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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Calvary Temple Outreach – The Message of Hope

Calvary Temple Outreach – The Message of Hope in the Juvenile Detention Center

Calvary Temple Outreach - Hope in God

Calvary Temple Outreach

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  to be a blessing.

On a recent visit to the Loudoun County Juvenile Detention Center, the kids had many questions about Mark’s recent Missions Trip to Africa.  Many of them had been there when the missions team came in and performed skits and gave testimonies, so they were very excited to see how the trip had gone.

Then the topic of discussion transitioned to Hope. Mark had them open to Rom 8:18 – I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

He explained to them about the Hope we have as Christians. Hope is good as long as it is set on the right things. There is no hope in this world’s treasures. Just look at Hollywood, they have it all and they are miserable.

All of our emptiness inside was made to be filled by God and not other things.

One boy opened up and shared that he was raised in church but hadn’t been living for Christ. He stated that the Lord had gotten his attention in the Detention Center. Now he has been reading his Bible a lot. The Lord is moving in that young man’s life and we are hopeful that eternal changes are happening.

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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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Don’t Lose Hope – Calvary Temple Outreach

Don’t Lose Hope – Calvary Temple Outreach

Don't Lose Hope - Calvary Temple Outreach

Don’t Lose Hope – Our God is Mighty to Save

One of my favorite Christian writers is Charles Spurgeon. I have often been blessed by his teachings and God has used them to encourage and deliver me many times. I have children who are not serving the Lord, so this is one his writings that particularly blesses me.

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  to be a blessing.

Mighty to Save

Zephaniah 3:17 – The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

By the words “to save” we understand the whole of the great work of salvation, from the first holy desire onward to complete sanctification. The words are multum in parro: indeed, here is all mercy in one word. Christ is not only “mighty to save” those who repent, but he is able to make men repent. He will carry those to heaven who believe; but he is, moreover, mighty to give men new hearts and to work faith in them. He is mighty to make the man who hates holiness love it, and to constrain the despiser of his name to bend the knee before him.

Nay, this is not all the meaning, for the divine power is equally seen in the after-work. The life of a believer is a series of miracles wrought by “the Mighty God.” The bush burns, but is not consumed. He is mighty to keep his people holy after he has made them so, and to preserve them in his fear and love until he consummates their spiritual existence in heaven. Christ’s might doth not lie in making a believer and then leaving him to shift for himself; but he who begins the good work carries it on; he who imparts the first germ of life in the dead soul, prolongs the divine existence, and strengthens it until it bursts asunder every bond of sin, and the soul leaps from earth, perfected in glory.

Believer, here is encouragement.

Art thou praying for some beloved one? Oh, give not up thy prayers, for Christ is “mighty to save.” You are powerless to reclaim the rebel, but your Lord is Almighty.

Lay hold on that mighty arm, and rouse it to put forth its strength. Does your own case trouble you? Fear not, for his strength is sufficient for you. Whether to begin with others, or to carry on the work in you, Jesus is “mighty to save;” the best proof of which lies in the fact that he has saved you. What a thousand mercies that you have not found him mighty to destroy!

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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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Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Calvary Temple’s Kid’s Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach was a great success!

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 about the Calvary Temple Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach to be a blessing.

Easter represents the most important event in Christian History. The death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  His death paid for our sins.  His resurrection shows that He conquered death and the grave and its our hope and promise that we will forever live with the Lord.  Through Jesus’ sacrifice, our sins are forgiven and we can have a relationship with God.

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Most of what the world knows about Easter has to do with the pagan holiday to celebrate spring.  The bunny, the baskets, the jelly beans, and most importantly the Reece’s Peanut Butter Eggs.

At some point, Christians took over the Holiday and said, “hey, why don’t we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord on Easter,” and the Christian holiday was born.  Somehow the two holidays got inner meshed with each other and now we have chocolate crosses and egg hunts after church.

