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Thanksgiving Offering & Global Weekend

11/17/21 | Weekly Pastor's Email | by Matt Doan


    The events that unfolded in Afghanistan this past summer were difficult to watch. A nation was quickly overturned and the slow but growing Afghan Church was suddenly scattered. But the crisis in Afghanistan didn’t catch our gracious and powerful God by surprise. As Psalm 22:28 reminds us, “For the kingdom is the Lord’s and He rules over the nations.” One global mission agency likes to say, “When doors for sharing the gospel close, we look for open windows.” And God has “opened the windows” to reach Afghans with the love and good news of Jesus!

    This Thanksgiving, as an act or worship and gratitude for all of the ways God has blessed our Church and people in 2021, we are taking a special financial offering to bless Afghans, both here in Orange County and around the world.




    In Orange County, we are partnering with Calvary missionaries, Tom and Gayle Shook and their efforts through Seeking Refuge to come alongside refugee families who have recently relocated from living in Afghanistan to being here in Orange County. We will use a portion of our funds from our Thanksgiving Offering to help these families with furniture, groceries, transportation and education all with the hope of introducing them to the good news of Jesus.


    Around the world, we are partnering with Operation Mobilization to send Christian radio and television programming into Afghanistan in the majority language of Dari. More than 6,000 Afghan nationals are in online discipleship courses as a result of this programming. Proceeds of the Thanksgiving offering will also be used to help support the work of Wycliffe Bible Translators to share God’s Word in the languages that serve these dear people best.

    All three of these projects have the potential to impact Afghans both in country, around the world and here in Orange County in really powerful ways. Above and beyond your normal giving to our General and Missions funds, we invite you to participate in this special offering this Thanksgiving. 100% of funds received from this offering will go to bless Afghans through our missions partners.

    You can give at Calvary on Sundays in November by noting "Thanksgiving" on your check memo line or offering envelope. You can also donate online today at CalvaryLife.org/Thanks

    Thanks for all you do to build God’s church locally & globally,
    Matt Doan & the Calvary Reach Team




    Saturday at 7:30 am - Join us for the Men’s Global Pancake Breakfast as we hear from Moran Rosenblit, who will join us from Israel to share updates on life and ministry in the Middle East during the pandemic. No need to RSVP, just come! This free event will be on the Field at Calvary  with all you can eat pancakes & all ages are welcome.

    Saturday at 9:30 am - All women are invited to enjoy Christmas Around the World in Fellowship Hall as we prepare to appreciate our global missionaries by packing them Christmas presents! We’ll hear from missionaries who are currently in the US, pack care packages, and pray for the Christmas season. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Kate Walsh at

    Sunday at 9:00 am -  Don't miss out Global Sunday featuring stories from the Peckhams, known as "the most interesting missionaries in the world!" Come hear how God is at work and discover ways you can be part of the exciting things happening locally and globally!  So, please join us this Sunday at 9:00am in the Worship Center, on the Patio, or online at CalvaryLife.org/Live

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