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Upcoming Calvary Temple Events 2015

 

save the date

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  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.

It’s time for Calvary Temple Events!

It’s the most exciting time of the year at Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA.  We are rolling out the 2015 Calvary Temple Events  and you are all our invited guests!  As part of our Community Outreach, we want to spread the Love of Jesus as far as we can. What better way than having Fun, Family Events that are Free for All!  During our events you will find lots of food, fun and games for the kids, and friendly people everywhere just wanting to help you to feel at home.  Events usually mean prizes!  Be prepared to go home with some souvenir loot!

Check out some of the pictures from our past events on the Calvary Temple Flickr Page.

Easter Event

finish the race 2015

cheer camp

basketball camp

soccer camp
movie night 2015You can sign up for the events on our website at www.calvarytempleva.org

If you’re so excited you just can’t wait for the Calvary Temple Events to get here, You can read all about last year’s events in my archives to tide you over.  Look over there in the margin —>

 

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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,Flickr,Instagram

Love and Ministry

sick in bed

Being sick is no fun

I’ve been sick as a dog and my family at Calvary Temple was there to love me and hold me up in prayer when i needed their love and ministry the most.

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  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 story to be a blessing.

This is my first post in over a month because i have been extremely sick.  I have an autoimmune disease and that comes with a variety of issues.  One of them being frequent illnesses.  For the past three weeks, I’ve been laid out with my second case of bronchitis in less than a year.  I can usually tell that i have bronchitis, as opposed to a cold, because when i cough it sounds like a dog barking.  Nice.

sick dog

Anyway, this case of bronchitis came with a bunch of unpleasant friends.  Because of the autoimmune disease, I’ve turned into that person who gets every rare side effect listed on the drug sheet.  After several nights of not sleeping and searing pain in my head and ribs, i bought some Robitussin DM because bless God I’m gonna sleep tonight if its the last thing i do.  Apparently, a rare but not uncommon side effect of Robitussin is panic attacks and anxiety.  I can’t even describe the crippling fear and claustrophobia that came over me after taking one dose.  I thought i was losing my mind.  I immediately had my husband pray for me, then texted a few of my closest friends to pray also.  The panic hung on.  All day.  In a very desperate move, I requested the church congregation pray for me at the service that night. About the time Pastor Scott prayed i began to feel more at peace.  The panic and anxiety hung on for three days but it was much less severe than before the church prayed.  The prayers of my brothers and sisters got me through and  I could feel them lifting me up.

Many of them called and emailed both me and my husband to check on me.  One of my friends brought over some Benadryl the doctor at the urgent care had prescribed.  That night i had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics and was rushed to the emergency room covered in welts with my tongue swollen up.

hospital

Emergency Room

Again, I texted my friends to pray for me.  I had my friend’s Benadryl in my purse and took one on the way to the hospital.  As we pulled up to the emergency room my husband dropped me off and yelled “tell ’em you’re shot!”  If you’re a fan of Brian Regan, you see the humor there.  Between the prayers of my friends and the medication my friend had brought that afternoon, the allergic reaction started to subside before the emergency room doctor could dose me with four new prescriptions.

In three weeks I have had eleven different medications and five severe reactions.  I’m believing for complete healing from the autoimmune disease.  Nothing is too difficult for our God.  Everything we face is a small thing to Him.   But its times like this when we are at our weakest that we get a glimpse into the heart of God and His purposes to knit us together into the body of Christ.  He never intended for any of us to walk out our salvation on our own.  We are meant to be part of a family.  I am very grateful for the one He has given me.

 

 

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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,Flickr,Instagram

The Last Safe Place to go Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

I can only remember caroling a couple of times in my life, and both times were awkward exchanges of out-of-tune butchery of popular Christmas Songs.  I think we’ve all seen enough American Idol to realize that there can be a huge gulf between perceived singing ability and actual singing ability.  By the end of the night, all songs were abandoned except for Jingle Bells, and someone’s little brother tried to sneak in the Batman Smells version.

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  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 story to be a blessing.

Caroling always sounded like a good idea until you got out there and discovered:

 It was much colder than you expected and singing while your teeth are chattering is not a popular vocal medium.

