner at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, in the hospitality room. The Children’s Choir of Huntington Beach will provide an evening of Christmas music. Bring a dish for six, store bought or homemade, and enjoy food and fellowship. It is necessary to sign up in advance.

“The Glory of Christmas” is the message that Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will present this Sunday, Dec. 8, at the First Christian Church. Just as good parents allow their children to experience some of the character building trials of life, so God allows trouble and pain to develop people’s spiritual character. But in the overwhelming things, God steps in, as he did on Christmas morning when Immanuel came.

Bible study begins at 9 a.m. with Pastor Gene teaching a special series on Christmas from all four of the Gospels. Fellowship in the hospitality room will follow at 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Bruce Humes will begin worship service at 10:15 a.m. by leading the congregation in the opening hymn “O Come Let Us Adore Him,” followed by Scripture and prayer.

Margaret Humes will lead the following hymns: “Joy to the World,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Redeeming Love” and “The Old Rugged Cross.”

For the offertory, pianist Jean McPharlin will play “Once in Royal David’s City.”

Jean Barker will read Matthew 1:18-25 describing the birth of Christ.

Pastor Gene will sing a solo, “Adeste Fideles” prior to his message.

Bible studies for the week are at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays with Pastor Bruce in the book of 1 Thessalonians; at 10 a.m. on Thursdays with Pastor Gene in the book of Luke; at 6 p.m. on Thursdays with Pastor Phil O’Malley of Calvary Chapel in the book of Daniel; and at 10 a.m. on Fridays with the Women of the Word. For the Wednesday home study, contact Sue Dougherty at 431-5392 in Leisure World.

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

—Dorene London



The monthly card party of the Little Flower Guild will be held today, 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 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



The Leisure World Baptist Church will meet in Clubhouse 4 Sunday, Dec. 8, to start the Christmas season. Kip Watkins will sing a traditional number, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy.” The choir will sing “Go Tell it on the Mountain” and then join the congregation with the Christmas favorites, “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Angels From the Realms of Glory” and “O Come Let Us Adore Him.”

Pastor Rolland Coburn is on vacation, so Em Schoonhoven will talk about Christmas, the way it was in the good old days, the way it is now, and how it got to be that way. All are welcome. For more information, call 430-2920.

—Em Schoonhoven



The Calvary Chapel Bible Study invites everyone to its weekly group meeting tonight, Dec. 5, at 6 in the First Christian Church Chapel on Northwood Road next to the Verizon Building.

Daniel in the lion’s den is the topic tonight. Learn how Daniel got into the lion’s den and what happened.

The evening also includes fellowship, prayer and worship. For more information, call Phil or Pam O’Malley at 598-0270.

—Phil O’Malley



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.



Leisure World residents are invited to attend St. Hedwig’s 34th annual Christmas dinner at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 25, in Quinn Hall, 11482 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos. People who will be alone this Christmas are especially welcome. RSVP by calling 598-7060 by Dec. 22.



The LW Community Church Women’s Fellowship is selling $6 Claxton Fruit Cakes from a family bakery in business since 1910. They will be on sale at the catered Christmas lunch, $15, at 11 a.m., Dec. 10. Fruit cake proceeds benefit mission projects.

To order them by phone, call 799-2346.



The Women’s Rock Group Bible Study is held from 2-4 p.m., Fridays. Call Joan Eisenhart for the location and more information at 343-8066.



The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 500 Marina Dr., Seal Beach, is now conducting Sunday morning services at 8 and 10. Rev. Joshua Reeves will speak about “The Life that has not Loved, Has not Lived.”

Guest singers will be Megan Reeves and Daniel Nahmod, accompanied by Bill Wolfe at the piano.

Today, Dec. 5, the church is looking for helpers to decorate the Christmas tree and the sanctuary beginning at noon. Everyone is welcome to hang wreaths, put lights and ornaments on the tree and join in holiday cheer to bring the Christmas spirit to the church.

Everyone is invited to a night of Texas Hold’em Friday, Dec. 6, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. People who are new to the game and seasoned players are welcome.

Sunday Night Alive will have its annual Christmas party and program on Sunday, 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.

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

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

—Florann Limpus



Congregation Sholom of Leisure World Seal Beach holds Sabbath (Shabbat) services every week. Leisure World residents and their guests are welcome.

Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater conducts services in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. The service Friday begins at 7 p.m., followed by an Oneg Shabbat in Room 9.

The 2014-15 installation of the board of directors will be at the service on Friday.

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

For Congregation Sholom information, call 596-1969 or 493-2680. The rabbi’s website is located at

—Jeff Sacks