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July 30, 2021


Dear Calvary family,

You may have heard that there are increased concerns over the spread of covid variants and increased mask regulations from the CDC and the state of California. We are aware of this and continue to pray for the health and protection of everyone connected to the Calvary family. We want you to be aware and make the decisions that are best for you and your family.

Out of love and respect for our kids and one another, we are asking our Children’s Ministry volunteers to consider wearing a mask in all indoor settings and to stay home if you are feeling sick or know you have been exposed.

We welcome and appreciate anyone wearing a mask at Calvary Church. We will welcome adults and children with and without masks as they and their parents determine the best decisions for them. Again, we simply want you to be aware of the potential risks and prayerfully make the best decision for yourself and your family.

Everyone is invited to join the fun as we wrap up an amazing week at our Legend VBS Family Service this Sunday at 9:00am. All kids will be together in the service that you can enjoy in the Worship Center, outdoors on the Patio, or online as we worship, learn from the scriptures and celebrate all that God did at this year’s Vacation Bible School. The Nursery will be open as a video venue Family Room for those with infants who would prefer to hang out with their kids in a space with more room to wiggle. This service at 9:00am will combine both our English and Spanish speaking services together as well, with interpretation available for Spanish and ASL.

There will also be an opportunity to take a baptism class this Sunday at 11:00am if you would like to be baptized at the beach on Wednesday, August 4th. Discover more at

Thank you for your prayers and understanding. May the Lord bless you and keep you,

Eric Wakeling
Senior Pastor


May 11, 2021

Dear Calvary Family,

I made an announcement on Sunday regarding regathering indoors, masks, and social distancing. I want to update you here and give some additional details. We discussed the first steps to regathering indoors at the beginning of March and now we are taking some next steps as things continue to improve.

I genuinely believe that the healthiest place you can be for your spiritual, mental and physical well-being is here at church. I have said the safest was at home, which was true for a season, but we need each other to be in a holistically healthy place. The impact of isolation on our mental health has been serious. We are less safe when we are alone. It’s time to worship together again and I invite all of you to join us!

We care about all of you and we understand that there still are different perspectives. We think masks and social distancing can help, especially indoors. We will continue to provide online live streams of our worship services as well as seating on the patio outside. We also think that you can make decisions that are best for you as an active member of our congregation regarding masks and social distancing, sitting indoors or outdoors, or participating online. So please join us each Sunday as we worship together, encourage each other, and experience the joy of the Lord that strengthens us for the week ahead.  Discover more about this Sunday with special guest speaker Brett McCracken sharing a message on "The Way of Wisdom in the Information Age" from Proverbs 4:20-27 - Click Here

Family Ministries
Because different age levels require different approaches, we have made some distinctions between youth and children. As always, our heart is to create safe and sacred environments for your children to experience God’s presence and connect in community.

Middle School and High School
When inside, we think masks and social distancing can help. We trust parents to talk with their students about mask wearing and social distancing and make the best decisions for their students and family. While we encourage mask-wearing, the choice is up to you.

Kids (through 5th Grade)
When inside, masks are requested of volunteers and children. We request volunteers to wear masks while serving to model this behavior for children. If a mask is removed, we will not require it be put back on. However, if a parent requests their own child not remove their mask indoors, we will work hard to honor their request and remind the child to put their mask on. Please let us know when checking in your child. We will continue to wash hands and sanitize often. With these changes, it is important to remember to stay home if they are showing any symptoms of sickness or have been exposed to someone who is sick.

Finally, I hope you will all make the effort to be here each Sunday, to be mentored and discipled by a fellow believer, to be in a LifeGroup, to contribute financially, to share your faith with others, to pray fervently, and to help serve those in our church and community. This is what it means to be a follower of Jesus and member of Calvary Church. Let’s live that out together on Sundays and every other day of the week.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

Eric Wakeling


March 31, 2021

Dear Calvary Family,

He is risen! Jesus is alive! I can’t wait for you to experience Jesus this weekend through our Good Friday and Easter Sunday services. This is literally the best opportunity you have to invite someone to church this Sunday. They will hear the good news of Jesus, experience passionate and excellent worship through music, and feel the warmth of a group of people who truly are better together.

Who will you invite?

We will have three services in English on Easter Sunday with indoor, outdoor, and online options available:

  • 6:30am Sunrise Service on the Patio (outdoor only)
  • 8:30 + 10:30am in the Worship Center (with ASL available), plus viewing on the Patio and livestreamed on Facebook, Youtube and

All three of these services this Sunday are the same so pick one and invite your friends, family and neighbors to come worship our Savior who rose from the Garden Tomb!

We will also have services in Spanish at 8:30am and 10:30am in the Chapel and online. Learn more at

On Easter Sunday, we invite all kids 1st Grade and up to join together with adults in our services. Families are welcome to take their kids, from 13 months old up to Kindergarten, to our amazing Children's Ministry programs during the 8:30 + 10:30am services. Find fun and interactive resources for celebrating Easter at home with your kids at

Our Good Friday Communion Service will be a sacred and more somber remembrance of the great sacrifice that Jesus made upon the cross and the agony He endured at the Garden of Gethsemane. This will be in English and ASL in the Worship Center and on the Patio at 7:00pm and in Spanish in the Chapel. If watching the live-stream service online, be sure to have elements for the bread and cup ready for celebrating communion at home.

We have more to celebrate as well! Orange County has just moved into the Orange Tier for covid restrictions which makes us be able to have 50% capacity in all our indoor venues. That means there will be more than enough room at Calvary for you to attend any service you would like, so there’s no need to stay home to help save seats for others.

We understand that some of you are still cautious and that’s okay, but we still invite and encourage you to experience the service outdoors with 300 seats socially distanced on the patio or comfortably inside the Worship Center. As we continue to grow, we do request that you wear a mask upon entry, exit and during singing.

The Orange Tier will also make it easier for Sunday Morning LifeGroups to meet on campus in their normal rooms. Please be looking for more information soon from the church or your LifeGroup Leader.

Finally, join me and many other local pastors for a special livestream Seek Week event tonight at 7:00pm as we prepare our hearts through Holy Week reflections and pray together for all of the Easter 2021 gatherings in Orange County. Discover details and RSVP to join us at

May the Lord bless you and keep you!


February 25, 2021


Regathering Indoors - March 7

First, we are very excited to announce that we will be regathering indoors starting on Sunday, March 7th! We invite all of you to join us to worship in-person either indoors or outdoors. We will still have online services available and they are a great alternative when we are unable to meet in person, but there’s just something special about singing, learning and connecting with our fellow believers.

Recent drops in case and positivity rates, much lower hospitalizations, increasing amounts of vaccinations, Supreme Court rulings, updated state guidelines, prayer, wise counsel, and the wisdom of our Elder Board have led to us making the decision to regather indoors at Calvary. We have options for everyone to participate together. We will have Children’s Ministry, Student Ministry and some of our Adult LifeGroups meeting on campus in ten days!

For those of us who are concerned, or more vulnerable and interested in staying clear of the coronavirus we're essentially expanding the options. We are all in this together so there are ways each of us will have opportunities to serve and sacrifice for the good of our church family. We're taking special care of our community in offering additional ways to worship:

  • Safe - Indoor with social distancing and as we take the first steps to regathering, we request you wear masks for entry, exit and singing
  • Safer - Outdoor with social distancing
  • Safest - Live Stream at home or in your LifeGroup

Here are  some details:

Sundays 9:00am

  • English Worship Service in the Worship Center
  • English Worship Service on the Courtyard via video
  • Spanish Worship Service in Samsvick Chapel
  • Children’s Ministry available from 13 months to 5th grade

Sundays at 11:00am

  • Spanish Worship Service in Samsvick Chapel
  • Children’s Ministry available from 13 months to 5th grade
  • Middle School and High School ministry
  • Adult LifeGroups that have chosen to meet on campus
  • Opportunity to connect with one another over coffee on the Patio and Corner Bookstore

You can find out more about Sundays at Calvary Church at





JANUARY 26, 2021

Regathering Indoor Survey Update

Dear Calvary Family,

I’d like to give you an update on our Regathering Indoors Survey and ask a serious request of all of you.

Gratefully, 89% of you agree (with another neutral 7%) that the church has worked diligently to provide worship opportunities for the congregation while considering those most vulnerable in our community.

Back in September, we asked if you were ready to worship indoors, understanding that there may be some precautions in place. In September, 60% said “yes” you were ready to return. 20% said “no” and 20% said “maybe.” We asked the same question again in January and now 50% said “yes” you were ready to return, 31% said “no” and 19% said “maybe.”

The percentage of those ready to return drops even more when it comes to conditions that each person has to be willing to meet. Only 33% are willing to return no matter what precautions are or are not in place. And, the reasons expressed from those not ready to regather indoors is also varied as you can see in the chart below. There are strong opinions from different perspectives on this issue and our goal as a church is to care for all of you as we seek our guidance from the Lord.

