Calvary Chapel shifts gears for Oct. 31 |

Calvary Chapel shifts gears for Oct. 31

Staff Reports

After more than 30 years conducting the annual Harvest Festival alternative to Halloween at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, Calvary Chapel of Carson Valley made the decision this year to shift gears and reach out to the community in a new way.

On Oct. 31, the church — located at 1004 Dresslerville Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos, will host “A Simple Kindness” event, a drive-thru event from 1 to 3 p.m.

Families who drive through will receive a gift bag filled with candy for each child, a Bible lesson with a craft they can work on as a family at home and a full-size, illustrated and interactive Bible (while supplies last) that has an accompanying mobile app which turns the pages into a three-dimensional pop-up book.

The church will also provide a free boxed hot dog lunch and bottled water (again, while supplies last) for those driving through.

“This has been a season of chaos for so many,” said Calvary Chapel Carson Valley Pastor Joey Crandall. “Something we have heard repeatedly this year in the community is people simply grasping for hope and truth. As we prayed over how to handle this year’s annual Harvest Festival outreach at the fairgrounds, we began to feel led to do something much different than we have in years past.

“What took shape was ‘A Simple Kindness’ — because the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is both extraordinarily simple, and extraordinarily kind. We wanted to provide a free meal to as many as we could — and also have people on hand to pray with those driving through — if they wanted prayer — because this has been a time of hopelessness for so many families in our Valley.”

The theme of the lessons and gifts in the children’s bags will be “When life seems out of our control, God is good.”

Calvary Chapel Carson Valley is located at 1004 Dresslerville Roard. For information on the event, call 775-265-3259.