I’m sure a lot of Christians have very strong peanut butter eggsopinions about all of that, but as long as the Peanut Butter Eggs aren’t taken away, I’m not getting involved in the argument. You need to decide what is the best way for your family to honor the Lord.

We chose to have an egg hunt for my 3 year old grandson this year.  My memory is not as good as it used to be.  So it took three adults searching for almost an hour to find the missing eggs that i hid.  Moral of the story: I’m not allowed to hide the eggs anymore.

One exciting thing I did with my granddaughter this year was resurrection eggs.  Each egg has a piece of the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  She got to open each egg and i told her what the piece represented.  She’s only four so its hard to say how much she understood. When we went through the pieces again and i asked her what the nails were for she said, “they poked Jesus.”  So a seed was definitely planted.

resurrection eggs

Resurrection eggs

One way Calvary Temple has chosen to honor the Lord is through community outreach.  Just a few days ago we had a very popular event, our Kids Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach.  We had over 200 visitors this year and it was a lot of fun for all involved.  It takes many hours of preparation to set up the Easter themed carnival.  Admission is always free and packed with lots of goodies.

  • Live Interactive Easter Story

Our youth group sets this up like a little theme park ride.  A very low budget theme park ride.  Spectators are taken into stations by the wagon load to costumed actors who perform skits depicting the Bible account of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Moon Bounces

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Face Painting

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Balloons

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Games and Prizes

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Entertainment

Skits this year were on Jonah and Daniel in the Lion’s Den

calvary temple easter ressurection celebration outreach

  • Music

Our kids look forward to performing for the visitors.

calvary temple easter ressurection celebration outreach

  • Crafts

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Pictures with the Characters

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

The church family looks forward to lending a hand to make the event a blessing for our guests.  We are all so grateful that someone told each one of us about Jesus.  We consider it a privilege to share that same love of Jesus with others every chance we get.

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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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Our God Saves

Our God Saves

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.

Whenever we sing this song in Worship it makes me cry when we get to the title phrase.  I have so many people in my life who are not saved and this song is so encouraging every time the Lord brings it up.  It brings me peace that no matter how bleak the situation looks, God is in control and He has done all that was needed to save our loved ones.

Our God Saves

Our God saves, our God saves. There is hope in Your name. Mourning turns to songs of praise. Our God saves, our God saves

 

I read a devotional recently that encouraged the following:

God Patiently Loves Even Prodigals

When you are grieving over a “lost” child, check him or her for pulse and respiration. If they are alive, there is hope. God takes the long view, and he is patient, patient, patient. He waits and waits, watching for opportunity.

Eventually, even angry rebels burn out, because every force that is not from God sooner or later turns destructive. Every force that is not from God will cause brokenness and fear, not contentment.

Jesus told a timeless tale about a father with two sons–a “good” one and a “bad” one. The bad one took his inheritance early and squandered it. In friendless poverty he came to his senses and asked his father for mercy.

Here is hope for all prodigals, and it is true for the prodigals in your own family too. Jesus’ forgiveness is big enough to cover every one of the sins of youthful rebels. While they live, there’s time and there’s hope: “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103:8,10).  Taken from Fear Not: Devotions From Time of Grace

Be encouraged today that Our God Saves.  He has a plan to save your family and you need only to Be Still and trust Him.

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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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.

jamie teaching cropped

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.

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Calvary Temple Kids Sing at the Sunrise Nursing Home – Plus a Surprise

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.

Calvary Temple Kids at the Sunrise Nursing Home

Calvary Temple Kids at the Sunrise Nursing Home

Last week we had a sneak preview of the Kid’s practicing for their outreach debut.  Well, the daily preparations have been paying off because they did a wonderful job performing for the seniors of the Sunrise Nursing Home this week.  It was standing room only in the front parlor as the residents packed in to watch the show.

The kids performed several of their Christmas Pageant songs much to the delight of the audience.

Kids at Nursing home

The audience loved them.

