In the Front Lines

Please keep all our essential workers in prayer, especially those in the front lines who attend Calvary Chapel El Monte. Below are a few pics that we’ve begun to gather together. If you or one of your family members are out there as an essential worker, we would love to post your pic and maybe a brief word the Lord lays on your heart – please email us at We love you, want to say thank you, and we want to let you know that we’re praying for you and your families!

From Alma Martinez

The Lord opened up a door in Pomona Valley and I couldn’t be more grateful. This Covid situation has allowed me to evangelize so much, and although I’m on mandatory overtime until further notice, I’m thankful to God, working 6 days a week, 12-14 hour shifts.

From Erilen

This experience has been a huge eye-opening experience for me. At first I had no idea what to expect, I pretty much expected everything to blow over, that it was just a cold, but I’m eating my words. My hospital has been hit hard with many cases and we’ve been preparing to convert more floors into ICU’s to take in more covid patients. I have been training as a covid nurse extender. I float to 3 different areas as needs arise. ICU, step down and tele covid. It’s really taken a toll on me. It’s physically and emotionally draining. I worry for my patients. They are alone with no family there for support. The ones off ventilators are fearful and the ones on ventilators are fighting just to stay alive. I broke down the other day because I feel so helpless in this situation. We have hospital administrators telling us we require much less than we need to take care of these patients and then we have our poor patients who we can’t even properly care for because we must limit our contact with them because of exposure. It takes a toll and I worry that I could bring it home and infect my family. It’s so hard. Please keep all patients and hospital staff in your prayers. We’ve had staff become ill and hospitalized already. Pray for my health and my families. Pray for my spiritual health that I would be a light to those who God puts into my path. And to everyone at home I just want to say thank you for staying home and thank you for the prayers. They are much appreciated. Hug your loved ones and tell them how much they mean to you daily, and most of all cling to Jesus. Love and miss you all.

From David and Jehsa

We’re doing well. Jehsa actually just left for work and has been very blessed that the patients she’s had who have been possible COVID have been negative. As for me, I’ve been in an administrative position for about a year at our Division office. I’ve been reporting as usual but I’ve been helping orchestrate getting N95 masks to the officers working the road. As a Department, we’ve also been blessed to only have a handful of COVID diagnosis’ throughout the State. 

From Stephanie (Raymond’s wife)

I have had challenging moments with my husband’s job during this crisis, especially as a mother of 6. His work hours are long and his health is at risk. The thought of him getting sick or worse has brought moments where fear tried to creep into my heart, but God has been good and faithful to speak to my heart. He steadied my heart when He knew I needed it. He gave me Hosea 12:6, “..wait on your God continually.” I heard Him loud and clear- “depend on ME, be patient my daughter, WAIT on Me during this time.” Dependency and Trust in Him during these days are crucial for all of us, especially entrusting to Him the ones we love who are out there still serving our community. I do ask for continued prayers for my husband’s and our family’s health and safety. It hasn’t been an easy adjustment but God is faithful, so that has made it easier to rest and wait on Him to do whatever work He’s wanting to do during this time. Thank you ❤️

From Alma

Hola to our Brothers and Sistas – As this difficult time is upon us – yes, I would ask that you keep all us nurses in prayer. Performing very close contact as bedside care and procedures in my Pediatric field – we have had Covid-19 cases in our precious little ones at both my Hospitals CHLA (Children’s Hospital of L.A.) and CHA Hollywood Presb. – Pediatric/Nursery/NICU and L&D – specialties – I’m not afraid for me, rather more so for my little infants and their mama’s and papa’s – also, that this may be an opportunity for me to share love, a smile and His plan of salvation – blessings my Pastor and may the Lord continually strengthen you to bring forth His Word. Thanks brothers for your prayers for us nurses and also, keep our firefighters in prayer as well – our son Joshua Gonzalez who is with Cal- Fire – (of which I’ll share a pic. too) blessings my Church and thanks for your prayers.

From Byron (Alma’s husband)

Your message on Palm Sunday was great, thank you. Praying for all those petitions and for you and your family, thank you. Byron and Alma Gonzalez.

From Joy and Sam

Hi Shelly, how are you doing? Hope all is well with the family. Thank you for thinking of us and for your prayers. We are doing well inspite of occasional colds here and there. But God is faithfull as He is able to help us shake it off. Thankfully we are experiencing less surge of covid patient’s in the hospital than predicted and some patients get to go home after a couple of days. We are just continuing to pray for God’s sovereignty everyday and that He’ll continue to keep everyone safe, steadfast. and at peace inspite of the challenges ahead 🙏

From Fabian

Our faith and the trials we experienced as a family two years ago prepared and strengthened us for moments like this.  We are stronger now in Christ. We are blessed and thankful to call Calvary Chaple El Monte our home and we want to thank you (Pastor Manny and Pastor Henry) and our brothers and sisters at Calvary Chapel for accepting us into the family and sharing the gift of Christ with us.

A Scripture I recently read that keeps me grounded. is Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Prayer Request – April 3, 2020

Please pray! We’re hearing of more people in our church whose extended family members or coworkers are testing positive for Coronavirus.

Erilen (pictured below) is a nurse in our congregation who is being transferred to the ICU where she will treat Coronavirus patients first hand. There are many more from our church who are right there in the front lines. We covet your prayers, these are definitely days to be on our knees! (2 Chronicles 7:14; Ezekiel 22:30; John 15:7; 1 John 5:14)


Men’s Retreat 2019


This past weekend, September 13-15, close to 60 men went up to the San Bernardino Mountains, to Twin Peak Christian Conference Center for our annual Men’s Retreat. This year was an absolute blessing, especially for the guys who went with us for the first time.

The theme of this year’s conference was the “Battle Cry” out of Judges 6-8. Through the life of Gideon, we looked at how God calls, cleanses, cuts, conquers, and crowns us as Christian men.

We were blessed to welcome El Monte raised, Pastor Ryan Hussein from Calvary Chapel Sweet Hills in Banning, as our guest speaker.

As always the Twin Peaks Conference Center is a great place to be – the facility, staff, and of course, the food is fantastic, but the Word and fellowship are still the highlights every year. If for some reason you weren’t able to go with us this year, seriously pray about making plans to go next time, if the Lord wills.

Check out the links to the studies below,  and if you are one of the men who went up the mountain, please take a few minutes to leave a comment on how the Lord used the retreat to encourage you, hopefully it will encourage others as well.

Session 1 – The Calling

Session 2 – The Cleansing

Session 3 – The Cutting

Session 4 – The Conquering

Session 5 – The Crowning

August 2019 – Marriage Fellowship


If you weren’t able to make to our last Marriage Fellowship, you can still hear Ray’s study by clicking below. We encourage you to mark your calendars for our fellowship which will be Saturday, September 21 at 6:00pm as we get together for epic potluck food, fellowship, and a message for all married and engaged couples.