1) Operation Christmas Child: Pack a Shoebox Gift*
Dropoff : November 17 - 24 • samaritanspurse.org
Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse and works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver donated “shoebox” gifts around the world and to share the gospel. For more info or to learn how to pack and deliver a shoebox gift, visit samaritanspurse.org
To volunteer between November 25 - December 19 at the Operation Christmas Child OC Processing Center, register at www.occvolunteersignup.com
December 3-5, 10-12 • 6:00-9:00pm • gchope.org
Giving Children Hope is hosting a week of Christmas toy wrapping parties to give gifts to low-income and at-risk elementary students in the “We Got Your Back” program. Time slots to serve are available through the first two weeks of December.
Contact Drew at email@example.com for info or sign up.
Deadline: December 12 • ochumantrafficking.org
Thanks to the OC Human Trafficking Task Force and local enforcement, there are currently 50 survivors of human trafficking in OC being cared for this Christmas. To allow survivors to regain normalcy in their lives, donate gift cards up to $25 to stores like Target and Walmart. On December 15, volunteers are needed to help wrap gifts.
To donate a gift card or find a survivor’s wishlist, contact Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org
December 12 - 13 • ronaldhouseoc.org
Support the OC Ronald McDonald House and the children they serve by donating a new, unwrapped toy or gift to the Holiday Toy Drive. Drop off times are Friday, December 12 from 12:00 - 8:00pm and Saturday, December 13 from 10:00am - 6:00pm at the CHOC Ronald McDonald House (383 S. Batavia St., Orange 92868).
Saturday, December 13 • angeltree.org
Angel Tree serves with Prison Fellowship Ministry to show prison inmates and their families the love of Jesus Christ. Join us for the 6th Annual Angel Tree lunch and party in Fellowship Hall at Calvary on Saturday, December 14 from 11:30am - 2:00pm.
Contact Barb at email@example.com to volunteer at the luncheon. Volunteers are also needed to help deliver gifts to children from December 15 -22. To deliver an Angel Tree gift to a home, contact Matt Doan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, December 20 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
Join our Motel Ministry team in partnership with the Orange County Rescue Mission (www.rescuemission.org) on Saturday, December 20 from 10:00am - 12:00pm at DaVinci Motel (2222 E. 1st St. Santa Ana, 92705) to distribute food boxes, toiletries and other grocery items to our neighbors living in low income motels on 1st Street.
Contact Matt Doan at email@example.com
Saturday, December 13
Join our REACH Retirement Home Ministry to bring joy to senior adults with memory loss in assisted living. We will gather on December 13 from 10:00 - 11:30am at Cranbrook Senior Living Home (1262 Bryan Ave, Tustin 92780) to sing carols, do crafts, and share a devotional. For info or to help, contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org
8) Serve an OC Foster Child through Olive Crest*
Gift Deadline: December 13 • olivecrest.org
Join the ‘Be the Miracle’ campaign by granting a wish or donating to a foster child. Your donation is an opportunity to remind kids they are valued, remembered, and special to God and to us. Volunteers are needed from December 2 - 12 from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm to help sort gifts.
Visit olivecrest.org and click ‘Be the Miracle’ to find wishlists.
December 6, 7, 22, 24
This Christmas, Calvary will welcome hundreds of friends and family that may not be followers of Jesus. Help welcome and encourage these visitors during services, distribute Christmas cookies at the Christmas Production, or pass out candles at the Candlelight Service.
• Christmas Production (Dec. 6 at 2 pm or Dec. 7 at 6 pm)
• Christmas Services (Dec. 22 at 8:45 am or 10:45 am)
• Christmas Eve Services (Dec. 24 at 5:00 pm + 11:00 pm)
To volunteer as a Greeter/Host at any of the following events, contact Ron at email@example.com
Deadline: December 22 • birthchoice.org
Birth Choice is a pro-life licensed medical center offering low cost healthcare to mothers facing unplanned pregnancies. Birth Choice needs donations of newborn size diapers/clothes and prenatal vitamins. Donations can be dropped off to the Calvary Church office Mondays - Fridays from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm until December 22. For more info, contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org
December 27 • maryskitchen.org
Volunteers are needed to help host breakfast (8:00 - 11:00am) and lunch (10:00 am - 1:00pm) for homeless men and women in Orange, two days after Christmas on Dec. 27.
