Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, June 16, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear Members and Friends of Calvary,

Andrei Rublev created an icon 600 years ago which still shines today as an expression of the mystery of the Holy Trinity. This Sunday this glorious and confounding way of describing the power and reach of our God will be at the heart of our worship.

Join us as we contemplate the Three in One and celebrate what God’s identity as a Being in total relationship with us might mean.

Many blessings,
Norman


World Refugee Day, 

Thursday, June 20


“On World Refugee Day, pray, learn about refugees, learn about what you can do, and do whatever you can to help the strangers in our midst.” 

Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry

 
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Go here to see the Presiding Bishop's 3 minute video on the history of the Episcopal Church and our work with refugees.


Tonight!

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This is the first in a series of gatherings at parishioners’ homes this summer.  A relaxing evening to get to know each other better.  The parameters are simple: all events are held outside (or in an outdoor structure, in case of inclement weather), bring the kids, yard games and a simple munchie to share.  Pack your cooler with whatever your family likes to drink and reusable dishes/glassware.  Hosts provide the venue and tables. 

 Hope to see you there!!!

 Future dates & locations to be announced


Calvary Film Festival

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: June 18, 2019

Back To Burgundy: Anticipating their father's imminent death, three siblings reunite at their home in Burgundy to preserve the vineyard that ties them together in this tender and modern tale of familial strife and resilience.


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Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Next Brunch Bunch:
Sunday, July 14

Life doesn't get much better than this!!

Our next Brunch will be on July 14 at 11:15 at Breakwater... Note the time change.. join us for a fun brunch by the harbor.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


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Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Mexico Border Ministries: 
Information & Opportunities

5:30 p.m., Monday, June 24 - St. James Church, New London


Dear Friends at Calvary Church,

The images that we see from life along our border with Mexico evoke a range of responses, and often a desire to do something. A group in St. James’, New London has recently heard first-hand accounts, and has received a list of different agencies and groups ministering along the border. 

You are invited to come learn more about their findings on Monday, June 24th at 5:30pm at St. James: 76 Federal St., New London. We hope to have recent visitors to the border present as well. Whether or not you can attend, we ask your prayers and thoughtful participation in how God is calling us to respond as people who bear witness to the love of God for all.

Thank you,

Rachel Thomas,
Southeast Region Missionary

Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Food Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of pineapple, soups (chicken, beef, and vegetable), jelly, Spam, clam chowder, pasta noodles, and spaghetti sauce in cans.


Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, June 16
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Tuesday, June 18
7 p.m. -- Calvary Movie Night

Wednesday, June 19
3:30 p.m. -- WARM Shelter food preparation / kitchen

Friday, June 21
7:30 a.m. -- Men's Breakfast / parish hall
6 p.m. -- Uganda Mission Chicken barbeque / church yard

Sunday, June 23
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall


Refreshment Hour

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Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour.

There are still Sundays when you can volunteer to host this gathering.

This is a great opportunity for fellowship. Weather permitting, "Refreshment Hour" can now be served on a card table in the courtyard. Tables are stored in the Parish Hall closet. Hosts provide a gallon each of lemonade and iced tea (sold at Big Y), and some cookies. Paper cups are stored in lower drawers in the kitchen. Any questions...Please email Evelynnlyons@hotmail.com or call her at 203-249-2497


How to include your announcement in the Weekly NOTES and/or Sunday Bulletin

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  1. Call or email Betsy Stevenson at (860) 535-1181 or communications@calvarychurchstonington.org with your request

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

  3. If you have an image or photograph you would like included in the NOTES, send it as a .jpeg attachment

  4. Deadline for inclusion: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday of the week you want your announcement included




Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

You can listen to our second Sunday service from a distance. Here are directions: Participants should dial 1-857-957-1130 (toll free). Following the voice prompt, enter the access code of 215 866 948#.


 
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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, June 9, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear Members and Friends of Calvary,

The breath of God’s Spirit moved through the life of Calvary Church during the past months. Through the efforts of scores of the faithful, that Spirit spoke to the Rev. Gillian Barr. And in the Spirit, she accepted the call to be the next Rector of this parish by the sea. Prayer accompanied every step of the path to this call.

This Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the moment when the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples gathered in Jerusalem. This great wind of God propelled them into the city squares to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to people who became astonished and transformed. 

In the weeks ahead we will continue to pray for your next Rector and for the people of Calvary, knowing that God’s Spirit will continue to move through this community.

Many blessings,
Norman


A Message from Calvary's New Rector

The Rev. Gillian R. Barr

 
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I am extremely honored to have been called to be the next rector of Calvary Church. I am excited to serve a parish with such a wonderful combination of gifts: a love of the best of Anglican worship and music and a passion for sharing it with others, care and concern for children and families, active outreach ministries with those near and far, generous hospitality, and the desire to continue to grow in your faith. Your Transition teams and Vestry have been wonderful ambassadors, and I look forward to getting to know and love you all. I can’t wait until I join you in Stonington. Until then, to borrow from the letter to the Ephesians, 'I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.' (Ephesians 1:15-16)

The Rev. Gillian Barr

(If you would like to see more information on the Rev. Gillian Barr, go to the Calvary Church website.)


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Follow Alice Despard's Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

Calvary Sexton and choir member Alice Despard is walking the Camino and sharing her experiences on her blog. We invite you to follow her journey here.

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Calvary Film Festival

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: June 4, 2019

And Breathe Normally: An Icelandic single mom struggling with poverty and a Guinea-Bissauan asylum seeker facing deportation find their lives intertwined in unexpected ways.


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This is the first in a series of gatherings at parishioners’ homes this summer.  A relaxing evening to get to know each other better.  The parameters are simple: all events are held outside (or in an outdoor structure, in case of inclement weather), bring the kids, yard games and a simple munchie to share.  Pack your cooler with whatever your family likes to drink and reusable dishes/glassware.  Hosts provide the venue and tables. 

 Hope to see you there!!!

 Future dates & locations to be announced


Hill-Stead Museum and Garden

Photos from May 27 visit

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Tom Verde organized a visit to see Hill-Stead’s world-class collection of French Impressionist paintings and fine art, exquisite decorative arts and handsome antiques. These are on display in a 1901 Colonial Revival house, designed by one of the country’s first female architects, Theodate Pope Riddle.


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Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

Next Brunch Bunch:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, June 9, @ 11:45 at Breakwater on Water Street. So if you are available and would like to join the gathering, please do. No reservations are needed. We enjoy good food, fellowship and conversation.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Food Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of pineapple, soups (chicken, beef, and vegetable), jelly, Spam, clam chowder, pasta noodles, and spaghetti sauce in cans.

June 12, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Baker Auditorium, 7:00pm. Gun Violence as Public Health Issue

Presentation by Dr. Megan Ranney, Chief Research Officer of AFFIRM Research a non-profit committed to solving the American gun violence epidemic through innovation and evidence. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Director and Founder of the Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation program.  Light refreshments will be served; event is free, but please register at https://tinyurl.com/y6zn5vuo 

Sponsored by the Greater New London Clergy Association and L& M Hospital.


Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, June 9, Pentecost
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
11:45 a.m. -- Calvary Brunch Bunch / Breakwater Restaurant
3 p.m. -- Calvary Music School Concert / church & parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Tuesday, June 11
7 p.m. -- Calvary Movie Night

Friday, June 14
11 a.m. -- Prayer Group / church
6 p.m. -- Porch Party / 159-161 Wamphassuc Road, Stonington

Sunday, June 16
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall


Refreshment Hour

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Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour.

There are still Sundays when you can volunteer to host this gathering.

This is a great opportunity for fellowship. Weather permitting, "Refreshment Hour" can now be served on a card table in the courtyard. Tables are stored in the Parish Hall closet. Hosts provide a gallon each of lemonade and iced tea (sold at Big Y), and some cookies. Paper cups are stored in lower drawers in the kitchen. Any questions...Please email Evelynnlyons@hotmail.com or call her at 203-249-2497


How to include your announcement in the Weekly NOTES and/or Sunday Bulletin

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  1. Call or email Betsy Stevenson at (860) 535-1181 or communications@calvarychurchstonington.org with your request

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

  3. If you have an image or photograph you would like included in the NOTES, send it as a .jpeg attachment

  4. Deadline for inclusion: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday of the week you want your announcement included




Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

You can listen to our second Sunday service from a distance. Here are directions: Participants should dial 1-857-957-1130 (toll free). Following the voice prompt, enter the access code of 215 866 948#.


 
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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, June 2, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear members and friends of Calvary:

I have had the joy this week of meeting with parents of Calvary’s young people. Brenda Hultgren and Stephanie Spelman, both parents and church school leaders, and I prepared for our coming Youth Sunday, June 2. The preacher at both 8 and 10 will be Nellie Horvath, soon to be a graduate of Stonington High School and this coming fall to be a freshman at Salve Regina University in Newport. Nellie will also lead a chorus of Calvary children in a special youth anthem, accompanied on the piano by Tsegaye Janat. Our Calvary children will take on many of the worship leadership roles at the 10 a.m. service.

This service celebrates the young people among us. We also give thanks for the parents and church school teachers so dedicated to our children’s growth “into the full stature of Christ.”

The cover of our Sunday bulletin this week will display this prayer:

God our Father, you see your children growing up in an
unsteady and confusing world: Show them that your ways
give more life than the ways of the world, and that following
you is better than chasing after selfish goals. Help them to
take failure, not as a measure of their worth, but as a chance
for a new start. Give them strength to hold their faith in you,
and to keep alive their joy in your creation; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.

Many blessings,
Norman


YOUTH SUNDAY!!!!

10am, June 2

 
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Join us at the 10am service on June 2 when Calvary's Sunday school marks the end of the school year, and let the kids take over! The children will be leading us in this service, with Nellie Horvath as our guest “preacher”. The celebration will close with a festive coffee hour.


TOMORROW!

ECW Annual Yard Sale

8:30am - 1pm

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All Yard Sale proceeds will be used to support more than 21 different charities here and around the world.


Calvary Music School & Calvary Nursery School FUNdraisers

Sunday, June 9

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Follow Alice Despard's Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

Calvary Sexton and choir member Alice Despard is walking the Camino and sharing her experiences on her blog. We invite you to follow her journey here.

