Calvary presents ‘Magic with a Message’

Pastor Dave Woodward hopes Calvary Chapel Marysville won’t stay such a well-kept secret. - Kirk Boxleitner
Pastor Dave Woodward hopes Calvary Chapel Marysville won’t stay such a well-kept secret.
— image credit: Kirk Boxleitner

MARYSVILLE — Especially in the wake of its relocation last summer, Calvary Chapel Marysville is looking to break out of the box of being an all-too-well-kept secret, which is one reason why they’re proud to present a free “Magic with a Message” show on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m.

Calvary Chapel Marysville Pastor Dave Woodward saw comedy magician Jeff Martin at a recent pastors’ conference in Mountlake Terrace and was blown away by his performance.

“He was very entertaining and funny, which drew us in and lent a real poignancy to his message,” Woodward said. “It was very informal and engaging.”

Such a style is perhaps well-suited to Calvary Chapel Marysville, which Woodward described as a house of worship with no pretense, pointing to his own sweatshirt-and-jeans attire as an example.

“I get people asking me all the time where the pastor is,” Woodward laughed, even as he could point to walls of photos documenting his congregation’s charitable works in Haiti. “This is a place where you come as you are, and our mission statement is to love ‘em, feed ‘em, mend ‘em and send ‘em. We minister to people by feeding them the word of God, and presenting to them the kingdom of God. People need to know that God loves you just the way you are. God wants a relationship with you. He doesn’t want to wait until you’re perfect. He just wants to help you get better.”

Calvary Chapel Marysville has already hosted a string of community events at their current location, at 1224-B Cedar Ave., from a 250-guest harvest party in October and a 50-meal Thanksgiving dinner in November to a Christmas concert in December, so Woodward hopes Jeff Martin’s show will help keep that streak going, to try and provide a sense of community and a spirit of faith to a corner of Marysville that he sees as often being neglected, between I-5 and State Avenue.

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