Anaheim United Methodist Church

Special Events & Announcements

  • Meet our Director of Music Ministries, John Elg
  • Choir Staff Singers Wanted
  • Christmas Stockings for the Troops
  • Baked Potato Luncheon . . . October 15
  • Halloween Trunk or Treat Neighborhood event . . . October 29
  • "All Saint's Day" Service . . . November 5
  • Seminar on "Trusts" . . . November 12
  • Rose Parade . . . January 1, 2018
  • Women's Retreat . . . March 9-10, 2018

And more.  Scroll down for more information...

Sunday Worship
9:00 a.m. Casual Service   -   10:30 a.m. Traditional Service
Pastor James Dollins

October 15
October 22

"In God Alone"
"A Glimpse of God"


Exodus 32:1-14
Exodus 33:12-23

Are you interested in becoming a member of our church? 
Please call Pastor James (714-776-5710) for more information.  

We are pleased to introduce our new...


John Elg (pronounced “Elj”) grew up in Los Angeles and began singing in the Children's Choir at La Tijera United Methodist Church.  He attended California State University, Northridge and graduated with a degree in Music Education.  He went on to study music at Cincinnati Conservatory, USC, UCLA and Loyola Marymount.  Some of his greatest teachers were John Alexander, Elmer Thomas, Robert Shaw, Donald Neuen, and Paul Salamunovich. 


As an educator, John taught Choral Music at Mission Viejo High School and also at and Orange Coast College.  As a Minister of Music, he served for 27 years at Presbyterian Church of the Master.

Professionally John has conducted over 500 Hollywood studio sessions for orchestras and choirs, and was Conductor of the orchestra for the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters from 2009 - 2016.


John is married to Gretchen (a fine alto) and they have 2 children Edward and Elizabeth.


Anaheim United Methodist Church is hiring Staff Singers for its Chancel Choir under the direction of conductor John Elg and organist Yoojung Chung-Ji.  We are currently auditioning sopranos, tenors, and basses. 

Weekly commitments are Thursday evening from 7:30-9:00 and Sunday mornings 9 AM service and 10:30 service, with brief warm-up rehearsals before each.  Other services may include liturgical or concert commitments as specified on the choir calendar.




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.


Dates:  Pick up/return stockings on the patio Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 

All stockings are due back by Sunday, October 29.


You can fill a stocking or make a monetary donation to help with buying supplies and to help defray the cost of postage ($17.35 a box).

We can also use Christmas cards signed by you that we can send the Chaplains to hand out at both bases.

***We are also in need of our regular supplies (toiletries and snack items) that will be sent out in October. Please look over our shopping list and see if there is something could buy. Place these items in the trunk in the Narthex or the Troop barrel in the fellowship hall. We will pack them on Sunday, October 15 at 8:15 am before first service.


Thank you for your continued support.


Yours in Christ, Diane Cawood and Judy Ishihara

Sunday, October 29
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

We are hosting 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 host games, the photo booth, the petting zoo, tickets.registration, decorate a vehicle trunk, set-up and take down.  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 via the office (714-776-5710).

Sunday, November 5
9:00 am and 10:30 am service

A moving service of remembrance of those who have passed on this year.

The Health and Safety Committee present...
Sunday, November 12, 11:30 a.m.
(right after second service)

More details here soon.


We are returning to Pasadena for a Pancake Breakfast and Rose Parade Viewing. The cost is $50 and includes bus transportation, pancake breakfast, and curbside seating for the parade (these are church folding?chairs). All proceeds (except cost of transportation) go to fundraising efforts of Pasadena First UMC. Sign ups will start in November. A $20.00 deposit will hold your seat on the bus. Don’t miss this super fun event! ? See Jennifer Weyenberg, our Ministry Intern.


Save the Date...
March 9-10, 2018

Aldersgate Retreat Center, Palos Verdes

We have a limit of 25 people.
Cost will be about $100.
Some scholarships are available.
Sign-ups will begin in September.

More information here soon.



A few months ago I shared about our District Superintendent Mark Nakagawa’s words of wisdom that churches should create many places for people to plug in. When someone takes the courageous step of visiting our church, it’s always good to have one or more ideas for how they can get further involved.


So, it was exciting, several weeks ago, when our Youth Director, Nicole Jackson pointed out to me, “James, AUMC now has a place for people of every age group to plug-in!”

This is, in part, because Nicole has shifted her work with Young Adults from Garden Grove UMC to our congregation as a result of budget cuts in that church. Thankfully, AUMC is willing and able to provide a home for these young adults who will meet weekly on Wednesday evening beginning in March.


Here is a current summary of our age-level fellowship and study opportunities:

  • Ages 0-12: Sunday School, VBS, Easter Eggs, Christmas Workshop with Pastor MJ
  • Ages 13-18: Sunday youth fellowship, retreats & service projects with Nicole Jackson
  • Ages 18-35: Young Adults: Weekly evening meetings with Nicole Jackson,   
  • Ages 30-50: In Betweeners: Monthly fellowship activities with Intern Jen Weyenberg
  • Ages 50 +: Bible studies with Pastor James & MJ, Sunday School with Mary Ann Jones


With this many outlets, AUMC can proudly say we not only welcome people to visit, but to plug-in and stay. Thanks to everyone who has helped make our ministries more complete and effective as we share Christ’s love with all.


Grace and Peace,

Pastor James

Last Friday each month, 2:30 - 3:00
(during the school year)
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Want more information?  Please call Sherry at 714-776-5710.

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.

Usually the 1st and 3rd Monday each month
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. 
A casual / contemporary worship service is held at 9:00 a.m.,
followed by a time of fellowship, refreshments and classes. 

A more traditional  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!
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