Eight years ago, Pastor Steve Freeman and his family moved to West Des Moines from California to plant Calvary Chapel Living Hope in West Des Moines. He and his wife, Becky, helped to build a congregation of about 60 people who would meet each Sunday for the first seven years at local elementary schools and a funeral home.
These days, the Freeman family and parishioners have a new place to worship. Last year, Calvary Chapel Living Hope opened its doors to a 3,000 square-foot building located at 3635 E.P. True Parkway, next door to a bank and a convenience store in the heart of the city.
“We love having our own space, and people love having a place to call home,” Freeman says. “It’s not huge, but it works for us and it’s been a real blessing.”
Though the church has found a new home, Freeman says it continues to work toward its long-term goal of “bringing Jesus to the community.” One such way that the church does that, the pastor says, is to continue its outreach work.
On Thanksgiving Day, for example, the church works with West Des Moines Human Services to deliver meals to those less fortunate. This year, its members delivered meals to about 20 local families.
“We delivered everything from pumpkin pie and turkey, and we would pray for them and offer to help them if they wanted us to,” Freeman says. “Our goal in everything we do is showing Jesus and his Lord to people. It’s not about the church; it’s about showing Jesus to them.”
Having a central-based location to do so, Freeman adds, helps to accomplish that goal. Church members hail from throughout the metro and they are “comfortable in size.”
“It’s a precious group of people,” he says.
In December, Freeman will focus his sermons on the gospel to celebrate Christmas.
“The focus is Jesus Christ and placing our trust in him so we can be forgiven,” he says. “I’m thankful for the work and lives he’s allowed us to be a part of. He is our hope.”Calvary Chapel Living Hope 3635 E.P. True Parkway 720-1936 • http://cc-lh.org/ Church services Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Thursday Men’s Study: 7 p.m. Friday Ladies’ Study: 10 a.m. Monthly Sunday Potluck: 11:30 a.m. Prayer Fellowship (first and second Saturdays) – 8 a.m.