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A Year-End Update from Pastor Dave

12.27.17 | by David Mitchell

Dear Calvary Family,

As we close out 2017, we have much to be thankful for. Here are just a few examples from our ministries:

Over 500 kids connected in ministry each week from birth to 5th grade, served by 150+ volunteers.In addition, we reached out to 971 kids at VBS with 97 first time decisions and 112 re-commitments.

In Student Ministries, Middle School through High School, we are teaching the Bible and discipling an average of 360 students each week with the help of 60 volunteer leaders.

3358 people came to Calvary this Easter and heard the life-changing good news of Jesus' resurrection.

53 people publicly proclaimed their faith in Jesus Christ through water baptism.

134 new members are engaging in the life of Calvary Church.

Globally, 94 missionary families were supported in 35+ countries through your Faith Promise giving. And, 211 people from Calvary went on short term Reach Trips to 11 countries.

These are not just statistics, because they represent people whose lives are being touched and transformed by Jesus Christ through our hundreds of volunteers and pastoral leaders.

Many more ministries could be mentioned but I offer these to again remind us of God’s great work and calling for our Calvary family. As you have prayed, served and given financially, you have been a partner with us and our Lord to help reach more people for Jesus. We live in a time where the Bible and God’s truth are minimized which calls us to an even greater opportunity to teaching the Word and proclaiming the good news of the gospel to a world in need.

Throughout this fiscal year, our giving has been consistently above last year’s offerings. We praise God and thank you for your generosity. But as we reach the end of this calendar year, we still have a larger goal to achieve so we can continue God’s calling of reaching Orange County and the World for Jesus Christ.

To reach our 2017 budget goals we need $265,000 for our General Ministry Fund and $57,000 for our Missions Fund by December 31st. Please pray and give as the Lord enables you this week. And thank you for your faithfulness this year. You can give online today or at Calvary on Sunday in our One Service at 10am.

Also, due to the recent tax law changes and the increase in the standard deduction for 2018, many may receive greater tax savings by giving more before the end of 2017 than in 2018, especially if you itemize in 2017 but won't in 2018. We know you don't just give for the tax advantages, but we always encourage good stewardship and if it helps you afford to give more to the Kingdom and less to the government by employing some tax strategies--like setting up a donor advised fund in 2017, making a prepayment of giving for 2018 before year end, or giving appreciated stock--we want to help. If you need additional information, please contact your tax adviser or Michael Welles at or 714-550-2313.

Remember, all are invited to come wrap up 2017 and worship Jesus together this Sunday in a special One Service at 10:00am on New Year's Eve. You won't want to miss the celebration! I look forward to seeing you then.






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