 You don’t actually know all the words to the songs and have to hmmmrmmmher during the tricky parts.

 Your friends can’t carry a tune any better than you can so forget relying on Fred to stick to just one key.

 People tend to think it’s weird that you are standing on their lawn singing. You’re looking at them singing hmmmmrmmmmher and they’re watching you wondering if this is a new cult that just joined the neighborhood.

 You shouldn’t launch into the Twelve Days of Christmas unless you know for sure what all the presents are or your audience has a lot of patience to listen to fifteen minutes of “9 Ducks a Quacking” and “11 Guys a Grilling”.

There is still one safe place where people appreciate the festiveness of Caroling:  The Senior Homes.  I’ve shared with you in the past about the Calvary Temple outreach to the area nursing homes.  For Christmas, our volunteers go all out to spread the love of Jesus with some Christmas Cheer.  Even our Children get involved as they perform parts of their Christmas Pageant for residents of the Sunrise Nursing Home in Sterling, VA.

manor care caroling

Room to Room Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

manor care Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

Caroling with those who could not join the party.

Last month, teams from the church visited the two facilities: Manor Care in Fairfax, VA, and Tall Oaks in Reston, VA.  The mission was to go room to room caroling before having a Group Sing-Along Christmas Party for the residents.  The night they visited Manor Care, the residence was having their annual Christmas Dinner.  As it was, many of the resident’s family members were visiting and were able to join the seniors for the party. The residents loved singing the carols and many of them knew the words by memory.  They probably would have known “7 Sheep a Shearing” is wrong.

manor care couple

manor care singing

Manor Care Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

After the singing, the teams shared a powerful message about the real meaning of Christmas and the hope we have in Jesus.  We are living in difficult times.  Things we never thought we would see happen are taking place right before our eyes. The Jesus who came to take our sins upon Himself so we could be reconciled to God is coming back for His church very soon.

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Sharing the Message – Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

 

 

Tom sharing the Gospel

Tom sharing the Gospel – Caroling Calvary Temple Sterling VA Outreach

Afterwards, there was a time of refreshments and fellowship with the residents, many of whom do not usually attend the Bible Studies but came out for the special event.  Then there was a time of sharing one-on-one with the seniors, encouraging them in the Word and praying with them.

manor care one on one

Sharing one-on-one

Tall Oaks Fellowship

Tall Oaks Fellowship

Tall Oaks Ladies

Tall Oaks Ladies

What an honor to spend time with these special people at this most special time of the year.  Sharing the Love of Jesus and spreading the Gospel is the truest meaning of what Christmas is all about.

My Favorite Christmas Song when I was a kid.  I would have gone caroling for this.

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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,Flickr,Instagram


	

Announcement! Upcoming Calvary Temple Sterling Christmas Events

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  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 video to be a blessing.

The Calvary Temple Children’s Ministry has been hard at work preparing for three very special events.

First, they will be performing for the Seniors at the Sunrise Nursing Home.

Then, they will appear in the Leesburg Christmas Parade Saturday, December 13th at 6pm.

Finally, they will kick off the Redskin’s Pizza Charity Event at the Don’s Wood-fired Pizza in Sterling on Tuesday, December 16th at 5:45.  Everything is FREE at this event so be sure to attend.

Here is a little peek into the preparations the kids are making:

They are working very hard.

They have lots of people who love them.

It looks like chaos now – but come back when i post about the events and see the finished product!

You can also check out my GodTube channel for my videos.

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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

Trick or Treat and the Most Popular Costume – Calvary Temple Outreach

i got a rock

I got a rock

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  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 story to be a blessing.

When I was growing up, Halloween was the number 2 most important holiday on the kid’s calendar.  It was rivaled only by that grande dame of avarice – Christmas.  Christmas may have been all about the presents but Halloween was all about Candy, Candy and more Candy. This was your chance to get a sugar payload big enough to last well into December before you would get another hit.

