Each One Reach One

What an Amazing Celebration!

Easter Sunday 2019

Calvary Family,

Wow! What an "amazing" celebration we had last Sunday! I'm praising God for the joyful and passionate worship that was offered up to the Lord during both services on Sunday morning. I thank God for all the time, energy, love, creativity and prayers that went into making Easter Sunday a memorable day in the life of Calvary Church.

I want to encourage and thank you for reaching out to your friends and neighbors in our Each One Reach One mission together. We know of 17 people who indicated that they received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior for the first time. There were another 80 people who desired to renew their faith. We also had over 3,300 people here for our Easter Sunday services which was over 400 more than last year.

As a pastor, I honestly don't like to focus on numbers except for when those numbers show us something about people and what God is doing in us. I believe these numbers show us that God is truly moving in our church to reach out to the people with whom we live, work and play to share the good news of Jesus. And it's already happening! Let's be praying for all these wonderful people who came to Calvary Church last Sunday. We are pursuing each of them with love and welcome this week.

Finally, I want to thank all of you who give so faithfully and generously to support the local and global ministries of Calvary. Your participation has allowed us to reach more people and improve our ministries and campus in incredible ways. We also wanted to let you know about our transition to a new online giving system. Discover how you can create your account in the new system, move your recurring gift schedule over, and give online today at calvarylife.org/give

As the apostle Paul said in Philippians 1:3 - "I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus."

Let's all continue to pray and consider who God is placing on our hearts this year to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

God is blessing each of us in so many ways! I can't wait to share with you more about the prayer of blessing we pray at the end of each service. This series called The Blessing will show you more about how God wants to bless you and what the blessing of God is really all about. See you this Sunday at 9:30am!

May the Lord bless you and keep you,



Easter at Calvary!

Calvary Family,

We have been studying the Gospel of Mark since January 2018 and it has been an incredible experience to dig into this dramatic biography of Jesus. And this weekend we will complete the journey!

We hope you can join us we look into the end of the story with Christ's death, burial and resurrection. It's almost bittersweet to be ending the series because I have enjoyed it so much, but I love that we're ending with a huge celebration that Jesus is alive—and the great significance of that for us today!

We also are in the middle of our Each One Reach One mission as a church. This is the perfect time of year to extend an invitation to that person with whom you live, work or play that you have been praying for this year. The Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday and our Easter Sunday services will be ideal for those friends and family that have never been to church before.

We are excited about how all of the planning and praying for this weekend are coming together and we can't wait for you to join in with us. Easter weekend events at Calvary include:

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 - Communion Service
7:00 pm | Chapel

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 - Egg Hunt Outreach 
9:00 am | Field

SUNDAY, APRIL 21 - Easter Sunday Services
- Worship Center | 8:30 +10:30 am (English with ASL)
- Chapel | 11:00 am (en Español)

Find details about Easter at Calvary, along with a video invite you can share at calvarylife.org/easter

I'd also love for you to listen to the two episodes of our Calvary Life Podcast that discuss the end of Mark's Gospel. Matt Davis and I discuss the connections to Passover and Good Friday this week. Next week we share why we stop at Mark 16:8 instead of going all the way to verse 20. Check it out wherever you listen to podcasts or at calvarylife.org/podcast

This Sunday we celebrate the day that changed everything. Can it be the day that everything changes for you?

May the Lord bless you and keep you,



Who Are You Inviting to Easter?

The Good News of Mark ends suddenly and dramatically: three mourning women visit the garden tomb where Jesus was buried, and instead find an angel waiting for them! The angel tells them not to be amazed at him, but to be amazed that Jesus has risen. They went out from that meeting terrified, astonished, and full of awe.

What is your reaction to the resurrection of Jesus? This is the most important day in all of history. This is the day that changed everything. I invite YOU to come celebrate this amazing day at Calvary Church of Santa Ana!

And I want to encourage us all to be spreading the word and inviting others to come experience it, too. Who is God calling you to reach out to? Who are you inviting to Easter at Calvary?

Let's each go across the street or across the office or across the classroom or across the field to invest in the lives of the people with whom we live, work and play. We will also have one more opportunity for you to pick up Treats for your Peeps this Sunday to give as an invite. 

Easter weekend events include:

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 - Communion Service
7:00 pm | Chapel

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 - Egg Hunt Outreach 
9:00 am | Field

SUNDAY, APRIL 21 - Easter Sunday Services
- Worship Center | 8:30 +10:30 am (ASL at 10:30 am)
- Chapel | 11:00 am (en Español)

Find details about Easter at Calvary, along with a video invite you can share at calvarylife.org/easter

May the Lord bless you and keep you,



Heart's Open to God's Calling

Dear Calvary Church Family,

I want to open our hearts to God's leading as we are in the middle of Reach Week and heading towards Easter. How has God been prompting you to respond to this inspiring call to reach across the street and around the world? We know that God is calling our church so that Each One would Reach One with the good news of Jesus by Easter of 2020.

