The members of Calvin Church are involved in a variety of mission projects, in the community, nation and world. Our approach to mission is to encourage individual members, and the church as a whole, to prayerfully listen for God’s call to mission, and for us to help them then pursue their call. The following are some of the missions Calvin Church supports:
Each year Calvin Church sends out two mission trips.
Calvin Church is committed to helping people locally and in the region meet their basic needs and respond to crisis. The Special Mission Fund is a fund we use to respond when people are in need. Through this fund we have helped abused women pay for new housing, families in need buy food and other needs, support missionaries, support families in which the primary provider has become suddenly unemployed, pay medical expenses for families facing medical emergencies, help with disaster relief, support medical clinics in Africa, buy sleeping bags for the homeless, support the work of shelters for the homeless and abused women, aid in the building of a library in Columbia, send books to a pastor in Uganda, and so many other needs.
Calvin Church is involved in efforts to help Syrian refugees in danger because of ISIS get out of Syria and into Canada as legal refugees. We are doing this through our support of Christian Syrian Relief, a local organization whose board includes Calvin Church members. For more information, click here.
The Zelienople Food Cupboard offers food and other essentials to families in need. They collect non-perishables including soup, canned stew, pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, macaroni & cheese, canned fruit and vegetables, tuna, and diapers of all sizes. For more information, call Arby Shenesky at 724-452-9755.
Several times a year Calvin members provide and serve meals at the Ladle, an organization that provides a hot meal every Monday to the hungry in the Ambridge community. We serve about 60-90 people per meal. If interested, please contact Rosemary Shirley at email@example.com.
Calvin Church has teamed up with several other churches to provide clean water for 31 neighbors in Connoquenessing Township whose water has become tainted. While the local government attempts to determine if it was related to drilling in the area, the church has been the collection point for water contributions from Calvin and other churches. We have joined with others to provide over 200 gallons of clean water a week.
Calvin Church warehouses products for SERRV’s ministry in the region, as well as hosting a SERRV Sale in the church every year. SERRV is a nonprofit organization with a mission to eradicate poverty by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide. It markets their crafts and foods, finds joint solutions to their challenges, and helps them grow and embrace the future. One of the first alternative trade organizations in the world, SERRV is a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization and a founding member of the Fair Trade Federation.
Calvin Church is supports an after school program for teens 12-16. This is an underserved group that often is left home alone after school when both parents, or the guardian parent, works. The program offers a safe space, tutoring, and teaching of healthy life practices. For more information, please click here to learn more from the EnCompass Point website.
Calvin Church is committed to being Green. We have created a task force called the Green Team that oversees ways to make us greener, such as florescent and LED lighting, recycling church and member paper, using recycled paper, low-flush facilities, and more.
Calvin Church has helped to support Jen and Zane Sanders, Christian Coalition Campus Ministers, as they minister to college students at Kenyon College
Calvin Church is committed to being a permission-giving, mission-supporting congregation that nurtures and encourages everyone’s personal calling to mission. We find ways to raise funds and offer other support for individuals called to mission. Over the past few years we’ve supported members helping to build a preschool in South Africa, a medical mission to Lithuania, several mission trips to Haiti and Mexico, and disaster relief and clean-up effort after weather catastrophes in New Jersey, Indianapolis, and Missouri. We also have sent a mission team to Ghana, and are exploring the building of a relationship with Presbyterian churches in Ghana.
We sponsor an annual 30-hour fast to raise awareness and funds for hunger projects supported by World Vision, an international hunger and relief organization.
Calvin Church periodically provides funds to support the work of our denomination’s Disaster Relief organization, which has helped people recover from earthquakes in Pakistan and Haiti, tornados and hurricanes in Missouri and Louisiana, and much more.
On the pedestal behind the communion table, you will find peace candles. If you are a visitor to Calvin Church or a member planning to visit another church in the next few weeks, we invite you to take a votive with you. Present it to your church or the one you’re visiting on behalf of Calvin Church as a reminder to pray for peace.
Calvin offers its members an alternative to buying gifts for loved ones. Donations may be made to a charity in honor or memory of someone. A certificate is mailed to the honoree informing him/her of the donation in his/her name
This is a program that teaches a biblical, spiritual, and practical way of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions, and interactive small group activities, FPU presents practical steps to get financial stability and peace. This shows how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more. So many people struggle financially but don’t know where to turn. This program, developed by internationally known consultant Dave Ramsey, has helped thousands get their finances, and lives, in order. FPU classes are led by Bethany Shreckengost, a member of Calvin Church and an accountant. The 90-minute classes meets Thursday evenings for 9 weeks from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The class cost is $115 per person/family and includes all the class materials you will need. We do have scholarships available to help pay for those in need. For more information, please contact Bethany Shreckengost at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calvin Church hosts a Narcotics Anonymous meeting for those in recovery from addiction. The meetings are on Wednesday evenings from 7-8 p.m.
Zelienople Preschool holds 3yr old and 4yr old half-day classes in the lower level of Calvin Presbyterian Church. Three year olds attend Thursday and Friday AM or PM. Four year olds attend Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday AM or PM.
Information: Call Judy Kercovich at 774-5746 or visit the website at by clicking here.