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Christmas Caroling

Caroling 1

I’VE BEEN A MEMBER OF Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA FOR OVER 25 YEARS. WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT REACHING THE LOST AND ENCOURAGING THE BELIEVERS IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE HAVE MANY Events THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL. I HOPE YOU FIND THE FOLLOWING TO BE A BLESSING.

Christmas Carolers

Can a Christmas season ever truly be complete without caroling?  I think not!  It was strongly on the hearts of one of our men, Mark, to gather a group of carolers so they could share the love of Jesus this year.  A number of our families, choir and band members, and Young Adults were able to minister in this manner last Saturday.

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15, ESV) Bible Gateway

Despite the cold weather, the group met at Mark’s house for brief instructions and received a red or green caroling booklet with the lyrics to Christmas songs.

Caroling Prep

The carolers headed out as one large group, and broke into small groups of two or three as neighbors wanted to talk.

Carolers

Jane

Carolers with Neighbor

Kristy, Jane, and Lindsay

A highlight of the night was how the Lord ordered their steps to meet another strong believer, a glamorous, godly woman named Jane.  After our carolers stopped by her house, a couple Young Adult ladies, Kristy and Lindsay, stayed behind to fellowship with Jane.  They learned that Jane was a believer whose husband was an evangelist!  They traveled the world sharing the Gospel.  Jane took a job at the CIA, and her husband kept traveling to share the Gospel.  Unfortunately, he passed away several weeks ago.

My friend, Lindsay, was able to meet with her neighbor, Jane, again today.  They fellowshipped for a while, and Jane shared how she used to teach teenagers about the Lord.  Lindsay was very encouraged to see Jane’s Bible and an E. M. Bounds book on Prayer in the house.  Lindsay was also blessed to see a picture of a family in the Philippines that Jane and her husband used to pray for.

Isn’t it wonderful how the Lord orders our steps?  Jane, Lindsay, and Kristy were very encouraged to meet each other.  Who knows what good fruit will come from the carolers willingness to go out on a cold night to preach the Gospel?

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:23-25, ESV) Bible Gateway

Overall, a lot of Gospel seed was sown.  Our carolers were able to minister the Gospel to a number of believers in the Sugarland neighborhood.  What a blessing to show the love of our wonderful Lord Jesus during this Christmas season!

P.S. I was personally blessed by the willingness of our photographer, who though being extremely busy in directing the props for our church’s annual Christmas Play the following day, still made time to take several photos for my blog.  Thank you, Shelly!

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

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Reaching Our Neighborhoods – Halloween 2017

Calvary Temple - Pumpkin Crosses

I’VE BEEN A MEMBER OF Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA FOR OVER 25 YEARS. WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT REACHING THE LOST AND ENCOURAGING THE BELIEVERS IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE HAVE MANY Events THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL. I HOPE YOU FIND THE FOLLOWING TO BE A BLESSING.

I’m personally excited about this post, to share how my church family has reached our local community during Halloween.  Now, Halloween can be a controversial holiday for many believers, who do not support what’s behind it.  I used to be apprehensive of it myself.  However, the Lord has told us to, “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel,” Mark 16:15.  Now, I see Halloween as a fabulous opportunity to reach people who are literally coming up to my door.

Here are the testimonies of how two ladies and I were able to minister to our neighborhoods this year.

My Neighborhood – How it Started

Three years ago, it was on the heart of one of the young ladies in our Young Adult group at church, Kristy Lawrence, to reach the kids in a neighborhood near church.  Over twenty Young Adults volunteered their time and money to hand out Bible tracts, act out Bible skits, and coordinate games.  Feel free to read more about it here.

Noah

Noah

The outreach opened a huge door in my neighborhood.  One of the young boys who had never heard the Bible story of Noah called it the “Pirate Story” because it had a boat.  Cute!  Since that outreach, I keep a, “Kid Box,” with Bible coloring pages, crayons, balloons, several Children’s Bibles, and bubbles.  Any time the kids want, I’ll bring out the Kid Box, and we’ll color, play a game, or read a Bible story.

When Halloween came around the next year, Kristy Lawrence was unavailable, so I organized the outreach that year.  The theme was a Puppet Show, with performances by our Sunday night service’s Puppet Team.  We were able to reach a lot of kids and parents.

Last year, Kristy Lawrence was available.  Since I had been blessed to steadily minister to the kids in my neighborhood, it was on her heart to move the outreach to a new one.  We decorated our cars for a Trunk or Treat, with seven stories from Creation all the way to the Battle for Your Heart.

My Neighborhood – This Year!

This year, however, neither Kristy Lawrence nor I felt like a big outreach was on our hearts.  Instead, I felt that the Lord would perhaps use more of us at our own houses.

 I prayed more than I ever have for the Halloween Outreach this year.

Calvary Temple - Bible Coloring Pages

Calvary Temple - Jesus is the Greatest Treasure signA few weeks before Halloween, I asked a number of ladies from church to specifically pray that the Lord would use the Bible tracts to reach the kids.  Three separate times, the kids in my neighborhood came up and asked to read something!

On the actual night of Halloween, the Lord drew so many kids to my front door that I actually ran out of tracts!  The Lord then reminded me that I had the Bible coloring book, so I quickly tore out some pages and stuffed them in a Ziploc bag with a crayon.  My roommate helped during crunch time, tearing out the pages for me.  So many kids came by that we ran out as fast as we could make them!

One young boy saw the, “Jesus is the Greatest Treasure” sign by my front door.  He said, “Are you a Christian?”  “Yes,” I replied.  “I met a Christian once,” he said.  Then he said he wanted to go to church but couldn’t.  So I encouraged him that, “It’s ok.  God sees.  You can pray to Him.”

