Leader Testimony // Johnny Cross

“I grew up in a Christian home with a family that loved God. But at just 12 years old, I began to partake in drugs, alcohol, and many other things that are of this world. I was walking down a path of destruction and I didn’t ever think about the Lord while I was doing so. But in the midst of my sin and rebellion, all it took was one weekend for God to change my life forever.”

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Leader Testimony // Jenny Grado

“I remember when Calvary Chapel East Anaheim came down to my neighborhood in Downtown Anaheim and hosted a VBS during summer. At the time, I didn’t believe in any god because of how much my parents hated each other. I would ask God if He were real and if He was, if He would please change my mother and father, but nothing happen. So I just stopped begging. But little did I know that my life would soon be changed forever.”

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Leader Testimony // Catania Calavitta

“I’m a sucker for happy endings. The mom lives, the family gets to keep the dog, the curse is broken, and my personal favorite, true love prevails. It’s what I love about fairy tales. The prince always finds the princess and they inevitably live happily ever after, and that day came for me in the spring of my junior year of high school. While I was ready to have the sun set on our happily ever after, the clock struck 12 and reality hit: my Prince Charming was Mormon.”

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The Why Behind the Worship | Kalena Kwan

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of You they existed, and were created.” - Revelation 4:11 . We worship God because He is worthy of it. Kalena Kwan, one of the high schoolers on the youth worship team, has written about what worship means to her and her experience with God’s grace through the process of worshiping Him and leading others to do the same.

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Leader Testimony // Karisa You

In the month of April we will get to hear the testimonies of some of high school and junior high leaders, and we are so excited! We are thankful for the people that God has called to be leaders and mentors in this ministry, and we want you to be able to hear from them and get to know our team a little better. This week we get to hear the testimony of one of our junior high girl leaders, Karisa You!

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Beauty in the Process | Emily Pandhi

“As one dry season is replaced by another, God’s hand never ceases to be at work. In the midst of the valleys and deserts, growth is still possible; in fact, sometimes it is because of these things that we truly learn how to depend on Him. And I am extremely thankful that our God is not one to merely get us through the struggle without letting us get something from it along the way.”

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God at Work: Claire Greene

“I had recently been going through a dry season in my life.  I hadn’t been hearing God’s voice as much as I usually did and He had really been testing my faith.  For me, not hearing God’s voice was really hard.  It began to get more and more difficult to focus on Him. But then God showed me that just because I can’t hear Him doesn’t mean that He can’t hear me.  I learned that you can’t let yourself forget who God is just because things aren’t easy.”

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RECAP: Kickin' it at the Kwans

Last Saturday, our high school students and leaders all got together at the Kwan’s house to hang out, watch Nacho Libre, and play some Super Smash Bros. And although watching the movie and playing games was fun, the best part of the night was being able to spend it with one another.

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God at Work: Margaret Kwok

“As life can often be, life has been very confusing lately. I do not feel like myself, and people and things in my life that used to be secure are no longer reliable. But through all of this, I’ve truly learned to seek God.”

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God at Work: Jessica Dobrea

It is part 2 of our March series, “God at Work” where we get to hear from students in our ministry the things that God has been teaching them! This week, we get to hear from Jessica Dobrea on what it is that God has been growing her in lately.

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JHI & HS: Upcoming Events

Whether you’re in junior high or high school, there are some pretty fun events coming up that you won’t want to miss out on! Junior high, you’ve got a night full of rollerskating headed your way. High school, you guys better get to practicing your Super Smash Bros and singing skills to get ready for the game and karaoke night coming up!

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God at Work: Megan Kaura

It’s so easy to get caught up in only focusing on big, clearly visible things that happen in ministry, but sometimes the personal, internal transformations that are going on in people’s lives individually can often go unnoticed. Every Tuesday in the month of March, we will be posting a testimony of what God is ministering to and teaching one of our students. This week’s student testimony belongs to Megan Kaura, one of the sophomore girls in the high school ministry.

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New HS Wednesday Night Series: Authentic Faith

We are beginning a new series on Wednesday nights in our High School ministry on the topic, “Authentic Faith.” We will be asking questions like “what sigs of “authentic faith” people see when they scrutinize our lives?” “Is there enough evidence to prove that our faith in God is real?” There are definitely some outward marks from the Bible that are evidences of “authentic faith.” How are we doing with these marks?

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The Prep for Sunday Morning Services

There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes (and in the early mornings) that make our services possible. We are so thankful for all of our volunteers who so faithfully and joyfully serve the Lord week in and week out.

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The Importance and Impact of Small Groups

Lives are sharpened in a small group because you can grow in ways that otherwise would not happen in a larger group of people. Small groups help build a level of intimacy that is easily lost in larger groups, which is why we cherish them so much!

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