Week of Sunday, April 28, 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, April 28 at 10:00 AM.


Rev. Scott Andrews will be preaching this weekend. His sermon title is "Abide in Me" from John 15:1-8.


The Anthem for the morning will be "I’ll Walk with God" shared with us by Mr. Owen Lovejoy, tenor.


We hope to see you on Sunday.


Due to a delay is the book availability, we will be delayed in starting the class one week: Monday, April 29!

Does your faith make room for questions? Everyone has doubts. Where is God when bad things happen? Does God hear our prayers? Is there a heaven? How can we know? Often, we treat such questions as the enemy of faith. But uncertainty doesn’t mean our belief is lacking. Doubt can be a path to a deeper, richer encounter with God.

In Wrestling with Doubt, Finding Faith, join best-selling author and pastor Adam Hamilton as he discusses some of our most significant sources of doubt and shows how a steady trust in God can emerge from them. You will delve into questions like:

“Does God exist? How can I know?”

“Is the Bible true?”

“Why do prayers go unanswered?”

Rev. Adam Hamilton approaches these sources of doubt with honesty and insight, drawing on the rich wisdom of the Bible, Christian tradition, and his experience walking with thousands of people on their spiritual journey. Whether you’re a longtime Christian or someone brand new to faith, this book will lead you to a trust in God that is unafraid of hard questions. Wrestle with doubt and find faith – belief and trust, not certainty, mystery rather than simple answers.

We will begin our study of this fascinating book on Monday, April 29. Our sessions will be at 10:00 AM in the Church Parlor.

The cost of the book is $14.00 and will be available on Sunday, April 21.


After our worship service on Sunday, May 5, stick around for hot fresh tacos and more! Our good friends from "Delicious Strawberries & More" will be curbside for all our taco needs. Buy your tacos right outside and church, and feast with others gathered there. We will have table and chairs available. The bouncy castle will asl be set up for the kiddos!


Celebrate Mother’s Day at California Heights UMC on Sunday, May 12 at our 10:00 AM worship service. A gift will be given to each woman in attendance.


The Cal Heights UMC Scholarship committee is pleased to announce that we will once again offer scholarships for eligible candidates.


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. 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM).

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.


Pentecost Sunday will soon be upon us. Pentecost is the birthday of the church. We will celebrate Pentecost on Sunday, May 19.

Everyone is asked to

wear red to our worship service.

We will have cake and other party favors after the service in Hughes Hall.


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.


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)

Spring Inn Schedule & Themes

Wednesday evenings, 5:45-7:30pm

$7 per person/$25 max per family

We are excited to gather as God’s church on Wednesday evenings this spring. Join us to worship and fellowship together over a yummy meal, and then head to small groups for all ages. Please sign up in advance so we can expect you!



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!


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.

Waffle Church

Sunday, April 28 at 10:30am

Belmont Heights UMC Campus (Wesley Hall)

On this unique morning, we will have waffles and fruit together with great music, prayer and a conversation-based message with Rev. Melinda Dodge. A goodwill offering will be received for this ministry’s costs. Bring the whole family and a hearty appetite for God’s good word of love and grace for all people - all ages - all stages! Learn more: www.BeingtheChurchLB.org 

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



(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)


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