What would it take to for you to see one person that you know and love be transformed by the saving grace of Jesus this year? What does that picture look like?

How do we start painting that picture?

1. We pray! This is all about the Holy Spirit's power and presence in doing the work of this vision. We pray the CHOW Prayer of evangelism. We ask God to give us Courage, Heart, Opportunities and Words to Say. We pray that prayer everyday at 10:02am inspired by Luke 10:2 where we learn that the harvest is ripe but the workers are few. So we ask the Lord of the Harvest to send workers for the harvest, including ourselves. You can pick up a Missionary Prayer Guide this Sunday in the Lobby and commit to lift them up as well.

You could also join us this Sunday for the GO Teams Lunch. Come learn how you can partner in prayer for each of them, while you  enjoy tacos on the field (cost is $5) and hear details about our upcoming Summer Go Trips. Discover more today at calvarylife.org/GO

2. We give! Our giving to missions supports our missionary partners around the world and helps us reach out locally as well. You could possibly have your greatest kingdom impact by being incredibly successful at your job here at home and giving to support missionaries around the world. You can make a donation online today at calvarylife.org/give

3. We go! We go across the street or across the office or across the classroom or across the field to invest in the lives of the people with whom we live, work and play. We have Treats for your Peeps to give as an invite to our Easter services on Sunday, April 21 at 8:30 + 10:30 am. Who will you invite this year and continue to invest in over the next year as we pursue our vision for Each One to Reach One. Find details about Easter at Calvary, along with a video invite you can share at calvarylife.org/easter

You also might be called by God to go across the world. Email Matt Doan at to start a conversation about what it looks like to start the process of being a missionary from Calvary Church.

Here's what I know for sure! God is calling you to something! He's calling you to share your faith with someone! He's calling you to make an impact on this world for His Kingdom. He's calling every single one of us. No one is left out from this calling. This is a family business. We truly are better together.

How is God calling you to reach today?

May the Lord bless you and keep you,



Don't Miss Out on Reach Week 2019

Calvary Family,

Our purpose statement at Calvary Church states, “Calvary Church is a community where we CONNECT with God and others to GROW in our faith so we REACH Orange County and the world for Jesus Christ.

Each time I re-read the part about “Reaching Orange County and the world for Jesus Christ,” my palms get a little sweaty! Reach the 3.3 million people in Orange County and the 7.7 billion people in the world? How could one church in Santa Ana, California aspire to such an outrageous and large task!

Then I step back, take a deep breath and realize 3 important things:

1. We don’t take on this task of reaching Orange County and the world alone. Jesus Himself promised that he would be with us in obeying the Great Commission (Matthew 28) and He promises us the power of the Holy Spirit when fulfilling this commission (Acts 1:8).

2. We the people of Calvary Church are part of a larger movement of churches and Christians all over the world, passionately living out the same purpose. It’s not just us, we belong to a worldwide team!

3. Our purpose to reach Orange County and the World for Jesus Christ begins with the simple task of “walking across the street” and building loving relationships with our neighbors, co-workers, fellow hobby enthusiasts, friends and social networks with the hope of demonstrating and proclaiming the good news of Jesus. Our purpose isn’t to reach 3.3 million all at once. It begins with one. 

Each One, Reach One!
Our 90 global missionary partners spread out over 35 countries, courageously and passionately “walk across the street” each and every day in a cross cultural context. We are so excited to share their stories with you during Reach Week 2019!

We hope to see everyone on Sunday for our opening worship service of Reach Week with special guests: Jeannie Marie, author of "Across the Street and Around the World," and Bill Campbell, a Greater European Missions (GEM) missionary serving in Paris, France.

Bill is our guest on this week's episode of the Calvary Life Podcast, where Pastors Eric and Matt sit down with Bill Campbell as they talk football, hear his testimony, and learn how God is moving in western Europe - and why it might be the missions field of the 21st century. Check it out at calvarylife.org/podcast or wherever podcasts are streamed. 

- Pastor Matt Doan & The Calvary Church Reach Team




Three Great Opportunities to Invite

March 2019

What's up Calvary Family?

Jesus is so beautiful, full of grace, love and truth. We have hope in Him that can never be found anywhere else.

We have this mission for EACH ONE of us to REACH ONE person with the good news of Jesus Christ by Easter of 2020. The whole point is that we want to see the people we care about experience the same love and grace that we have received from God.

