General Women's Meeting

"I am the bread of life; he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." ~John 6:35

Please join us for the General Women's Meeting on Saturday, 3/28 at 4:45 p.m.

Bring your friends, daughters, grandaughters, and great-granddaughters (ages 8 and older)! 

Light refreshments will be served.

Also, we will be participating in a service project after being spiritually fed.

Let us gather at the temple

Sisters, please join us on Thursday, 3/19 at the Newport Beach Temple. A light dinner will be available.

We have reserved spaces for the 3, 5 and 6:30 pm endowment sessions.

As you prepare to attend, pray for that which you need. 

"Ask of Him and He will give thee Living Water." ~John 4:10

If you cannot join us for an endowment session, please consider doing initiatories. No reservation needed. 


Newsletter -- Oil in My Lamp

Sisters, we're so excited to share with you the first issue of our Provident Living and Relief newsletter!

"Oil in My Lamp" Volume 1, Issue 1

Click on the link above for the two-page .pdf document.

This first issue has inspiring messages from Holly Payne, Stake Relief Society Provident Living Specialist, and President Clay E. Johnson.

If you feel you are behind, not to worry. The newsletter includes a "Start Where You Stand" self-assessment for you to assess your strengths and weaknesses in being prepared. If you have any questions or comments or ideas, please e-mail Holly Payne at HBNoilinmylamp@gmail.com 

You can download it, share it with friends, or print it.


Tamales from Midnight Madness

Below is the recipe from the delicious tamales served at Midnight Madness:

Ingredients listed below can be purchased at Northgate Market or Gonzales Market on Lincoln and Goldenwest.  

Step 1: Soak corn husks in warm water before you make sauces.

Step 2: Make sauce(s).



- 1 ½ lb tomatillo (green tomatoes)   
- 1 or 2 serrano peppers (spicy)                  
- 3 garlic cloves                                        
- 20 shakes garlic salt                            
- 1 bunch cilantro (cut off stems)
- 3 yellow peppers, cut
- 1 red onion, quartered
- 1 tsp., salt to taste 

To make the green sauce: 
  • Sauté peppers and garlic
  • Boil tomatoes with enough water to cover. Boil 5 min until yellow.
  • Put all in blender and add seasonings.  Blend.


- 2 oz dried Pasilla Pods*                        (*Pull off tops and boil for 5 mins.) 
- 3 oz dried California Pods*
- 3 cloves garlic                                         
- 1 tsp cloves                                                        
- 2 bay leaves                                      
- 20 shakes garlic salt                          
- 1 tsp Coriander seed
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp pepper 
- 1 tsp oregano or Menudo mix 
- 1 tsp., salt to taste  

Red Sauce
  • Same steps as above for green sauce. If too thick, add more water.
  • After blended, pour through strainer.
Step 3: Prepare protein
  • Add 5 lbs pork butt (trim fat but leave some) OR  5 lbs chicken (use thighs, not white meat). Then cook meat.
  • 1 Bag, Maza (Package needs to state "Prepared for Tamales")
Step 4: Wrap meat and Maza filling on smooth side of corn husk.

Step 5: Roll and fold corn husk.   Steam for 1 hour. 

Run of Meet the Mormons @ Bella Terra extended!

In case you have not heard yet, the Meet the Mormons film screenings have been extended through next Wednesday, Oct. 22nd, at the Bella Terra 20 Theatre at 12:35 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 4:55 p.m., 7:10 p.m., and 9:20 p.m.
Also, the Church News on Oct. 17th wrote that the film “had an impressive first week, finishing as the 10thhighest grossing film in the nation and one of the top 100 documentaries of all time.”  


Movie night @ Bella Terra

Meet the Mormons will be at Bella Terra 20 Theatre for one week only!

Meet the Mormons examines the very diverse lives of six devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Filmed on location and across the globe, Meet the Mormons takes viewers on a journey into the day-to-day realities of individuals living in the U.S., Costa Rica, Nepal and beyond. From their individual passions to their daily struggles, each story paints a picture as rich and unique as the next while challenging the stereotypes that surround the Mormon faith.

The film opens at Bella Terra on Thursday, 10/9 at 7:00pm, 9:30pm and midnight.

From Friday, 10/10 to next Wednesday, Oct. 15 showings will start at 11:05am, 1:15pm, 3:25pm, 5:35pm, 7:45pm, and 10:00pm. 

Proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to the American Red Cross. Let your friends know! 



for all Relief Society Women, Young Women and girls 8 years and older!