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Calvary Film Festival

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: June 4, 2019

The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming: The lighter side of Russian interference in our democracy! A Russian submarine runs aground near a small New England town, and it's up to Lt. Rozanov (Alan Arkin) as the Russians' second-in-command to covertly secure a towboat to avoid an international confrontation. When he hooks up with residents such as Walt Whittaker (Carl Reiner) and the police chief (Brian Keith), all hell breaks loose. This classic comedy earned three Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture.


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This is the first in a series of gatherings at parishioners’ homes this summer.  A relaxing evening to get to know each other better.  The parameters are simple: all events are held outside (or in an outdoor structure, in case of inclement weather), bring the kids, yard games and a simple munchie to share.  Pack your cooler with whatever your family likes to drink and reusable dishes/glassware.  Hosts provide the venue and tables. 

 Hope to see you there!!!

 Future dates & locations to be announced


The 1847 Pins are in...

 
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The purpose of the 1847 Society of Calvary Church is to recognize with gratitude those members of the parish who provide or intend to provide a future financial benefit to support the mission of Calvary Church. With this objective in mind, the Church is offering a lapel pin to each parishioner who qualifies for such recognition. 

Information regarding the Calvary Church Endowment, Planned Giving and the 1847 Society can be found in pamphlets located at the back of the Church, in the Parish Hall, in the Parish Office or on the Church website. Please let us know if you have additional questions regarding making a future gift to Calvary Church. Participation is open to all and all gifts are welcome.

The Stewardship Committee


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The Uganda Mission Team's Annual 

Chicken BBQ and all the Fixen's 

Friday, June 21, 6-8 PM

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Advance ticket sales will take place June 2, 9 and 16, following both services. The presale prices are $12.00 for adults, $6:00 for kids 12 and under, and $35.00 for a family. All proceeds benefit Calvary’s Mission Work in Uganda.


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Ugandan Dinner, May 28

Tom Verde, Ann Buffum, Kate Robins and Barbara Loftus enjoy a traditional Ugandan dinner before watching the film 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.'


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

Next Brunch Bunch:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, June 9, @ 11:45 at Breakwater on Water Street. So if you are available and would like to join the gathering, please do. No reservations are needed. We enjoy good food, fellowship and conversation.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Food Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of pineapple, soups (chicken, beef, and vegetable), jelly, Spam, clam chowder, pasta noodles, and spaghetti sauce in cans.

June 12, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Baker Auditorium, 7:00pm. Gun Violence as Public Health Issue

Presentation by Dr. Megan Ranney, Chief Research Officer of AFFIRM Research a non-profit committed to solving the American gun violence epidemic through innovation and evidence. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Director and Founder of the Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation program.  Light refreshments will be served; event is free, but please register at https://tinyurl.com/y6zn5vuo Sponsored by the Greater New London Clergy Association and L& M Hospital.


Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, June 2
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II, YOUTH service
11 a.m. -- YOUTH refreshment hour / parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Wednesday, June 5
9:45 a.m. -- Episcopal Church Women meeting / parish hall

Thursday, June 6
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells / church
6:30 p.m. -- Choir / choir room

Sunday, June 9
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
12 p.m. -- Calvary Nursery School 'Paint & Sip' / Stonington Vineyards
3 p.m. -- Calvary Music School Concert / church & parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall


Calvary Member Directory

Now Available

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The new church member directories are now available in the back of the church and in the church office.


Refreshment Hour

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Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour.

There are still Sundays when you can volunteer to host this gathering.

This is a great opportunity for fellowship. Weather permitting, "Refreshment Hour" can now be served on a card table in the courtyard. Tables are stored in the Parish Hall closet. Hosts provide a gallon each of lemonade and iced tea (sold at Big Y), and some cookies. Paper cups are stored in lower drawers in the kitchen. Any questions...Please email Evelynnlyons@hotmail.com or call her at 203-249-2497


How to include your announcement in the Weekly NOTES and/or Sunday Bulletin

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  1. Call or email Betsy Stevenson at (860) 535-1181 or communications@calvarychurchstonington.org with your request

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

  3. If you have an image or photograph you would like included in the NOTES, send it as a .jpeg attachment

  4. Deadline for inclusion: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday of the week you want your announcement included




Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

You can listen to our second Sunday service from a distance. Here are directions: Participants should dial 1-857-957-1130 (toll free). Following the voice prompt, enter the access code of 215 866 948#.


 
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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, May 26, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear members and friends of Calvary Church:

On this Memorial Day weekend, we have as a Sunday reading a passage from the book of Revelation. It describes a vision of the union of heaven and earth, of the spiritual Jerusalem descending. The author/seer describes startling sights. The words that grab my imagination are, “And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light. .”

As the outer light grows approaching the summer solstice, this idea of light shining without “lamp or sun” points toward our experiences of inner light: times of understanding or periods of happiness.

I pray in this time of transition at Calvary, all will come to know and rejoice in God’s light, shining on the new paths before us.

Many blessings,
Norman


May 19 was a Celebratory Sunday

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Honoring Barbara Loftus

Calvary threw a party to celebrate Barbara Loftus' recognition by the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) in Connecticut for her work as a lay leader.

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Calvary Music School Spring Recital

Bravo to our hard working and talented students! Some highlights: piano students Sam Lund and Emilia Leeming, and voice student Harriet Hardaway. Graduating senior Katy King, who will major in music at UConn, received special recognition for her studies in organ and voice with Matthew Provost and Margaret Tyler.

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Sunday, June 2, will be a celebration, as well, because it's

YOUTH SUNDAY!!!!

 
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Join us at the 10AM service on June 2 when Calvary's Sunday school marks the end of the school year, and let the kids take over! The children will be leading us in this service, with Nellie Horvath as our guest “preacher”. The celebration will close with a festive coffee hour. 

If your child would like to take part (as a reader, usher, etc.) please email brendahultgren@gmail.com.


Calvary Member Directory

Now available

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The new church member directories are now available in the back of the church and in the church office.


The 1847 Pins are in...

 
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The purpose of the 1847 Society of Calvary Church is to recognize with gratitude those members of the parish who provide or intend to provide a future financial benefit to support the mission of Calvary Church. With this objective in mind, the Church is offering a lapel pin to each parishioner who qualifies for such recognition. 

Information regarding the Calvary Church Endowment, Planned Giving and the 1847 Society can be found in pamphlets located at the back of the Church, in the Parish Hall, in the Parish Office or on the Church website. Please let us know if you have additional questions regarding making a future gift to Calvary Church. Participation is open to all and all gifts are welcome.

The Stewardship Committee


Follow Alice Despard's Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

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Calvary Sexton and choir member Alice Despard is walking the Camino and sharing her experiences on her blog. We invite you to follow her journey here

The Camino de Santiago known in English as the Way of Saint James among other names, is a network of pilgrim's ways or pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. The pilgrimage takes, on average, five weeks to complete.


Save the Date!
ECW Annual Yard Sale

Saturday, June 1, 8:30am - 1pm

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Plans are underway for the Annual Spring Yard Sale to be held on Saturday, June 1stfrom 8:30 to 1:00 at Calvary Church, 27 Church St. in Stonington borough. Pictured above are committee members Carole Barnard, Melinda Mears, Amy Carvell and Kay Graham.

It's time to start clearing out those wonderful treasures you no longer want or need from your attics, basements and garages, which would be treasures for someone else.

Please help us by donating these items to ECW's Annual Yard Sale.

Drop-off days in the parish hall will be:

  • Wednesday, May 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Friday, May 31, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

All proceeds will be used to support more than 21 different charities here and around the world. Call Carole Barnard at 860-535-9480 if you need help transporting heavy items.

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SWEET TOOTH BOOTH

The Yard Sale's Sweet Tooth Booth welcomes homemade treats from cookies and brownies to muffins and pound cakes, candies and pies.... oh my!

Peggy Vermilya has details. (860) 535-3623, margaret.vermilya@gmail.com


Special Uganda Mission Movie Night and Dinner


Tuesday, May 28, at 6pm

 
 

As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: May 28, 2019

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: When poverty forces 13-year-old William Kamkwamba to leave school, a teacher gives the enterprising youngster access to the school library so he can try to construct a wind turbine -- which may save his village from famine. Based on a true story.

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Enjoy Calvary's Popular Annual Ugandan Dinner

"The Boy who Harnessed the Wind" will be shown at 6:00 pm and will include Ugandan food prepared by Calvary’s Ugandan mission team. Donations are welcome. They will help support the church’s Ugandan mission.


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Calvary Field Trips to the Cliff Walk in Newport & Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington

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Please join us on this springtime outing to Hill-Stead Museum and Gardens in Farmington, CT

 

 On Saturday, MAY 25, we will travel to Farmington for a guided tour of Hill-Stead’s world-class collection of French Impressionist paintings and fine art on display in the property’s 1901 Colonial Revival house, designed by one of the country’s first female architects, Theodate Pope Riddle. Additionally, we will visit the gardens on the grounds designed by renowned landscape designer, Beatrix Farrand.

Cost for seniors is $18 ($20 for regular admission)

 We will carpool from Calvary
(carpool volunteers needed!)

Departure time is 8:30 a.m.

 RSVP to Tom Verde for either trip at writah@gmail.com or call 860-710-1932

(Please advise if you are willing to volunteer to drive in the carpool)


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This is the first in a series of gatherings at parishioners’ homes this summer.  A relaxing evening to get to know each other better.  The parameters are simple: all events are held outside (or in an outdoor structure, in case of inclement weather), bring the kids, yard games and a simple munchie to share.  Pack your cooler with whatever your family likes to drink and reusable dishes/glassware.  Hosts provide the venue and tables. 

 Hope to see you there!!!

 Future dates & locations to be announced


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

Next Brunch Bunch:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, June 9, @ 11:45 at Breakwater on Water Street. So if you are available and would like to join the gathering, please do. No reservations are needed. We enjoy good food, fellowship and conversation.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Food Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of pineapple, soups (chicken, beef, and vegetable), jelly, Spam, clam chowder, pasta noodles, and spaghetti sauce in cans.

