BEYOND THE WALLS
Reaching beyond Calvary's walls with our faith
At Calvary, our learning and worship focus on connecting our faith with our weekday lives, the world beyond our walls. Our work and witness and prayer as Christians takes place at work and in the grocery store, at school and at play, at home with family and friends, and out and about on vacation or in our community.
Ashes to go
On Ash Wednesday, we help our Lombard neighbors practice their faith in daily life when we offer Ashes to Go, meeting commuters at the Metra station with ashes and prayer to mark the beginning of Lent.
Pet Memorial and Blessing
Each fall, we reach out to people who are grieving the loss of a pet, or celebrating the gifts pets bring to our lives. We invite leaders and members of neighboring churches to make our Pet Memorial and Blessing a true community celebration.
Annual Lenten Project
Every year in Lent, Calvary raises funds for a significant project to make an impact in the lives of folks around the world or close to home. In years past, we have raised funds for the Diocese of Renk in South Sudan, for ChildServ in DuPage County, and for Magdalen House in Chicago.
In 2017, we raised a total of $7,100 for several local outreach ministries, all of which use volunteers and funds from Calvary: PADS, Prayer Blankets, Tot Town, Helping Hands, and the Calvary Vegetable Garden/Food Pantry/Food Bank. In addition, we raised funds for Connecting with Love, a ministry to children in Guinea, West Africa, which was founded by Mother Mo and has several Calvarians on its board.
All Calvary’s ministries, including Connecting with Love, have demonstrated ways that Calvary has “Shared Our Treasure: Jesus” with those in our neighborhood and those across the world.
Calvary runs an annual Backpack and School Supply drive to benefit children at nearby Madison School in Lombard. Many Lombard families struggle to provide needed supplies, and Calvarians have stepped up to provide backpacks, pens, notebooks, crayons, glue and more to help ensure that our neighborhood’s children are equipped for learning at the beginning of the school year.
Calvarians love to eat, and we love to feed others!
We regularly gather groups to volunteer at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Each fall we have an annual participation in the CROP Walk each fall, raising funds and awareness for the challenge of ending hunger. 2017's walk was held on October 15th. It had approximately 120 walkers – 14 from Calvary! Though the final count isn't in yet, the walk raised at least $16,000. Calvary raised about $2,500!
A group of Calvarians volunteers once a month to prepare dinner, breakfast, and overnight hosting for the DuPagePADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) site at our neighboring UCC church.
In 2016, we started a garden to help feed our hungry neighbors. The youth started and grew seeds that turned into 81 pounds of food being donated to the Lombard/Villa Park Food Pantry.
Other Calvarians have an ongoing ministry welcoming and supporting refugee families re-located to the Lombard area, including preparing apartments for new arrivals and helping families orient to life in the United States.