Week of Sunday, May 19, 2024



We hope you can join us for worship each Sunday morning at California Heights United Methodist Church (3759 Orange Avenue, Long Beach, CA).


We are gathering this weekend on Sunday, May 19 at 10:00 AM to celebrate Pentecost Sunday. WE ASK THAT EVERYONE WEAR RED.


Rev. Scott Andrews will be preaching this weekend. His sermon title is "Dazed & Confused" from Acts 2:1-13.


We will celebrate Music Ministry Appreciation Sunday with a variety of selections from the various musical groups in the church.

The Anthem for the morning will be "Glory and Honor to You" shared with us by Fire Within Us. Special music will be "Come to the Music" shared with us by the Chancel Choir with Renee Bhatia on Flute. The prelude will be "He’s got the Whole World in His Hands" shared with us by the Carillon Handbells.

We hope to see you on Sunday.



On Sunday, May 19, Cal Heights will celebration "Music Ministry Appreciation Sunday" during worship.

We will hear selections shared with the congregation from the Chancel Choir, Fire Within Us, and the Carillon Handbells.

We will also celebrate Dr. Anna DeMichele's 20th anniversary with Cal Heights UMC with a reception and short program in Hughes Hall.


The Cal Heights UMC Scholarship committee is pleased to announce that we will once again offer scholarships for eligible candidates. Scholarships are available to any California Heights UMC member or constituent to use for tuition and/or expenses of books and supplies for education or training at a post-secondary level.


Scholarship packets with applications and recommendation forms are available on Monday, May 13, 2024. There are multiple ways to request the packets:


Stop by and pick them up in the church office (3759 Orange Ave.) between 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Monday through Thursday.

Download from the church website (www.calheightsumc.org).

Requestion them by email (office@calheightsumc.org).


All materials need to be turned into the church office on or before Thursday, June 13, 2024.


If you have questions, please contact the church office @ 562-595-1996.


Our knitter's group has returned! They gather from 6:30 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday evenings in the Bride's Room. All skill levels and all questions are welcome.


Please let Esther Fairris (e.fairris@charter.net) know if you will be coming.


Congratulations to all of the graduates of 2024. On Sunday, June 9, we want to acknowledge and celebrate all of the graduates connected to our church.

If you or a family member are graduating or are promoting (i.e. Middle School to High School, High School to College, etc.), please contact the church office with your information.


Do you have an announcement for The Messenger? You are invited to send information to the church office for inclusion in The Messenger.


Email office@calheightsumc.org no later than Wednesday at noon.



(Rev Melinda's video updates will be "new to view" every other week)


4 weeks: July 15-Aug 9

Two locations: Grace UMC & Los Altos UMC

Mark your calendars for Groundlings Summer Camp. Youth and children (K-8th) will enjoy Bible stories, crafts, service opportunities and friends - long time and new - lots and lots of recreation. Registration will open in mid-March and all four weeks are sure to fill up fast! In the meantime, if you have questions, please email our camp administrator, Cynthia Navarrette Pueblos (Email: campadmin@beingthechurchlb.org) for more information!

Could you support Groundlings Camp Ministry with a gift?

$215 sponsors a child for one week of camp

We also have an Amazon List for needed supplies!

Each week, Groundlings Camp welcomes 30-50 children plus youth and adult volunteers.  We are in need of campership support for a few campers this summer ($215 per week of camp - one full day includes includes Bible lesson, recreation, music, crafts and friendship plus a service project) as well as some supplies.  Or perhaps, you would like to volunteer at camp - leading a song, craft or Bible lesson.  

Ways to give:

Check payable to Grace UMC - MEMO: Groundlings camp support.  Please send to 

Grace UMC

℅ Groundlings Camp

2325 E. Third St., LB CA 90814

Online giving:


Supplies:  Amazon List

Volunteer inquiries - please contact Rev. Melinda (e: Melinda@beingthechurchlb.org)


All young adults (ages 18-25) are invited to join in the community, fun and fellowship of the Young Adult Group. We meet up for meaningful dialogue, group outings, and community service.

Cal Heights UMC member, Mary Kate McBride, leads the group. Please reach out to her via email: grilsquill@gmail.com to learn about the latest goings-on and get connected. 

You can also contact Rev Melinda (Melinda@BeingtheChurchLB.org) for more information.

LGBTQ+ Older Adults Forum

May 16 (LGBTQ+ Elders Day!), 3-5pm

Grace on 3rd Social Hall, 2325 E. Third St., 90807

Registration suggested at www.BeingtheChurchLB.org

Did you know that May is Pride Month AND Older Adults Month? Being the Church, Long Beach will be celebrating both by hosting an important workshop on May 16 at Grace UMC. All are invited to attend. Hosted by the CSULB Gerontology Program, the workshop takes data on LGBTQ+ older adults and brings it forward as a way of understanding historical barriers and disparate treatment of this community. Areas included in the workshop: Trauma, Caregiving, Networks, Education and Next Steps. We hope that this event on LGBTQ+ Elders Day will proffer important conversation and awareness around the specific issues that challenge LGBTQ+ older adults as well as provide support and resources for the community.  