We are listening to all of you. Our Leadership Listening Sessions were a great opportunity to get beyond the numbers and understand your heart. We know there are varying levels of pain, frustration, concern, fear and skepticism in each of you. We also understand that there are different opinions with valid reasons for concern and hope on all sides.

We are all on the same team and part of the same family. People that are cautious aren’t against those that are more confident in us regathering indoors. People that are confident aren’t uncaring about the health and safety of others. We need to stop vilifying the confident as calloused and stop shaming the cautious as fearful. We need to love like true family loves through disagreements. We also are considering ways to minister more effectively to those that deeply long for something more than the way our worship services are taking place at this time.

This isn’t a puzzle where we just work hard enough to put the pieces together and it’s all solved. This is a complex issue with so many moving parts, different opinions, strong emotions, and real life consequences. But we have a mighty God who is an ever-present help in times of trouble. We are not alone.

For the meantime, we are maintaining a posture of meeting outdoors and following the guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus. The elders and pastoral staff are praying, contemplating and planning for how to meet indoors and when the right time will be. We want that to be as soon as possible and want to do that responsibly.

Here’s our big request. We are asking you to join the elders and staff in fervent prayer for direction from the Holy Spirit. I’m not talking about throwing up one casual prayer. Please be on your knees in submission to the Father asking for the Spirit’s guidance. We want to continue to hear from God. We want there to be healing in our land and a revival in the hearts of our people. We want to be bold and we want to be active in our faith no matter where we worship. So please schedule a time every day to pray. Schedule a day to fast and pray throughout the day. Let’s ask God to show us the way we should go.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,





JANUARY 21, 2021

We Need Each Other


Dear Calvary Family,

We truly are better together. We need each other. We understand that now more than ever before. We appreciate all of you that completed our surveys on Regathering Indoors and Spiritual Health. We will give an update on the results of that survey in an email next week. You can still access the Spiritual Health Assessment to help in your own growth and the health of our church - Click Here

I’d like to update you on what happens for our Sunday worship gatherings when it rains and the opportunity to connect this season in a LifeGroup.

Rainy Sundays

The leadership of Calvary Church is still meeting to discuss if and when our plans for gathering indoors should change. We are seeking the Lord in prayer, the wisdom of the scriptures, updated information about the virus and it’s spread, and the wisdom of each other. As you know, our plan has been to continue to meet outdoors or online as the current guidelines for churches describe to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Until anything changes, the plan for a Sunday with rain is that we will meet online for worship that you can find at or on our Facebook page or YouTube channel. If rain is in the forecast, we will inform you via email and social media. Quite frankly, this Sunday is one of those difficult Sundays to figure out with rain forecast on Saturday and Monday, but not Sunday. If it’s actively raining on Sunday, please assume that we will not be gathering on-campus, but online only.

If it’s not raining, we would love to see you at Calvary this Sunday to hear from our special guest speaker, Pastor Jared Wilkins, as he shares on Hebrews 13:1-3 about our calling as Christians to love God’s family, to love the stranger, and to love the least of these.

New LifeGroups

You might think that quarantine has stopped connection from happening at Calvary, but we have actually started more LifeGroups in 2020 than in any year in our recent history. We started 21 new LifeGroups in the last year and we look forward to start even more this Sunday! We need connection. We need each other. And this can happen in groups that meet in backyards and zoom meetings. If you are feeling disconnected and discouraged, I can’t recommend strongly enough that you join one of these new LifeGroups. Check out the options today at

May the Lord bless you and keep you,





JANUARY 7, 2021

3 Opportunities to share


Dear Calvary Family,

The new year began and we were all getting back into the normal rhythms of life after Christmas with hope for a new day. Then our world and country continue to be filled with division and fear while looking to all the wrong sources for salvation. More and more we need to be able to ground ourselves on the Word of God and make our primary pursuit to be growing closer to Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the time of year to spend some time reflecting on how things have been going and what hopes you have for the future. This is even more needed and important now. One of the best rhythms we can have is to reflect with the Holy Spirit about our spiritual beliefs and practices.

So, we want to check in with our church family to see where each person is at on their individual walk with the Lord and how we will gather together in this next season. Our heart is for everyone at Calvary to be growing in their faith, and we believe that we grow best when we are able to gather together to live out God's "one another" calling from Hebrews 10 - spurring one another on toward love and good deeds, and encouraging one another, especially as we see the day of Christ's return drawing near.


My guess is that this last year has been a little more about surviving than thriving. You might have dropped some good habits and picked up some unhealthy ones. We want to help you thrive in your journey with God and that requires reflection. We also want to have a good sense of how we are doing as an entire church community. That’s why we developed this Spiritual Health Check-In Survey.

This survey should take somewhere between 3-5 minutes - maybe more if you spend some time prayerfully considering each question. It will help you identify areas of strength and areas of needed growth in your life of following Jesus. We will also be able to give you some tools and resources to help you grow in needed areas and we are offering a 30-minute consultation with a pastor for how to put together a plan for growth using the information gathered on your survey.

This Spiritual Health Check-In Survey will also help us create new classes, LifeGroups and sermon series based on our congregation’s needs. We would love to have everyone complete this survey as soon as possible. This can be a beautiful tool to grow in our faith in 2021!

Spiritual Health Check-In


We also want to continue to hear from you regarding regathering at church and our response to the coronavirus pandemic. We have a Regathering Indoors 2021 Survey that we would like for you to complete to get an update on our church’s thoughts on returning to services indoors at Calvary Church. This should take you 3 minutes to complete.

Regathering Indoors Survey

Please complete these surveys by January 18.


We also want to give you an opportunity to share your thoughts with our church leadership through a Leadership Listening Session that will be available both in-person and online.

These are small groups meeting with a few elders and a couple pastors where we will briefly share the heart behind how we have responded as well as our hopes for the future. Then we will spend time listening to your hopes for the future of Calvary Church regarding regathering and ways we can pursue God’s mission for Calvary moving forward.

We have two dates available to start and we will create additional breakout sessions and times as needed.

  • Zoom: Wednesday, January 13th at 7:00pm - RSVP Here

  • In-Person: Sunday, January 17th at 12:30 pm - RSVP Here

May the Lord bless you and keep you,




DECEMBER 2, 2020


Merry Christmas!

The Christmas season is officially here and we are preparing to celebrate the good news of Christ's birth throughout December at Calvary Church.  We're doing something new this month with two distinct ways to participate in Calvary's worship experiences on Sunday mornings and Christmas Eve:

  • Come to Calvary for services around the Christmas Tree in the Courtyard with live, in-person music and preaching.

  • Connect online for our services produced in a  unique way for this Christmas season.

Visit our Christmas Website at or read below to discover more about the opportunities happening this month. Our prayer is that each Sunday morning and special event of this Advent season leads to more of His hope, peace, joy and love in your life. 

Trevor Behrns
Creative Team Lead Pastor

Isaiah 30:18 - 
"The Lord longs to be gracious to you, therefore He will rise up to show you compassion."
  These words of the ancient prophet Isaiah show the heart of God towards you today. He longs to be gracious and is on the edge of His seat, eager to display His compassion to you. Join us each Sunday as we look into the Christmas story and the gift of God's compassion for a weary world longing for a Savior, with online services available and outdoor services now featuring in-person music and teaching  - English/ASL at 9am + Spanish at 11am.

More About Sundays


This December we will hear about God's compassion for us and how we can both receive that gift and give that gift to others. One way we will have the opportunity to give that gift is through partnering with Compassion International to help sponsor children living in extreme poverty around the world. We have the unique chance to completely transform the lives of 250 kids living in Guatemala. You can begin to find out more now at

Sponsor a Child


This year, in addition to our Sunday morning services of the Advent Season, we will be doing a Midweek Advent Devotional each Wednesday LIVE at 7:00pm with Pastor Matt Doan and his family on Facebook and Youtube. May the truth shared each week stir your heart’s affection and mind’s attention toward the coming of Jesus Christ. Click the buttons below to connect and join the conversation:

Watch on FacebookWatch on YouTube


Join us for an online event to celebrate the Christmas season with worship led by Pastor Ron in a live-stream Carol Singalong for the whole family. We'll also be lighting up the Courtyard Christmas Tree with Pastor Eric during this month's special Sunday Sing! This event will premier December 13 at 4:00pm on Calvary's Youtube Channel and Facebook Live, and will be available on-demand throughout the Christmas season for you and your loved ones to enjoy and sing along with together.

Find Ways to Watch


We invite you to wrap up the season of Advent—of waiting and longing for the Messiah’s arrival—by welcoming the coming of Jesus into the world. Experience a joyful and meaningful celebration around the Christmas Tree in the Courtyard at Calvary or make plans to watch our online experience on Christmas Eve. With limited outdoor seating at each service, we want to make sure we save you a seat. Click below to reserve your spots for December 23 at 7 PM or December 24 at 4 PM.


NOVEMBER 18, 2020

Orange county now in purple tier


Dear Calvary Family,

As you may have heard, Orange County has been moved into the Purple Tier for COVID guidelines. I want to communicate some thoughts with you about our response to this and what that will look like for ministries on Sundays and other Calvary Church events.