Seek the Sweetness...of the Spirit, Sisterhood and Service

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 4:45 pm at the Stake Center 
(Dessert Only)

Temple Day

September 11, 2014

We are delighted to extend a heartfelt invitation to each of you to participate in our Stake Relief Society Temple Day on Thursday, September 11, 2014. Sign ups will be available in Relief Society for seating at the 3:00, 5:00, and 6:30 sessions. We will provide a light dinner on the lawn at the Newport Stake Center at 5:00 pm. 

President Johnson will be hosting a tour of the temple grounds during the 5:00 pm hour for those who cannot yet enter the temple, non-member friends, and anyone else who would like to attend.


Midnight Madness Craft Night

Huntington Beach North Stake Relief Society's 
 4th Annual Midnight Madness!
 “Happy Everything”
October 10th, 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
Stake Center, 5402 Heil Ave., Huntington Beach CA 92649

Purpose: To promote unity and sisterhood, provide an opportunity to include/invite our less active sisters and non-member friends, 
to learn new skills and have fun! 

Bring your favorite dish to share at our Tasting Table! Also bring one copy of the recipe so we can feature it here on our blog.

List of Classes

*Ending time shown is the deadline to start the class in order to complete it by midnight.

Class: Mother’s Day Picture Frame Chalkboard
Teacher: Beach Ward Sisters
Description: Project includes painting chalkboard paint on backing, installing backing in frame, attaching chalk and eraser and applying sticker label.
Cost: $2.75
Options (please indicate on order form):
 Frame Color: Black, Silver, Gold/Bronze
Saying: ‘Menu’ or ‘To Do List’
Limit: 2  kits per person
Approx. time to complete: 15 – 20 mins
Hours: 6:00 – *11:00 pm
Supplies to bring: Scissors, Embellishments to decorate as desired.

Class: Father’s Day Matching Coasters
Teacher: Judy Ashby
Description: A perfect gift for any man in your life! Project includes attaching decorative paper to tile and applying polyurethane protective covering.
Cost: $4.25
Options (please indicate on order form): Choose One
Football, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Fishing,
Spiderman, Vintage Maps, Mustache, Camo, Flag
Limit: 1 kit per person
Approx. time to complete: 35 – 60 mins
Hours: 6:00 – *11:00 pm
Supplies to bring: Scissors 

Class: DIY Boutonnieres
Teacher: Gissela Nambo
Description: Project includes making one carnation boutonniere and instructions on adding flowers to make a corsage.
Cost: $2.00
Limit: 1 kit per person
Approx. time to complete: 45 mins
Hours: 8:00 – 10:00 pm
Supplies to bring: wire cutters if possible 

Class: Card Embossing
Teacher: Goldenwest Ward Sisters
Description: Participants will receive three 4¼” x 5½” cards, with envelopes to decorate with rubber stamps and emboss with embossing powder.    
Cost: $1.00
Limit: none
Approx. time to complete: 15 mins
Hours: 6:30 – 10:30 pm
Supplies to bring: Rubber stamps optional 

Class: Felt Holiday Banner
Teacher: Melissa Myers
Description: Class involves simple hand stitching. Felt letters and background fabrics will be supplied for the following holidays, birthday, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.    
Options: Choose one holiday and choose your saying,
Cost: (Based on amount of letters used)
Up to 5 letters - $5.00,
6 – 10 letters - $9.00,
11 or more letters - $12.00
Limit: none
Approx. time to complete: 30 - 90 mins
Hours: 6:30 – *10:30 pm
Supplies to bring: Fabric scissors 

Class: Personalized Baking Dishes
Teacher: Christiane Woerner
Description: Let the artist in you create a personalized gift for your family, friends, or yourself! Use Sharpie markers to hand-draw art on to an oven-safe ceramic dish. After it dries and you bake it, it's long lasting!     
White quiche pan (11”) - $10.00,
Small rectangular baking dish (6”x9”) - $8.00,
Large rectangular baking dish (8”x12”) - $11.00
Limit: none
Approx. time to complete: 30 - 60 minutes per dish
Hours: 6:00 – *10:00 pm
Supplies to bring: A design to put on plate (Check Pinterest for ideas -- just search for "ceramic" "sharpie"). Scrapbooking stickers or vinyl letter stickers can be used to trace or draw onto the ceramic dish.

Class: Valentine Photo Holder Block
Teacher: Becky Munoz
Description: Project includes painting block, applying stenciled paint to burlap, attaching burlap to wood and installing photo holders. Provided paint colors are white, cream, pink, red, and black.      
Cost: $3.50
Limit: none
Approx. time to complete: 90 mins
Hours: 6:00 – *11:00 pm
Suggested Supplies: Paint brush, additional paint colors if desired.

