For the past twenty-five years Calvary Temple Church has had the great privilege of serving our community by presenting “The Flag” to the city of Concord, and Contra Costa County, as a special gift to the people of the East Bay. Throughout the years we have had the joy to see tens of thousands fill Dave Brubeck Park and clap spiritedly to the song Grand Old Flag, shed tears during the sorrowful notes of Taps, smile with the recollection of television shows and movies of yesteryear, celebrate our nation’s birthday, and honor our country’s armed services. These memories are priceless and will always hold a special place in our hearts.
As our leadership team reflects on the future vision of our church, we’ve unanimously determined that we must now bring closure to this honored celebration. We intend to remain deeply involved in our community, and to repurpose our resources to expand service to those in need through compassion and justice ministries. For example, on April 5 we will be presenting “Convoy of Hope” to bring free groceries, goods and services to the hurting in our community. Our “Clean Start” program for the homeless provides a meal and laundry service each week. Last November, our “Harvest to Home” outreach provided a Thanksgiving meal to over three hundred families in Pittsburg, Concord, and Bay Point.
This decision is truly bittersweet, but we are grateful for the incredible twenty-five years that we were privileged to present “The Flag” and we know that there are many exciting opportunities just ahead. There are a few things that will remain deeply held core values: our commitment to reaching people with the message of God’s love, our commitment to partnering with our communities in the East Bay to serve in any way possible, our commitment to have a thriving performing arts program, our patriotism and support for those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and our deep love for the people of the East Bay who call this wonderful place their “home”.
We are grateful for the support, attendance, and friendship that the people of the East Bay have shown toward Calvary Temple Church and “The Flag”… we eagerly look forward to the exciting adventures that lay ahead.
Linda Reynolds John Gregg
Performing Arts Director Lead Pastor
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