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Mercy & Hospitality

Mercy & Hospitality Contacts

Ardo Draper
Pastoral Staff, Prison Ministry
adraper@calvarygr.org

Nam Kim

Nam Kim
Pastoral Staff, International Ministry
nkim@calvarygr.org

Sheri Schmidt

Sheri Schmidt
Orphan Care
sschmidt@calvarygr.org

Lana Duoibes
Faciltator, Refugee Ministry
lduoibes@calvarygr.org

Vida Wilson
Faciltator, Mercy & Missions
vwilson@calvarygr.org

Sonja Yeates
Neighbors International Coordinator
neighbors_international@calvarygr.org

Lou DeGraaf

Lou DeGraaf
Ministry Assistant, Mercy & Hospitality
ldegraaf@calvarygr.org

Ministry Focus

Hospitality and mercy are fundamental to our identity and our lifestyle as Christians. In both Matthew 25 and Luke 14, Jesus reminds us that by welcoming the stranger, or the person in need, we may well be welcoming him, and when we pay special attention to the poor and the disenfranchised, we may in fact be welcoming the most important among us. It is our calling to create sacred places at our tables, for those who are hosts and for those who are guests. When we use the word hospitality at Calvary, it means welcoming everyone and making them feel like they belong. While all our ministries practice hospitality, our First Impressions ministry has the specific focus of welcoming those who are new to the church and helping them to connect to what God is doing in this place.

When we refer to mercy, on the other hand, we are talking about a specific group of people to whom we believe the Lord has called us to pay close attention. In this season, we believe God has highlighted internationals, orphans, prisoners, and refugees as people to whom our church should be ministering and extending a special measure of mercy. Our mercy ministries include our International MinistryForever Hope Orphan CarePrison and Refugee Ministry.

Events

Aug
01

Calvary Adoptive/Foster Families at Lake Michigan | 12:00pm-4:00pm

Come and spend the afternoon with Calvary families at North Beach, Grand Haven. Lunch will be provided. Registration required. RSVP by July 29. Questions? Contact Sheri (sschmidt@calvarygr.org)

Aug
22

Volunteers’ Training and Lunch | 12:00pm-12:00pm

If you volunteer ANYWHERE at Calvary, we’d love for you to attend our Lunch and Learn event on August 22 at 12 PM.

Sep
20

Widows Ministry Reconnection Brunch | 10:00am-11:30am

Enjoy brunch together with Calvary widows and reconnect with each other after being away for so many months. Location: Gathering Place Questions? Contact Lou (ldegraaf@calvarygr.org) at ext. 3618

Sep
29

Adoptive/Foster Moms Coffees | 9:30am-11:30am

Meet with Calvary adoptive/foster moms for encouragement, sharing struggles, tips, ideas, and to pray together. Children are welcome. Location: Family Room in the Children’s area. Questions? Contact Sheri (sschmidt@calvarygr.org) at ext. 5524

Oct
20

Adoptive/Foster Moms Coffees | 9:30am-11:30am

Meet with Calvary adoptive/foster moms for encouragement, sharing struggles, tips, ideas, and to pray together. Children are welcome. Location: Family Room in the Children’s area. Questions? Contact Sheri (sschmidt@calvarygr.org) at ext. 5524

Oct
23

Adoptive/Foster Parent Dinner | 6:00pm-8:30pm

Join Calvary adoptive/foster parents for an evening of fellowship and delicious food. Registration is required. RSVP by October 21. Questions? Contact Sheri (sschmidt@calvarygr.org) at ext. 5524

Nov
08

Widows Ministry Thanksgiving Brunch | 10:00am-11:30am

Join us for brunch and a time of reflection as we begin the busy holiday season. Location: Gathering Place For questions, contact Lou (ldegraaf@calvarygr.org) at ext. 3618

Nov
17

Adoptive/Foster Moms Coffees | 9:30am-11:30am

Meet with Calvary adoptive/foster moms for encouragement, sharing struggles, tips, ideas, and to pray together. Children are welcome. Location: Family Room in the Children’s area. Questions? Contact Sheri (sschmidt@calvarygr.org) at ext. 5524

Dec
05

Widows Ministry Christmas Lunch | 12:15pm-2:00pm

A Christmas lunch for Calvary’s widows to enjoy food, fellowship, and cookie decorating. Location: Gathering Place Questions? Contact Lou (ldegraaf@calvarygr.org) at ext. 3618