That's why we pray the CHOW and 10:02 prayers. I highly encourage you to be praying for Courage, Heart, Opportunities and Words to Say every day at 10:02. Luke 10:2 says that the harvest is ripe but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers into the harvest. We pray for God to send us here locally and to send missionaries out into all the world

We have 3 great opportunities for you to invite someone to share in a conversation about Jesus in ways they will love.

1. Tailgate BBQ with Matthew Slater - Join us this Sunday at 4:00 pm as we kick off a fun event on the Field with food and games for the whole family. Then at 5:00 pm, we'll have raffle giveaways and hear a conversation on faith, family & football with Matthew Slater: Patriots Captain, 3-time Super Bowl Champion, and 7-time Pro Bowler. With every $5 ticket you buy, get a free one to reach out and invite a friend or neighbor to join you! Get your tickets before they sell out at calvarylife.org/slater

2. Orange Coast Christian Outreach Week - Reach out and invite others to come hear ordinary people share extraordinary stories of amazing or difficult circumstances they’ve encountered and a message of how Jesus Christ changed their life. One of them is even our own Jeff McKee. Find out the topics and locations of events happening March 18-25 in homes throughout Orange County at www.occhristianoutreach.org

3. Easter Sunday - Why wait until Easter of 2020? Start considering who you can invite to Easter Sunday this year on April 21st. We will have two services at 8:30 and 10:30am. The amazing, good news of Jesus will be made clear in a way that you can feel comfortable inviting anyone. calvarylife.org/easter

One last fun new thing! We have a podcast! It's called the Calvary Life Podcast. We interview people involved in life at Calvary Church and all the interesting ways that faith intersects with business, art, music, missions and the story of our lives. We will also go deeper into Sunday morning sermon topics and react to current events of our world. Check it out today at calvarylife.org/podcast or subscribe at:



May the Lord bless you and keep you,



Thank You So Much!

December 2018

Calvary Family,

I wanted to say a huge thanks again for all you are doing and giving this season. I was thinking back on the Each One Reach One focus we have had this fall. I've heard so many great stories of people passing out the grocery bags and meeting new neighbors. Then the Christmas Cookie Boxes were an even bigger success.

I love thinking of the thousands of people that were blessed with a gift and an invitation this season. We are all about blessing people at Calvary Church.

Then there was the Christmas Tree Lighting. There were somewhere in the range of 1,500-2,000 people at the event when we expected maybe 500-700. I kept having people introduce me to their neighbors throughout the night. That was so encouraging!

We received cards from around 500 people at the event who weren't regular attenders at Calvary Church and we invited them all to Christmas Eve and to Calvary in general. This is something to seriously praise God for!!!! The good news of Jesus is being made known through you!

Our next series starts this Sunday called "The Week that Changed the World" as we finish the Gospel of Mark. My prayer is that this season from now until Easter will be a season that changes the world for hundreds of people. I pray that this is the season when their eternity is sealed in the presence of Jesus Christ.

Please help us continue to further our mission of reaching people for Jesus and growing together as a family through your year-end giving. To learn more about our current need, our dreams for the future, and you how you can help - please visit calvarylife.org/giving

May the Lord Bless You and Keep You,
Pastor Eric Wakeling



A Gift For Your Neighbors This Christmas

December 2018

Calvary Family!

We are just a few days away from the big Christmas Tree Lighting! I'm so excited to see what God does as we pray and invite people to this night with both fun and meaningful moments.

We passed out our boxes with cookies and invitations to our neighbors a couple nights ago. It was great to have small moments of connection with some people that we know well and some people that we don't really know at all.

They all know me as "the guy with the crazy Christmas lights" so it was funny to talk about a Christmas Tree lighting. They were all happy and almost surprised to have a neighbor giving them a gift.

I encourage you to prayerfully give your neighbors a gift this Christmas and pray for it to turn into the ultimate gift of salvation in Jesus the Messiah.

Pastor Eric Wakeling


You Get It!

November 2018

Greetings, Calvary Church!

As I’m sure you know, we’ve been on a mission over the last four Sundays to really explore what Jesus meant when He told us to love our neighbors. Since then, you all have risen to the challenge to accomplish some truly amazing things!

As of November 4th, we have received over 6,000 pounds of groceries from you and your neighbors for the Orange County Rescue Mission as part our Grocery Bag Challenge. 

Light the Night was a tremendous success as thousands from our community showed up to our campus, had a safe and fun-filled family night, and left with bags full of candy that you all donated! (See all the fun photos from the evening!)

