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Mercy & Hospitality

Mercy & Hospitality Contacts

Ardo Draper
Minister & Director, Prison Ministry
adraper@calvarygr.org

Nam Kim

Nam Kim
Minister & Director, International Ministry
nkim@calvarygr.org

Sheri Schmidt

Sheri Schmidt
Director of Adoption & Foster 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 & Missions
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

May
18

Adoptive/Foster Moms Coffee | 9:30am-11:00am

Join this coffee and book study of Second Mother, a Bible study experience for adoptive and foster moms. For questions and to reserve a copy of the book, contact Sheri at ext. 5524. Location: Room 139 (Parent Room)  

Jun
01

Adoptive/Foster Moms Coffee | 9:30am-11:00am

Join this coffee and book study of Second Mother, a Bible study experience for adoptive and foster moms. For questions and to reserve a copy of the book, contact Sheri at ext. 5524. Location: Room 139 (Parent Room)  

Jun
05

Adoptive/Foster Moms Activity | 5:00pm-8:00pm

Details coming

Jun
11

High School Ministry: Knoxville Missions Trip Rummage Sale Fundraiser | 9:00am-2:00pm

HSM – Support our high school missions team by donating items or working at our church-wide rummage sale on Saturday, June 11!

Jun
25

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

Join Calvary adoptive/foster parents for an evening of fellowship and delicious food. Questions? Contact Sheri (sschmidt@calvarygr.org)

Jul
22

Forever Hope Adoptive/Foster Families Beach Event | 4:00pm-9:30pm

Millennium Park – Shelter B Come in the afternoon and stay until sunset. Dinner will be provided. Questions? Contact Sheri (sschmidt@calvarygr.org)