December 2014 - March 2015 • mercyhouse.net
Mercy House’s OC Armory Emergency Shelter hosts 200+ homeless men, women and families nightly. Volunteers are needed to distribute meals and blankets at the Armory (612 E. Warner, Santa Ana, 92707) from 5:00 - 7:00am and 5:00 - 8:00pm.
For info or to volunteer, contact Lauren Celaya at 714.836.7188 ext. 128 or email@example.com
* Indicates a family-friendly volunteer opportunity
Calvary has formed strategic partnerships with non-profit organizations in our community that meet the 3 C's: they are CLOSE to Calvary, they have CONSISTENT volunteer opportunities that allow for ongoing relationships to be developed, and CHRIST can be shared through their organization. The 18 partnerships listed below line up with these values as we do our part to REACH Orange County and the World for Jesus Christ.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
Birth Choice (Orange) www.birthchoiceoc.org
– Pro-life medical center offering medical services pertaining to education and support for family, marriage, sexual and reproductive health, consistent with the inherent value of every human life. To volunteer contact Jennifer at 714.541.5484 x225 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cabrillo Park Renewal Project (Santa Ana)
– We partner with the City of Santa Ana and the Parks and Recreation Department (www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/parks) to help keep our Church neighborhood park clean and safe. To volunteer for a park clean-up day, contact Pastor Matt Doan at email@example.com or 714.550.2378.
*Photos from Cabrillo Park Renewal Days Gallery 1 | Gallery 2
*Photos from Easter Egg Outreach’s at Cabrillo Park Gallery 1 | Gallery 2
Capernaum/Young Life (Tustin) www.tustincapernaum.blogspot.com
- Capernaum is part of Young Life, a parachurch organization, which shares the gospel and reaches teenagers with disabilities. Capernaum gives these teenagers opportunities to have fun, try new things, build their self esteem, make new friends, and explore a personal relationship with God through club (regular monthly scheduled meetings), camps (week long in the summer), and other activities (such as karaoke nights and holiday parties). For more info or to volunteer contact Kara Kawanami at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408.489.3635.
Children Giving Gifts (Orange County) www.childrengivinggifts.org
– Dedicated to providing low-income children ages 5-12, a means to ‘shop” and give a gift (free of charge) to a family member during important times of the year. To volunteer at the next event contact Janeen at email@example.com or 949.233.8555.
Giving Children Hope (Orange County) www.gchope.org
- Faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty (domestically and abroad) through disaster relief, health and community development, vocational training and advocacy. To volunteer at the GCH where house in Buena Park, Ca or to find out about the latest relief project go to www.gchope.org/volunteer or contact Drew at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714.523.4454.
KidWorks (Santa Ana) www.kidsworksonline.org
– Developing the community of central Santa Ana through after-school tutoring and mentoring programs for youth and families. To volunteer, contact Donia Quon at email@example.com or 714.834.9400 ext.111.
Military Ministry (Orange County)
– Calvary lead ministry supporting members of US Armed forces and their families through the Calvary Church military prayer wall, quarterly prayer meetings and care packages. For more info or to volunteer contact Sheryl at firstname.lastname@example.org
Motel Ministry (Santa Ana)
– A Calvary run ministry serving motels on East 1st St. in Santa Ana. Calvary sends at team to distribute grocery boxes to motel residents the 2nd Saturday of every month. To volunteer, meet at 2111 E. 1ST St. in Santa Ana at 10am on the 2nd Saturday of the month or contact Pastor Matt Doan at email@example.com or 714.550.2378.
