FAITH of Rabun County
Foothills Counseling Center
Sharing and Caring
Habersham Christian Learning Center
Habersham Homeless Ministries
Circle of Hope
Anglican Frontier Missions
Prevent Child Abuse Habersham
Habersham Soup Kitchen
Episcopal Relief and Development
Habitat for Humanity
University of the South
The mission of the Outreach Committee is twofold:
1.To provide leadership and encouragement to members of the congregation of Grace-Calvary in personally reaching out to others in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ; and
2.To provide prayer, encouragement and financial support for the ministries of selected organizations engaged in His service, in our local community, our diocese, our nation and to the ends of the earth.
Ministering to one another is a way of life at Grace-Calvary. So is ministering to others beyond our church family, freely giving of our time and talents for those who are in need. The Habersham Soup Kitchen and Sharing and Caring Places (Link) are two local programs Grace-Calvary helped establish and our members still support these ministries by serving as volunteers or serving on the Board of Directors.
Our facilities are used for 12 step support groups on a regular basis. Alcoholic Anonymous meets in St. Julian Hall three evenings a week and Saturday morning. Narcotics Anonymous meets there two evenings a week. There is an Al-Anon group that meets in the Parish House Meeting Room on Saturday mornings. While these groups donate money to help defray the cost of utilities, providing support to these groups is an important Outreach Ministry for many members of our community.
Grace-Calvary hosts 12-step groups on five days out of the week. Unless otherwise noted, they’re in St. Julian Hall.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Also Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings: Monday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m.
Al-Anon (for friends and families of alcoholics): Meets in the Parish House across the road from the church, on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. (An introductory meeting for newcomers is held on the third Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m.)
Foothills Counseling Center
Foothills Counseling Center is based in our Parish House. The center uses our facilities to offer counseling to the larger community on a “sliding scale.” One room in the Parish House is designated specifically for their use and 0ther rooms are used on occasion as the need arises. They also use our office equipment as needed. This donation helps enable them to keep the cost of counseling in reach for many people who might not otherwise be able to get the support they need. For more information about the center, visit Foothills Counseling Center.
“I was in prison, and you visited me.” (Matthew 25:36). Individual members of Grace-Calvary have been volunteering at the nearby Lee Arrendale State Prison for women in Alto. Recently, we began to consider ways we might create a prison ministry that could engage Grace-Calvary as a whole. There are many bureaucratic and security obstacles to serving at the prison, but some progress has been made. We’ve donated copies of the Book of Common Prayer for inmates’ personal use, plus useful items to the prison’s “Faith and Character” program.
Dedicated members from Grace-Calvary have been volunteering at Lee Arrendale State Prison in Alto for many years. During this past year we have considered expanding our presence at Lee Arrendale as a potential site for parish-wide service, as a new addition to our Outreach Program.
Inspired by an article in the Winter 2015 diocesan publication, Pathways, the Episcopal Church Women board invited Rev. Cathy Zappa to our campus last March for a brainstorming session. Rev. Zappa, who serves as canon for spirituality and mission at the Cathedral of St. Philip, leads a weekly Episcopal worship service for inmates, and has been integrally involved with programming at the prison. Zappa met Grace-Calvary’s interest with energy and enthusiasm. Soon, a vision began to emerge. Key steps have included:
- Volunteers attending the weekly worship service, building relationships with participating inmates.
- Furnishing 43 Books of Common Prayer for inmates’ personal use.
- Volunteers assisting at the Children’s Center monthly visitations between inmates and their children.
- Parishioners representing Grace-Calvary at the “Healing Communities” training which was sponsored by the Cathedral of St. Philip and the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support, and Reentry.
- Furnishing notebooks of knit and crochet patterns for residents of the “Faith and Character” dorm at the prison.
- A trained volunteer is beginning weekly counseling/mentoring sessions with individual inmates this month.
- An additional volunteer will be assisting with transportation arrangements for children attending monthly mother-child visitations beginning this month.
A small committee of parishioners meets monthly to continue this dialogue and discernment process. More information will be forthcoming as this ministry continues to evolve, providing additional opportunities to participate. Please continue to keep this liaison in your prayers as Grace-Calvary continues to seek tangible ways to show Christ’s love in our world.
The Episcopal Church work at Lee Arrendale State Prison is led by Rev. Cathy Zappa, who also serves as Canon for Spirituality and Mission at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. Candler School of Theology also sends students there, and their website offers a brief overview of Arrendale Prison work. The Episcopal Church Prison Ministry nation-wide also offers a Facebook page where parishes share news and ideas.
With the proceeds from our 2015 Epiphany Dinner, we were able to purchase several animals for families in need, through Episcopal Relief and Development.
During the Christmas season, members of the parish filled 86 boxes for Operation Christmas Child, a program we participated in with First Baptist Church of Cornelia. Members also contributed toy, clothes and several bicycles so that 10 children from Baldwin Elementary School would receive Christmas gifts.
In addition, the committee meets monthly to organize projects that engage the whole congregation in hands-on outreach projects. These projects usually last a month or two. In the past we’ve collected useful items for children going back to school, for women at Arrendale Prison, and for the Church of the Common Ground (which serves homeless people in Atlanta.)
In addition to offering our facilities and volunteers, we also have a Grant Program. Last year, the following grants were distributed.
12 Programs funded in the 2016 budget of $6,000:
Local programs: ($3,800)
|Alliance for African Am. Music||$200|
|Circle of Hope||600|
|Grace Gate ( free medical clinic.)||800|
|Hab Christian Learning Center||1,000|
|Habersham Co. Soup Kitchen||100|
|Habersham Homeless Ministries||600|
Regional programs: ($1,600)
|Camp Mikell||$ 500|
|University of the South||600|
International programs: ($1,000)
|Anglican Frontier Missions||$ 500|
The priest’s discretionary fund
On the third Sunday of each month, the “loose offerings” — offerings other than pledge fulfillments — are collected into the priest’s discretionary fund. They’re used for all kinds of emergencies, both local and in the wider world. Funds may buy groceries, pay a utility bill, make an opportunity feasible, or help disaster survivors somewhere else in the world.