Endorsers include: Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Center - Senior Services, Orange County LGBTQ+ Center, Black/White Men Together So Cal

Please contact Bill Sive for more information (E: GayElderCircle@gmail.com)

Servant Saturday at OC Food Bank

Saturday, May 18. 11am-1pm

11870 Monarch St, Garden Grove, CA 92841

Sign up please so we can prepare well!


(Under Events Calendar)

Join Pastor Melinda for a meaningful morning of church and service. 

Wear: pants and closed-toed shoes. 

Bring: water bottle if needed.

Please note in advance that volunteers are on their feet and working quickly (sorting and packing food) the whole time in a warehouse. Minimum age requirement is a hard working 9 year old, otherwise 10. :) We will close our time together with simple prayer and communion.

Sign Up to PRIDE!

Churches in the LB Pride Parade! 

Sunday, May 19

Meet at Grace UMC

2325 E. Third St., LB 90814

Approx. 10am-1pm

SIGN UP @ www.BeingtheChurchLB.org

(under Events Calendar)

Our Being the Church congregations will again have an opportunity to join in the celebration of LB Pride. We will start the morning together in outdoor worship, and then walk in the Pride Parade. We need banners, signs and lots of rainbows. We also need some donations to support this effort. If you can help with planning or financial support, please contact Rev. Melinda! (E: Melinda@beingthechurchlb.org)

Pizza Party for our Youngers!

4-7th Graders Pizza party + Minute to Win it!

Sunday May 19, 4p-7pm. 

$5 for pizza and beverages.

Cal Heights UMC

3759 Orange Avenue, LB 90807

Sign up under Events: www.beingthechurchlb.org

Our churches are excited to host a fun get-together for our older children and younger youth. This special event is just for our 4th - 7th graders. We will have some pizza and drinks and play fun "minute to win it" games together. Hosted by church parents and Rev. Melinda, please sign up by May 16, so we can plan well. 

Being the Church Long Beach:

Mobile Houseless Ministry News

Next volunteer date: Saturday, May 25

In-person volunteers and donations are needed. Specifically, donations of men’s and women’s jeans and shorts are needed. Please bring items to local church offices for distribution. 

Church volunteers staff the donations table where clothes, shoes, socks, hygiene kits, flashlights, blankets, toilet paper and paper towels, dog food and snacks are all distributed. Jamie Armstead with Jumpstart Industries operates the food truck. Clergy serve communion and offer prayer. All of our churches contribute to this ministry where we serve about 50 to 60 people each month. Most are encamped within one mile of our mobile site. We see familiar faces and new faces.

Many are awaiting a housing voucher from the City of LB Health Department multiservice center, and will eventually move to an apartment at a converted motel. You are welcome to give us a hand sometime sorting clothes, or at the site. 

Please reach out to coordinator, Michael Naylor 714 328 1503 or Rev. Melinda Dodge (E: Melinda@BeingtheChurchLB.org

5th Friday Fun Night (Gr. 6-12th)

May 31, 2024

Grace on 3rd UMC, 2325 E. Third St., 90814

Dinner provided by our youth and volunteers.  S'mores and massive hide & seek on the Grace Church campus.  This is ONE SUPER FUN night that we have planned for our 6th-12th graders.

SIgn up today:  www.BeingtheChurchLB.org (under Events) or in the Church Center App!

Being the Church, Long Beach Fights Cancer!

Relay for Life - June 1, 2024.  9:00 am to 9:00 pm

LBPOA Park 7390 E. Carson Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90808. 

(Behind the Lowes in the LB Towne Center)

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's signature fundraiser, bringing communities together to honor and remember loved ones and take action for lifesaving change in the fight against cancer.  More than just a walk, the American Cancer Society Relay For Life brings together passionate supporters who embody the American Cancer Society vision to end cancer as we know it, for everyone.  The more people who participate in Relay For Life, the more money we can raise to support breakthrough research, 24/7 support for cancer patients, access to lifesaving screenings, and much more. Please join our team! 

Passionate Relayers are making a difference.

To sign up, simply click the link below.

Click here to view the TEAM page for Being The Church - Against Cancer


Do you have an announcement for The Messenger? You are invited to send information to the church office for inclusion in The Messenger.


Email office@calheightsumc.org no later than Wednesday at noon.

3759 Orange Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807

(562) 595-1996