2015 Thanksgiving Offering
Each Thanksgiving, we receive a special offering to bless others out of the blessings we have received. This act of generosity extends our reach beyond our church to support a local ministry here in Orange County and a global ministry partner overseas, in pursuit of our purpose to “reach Orange County and the World for Jesus Christ.”
Calvary’s vision to launch three church plants is closer to becoming a reality. The local portion of last year’s Thanksgiving offering went to support the launch of Prodigal Church in Irvine. Now we are launching another church plant here in Santa Ana, this time through Calvary’s Hispanic Ministry. A home Bible study led by Pastor Armando Reyes (our Hispanic Ministry Pastor since 2003) has grown to over 60 people and needs a larger place to meet. They had been meeting in the backyard of a home in central Santa Ana on Sunday afternoons. Over the past year, 15 new believers placed their faith in Jesus as Savior! With this growth, the home Bible study moved on October 25 (the same date that Calvary Church first started in 1931) to the KidWorks facility on Townsend Street, and officially became our second church plant of 2015. Your gift will help to pay the cost of the building usage ($600 per month) through this next year, allowing more Spanish speaking families to be a part of this growing ministry in downtown Santa Ana.
The global portion of the Thanksgiving offering will go towards rebuilding homes for the earthquake victims in Kathmandu, Nepal, near Mount Everest, where Calvary missionaries Sundar and Sareeta Thapa serve. The first of the funds would go towards providing temporary shelter from the monsoons that will arrive in November/December. The balance would be applied towards rebuilding the transition homes and orphanages that have been destroyed by the devastating earthquake in May 2015. The cost of this project begins at $5,000 and up to $15,000 to complete. Our help will enable the Thapas to continue having a gospel-centered presence in Kathmandu to encourage believers and non-believers, open doors for relationships “in the trenches” and continue to build good will with the government leadership.
You may bring your Thanksgiving Offering with you to the Thanksgiving Day Service, November 26 in Samsvick Chapel at 10:00 am, as we take time to thank our Lord for His many blessings to us through testimonies and worship. You may also give online here (note "Thanksgiving Offering" in the special gift instructions.)
Remember that on Thanksgiving weekend, we will have One Service on Sunday, November 29, at 10:00 am in the Worship Center to conclude our Better Together series in Ephesians. Learn more about Thanksgiving at Calvary
My desire is that we each give as the Lord has blessed and keep His priorities of caring for those in need. I am reminded of these words from 1 Chronicles 29:9 as the people of God came to worship the Lord with King David… “Then the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offering to the Lord with a whole heart.” My prayer is that we are people who rejoice as we faithfully serve our Lord together.
In His love,