Category Archives: Special Events

Truth & Treat 2022

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!

Marriage Fellowship – Hike

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!

Rally 4 Life

On Saturday, November 6, Field-of-Lilies ministry invited fellow Christians to take a stand on the corner of Peck and Lower Azusa Rd., in the city of El Monte, (where a Planned Parenthood Clinic is). They showed up in the love of the Spirit, with smiles, and “Signs” of encouragement in a Rally 4 Life.

Below are a few words from Stephanie and a handful of pics that captured the moment. Thanks to all who participated and prayed. You can get more information on Field-of-Lilies on IG (

The week I was released from the hospital I spent some much needed time alone with Jesus. When He spoke, it was an answer to a prayer I had been asking before I was hospitalized.

He gave me:

2 Corinthians 8:10–11 (NKJV) “And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year ago; 11 but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have.”

Right when I read it I knew God was confirming another rally. I was floored because I wasn’t even expecting to hear about a rally. I was still in recovery. The next thing I heard was an almost audible moment from God – “There’s still work to be done.” With a smile and tears, I knew I still had breath in my lungs because God wasn’t done with me yet. There were/are babies He’s called me to stand up and fight for.

Courage is contagious and it was amazing to see so many first-timers out there, plus some familiar faces from last year. During the rally a lady was stopped at a red light and shouted to us, “It’s because of people like you I decided to keep my son,” and she proceeded to point to her little guy sitting in the back seat. He looked to be about 2 or 3 years old. That was one of the coolest things to ever hear! It was like a word of encouragement from a perfect stranger God gave us to let us know we are making a difference, even if we were just standing there with smiles, holding signs. You never know what little life a smile and sign can save, all because of a simple step of faith and act of obedience. 

Pastor Chuck Smith said, “There comes a time when we need to quit talking and we need to start acting. Start doing it. There’s a time when, really, you need to quit praying and start moving.”

In His love,

– Stephanie S.

Psalm 34:8 (NKJV) “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”