Class: Block Temple
Teacher: McFadden Ward Sisters
Description: I love to see the temple! Sanded blocks will be provided for painting and application of vinyl stickers.
Options: Choice of the marigold or bronze Moroni.    
Cost: $5.00
Limit of kits: 5 per person
Approx. time to complete: 90 mins
Hours: 6:00 – *11:00 pm
Supplies to bring: a durable paint brush! 

Class: Laminated Advent Calendar
Teacher: Becky Munoz
Description: Participants will cut and laminate pictures depicting the life of the Savior and attach them to the poster with Velcro.
Cost: $2.00
Limit of kits: none
Approximate time to complete: 90 mins
Hours: 6:00 – *11:00 pm
Supplies to bring: scissors, adhesive Velcro dots. 

Class: Tamale Demonstration
Teacher: Laura Reynoso
Description: Sure to be a fun and tasty time. Participants will learn how to prepare ingredients for different kinds of tamales, and form an assembly line to make the tamales. If you are interested in the hands on experience please sign up on the order form, class members will take a tamale home.    
Cost: None
Limit of kits: N/A
Approx.: 1 hour
Hours: 7:00 pm ONLY
Supplies to bring: none
Bonus: There will be enough for everyone to have a taste at the tasting table!

Class: Cake in a Jar – Tin Punch Lid
Teacher: Billie Brandon
Description: Project includes choosing lid design, Banana, Lemon, or Carrot. Punching design into tin lid and painting the design. Instructions for making the cake in the jar will be given. Recipe makes 4 jars. (Cake will store in jar for one year)
Cost: $0.25 per lid
Limit: none
Approx.time to complete: 30 mins
Hours: 6:00 – *11:00 pm
Supplies: none 

Class: Birthday Cupcake Yard Stake
Teacher: Pat Trounce
Description: Participants will decoupage scrapbook paper on wood, apply vinyl letters, and chalkboard piece.       
Options: Please indicate on order form if you would like your cupcake hanging or on a stake. 
Cost: $8.00
Limit: none
Approx. time to complete: 1½ hours
Hours: 6:00 – *10:30 pm
Supplies to bring: sample paper will be provided, different scrapbook paper (12x12) optional. 

Class: 4th of July Yard Stake
Teacher: Pat Trounce
Description: Project will include painting signs and attaching them to post and finishing with flag embellishment and raffia bow.     
Cost: $8.00
Limit: none
Approximate time to complete: 1½ hours (paint drying time can be done while you’re at another class.
Hours: 6:00 – *11:00 pm
Supplies to bring: none 
Class: Ms. Skullie Yard Stake
Teacher: Pickle Benincosa
Description: Spooky Halloween sign, Ms Skullie needs two coats of paint and lots of drying time which will allow you to attend other classes.     
Options: Please indicate on order form if you would like a stake or a hanging Ms. Skullie.
Cost: $8.50
Limit: 3 kits per person
Approx. time to complete: 1½ hours (paint drying time can be done while you’re at another class.
Hours: 6:30 – *9:30 pm
Supplies to bring: paint brush (sponge works great.)

Class: Washer Necklaces
Teacher: Jan Bailey
Description: ModgePodge coordinating scrapbook paper on two washers, add clasps and a bead to leather necklace! Simple as that for these cute necklaces. Warning…they are addictive!
Cost: $2.50
Limit: None
Approx. time to complete: 30 min (+drying time)
Hours: 6:00 – *10:00 pm
Supplies to bring: Needle nose pliers are optional. 

Class: Americana Bead Board Flag
Teacher: Ann Mitchell
Description: Sand edges of beadboard, apply painters tape, spray paint board and tin star. Attach star to board with raffia and rope to board for hanging.
Cost: $5.00
Limit: None
Approx. time to complete: 1 hour
Hours: 6:00 – *11:00 pm
Supplies to bring: none

Class Name: Seasonal Welcome Plaque
Teacher: Marianne Armstrong
Description: Plague includes MDF board sign, 9 MDF tiles, hooks and vinyl stickers, paint and black ribbon for hanging.
Options (please indicate on order form): 
Choose 6 holidays: 
Valentine, Birthday, Fall, Summer, Winter, 
Christmas, back to school, Halloween, Patriotic
Cost: $10.00
Limit: 1 kit per person
Approx.: 1½ hours
Hours: 6:00 – *10:30 pm
Supplies to bring: none

*Ending time shown is the deadline to start the class in order to complete it by midnight.

In addition to the great classes listed above we will have an area where you can bring a project from home that you would like to work on or just come and visit with other sisters!

Please make note of any items you need to bring for the crafts you choose. 

