Building On Faith Restoration Project
Our Commitment ~ Our Community
We are launching our Building On Faith Restoration Project. Our goal is to restore our 143-year-old historical church building. This is not only where we worship. It is where we live out our faith with outreach to the community. This is what we mean when we say, “Our Commitment, Our Community.”
It is our legacy, which began with the former Calvary Presbyterian Church. From our current building at East 79th Street and Euclid Avenue, Calvary for decades had ministries aimed at meeting spiritual as well as community needs. In 2013, Calvary and Glenville New Life Community Church merged to form New Life At Calvary. The legacy continues.
We want our community to know that we love them and care about them. NLAC’s ministries include our food pantry and community meals, our prison ministry, and Calvary’s Closet, which provides free clothing and other items. Our John Bruere Scholarship Fund has helped hundreds of students throughout Ohio over the years. We’ve always placed a high value on making sure young people, whether in the congregation or the community, have enriching experiences. We give free piano lessons and hold summer and spring break camps for children, either for free or for a nominal fee.
Our plan for the NLAC Sanctuary includes replacing the roof and restoring 36 historical stained-glass windows. We also intend to replace the heating system and the gym roof, restore the North Tower, and fix our exterior masonry walls to address major deterioration issues.
Paying for repairs and restoration will be costly because the church is a historical building. The Romanesque stone church was designed by Charles F. Schweinfurth, Cleveland’s preeminent architect of the late 1800s. Some of the stained-glass windows were crafted by Louis Comfort Tiffany and John LaFarge. Calvary was the first church in Cleveland to build a gym, which dates at least to 1900.
Let’s be frank. Calvary was built by the wealthy. NLAC is a congregation of working- and middle-class people. Still, we have a commitment to making sure that this building, which is part of our legacy as well as Cleveland’s architectural legacy, is maintained. The Cleveland Restoration Society of Cleveland is aiding with historical preservation. They recently finished the preliminary procedures for our building's candidacy for the National Register of Historic Places.
We need your help to be successful with this large project. Please donate. Every amount makes a difference! You can give in a variety of ways.