I know that more restrictions can be frustrating and there are difficult challenges we all face because of them. Your income and mental health could be significantly impacted by this change. I want to encourage you that our God is good, all the time. God is with you. God is our refuge and an ever present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). We fix our eyes on Him to have strength to endure through these difficult times. Our Sunday morning series, “What is Faith?” can help build your faith for such a time as this. If you are in need of help or want to give help in this season, please email us at or visit

I also encourage you to have a mindset of love and service towards others in our community. We have seen the numbers of COVID cases spiking in Orange County and we have seen many more contract the virus in our own Calvary Church community, including a couple people in the hospital. This hits close to home for us. This is an opportunity for us to pray for God’s healing and to serve our community by acting in ways that will help serve those in need and to stop the spread. Please keep that in mind as we process some of the changes we will all need to make. As we shift our posture from fear or anger to love and service, I believe that God will empower us and lift our own spirits in this cultural moment.

The bottom line change for churches in our county with this move to the Purple Tier is stopping indoor gatherings. Therefore, starting this Sunday, we will have all of our services outdoors or online. We will be actively working on creative ways to care for you and connect with you during this time.

You can watch each Sunday Live Stream service at the times below or On Demand anytime:

  • English service at 9:00am on our YoutubeFacebook, or  Watch with ASL interpretation on the Deaf Ministry Facebook.  We will also be showing this service in the Courtyard with outdoor seating at 9:00am.

  • Spanish service at 11:00am on the @CalvaryChurchHispano Facebook.  We will also be showing this service in the Courtyard at 11:00am.

Read more in our updated Sunday FAQ at

Student Ministries will be moving outdoors to the Field, with Middle School at 9:00am and High School at 11:00am. There will be no Children’s Ministry programs on campus at this time. Find activities you can do together with your kids at home at

Our Fall connections events including the New To Calvary Coffee + Connection this Sunday, Baptism Classes, and Membership Class will be rescheduled once we are able to regather indoors. You should be hearing from specific ministry areas that you are currently involved with, but I also encourage you to check for any changes in those areas - primarily moving any gatherings to outdoors and/or online.

Thank you for your understanding and your prayers for Calvary Church and for our world. Our mission continues even as we pause our indoor gatherings. We serve a big God that can do more than anything we ask or imagine. Let’s ask big things from Him now.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,



OCTOBER 2, 2020


We are putting the final arrangements together for this Sunday morning to meet in-person here at Calvary and we are looking forward to seeing you! We truly are more than an audience and it will be so wonderful to be encouraged by each other. So please join us this Sunday at 9:00am or 11:00am, with services available both online and now on campus! (If you are in need of ramp access, please park in the North Lot on Wellington Ave due to construction on the South walkway entrance.)

Worship Center: 9am + 11am in English (ASL at 9am)
Chapel: 9am + 11am en Español

Here are some important things to remember if you are joining us at Calvary this Sunday:

There is no pre-registration required for Adults and Students in Middle School and High School. As the Worship Center fills to guideline capacity we will have video overflow in Fellowship Hall and in the Courtyard. We just got an awesome new outdoor screen for the Courtyard. You’re going to love it!

Kids from one-year-old to 5th grade will need to be pre-registered to be checked-in to our programs in Calvary Town. So, find the links on our Calvary Town Website or use our Church Center App and sign them up right now so we can be prepared to give excellent and safe care for your children. We will also have some patio tables reserved in the shade for families to enjoy the service outdoors together.

We are very excited to see you all and we are taking appropriate precautions like social distancing, wearing masks as we come in and go out, and cleaning everything according to the guidelines. We want you all to feel safe and ready to come back to church! Find out more in our full FAQ at

Our topic this Sunday is all about living in Christian community and we will have the chance to take communion together.  (If you will still be joining us online, be sure to find some bread and juice to take communion at home. Whatever elements help you to remember the body and blood of Jesus and celebrate the good news found in Him).

We never stopped being the church and this is another exciting step in growing to be the church God has called us to be. I can’t wait! I’ll see you on Sunday!

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

Eric Wakeling


SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

Important Update on Regathering at Calvary Church

Dear Calvary Family,

I’m so excited to share with you our plans to regather in-person on Sunday mornings! Like many of you, I have longed to be together again. Our heart is to gather together while being safe, responsible, and respectful to state guidelines. The pastors and elders of Calvary Church continue to keep the Word of God and the Holy Spirit’s guidance as our primary filter for all of our decisions, and we have also considered your recent survey responses in our decision-making process.

Through the survey, we were excited to learn that 60% of respondents said YES! They are ready to return to services at church with precautionary masks and social distancing. Twenty percent indicated they were not ready to return; while another 20% indicated that they may be ready to return based on different factors. While there were a wide variety of reasons expressed for each of those answers, we saw a large overlap- 90% of respondents expressed that they are taking safety precautions seriously and are grateful we are considering these precautions, too.

In all of this, would you join with us as we seek the Lord’s wisdom, courage, protection, unity, and joy for the glory of God and for the good of our church and our surrounding community as we put together these plans for regathering?

Here’s the plan!

  • Beginning Sunday, October 4th, we will have services in English at 9:00am and 11:00am (ASL at 9:00am). Both of our Sunday morning services will be available indoors and outdoors on campus, and both will be available online via livestream.

  • Registration and check in will not be required for adults. Just come and join us for worship!

  • Doors will open 20 minutes before each service for both the Worship Center and Chapel, at 8:40am and 10:40am.

  • We will have limited seating indoors as we continue to follow health guidelines. Once the Worship Center is full, overflow video venues will be available in Fellowship Hall and in the Courtyard.

  • Children’s Ministry will be available at both services for one year olds through 5th graders. Pre-registration is required for children during this first phase, so we can provide the best care and the right number of volunteers to serve your children.

  • Middle School and High School students will meet at 11:00am in the Student Underground. No pre-registration required.

  • Our service in Spanish will also be available at both 9:00am and 11:00am with limited seating in the Chapel and online via livestream. RSVP encouraged due to limited seating -

  • Masks will be required for entering and exiting all venues. Social distancing is also required. Masks will be required while singing indoors, but can be removed if seated during the remainder of the service. Masks will not be required if seated outdoors on the patio during the worship service.

  • Sunday Morning LifeGroups for adults will not be meeting on-campus during this first phase of our return. We are working hard on developing the best way for these groups to return to campus soon.  

  • You can help by being part of a volunteer team! There are opportunities to serve with Connections, Worship, or Family Ministries! Take a next step today and let us know you’re interested in getting involved by filling out The Card at

  • If you are feeling sick or have a fever, please stay home and enjoy the livestream.

  • Finally, we have loved seeing so many of you at our evening service. However, in light of these changes our last evening service will be this Sunday, September 27th at 7:00pm.

See more details and answers in our Regathering FAQ at

View Sunday Morning FAQ

In closing, I want to encourage all of you to come on Sunday mornings if you and your family are healthy and able! I know you will be filled with joy and strengthened by the presence of God that is present in one another as we gather in person on Sunday mornings at Calvary.
I also understand and respect that many of us aren’t ready to return in person. If this is the case for you, will you pray for those who need to be here in person? Would those of you who are ready to be back on campus be praying for those who are unable to join us at this time? Please also be praying that we can move to the “orange tier” soon, which will allow for even more people to attend in our larger venues and increase capacity to 50% in other rooms on campus.

We are truly better together and united as one church whether we are live-streaming or attending in person. Let’s continue praying for one another as we move forward, guided by God’s Word and His Spirit.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

Eric Wakeling



SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

New Sunday Series

Dear Calvary Church Family,

Thank you to so many of you who took the time to fill out our recent survey. Please join our church leadership in prayer as we continue to seek the Lord for His timing for how and when we can meet indoors in a safe manner. We need to consider what brings God glory, what leads people to Christ, what helps us follow Jesus' example, and what helps our people grow and live out our purpose.

I know so many of us feel sidelined to our couches in this season, but I want to encourage you all that we must continue to move forward as followers of Jesus and pursue the common calling we have as His church. I hope you can join us each Sunday, Sep 20 - Nov 1, for MORE THAN AN AUDIENCE. This pivotal 7-part series will dig into scripture, exploring who we are as a church through our essential purposes of worship, living in community, having spiritual friendships, giving, serving, and reaching out locally and globally. We are the church and we are on the move! Find ways to watch or how you can come and join us on campus at

Through this entire pandemic season, our church’s mission has never changed. Yet, our ministries have adapted to carry out God’s calling for our church in new ways. We are preaching the Word of God and worshiping together, both online and in person. We are connecting with one another in LifeGroups, by phone, on social media, and through our Church Center App. We are partnering with families to help build up the next generation. We are supporting missionaries overseas. We are feeding those in need through our Pop Up Pantry. We are praying over our neighborhoods and reaching out to the lost. We are giving care to those with emotional and spiritual needs. And, we are starting new ministries this fall to reach people through English as a Second Language classes and conversations that will result in mentoring and discipling relationships. The mission continues!