Order form

Excel document (download, fill out form electronically, then print)

.pdf document (download to use in Adobe Reader, print and fill out form)

Money must be turned in by September 28th. 

Cash is preferred. Checks should be made out to Cindy Torgerson.



Stake Relief Society Temple Day

Newport Beach Temple
Dear Sisters of the Huntington Beach North Stake,

We are delighted to once again to extend a heartfelt invitation to each of you to participate in our Stake Relief Society Temple Day on Thursday, May 8th 2014. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the women of our Stake to unite in love and sisterhood as we partake of the sacred blessings of the temple together, and to come away uplifted, refreshed and strengthened in our covenants. There is an opportunity for EVERY sister to participate, whether she is currently holds a recommend, or is progressing towards that most important goal. Our desire is to include all sisters.  You will have to opportunity to participate in endowment sessions, initiatory work and sealings.  We are reserving seating at the 3:00, 5:00 and 6:30 sessions.  We will be serving dinner on the lawn at the Newport Stake Center at 5:00 pm.

It is our goal to again fill the temple and rejoice together in the blessings that await us there. We testify of the protection, peace, comfort, and strength that come through faithful temple attendance. Please make every effort to join us!

With Love,
Stake Relief Society Presidency


First Presidency Announces New General Women’s Meeting

The First Presidency of the Church announced November 1 that beginning in 2014, a semiannual general women’s meeting will replace the general Relief Society and general Young Women meetings held annually since 1993.

The general women’s meeting will be held the Saturday before each general conference and will be conducted by the general presidencies of the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary organizations. All women, young women, and girls age eight years old and older will be invited to attend.

“As the women of the Church gather together—sisters, mothers, and daughters—they, their families, and the Church will be strengthened and blessed,” the First Presidency letter states.

Since 1993, general meetings have been held for the Relief Society and the Young Women in September and March, respectively. The meetings have included addresses from a member of the First Presidency and all three members of the respective auxiliary general presidency. From 1984 to 1993, a general meeting was held for all women and young women.


Midnight Madness Craft Night is back!

Huntington Beach North Stake Relief Society
is hosting its
3rd Annual 

Midnight Madness Craft Night

Friday, November 8th
 6:00 p.m. - Midnight 

Who? Women who love to craft! We respectfully ask crafters be at least 16-years-old. 

When? Friday, 11/8 from 6 p.m. to midnight. Most classes begin at 6:00 p.m. and go until midnight.

Where? LDS Heil Meetinghouse, 5402 Heil Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Why? To be creative, socialize, learn a new skill, serve others, make a mess, eat tasty treats, make a bigger mess, bond with other women, and make crafts for your home or as gifts for others!  
Please bring your favorite holiday finger food or dessert and a copy of your recipe to share!

Link to craft order form at bottom of this post.

Money must be turned in by October 20th. Cash is preferred. Checks for your crafts should be made out to Pat Trounce. 

Service Project
A super pillowcase for a super kid!

At this year's Midnight Madness Craft Night, we will be making pillowcases to be donated to Children's Hospital of Nevada at University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

Sara Richins (Cindy Torgerson's daughter) is a Childlife Specialist at this hospital which is always in need of more pillowcases. The pillowcases will go to pediatric and PICU patients between the ages of 3 and 17. These pillowcases brighten an otherwise sterile room and bring comfort and delight to these small patients. The children love it and get take their pillow case home when they leave.

We are asking for monetary donations in your wards, so we can purchase fabric to have cut and ready to sew up at Midnight Madness. 

Each pillowcase costs abut $4 in supplies. Feel free to donate any amount. Our goal is to make 100 pillowcases that night. For this effort, cash is great; checks should be made out to Cindy Torgerson.

Questions? Call Cindy Torgerson at 714.403.2568


Craft projects are shown and described below with prices. Order forms will be available in your wards and online (see bottom of this post).

‘Christ the Savior is Born’ Advent Calendar 

Advent Calendar
A Christ-centered Advent Calendar that is child-friendly. A new picture is added each day with Velcro. On the backs of each square, you can attach a scripture reference with a simple holiday season activity for the day or just add the scripture alone. You can choose from a list of scriptures that include Book of Mormon references or use the alternative list from the Holy Bible for those not of our faith.
Cost: $9 per set (does not include wooden box)
Debbie Schwabl   714.348.7404
Carrie Kimmel   714.650.9765
Closeup of advent calendar with scriptures

1. a brayer (if you have one), 

2. paper cutter (chop type is best) if you have one OR paper scissors, cutting mat, X-Acto knife, and ruler, 
3. boxes or box lids lined with wax paper to transport wet materials home.
Project length: approximately 2 hours with time for drying between steps. You can work on other projects while waiting for pieces to dry.

