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Mercy & Hospitality

Mercy & Hospitality Contacts

Lee Content
Pastoral Staff, Mercy & Hospitality
lcontent@calvarygr.org

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

Lou DeGraaf

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

Courtney Hoekwater
Ministry Assistant, Mercy & Hospitality
choekwater@calvarygr.org

Sonja Yeates
Neighbors International Coordinator
neighbors_international@calvarygr.org

Marv Snedeker
Refugee Ministry
msnedeker@calvarygr.org

Katy Lambert
Widow’s Ministry
klambert@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

Nov
22

Forever Hope Date Night | 6:30pm-8:30pm

Enjoy food and fellowship with other adoptive and foster care couples. Space is limited so sign up early.

Dec
02

Adoptive Moms Coffee | 10:00am-11:30am

Meet with other adoptive moms for encouragement, sharing struggles, tips, ideas, and pray together. Children are welcome. Location: Room 139 (Parent Room)

Dec
04

Women’s Bible Study (Sarah Heaton’s) | 6:00pm-8:00pm

A weekly Bible study designed for women who are transitioning out of the jail system and looking to build a firm, biblical foundation to help them grow and maintain their walk with Christ.

Dec
04

Unshackled Bible study | 6:00pm-8:00pm

A weekly Bible study designed for men who are transitioning out of the jail/prison system and looking to build a firm, biblical foundation to help them grow and maintain their walk with Christ. Location: Room 255

Dec
04

Calvary Equip: All-In Orphan Care | 6:30pm-7:45pm

This class will equip you with the understanding of God’s vision for spiritual adoption that we experience in Christ and the resulting call we all have in light of our new relationship with Him. 

Dec
09

Widow’s Christmas Luncheon + Cookie Decorating | 12:30pm-2:00pm

Jump in your sleigh and come enjoy some food, fellowship, and cookies. Oh deer – you won’t want to miss this! Location: Gathering Place (Entrance A or B) RSVP to Courtney via email or at (616) 956-9377, ext.5652

Dec
11

Women’s Bible Study (Sarah Heaton’s) | 6:00pm-8:00pm

A weekly Bible study designed for women who are transitioning out of the jail system and looking to build a firm, biblical foundation to help them grow and maintain their walk with Christ.

Dec
11

Unshackled Bible study | 6:00pm-8:00pm

A weekly Bible study designed for men who are transitioning out of the jail/prison system and looking to build a firm, biblical foundation to help them grow and maintain their walk with Christ. Location: Room 255

Dec
11

Calvary Equip: All-In Orphan Care | 6:30pm-7:45pm

This class will equip you with the understanding of God’s vision for spiritual adoption that we experience in Christ and the resulting call we all have in light of our new relationship with Him. 

Dec
18

Women’s Bible Study (Sarah Heaton’s) | 6:00pm-8:00pm

A weekly Bible study designed for women who are transitioning out of the jail system and looking to build a firm, biblical foundation to help them grow and maintain their walk with Christ.