I am profoundly grateful for your faithfulness and generosity to help fuel the mission God has given us. After the first two months of our new fiscal year, which began July 1, Calvary’s missions fund for Reach Ministries is ahead by about $12,000, while our general fund for Church Ministries is below budget by approximately $40,000. (See details here) Would you join me in praying for Calvary Church and consider how you may be able to contribute? You can make a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation today at

Even though you might not be able to see all the differences being made in person, know that your giving has a tangible impact on people’s lives here at Calvary, in our local community, and around the world. The Spirit is still moving, and we are grateful for the way you choose to join in with Him.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

Eric Wakeling 



September 10, 2020

All Church Survey

Our church leadership is prayerfully beginning to consider plans to regather indoors for worship services. While we don’t yet have a specific date determined, we are discussing how and when we can meet indoors in a safe manner.

It’s likely you have your own thoughts and feelings about regathering indoors. As we continue to seek the Lord for His timing in this process, we also want to hear from you.

To receive your input, we’ve prepared a short survey. It will take less than five minutes to complete but will provide helpful information to our elders and staff. The survey will be open until midnight on Monday, September 14.

Fill Out Survey Here

We are grateful for your prayers as we trust God together during this time. Please pray for God to give us wisdom and unity. Pray that we would remain obedient to His Word and love our neighbors well in Jesus' name. Pray that we would follow the Spirit's leading as we move forward with all He has for Calvary Church in this season.

August 20, 2020

An Encouragement  from Pastor Eric Wakeling

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Here is my heart for you. This season of an election year, COVID quarantines, economic hardships, protests over racial tensions and police brutality, and arguments over almost everything have led me to direct our hearts to the Word of God.

When we decide to follow Jesus Christ we are choosing to make Him the Lord of our life. That means we are no longer the lords of our own lives. Jesus is! Our allegiance as Christians is to obey God and His Word. We give up our rights of independence and surrender them to a master. We are slaves. Jesus is the master.

Through His great love and sacrifice, we have been given the most valuable gift of all time - our salvation! Then God added an additional gift of the ongoing presence and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This is a gift beyond measure! It is a free gift to receive, but it comes with an agreement to surrender our right to choose how we live and how we treat others to the way of Jesus. His way is counterintuitive to the way of the world, but it is also so much better.

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus." Philippians 2:3-5

My prayer is that this kind of biblical, Spirit-led, Christ-like humility will be our primary filter for how we interact with one another, how we engage in political discourse, how we have conversations about race, how we think through our actions regarding COVID, how we use our money, how we post and comment on social media, how we act when we are right and someone else is wrong, how we care for the poor and marginalized, how we respond to people with whom we disagree, and so much more.

My heart has been grieving lately that self-interest and personal rights seem to be the primary motivation of Christians in America and I pray for that to change. I’m praying for my heart that needs to change as well. Will you join me and pray for that to change in your heart?

I’ve been meditating on Philippians a lot this week. Will you also take some time to read Philippians over and over? Or listen to it on an app like Dwell? It could be a great sabbath practice this week. Let God’s Word and the Holy Spirit change your heart to live and love more like Jesus in the ways God desires rather than social media, news media, politicians or advertisements.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

Eric Wakeling


July 23, 2020

Update from Pastor Eric Wakeling

Dear Calvary Family,

We still have much to celebrate and praise God for in this season of our life.

We had our first Outdoor Worship Service last Sunday and it was a joy to actually be with many of you. I didn’t just “see” you on a screen. I saw you in real life! And it was awesome!

God was worshiped mightily in the morning on our Livestream and just as mightily in the evening at our Outdoor Service. Our Spanish-speaking service was also outdoors at 9:00am and was a beautiful expression of worship to God.

We are making some changes based on things we’ve learned. The biggest one is that our English Outdoor Service will now be at 7:00pm to provide a little more shade and cooler weather.

You can register for our in-person services, plus view sermon notes and song lyrics through our Calvary Church Center App. Learn more about that at

Check out photos from our first Sunday back on campus for a worship service since March 8. It was so good to gather again with some of our church family!

We also are expectantly celebrating all that God will do next week at All Aboard VBS. VBS is “online + at home” this year and we have prepared an absolutely incredible experience for our kids. It is not too late to register, so please reach out and invite some friends and enjoy the combination of zany hilarity and deep life transformation that VBS is all about. You can register for FREE or find ways to support this effort locally and globally at

Finally, our passage for the sermon this Sunday is deep, rich and full of meat as we continue our series "A Better Hope." I would love for you to be able to have a little more context and understanding even before Sunday. You can do that by reading and reflecting on these bible passages. Genesis 14:14-20; Psalm 110; Hebrews 5:1-10; Hebrews 7:1-8:6.

I look forward to “seeing” you or seeing you this Sunday!

May the Lord bless you and keep you,
Eric Wakeling

July 8, 2020

Update from Pastor Eric Wakeling

Dear Calvary Family, 

Although this continues to be a tumultuous season with the surging of the coronavirus and its effect across so many areas of life, I encourage us to take heart. “Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” - Psalm 27:14. Our strength and hope come from Him as we deal with these challenges, both as a community and on a personal level. 

Since new state guidelines for churches have been released that restrict singing in indoor worship services, I’d like to give an update on how we are planning to regather:


We had previously been working towards inviting 100 people to both the 9:30am service in the Worship Center and our Spanish speaking service. Then last Friday, we received the update on singing. Over the weekend, we began to discuss what that means for Calvary and how we should respond. Our Elder Board prayed over this at our regular time of prayer on Tuesday morning, our staff was asked to pray, and I spent a considerable amount of time in prayer personally asking God to lead me in response. 

We have carefully sought to keep our ultimate values in mind as we prayed together to lead us to this moment. We desperately seek to regather in person when it will be safe to do so, but we only wanted to regather if our in-person experience would be better than our online experience. We want to obey God’s Word in being subject to our governing authorities, and don’t want to harm our witness to our unsaved friends and neighbors in the pursuit of our personal freedoms.

We have also researched the issue thoroughly. The bottom line is that it is far safer for us to meet outside than inside. That’s part of why the state guidelines are written the way they are. And trust me, we understand that there are a lot of items we disagree with or that don’t take our particular situation into account. However, we have decided that following these health guidelines is the wisest course of action for our church at this time.

This means we will not be proceeding with our original plan to invite 100 people to join us live on Sunday mornings, but this has led us to an even better solution.

On Tuesday evening, the officers of our Elder Board and our senior level pastoral staff met together to discuss an idea that God gave us as we sought after Him in prayer. (Stop for a moment and recognize how awesome that is - we serve a God who is active and moving in His people today!) We believe it will help us to have even more people gather in person without sacrificing the values that have guided us - especially the value of being obedient to the Word of God. 

Our new idea is for us to start a new outdoor evening worship service, complete with singing!  


  1. We will continue to live-stream the Sunday service from the Worship Center at 9:30am on YouTube, Facebook, and

  1. We will begin an in-person Outdoor Worship Service on July 19th at 6:00pm on the Courtyard Patio in English. This service will include singing with an acoustic worship band and the same sermon as at the 9:30am service. We will be able to have 225 people reserve a space for this service with about 25 additional staff and volunteers helping to put on the service. This is 150 more people than we could have hosted indoors!

  1. Anyone who attends will need to agree to follow social distancing requirements. This includes arriving 30 minutes prior to the service, wearing a mask while entering and exiting (suggested during the service but not required), staying home if sick, maintaining six-foot social distance, hand sanitizing, and a voluntary temperature check. These are detailed at and on the Church Center App. All Calvary staff and volunteers serving you will be health screened, wear a mask, and regularly sanitize their hands. We will not have in-person Children’s Ministry Programming. We also recommend anyone in at-risk or vulnerable groups to stay home and enjoy our live-stream at 9:30am.

  1. You can find out more information and reserve a space at the service on the Church Center App. Find out more at 

Our Spanish speaking service will have a similar arrangement at 9:00am (outdoor on the Patio) and 11:00am (livestream from the Chapel). Updates and details will be posted soon at


  1. Any watch parties that are meeting indoors should move outdoors or discontinue meeting at this time.

  2. Any LifeGroups that include singing should move outdoors or discontinue singing.  

These changes will allow us to continue live streaming a quality experience for everyone still participating at home, provide an in-person experience for as many as possible, and still do everything we can to be subject to governing authorities and protect our church from unnecessary risks. None of these restrictions will stop us from glorifying God and following His call to share the good news in our neighborhoods and the nations, and none of these things can stop Him from doing His incredible work throughout the world. 

Your grace, understanding, and flexibility are so appreciated in this time. Thank you for your prayers and continued faithfulness to our Lord.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, 
Eric Wakeling


June 30, 2020

Update from Pastor Eric Wakeling

Dear Church Family,

The photo above is of our church staff, who gathered this afternoon to seek the Lord in prayer and begin to prepare our ministry spaces for some limited in-person re-gathering. Even from 6' apart and with masks on, it was so good to see each other in the same room and to pray together for our church and our community.

