RELIGION NOV. 21, 2013



Congregation Sholom of Leisure World Seal Beach holds Sabbath services conducted by Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 every week. Leisure World residents and their guests are welcome.

The Friday night service will begin at 7, followed by an Oneg Shabbat in Room 9.

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

The first day of Hanukkah comes on Thanksgiving Day this year.

The Hanukkah party will be on Sunday Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Refreshments, including doughnuts and drinks, will be provided. Bring friends and games to play. There is no charge.

The children of Temple Beth David will visit at the annual Membership meeting on Monday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

For more information, call 596-1969 or 493-2680.

—Jeff Sacks



St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church welcomes everyone to Sunday service held each week at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of Cubhouse 3. A coffee and fellowship hour follows.

Sunday, Nov. 24 will be the Last Sunday after Pentecost. The first reading from Jeremiah 23:1-6 looks at leadership. The second reading from Colossians 1:11-20 is a prayer to the strength of God. The Gospel reading from Luke 23:44-54 concludes Jesus’ life on earth and speaks about the world to come.

The Service of Holy Communion and Healing will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 27, in the chapel, 1240 Oakmont, 52-B.   Thanksgiving is the topic.

—Margie Meigs



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.



The St. Bonaventure Seniors Club sponsors bingo games from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the first Mondays, excluding holidays at the St. Bonaventure’s Church Hall, 16400 S. Springdale Ave., Huntington Beach.



The Missions Team of Community Church would like to thank all who so graciously gave socks and monetary donations toward its “Sock-It-To-Me” project.

From first count, many hundreds of men and women veterans will be blessed with new white socks in the upcoming days.

Community Church thanks veterans and their families for their sacrifice to ensure safety and defend freedom.

All are welcome to join in Sunday worship at Community Church. Services begin at 9:50. Pastor James Oliver will give a word of encouragement from the Bible. Worship services are followed by a coffee hour and fellowship in Edgar Hall.

The Scripture readings for Sunday are Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 1:68-79, Colossians 1:11-20, and Luke 23:33-43.

—Sue Long



The Rock Church holds weekly church services every Sunday at 9 and 11:15 a.m. in English and at 1:30 p.m. in Spanish. The church is located in the Marina Community Center, 151 Marina Drive, Seal Beach. For more information, call (714) 526-8233.



The Salvation Army will host the Leisure World Community Thanksgiving Service at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 25, in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. Greeters will be the men of the Home League.

Various churches, fellowships and a synagogue will participate. Rev. Warren C. Thompson, resident of Leisure World and member of Leisure World Community Church, will speak. An ordained pastor, he has served over 10 congregations in 40 years. The evening will include a Thanksgiving message and inspirational music.

Refreshments with a harvest theme will be served by tea hostesses Ann Hause, Leone Metros, Dena Anderson and Jean Watkins.

The annual Christmas dinner will be held Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. in St. Andrews Clubhouse 4. Tickets, $15, will be on sale prior to the Thanksgiving service and during refreshment time afterward. Reserve tickets by calling Treasurer Virginia Lincourt, 493-5657; for more information, call Fred and Irene Seiler at 296-8539.

The catered Christmas dinner and musical program has been held for over 30 years and is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate this season of joy, peace and love. Bring friends and family.

—Maj. Irene Seiler



Leisure World Baptist Church will meet Sunday, Nov. 24, at 9:45 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. Pastor Rolland Coburn will give a message about Christ, a solid rock on which to stand in these stressful days.

The congregation will sing hymns of thankfulness, including “Now Thank We All Our God” and “We Gather Together.” The choir will sing the old-time hymn, “Room At The Cross For You.” Kip Watkins and Barbara Chambers will sing special solos. All are welcome.



Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and give thanks to the Lord for the many blessings he has given. Psalm 92:1 says, “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.” Faith Christian Assembly will host a special Thanksgiving service, Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. in the main sanctuary. All are welcome to this one-hour service.

Faith Fellowship Time is at 11 a.m., Tuesday, in the Garden Room. A midweek Bible study taught by Pastor Sheri Leming will be Wednesday 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

—Sheri Leming



The Calvary Chapel Bible Study will be tonight at 6 at First Christian Church Chapel on Northwood Road next to the Verizon Building. All are welcome.

Tonight’s discussion will focus on handwriting on the wall that the king of Babylon saw at his drunken party. Come for fellowship, prayer and worship. For further information, call Phil or Pam O’Malley at 598-0270.

—Phil O’Malley



Due to holiday printing deadlines, editorial submissions for the Nov. 28 Thanksgiving issue of the Golden Rain News must be in by 4 p.m., today, Nov. 21.

Late submissions cannot be accommodated.



The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 500 Marina Dr., Seal Beach, has a Sunday morning service at 10, with Rev. Joshua Reeves speaking about “The Timeless Present.”

