Letter to My Children (April 18, 2018)

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point ~ C. S. Lewis
Dear Jonathan, Sarah, Joshua, and Christina,

      How are you all? How are our grandbabies? We love you and miss you. Just finished reading The Wartburg Watch (linked HERE), which I try to check out weekly. Stories of abuse and coverup of children and women in churches by ministry leaders are quite a big deal lately. Almost like God is pulling the curtains back. It's painful finding out individuals you respect are not respectable. That they are in fact, speaking out of both sides of their mouth, praising God one minute and the next quietly, secretively abusing vulnerable folks. For those of us who were well brought up, with loving parents and extended family that were safe, like me...it's hard to imagine how persons can lie so convincingly, all the while harm others so easily, over and over, for years!!, without getting caught.
      But it happens a lot. I guess anyway, from the explosion of articles in the news and the churches...of heinous abuse by people in positions of authority upon those least able to fight for themselves.
     Someone told me that I should just enjoy my life, and stop driving to Sterling, Virginia to try and see you. That I am wasting my life. I thought a lot about it. However, I don’t see it as wasting my life. I see it as my purpose. If I am a mom, it is my purpose to be one. And that means continually coming to try and see you and have our normal mom/Son & daughter/gramma/grandchild relationship. Whether or not you allow me in to be part of your lives. I will keep coming. It is what moms do. We love our own children, and we love our children’s children. I love you. God bless you dear hearts of mine.

Xoxo Your own mom

Letter to Sarah (April 7, 2018)

Dear Sarah,

      Seeing and hugging you last week, for a few moments, was wonderful. You look stronger, and with your wheelbarrow and hands dirty from digging in the garden, it was my girl, right down to the whistle for little Weston! As he came trotting over to you, I laughed out loud, cause that is just how I used to call you children when you were outside...and its just how my mom called us kids when we were outside strewn across the landscape...too far away for a conversation but those whistles were perfect to get our attention that mom wanted us!
      A friend sent this song, and I love it. This is Gods heart toward us all. I hope you can listen to it. What you are doing to us is not right. When a pastor (or anyone), withholds a child (or anyone) in order to get a desired end, that’s akin to blackmail.
      I love you daughter of mine. And I love my little Grandson, that I was able to meet for the first time, hold his small hand, and hear his voice! He has won my heart already!

Xoxo Mom

Letter to My Children (April 3, 2018)

Dear Children,

     I was able to spend a couple of days with old friends now living down south, who wanted to know all about how you are. You grew up around these families. Two of them are a retired pastor and his wife. They pray and cry out to God often for your release. What encouraged me was that all of them are pleased that I have not stopped fighting for you children to be allowed to have your mom and dad and sister and extended family again.
     Apparently, so does the anonymous insider of Calvary Temple who has been blogging for awhile now. In a recent post, which our daughter Gretel thinks is a response to our recent appeal to Pastor Scott which was again refused. https://tacticsofcalvarytemple.wordpress.com/2018/03/17/ceasefire/ 
     Sometimes the Tactics Blog is difficult to decipher. So more than a few of us are glad Michelle Freeman; whose personal story was written in The Wartburg Watch blog, decided to start a site helping explain Tactics. I will link it here: https://mycalvarytempletacticsblogcommentary.wordpress.com/
     Aside from all this, soon it is little John’s 3rd birthday. And we miss you all, and birthdays are not the same without you, and please call or text or come home and see us. I cry in my pillow at night for you, quietly so I do not wake up dad.

Xo Love and hugs and kisses, Mom.

Letter from Sydney Case (March 26, 2018)

Star Scott:

     Ok, let me get this straight: you want to meet with Molly Fitch ALONE? Are you crazy? My husband, Molly's former pastor, would never even think of meeting alone with a woman! Or are you planning on having your underlings there to intimidate her? No good pastor I know would ever tell a woman that.
     My friend is brave enough to take on a pit of vipers in their calvary temple den, but yet she is scared of a meeting with you? Well, I think that you are terrified of being exposed for what you are and that is why you don't want credible witnesses at a meeting. (Although I doubt you even intend to meet with her at all). She is not your average doormat, is she? Star Scott, let me give you a word from the Lord:
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron. 
     If there were ever a guy whose conscience has been "seared with a hot iron," then that would be you. Notice I can't even call you a man.

Sydney Case

A Letter to Pastor Scott (March 22, 2018)

Dear Pastor Scott,

     I just heard this song. And I thought of you. You have been a monster to our family. Made my children sigh and cry for mom and dad and sister. Instructed my husband Tom to dismantle our family. Caused untold pain and suffering in our extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. But you can be forgiven, by us. You can be forgiven by God as well, but you must start doing the right thing, and stop doing bad things. You have broken lives littered behind you like broken toys of a spoiled child.
     Pain, exposure, justice or injustice, does not produce salvation. Only believe on Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved. He did it all. And that’s is all there is to it.

A Letter from the Community (March 21, 2018)

Dear Calvary Temple and Fitch children,

     I just got done reading the email exchange between Molly Fitch and her son Jonathan. To me, there were two things that really stood out. One was the humility I saw in Molly's email when she requested a meeting with your pastor. It was clear Molly was troubled by Jonathan saying that she had put her children through hell by not meeting with Star Scott. I wonder why it is more important for Molly to meet with Star Scott rather than her own children?  Why haven't you children even sat down with your own mother to hear her side of the story?  Doesn't it say in the bible (Proverbs 18:13) "He that answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him?"  The bible says to honor your mother and father. This is one of the Ten Commandments from God and it is NOT UP FOR DEBATE.
     The second thing I noticed was the coldness in Jonathan's response to his own mother. It seems like Jon would have been overjoyed to arrange a meeting; it was exactly what he said his mother should do. How is this okay that those who have wanted a meeting with their family members are not allowed to at the whim of Star Scott. Shouldn't your pastor want restoration of families?
     Something else that I am sickened by in Jonathan's response concerns the statement: "unconditional repentance". According to Star Scott, the pastors and congregation of Calvary Temple  know the bible better than everyone in this area, including local pastors. I challenge you to find IN THE BIBLE, Jonathan, the scripture "unconditional repentance".  I can find no example of Jesus teaching it, the disciples practicing it or the epistles supporting it. Therefore, it is false. It is not up to Star Scott or you, Jonathan, to decide if someone can be forgiven.
     Scripture says: 1 Timothy 2:5  For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
     Star Scott is not your mediator. Why does he require everyone to repent directly to him?
     Psalm 32:5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Patty Simoneau