I miss seeing all of you on Sunday mornings! March 8th was our last in-person worship service and that was Daylight Savings Time Change Sunday with a slight rainfall so I missed most of you anyways! Haha - just playing!

I’m excited to start the process of moving toward gathering together again. Here’s why I’m looking forward to that and also why we’ve been taking every precaution with your safety - BECAUSE I LOVE YOU!

Therefore, in an effort to welcome our church family on campus and continue following the guidance we’ve been given by our state and local government, we are planning to welcome 100 people who pre-register for reserved seats and then join us in-person for our LiveStream Worship Service on Sunday, July 19. This will include about 25 volunteers and staff that are helping make the service happen with safety, excellence and passion for the Lord.

Registration will be required and will open on July 12 at 1:00pm


Our services in Spanish will be meeting in a similar way in the Chapel. You can find out more on that in the days ahead at


Because we care about you and our church family, please understand the following before making your reservation:

  • Our LiveStream online worship services and the environment of each of our venues will feel different than other services you have attended in the past. Thank you for keeping a spirit of grace and flexibility as you arrive back to campus and experience these changes.
  • Certain procedures have been established that aid in protecting each person in the room and providing for the best LiveStream experience. Those present in the audience will need to follow those procedures.
  • Plan to arrive early and park in the north lot on Wellington Ave. Enter at the patio entrance near the green umbrella for initial check-in and screening.
  • Check-in and health screening will begin at 9:00am. All those with reserved seating should be in their seats by 9:20am for a special in-person, pre-LiveStream welcome with one of our pastoral staff. If you are not seated at 9:20am you may forfeit your seat for someone on the waiting list.
  • Temperatures will be taken to confirm health before entry. Any person with a temperature above 100.3 will not be allowed to enter, nor their family with them.
  • Ushers will direct you to your seats to provide for adequate spacing. Family units will be seated together.
  • Masks and 6’ social spacing will be required for adults and children over two when inside the building. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.  Masks should stay on when you are walking around inside the building and singing. Masks can be removed during the service when you are listening (like when seated at a table in a restaurant.)
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the lobby. Its use is highly encouraged upon entering and exiting the building.
  • Children who cannot sit quietly through the service should attend at a later date. No children’s program is available at this time.
  • Restrooms will be available. Please wear your masks and do not congregate in the restrooms. Water fountains and coffee stations will not be available.
  • Sermon outlines will not be provided at this time. You can print one and bring it with you. They can be found in the weekly email or online at
  • All printed materials will be removed from seat racks. Please bring your own Bible and pen. Offering envelopes (only needed for cash donations) will be available by each door as you enter the auditorium.
  • Offering can be dropped in a secure box by each door at the back of the Worship Center auditorium. You may also give securely online at
  • Communion will be provided on observed Sundays in self-service juice/bread containers.
  • If you or someone in your family is diagnosed with COVID-19 after being on campus, please email us at

I know this sounds like a lot! We appreciate your understanding as we work through all of these steps.

I encourage you to continue watching from home if the LiveStream is working for you. I also encourage you to stay home if you are in an at-risk or vulnerable group.

We will continue to monitor the situation and the guidelines from the state and make changes to these plans accordingly.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,
Eric Wakeling



June 18, 2020

Update from Pastor Eric Wakeling


God continues to move in unexpected but exciting ways during this COVID-19 life we are all living through. A drive-thru pop-up food pantry wasn’t on any of our radars when 2020 began. But thanks to the generosity of our church family and a great partnership with Anaheim Vineyard Church, we have now served over 6,000 people in May and June through our weekly Tuesday grocery giveaway. In addition, we have had over 99 volunteers come and serve at least one time at the pantry.

One of the highlights of the Pop-Up Pantry has been our prayer tent. After every car drives through our distribution line, they are given the option to pull off to the side and pray with one of our prayer volunteers.

Last Tuesday, 70 of the 250 cars that passed through our parking lot stopped to receive prayer. Among them was a woman who had been out of work and desperately looking for a job since last Fall. Our team prayed for her two weeks ago and last week she returned to our prayer team to excitedly tell them that she had gotten a job that week, a huge answer to prayer!

We also had a concerned mom ask our team for prayer for her drug-addicted adult son. The following week she reported back, “good news, your prayers have been answered, he was arrested this weekend and taken off the streets and will go into rehab. Your prayers saved his life!” On top of that, we have had 3 people surrender their lives to Christ, including one woman who agreed to be discipled on a weekly basis by one of our pantry volunteers.

God is on the move on Tuesday afternoons at Calvary! Keep praying and giving to this grassroots ministry! We are definitely continuing through the month of July and hopefully even further into the future. If you would like to partner with us in outreach, you can donate to Calvary’s Emergency Needs Fund to support this ministry - Give Online Here


The Pop-Up Pantry is just one way that the church continues to be the church even when we are limited in the ways we are able to gather together in person.

The changes that this pandemic have brought do not change what we value. We want to be a church family that connects together, motivated by love for God and one another. We want to be a church family that grows together, learning to live and love like Jesus across cultures and generations. We want to be a church family that reaches out together, sharing the good news of Jesus locally and globally. And, we want to be a church family that worships together, in Spirit and in truth.

Even as we look for creative ways to pursue these unchanging values in these uncertain times, I know that many of you are frustrated and disappointed that we continue to be restricted to online worship services and small group gatherings. New guidelines were published by the state of California for faith communities last weekend, but they didn’t change anything about the number of people allowed to gather indoors. I’m personally disappointed in this, but I continue to seek the Lord for wisdom while we consider some possible alternatives if this restriction continues. New decisions by the state are to be announced on July 3rd. Thank you to so many of you who have expressed patience and grace throughout this season.

We already have our Care Ministries (counseling, Celebrate Recovery, etc) meeting in person. LifeGroups are meeting in homes. Student Ministries LifeGroups are meeting on the Turf Field in distanced groups. Watch Parties are worshiping in homes together on Sunday mornings.

We are moving in the right direction, but also want to be appropriately careful and responsible with how we handle this virus - with godly wisdom, Spirit-led unity, and Christ-like love. We will continue to keep you informed of some new ideas that we are working through right now. Please keep praying for Calvary Church, our community, our nation and the world.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,
Eric Wakeling

May 21, 2020

Update from Pastor Eric Wakeling

Dear Calvary Family,

I have always loved the encouraging and hope-filled words of Jesus in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” In this verse, we see His victorious power that brings us peace and His tender heart that understands the troubles we face.

I pray that in these uncertain times, we would develop a deeper trust in Jesus and experience more of His great love for us. I pray that we would continue to be a church family marked by love and grace for one another. And, I pray that as we navigate the next phases of this pandemic, whether we feel cautious or confident, that the enemy will not be able to use the differences of our views as a foothold for dividing the church. I encourage you to take a moment to pray and ask God to give you compassion for your brothers and sisters in Christ that may think differently than you.

Here are some updates for how we are living as a church family together right now and some plans for what's next:

1. We will have an online, all-church United Service this Sunday, May 24, at 9:30am followed by our first-ever, online Annual Members Meeting. In this 30-minute Zoom webinar, we will share leadership updates, inspiring stories of how we are reaching neighbors and nations for Jesus, and our vision for this next season of ministry together. We will also be holding the vote to affirm elders (or you may return the ballot by mail sent with this letter). Find the link to participate at

2. We have loved seeing how we can care for our church and our larger community in a few different ways, made possible by the generous support of so many. Our Good Neighbor Task Force is running errands and helping our shut-ins or more “at-risk” members of our community. We have started the Pop Up Food Pantry to give groceries to families in need. We are praying for the Holy Spirit to work miracles and we have clearly seen His hand at work. You can help support these efforts by giving to Calvary's Emergency Needs Fund at

3. We are beginning a transition from offering midweek livestreams to starting new online LifeGroups. This will be a major area of focus for us as a church as we head into summer. We have given opportunities to be connected to Calvary, but we want to move towards greater connection with each other. So, we have lined up some great studies for this summer on Psalm 23, Sabbath, The Lord's Prayer, and Digging Deeper in Hebrews. To learn more about finding a group or leading a group, please visit

At this time, it is not clear when we will be back to meeting in person for our worship gatherings, LifeGroups, and other activities, but our leadership is prayerfully and thoughtfully preparing for a variety of scenarios. We will continue to communicate with you as these develop via email, on our website, in our Sunday morning live stream services, and in this Sunday's Annual Meeting. We are confident in our faith in Christ and also aware of the need to express wisdom with how our decisions would impact the health of people around us.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,
Eric Wakeling

May 14, 2020

Update from Pastor Eric Wakeling

Dear Calvary Family, 

I’m writing with some thoughts for this Sunday, our upcoming Annual Meeting and reopening at Calvary Church. 

