We are so thankful for the grace, generosity and love shown by the Calvary Church family throughout this challenging season. We have started taking steps toward on-campus gatherings, following the guidance we've been given by our state and local government.  Please read below for ongoing pastoral updates, including our FAQ and Ways to Find Help

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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 CalvaryLife.org/APP

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 CalvaryLife.org/VBS

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 CalvaryLife.org/Live

  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 CalvaryLife.org/OnCampus 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 CalvaryLife.org/App 

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 CalvaryLife.org/Hispano


  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 calvarylife.org/hispano.


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 calvarylife.org/resources.
  • 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 calvarylife.org/give
  • 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 CalvaryLife.org/meeting

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 CalvaryLife.org/give

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 CalvaryLife.org/groups

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 calvarylife.org/live

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 calvarylife.org/meeting

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 calvarylife.org/podcast

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 calvarylife.org/card 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 calvarylife.org 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 calvarylife.org/alpha


  • 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 www.seekweek.org
  • 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. calvarylife.org/prayer

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 calvarylife.org/card 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 calvarylife.org/help
  • 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 calvarylife.org/give
  • 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 calvary.school/hossearch

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 CalvaryLife.org/Events. 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 calvarylife.org/prayer

    …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 CalvaryLife.org/LIVE
    • 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 CalvaryLife.org/Give
    • 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 calvarylife.org/help.

    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 calvarylife.org/give. 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 calvarylife.org/live 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 calvarylife.org/help

    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 calvarylife.org/give
    • 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 calvarylife.org/live.

    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. 

    Need Help? - Sign Up HereOC Food Resources

    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 calvarylife.org/give. 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.




    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I Live-Stream Services?

    Streaming is easy. You can watch the service on your computer, phone or on your TV if you have that capability. We would love for you to gather with your family or a few friends and take part in the worship service remotely. You’ll be able to watch the entire service on Facebook or Youtube (search Calvary Church of Santa Ana) or our website at calvarylife.org/live where we will also have sermon notes and resources for parents available. Read below for more specific instructions if needed.

    Watch Live Here

    How to Stream Calvary’s Live Services on YouTube:
    Thanks to an overabundance of technology, there is no shortage of ways for you to watch Calvary’s Live Stream on your TV at home! To do this, you will need one of the following tools:

    1. A SmartTV (Such as an Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, LG TV, etc.)
    2. A Casting Device (Such as a ChromeCast, Roku, Amazon FireStick, etc.)

    If you have these tools but need assistance in setting them up, please let us know at calvarylife.org/help, and we will have someone reach out to help!

    Watch Directly on your Smart TV

    1. Turn on your Smart TV
    2. Using your remote, scroll down and select the YouTube app
    3. Once on the YouTube home screen, use the arrow buttons on your remote to open the search function
      (This function looks like a magnifying glass)
    4. Search “Calvary Church Santa Ana”
    5. Select the “Calvary Church Santa Ana” Channel
      (This one is a circular icon with the Calvary Logo)
    6. The first video will be the most recent Sunday LiveStream
    7. Select this and enjoy the service!

    Watch from your Smartphone Using a Casting Device

    Before getting started, make sure the YouTube app is downloaded onto your phone or tablet, and you are signed into your account. You can do this by going into your device’s app store, searching YouTube, and clicking download. The YouTube app is free.

    Once YouTube is downloaded:

    1. Make sure your TV is on
    2. Open Youtube on your phone, laptop, or tablet
    3. Press the Cast icon in the top right corner
      (This icon looks like a square with three half-circles in the corner)
    4. Choose your device on the grey menu that pops up
    5. Select the video you want to watch and hit play!

    The video should automatically start playing on your big screen, and you can control things like volume, play, pause, rewind, etc. from either your phone or your remote control.


    Who is a High-Risk Group?

    Current evidence indicates that the risk of severe illness increases with age. The median age of reported cases has been 59 years and the median age of critically ill cases has been 66 years. People with underlying medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, and immunosuppression, are also likely at higher risk.

    If you are in these high-risk groups, please self-evaluate and consider staying home.And of course stay away from public gatherings if you have traveled within the past 14 days to an area associated with very high COVID-19 risk. According to the Center for Disease Control, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible.

    For more information, including details about health department recommendations, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV and www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus. You can also call the HCA’s Health Referral Line at (800) 564-8448.

    What Guidelines Should I Follow to Stay Healthy and Help Others?

    The best way to help stop the spread of the virus is to follow these common-sense guidelines:

    1. STAY CLEAN.Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use the elbow bump rather than handshake as a greeting. If you sneeze or cough, please use a tissue or handkerchief.
    2. STAY HOME if sick, except to get medical care.
    3. STAY CALM. Constantly checking the headlines and worrying about getting sick can have the unintended effect of robbing you of sleep and driving up your stress. That makes you more vulnerable to illness, not to mention fear-driven hysteria. So as I said last week, let go of “anticipatory anxiety”.
    4. STAY CONNECTED to Calvary. We encourage you, if you haven’t already, subscribe to our weekly pastoral updates here. This situation is changing rapidly. We will update you if we hear of any new recommendations from the authorities.

    For more information, including details about health department recommendations, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV and www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus. You can also call the HCA’s Health Referral Line at (800) 564-8448.

    Will the Church Office Be Open?

    We have decided to close the church office during the week to drop-in guests. However, we encourage you to call us at 714-973-4800 or email us at . Most of our staff is working remotely and available to respond.

    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.