The especially loved watching these two ham it up for this number:

After the musical portion of the morning, the kids greeted the seniors one-on-one and handed out tracts and cupcakes.

Cupcake Time

Cupcake Time

They told the seniors that Jesus is the true meaning of Christmas.

Calvary Temple Kids at Sunrise

Handing out tracts

The kids did a great job of reaching out to the residents and showing the love of God.  And as you can see, the residents were very receptive to the children’s visit.

Sharing the Love of Jesus

Sharing the Love of Jesus

Visiting with the seniors

Visiting with the seniors

Calvary Temple also does a Bible Study in the Sunrise Nursing Home on Thursday Nights.  If you or your loved ones are in the facility, you are more than welcome to join us.

And Now … the Surprise!

After the Nursing Home Outreach, the Elementary kids were joined by the High-Schoolers at the Dulles Town Center Mall in Sterling, VA and performed a Christmas Flash Mob.  It’s hard to see just how many of them were there, but they are spread out over a large portion of the food court.  It was a very exciting end to a successful day of joining the kids on their first Christmas Outreach.

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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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Witnessing in Winchester

front porch witnessing

The Scary Front Door

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.

There was a time, back in the day, when Calvary Temple used to go witnessing in Georgetown, DC every Friday night.  There was a diverse mixture of socio-economic classes.  You had the college students out looking for a party at one of the many bars and clubs.  The Yuppies were looking for some eclectic restaurant to talk about Monday morning.  The tourists were wandering around looking at a map completely lost.  And the homeless population was scattered throughout the neighborhood.

I was very zealous back then, which is a good thing, but I was not very compassionate, which is not a good thing.  And I would often find myself trying to argue people into the kingdom of love.  After a couple years of witnessing in Georgetown, I can’t remember one single person wanting to pray and ask the Lord into their heart.  I’m older and wiser now.  And some of my rough edges have been polished up by reproof and humiliation.  I’m more keenly aware than ever that it is only by God’s mercy that I am saved and forgiven.  Compassion grows more readily in a heart that knows “but by the grace of God there go I.”  I try to approach everyone as if they want to hear about Jesus and were just waiting for someone to tell them the good news.

Pastor Scott has been teaching about compassion for the lost and reaching our community with the love of Jesus for over a year now.  Our church is broken up into deacon’s groups and a different group goes out witnessing every month.  I used to dread it.  “People don’t want to hear what we have to say anymore.”  “They slam the door in our faces.”  “They are mean to us.”  Whine, whine, whine.  I would get so worked up with fear and dread when it was my group’s turn to go out over how people would respond to me?

I wrote a play a while back and one of the scenes is a conversation with John Wesley, an 18th century street evangelist.  I wrote the entire scene as if John Wesley were talking to me about my own witnessing wimpyness.  One line in particular comes up in my heart every time I am about to go witnessing and the fear of what people will think begins to rise up.  “Are you so fragile that you’d crumple over an unflattering look? Are they going to set you on fire?” Translation: Suck it up you big baby!

Recently, the Lord has had us going door to door witnessing in Winchester with our Bible Study group.  Winchester is a whole different world than Sterling or Georgetown.  There is both a roughness and a friendliness about it.  Many of the people are in much greater need of natural provisions.  In Winchester, there is a soup kitchen serving a meal just about every day of the week.  A whole community, many of whom are homeless, frequent the soup kitchen circuit.  I have been impressed by how they look after and take care of one another.  Maybe its because of their humble provisions, but the people of Winchester have been more open to the gospel than any other people I have witnessed to in recent years.

When we go witnessing I take two girls with special needs with me.  My job is part teacher, part mentor, and part protector.  The girls are very shy and look to me for prompting on what to say if someone opens the door.  Their job is to invite the person to the Bible Study on Monday and Thursday nights at 7:00.  Their big sales pitch is, “It’s not boring and we all get to read.”  I worry that the possibility of having to read in front of others might be a deal breaker for some of our invitees but at least they know it’s not boring.  Then the girls will ask, “Are you a believer?”  At this point the person in the doorway will answer yes or no and the girls will blink for a moment then turn to look at me for what to do next.