In my day, we donned a cheap-o plastic costume mom bought at the drug store.  It came with a mask you couldn’t see out of or breathe in because the holes were cut lopsided and uneven.  Your mom was usually a giant buzz kill and made you wear your coat.  And you weren’t allowed to eat any candy until she checked it for needle holes and razor blades.  Somehow the snickers bars never made it back to my stash from the rigorous safety examination.

Trick or Treating Old School Style

Trick or Treating Old School Style

Back then we didn’t have a lot of Halloween swag – fancy pumpkin baskets and holiday accessories.  The plan was simple.  We grabbed our pillowcases, threw our coats in the bushes and headed for the nearest apartment building.  All kids can do complex math equations on Halloween.  Greater density housing + smaller square area x speed ÷ number of trick or treaters = maximum candy payload.  Any house that gives out apples or raisins is obviously making a cry for help and wants to be egged or tented in toilet paper. Whether it was from the contraband eaten on the way home or from breathing in the chemical residue from the inside of Spiderman or Wonder Woman’s face – we were delirious by the end of the night.

Halloween can be a very touchy subject for Christians.  Some Christians take the stance that it descends from All Hallow’s Eve,  a Christian holiday .  Why not let the kids dress up and have some harmless fun?  Other believers feel that to celebrate Halloween in any way is equal to sacrificing a goat on the church lawn. Most Christians fall somewhere in between.  One thing I think we all can agree on is that Halloween has gotten out of hand.  The decorations hit the shelves in the summer while you’re still on your beach trip.  Costume Superstores are open for three months a year then disappear back into the internet.  Your neighbors decorate their yard like its the set of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video.

Queen Esther

Tierney managed to find the only Princess in the Bible to dress up as – Queen Esther

With so much hoopla given to one day why not make it a witnessing opportunity?  Swarms of kids will descend on your yard with costumed parents in tow. Here is your chance to tell them Jesus loves them and died for them.  Some of our young adults organized a neighborhood outreach to present the gospel to Trick or Treaters last Friday night.  They set up a base camp with goody bags filled with glow bracelets and bookmarks and a clever tract about Jesus that looked like a million dollars.  There were also free games and costumed greeters who invited the kids to take part in the Halloween Treasure Hunt.

halloween games

halloween games

Treasure maps were given out to lead the kids to each of four locations set up around the neighborhood cul-de-sac.  Each location had costumed participants who acted out different Bible Stories.  Then the Trick or Treaters were given stickers on their map and the usual Halloween loot of a pick from the candy bowl.  When they had finished visiting all four locations they returned to base camp where they showed their completed map to collect their treasure.  The “Treasure” was a bag of gold wrapped chocolate coins.  I considered a makeshift costume and map of my own for a minute but common sense and my daughter’s inevitable shaming of me stopped it from happening.

Treat Bags and Tracts

Treat Bags and Tracts

I visited each location to see what skits were being performed and check for any chocolates that may have inadvertently fallen to the ground.  The quality control was pretty high so I didn’t find any sweets but I did get to watch each skit performed for the kids.   Daniel in the Lion’s Den.  David and Goliath.  Noah and the Ark.  And The Story of The Birth of Jesus.  The Trick or Treaters and their parents all seemed to enjoy it and they made sure they went back to collect their treasure when they finished their maps.

Treasure maps

Treasure Hunt Maps

One of the houses had a visitor who told the actors that she was very blessed and that whoever thought of the outreach had heard from the Holy Spirit. She said it was a blessing not just for her grand kids but for her personally.  That’s what we like to hear.  If you want to watch the skits, and i hope you do – I have the links to each one in the titles above. Spoiler alert – one of them is set to the tune of the Gilligan’s Island Theme Song.

Noahs Ark

Noah and his Ark full of Beanie Babies

I took a poll from each house to see what the most popular costume was for this year.  And the answer is . . . Elsa from Disney’s Frozen.  One of my houses counted SEVEN.

three blury elsas

Three Elsa’s – I’m so sad that i didn’t realize how blurry they were at the time. I must have had low blood sugar from lack of candy.

Over 120 visitors went through the Halloween Treasure Hunt and were witnessed to, Praise God!  What a great way to present the gospel to families in your neighborhood.

