2017 Thanksgiving Offering
Thank you for your faithful generosity to the ministries of Calvary Church. Your contributions enable us to make a significant impact for the cause of Christ here in our community and around the world. Each Thanksgiving we set aside a special offering which goes to further the gospel through strategic reach partnerships. Please read about this year’s local and global ministry partners below as they endeavor to put the good news of God’s Word into people’s hands through Bible distribution. Prayerfully consider what you can give out of the resources God has blessed you with this year to make this possible.
The Local Reach portion of your 2017 Thanksgiving offering will go to Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), reaching out to Urban Ministry kid athletes and coaches. Through Bible studies, following game practices, FCA leaders share the message of salvation in God’s Word. As they participate, each student needs to have a Bible. The goal is to provide an FCA Athlete's Bible to all those without one - about 85% of the children - and in most cases their very first Bible. In addition, the FCA Coach’s Bible with teaching guides, study notes and more, will be given out with the goal of changing lives – both the students and the coach. The goal for this year is 3065 Athlete’s Bibles and 448 Coach’s Bibles distributed and used at FCA outreaches near Calvary including public middle schools, high schools and afterschool programs. Also included in this mix are ongoing joint partnerships of both Calvary Church and FCA with KidWorks and the OC Rescue Mission.
The Global part of your offering will support ELAM Ministries whose focus is reaching the Persian speaking peoples for Christ, most of whom are culturally Muslim. Elam has translated the entire Bible into Farsi. As rapidly as it is printed, it is being distributed and read by the Iranian people. Most Bibles are going from Turkey into Iran where new believers in Jesus have become bold in their witness and are getting thousands of Bibles out each week. People who are receiving and reading God’s Word are coming to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in unprecedented numbers. Along with their outreach to Iran, Elam has recognized the current influx of Persian-speaking refugees into Europe. This has resulted in a historically unique opportunity to reach Muslims by providing Farsi Bibles to European churches that are increasingly aware of this opportunity and are asking for help. Part of Elam’s goal is to print and distribute 300,000 New Testaments to Persian-speaking refugees in Europe.
You may bring your Thanksgiving Offering with you to the Thanksgiving Day Service on November 23 at 10:00 am in Samsvick Chapel. You may also give online here (note "Thanksgiving Offering" in the special gift instructions.)
Remember that on Thanksgiving weekend, we will have One Service on Sunday, November 26, at 10:00 am in the Worship Center to conclude our "Light The Way" series. Learn more about Thanksgiving at Calvary
Thank you again for your ongoing participation in ministry. The Lord has blessed us in so many ways. What an honor it is to extend that blessing to others by giving them Bibles so they too can know of God’s great gift of salvation made possible through Jesus Christ.