I ask a couple of questions then present the gospel : Jesus loves them and died for their sins so they could have a relationship with God and go to heaven.  Then depending on the outcome from that exchange, explain to the girls what we just saw.  Here are a few of our experiences around Winchester:

The Filibuster

The Filibuster

The Filibuster

When the person you are talking to doesn’t want to hear what you have to say, but they don’t tell you they aren’t interested.  Instead, they start a long dissertation about something that may or may not be related to stop you from being able to say anything else hoping you give up and eventually walk away.

Solution: You have to politely interrupt and tell them, “thanks for talking to us but we don’t want to keep you any longer so we’re gonna go.  Have a great day.”

The Too Polite

Obviously Bored

Obviously Bored

When they stand there glazed over and absently nod at you while glancing back at their friend who is hiding in the corner.

Solution: Politely ask, “Are you interested in hearing more right now?”  They will most likely jump on that like a lion on a raw steak and take the way out you just gave them.  Now you can move on to the next person the Lord would have you reach.

 The Brush Off

peeking

I guess you’re going in now

They answer the door and take the tract like they are interested but while you are talking they slowly shut the door and disappear.

Solution: Say to yourself, “Oh, I guess we’re done here.” And move along.

The Silent Treatment

crickets

chirp chirp

There’s lots of noise inside the house.  Until you knock. Then it’s as silent as the grave.  We know you’re in there.

Solution: Leave a tract in the doorway and keep going.  They may have been abducted by aliens.

The Yell Through the Door

doorbell broken

WHO IS IT!

No one answers the door but they holler menacingly from inside, “WHO IS IT!!”

Solution: Holler back, “WINCHESTER BIBLE STUDY!”  Sometimes the girls forget and leave part of it off and just yell, “WE FROM THE BIBLE STUDY!” I’ve been amazed that on every single occasion but one – the people answered the door after they heard “Bible Study” because they were interested.

The Walk of Faith

Scary hallway

Sometimes you have to do it afraid

The walk down the dark, dirty, hallway of the “should have been condemned” apartment building, to knock on the door that may or may not have bullet holes in it.

Six Point Solution:  1. Pray.  2. Knock.  3. Listen for the sound of the shotgun being cocked on the other side.  4. Get ready to dive out of the way.  5. Holler back, “WE FROM THE BIBLE STUDY!”  6. Hand out the tract to the very nice people when they politely answer the door.

The Possible Demon Possession

being followed

Being Followed by a Crazy Person

Sometimes combined with the Filibuster.  Don’t be fooled by this tactic of the enemy.  You can’t talk your way out of this one.

Solution: As you are being followed around town by this person who is shouting random mystical sounding things out to you and everyone else in the vicinity, ask the Lord, “Lord, do we gotta cast a demon out of this dude?”  Whichever way the Lord answers, follow up with the story about Paul being followed around by the possessed girl who kept shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God …”

 The Wild Card

Um . . . no, we don't have a single's group

Um . . . no, we don’t have a single’s group

When there’s the sound of chaos on the other side of the door – followed by silence – then someone opens the door holding a butcher knife and a cell phone. Once you are finished witnessing to them they will run after you to ask “You got a singles group there?”

Solution: . . . . . . . Yeah I have no idea.  That’s new.

Every one of these situations has really happened to us.  I can actually quiz the girls afterwards about which one we just saw and they will get it right.  “THE FILIBUSTER!”  The girls show up faithfully to go witnessing every other Sunday.  If only we all had the child-like faith that they have.  We would be so much better off.

We’ve had many wonderful opportunities to lead people to the Lord and minister to the Christians in Winchester.  You can read more about the Bible Study and what God is doing in Winchester in the Calvary Temple Winchester blog.

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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