May 29, St Stephen’s East Haddam will be hosting a potluck dinner for the CT River Pilgrimage at 6pm

Come for a meal and conversation with people who are currently and formerly homeless and learn about the experience of housing insecurity and homelessness in Connecticut, and especially along the Connecticut River as we welcome a group of pilgrims to East Haddam, as they paddle down the Connecticut River

This event is sponsored by St. Stephen's, the Southeast and South Central Regions of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, and LEAD, a committee of the Coalition on Housing and Homelessness. This event is free and open to the public, and dinner will be provided. Folks are asked to bring a side dish. Sign up through Eventbrite or call the parish office at 860-873-9547 

June 12, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Baker Auditorium, 7:00pm. Gun Violence as Public Health Issue

Presentation by Dr. Megan Ranney, Chief Research Officer of AFFIRM Research a non-profit committed to solving the American gun violence epidemic through innovation and evidence. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Director and Founder of the Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation program.  Light refreshments will be served; event is free, but please register at https://tinyurl.com/y6zn5vuo Sponsored by the Greater New London Clergy Association and L& M Hospital. 


Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, May 26

8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Tuesday, May 28

6 p.m. -- Uganda Mission Movie Night and Dinner / parish hall

Wednesday, May 29

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- ECW Yard Sale Drop Off / parish hall

Thursday, May 30

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- ECW Yard Sale Drop Off / parish hall
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells / church
6:30 p.m. -- Choir / choir room

Friday, May 31

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. -- ECW Yard Sale Drop Off / parish hall
11 a.m. -- Prayer Group / church

Saturday, June 1

8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- ECW YARD SALE / church yard & parish hall

Sunday, June 2

8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II, YOUTH service
11 a.m. -- YOUTH coffee hour / parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall


Refreshment Hour

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Refreshment Hour
is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour.

All that is required is setting up some snacks, and preparing coffee and tea. A sign-up sheet and take home instructions are located on the kitchen door in the Parish Hall or contact Evelynn Lyons at 860-535-3286 or at evelynnlyons@hotmail.com.


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How to include your announcement in the Weekly NOTES and/or Sunday Bulletin

  1. Call or email Betsy Stevenson at (860) 535-1181 or communications@calvarychurchstonington.org with your request

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

  3. If you have an image or photograph you would like included in the NOTES, send it as a .jpeg attachment

  4. Deadline for inclusion: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday of the week you want your announcement included


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

You can listen to our second Sunday service from a distance. Here are directions: Participants should dial 1-857-957-1130 (toll free). Following the voice prompt, enter the access code of 215 866 948#.


 
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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, May 19, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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MAPPING STONINGTON

Forum, Sunday, May 19
with
The Rev. Rachel Thomas, Southeast Region Missionary

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Dear Calvary friends,

I would love to meet with any and all Calvary parishioners between the 8am and 10am times of worship on May 19th, to have your insights on “mapping” Stonington. 

Maybe you live in town. You can readily name places that bring you joy (for whatever reason) and places that break your heart. If you don’t live in town: well, you do come to Calvary to worship, and in the process you pass places that catch your attention. And you’re likely to have heard at least a bit of what goes on in town.

I’ll bring a map. We’ll mark these places of joy and sadness on the map. And then we’ll take a moment to consider what God’s Spirit might be suggesting about Calvary’s call to be a light of the Good News in Stonington. 

I hope you’ll be willing to explore your relationship with this town. I’ve done this in other parishes and found it to be enlightening and even fun.  

Sincerely,
The Rev. Rachel Thomas

The Rev. Rachel Thomas will lead both services at Calvary on Sunday, May 19


Celebratory Coffee Hour for Barbara Loftus
Sunday, May 19

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The Altar Guild and Prayer and Care Team are throwing a party after the 10 a.m. May 19, service to congratulate Barbara Loftus for her recognition by the CT Episcopal Church Women for her work as a lay leader. All are welcome.


Follow Alice Despard's Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

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Calvary Sexton and choir member Alice Despard is walking the Camino and sharing her experiences on her blog. We invite you to follow her journey here

The Camino de Santiago known in English as the Way of Saint James among other names, is a network of pilgrim's ways or pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. The pilgrimage takes, on average, five weeks to complete.


Calvary Music School

Spring Student Recital

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1pm, Sunday, May 19

Support our students and enjoy performances of flute, piano, organ, violin, percussion and voice at 1:00 p.m., in Calvary church, followed by a festive reception in the parish hall. All are welcome.


Save the Date!
ECW Annual Yard Sale

Saturday, June 1, 8:30am - 1pm

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Plans are underway for the Annual Spring Yard Sale to be held on Saturday, June 1stfrom 8:30 to 1:00 at Calvary Church, 27 Church St. in Stonington borough. Pictured above are committee members Carole Barnard, Melinda Mears, Amy Carvell and Kay Graham.

It's time to start clearing out those wonderful treasures you no longer want or need from your attics, basements and garages, which would be treasures for someone else.

Please help us by donating these items to ECW's Annual Yard Sale.

Drop-off days in the parish hall will be:

  • Wednesday, May 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Friday, May 31, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

All proceeds will be used to support more than 21 different charities here and around the world. Call Carole Barnard at 860-535-9480 if you need help transporting heavy items.

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SWEET TOOTH BOOTH

The Yard Sale's Sweet Tooth Booth welcomes homemade treats from cookies and brownies to muffins and pound cakes, candies and pies.... oh my!

Peggy Vermilya has details. (860) 535-3623, margaret.vermilya@gmail.com


Calvary Nursery School

Board Openings

The Calvary Nursery School Board has begun planning for our upcoming school year and would like to invite any church members interested in learning more about our board to contact us. 

Here is a quick overview of how the CNS Board works:

The CNS Board is an advisory board, which is comprised of volunteers from current parents, alumni parents, members of the church and our community.

We have between 8-9 members yearly in the following positions:

o  President

o  Vice President

o  Treasurer

o  Secretary

o  Events

o  Annual Appeal

o  Marketing

Our meetings are overseen by the Senior Warden(s) of the Vestry from Calvary Church and the Rector. Each member is committed to a 3 year term. We meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month (Sept-June) from 7-8/8:30PM.

Our board currently has 2 church members volunteering their time, Sarah Hill Canning and Linda McCallister, and would like to see that number increase. 

If you are interested and would like to obtain more information, please speak directly with Sarah, Linda or contact our current Board President & Vice President. 

Dana Dupont
(401) 575-1728
daemmerich@gmail.com     

Tracy Canning 
(914) 588-6171
tracytcanning@gmail.com


Special Uganda Mission Movie Night and Dinner


Tuesday, May 28, at 6pm

As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: May 28, 2019

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: When poverty forces 13-year-old William Kamkwamba to leave school, a teacher gives the enterprising youngster access to the school library so he can try to construct a wind turbine -- which may save his village from famine. Based on a true story.

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Enjoy Calvary's Popular Annual Ugandan Dinner

"The Boy who Harnessed the Wind" will be shown at 6:00 pm and will include Ugandan food prepared by Calvary’s Ugandan mission team. Donations are welcome. They will help support the church’s Ugandan mission.


Thank You!

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Thank You to all who have brought in fabric for our sewing collaborative with St. Anne's in Old Lyme. Our basket is almost full. This is a short term project until June 1. Vianna will be taking a suitcase full of fresh new clothes for the children to Uganda.

We will be collecting fabric until June 1. If you are interested in joining the Tuesday morning sewing group for a few hours in Old Lyme let us know! We will be going within the next few weeks. Contact Beverly Kowal or Karen McGee. beverly.kowal@comcast.net or mcgeecnm@yahoo.com.  


Calvary Field Trips to the Cliff Walk in Newport & Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington

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Please join us on this springtime outing to Hill-Stead Museum and Gardens in Farmington, CT

 

 On Saturday, MAY 25, we will travel to Farmington for a guided tour of Hill-Stead’s world-class collection of French Impressionist paintings and fine art on display in the property’s 1901 Colonial Revival house, designed by one of the country’s first female architects, Theodate Pope Riddle. Additionally, we will visit the gardens on the grounds designed by renowned landscape designer, Beatrix Farrand.

Cost for seniors is $18 ($20 for regular admission)

 We will carpool from Calvary
(carpool volunteers needed!)

Departure time is 8:30 a.m.

 RSVP to Tom Verde for either trip at writah@gmail.com or call 860-710-1932

(Please advise if you are willing to volunteer to drive in the carpool)


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This is the first in a series of gatherings at parishioners’ homes this summer.  A relaxing evening to get to know each other better.  The parameters are simple: all events are held outside (or in an outdoor structure, in case of inclement weather), bring the kids, yard games and a simple munchie to share.  Pack your cooler with whatever your family likes to drink and reusable dishes/glassware.  Hosts provide the venue and tables. 

 Hope to see you there!!!

 Future dates & locations to be announced


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

Next Brunch Bunch:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, June 9, @ 11:45 at Breakwater on Water Street. So if you are available and would like to join the gathering, please do. No reservations are needed. We enjoy good food, fellowship and conversation.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Food Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of pineapple, soups (chicken, beef, and vegetable), jelly, Spam, clam chowder, pasta noodles, and spaghetti sauce in cans.

Plant and Seedling Sale: United Church of Stonington

Saturday, May 18

Rain or shine! Flower, vegetable and herb plants including annuals, perennials, bulbs and house plants. There will also be a quilt and bake sale. For more information (860) 599-1701.

River Pilgrimage: Stories Untold
Kayak/Canoe, May 24-31

Rejoice in and give thanks for the miracle of all life that is made possible by the grace of God through water. Come on a River of Life Pilgrimage hosted by the South Central & Southeast Regions of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, in coordination with Kairos Earth. Pilgrims are invited to move deeply into prayer, contemplation, and movement by canoe or kayak as a community together from May 24-31. 

For more information or to apply for this opportunity please visit: https://kairosearth.org/pilgrimage/ or contact Rachel Thomas (rthomas@episcopalct.org) or Jo Brooks (jbrooks@kairosearth.org).


Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, May 19

8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite l
9 a.m. -- Rev. Rachel Thomas Forum 'Mapping Stonington'/ parish hall
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite ll
11 a.m. -- Coffee Hour honoring Barbara Loftus / parish hall
1 p.m. -- Calvary Music School Student Spring Recital / church & parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Tuesday, May 21
7 p.m. -- Nursery School Board meeting / sacristy

Thursday, May 23
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells / church
6:30 p.m. -- Choir / choir room


Friday, May 24
11 a.m. -- Prayer Group / church

Sunday, May 26
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall


Refreshment Hour

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Refreshment Hour
is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour.

All that is required is setting up some snacks, and preparing coffee and tea. A sign-up sheet and take home instructions are located on the kitchen door in the Parish Hall or contact Evelynn Lyons at 860-535-3286 or at evelynnlyons@hotmail.com.


How to include your announcement in the Weekly NOTES and/or Sunday Bulletin

  1. Call or email Betsy Stevenson at (860) 535-1181 or communications@calvarychurchstonington.org with your request

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

  3. If you have an image or photograph you would like included in the NOTES, send it as a .jpeg attachment

  4. Deadline for inclusion: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday of the week you want your announcement included



Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

You can listen to our second Sunday service from a distance. Here are directions: Participants should dial 1-857-957-1130 (toll free). Following the voice prompt, enter the access code of 215 866 948#.


 
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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, May 12, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Good Shepherd Sunday


The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Dear Calvary friends: 

The first time I led a service at a nursing home, I looked over a room where about a dozen people sat in wheelchairs. Placed at different angles to one another and to me, some folks slept, others stared, and a few watched me with wary interest. Little that I said or did provoked any response. Then I started saying the 23rd Psalm. One by one, voices around the room joined in. By the end of the psalm, the words “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever,” nearly rang out.

Every year during the Easter season, we hear readings one Sunday which declare Christ as the Good Shepherd. This Sunday, in that spirit, we will say or chant the words to the 23rd Psalm. Many in the generation represented in that nursing home learned those words as children and can still summon them, even when many other capacities have been lost. That psalm has been woven into American life like no other.

I invite you this week to our Good Shepherd Sunday, twinned this year with Mother’s Day, a wonderfully appropriate pairing.

Many blessings, 
Norman

Abundant blessings & best wishes.


The McIvor Organ Distinguished Artist Series

featuring internationally acclaimed organist

Nathan Laube

Friday, May 10
7:30 p.m.

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It's almost here! Reserve your seats!

FRIDAY - MAY 10
7:30 p.m.

The McIvor Organ Distinguished Artist Series

at Calvary Church, Stonington

On Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m., Calvary Church will inaugurate a new organ recital series featuring the world's most renowned artists! To inaugurate the series, Calvary has invited one of America's brightest stars, Nathan Laube, Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Nathan has taken the national and international organ scenes by storm, succeeding in ways far beyond his years. His technical and musical prowess is simply astonishing. Our chapter board has generously agreed to partner with Calvary in bringing Nathan to our area. So, the event is also an AGO event! What a joy it will be to welcome Nathan here!

Understandably, many, many persons will want to attend the concert. So, before the word spreads far and wide, we'll need to get our own seats reserved. The event is free to the public, with free-will offerings gladly accepted. Tickets will not be sold, but we will take seating reservations. It would be a shame for any of us to be turned away, so please, call (860 535-1181) or email (communications@calvarychurchstonington.org) the Calvary church office and get your seats reserved immediately.


MAPPING STONINGTON

Forum, Sunday, May 19
with
The Rev. Rachel Thomas, Southeast Region Missionary

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Dear Calvary friends,

I would love to meet with any and all Calvary parishioners between the 8am and 10am times of worship on May 19th, to have your insights on “mapping” Stonington. 

Maybe you live in town. You can readily name places that bring you joy (for whatever reason) and places that break your heart. If you don’t live in town: well, you do come to Calvary to worship, and in the process you pass places that catch your attention. And you’re likely to have heard at least a bit of what goes on in town.

I’ll bring a map. We’ll mark these places of joy and sadness on the map. And then we’ll take a moment to consider what God’s Spirit might be suggesting about Calvary’s call to be a light of the Good News in Stonington. 

I hope you’ll be willing to explore your relationship with this town. I’ve done this in other parishes and found it to be enlightening and even fun.  

Sincerely,
The Rev. Rachel Thomas

The Rev. Rachel Thomas will lead both services at Calvary on Sunday, May 19


Celebratory Coffee Hour for Barbara Loftus
Sunday, May 19

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The Altar Guild and Prayer and Care Team are throwing a party after the 10 a.m. May 19, service to congratulate Barbara Loftus for her recognition by the CT Episcopal Church Women for her work as a lay leader. All are welcome.


Calvary Music School

Spring Student Recital

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1pm, Sunday, May 19

Support our students and enjoy performances of flute, piano, organ, violin, percussion and voice at 1:00 p.m., in Calvary church, followed by a festive reception in the parish hall. All are welcome.


Calvary Nursery School

Board Openings

The Calvary Nursery School Board has begun planning for our upcoming school year and would like to invite any church members interested in learning more about our board to contact us. 

Here is a quick overview of how the CNS Board works:

The CNS Board is an advisory board, which is comprised of volunteers from current parents, alumni parents, members of the church and our community.

We have between 8-9 members yearly in the following positions:

o  President

o  Vice President

o  Treasurer

o  Secretary

o  Events

o  Annual Appeal

o  Marketing

Our meetings are overseen by the Senior Warden(s) of the Vestry from Calvary Church and the Rector. Each member is committed to a 3 year term. We meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month (Sept-June) from 7-8/8:30PM.

Our board currently has 2 church members volunteering their time, Sarah Hill Canning and Linda McCallister, and would like to see that number increase. 

If you are interested and would like to obtain more information, please speak directly with Sarah, Linda or contact our current Board President & Vice President. 

Dana Dupont
(401) 575-1728
daemmerich@gmail.com     

Tracy Canning 
(914) 588-6171
tracytcanning@gmail.com


CALVARY FILM FESTIVAL

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: May 14, 2019

Addiction: Easy access to drugs like heroin, fentanyl, and even prescription medications like OxyContin has fueled an epidemic of addiction—the deadliest in U.S. history. Hear firsthand from individuals struggling with addiction and follow the cutting-edge work of doctors and scientists as they investigate why addiction is not a moral failing, but a chronic, treatable medical condition in this PBS/NOVA special.


Calvary Field Trips to the Cliff Walk in Newport & Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington

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Please join us for one (or both!) of these springtime outings to two beautiful, nearby New England treasures: the fabled Cliff Walk in Newport, RI and Hill-Stead Museum and Gardens in Farmington, CT

 On Saturday, MAY 11, we will walk 1.5 miles along the Cliff Walk in Newport, starting at First Beach and ending at the Chinese Tea House, located on the grounds of Marble House on Bellevue Avenue, one of the many Gilded Age  Mansions (“Summer Cottages”) we will pass on our walk, which should take about two hours. Afterwards we can convene for lunch or refreshments and a bit of sight seeing in downtown Newport. Access to the Cliff Walk is free.

 On Saturday, MAY 25, we will travel to Farmington for a guided tour of Hill-Stead’s world-class collection of French Impressionist paintings and fine art on display in the property’s 1901 Colonial Revival house, designed by one of the country’s first female architects, Theodate Pope Riddle. Additionally, we will visit the gardens on the grounds designed by renowned landscape designer, Beatrix Farrand.

Cost for seniors is $18 ($20 for regular admission)

 We will carpool from Calvary to both locations (carpool volunteers needed!)

Departure time for both trips is 8:30 a.m.

 RSVP to Tom Verde for either trip at writah@gmail.com or call 860-710-1932

(Please advise if you are willing to volunteer to drive in the carpool)


Save the Date!
ECW Annual Yard Sale

Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

It's time to start clearing out those wonderful treasures you no longer want or need from your attics, basements and garages, which would be treasures for someone else.

Please help us by donating these items to ECW's Annual Yard Sale.

Drop-off days in the parish hall will be:

  • Wednesday, May 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Friday, May 31, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

All proceeds will be used to support more than 21 different charities here and around the world. Call Carole Barnard at 860-535-9480 if you need help transporting heavy items.


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

Next Brunch Bunch:

May 12, 11:45 a.m. -- As it is Mothers Day, Breakwater requested that we have a set number for our reservations. The deadline to reserve was last Sunday, May 5. This was a special circumstance. If you are planning to attend future gatherings, no reservations are required.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Food Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of pineapple, soups (chicken, beef, and vegetable), jelly, Spam, clam chowder, pasta noodles, and spaghetti sauce in cans.

Connecticut River Pilgrimage: Stories Untold
Kayak/Canoe, May 24-31

Rejoice in and give thanks for the miracle of all life that is made possible by the grace of God through water. Come on a River of Life Pilgrimage hosted by the South Central & Southeast Regions of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, in coordination with Kairos Earth. Pilgrims are invited to move deeply into prayer, contemplation, and movement by canoe or kayak as a community together from May 24-31. 

For more information or to apply for this opportunity please visit: https://kairosearth.org/pilgrimage/ or contact Rachel Thomas (rthomas@episcopalct.org) or Jo Brooks (jbrooks@kairosearth.org).


Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, May 12
8 a.m. --     Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:45 a.m. -- Sunday Brunch Bunch / Breakwater restaurant
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Tuesday, May 14
7 p.m. -- Movie Night / parish hall

Wednesday, May 15
3:30 p.m. -- WARM Shelter food prep / kitchen
7:00 p.m. -- Calvary Music School Board meeting / office

Thursday, May 16
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells / church
6:30 p.m. -- Choir / Chapel

Sunday, May 19
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite l
9 a.m. -- Rev. Rachel Thomas Forum 'Mapping Stonington'/ parish hall
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite ll
11 a.m. -- Coffee Hour honoring Barbara Loftus / parish hall
1 p.m. -- Calvary Music School Student Spring Recital / church & parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall


Refreshment Hour

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Refreshment Hour
is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour.

All that is required is setting up some snacks, and preparing coffee and tea. A sign-up sheet and take home instructions are located on the kitchen door in the Parish Hall or contact Evelynn Lyons at 860-535-3286 or at evelynnlyons@hotmail.com.


