Anaheim United Methodist Church

Special Events & Announcements

  • Worship Service Time Changes
  • Wednesday Evening Contemporary Worship Service
  • Music Ministry
  • Christmas Stockings for the Troops
  • Circle of Hope Tea . . . October 13
  • Baked Potato Luncheon . . . October 14
  • Halloween Trunk or Treat . . . October 28
  • Women's Retreat . . . March 8-10, 2018
  • Water Bottle Donations
And more.  Scroll down for more information...

Sunday Morning Worship
10:00 a.m.
Pastor James Dollins
October 7
October 14
October 21
October 28

"Learning to Trust"
"Learning to Listen"
"Choosing to Follow"
"Let Me See Again"
 I Kings 17:8-16
I Kings 19:1-15a
II Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Mark 10:46-52

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OCTOBER 7, 14, 21, 28
NOVEMBER 4, 11, 18, 15
ONE Service Only ~ at 10:00 a.m.

As may be recalled, earlier this summer many of our church family met to complete and discuss surveys regarding our current Sunday morning worship offerings. Worship Committee has been reviewing the surveys and deeply thanks all who have spoken so freely and lovingly. We will also be sending the surveys out to the congregation at large to ensure that as many people as possible may be heard.


In the meantime, Worship Committee will be testing a single-service format in October and November to determine if and how it may enhance the ministries of AUMC and possibly facilitate the creation of a weeknight service.


October 7, 14, 21 & 28  ~  All starting at 10:00 am

November 4, 11, 18 & 25  ~  All starting at 10:00 am


Because the special September services start at 10:30 am while the October and November test services would begin at 10:00 am, we will be able to compare attendance and people’s reactions to the two different start time options for a possible single-service format. Testing across both October and November will allow Worship Committee to review the test while it is underway and will afford the congregation ample time to provide valuable feedback to Pastor James and the Worship Committee. The November 19 Church Council meeting will be open to all church members to review the test and decide what our Sunday morning worship offering will be.


Please remember: THIS IS JUST A TEST, but we do want to be able to progress toward enhancing our worship ministry and developing a plan that will most effectively shine the light of God for ourselves and our neighbors. Your input is encouraged because your voices are precious to God and to us.

 With gratitude and love,

Lee Ann Orme, Cheri Smith and the AUMC Worship Committee

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The Explorers adult class will meet at 11:15 am Sunday mornings.

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Please join us also for three pilot weekday worship services scheduled for

Wednesday, October 10, 17, and 24, at 7:00 pm, in the Church Library/Chapel.

  This is a more casual and contemporary service.

Pastors James and Nicole, with the help of Worship Leader Emilio Tello, will lead these services.

Watch our Sunday Sermons!

We invite you to watch, enjoy, and be inspired by messages from Pastor James and others, at a time and place convenient to you.  Just click on the link below and choose a Sunday.

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Are you interested in becoming a member of our church? 
Please call Pastor James (714-776-5710) and let him know.  

Saturday, October 13
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
We welcome the ladies of the church,
and their lady friends and family,
for a lovely afternoon filled with wonderful treats,
friendly faces, and a welcoming cup of tea.

Sunday, October 14, 11:00 am
(right after worship service)
Our Special Events Team is already preparing for our annual fall event.  We hope you look forward to this hearty lunch as much as we do.  Please look for a sign up sheet on the patio as the date approaches.  Bring your favorite potato topping and we will provide the potato, butter and sour cream.  See you there!

Sunday, October 28

We will host our community to a family-friendly Halloween event filled with food, fun, furry friends and lots of fabulous treats.

We are looking for volunteers to decorate their vehicle trunk, host games, the photo booth, the petting zoo, tickets/registration, set-up and break-down.  Or, if you would like to help in other ways, we are accepting donations of candy, cakes, cookies and cash.

Please contact Donna Vestre or Lee Strohm through the office for more information and to volunteer.  Thanks!


It's that time again. Last year we filled 90 stockings for our troops in Afghanistan. This year we will be sending stockings to Chaplains at Kandahar and Bagram Air Bases to hand out as they see the need. The stockings will be sent out in November but we need them back early so we can pack them and get all of the paperwork processed.

August:  Start thinking of what you might want to include in your stocking.