OliveCrest (Santa Ana) www.olivecrest.org
– Runs foster, mentor and group home programs that aim to transform the lives of abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families. To volunteer contact OliveCrest at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714.543.5437.
Operation Love (Orange County)
– Calvary run ministry serving widows, single mom’s and the elderly through on-going home repairs and yard maintence. To volunteer contact Joe France at email@example.com or contact Pastor Matt Doan at 714.550.2378.
Orange County Rescue Mission (Orange County) www.rescuemission.org
– The mission of the OC Rescue Mission is to minister the love of Jesus Christ to the Least, the Last, and the Lost of our Community through the provision of assistance in the areas of guidance, counseling, education, job training, shelter, food, clothing, health care and independent living communities. To volunteer contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 714.247.4326.
REACH Orphan (Orange County)
– A Calvary Church ministry focusing on Foster Care, Domestic Adoption, International Adoption and Orphan Care Relief Efforts. Go www.calvarylife.org/reach/reach_openarms for more info or contact Pastor Matt Doan at email@example.com 714.550.2378.
*Shoes for Ethiopa Video
- A Calvary ministry serving men and women who are incarcerated and their families. The signature event of this ministry is our annual Angel Tree Christmas Outreach where our Church donates 200 gifts to children of prisoners.
For more info contact Marlene Eckert at firstname.lastname@example.org
Release Time Christian Education (Anaheim) www.anaheimrt.org
– Serves public elementary school students in Anaheim through 30 minute in-school Bible Studies. For volunteer opportunities contact Candy Kenney at email@example.com or at 714.836.4776.
Safe Families (Orange County) www.safe-families.org
– Providing Biblical Hospitality to Orange County families in crisis. Safe Families provide temporary homes to children (0-18) for 1 to 40 days during a family crisis. To become a Safe Family or for more info contact Contact Renee Franks at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 1.800.550.CHILD (2445), ext. 1234.
The Sheepfold (Orange) www.thesheepfold.org
– Provides shelter, refuge and a new beginning for abused women and their children. To volunteer at the Sheepfold thrift store in Orange or to find out about current volunteer opportunities go to www.thesheepfold.org/volunteers or contact DeAnne at DeAnne@thesheepfold.org or 714.237.1444.
Young Life (Tustin) www.CentralOC.younglife.org
- Reaches out to un-churched adolescents by entering into their world through attending school events, games, school campuses etc. Young Life is committed to introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. You can get involved by opening up your home for weekly club, sponsoring students to winter and summer camp or by joining the volunteer leadership team. Contact Kristy Fox, Tustin Young Life area director at 714.412.9826 for more info.
There are also several key ongoing ministries and special outreach events throughout the year that serve as bridge-building opportunities for people at Calvary to invite their friends, family, coworkers and neighbors to church:
Vacation Bible School (1st - 6th grade)
This is a week of adventure and exitement during the summer where kids can bring their friends to hear about Jesus. Each day kids will be part of fun Bible learning, and it's absolutely free! Find out more...
Light the Night
This is a fun and safe alternative to "trick or treating" on October 31. Activities include: Carnival game booths and rides, cakewalk, large inflatable games, live entertainment, puppet show and a special carnival area just for preschoolers. There is lots of candy for the kids and the public is invited. This is event is free!
Find out more...
The annual Christmas outreach production is a dramatic musical with many opportunities to use gifts in acting, dance and singing. To find out more about Calvary's Drama Ministry or how you can be a part of this fantastic outreach, contact Linda Paszkiewicz at 714.550.2301. email@example.com
Athletics is a ministry "beyond the sanctuary" to break down social barriers and build stronger Christ-centered relationships by providing opportunities for fellowship, outreach and service. Athletics is a common denominator that bridges across ethnic, language, cultural and economic barriers. This attribute makes athletics an ideal vehicle for reaching people for Christ who would not resist other means. Find out more...