How to include your announcement in the Weekly NOTES and/or Sunday Bulletin

  1. Call or email Betsy Stevenson at (860) 535-1181 or communications@calvarychurchstonington.org with your request

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

  3. If you have an image or photograph you would like included in the NOTES, send it as a .jpeg attachment

  4. Deadline for inclusion: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday of the week you want your announcement included



Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

You can listen to our second Sunday service from a distance. Here are directions: Participants should dial 1-857-957-1130 (toll free). Following the voice prompt, enter the access code of 215 866 948#.


 
calvary church logo gold even wider.png
 

Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, May 5, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear Calvary friends: 
It was such a joy Thursday this week to see our Barbara Loftus honored by the Episcopal Church Women of the ECCT for her ministry to Uganda over the years. Several of us from Stonington were there to congratulate her and to join with hundreds of Connecticut ECW faithful attending that group's annual meeting.

Bishop Ian Douglas spoke about the roots of the ECW as an inspired and energetic group of women who formed around a shared commitment to God's mission of reconciliation and restoration. Women missionaries overseas came to outnumber the men sent out.

Thank you, Barbara, for your witness to God's love through all the ways you have done God's work, right up to the present time as chair of the Calvary Recruitment team. You inspire us all.

Many blessings, 
Norman

Abundant blessings & best wishes.


Uganda Mission Team

Sale of African Crafts and Jewelry
Sunday, May 5

 
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The sale will be in the courtyard following both services. All proceeds help support orphans and all vulnerable children in East Central Africa. 

These lovely and hand crafted items make special Mothers Day gifts! 

Thank you for helping the children. Only cash and checks, please.


United Thank Offering

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United Thank Offering - This Sunday, May 5th marks the end of the United Thank Offering program at Calvary Church and all who have been putting coins and bills into the Blue Boxes and envelopes are asked to bring them to church this Sunday. They will be collected at both services and all of the monies collected will be used for grants in the country and overseas.  Even tho’ the boxes will be collected on Sunday, many like to keep a UTO box handy at all times so that we may give thanks at all times not just during the Lenten season.  

Let us end this year’s UTO program with this prayer from the familiar Blue Box:  

“Gracious God, source of all creation, all love, all true joy: accept we pray these outward signs of our profound and continuing thankfulness for all of life.  Keep each of us ever thankful for all the blessings of joy and challenge that come our way.  Bless those who will benefit from these gifts through the outreach of the United Thank Offering. This we ask through Him who is the greatest gift and blessing of all, Jesus Christ. Amen


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All are welcome to Calvary Nursery School's annual May Fair on Sunday, May 5th, from 11:30 to 1:30, on the church grounds.

Join CNS for pony rides, a petting zoo, games, crafts, a bake sale, and lunch. There will also be a silent auction with wonderful items from many local businesses. Susan Scala has painted a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pitcher depicting Calvary Church for the silent auction. Other highlights include gift cards to Noah's and Water St. Cafe, a month of unlimited yoga at Yoga Shala in Mystic, a foursome of golf at the Stonington Country Club, and many more!

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The McIvor Organ Distinguished Artist Series

featuring internationally acclaimed organist

Nathan Laube

Friday, May 10
7:30 p.m.

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It's almost here! Reserve your seats!

FRIDAY - MAY 10
7:30 p.m.

The McIvor Organ Distinguished Artist Series

at Calvary Church, Stonington

On Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m., Calvary Church will inaugurate a new organ recital series featuring the world's most renowned artists! To inaugurate the series, Calvary has invited one of America's brightest stars, Nathan Laube, Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Nathan has taken the national and international organ scenes by storm, succeeding in ways far beyond his years. His technical and musical prowess is simply astonishing. Our chapter board has generously agreed to partner with Calvary in bringing Nathan to our area. So, the event is also an AGO event! What a joy it will be to welcome Nathan here!

Understandably, many, many persons will want to attend the concert. So, before the word spreads far and wide, we'll need to get our own seats reserved. The event is free to the public, with free-will offerings gladly accepted. Tickets will not be sold, but we will take seating reservations. It would be a shame for any of us to be turned away, so please, call (860 535-1181) or email (communications@calvarychurchstonington.org) the Calvary church office and get your seats reserved immediately.


CALVARY FILM FESTIVAL

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: May 7, 2019

Lion: In this affecting true story, 5-year-old Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple after losing his way in the urban jungle of Kolkata. More than two decades later, new mapping technology prompts Saroo to search for his lost family in India.


Barbara Loftus Honored
at ECW Annual Meeting

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Bishop Laura J. Ahrens, Barbara Loftus and Bishop Ian T. Douglas

Barbara Loftus was honored at the 138th Annual Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women in Connecticut on May 2, for her work as a lay leader. To quote from the event:

"In the past at her parish, Calvary Church, she has been chairman of the ECW, run the popular Lenten Luncheons, been a Sunday School teacher, been the head of Christian Education and head of Altar Guild. Barbara has held the offices of Parish Clerk and Senior Warden, been on the diocesan search committee for a bishop, and has been chair of the search committee for a new rector.

Currently, she serves as chairman of our Prayer and Care committee, is on the Outreach Committee, serves as chair of the Recruitment committee for a new rector, and Chair of the Uganda Mission Team, a post that she's held for 20 years!"

Sunday, May 19
The Altar Guild and Prayer and Care group will host a celebration for Barbara in the parish hall after the 10:00 a.m. service on May 19. We're anticipating a festive event with lots of delicious food.


Calvary Field Trips to the Cliff Walk in Newport & Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington

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Please join us for one (or both!) of these springtime outings to two beautiful, nearby New England treasures: the fabled Cliff Walk in Newport, RI and Hill-Stead Museum and Gardens in Farmington, CT

 On Saturday, MAY 11, we will walk 1.5 miles along the Cliff Walk in Newport, starting at First Beach and ending at the Chinese Tea House, located on the grounds of Marble House on Bellevue Avenue, one of the many Gilded Age  Mansions (“Summer Cottages”) we will pass on our walk, which should take about two hours. Afterwards we can convene for lunch or refreshments and a bit of sight seeing in downtown Newport. Access to the Cliff Walk is free.

 On Saturday, MAY 25, we will travel to Farmington for a guided tour of Hill-Stead’s world-class collection of French Impressionist paintings and fine art on display in the property’s 1901 Colonial Revival house, designed by one of the country’s first female architects, Theodate Pope Riddle. Additionally, we will visit the gardens on the grounds designed by renowned landscape designer, Beatrix Farrand.

Cost for seniors is $18 ($20 for regular admission)

 We will carpool from Calvary to both locations (carpool volunteers needed!)

Departure time for both trips is 8:30 a.m.

 RSVP to Tom Verde for either trip at writah@gmail.com or call 860-710-1932

(Please advise if you are willing to volunteer to drive in the carpool)


Save the Date!
ECW Annual Yard Sale

Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

It's time to start clearing out those wonderful treasures you no longer want or need from your attics, basements and garages, which would be treasures for someone else.

Please help us by donating these items to ECW's Annual Yard Sale.

Drop-off days in the parish hall will be:

  • Wednesday, May 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Friday, May 31, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

All proceeds will be used to support more than 21 different charities here and around the world. Call Carole Barnard at 860-535-9480 if you need help transporting heavy items.


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

We had a lovely time with new friends who found us on our website (see above picture!).

Next Brunch Bunch:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, May 12 @ 11:45. So if you are available and would like to join the gathering, please do. No reservations are needed.We enjoy good food, fellowship and conversation.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


REFRESHMENT HOUR

 
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Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour. There are still Sundays when you can volunteer to host this gathering.

All that is required is set-up, some snacks, coffee and tea. A sign-up sheet and take home instructions are located on the kitchen door in the Parish Hall or contact Evelynn Lyons at 860-535-3286 or at evelynnlyons@hotmail.com.


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Food Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of pineapple, soups (chicken, beef, and vegetable), jelly, Spam, clam chowder, pasta noodles, and spaghetti sauce in cans.

Connecticut River Pilgrimage: Stories Untold
Kayak/Canoe, May 24-31

Rejoice in and give thanks for the miracle of all life that is made possible by the grace of God through water. Come on a River of Life Pilgrimage hosted by the South Central & Southeast Regions of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, in coordination with Kairos Earth. Pilgrims are invited to move deeply into prayer, contemplation, and movement by canoe or kayak as a community together from May 24-31. 

For more information or to apply for this opportunity please visit: https://kairosearth.org/pilgrimage/ or contact Rachel Thomas (rthomas@episcopalct.org) or Jo Brooks (jbrooks@kairosearth.org).


Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, May 5
8 a.m. --     Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9 a.m. -- African Crafts Sale / courtyard
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:15 a.m. -- African Crafts Sale / courtyard
11:30 a.m.-1: 30 p.m. -- May Fair / yard & parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Wednesday, May 7
7 p.m. -- Movie Night / parish hall

Thursday, May 9
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells / church
6:30 p.m. -- Choir / Chapel
6:30 p.m. -- Vestry / parish hall

Friday, May 10

7:30 a.m. -- Men's Breakfast / parish hall
11 a.m. -- Prayer Group / church
7:30 p.m. -- Nathan Laube, McIvor Organ Distinguished Artist Series / church

Sunday, May 12
8 a.m. --     Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:45 a.m. -- Sunday Brunch Bunch / Breakwater restaurant
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall


Mapping Stonington

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Sunday, May 19

The Rev. Rachel Thomas, Southeast Region Missionary will lead both services at Calvary on Sunday, May 19. 

Dear Calvary friends,

I would love to meet with any and all Calvary parishioners between the 8am and 10am times of worship on May 19th, to have your insights on “mapping” Stonington. 

Maybe you live in town. You can readily name places that bring you joy (for whatever reason) and places that break your heart. If you don’t live in town: well, you do come to Calvary to worship, and in the process you pass places that catch your attention. And you’re likely to have heard at least a bit of what goes on in town.

I’ll bring a map. We’ll mark these places of joy and sadness on the map. And then we’ll take a moment to consider what God’s Spirit might be suggesting about Calvary’s call to be a light of the Good News in Stonington. 

I hope you’ll be willing to explore your relationship with this town. I’ve done this in other parishes and found it to be enlightening and even fun.  

Sincerely,
The Rev. Rachel Thomas


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

You can listen to our second Sunday service from a distance. Here are directions: Participants should dial 1-857-957-1130 (toll free). Following the voice prompt, enter the access code of 215 866 948#.


