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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.

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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Announcing the beginning of Rudolph Blitzen – The Best Christmas Story

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.

Tomorrow begins a series of six videos investigating the events leading up to the birth of Jesus.  Stay tuned.  Be sure to follow me to receive posts directly.  Make sure to get the kids involved.  This is a version of the Nativity you won’t see anywhere else!

Door Buster

Black Friday Deal

Read about God’s Black Friday Deal on the 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.

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.

stage_curtains

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.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

Backyard Plays and Backstage Secrets Pt. 1 – The Drama Team of Calvary Temple Sterling VA

outdoor  theater

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.

I grew up putting on plays in the backyard with my friends.  The kind where you make up the script as you go along.  And your grandparents sit patiently enduring it and clap at the end like you just nailed the lead in Macbeth.  One such play involved re-enacting the musical numbers from the movie Grease.  It included a lot of awkward dance moves and some mid-production arguing on who got to play the lead of Sandy.  It was my record [a round disc that played music in the olden days] so I was convinced it should be me.  Naturally.

My love of the theater continued into High School where I tried out for the Spring Musical Production of West Side Story.  My audition went so well I was immediately  cast as the girl who sits as far away from the stage as possible and runs the spotlight from the back.  Thus began my career backstage.  No one claps for the lights but they sure notice when they’re not there.  I do however get to surprise people from time to time with the fact that I have a Varsity Letter.  In Theater.  For Stage Crew.  It doesn’t sound as exciting when you spell it all out like that.

West-Side-Story

When the day came that I was asked to be a part of a drama team to put on plays for the congregation at Calvary Temple you can imagine I was thrilled.  You would be imagining wrong.  I actually said, “No, I’d rather stay home and watch the Nanny on TV.” But then God doesn’t take no for an answer so my acting days were resurrected.  I was placed on the writing team to develop a script called Matthew Mugglebee’s Miracle Cures.  It’s a play about the error of looking to worldly methods to cure spiritual problems.  Soon after Matthew Mugglebee we discovered that we needed girls to play the female roles.  Shakespeare would roll over in his grave.

happily ever after

Original Production on Relationships – Happily Ever After

Thus began my public acting debut.  My acting ability hasn’t improved much from the backyard but now my audience can’t escape to answer the phone which I know wasn’t really ringing Grandma! Our audience is very gracious.  Or their standards are really low  – we’re not really sure which is the case but we’re grateful anyway. Some of our performances are live on stage and some are pre-recorded for the internet.  Using a green screen and pre recording a scene is always an interesting challenge.  And those lights are HOT!  We have to reapply makeup a lot.

wiz green screen

Its an honor to present Biblical principles in such a creative way.  We had other churches around the country request some of our scripts and we’ve been thrilled to share them.   Most of our plays are for the edification of the body of Christ but a few of our shorter skits have a salvation message.  Here is one of our favorites.  It’s part of a series of “rejected skit ideas” called “That will never work”.

Backstage Secrets

If you’re still with me I’ll let you in on a few things the audience doesn’t always know about.

Because we are Christians and can’t undress backstage we have to wear an extra layer of clothes or a body suit under our costumes.

Costume changes backstage usually involve multiple people dressing you and shoving props into your hands – sometimes while you’re walking  towards the curtain to go back on.  Timing is everything.

I once had about 10 quick changes with back to back scenes removing one layer at a time backstage.  We had a wardrobe malfunction and several shirts came off at once so three people were jamming blouses back on me so i could get on stage.

When the actors are on stage saying lines – someone is backstage moving around to match their movements to feed lines through the backdrop if they go blank.

Some of our best gags were accidents that only happened during the final performance and the actors just rolled with it.

Actors cover for each other on stage all the time.  We say each others lines when someone goes blank, we improvise the scene to get them back on track, and we ad-lib to keep the scene moving.

There is an entire choreographed ballet happening backstage during scene changes.  Actors are ducking, flattened against the wall, jammed into the corners or moving with the backdrop to stay hidden.

Sometimes actors miss their cue to go onstage and are literally pushed out by other actors.

If there is music playing on stage – there is dancing happening backstage.

More Secrets Revealed in Part 2

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