 

Overall, it went very well.  What a blessing to see the hand of God.

Kristy Lawrence’s Neighborhood

Calvary Temple - Kristy's Outreach 2017

This year, it was on Kristy’s heart to reach her own neighborhood.  Her two daughters dressed up in princess gowns, and brought out their cardboard castles as decorations.  Glow necklaces, Bible tracts and candy, and a few games completed her outreach.

Calvary Temple - Don't Be Tricked, Jesus is the Treat!

She was able to reach 80 people, both parents and kids!  A couple of parents made it a point to come back and thank her for what they were doing.  One teenager even said, “This is the best house yet!” after he saw the “Jesus is the Light of the World” sign.

Kristy had been praying for an opportunity to share with a particular neighbor.  She hadn’t seen them since she started praying, but the day before Halloween the Lord allowed their paths to cross.  Kristy had a great opportunity to share.

Stephanie Bright’s Neighborhood

For Stephanie Bright, reaching her neighborhood for Halloween was also a family outreach.  Her three young daughters helped assemble Bible tract pacts with candy.

Calvary Temple - Kids Assembling Tracts

Calvary Temple - Praying for Tracts

Dad praying for Bible tracts with his children

While the Brights did not get any specific opportunities to share the Gospel, they had the highest number of visitors yet!  They also ran out of tracts.  Stephanie ran upstairs to get more candy to meet the high demand!

Before kids started coming, Josh Bright prayed over the tracts with his children.

The girls were excited to hand the tracts out, saying, “Jesus loves you!”  A few people thought this was cute and responded with smiles.  One kid even responded, “Jesus loves you too!”

 

 

Overall, our families were very excited to be used by the Lord to reach our local community.  Though full effects of the fruit of this ministry have not yet been seen, we believe that the Lord Jesus is working.  We count it a great privilege to be used, and look forward to what the Lord will do for next year’s Halloween outreach.

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on FacebookTwitterYouTubeFlickrInstagram.

Carlisle Show 2017

 

I’VE BEEN A MEMBER OF Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA FOR OVER 25 YEARS. WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT REACHING THE LOST AND ENCOURAGING THE BELIEVERS IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE HAVE MANY Events THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL. I HOPE YOU FIND THE FOLLOWING TO BE A BLESSING.

We had a great time this year at Carlisle!  …But before I get ahead of myself, you may be wondering what Carlisle is?  Every fall, Calvary Temple participates in a wide-spread car collector and classic car swap in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  Participants from all over the country bring hundreds of cars, which are appreciated by thousands of spectators.

The Lord has opened a door for us.   Every year a ministry team spends several days at Carlisle, and our pastor is asked to teach the Sunday Chapel service.

Calvary Temple Carlisle 2017 - Pastor Star R. Scott Witnessing

A number of our Young Adults also volunteered their time on Saturday to share the gospel.

This year, we were able to encourage many believers who have come onto our property, as well as present the gospel to those who have never heard.

More than ever this year, we have been blessed by the number of believers we have encountered who are also excited about spreading the gospel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to sharing the Word of God, we distributed Pastor Star R. Scott’s latest teachings, “Consecration” and “Holy Home.”  Many of Pastor Star Scott’s books were distributed as well.

                  Adam’s Rib                             Divine Guidance                      I Die Daily              Holiness: Jesus’ Imminent Return         Prevailing in Prayer

Overall, we had a wonderful time ministering the gospel, and look forward to what the Lord will do next year.  What a privilege to be used by the Lord!

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on FacebookTwitterYouTubeFlickrInstagram.

Fall Car & Motorcycle Show 2017

Calvary Temple Fall Car Show 2017 - Orange Classic Car front

I’VE BEEN A MEMBER OF Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA FOR OVER 25 YEARS. WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT REACHING THE LOST AND ENCOURAGING THE BELIEVERS IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE HAVE MANY Events THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL. I HOPE YOU FIND THE FOLLOWING TO BE A BLESSING.

The Fall Car & Motorcycle Show in 2017 on Saturday, August 19, 2017 was a wonderful event. Despite the heat, we had over 300 visitors who braved the sun.

Calvary Temple Fall Car Show 2017 - Cars

I appreciated the creative entries, especially a bright red mustang, reminding me that the North Pole may have come to Sterling for a day.

Calvary Temple Fall Car Show 2017 - Red Santa Car

We also had about 50 motorcycles enter the show. I love this color!

Perhaps the biggest vehicle to stand out was the ENORMOUS red truck! I’m sure all the

little kids enjoyed seeing what perhaps looked like a real, live monster truck.

Calvary Temple Fall Car Show 2017 - Huge Red Truck (Large)

In addition to the variety of cars and motorcycles, there was more to see.

Twice throughout the day, our drama team performed a couple Outreach Skits that we do each year in Kenya. The skits are mimes that are set to music, which is very helpful with avoiding any language barriers.

Calvary Temple Fall Car Show 2017 - Drama Africa

This particular skit is about a young man struggling to know Christ, and how Jesus protects him during the battle for his heart.

Another big treat was that both of our missionaries from Kenya were in town getting some rest.

They took shifts at the Missions Tent to share the Gospel.
Calvary Temple Fall Car Show 2017 - Missions Tent

It was great to see some of our repeat vendors out again.

Calvary Temple Fall Car Show 2017 - Ice Cream Truck

The ice cream truck is a big favorite with the kids!

And with a moon bounce, face painting, corn holes, and a playground, there was plenty for the kids to do.

A big thanks to everyone who made this show possible! What a blessing to be able to spend a pleasant afternoon with friends and family.

We’d love to have you out at the Spring Car and Motorcycle show next year. Hope you can join us!

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To check out more pics, please visit our four Summer 2017 albums on Flickr.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/finishtheraceva/albums

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

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