 
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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, April 28, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear Calvary friends:

Stores placed chocolate rabbits on deep discount this week. Workers stocked shelves with beach balls and chairs. Retail summer is here.

At Calvary, Easter season still reigns. We move deeper into the world of resurrection over the next weeks, with a climax at Ascension day.

Pentecost follows with its own Spirit-filled injection of new life.

After the narrative of the empty tomb, no Easter story carries more resonance than that heard this Sunday, of Thomas and his doubts.

In a world of disputed facts, doubt serves us well. Join us this Sunday as doubt takes center stage, before a moment of transformation in the face of the Risen Christ.

Blessings,
Norman

Abundant blessings & best wishes.


Uganda Mission Team

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Sewing clothes for Ugandan children

Do you have cotton fabric? With Teammates Four Life and St. Ann's in Old Lyme, we are requesting that you bring 1-3 yards of cotton fabric and smaller amounts for pockets. All colors and patterns welcome. On April 28 and after, there will be a basket at the back of the church for your donation. On April 28, 2019, the Uganda Mission Team will be serving coffee hour and we will have samples of the clothes that Vianna will be taking to Uganda in August. If you are interested learning about Teammates for Life visit (www.teammatesfourlife.org)

Sale of African Crafts and Jewelry

Sunday, May 5 in the courtyard following both services. All proceeds help support orphans and all vulnerable children in East Central Africa. 

These lovely and hand crafted items make special Mothers Day gifts! Thank you for helping the children. Only cash and checks, please.


United Thank Offering

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United Thank Offering - The United Thank Offering program at Calvary Church is drawing to a close with the in-gathering of the Blue Boxes scheduled for Sunday, May 5th at both services. All of the coins and bills collected will result in grants that are given in this country and around the world to support the mission work of the Episcopal Church.  We have so many things for which to be thankful especially as Spring makes its way into our part of the country….. daffodils, sunny days, gentle rains and of course our families. Please remember those not as fortunate as we fill our Blue Boxes!


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All are welcome to Calvary Nursery School's annual May Fair on Sunday, May 5th from 11:30 to 1:30 on the church grounds. Join CNS for pony rides, petting zoo, bake sale, games, crafts, and lunch.

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There is also a silent auction with items from many wonderful local businesses, including a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pitcher depicting Calvary Church, painted by Susan Scala.


CALVARY FILM FESTIVAL

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: May 7, 2019

Lion: In this affecting true story, 5-year-old Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple after losing his way in the urban jungle of Kolkata. More than two decades later, new mapping technology prompts Saroo to search for his lost family in India.


Calvary Field Trips to the Cliff Walk in Newport & Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington

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Please join us for one (or both!) of these springtime outings to two beautiful, nearby New England treasures: the fabled Cliff Walk in Newport, RI and Hill-Stead Museum and Gardens in Farmington, CT

 On Saturday, MAY 11, we will walk 1.5 miles along the Cliff Walk in Newport, starting at First Beach and ending at the Chinese Tea House, located on the grounds of Marble House on Bellevue Avenue, one of the many Gilded Age  Mansions (“Summer Cottages”) we will pass on our walk, which should take about two hours. Afterwards we can convene for lunch or refreshments and a bit of sight seeing in downtown Newport. Access to the Cliff Walk is free.

 On Saturday, MAY 25, we will travel to Farmington for a guided tour of Hill-Stead’s world-class collection of French Impressionist paintings and fine art on display in the property’s 1901 Colonial Revival house, designed by one of the country’s first female architects, Theodate Pope Riddle. Additionally, we will visit the gardens on the grounds designed by renowned landscape designer, Beatrix Farrand.

Cost for seniors is $18 ($20 for regular admission)

 We will carpool from Calvary to both locations (carpool volunteers needed!)

Departure time for both trips is 8:30 a.m.

 RSVP to Tom Verde for either trip at writah@gmail.com or call 860-710-1932

(Please advise if you are willing to volunteer to drive in the carpool)


Save the Date!
ECW Annual Yard Sale

Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

It's time to start clearing out those wonderful treasures you no longer want or need from your attics, basements and garages, which would be treasures for someone else.

Please help us by donating these items to ECW's Annual Yard Sale.

Drop-off days in the parish hall will be:

  • Wednesday, May 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Friday, May 31, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

All proceeds will be used to support more than 21 different charities here and around the world. Call Carole Barnard at 860-535-9480 if you need help transporting heavy items.


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

We had a lovely time with new friends who found us on our website (see above picture!).

Next Brunch Bunch:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, May 12 @ 11:45. So if you are available and would like to join the gathering, please do. No reservations are needed.We enjoy good food, fellowship and conversation.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


REFRESHMENT HOUR

 
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Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour. There are still Sundays when you can volunteer to host this gathering.

All that is required is set-up, some snacks, coffee and tea. A sign-up sheet and take home instructions are located on the kitchen door in the Parish Hall or contact Evelynn Lyons at 860-535-3286 or at evelynnlyons@hotmail.com.


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Food Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of pineapple, soups (chicken, beef, and vegetable), jelly, Spam, clam chowder, pasta noodles, and spaghetti sauce in cans.

Connecticut River Pilgrimage: Stories Untold
Kayak/Canoe, May 24-31

Rejoice in and give thanks for the miracle of all life that is made possible by the grace of God through water. Come on a River of Life Pilgrimage hosted by the South Central & Southeast Regions of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, in coordination with Kairos Earth. Pilgrims are invited to move deeply into prayer, contemplation, and movement by canoe or kayak as a community together from May 24-31. 

For more information or to apply for this opportunity please visit: https://kairosearth.org/pilgrimage/ or contact Rachel Thomas (rthomas@episcopalct.org) or Jo Brooks (jbrooks@kairosearth.org).

12th Annual Walk to End Homelessness, New London Homeless Hospitality Center

Sunday, April 28 - New London, CT

Walkers travel about 2 miles over easy terrain in downtown New London, starting from the municipal parking lot across from HHC's thrift store (Homeward Bound Treasures) at 35 Golden St. and ending at the Parade Plaza at the top of Bank Street. Come early and stay afterward for refreshments and entertainment!

Link for more information and to register here.


Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, Apr. 28
8 a.m. --     Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Wednesday, May 1
9:30 a.m. -- ECW / parish hall

Thursday, May 2
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells / church
6:30 p.m. -- Choir / Chapel

Saturday, May 4
5:00 p.m. -- Stonington Madrigal Singers Concert / La Grua Center

Sunday, May 5
8 a.m. --     Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- African Crafts Sale / Courtyard
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. -- May Fair / Yard
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall


Mapping Stonington

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Sunday, May 19

The Rev. Rachel Thomas, Southeast Region Missionary will lead both services at Calvary on Sunday, May 19. 

Dear Calvary friends,

I would love to meet with any and all Calvary parishioners between the 8am and 10am times of worship on May 19th, to have your insights on “mapping” Stonington. 

Maybe you live in town. You can readily name places that bring you joy (for whatever reason) and places that break your heart. If you don’t live in town: well, you do come to Calvary to worship, and in the process you pass places that catch your attention. And you’re likely to have heard at least a bit of what goes on in town.

I’ll bring a map. We’ll mark these places of joy and sadness on the map. And then we’ll take a moment to consider what God’s Spirit might be suggesting about Calvary’s call to be a light of the Good News in Stonington. 

I hope you’ll be willing to explore your relationship with this town. I’ve done this in other parishes and found it to be enlightening and even fun.  

Sincerely,
The Rev. Rachel Thomas


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

You can listen to our second Sunday service from a distance. Here are directions: Participants should dial 1-857-957-1130 (toll free). Following the voice prompt, enter the access code of 215 866 948#.


 
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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, April 21, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 9 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 11:15 AM

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Dear Members and Friends of Calvary Church,

Calvary Church invites you, your loved ones and your neighbors to rejoice in the gift of Christ’s Resurrection this Easter, joining us at our sanctuary by the sea. The celebration begins with the Great Vigil of Easter at 6 p.m. on Saturday. We join our Stonington neighbors at 6:15 Easter morning on the Point and then roll out a welcome full of song and praise at 9 and 11:15 a.m.

Meanwhile, today, Good Friday, proclaims the day of Calvary, a time named every day in our parish. In a real sense, Good Friday is Calvary’s feast day.

With the joyous festival of Easter so close, we can easily forget the last, painful day of the life of Jesus. Easter derives its meaning directly from the three dark hours on Calvary, a hill outside Jerusalem’s walls.

At noon and 7:30 today, we recall those hours, the time when Jesus entered completely into the human experience, even unto death on the cross. I invite you to come to Calvary today as we enter into Christ’s darkness, experienced for us, as one of us, so that the light of Resurrection may shine with even greater brightness.

Many blessings during this sacred time,
Norman 

Abundant blessings & best wishes.


Flowering of the Cross on Easter Morning

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We invite you to bring a small bouquet of flowers with firm stems to worship on Easter morning. In Holy Week, a small cross will be set up by the church's front door. The cross is made from the trunk of the Calvary Christmas tree used in worship. In doing this, we embody what we say in the Nicene Creed - that Jesus is the incarnate Son of God born among us (Christmas Tree), who came to die for our sins upon that horrible cross (starkness of Good Friday cross) that we might have God's forgiveness, and that through him we share in the resurrection life of Easter (beautiful flower-covered cross of Easter morning)! I encourage you to bring some extras to share, especially for the children to know the joy and beauty of "flowering the cross.


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Easter Egg Hunt
Bringing back a Calvary tradition

All children are invited to hunt for Easter eggs following the 9:00 a.m. service on Easter morning!

Nursery care is available for both services.


Calvary Nursery School

Enrollment is open for 2019-2020

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Sewing Clothes for Ugandan Children

Calvary's Teammates for Life and St. Ann's in Old Lyme

Teammates Four Life and Calvary Church are blessed to partner with the Women’s Sewing Group from St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme, CT.

This group of talented women volunteer their time to help children in need around the world. They will be partnering with us, in making clothes for the children of Uganda, supporting Teammates Four Life, Chain Orphanage, Arua Diocese, Peak Primary, Heritage Education Center and Sanyo Baby Orphans.

