Church to Rise With Sun on Easter at Beach

Christ Lutheran Church will offer Easter sunrise worship services at 6 and 8 a.m. Easter at San Clemente’s North Beach at Avenida Pico. Pastor Margaret Duttera will give the message “God’s Gift for You.” An egg hunt will take place at 9:15 at the church. At 10:30 a.m., there will be a Festival Worship service featuring music by the choir. Holy Communion will be served. The church is at 35522 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. (714) 496-2621.

The Women’s Ministry of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will have its Ladies’ Active Friday Forum at 7:15 p.m. Inspirational singer Renee Bondi will share her story of triumph after a fall that left her a quadriplegic. A minimum of $5 will be taken at the door. The church is at 4800 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine. (714) 552-1918.

Modern-day psalmist Marty Goetz will be in concert during the 10:30 a.m. service at Shuvah Yisrael Messianic Jewish Congregation. Refreshments will follow. The congregation meets at 15 Orangetree Lane, Irvine. (714) 654-1928.

The Crystal Cathedral will offer Easter services at 6, 8, 10 and 11 a.m. and noon, 1 and 6 p.m. The Cathedral Choir and Chorale will be joined by guest vocalists Mardi Robbins and Dennis MacNeil, as well as trumpeter David Hooten. The church is at 12141 Lewis St., Garden Grove. (714) 971-4000.


St. Joachim Catholic Church will have its fifth annual Kona Kasino casino night from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. April 25. Scheduled events will include gambling, a silent auction, prizes and dinner. Cost is $25 if registered by next Saturday, otherwise $30 (seniors $20). The church is at 1964 Orange Ave., Costa Mesa. (714) 548-8841.

An Easter worship service will take place at 10 a.m. at New Life Christian Fellowship. Along with the Rev. Clayton Robinson’s Easter message, there will be a youth play, music and fellowship. Child care and children’s classes will be offered. A “God With Us” Easter musical will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday. The church is at 26041 Cape Drive, Suite 101. (714) 348-0300.

“The Church Studies Homosexuality--A Study for United Methodist Groups” will be offered at 7 p.m. Mondays through June 8 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. A “Tool Time for the Soul” class will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through June 10. The study book costs $17. Child care will be available. The church is at 1201 Irvine Blvd., Tustin. (714) 544-3653.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will offer Easter services at 8 and 10 a.m., with a Festival Easter Celebration. Music will be provided by the St. Paul’s Senior Choir and orchestra. The church schoolchildren will have a choral reading after the 10 a.m. service. The church is at 1221 S.E. Wass St., Tustin. (714) 544-3141.


The Catholic Worker Community needs hams, eggs, milk, potatoes, orange juice, coffee, volunteers and more for an Easter brunch. Following the meal, Father John McAndrew will lead a Mass at 1:30 p.m. The center is at 316 Cypress, Santa Ana. (714) 835-6304.

Calvary Church of Santa Ana will present the dramatic musical performance “The Power of His Love” at 8:45 and 10:45 a.m. Easter in the Worship Center. Child care will be available. The church will celebrate a Passover Seder at 6:45 p.m. Thursday in the Fellowship Hall. Cost is $13. The church is at 1010 N. Tustin Ave, Tustin. (714) 973-4800.

Easter sunrise services will take place at 6 a.m. Sunday at all five Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks in Southern California. The 38th annual Intercommunity Sunrise Service in the forecourt of the Cypress location will feature keynote speaker David Augsburger, professor of pastoral theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. The Cypress Forest Lawn is at 4471 Lincoln Ave. (800) 204-3131, Ext. 4741.

The Rev. Keith Ackerman, the Episcopal bishop of Quincy in Illinois, will lead a teaching mission from Thursday to next Sunday at the Episcopal Church of the Blessed Sacrament. The event will begin with a 6:30 p.m. potluck dinner, followed by an informal teaching session. The Brotherhood of St. Andrew’s annual steak dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday will conclude the workshop. The church is at 1314 N. Angelina Drive, Placentia. (714) 528-2995.


Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry will have an orientation meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Saddleback Community Church. The organization is dedicated to building homes for needy families. The church is at 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest. (714) 895-4331, Ext. 0.

The Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church will have Easter services at 8 and 10:30 a.m., with an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Pastor Kenneth McCullen will speak on “Who Are You Looking For?” The church is at 30071 Ivy Glenn. (714) 249-1218.

Mariners South Coast Church offers “Monday Night Solutions,” led by Christian psychologists Henry Cloud and John Townsend, at 7:30 p.m. each week. Topics include building and improving relationships, the effect of spiritual growth on careers and more. Admission is $5. The church is at 5120 Bonita Canyon Drive, Irvine. (714) 854-7600.

The Rev. Bruce Van Blair of Community Church, Congregational United Church of Christ will lead an Easter sunrise service at 6 a.m. at Lookout Point, Ocean Boulevard, Corona del Mar. Services will also be at 8:15 and 10 a.m at the church. An Easter egg hunt will follow the last service. The church is at 611 Heliotrope Ave., Corona del Mar. (714) 644-7400.


The Rev. Norman F. McFarland, Roman Catholic bishop of Orange, will celebrate the Pontifical Liturgy of the Easter Vigil at 8 tonight at Holy Family Cathedral. An Easter vigil for the deaf community will be offered at 7:30 p.m. An Easter Sunday Mass will be take place at 10:15 a.m. at Juvenile Hall in Santa Ana. The church is at 566 S. Glassell St., Orange. (714) 282-3000.

The Rev. L. Don Smith will give his “Hope vs. Despair” Easter message at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Ana. During the 9:45 a.m. praise and preparation time, the congregation will sing Easter songs. Performing during the service will be the Shine Down Choir, the Chancel Choir and a brass ensemble, directed by Paul McNeff. The church is at 600 N. Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 542-7253.

A “Life in Israel” art exhibit will be on display Wednesday through May 14 at the Jewish Community Center on the Jewish Federation Campus. Artworks include watercolors and photographs. Admission is free. The campus is at 250 E. Baker St., Costa Mesa. (714) 755-0340.

The Rev. Gary Demarest will give the message “If Christ Had Not Been Raised” at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Easter at Trinity United Presbyterian Church. Care for children to age 5 will be provided. The church is at 13922 Prospect Ave., Santa Ana. (714) 544-7850.


Temple Aviv Judea Messianic Congregation will host a Passover Seder at 6 p.m. in the community room of the Huntington Beach Mall. Tickets are $30. The mall is at 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach. (714) 581-0716.

Pastor Glenn will speak on “An Empty Stage or an Empty Tomb” at 8 and 10 a.m. Easter at Placentia United Methodist Church. Music will be provided by the Bell and Chancel choirs. The church is at 2050 Valencia Ave., Placentia. (714) 528-1483.

The second annual “Walk Through the Tomb” will take place from 6 to 8 a.m. Easter at the Shroud Center of Southern California. Coffee and cake will be served. The cost is $5. The center is at 18351 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach. (714) 375-5723.

Congregation B’nai Tzedek will host its second annual Community Passover Seder at 6 tonight. Traditional Seder food, as well as roasted chicken, will be offered. Cost is $40 for adults (13 and older) and $25 for children (3 to 12). The congregation is at 9669 Talbert Ave., Fountain Valley. (714) 963-4611.


A “Welcome Home Week” program will be offered at 7 Thursday nights for 17 weeks at Blessed Sacrament Church. The program is designed for returning Catholics, or those who would like to learn more about their faith. Blessed Sacrament is at 14072 Olive St., Westminster. (714) 596-2628.

The Chabad Chai Center will have a Passover service at 10 this morning and at 7:30 tonight. During Pesach, services will be offered at 10 a.m. Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday and at 10 and 11 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. April 18. The Chai Center is at 33 Creek Road, No. 320, Irvine. (714) 786-5001.

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