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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

Mighty to Save, Pt. 3 – Calvary Temple Sterling VA Juvenile Detention Center Ministry

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  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 story to be a blessing.

Last week I gave a good report about ten kids receiving their salvation in the Juvenile Detention Center after a guest speaker shared his powerful testimony.  Today in our final installment of Mighty to Save I’m going to share the details of that testimony with you.

praying man

His father abandoned his family of 10 when he was only five years old.   As a child, his life was ruled by anger and violence. Robbery, vandalism, and excessive fighting was a means to survive.

He began smoking, drinking, and getting high in elementary school.  To put that in perspective for you, that is roughly the ages of 5 to 11 years old.  Soon his life was controlled by drugs and alcohol. Like a garbage can junkie, he was always trying out whatever new drug hit the street.  To support his habit he began dealing marijuana.  His drug use escalated and soon he was both using and dealing everything from several kilos of marijuana to hundreds of hits of LSD, PCP, heroin, speed, pills, and a long list of others.

He found a new family when he joined a dangerous gang which encouraged a lifestyle of crime, violence, and immorality with women.

Many times over he should have died from drug overdose, alcohol poisoning, or fallout from very dangerous drug dealings.  He was hit by cars four times, was in various motorcycle accidents, and nearly drowned more than once yet his life was spared.

The tide started to turn when lifelong friends abandoned him.  He was double crossed by people he trusted in the drug world and burned during some routine deals.  He began to have a growing realization that world is cold and uncaring.  And accumulating wealth, power and women by this dangerous lifestyle left him feeling empty.

The Lord used these to break him and bring him to his knees.  By the grace of God he called upon the Lord for salvation.  He forsook his entire former life and all ties with the drug world.  Turning his back on the money and power that could be obtained by sinful pursuits, he radically separated himself from the world and began to seek God with all of his heart spending that time in prayer and reading the Bible from morning till night for many months.

The Lord called him to begin street evangelism and plant churches often to reach those who society had cast off.  Soon he began to preach the Gospel as a missionary.  Even reaching the remote areas of the interior of East Africa.

For over 35 years this one man has faithfully continued to reach out to those who need Jesus and many, many lives around the world have been touched.  His life is a testimony to the mercy of God.  There is no sin you can commit that God can’t forgive you.  There is no darkness you can hide in that the blood of Jesus is not powerful enough to cleanse you if you call on Him.

If God can do all this through one man with this past what can he do through you?

Other posts relating to this one are:

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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

Mighty To Save, Pt. 2 – Calvary Temple Sterling VA Juvenile Detention Center Ministry

rebellious kids

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  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 story to be a blessing.

My heart breaks for the many youth in our culture who are lost.  Some have grown up in the church and been drawn away by the secret power of lawlessness.  Others have never even heard that Jesus loves them.  They don’t know that they can be free from the bondage of this world.  That they don’t have to be alone and lost anymore.

Last week I shared some of the painful details from my son’s rejection of Jesus and choice to follow after the baser things of this world.  It is a heartbreaking time for us and I only gave you a small glimpse into the battle we’ve been a part of.  But God is faithful to us and His grace is sufficient.  This week I want to talk about one of the ministries of Calvary Temple which focuses on the troubled youth of our community: the outreach in the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center.

Volunteers visit the detention center twice a month for Bible study, mentoring and counseling with the kids.  Then a special guest speaker from the ministry visits once a month. Recently God used one of the guest speakers to bring a word that would touch the hearts of many.  The boys were amazed with this man’s testimony and it had a powerful impact on them!  They could not believe how God could use someone with this man’s background in the kingdom.

keep calm

At the next Bible study, two of the volunteers, Mark and Shelly, had over twenty boys in attendance and they discussed the guest speaker’s testimony.  They shared with the boys that God is looking for people that He can show himself mighty through, that they were all candidates if they could open their hearts to Jesus and let Him in!