1. Preparing for this Sunday

We will be moving from our Jesus is Supreme series and starting a new series on REST. Hebrews 3:7-19 will touch on both themes as we see how we must have faith in Jesus as Supreme to experience real rest today and into eternity. This text is a perfect example of how those who were reading or listening to this letter would have had a thorough understanding of the Old Testament. I encourage you to read these verses before Sunday to help you have that same understanding: Hebrews 3:7-19; Psalm 95:7-11; Exodus 17:1-17; Numbers 13-14 (whole chapters); Numbers 20:1-13. Then, be sure to join us Sunday morning at 9:30am at

2. 2020 Annual Meeting

We will meet via a Zoom Webinar on Sunday, May 24th at 10:45am. This meeting will give an update on church life, our vision, and local and global reach. We will hold a vote for our Elder Nominees - Rick Cavecche, Ross Bennett and Neil Paur. We will discuss plans for when and how we will “reopen” Calvary Church and conduct a survey to get a sense of our people’s experience through this unique season along with future willingness to meet in-person and how that affects different age groups from children to youth to older adults. Find all the information to log in, watch and participate in both the vote and the survey at

3. Reopening Calvary Church buildings

First of all, I want to stress that the church has never been closed. In fact, I would say that the church has had an even more active presence in the lives of our church family and community than before. The church is not a building. The church is the people of God gathered to grow and scattered to seek out those who are lost and in need. We long to gather again in-person as soon as we possibly can. 

Secondly, we know that there are vast differences in opinion within our church family on whether or not we should reopen, as well as the timing and method to be able to do that. We are seeking the Holy Spirit’s leading in what we would do and not following any movement of other denominations or political groups when making that decision. I encourage you to listen to my podcasts from May 6 and May 14 about how we interact with each other about these issues and the biblical definition of church at

Reopening will be a process, not an event. The pastoral staff has been researching and developing strategies and plans to safely and wisely begin to reopen in different stages. The Elder Board will meet on May 21st to make some decisions regarding these plans. 

I will state this clearly, our philosophy is not to rush into a reopening that is not well-planned or well-researched. Calvary Church is a large church with high numbers of both children and older at-risk adults. Social distancing will present many challenges for all of our areas of ministry. We look forward to discussing this in greater detail at the Annual Meeting on May 24th. 

May the Lord bless you and keep you, 
Eric Wakeling


April 24, 2020

Update from Pastor Eric Wakeling

Dear Calvary Family,

I wanted to give a pastoral update on how things are going at Calvary Church right now.

Livestream Worship Services and Midweek Events

  • We have done six Sunday worship services via livestream so far. We are learning a lot about how to plan a worship service to be experienced at home. We are experimenting with different formats and methods. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we are grateful for everyone who works so hard to make it happen. I look forward to “seeing” you this Sunday at 9:30am.
  • We don’t currently have any timeline for when we will return to meeting in person. We will seek God’s wisdom, listen to the advice of medical experts and government leaders, and consult with colleagues at other local churches as we determine our next steps. We have contingencies and plans for when we are allowed to have 10 people, 50 people, 250 people and more.
  • We have had an almost nightly livestream event every weekday at 7:00pm that has helped us all feel connected in the quarantine life. Monday Words of Wisdom, Tuesday Prayer Meeting, Wednesday Bible Study with David Mitchell, and Thursday At Home with Eric. We are evaluating what was good for the first few weeks, what will be helpful for the rest of the quarantine, and what will remain helpful over the next year.

Church Life Online

  • Many of our small groups are meeting through Zoom or other virtual platforms. We are also starting new LifeGroups that will meet online. If you would like to join a LifeGroup or help start a LifeGroup we can help resource and equip you to do it. It’s probably a lot easier than even in person. You can fill out The Card at or email our LifeGroups Pastor, Robert Carter, at .
  • Our Children’s and Student Ministries are doing a great job providing lots of different opportunities to connect online. Find out more at and look under “ministries.”
  • The Alpha Course started this week online to explore big questions about life, faith and God in a friendly series of  videos and conversations. You can still jump in and participate by signing up at


  • We know and have experienced that prayer is vital to seeing God’s hand at work in our lives, our church, our community and our world. The Day of Prayer and Fasting was a beautiful time of crying out to God. We continue to seek Him for rescue, answers, hope, provision and intimacy.
  • We are partnering with many Orange County churches for something called Seek Week. May 4-8 will be a time where the larger Body of Christ is crying out to God and expressing our dependence on Him. This will include virtual prayer gatherings, 24/7 prayer and other prayer opportunities. Find out more at
  • We also continue to pray the request of Luke 10:2 every day at 10:02am for God to give us Courage, Heart, Opportunities and Words to Say as we share the good news of Jesus.

Our Staff

  • We have about 95% of our staff working from home with just a few that work on our facility or utilize special equipment being on campus. But we are all still working hard to serve you and our community.
  • We have people available if you need counseling, prayer, a listening ear, financial advice, help understanding how to use technology, errands, someone to talk to, help understanding giving online, or help with knowing what is available for you or your family. You can fill out The Card at or simply reply to this email.

Give Help and Receive Help

  • We continue to help several people a day with deliveries and errands. We are calling and checking in on people. We would LOVE to help you with anything or you can volunteer to give help at
  • We are also partnering with other ministries to try a Pop-Up Food Pantry on a weekly basis to give a week’s worth of groceries to hundreds of local families. More information for this will be coming soon.

Our Finances

  • We are grateful for your generosity and to God for His faithful provision. Our giving dropped significantly for the first two Sundays meeting online. After your generosity and the elders committing to doubling their giving for three months, our general fund giving has caught up to budget at this point.
  • Our Reach missions fund is almost $100,000 behind budget with about 2 months to go in this fiscal year, so we appreciate any further giving to that area. You can give to support the work of ministry locally and globally at
  • We have applied for PPP assistance especially for our preschool, school and other church staff that have obsolete positions during this season. We continue to pay all of them and are temporarily reallocating people to different responsibilities while our world is so different.

Our Schools

  • Our K-8 school is continuing education online. Our preschool teachers are still connecting with their students online, but we can’t provide the on-campus care that parents desperately need. The faculty is doing a fantastic job.
  • Please be in prayer for our schools because many parents are having financial struggles and will need significant financial aid to remain at Calvary Christian School.
  • Finally, we are prayerfully and carefully undergoing a thorough nationwide search for our next Head of School. Discover more about CCS, along with qualifications and responsibilities desired for this role in the Head of School Opportunity Profile at

Thank you for being part of our church family as we navigate through this moment and seek God for what He wants from us in the future.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,
Eric Wakeling


APRIL 9, 2020

Update from Eric Wakeling

Dear Calvary Family,

Jesus’ first miracle was to turn water into wine at a wedding in Cana. On Good Friday, Jesus hung on the cross and turned the water of human life into the rich wine of God’s love. On Resurrection Sunday, Jesus burst forth from the grave in power and victory over sin and death. That victory is won and the stone is forever rolled away. Even when we have our worst days, the stone is already rolled away.

Our world is having some of our worst days and it’s possible that more is to come. And even now, the stone is already rolled away. There is victory over death, disease and the discouragement that comes from our crippling fears. Jesus conquered every loss, failure and shame-filled moment when He rolled the stone away. Through Christ, we now live with joy, purpose and hope!

This is the heart of the message that we will preach on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. This is what will encourage you in these difficult days and this is what your friends and loved ones will hear when you invite them to join our livestream services this weekend. I continue to pray that Each One of us will Reach One person with the good news of Jesus this Easter.

Check out the events below taking place this weekend or visit our website at And consider how you can reach out to your friends, neighbors, co-workers and family to join you online!

May the Lord bless you and keep you,



March 26, 2020

Update from Pastor Matt Doan

    "Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.” Luke 10:36-37

    Hello Calvary Family!

    “…Go and do the same.”

    Our emphasis as a church over the past year has been on “Each One, Reach One” by Easter 2020. Little did we know when we cast this vision how our world would change heading into this Easter! 

    As Christ’ ambassador’s (2 Corinthians 5:20), we are called to display and demonstrate God’s amazing love to our hurting, fearful and uncertain world. As Jesus challenges us in Luke 10, “to go and do the same,” caring for our neighbor, whether they reside with us in our home, live next door or across the globe, or on our computer screens! God sovereignly places who He wants us to reach and puts them in our path. 

    This Sunday, we will be reminded in a Covid-19 World, God Loves the Nations and Neighborhoods

    In our Live Stream service this Sunday at 9:30am, we will hear first person accounts from several of our missionaries around the world about how they are demonstrating God’s love to their neighbors in our current Covid-19 world. We will also get to listen in on an inspiring interview between Pastor Eric Wakeling and the President of Greater Europe Mission, Jon Burns. And, we will read and walk through the story of the Good Samaritan as found in Luke 10:25-37.

