Reverend Joann

Calvary Faith in Action Focus: Income Inequality and Bay Area Youth
Interested in learning how income inequality in the Bay Area is adversely affecting youth ages 16-24? Please join us for a video conversation with Mark Cole, Chief Operating Officer at New Door Ventures, one of Calvary’s non-profit community partners. Mark will also talk about the impact of the coronavirus on New Door Ventures programs and the youth they serve. Mark Cole, Chief Operating Officer of New Door Ventures, oversees New Door Ventures’ social enterprises, Ashbury Images and Pedal Revolution, in addition to finance, human resources, administration and organizational learning functions. He also leads planning and development of key strategic initiatives. New Door Ventures helps disconnected youth – those without a job and not in school, between the ages of 16 and 24 – get ready for work and life. Many of the youth have experienced homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse, or other challenges. At New Door, youth work on completing their education, learn job readiness skills and are offered real jobs at one of their social enterprises. They depend on partners and volunteers like Calvary to help them with mock job interviews, resume review, career panels, as well as financial assistance.

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Talking with Kids About the Order of Worship in the Bulletin.

If I visited Calvary for the first time and had not been to a Presbyterian church before, I would want someone to help me understand what I was doing throughout the order of worship. This blog provides an example of how some churches annotate their bulletins so children, youth, and adults can learn more about why we choose to read, sing, pray, and listen at certain times during the worship service. Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church ( in Louisville, Kentucky offers a model of how to explain the order of worship. Being transparent about how we worship together is in line with our reformed tradition. We can read and interpret the Bible ourselves, as well as worship and say prayers with our own bodies. Many years ago, a priest would do all of this while the congregation sat or stood. It is important for parents to share with their children that all people have the freedom to contribute to a worship service. By singing, listening, praying, and sharing, we get to know each other and witness each other’s talents and inspiring work. Fellowship and education events are only part of the ways that we form our faith together. Participating in worship is what binds us together each Sunday, so that we can support each other at or outside of church during the week.

Support Trans Kids

Calvary Presbyterian Church continues to support transgender youth and adults. March 2023 is Transgender Awareness Month. We show our continuing support through messages such as, “Trans Lives Matter,” “Believe Trans Kids,” “Support Trans Kids,” and “Protect Trans Kids.” This blog will offer some insight into Presbyterian and San Francisco organizations that actively support and advocate for LGBTQI+ people. I hope that you will take time to read through these resources. There is hope. So many inspired people of all ages are working together for freedom, safety, and love. Now that I am raising two teens I have come to more clearly understand the context and reality that LGBTQI+ youth live in every day. It is crucial to support the growth and development of transgender children and youth who sense that their “gender identity does not correspond with, or sit comfortably with, the sex they were registered at birth.” That is the definition of transgender offered by Twinkl, an education website for children ages preschool to 8th grade. See more definitions at the end of this blog. Transgender children, youth, young adults, adults, and senior adults do not want to be "othered" as they are children of God. We want to believe, support, and protect them, so that they can live safely and freely without fear and shame. When adults do not see or support children or youth as they are, the risks of gender dysphoria and youth suicide increase. God created all of us in Their image. May we have the courage to send out Jesus’ message of love and acceptance to ourselves and all people.

2022 Annual Report