Mark started off sharing the parable of the sower .  God is the Sower.  The Word of God is the seed and the condition of man’s heart is represented by the ground the seed falls on.   Then Satan comes immediately to steal the word being shared.  Mark told the kids that they needed Jesus in their hearts and not in their heads.  The wages of our sin is death but God gave us the free gift of salvation so that through believing on and committing to His son Jesus we can be reconciled to Him.  Only then can we receive the ability to do what He asks of us and love Him with all our hearts.

We are broken and lost without Jesus in our hearts.

Parable of the Sower Puppet Show from Calvary Temple VA Children’s Ministry

At the end of the meeting, Mark shared that nothing, no man, no devil could keep them from coming to God but the Lord would not force His way into their hearts.  When they were asked if any of them wanted to receive the free gift of salvation and give their hearts to the Lord, immediately 5-6 hands went up! And by the time Mark had asked their names, 10 hands were up!  Ten souls won for the kingdom from one man’s testimony.

Be sure to read last weeks post: Mighty to Save, Pt. 1

and next week’s post: Mighty to Save, Pt. 3

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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

Mighty To Save Pt. 1 – Calvary Temple Sterling VA Juvenile Detention Center Ministry

rebellion

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  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 story to be a blessing.

Being a parent is hard.  And one of the hardest trials a parent has to face is raising a rebellious child.  My own son decided that he didn’t want to serve God when he was 14.  He wanted to leave our church and go to public school to get some street cred so he could impress other rebellious kids.  We were devastated but we wanted him to come to the realization for himself that he needed Jesus.  His first day of public school, the first kid he met offered him ecstasy and he accepted it.  He was instantly addicted.  If he could get his hands on it he would take it.  He didn’t run with the wrong crowd – he WAS the wrong crowd – and the first time he ran away from home was on my birthday. Happy Birthday to me.  Sometimes parenting stinks. get a dog

His school called us in several times and told us that we must be the problem because his behavior was so dangerous and erratic.  A child wouldn’t run away from home unless it was a bad home life – right?  Within two months he was expelled because they couldn’t control him either.

horror sectionOver the next year he was constantly high.  He ran away from home repeatedly.  We had regular visits from the Sheriff’s office and Social Services accusing us of being bad parents.  We expected to be arrested every time there was a knock on the door.

He found a family that believed his fictional sob story about how bad his life was living on the mean streets of Cascades in Loudoun County and they took him in.  They became his enablers as he sat in their house playing video games and getting high every day while they were at work.  His sad day brightened up when their teenage daughter came home from school every day.  I’ll let you connect the dots.  This helpful family assisted him in applying for emancipation on the grounds that we, his parents, were abusive.  We took him to meet with a child psychologist and she wanted to institutionalize him for being a narcissistic sociopathWith the course that he was on he was either going to kill himself or someone else or end up in prison.  The only thing that saved his life was an intervention at Teen Challenge.

Teen Challenge was like a cross between a Juvenile Detention Center, a Military School and a Bible based Rehab Center.  The year and a half he was there was the best time we ever had with him.  He was off the drugs, he repented for all the pain he had caused us, he even counseled with other parents who were bringing their kids to Teen Challenge and encouraged them that they were doing the right thing.  But the change didn’t last.  Within a year of coming home he had run away again and was back on drugs.  He turned 18 about six weeks after leaving and then there was nothing we could do but pray. Four years have gone by and I’m still believing for his salvation.  The passage of scripture the Lord has put in my heart is:

Zephaniah 3:17 – The Lord your God is with you; He is mighty to save.  

I’m believing for my son’s salvation and my heart goes out to other parents who are going through similar circumstances with their children.

God was the perfect parent and both of His kids rebelled.  You are in good company.

In part two we will take a look at a Calvary Temple outreach to the Juvenile Detention Center where the lives of kids just like mine are being saved from a life of drugs and destruction.  Stay tuned.

Check out Michael W Smith’s video Mighty To Save

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 Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

Backyard Plays and Backstage Secrets Pt. 2 – Drama Team Calvary Temple Sterling VA

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  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 story to be a blessing.

The process of putting on a play is very involved.  First we need to define the Biblical principles from the recent teachings that we want to cover.  Then we need a story to wrap them in.  Coming up with a story usually begins with Rich pitching a super hero parody which will be immediately rejected.  Then moves into shooting each others various ideas down for a couple of weeks.  Finally, an idea takes off that causes the group to laugh hysterically and we know we have our story.