 If you are interested learning about Teammates for Life visit (www.teammatesfourlife.org)

If you’re interested in sharing a special talent, donating materials that would help Teammates or other Ugandan children’s organizations please Contact us at teammatesfl@gmail.com.


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry - Food Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of pineapple, soups (chicken, beef, and vegetable), jelly, Spam, clam chowder, pasta noodles, and spaghetti sauce in cans.

Connecticut River Pilgrimage: Stories Untold
Kayak/Canoe, May 24-31

Rejoice in and give thanks for the miracle of all life that is made possible by the grace of God through water. Come on a River of Life Pilgrimage hosted by the South Central & Southeast Regions of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, in coordination with Kairos Earth. Pilgrims are invited to move deeply into prayer, contemplation, and movement by canoe or kayak as a community together from May 24-31. 

For more information or to apply for this opportunity please visit: https://kairosearth.org/pilgrimage/ or contact Rachel Thomas (rthomas@episcopalct.org) or Jo Brooks (jbrooks@kairosearth.org).

Episcopal Church in CT (ECCT) Annual Spring Training & Gathering (for laity and clergy)

April 27 in Berlin CT - Registration is open

This year's event will be held Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Berlin High School, 139 Patterson Way, Berlin, CT. Info, links, and resources on this web page.

It's a day in the spring to gather with lay and ordained Episcopalians in CT for training (aka workshops) in various parish ministries as well as workshops that can help deepen your personal spiritual life.

12th Annual Walk to End Homelessness, New London Homeless Hospitality Center

Sunday, April 28 - New London, CT
Walkers travel about 2 miles over easy terrain in downtown New London, starting from the municipal parking lot across from HHC's thrift store (Homeward Bound Treasures) at 35 Golden St. and ending at the Parade Plaza at the top of Bank Street. Come early and stay afterward for refreshments and entertainment!
Link for more information and to register here


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United Thank Offering

It has long been the tradition at Calvary Church that during Lent the United Thank Offering blue boxes appear at the end of each pew.

We hope you will each take a blue box home and place coins and bills in it as you remember things for which you are especially thankful, family, friends, good health, sunsets, rainbows, snow (and snow plows) and each new day. The boxes will be collected during services on the second Sunday after Easter (May 5th) and every penny collected will go to grants given by the Episcopal Church to those in need both in this country and around the world. 

The United Thank Offering program was started in 1889 by the women of the church who collected coins to support grants for mission and ministry all over the world. A wonderful example is a grant given in 1952 to Bishop Gordon of Alaska. It was used to purchase an airplane so that he could reach his scattered parishes. In thanks for receiving the grant he named the plane “Blue Box”. 

Envelopes and additional blue boxes may be found at the back of the church if anyone would like to give a single gift.


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CALVARY FILM FESTIVAL

 
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As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: April 23, 2019

A League of Their Own: Two small-town sisters join an all-female baseball league formed when World War II brings professional baseball to a standstill. As their team hits the road with its drunken coach, the siblings find troubles and triumphs on and off the field. 

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm


Calvary Field Trips to the Cliff Walk in Newport & Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington

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Please join us for one (or both!) of these springtime outings to two beautiful, nearby New England treasures: the fabled Cliff Walk in Newport, RI and Hill-Stead Museum and Gardens in Farmington, CT

 On Saturday, MAY 11, we will walk 1.5 miles along the Cliff Walk in Newport, starting at First Beach and ending at the Chinese Tea House, located on the grounds of Marble House on Bellevue Avenue, one of the many Gilded Age  Mansions (“Summer Cottages”) we will pass on our walk, which should take about two hours. Afterwards we can convene for lunch or refreshments and a bit of sight seeing in downtown Newport. Access to the Cliff Walk is free.

 On Saturday, MAY 25, we will travel to Farmington for a guided tour of Hill-Stead’s world-class collection of French Impressionist paintings and fine art on display in the property’s 1901 Colonial Revival house, designed by one of the country’s first female architects, Theodate Pope Riddle. Additionally, we will visit the gardens on the grounds designed by renowned landscape designer, Beatrix Farrand.

Cost for seniors is $18 ($20 for regular admission)

 We will carpool from Calvary to both locations (carpool volunteers needed!)

Departure time for both trips is 8:30 a.m.

 RSVP to Tom Verde for either trip at writah@gmail.com or call 860-710-1932

(Please advise if you are willing to volunteer to drive in the carpool)


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

We had a lovely time with new friends who found us on our website (see above picture!).

Next Brunch Bunch:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, May 12 @ 11:45. So if you are available and would like to join the gathering, please do. No reservations are needed.We enjoy good food, fellowship and conversation.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


REFRESHMENT HOUR

 
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Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour. There are still Sundays when you can volunteer to host this gathering.

All that is required is set-up, some snacks, coffee and tea. A sign-up sheet and take home instructions are located on the kitchen door in the Parish Hall or contact Evelynn Lyons at 860-535-3286 or at evelynnlyons@hotmail.com.


Calvary Calendar

Good Friday, April 19 - Easter Sunday, April 21

Good Friday, April 19
Noon -- Liturgy for the day from the Book of Common Prayer, with hymns
1:00-3:00 p.m. -- Prayer Vigil, hours of Christ upon the Cross
7:30 p.m. -- Liturgy for the day from the Book of Common Prayer, with hymns

Saturday, April 20
6:00 p.m. --   Easter Vigil at Calvary, The Rev. Stacey Kohl, St. Mark’s to Preach

Easter Sunday, Apr. 21
6:15 a.m. --  Sunrise Service, Stonington Point
9:00 a.m. --     Holy Eucharist, Rite II, followed by Easter Egg hunt
11:15 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Child care available at both Calvary Easter Sunday services.


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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

You can listen to our second Sunday service from a distance. Here are directions: Participants should dial 1-857-957-1130 (toll free). Following the voice prompt, enter the access code of 215 866 948#.


 
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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, April 14, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear members and friends of Calvary Church: 

The Gospels tell us when Jesus entered Jerusalem for the feast of Passover two thousand years ago, the crowd hailed him as king. This Sunday and in Holy Week we remember that moment and the days following.  These days of Christ’s Passion descended into arrest, trial, suffering and death on the cross, a symbol of disgrace and degradation. With exquisite derision, the Romans nailed with Jesus on the cross a sign with the words, “This is the King of the Jews,” in three languages, lest anyone miss the joke.  Going down this very human path led, we proclaim at Easter, to a rising beyond all human hope.

This Sunday, we hear the stories of expected triumph and devastating defeat. God and our faith call us, in the words of the Book of Common Prayer, “to walk in the way of his suffering” so that on April 21, and through all our days, we will “also share in his resurrection.”

I invite you to join us as the people of Calvary walk this path with Christ, described in the schedule for Holy Week in this edition of Calvary Notes.

Many blessings during this sacred time,
Norman 

Abundant blessings & best wishes.


Leaving Lent

 
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Turning in Lent to the Glory of Creation

The last session of our Lenten series, led by the Rev. Norman MacLeod, focused on the ancient element of fire, concluding at DuBois Beach to watch the sunset. 

Many thanks to Norman and to our dedicated chefs Laura Paige, Mary & Jim McAuley, Jennifer Parsons, Candy Sanford and Karen McGee for making this series fulfilling and filling.


 
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Farewell to another delicious season of Lenten Lunches

Kudos to Lucia Johnstone and her extraordinary Lenten Lunches team for deliciously continuing a 54-year Calvary tradition. This year's Lenten Lunches series raised almost $3,000 for local not-for-profits.


Looking Ahead to Easter

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Flowering of the Cross on Easter Morning

We invite you to bring a small bouquet of flowers with firm stems to worship on Easter morning. In Holy Week, a small cross will be set up by the church's front door. The cross is made from the trunk of the Calvary Christmas tree used in worship. In doing this, we embody what we say in the Nicene Creed - that Jesus is the incarnate Son of God born among us (Christmas Tree), who came to die for our sins upon that horrible cross (starkness of Good Friday cross) that we might have God's forgiveness, and that through him we share in the resurrection life of Easter (beautiful flower-covered cross of Easter morning)! I encourage you to bring some extras to share, especially for the children to know the joy and beauty of "flowering the cross.


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Easter Egg Hunt
Bringing back a Calvary tradition

All children are invited to hunt for Easter eggs following the 9:00 a.m. service on Easter morning!

Nursery care is available for both services.


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Sewing Clothes for Ugandan Children

Calvary's Teammates for Life and St. Ann's in Old Lyme

Teammates Four Life and Calvary Church are blessed to partner with the Women’s Sewing Group from St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme, CT.

This group of talented women volunteer their time to help children in need around the world. They will be partnering with us, in making clothes for the children of Uganda, supporting Teammates Four Life, Chain Orphanage, Arua Diocese, Peak Primary, Heritage Education Center and Sanyo Baby Orphans.

 If you are interested learning about Teammates for Life visit (www.teammatesfourlife.org)

If you’re interested in sharing a special talent, donating materials that would help Teammates or other Ugandan children’s organizations please Contact us at teammatesfl@gmail.com.


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry - Food Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of pineapple, soups (chicken, beef, and vegetable), jelly, Spam, clam chowder, pasta noodles, and spaghetti sauce in cans.

Connecticut River Pilgrimage: Stories Untold
Kayak/Canoe, May 24-31

Rejoice in and give thanks for the miracle of all life that is made possible by the grace of God through water. Come on a River of Life Pilgrimage hosted by the South Central & Southeast Regions of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, in coordination with Kairos Earth. Pilgrims are invited to move deeply into prayer, contemplation, and movement by canoe or kayak as a community together from May 24-31. 

For more information or to apply for this opportunity please visit: https://kairosearth.org/pilgrimage/ or contact Rachel Thomas (rthomas@episcopalct.org) or Jo Brooks (jbrooks@kairosearth.org).

Episcopal Church in CT (ECCT) Annual Spring Training & Gathering (for laity and clergy)

April 27 in Berlin CT - Registration is open

This year's event will be held Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Berlin High School, 139 Patterson Way, Berlin, CT. Info, links, and resources on this web page.

