Nine years after planting Calvary Chapel Living Hope in West Des Moines and two years after moving the church into its new home at 3635 E.P. True Parkway, the mission remains the same for Pastor Steve Freeman: To help the church’s fellowship and members of the community to know Christ and to be conformed into His image by the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
“The thing that I enjoy the most about our fellowship is the sincere love they have for each other and the Lord,” says Freeman. “Our focus is geared to help people grow their relationship with God. We do that by teaching the Bible and helping one another.”
The small but active congregation at Calvary Chapel serves the community in several ways. During the Thanksgiving Day holiday church members help West Des Moines Human Services deliver food to those in need. During the holiday, they serve as many as 45 people and give each family a Bible.
“We want them to know that it’s not a gift from us, but a gift from God,” says Freeman. “We love doing that each year. Even though we’re a very small congregation we feel very blessed to help out and be a part of the community effort that takes place during the holidays.”
Freeman says sometimes the church serves the same families during the Christmas season, too.
“We do what we can, whether it’s providing food or helping with rent or praying for people with medical conditions,” he says. “People are appreciative. Some are very shy, and others are very expressive.”
Since the church opened the doors to its new home, Freeman says the congregation has steadily grown, but it is not the church’s goal to quickly amass a large congregation.
“We’re thankful for what God has done for our church. We say it’s the ‘little church with a big heart.’ It’s very family-oriented and we’ve got a solid core, but we welcome anyone who reads this to visit us and give us a shot,” he says.
Calvary Chapel Living Hope
3635 E.P. True Parkway
Sunday worship: 9:30 a.m.
Friday Ladies’ Study: 10 a.m.
Potluck: Last Sunday of each month, 11:30 a.m.
Prayer and Fellowship: First and second Saturday of each month, 8 a.m.