Calvary Chapel El Monte was blessed to be able to host another year of “Truth & Treat” which is a sort of hybrid between a “Harvest Festival,” and a safe and Spiritual alternative to Halloween. Our church has had this event annually since 2011, but unfortunately for the last two years due to COVID-19 restrictions we weren’t able to.
The purpose of Truth & Treat is to offer the truth along with the treats, and thank God there is plenty of both available on this night. We have a heart for the kids with a motive to minister God’s Word to the children. During this event, there are several activities going on such as games, face painting, jumpers, music, and give-aways, not to mention the free food for the kids, snack bar, and food trucks. One of the best part of hosting “Truth & Treat” is seeing the community in costumes and coming together as a church to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Calvary Chapel El Monte’s Assistant Pastor, Henry Acosta, holds “Truth & Treat” dear to his heart and expresses that “The heart behind Truth and Treat is to share the love of Jesus to El Monte and the surrounding communities. We do this by providing a safe, free, family friendly environment where kids can receive the benefit of filling their bags with treats, but also their hearts with truth. Every game we’ve produced is based on a Biblical story. Our heart is to serve the kids and their families.” Pastor Henry provides the true meaning behind “Truth & Treat” and even addresses how this event has impacted our community especially when the pandemic happened. He reveals that when Covid-19 happened, “We felt the void of not having one for two years. This was confirmed by people outside of our church stopping by and asking us when we would have another one. That’s why the 2022 festival was such a blessing and we look forward to hosting “Truth & Treat” again next year, Lord willing.”
Praying you and your family can join us next time!
We had a great time at our first Marriage Fellowship Hike at Schabarum Park in Hacienda Heights. We had a chance to walk with our spouse (or fiancé), get a little exercise in, enjoy the beauty of creation, meet new couples, and talk a little bit about marriage. Afterwards some of us were able to extend the fellowship to include food, a good breakfast at Chick-fil-A. Praying you can join us next time!
Here are a few photos from our last Truth & Treat here at Calvary Chapel El Monte. Every year we do our best to “redeem” halloween and use it to reach out to the community with Bible games for the kids, gospel outreach to all, and of course great food and fellowship.
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.
What an amazing start we had to our “Prove Yourself a Man” Men’s fellowship, based on King David’s last words to his son Solomon. (1 Kings 2:2-4) We spent some time in worship, we heard a panel study on the importance of God’s Word in our lives, and then got into small groups for discussion. We ended the night with some good food and fellowship.
All that to say, come and join us on Wednesday nights, at 7PM as we get together with the the men of the church, fellowship and break bread together.