    Being a good neighbor starts with prayer…

    Over the last year, we have been praying as a church at 10:02 each day for “For more workers in the harvest…” (Luke 10:2). Join us next Tuesday, March 31 for an important day of prayer, as we set aside time from 9am to 9pm to pray for our neighbors and nations in this Covid-19 world.  Throughout the day next Tuesday (9am, 10:02am, Noon, 3:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:45pm) our church staff will be jumping on Facebook Live on our Calvary Church page to pray for our world and each other. We also want to ask you to sign up to privately pray in a 15 minute time slot of your choosing as we as a Church family cover the entire day in prayer. Learn more and sign up today at

    …And being a good neighbor continues with acts of love

    • Invite your friends and family to watch our livestream and hear about the hope we have in Jesus this Sunday morning at 9:30am on our Facebook, Youtube or at
    • Download and print this “Serve your Neighbors” pdf flyer to distribute to those who live around you
    • Give financially towards the urgent mission of our church and support our missionaries around the world at
    • Join our neighbor volunteer task force to help meet the needs of our most vulnerable community members by Signing Up Here
    • Drop off donations of food and hygiene items to the OC Rescue Mission - Learn More Here

    We love you church family and are longing for the day when we will all see one another face to face again,

    Matt Doan and the Calvary Church Staff




    March 24, 2020

    Update from Pastor Eric Wakeling

    Dear Calvary Family,

    We are living in challenging and unpredictable times. We have concerns for our own health as well as the health of our neighbors and loved ones. Throughout this season, the church is bringing the hope of the Scriptures as well as being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to a hurting and lost world. We are continually praying for you and desire to help you with a variety of needs that you may have in this time. Please reach out for prayer or for assistance - you can call the church, reply to this email or learn more at

    We also have some significant financial needs as a church at this time. The impact on the economy and not meeting in person on Sundays brings challenges, but we believe that God will provide and that there  is no scarcity in God’s economy. With that said, we are asking for you to be faithful in your ongoing giving to Calvary Church. Our giving is an act of worship and an opportunity for us to place our trust fully in the Lord. I recognize in myself the inclination to store up as an act of self-preservation for my family, but I continue to give as a way to spiritually battle against that attack on my faith.

    I recently heard of a young man in his first real career job who decided to determine what his tithe would be for 2020 and give all of it now because he knew the church would need it at this time. In the video above, Bob Shank shares some wisdom and encouragement in this unique moment of history. He also shares how he is giving double his normal giving during this season. We know that not all of you are able to do that, but what is most important is that they both prayerfully and intentionally are giving to the Lord even when our deepest fears tell us to keep and store up for ourselves. Will you pray now and consider how you will intentionally give as worship even in this time of uncertainty?

    Thank you for your incredible generosity!

    You can give today by mailing a check to Calvary Church at 1010 N Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705 or browse opportunities to give at If you have questions or need help with the process, please email Michael Welles at 

    May the Lord bless you and keep you,
    Pastor Eric Wakeling

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    March 20, 2020

    Update from Pastor Eric Wakeling

    Dear Calvary Family, 

    The world is certainly changing quickly! It feels like there is something new every single day. I'm a person that thrives in change, but this is even too much for me! The unknown is so difficult for all of us. Is this going to be as bad as some say? Am I going to be able to provide for myself and my family? Will I get really sick? Will my loved ones be okay? It's true that we feel out of control in this season of the coronavirus. 

    We will have an encouraging message of hope in our God from Psalm 23 this Sunday that will speak into our need for the powerful presence of God to provide, lead, comfort, protect, and give us His eternal perspective for life today.

    Our first live-stream Sunday last week felt like one of those Sundays you will never forget. We had even more people participating in that worship service than we normally have on-campus on a regular weekend! Praise God! We believe that God can and will use this platform to help us reach people with the good news of Jesus. 

    Please join us again this Sunday at 9:30am at or on our YouTube or Facebook pages (search Calvary Church of Santa Ana). We'd love for you to reach out to people you know and invite them to watch the service with you. You can email the link to friends. You can post about it in advance on Instagram or Facebook. You can tag your friends' names in the chat on our Facebook page during the service and it will invite them with a notification. You can even host a watch party on Facebook. So be bold and creative for the gospel in this brave new world. 

    We will also be adding to our schedule of online church soon with prayer meetings, Pastor Dave's midweek Bible study, and a weekly time of fun with me! Plus, LifeGroups and each area of life-stage ministry will be looking for ways to facilitate online interactions throughout the week to help you stay connected and equip you to be growing in your faith.

    And, if you would like to find resources for reaching out to your neighbors or sign up to join our team of volunteers seeking ways to be good neighbors for our church family in need, please visit

    Finally, we ask you to be faithful with your giving to Calvary in this season. We are reaching out and ministering even more during this epidemic. Our staff is going above and beyond. Our missionaries around the world are still on the front lines. Please prayerfully consider what God would have you do. He calls us to be faithful and trust in Him as we give cheerfully out of what He provides. 


    • Give online by Electronic Check or Credit Card at
    • Text amount and keyword (General, Missions, ENF) to 714-203-2312
    • Mail a check to Calvary at 1010 N Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705

    May the Lord bless you and keep you, 


    March 13, 2020

    Dear Calvary family,

    We want to let you know what we are doing at Calvary Church to help our county health officials combat the spread of the Coronavirus – and the anxiety associated with it. There’s a lot of info to cover in this update, but please read all of it so you have accurate information.

    First, we want to encourage you to fix your thoughts on Jesus. He is at work even now. There is no need to fear or panic. Instead, look for opportunities to help and love others in His name.

    With that important foundation in mind, below are answers to some questions you may have. 

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    On Wednesday, March 12, the California Department of Public Health issued a policy stating that “large gatherings that include 250 people or more should be postponed or canceled” at least until the end of March. They also said that smaller groups should be able to have a six foot distance between people attending. We want to do everything we can to be good neighbors and help reduce the spread of this virus.

    In that spirit of Christ-like humility and placing the needs of others higher than ourselves, the pastoral leadership of Calvary Church has decided we will follow these recommendations and hold church services only via live-streaming online this Sunday, March 15th and March 22nd. We will not have On Campus services or LifeGroups this Sunday or of any kind through Wednesday, March 25th.  Read below for more about how to watch live this Sunday.

    In taking this extraordinary step, we want to communicate that Calvary is committed to the health and well-being of our whole community.

    his decision has been made not only for protecting individuals here at Calvary, but also to “protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19.” The image below on flattening the curve should help you understand why this is important and why so many groups like universities and sports leagues are making these decisions to postpone or cancel.

    We also are very concerned for more at-risk members of our community. These include older adults (60+), individuals with compromised immune systems and individuals with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease. The risk of death with this virus is much higher for these groups. We highly recommend people in these categories to stay away from large gatherings and even smaller gatherings during this season. Please stay at home if you are sick and wash your hands regularly to help protect these at-risk people we love dearly.

    While we never want to respond to uncertainty with fear, we do want to be a church known for deep compassion and good citizenship. Let’s place our trust in God and fix our eyes on Jesus during this challenging season and look for opportunities to help and love others in His name.



    Church is not cancelled. It's just changed. Our mission continues!

    While we are suspending our physical gatherings, we are not suspending our mission! We will continue to shepherd and teach for our church, for you. We will continue to pray for you. We will continue to equip you and your family to live a full life of faith as followers of Jesus. And, we will be continue to look for ways to serve our community and reach the world for Christ.

    So, let’s all continue to gather – in our homes, by watching the live stream of our church services. Think of it as Calvary moving from one gathering into hundreds of homes! We encourage you to treat this as kind of a house church. Perhaps this could even be an opportunity for Each One Reach One! Consider if there are friends, family or neighbors you can invite to join you for breakfast this Sunday and to watch the service together. 

    Our live-streamed services will be full of joy, hope, and community –what everyone needs in times of uncertainty. Whether you’re joining us alone or with your family, send a picture to or tag us on social media so we can share it with everyone!

    We will be streaming on our website, Facebook Live, and Vimeo during our regular service time - Sunday at 9:30am. You can also find resources to help you and your family grow through God's Word, and request prayer online by going to

    Is this ideal? No. We can’t wait to get back to in-person, live services! But it will be exciting. Let’s get creative. Gather your family during our live stream and make it fun.

    Praise God for how over the past couple of months we have been able to invest in the needed resources like cameras, computers and software for live streaming and just did our first trial run last Sunday! He has been faithful to provide in unexpected ways, and we look forward in anticipation to how He will move through this time as we look to Him.


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    Read more about how to Live Stream in the FAQ below.



    With the coronavirus spreading rapidly and people needing to avoid crowds and places where they could come into contact with the virus, we want to continue our movement at Calvary of being the “good neighbor” that Christ has called us to be. 

    First of all, we want to help you! If you are alone and need help, especially if you are part of a more at-risk group (people over 60 years old, people with compromised immune systems and individuals with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease), we would love to be of service to you in any way. Please don’t put yourself at risk. Let us help! 

    • If you need someone to go buy groceries or supplies for you. 
    • If you need help getting to the doctor’s office. 
    • If you feel scared or anxious and need someone to talk to. 
    • If you need prayer for anything at all. 
    • If you need something else that we could help with to help you not be exposed. 

    There are many local resources available for your needs in the links below. Please reply to this email or email and we will connect you with someone on our team of good neighbors to help you. This is what the church does. We care for each other and our community. 

