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Orphan Care

Orphan Care Contact

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

Sheri Schmidt

Sheri Schmidt
Director of Adoption & Foster Care 
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

Nov
30

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 beginning at 6:30pm. Location: Room 264 For questions or more information, contact Sheri (sschmidt@calvarygr.org)

Dec
07

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 beginning at 6:30pm. Location: Room 264 For questions or more information, contact Sheri (sschmidt@calvarygr.org)

Dec
10

Embrace Grace Baby Shower | 11:00am-2:00pm

The final event for Embrace Grace. Location: The Gathering Place Entrance A or B

Dec
14

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)

Dec
14

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)

Jan
07

Adoptive/Foster Dads Breakfast | 8:00am-9:30am

Enjoy breakfast and fellowship with other adoptive and foster dads with Kevin DeKam. Kevin is a husband, father to both biological and adopted children as well as Owner and Therapist of West Michigan Wellness Group. Kevin will share his heart about his journey of parenting. There will also be a time for questions. Register at mycalvarygr.org  Location: Room 251-253

Jan
18

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)

Jan
18

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)

Feb
15

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)

Feb
15

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)

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.