September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21:  We will have stockings available for you to pick up with a list of suggested items (snacks, toiletries, a Christmas card to sign).  Return them as soon as they are filled or no later than October 21st.

October 28: All stockings must be turned in! (as we have to inventory each stocking and list what is inside.)


November: We will pack and mail boxes as it takes a couple of weeks to get there.

December: Boxes arrive in Afghanistan for our brave military personnel.

Extra items are always welcomed as well as the cost of postage ($17.40 per box).

Our next Troop Box packing day is Sunday September 16th at 10:00 am since there is only one service. Thank you for your continued support!

Yours in Christ,

The Troop Box Committee

Music Ministry
Worshipful ~ Meaningful ~ Fun

Our Music Ministry program is gearing up for Fall. If you would like to serve the Lord in a creative, fun, way - please consider joining our music program.


Choir - meets on Thursday nights from 7:30 - 9:00 pm. They provide music for Sunday 10:30 am worship. You do not have to read music or sing a solo. And you do not have to commit to every week. All of us have family needs or vacations from time to time.

Instrumentalist - If you play an instrument, please let me know and together we can possibly plan an occasional way to bring music to our worship.


If you have any questions - please contact me.


John Elg | 310-351-6891 |


Missions and Outreach are looking for any water bottles you might have that you've received as a free giveaway at conferences, store openings or any other event.  We are cleaning them, filling them with ice and water, and handing them out to people who come to the church office in need.
Bring your bottles to church on Sunday or to the office during the week.  If you  have any questions, see Sandie Duff.

Save the Date...
Women's Retreat
March 8-10, 2019
San Luis Rey Retreat Center
Old Mission San Luis Rey

Dear Church Women,

I’m excited to report that we have booked the location for our Women’s Retreat on March 8 - 10, 2019. It will be held at San Luis Rey Retreat Center in Oceanside. I have attended retreats there in the past and found the grounds and facilities amazing. It is amidst the beautiful grounds of Historic Old Mission San Luis Rey. In the spirit of St. Francis, they welcome all with hospitality, simplicity and joy. The Mission sits upon 56 beautifully landscaped acres so there is ample space to enjoy the quiet and peaceful gardens.

The difference other than location of this new retreat is that we will be spending two nights which includes 6 meals for only $220 per person. We hope with all this extra time to be able to have plenty of time for reflection or just enjoying the grounds. Since this is more than last year’s cost, we wanted to provide time to save for this event. Maybe skip that Starbucks drink? :) We have 9 months to save up, however, the church will still offer scholarships.

For those of you who cannot stay overnight we invite you to a day retreat on March 9, 2019. For those adventurous you may take the train down to Oceanside or we can arrange carpooling from the church. The cost for the day retreat including 2 meals will be $45.

We want to provide a time for all women of the church to be able to be refreshed in their spirits and join in the fun and laughter.

Nicole Armstrong and I would love any feedback on any ideas you have for themes. But I look forward to another invigorating time of laughter.

MJ Buist, Diaconal Minister


We pack boxes the third Sunday of every month at 8:30 a.m. (before the 9:00 service) in the entrance-way to the sanctuary.
Want more information?  Please call the church office (714-776-5710)
and leave a message for Diane Cawood.

Dine at selected restaurants, present a flyer,
and the church earns a percentage of your check.

Want more information?  Call Sherry Hanberg in the church office, 714-776-5710. 


Do you need to make an announcement on Sunday morning?  Do you need to publicize a church event in the Chimes, the Sunday Bulletin, or on our Facebook page?  You can fill out a form in the church office, or click below:
Lee Strohm will make sure your  announcement is publicized in all the right places.

Buy SCRIP - Help Our Ministry and Mission

We encourage everyone to buy SCRIP before going to the store, out to eat, or making other purchases.  They make great gifts too.  It costs nothing extra to use SCRIP.  You pay for the gift cards, use them at full value, and the church earns a percentage of your purchase.  This is an effective and painless way to help church finances. 
Click here for all the details.

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 Every Sunday is Special at Anaheim United Methodist Church!

Join us for a morning of worship, fellowship, friendship, learning and sharing. 
Our Worship service begins at 10:30 a.m., with music by our Chancel Choir,
and with refreshments and fellowship before and after the service.
Come casual or dress up.  All services are family-friendly - children are always welcome.

We welcome you, your family, friends and neighbors!
Click here for more information.