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A Thank You Note from Pastor Dave

11.28.17 | by David Mitchell

Year-End Giving Update

Dear Calvary Family,

As 2017 comes to a close, it is a great time for both reflection and anticipation. As I look back, I am thankful for each of the faithful leaders in Calvary’s history who provided a solid foundation for growth, through teaching God’s Word and reaching out to those who need Jesus. And, as I look forward, I am anticipating a great new chapter of ministry in and through Calvary Church of Santa Ana.

Over my 22 years here as Senior Pastor, our Lord has provided outstanding leadership on our Elder Board and pastoral staff. What a blessing to be part of God’s work to raise up leadership for this next season of ministry. On Sunday, November 12 we affirmed our next Senior Pastor, Eric Wakeling. I look forward to continued service here at Calvary in my new realigned role. For Joy and I, the people of Calvary are our spiritual family and we appreciate the opportunity to support Pastor Eric and all the leaders of our church, continuing to minister to and with each of you.

Today has become known nationally as #GivingTuesday, as a way to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to contribute to the charities and causes they support. I want to express my thanks to you for your faithful partnership with us in ministry at Calvary. Your service and giving is supporting the cause of Christ locally and globally. For example, on November 11 we blessed over 300 people in need at NeighborGood. By offering haircuts, car care, bike repair, grocery boxes, prayer and more, many were able to see the goodness of Jesus Christ through our service.

Our prayer is that together we will experience an even more fruitful ministry for Jesus in the days ahead. This will only be possible as our Lord works in and through each of us. Please consider making an extra year-end donation to Calvary to help us meet our December budget—$600,000 for our general ministry fund and $130,000 for our global mission fund. If we receive more than our general fund target, the additional contributions will help create new exterior fellowship spaces near the north entrance of our campus. Many have benefited from the areas developed around the new field and we want to create other gathering spots like this to foster more connection across cultures and generations.

You can visit my.calvarylife.org to see what you have given up to this point in 2017 by logging in and selecting “my contributions” on the right. If you have questions or want to make a year-end gift of stock (or from your IRA for some additional financial planning benefits) please contact Pastor Michael Welles at or 714-550-2313.

In closing, may this encouragement from Jesus to shine brightly be true of Calvary Church as we seek to glorify God in all we do, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Merry Christmas,

Pastor David Mitchell

P.S. Join us this Sunday morning at 9am or 11am as we begin our new series Advent: Longing for More with a look into God's Word for the hope we have in Christ. Reach out and invite someone you know who needs to hear the good new of Jesus!

 

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