The next phase is the script.  Here is where the prayer begins.  The writing team usually has a rough draft ready in a week or two.  Then we sit down for table reads.  Since the drama team acts up so badly during table reads we usually get a few good jokes to add to the final script over these next couple of weeks of meetings.

Once the script is finalized we pass out parts, begin building sets, collecting props and costumes, and memorizing lines.  Sometimes you have a LOT of lines to memorize.  An hour long play is about thirty pages of script.  If you’re the lead you have a lot of work ahead of you.  Work that’s done in your own free time.

Guided by the Force

Our Production of Guided by the Force

Five weeks before the production we begin blocking out.  Blocking out is the process of figuring out your actions and placement on stage.  Without blocking out everyone would just stand around and say lines.  Our stage was not designed for theater.  It’s very wide but shallow so it is a huge difficulty to put on a proper play with so little space to move around in.

Three weeks before the production we have technical rehearsals where we go off book and begin working with props.  Going off book means you should have your lines completely memorized – no more script – and you’re moving around on stage acting our your scenes.

One week before production is our dress rehearsal week.  This is where everything is complete.  Lines are memorized, backdrops are finished, the set is built, the props are ready, the costumes are finished.  Everyone knows what they’re doing.  Anyone on the drama team who might be reading this right now is rolling on the floor laughing.  The point of dress rehearsal is to practice the play until it is muscle memory.  Our dress rehearsals are usually disasters where we discover what is broken, doesn’t fit and isn’t memorized.  Because our Sanctuary is open for prayer every night until nine pm our dress rehearsals begin late and often go after eleven pm.

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Opening Night

Sunday afternoon is our matinée performance/final dress rehearsal where we invite the ministry workers who can not attend that night to watch.  It usually goes very badly.  But then God shows up.  Time and time again we are amazed at how gracious our Heavenly Father is to give us abilities we didn’t have an hour earlier.  We pray for His anointing on the script, our acting, the audience, even the YouTube video that reaches the Body of Christ universal.  Our greatest blessing is getting just one good report that someone’s life was touched by the message.  That’s why we do it in the first place.

Here is the production of our most requested script – Ghosts of Christmas Past.  Our “ghosts” are from past (and one future) skit so our audience has seen these characters before.

And now Backstage Secrets Pt. 2

We built a replica of a DeLorean for a play titled Back to the Bible. Some of the pieces are actual DeLorean parts.  This isn’t really a secret as much as I just want to brag about it.

DeLorean back

 Many times we’re backstage listening to the audience reaction waiting for certain moments in the script we know are funny.

Sometimes the actors will change their lines during a performance just to make each other laugh.

I designed the backdrops to fit my height and later realized everyone else was an Amazon!  I had to add  another foot to the frame to cut down on the audience seeing everyone’s heads.

 Props have been broken backstage and quickly duct taped or substituted.  The actor usually finds out when they go onstage and have to act like nothing is different.

Sometimes the actors lines are written on their props.

Many times the poking fun of characters within a story is actually us making fun of each other in real life.  The moral of the story is: watch what you complain about in rehearsals.

We built a DeLorean, man!

DeLorean inside

We used a giant marshmallow instead of a rock for David and Goliath because we didn’t want to hurt anyone.  Only we never swapped out the marshmallow during all the rehearsals.  By the time we performed the skit it was so hard left a welt on Goliath’s head.

A couple of the actors can do impressions and will often morph in and out of various celebrities and even other drama team members as they say their lines in rehearsals.

 One dress rehearsal fell on April fools day and the drama team acted like they didn’t know any of their lines just to trick me.  It worked.

 We find it hilarious to hear the audience laughing at things that aren’t supposed to be jokes.  We look at each other backstage like “what in the world?”

We wrote an entire musical about relationships that has never been performed.

Once i had to blow up like Violet the Blueberry from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Everyone asks how we did it.  That will just have to stay a secret.

If you have any questions about the skit team or our skits please leave me a comment below.

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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