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    Secondly, we want you to be a good neighbor to the people around you. Take a walk up and down your street with the printable flyer below and offer help to at-risk people in your neighborhood. Offer to be the one that buys groceries or gives a ride. Offer to pray for people that are anxious or fearful. Invite them to watch our live stream service in your home this Sunday at 9:30am. This is the time to be the light of Christ to a hurting world. If you can’t meet their needs personally, let them know about our people willing to help and email

    Neighborhood Service Flyer

    Thirdly, we want you to sign up to be a Good Neighbor for others. We want to mobilize a group of people willing to go out and help those in need. This will include some of our staff but we’d love to get a huge list of people who can be deployed to serve our community. Please reply here or email and give us your name, mobile phone number, email and address and we will add you to the list. As we collect community needs, you will hear from Local Reach Pastor, Jonathan Smalley, with your mission orders. 

    Want to Help? - Sign Up Here

    We would also love to invite families and kids to write notes of cheer and encouragement to seniors in assisted living facilities in close proximity to our church who are on lockdown and not allowed to have visitors. Let’s let them know that they are not forgotten! You can drop off notes to our front office at Calvary Church, Monday-Friday; 9:00am-4:00pm.

    Fourthly, an important and practical way you can help is by giving to support the ministries of Calvary Church financially during this time. Our staff is still working and our global missionaries who rely on our support are still serving. You can donate online at You can also text 714-203-2312 with amount and keyword: General, Missions or ENF. The church office will remain open during normal hours during the week if you would like to drop off a donation or you can call Pastor Michael Welles at 714-550-2313 if you have questions or want to arrange your offering over the phone. Thank you!


    Last of all, please take this seriously. We want you to be safe. We want our dearly loved older people in our church to be protected. We want all of us to be protected. So please allow us to serve you and help you in this unique moment in time. This is also a moment where people could be open to the message of the good news of Jesus. Jesus is our hope, our refuge, our strength. He is a very present help in times of trouble. He is the rock that stands as the waves of disease and fear crash down. He is why we are able to serve others in their time of need. Let’s live out the gospel for the people around us. 

    Some additional questions are answered in the FAQ below.



    We know God is going to work through this in ways we can’t even imagine now. 

    He will deepen your faith.

    He will deepen your family’s spiritual life as you worship together.

    He will use the hundreds of open doors in homes streaming our services to reach people who may never have entered a church building.

    Let’s be people of peace and people of prayer. Pray for the leadership of our cities, our state and our county. Pray for those who are seriously impacted by this virus. Pray that people all over the world will draw closer to God. Pray for the church, that we will be united around this, instead of divided by this.

    We also want to pray for those who need to be reached with the goods news. April 12 is Easter Sunday. Please be in prayer for who you will invite to hear about the hope and life we find in Jesus. Pray for this virus to not disrupt this outreach we have been planning for years. Please also pray for all of our missionaries as they continue their work around the world and deal with problems caused by this epidemic.

    Ultimately, we need to balance the headlines being found in the world with the headlines that come from God's word. May these truths from Scripture help us refocus on God and turn our fears into faith:

    In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. Psalm 25:1

    God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. Psalm 46:1-2

    Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life… Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:25a,27

    Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

    Click the button below for a playlist curated by our worship pastors. Our prayer is that this music brings you God's hope and peace in this season.



    What to Expect

    You are invited to come experience Sunday mornings at Calvary! We currently have services available indoors, outdoors, and online. Read below for all the details of what to expect:

    What are the different options available for participating on Sundays?
    • We invite all of you to join us to worship in-person, either indoors or outdoors. We will still have online services available and they are a great alternative when we are unable to meet in person, but there’s just something special about singing, learning and connecting with our fellow believers.
    • Recent drops in case and positivity rates, much lower hospitalizations, increasing amounts of vaccinations, Supreme Court rulings, updated state guidelines, prayer, wise counsel, and the wisdom of our Elder Board have led to us making the decision to regather indoors at Calvary. We have options for everyone to participate together.
    • We care about all of you and we understand that there still are different perspectives. We think masks and social distancing can help, especially indoors. We will continue to provide online live streams of our worship services as well as seating on the patio outside. We also think that you can make decisions that are best for you as an active member of our congregation regarding masks and social distancing, sitting indoors or outdoors, or participating online.
    What time will the services begin?
    • English service will be at 9:00 am - featuring in-person music and teaching in the Worship Center. Outdoor seating in the Courtyard via video. The service will be streamed for watching online at
    • ASL will be offered at 9:00 am - Join our Deaf Ministry in the front-right seat of the Worship Center or watch online -
    • Spanish service will be at 11:00 am - indoors in Samsvick Chapel with socially-distanced seating and live streamed -
    What precautions will be in place as we regather?
    • Self-screening for personal health will be requested of all who attend. If you have COVID symptoms, have been around someone with COVID, or are more susceptible to COVID, we ask you to please participate in worship service via livestream from home. We expect everyone to take personal responsibility for their health. Temperatures will not be taken.
    • Family Ministries: Because different age levels require different approaches, we have made some distinctions between youth and children. As always, our heart is to create safe and sacred environments for your children to experience God’s presence and connect in community.
      Middle School and High School
      When inside, we think masks and social distancing can help. We trust parents to talk with their students about mask wearing and social distancing and make the best decisions for their students and family. While we encourage mask-wearing, the choice is up to you.
      Kids (through 5th Grade)
      When inside, masks are requested of volunteers and children. We request volunteers to wear masks while serving to model this behavior for children. If a mask is removed, we will not require it be put back on. However, if a parent requests their own child not remove their mask indoors, we will work hard to honor their request and remind the child to put their mask on. Please let us know when checking in your child. We will continue to wash hands and sanitize often. With these changes, it is important to remember to stay home if they are showing any symptoms of sickness or have been exposed to someone who is sick.
    • A contactless experience is available by downloading each week’s sermon notes and song lyrics via the Church Center App. QR codes on campus are also available to bring these pdfs to your device. You can also give online at
    • Hand sanitizer will be available around campus and at entrances and exits.
    • Many of the bathrooms have been updated with automatic faucets, towel, and soap dispensers.

    Will live streaming still be available?
    What is available for my children?
    • We are so excited to have kids on campus each Sunday.  We are now able to provide programs for all ages - birth through 5th Grade as part of our Kid's Ministries! Masks are recommended for everyone 2 years old and up. We can't wait to see you!
    • When inside, masks are requested of volunteers and children. We request volunteers to wear masks while serving to model this behavior for children. If a mask is removed, we will not require it be put back on. However, if a parent requests their own child not remove their mask indoors, we will work hard to honor their request and remind the child to put their mask on. Please let us know when checking in your child. We will continue to wash hands and sanitize often. With these changes, it is important to remember to stay home if they are showing any symptoms of sickness or have been exposed to someone who is sick.
    • You are also welcome to worship together on-campus with your children. Families can bring their children’s activities and snacks to enjoy while worshiping together outside on the patio or inside the Worship Center auditorium.
    What is available for my middle schooler/high schooler?
    • The Student Ministry Team can’t wait to welcome students each Sunday on the Field at Calvary!
    • When inside, we think masks and social distancing can help. We trust parents to talk with their students about mask wearing and social distancing and make the best decisions for their students and family. While we encourage mask-wearing, the choice is up to you.
    • Middle School will meet at 11:00am at the Calvary Field and then meet in the Underground Blue Line -
    • High School will meet at 11:00am in the Underground Yellow Line -
    How can I help?
    • Regathering in this season requires all hands on deck. We are more than an audience and invite you to participate with us as we welcome our church family each week. There are a variety of ways you can join a team and serve, especially with our Connections Team.
    • Take a next step today and let us know you’re interested in getting involved by filling out our online Connection Card at
    When can I meet with my LifeGroup?
    • Since March 2020, Adult LifeGroups have continued to meet and new LifeGroups have begun online and in homes.
    • Our staff is actively working on ways to bring Adult LifeGroups back on campus Sunday mornings soon. Please be patient and prayerful as we continue to adapt to ever-changing circumstances.
    • Some Adult LifeGroups are beginning to meet on campus Sunday mornings. There are also groups meeting online, as well as smaller off-campus groups meeting in-person. Browse groups to join, or consider helping to start a new group by filling out the Leader Interest Form at
    How can I pray for Calvary and it’s leadership?
    • Please pray for Calvary Church as we seek to be a church family being changed by the gospel to love like Jesus across all cultures and generations.
    • Pray for the sustained health of our family members.
    • Pray for our staff and volunteer leaders as they serve others each week.
    • Pray each day at 10:02 the request of Jesus in Luke 10:2 and remember to lift up our missionaries impacted by this global pandemic.
    • Pray for wisdom and discernment as we pivot and adapt with new guidance and information.
    • Pray that as a church family, we would be united as one and display the love of God to those around us (John 17:23).

    Like so many of you, we are adjusting to this situation each day and further changes come quickly. We will do everything we can to keep you informed of any changes to this information.