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Orphan Care

Orphan Care Contact

Celeste McDonough
Team Leader, Mercy & Missions
cmcdonough@calvarygr.org

Sheri Schmidt

Sheri Schmidt
Orphan Care Ministry
sschmidt@calvarygr.org

Sheri Schmidt
Orphan Care Ministry
sschmidt@calvarygr.org

Ministry Focus

Reflect God’s heart in how we care for orphaned and vulnerable children.

Scripture reveals God’s desire for the Church, as recipients of God’s grace and functioning as the body of Christ, to be a refuge to the fatherless, the widow, and foreigner as an oppressed people sharing similar struggles. As a ministry, our mission is to walk alongside families caring for orphaned and vulnerable children in a variety of ways, especially though the adoption and fostering process.

 

EVENTS

Aug
24

CarePortal Response Team Training | 6:00pm-7:30pm

CarePortal is a technology platform that connects vulnerable children, families and individuals to people who want to serve. Calvary is one of the first churches in Michigan to launch CarePortal and we’re  excited to see how this platform can be used in our church and community.  Jen Seiler with CarePortal will be training us on how CarePortal can be used in all of our ministries at Calvary. Dinner will be provided at 5:30pm. Location: Room 251-253 Entrance K Register here

Sep
14

Embrace Grace | 6:30pm-7:45pm

A ministry to help women with unplanned pregnancies find a place of belonging within the church. Enjoy dinner in the Gathering Place, 5:00-6:30pm. Child care is available as well as classes/activities for school age children. Location: Room 264 For questions or more information, contact Sheri (sschmidt@calvarygr.org)

Sep
21

Adoptive Moms Book Discussion | 9:30am-11:00am

Join this coffee and book study of A Place I Didn’t Belong by Paula Freeman. Paula shares with candor and grace about what happens when life hijacks our plans and shatters our dreams. She inspires grace for the hard stuff and hope for the journey. For questions and to reserve a copy of the book, contact Sheri at ext. 5524. Location: Room 139 (Parent Room)

Sep
21

Embrace Grace | 6:30pm-7:45pm

A ministry to help women with unplanned pregnancies find a place of belonging within the church. Enjoy dinner in the Gathering Place, 5:00-6:30pm. Child care is available as well as classes/activities for school age children. Location: Room 264 For questions or more information, contact Sheri (sschmidt@calvarygr.org)

Sep
21

Adoptive Moms Book Discussion | 6:30pm-7:45pm

Join this coffee and book study of A Place I Didn’t Belong by Paula Freeman. Paula shares with candor and grace about what happens when life hijacks our plans and shatters our dreams. She inspires grace for the hard stuff and hope for the journey. For questions and to reserve a copy of the book, contact Sheri at ext. 5524. Location: Room 139 (Parent Room)

Sep
28

Embrace Grace | 6:30pm-7:45pm

A ministry to help women with unplanned pregnancies find a place of belonging within the church. Enjoy dinner in the Gathering Place, 5:00-6:30pm. Child care is available as well as classes/activities for school age children. Location: Room 264 For questions or more information, contact Sheri (sschmidt@calvarygr.org)

Oct
05

Embrace Grace | 6:30pm-7:45pm

A ministry to help women with unplanned pregnancies find a place of belonging within the church. Enjoy dinner in the Gathering Place, 5:00-6:30pm. Child care is available as well as classes/activities for school age children. Location: Room 264 For questions or more information, contact Sheri (sschmidt@calvarygr.org)

Oct
12

Embrace Grace | 6:30pm-7:45pm

A ministry to help women with unplanned pregnancies find a place of belonging within the church. Enjoy dinner in the Gathering Place, 5:00-6:30pm. Child care is available as well as classes/activities for school age children. Location: Room 264 For questions or more information, contact Sheri (sschmidt@calvarygr.org)

Oct
19

Adoptive Moms Book Discussion | 9:30am-11:00am

Join this coffee and book study of A Place I Didn’t Belong by Paula Freeman. Paula shares with candor and grace about what happens when life hijacks our plans and shatters our dreams. She inspires grace for the hard stuff and hope for the journey. For questions and to reserve a copy of the book, contact Sheri at ext. 5524. Location: Room 139 (Parent Room)

Oct
19

Embrace Grace | 6:30pm-7:45pm

A ministry to help women with unplanned pregnancies find a place of belonging within the church. Enjoy dinner in the Gathering Place, 5:00-6:30pm. Child care is available as well as classes/activities for school age children. Location: Room 264 For questions or more information, contact Sheri (sschmidt@calvarygr.org)

WE HAVE A NEW OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE:

 

   Together, we can impact the lives of those with critical needs within our congregation! CarePortal is a technology platform that connects those who are vulnerable with people who want to serve. As we uncover the needs within Calvary Church CarePortal brings awareness and real-time opportunities to respond. 

We are currently working to recruit and then train our Calvary Church CarePortal Response Team. Please note that there is much flexibility within each of these positions and they can be tailored according to the individual and context.

Basic roles include:

Calvary Church CarePortal Primary Point Person (one needed): This person is the highest administrative level for CarePortal in the church. They are the primary point of contact for our local CarePortal Ambassador. This person will create and oversee response teams within the church and should be comfortable with technology, have strong organizational skills and be a thoughtful communicator. Click here for more information on this position.

Calvary Church Response Team Leaders (one or more needed): A Team Leader is responsible only for their individual team and coordinating one or more monthly team responses. Each team may have more than one leader, which allows them to login to their own CarePortal dashboard, containing the ability to upload, manage, and activate their own Response Team. Having multiple Response Teams within Calvary means a bigger impact for vulnerable children and families in our community. Small Groups may consider forming their own Response Teams, or individuals can sign up as  Response Team members and be assigned to a group.

Calvary Church Response Team Members (many needed): Each CarePortal church can add as many responders as they wish to their Response Team(s). When activated, each responder will receive an email notification for the request giving them the options to Pray, Follow, or Respond to the request. Response Team Members may take on a variety of roles, e.g. donating needed items or money, shopping for needed items, picking up and delivering needed items, making meals, providing friendship and relational support, and whatever a situation may require.

Take this survey to help us learn more about you and how God is leading you to get involved or contact us for more information.

 

OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED:

  • Forever Hope Orphan Care educates, enables and embraces families who commit to open their homes (on either a short-term or permanent basis) to care for vulnerable children. Embracing these families includes, praying, babysitting, assisting financially, housecleaning and volunteering with other practical tasks – God uses it all to further the work of providing those most vulnerable with much needed attention and love. If you are considering foster care, adoption or would like to volunteer to support orphan care, contact Sheri Schmidt.

 

  • Embrace Grace Support Group is a safe and loving space for single women with unplanned pregnancies who have made the brave choice to keep and parent their baby or place their baby for adoption. We walk through a 12-week program with a powerful yet simple study on how God’s grace and love is never-ending, no matter what our past is and what we’re going through. It offers hope to the hopeless and broken-hearted that have found themselves with an unintended pregnancy. For more information or to join, please contact Christina Leskovar.