2 sets each. After October 13, you can call Carrie to see if there are any extra sets available.

Snowmen ornaments

Snowman Ornaments

$1 each

All materials provided at event.

This class will go on all evening.

Each ornament takes 15 minutes to complete. Bring an empty egg crate(s) to place your wet ornaments in as they dry.

Fall candles

Fall Candles, Pumpkins, Christmas Candles, or Snowmen!

$9 for each set of 3.

Supplies provided:
Wood, paper, and all other materials will be  provided.

Suggested supplies:
You may bring your own paper and paint if you want a particular kind. Each set takes 3 sheets of 12x12 scrapbook paper.

IF YOU ARE DOING THE CANDLES, you need to supply 3 empty tuna cans. The candle bowls and candles will NOT be included. They can be purchased at the Dollar Tree.

This class will go on all evening. A set of 3 will take 1½ to 2 hours to complete.

Pat Trounce   714.906.3322
Fall pumpkins
Christmas candles

Money Jars for Kids
Teach your kids how to make decisions about money.

Cost: $11 
Time: 30 minutes to assemble and paint each set

Paint and alphabet sticker sheet
Mary Baker   714.654.4794

Limit: None

Orange Canning Jar Ring Pumpkin
Canning jar lid pumpkins
Cost: $15

Materials to bring:
Hot glue gun and sticks

30 minutes; offered all evening on the hour until 10 p.m.

Pickle Benincosa   714.717.6963

Pinwheel wreath
Pinwheel Wreath

$2 for scrap book paper

Materials to bring:
Glue gun and sticks; scissors (label with your name); ¼ inch scrapbooking paper punch (can be a design); and buttons, pom-poms, or other such decorations for the centers of the pinwheels.

Taught by Young Adult Ward

Questions? Call Pickle Benincosa   714.717.6963

Paper Christmas tree

Paper Christmas Tree


Materials to bring:
Glue gun and sticks, small embellishments for tree if you’d like, and scissors

40 minutes, every hour on the half hour until 9:30 p.m.

Pickle Benincosa  714.717.6963

Large Faux Tile Temple Picture
A picture of the temple divided into 9 smaller rectangles then applied to routered wood, then coated with epoxy resin glaze to create the appearance of tile.
Faux tile image of Salt Lake Temple
This project must be completed at Midnight Madness. The epoxy cannot be divided up to take home. Once it is mixed, it must be used right away!

Salt Lake, Newport Beach, or Los Angeles Temple


One hour

ONE (maximum)

blow dryer, paper cutter (chop type), and timer (if available)


Sherri Wilson   714.376.0083
Lynette Hall   714.299.9568
Marssia Perez   714.330.6322

Small Faux Tile Family Photos

(Instructions similar to Large Faux Tile Temple Picture above)
Small faux tile photos (family or religious)

Cost: $1 each

One hour
Bring: Your own photos. They must be 4x6 in size. 
Limit: SIX (maximum)


Sherri Wilson   714.376.0083
Lynette Hall   714.299.9568
Marssia Perez   714.330.6322

Wrapped Candy Bars
Cost: $2.50 per set of 3

Limit: 5 sets
Bring: Glue gun and sticks
This activity will be open all evening. Come and go as you please. :-) 
Time: 1/2 hour per set of 3
Janet Koller   714.713.2793

Happy Birthday Banner 

In this class, you will be tracing the letters for the banner onto Heat & Bond, ironing them onto fabric, cutting them out and ironing onto the banner pieces. Finally, you will glue on Rick Rack and string them onto ribbon.


paper scissors and fabric scissors

3 kits per person

Time needed to complete:
1 1/2 to 2 hours per banner. Class will be open all night.


Cindy Torgerson   714.403.2568

Reversible Thanksgiving/Christmas Sign

Image is not 100% correct. One long block of wood will be used to create the signs. Messages will be the same.


All materials provided at event. 

2 hours with drying time in between steps.  


Sheila McClure   714.846.0248

Stamp and Veggie Print Tea Towels

Use vegetables to stamp tea towels

$3 each, 3 towel limit

Time: Each towel takes 15 to 20 minutes; this class offered 6 to 9 pm only.

Materials to bring: X-Acto knives and old towels for padding under projects. All other materials will be provided.


Judy Klepfer   714.893.5970

Please make note of any items you need to bring for the craft you choose. Donations of scrapbook paper are appreciated.

Order form
.pdf document (download to use in Adobe Reader. Fill out the form electronically then print)

Word document (download, print, then fill out form)

Money must be turned in by October 20th. Cash is preferred. Checks should be made out to Pat Trounce.