Guest singers Sunny Daye, Joanne LaPointe and the Seal Beach Spirit Singers will be accompanied by Bill Wolfe at the piano.

Rev. Josh will hold the second class on a book by Ram Dass, “Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying” from 10 a.m.-noon, through Dec. 13.  Donations are accepted.

White Elephant Bingo will be held tomorrow night, Nov. 22, from 6:30-8:30. Bring a fun item to be used as a bingo prize. There will be several games like Crazy 7, Hard Way 6 and Layer Cake. 

There is an ongoing midweek meditation service from 11:30 a.m.-noon every Wednesday for a quiet time during the week.

Sunday Night Alive will be Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. to celebrate gratitude and blessings in music, song, prayer and meditation in preparation for Thanksgiving.

The church will host an evening gratitude service of inspiration and community Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 6:30-8:30. There will be inspirational music, messages and readings from practitioners and personal sharing from those in attendance. 

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

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

Every Sunday, there are licensed practitioners for people who need someone to confide in.

For more information, call the church office at 598-3325.

—Florann Limpus



Holy Family Catholic Church will observe the Solemnity of Christ the King Sunday, Nov. 24. First reading will be 2 Samuel 5:1-3; second reading: Colossians 1:12-20; and the Gospel: Luke 23:35-43.

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.



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



Leisure World Assembly of God will welcome Dean and Mary Jean Brown, guest musicians to its banquet at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, in Clubhouse 2. The Browns are well known in the Long Beach area and are still active in ministry, hosting the Good News Kids program for the past 36 years. They will minister in music and message.

This Sunday, Pastor John Heide will continue his seven-week Christmas series on “Behold the Lamb.”

Sunday night’s popular hymn sing will begin at 6 p.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. For more information, banquet tickets, $15, or a ride to church, call 343-3655.



All women of Leisure World are invited to join the Women Of The Word (WOW) Bible study from 10 a.m.-noon at First Christian Church. The group takes a more traditional approach to the study of the Gospel of John, emphasizing fellowship and discussion of Scripture.

—Barbara Frost



The Long Beach Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc., will meet Friday, Nov. 22, for a social hour at 10:30 a.m., followed by the meeting and program at 11:30. The meeting will be held at California Heights United Methodist Church, 3759 Orange Ave., at the corner of Orange Avenue and Bixby Road.

The program will be a lecture by Maria Provencher Lace.

The chapter meets on the fourth Friday of the month. Guests are welcome.

 For further information, contact (714) 345-2338.



Redeemer Lutheran Church will celebrate “Christ the King Sunday” Nov. 24. Pastor Gil Moore will examine the meaning of the cross as Christ’s throne as he speaks on the theme “The Sign Is the Sermon.” He will use Luke 23:33-43 as his text.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. and is followed by coffee, cookies, and conversation in the fellowship hall.

Reader is Juanita Townsend and prayer leader is Larry Norlander. The choir anthem will be “Great Is the Lord.”

The church council meets today, Thursday, at 2:30 p.m. in the conference room.

The outreach team meets Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. in the conference room.

The community Thanksgiving service, which is hosted by the Salvation Army and the Interfaith Council, will be Monday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

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.



First Christian Church starts with a Bible study from 9-9:30 Sunday mornings. Elder Larry Massey is teaching from the book of Acts, Chapter 14. Fellowship begins at 9:30 a.m. in the hospitality room. Pastor Bruce Humes will open the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with Scripture and prayer followed by Margaret Humes leading the hymns.

Pastor Bruce will present the Communion meditation, followed by Communion.

For the offertory, pianist Jean McPharlin will play “Great Things He Has Done.”

Jarilyn Anzallo will read Ephesians 5:19-20, “And make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Pat Kogok will sing a solo, “Thank you Lord for Your Blessings.”

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes’ message for the day is titled, “In All Things.” He states that once each year the focus of the nation turns toward Thanksgiving. But the Apostle Paul made it clear that the giving of thanks is to be continual and not contingent.

There will be a Bible study class Tuesday at 10 a.m. with Pastor Bruce in the book of Romans. For the Wednesday home study class, call Sue Dougherty at 431-5392. Thursday and Friday Bible studies are cancelled due to the Thanksgiving holiday.



The Little Flower Guild will have its annual Precious Life Baby Shower at 1 p.m., today, Nov. 21, in Clubhouse 2. Speaker Teresa Murphy, director of Precious Life Shelter, will give an informative presentation on the Precious Life Foundation.

The Little Flower Guild will donate baby items and monetary gifts to the Los Alamitos shelter, which provides residential and supportive services for homeless pregnant adult women. All Leisure World residents are invited to contribute to this worthwhile cause by dropping off donations at the meeting at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.

—Gui Baker