Last Sunday, our church family swarmed the Operation Christmas Child table, picking up loads of shoeboxes to fill for children in need this Christmas. (Find our more about how you can get involved with OCC).

You also warmly welcomed the Mene family from our sister church in Albania and committed to another $20,000 of Faith Promise pledges to support our Missionaries around the world! (Watch Lenci's message from Global Sunday)

We are so thankful for the incredible generosity of the Calvary Church family! 

You get it!  You get that following Jesus is not a spectator sport, where we sit on the sidelines and cheer on the “professionals.”  God calls each one of us to be an active participant in the gospel (Philippians 1:3-5).

My encouragement to you today is simply, keep it up!  Keep praying our 10:02 Prayer each day, asking God to bring more workers for the harvest.  Keep praying and looking for who you can invite to Christmas at Calvary as part of “Each One, Reach One.”  Keep being generous with your finances and time as we head towards the end of 2018.  We are truly Better Together!

This Sunday, Dave Mitchell will be taking us back into our series on The Good News of Mark as we look at what sacrificial service looks like from Jesus’ perspective (Mark 10:32-45). We are so looking forward to worshiping with you at 9:30 am on this Veteran’s Day weekend.

It is an honor and joy to serve you,

Matt Doan
Reach Pastor

Each One Reach One In Your Neighborhood

October 2018



Last Sunday, we shared the dream of having each one of us, reach one person with the good news of Jesus by 2020. The first action step towards this vision was launched with the “Orange County Rescue Mission Grocery Bag Challenge.” We are encouraging each one of us at Calvary Church to go meet and interact with 8 neighbors. As we meet our neighbors, we are also inviting them to join the fight to end hunger in Orange County by filling up a bag of groceries for the O.C. Rescue Mission.

All you have to do is drop off one of the Calvary issued grocery bags with your info on it to your neighbors and have them drop it by your house anytime this month. Over the next 3 Sundays, you will see an OC Rescue Mission Truck parked in the courtyard at Calvary. You can drop off filled grocery bags to that location.

So that is the dream (“Each One, Reach One”) and the project (“OC Rescue Mission Grocery Bag Challenge”). Now, let me share with you the heart behind the dream and project…

Ellie (age 4), Benny (age 3) and Charlie (age 1) are siblings who attend Calvary Church along with their parents Gregg and Teresa. They are a loving and fun family whom we cherish having as part of the larger family at Calvary. 
One day, when the kids are older, their grandmother, Eileen, will tell them about their spiritual history and how it all goes back to Loretta Dr.

Give me a moment to explain…

Loretta Dr. is a classic Orange County suburban street which winds through neighborhoods in Santa Ana and Orange. Throughout the years, several families who have attended Calvary have lived on Loretta Dr. One family in particular is Don and Gail Gum. Don and Gail have been members of Calvary Church since 1963! They moved into their house on Loretta Drive in 1962 and raised all five of their kids in that home.

(Gail Gum and their 5 kids, 1960’s in front of their house on Loretta Dr.)

Don went to be with Lord last June, and I had the honor of officiating Don’s memorial service in Samsvick Chapel. Don was infamously known in the Loretta Dr. neighborhood as the guy who would come home from his job as an aerospace engineer and mow his front yard lawn still wearing his work clothes!

(Don mowing his front yard lawn after work)The Gum family had the gift of seeing their house and neighborhood on Loretta Drive as their mission field. They opened their home to foster children and helped take care of kids in their neighborhood who needed a little extra attention. The Gum’s always seemed to have extra seat at the table as they raised their four girls and son. The Loretta Dr. neighborhood loved the Gum family. In fact, at Don’s memorial service, there were dozens of neighbors who came up to me and shared about how special the family is. One of the neighborhood kids who hung around their house back in those days was a little 4th grader named Eileen Willis. 

Eileen’s life was changed by living across the street from the Gum family. The Gum’s invited Eileen to Calvary with them and every Sunday from 4th grade thru high school, Eileen would jump in the Gum’s station wagon and come to church with the family. Eileen met Jesus in a real way at Calvary through the influence of the Gum family. Eileen eventually grew up and married Kurt Angier, had four boys that she raised at Calvary and became one of our volunteer small group leaders for our high school group.

Today, three generations of Eileen’s family, including little Ellie, Benny and Charlie, have been impacted with the good news of Jesus because of the Gum family’s influence on Loretta Dr.

Isn’t this amazing! Imagine what God wants to do in your neighborhood? Could there be three future generations of families who will love and follow Jesus because of your influence in your neighborhood?

May the Lord Bless Us as Each One of Us, Reaches One,

Matt Doan
Reach Pastor