It's a day in the spring to gather with lay and ordained Episcopalians in CT for training (aka workshops) in various parish ministries as well as workshops that can help deepen your personal spiritual life.

12th Annual Walk to End Homelessness, New London Homeless Hospitality Center

Sunday, April 28 - New London, CT
Walkers travel about 2 miles over easy terrain in downtown New London, starting from the municipal parking lot across from HHC's thrift store (Homeward Bound Treasures) at 35 Golden St. and ending at the Parade Plaza at the top of Bank Street. Come early and stay afterward for refreshments and entertainment!
Link for more information and to register here


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United Thank Offering

It has long been the tradition at Calvary Church that during Lent the United Thank Offering blue boxes appear at the end of each pew.

We hope you will each take a blue box home and place coins and bills in it as you remember things for which you are especially thankful, family, friends, good health, sunsets, rainbows, snow (and snow plows) and each new day. The boxes will be collected during services on the second Sunday after Easter (May 5th) and every penny collected will go to grants given by the Episcopal Church to those in need both in this country and around the world. 

The United Thank Offering program was started in 1889 by the women of the church who collected coins to support grants for mission and ministry all over the world. A wonderful example is a grant given in 1952 to Bishop Gordon of Alaska. It was used to purchase an airplane so that he could reach his scattered parishes. In thanks for receiving the grant he named the plane “Blue Box”. 

Envelopes and additional blue boxes may be found at the back of the church if anyone would like to give a single gift.


 
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Episcopal Church Safe Church Training Spring Schedule

Certification is required for:


Church vestry, staff, teachers, ecumenical visitors and all who engage with children and the vulnerable elderly on behalf of the church

Re-Certification is required every three years

Click on this link for the Safe Church Training calendar for Spring 2019.


CALVARY FILM FESTIVAL

 
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As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: April 16, 2019

Eight Men Out: Disgruntled Chicago White Sox players agree to lose the World Series for a big payoff in this account of the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal. The team owner underpays his talented players, leaving the door open for a gambling syndicate head to swoop in. 

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm


Next Calvary Sunday
Brunch Bunch!

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

We had a lovely time with new friends who found us on our website (see above picture!).

Next Brunch Bunch:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, April 14 @ 11:45. So if you are available and would like to join the gathering, please do. No reservations are needed.We enjoy good food, fellowship and conversation.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


REFRESHMENT HOUR

 
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Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour. There are still Sundays when you can volunteer to host this gathering.

All that is required is set-up, some snacks, coffee and tea. A sign-up sheet and take home instructions are located on the kitchen door in the Parish Hall or contact Evelynn Lyons at 860-535-3286 or at evelynnlyons@hotmail.com.


Calvary Calendar

Saturday, April 14 - Saturday, April 21

Palm Sunday, April 14
8:00 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:45 a.m. -- Liturgy of the Palms/Chapel
10:00 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:00 a.m. -- Coffee Hour/Parish Hall
11:45 a.m. -- Sunday Brunch Bunch/Breakwater Restaurant
7:30 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous/Parish Hall

Tuesday, April 16
5:00 p.m. -- Recruitment Committee/Calvary House
6:30 p.m. -- Choir/Chapel
7:00 p.m. -- Movie Night/Parish Hall
7:00 p.m. -- Calvary Nursery School Board/Sacristy

Wednesday, April 17
7:00 p.m. -- Calvary Music School Board/Office

Maundy Thursday, April 11
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells/Church
6:30 p.m. -- Choir/Chapel
7:30 p.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II and stripping of the altar

Good Friday, April 19
Noon -- Liturgy for the day from the Book of Common Prayer, with hymns
1:00-3:00 p.m. -- Prayer Vigil, hours of Christ upon the Cross
7:30 p.m. -- Liturgy for the day from the Book of Common Prayer, with hymns

Saturday, April 20
6:00 p.m. --   Easter Vigil at Calvary, The Rev. Stacey Kohl, St. Mark’s to Preach

Easter Sunday, Apr. 21
6:15 a.m. --  Sunrise Service, Stonington Point
9:00 a.m. --     Holy Eucharist, Rite I, followed by Easter Egg hunt
11:15 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II


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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

You can listen to our second Sunday service from a distance. Here are directions: Participants should dial 1-857-957-1130 (toll free). Following the voice prompt, enter the access code of 215 866 948#.


 
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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, April 7, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear members and friends of Calvary Church: 

T. S. Eliot dubbed April as “the cruelest month.” I am not a literary scholar, but I have always connected this sentiment with the frequent presence of Holy Week among these days of early spring. Around the campus of Calvary, we see flowers blooming already. I heard the whine of a power mower a few days ago. As the hymn goes, “Now the green blade riseth.” 

In New England, April can be cruel in a different way. Yes, the grass begins to green and the daffodils rise, but nights can still freeze and windy April showers often chill our bones before they bring those May flowers. The month brings both joy and pain.

So it is with Holy Week. As Christians, we set aside this time to live into the harsh cold of the suffering of Jesus during his days of saying farewell, of betrayal, of arrest, of trial, of torture, of excruciating death. By walking with Christ through his Passion – a word chosen to represent the human extremity of his suffering – we prepare ourselves for the joyous surprise, in the words of Madeleine L’Engle, the “glorious impossible” of the Resurrection.

Look in these Notes for Calvary for the schedule of Holy Week services, and join us as the “cruelest month” becomes the hour of Alleluia.

Many Blessings, 
Norman

Abundant blessings & best wishes.


 
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The Gift of Joy and Wonder 

Turning in Lent Toward the Glory of Creation

Wednesday Evenings in Lent: March 13 to April 10

The Awe and Wonder of Creation: Fire
April 10

The last session of our Lenten series will focus on the ancient element of fire. It is no coincidence that we celebrate Christmas near the winter solstice, when the sun begins to burn in the sky more every day. We proclaim Christ as the light of the world. In the Gospel of Matthew, John the Baptist proclaims that Jesus “will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

Science tells us that we are born of star stuff. Exploding stars created the elements which form our bodies. The sun bathes us in the light that gives us life. Miles beneath our feet the Earth is a mass of molten rock whose waves of heat move the continents in their slow movement around our planetary sphere.

Our Wednesday, April 10, we will together explore and celebrate the power of fire and light in scripture and in our earthly lives. We will gather at 6 p.m. for a simple meal. Weather permitting, we will end our time at Dubois Beach at Stonington Point, where the sun will set at 7:22. 

Please join us as we praise God for the beauty that surrounds and sustains Creation.

All are welcome to show up for the Lenten studies. However, signing up in the parish hall this Sunday will help our chefs know how much soup to make. Thank you!

Many thanks to the outstanding chefs who have volunteered to provide the soup on:

April 10: Karen McGee


 
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Lenten Meditations
Episcopal Relief & Development

In the back of the church you will find copies of a book of the meditations from the last ten years that have touched Episcopal readers the most deeply as they experience their Lenten journeys.

You encouraged and welcome to take a copy.


Lenten Luncheons

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54 Years of Helping the Greater Southeast CT/Rhode Island/Stonington Community

April 8, 2019  

Lunch will be served on Monday, April 1st at Calvary Church, 27 Church St., Stonington from 12:00 to 1:30. 

On the menu is Chicken Marbella with salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. Vegetarian and gluten free alternatives as well as Take Out will be available. The cost is $10.00 per person with the proceeds dedicated to the Jonnycake Center of Westerly providing assistance to those with food, housing, heat and utility needs as well as operating a Thrift Store. 

Questions??? Call Lucia at 860-912-4144 In case of bad weather the luncheon will be held the next day!


Calvary Nursery School

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To learn more about Calvary Nursery School click here.


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry - Food Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of pineapple, soups (chicken, beef, and vegetable), jelly, Spam, clam chowder, pasta noodles, and spaghetti sauce in cans.

Connecticut River Pilgrimage: Stories Untold
Kayak/Canoe, May 24-31

Rejoice in and give thanks for the miracle of all life that is made possible by the grace of God through water. Come on a River of Life Pilgrimage hosted by the South Central & Southeast Regions of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, in coordination with Kairos Earth. Pilgrims are invited to move deeply into prayer, contemplation, and movement by canoe or kayak as a community together from May 24-31. 

For more information or to apply for this opportunity please visit: https://kairosearth.org/pilgrimage/ or contact Rachel Thomas (rthomas@episcopalct.org) or Jo Brooks (jbrooks@kairosearth.org).

Episcopal Church in CT (ECCT) Annual Spring Training & Gathering (for laity and clergy)

April 27 in Berlin CT - Registration is open

This year's event will be held Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Berlin High School, 139 Patterson Way, Berlin, CT. Info, links, and resources on this web page.

It's a day in the spring to gather with lay and ordained Episcopalians in CT for training (aka workshops) in various parish ministries as well as workshops that can help deepen your personal spiritual life.

12th Annual Walk to End Homelessness, New London Homeless Hospitality Center

Sunday, April 28 - New London, CT
Walkers travel about 2 miles over easy terrain in downtown New London, starting from the municipal parking lot across from HHC's thrift store (Homeward Bound Treasures) at 35 Golden St. and ending at the Parade Plaza at the top of Bank Street. Come early and stay afterward for refreshments and entertainment!
Link for more information and to register here.

Upcoming events at Camp Washington

  • April 5-8, Icon writing workshop, with Kara Nelson

  • May 5, Open House for summer camp programs

Link to Camp Washington for more information and registration here.

Sacred Ground: a film-based dialogue series on race and faith

On April 8, May 6, and June 11, the Episcopal Church is offering an introductory webinar to all interested in learning more about Sacred Ground: a film-based dialogue series on race and faith. The webinar is hosted by Katrina Browne, Sacred Ground curriculum developer, and producer/director of the acclaimed documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. 

Space is limited and registration is required. To learn more click here

Embrace the "Way of Love" on social media this Lent

This Lent, join the Episcopal Church in Connecticut on social media as we embrace the Way of Love. Each week ECCT will focus on one word within the Way of Love: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest. There will be video reflections each Wednesday, as well as prayers and intentions throughout the week. Be sure to follow ECCT on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (especially IGTV – Instagram TV) to participate. Brought to you by ECCT DIgital Storyteller Alli Huggins.


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United Thank Offering

It has long been the tradition at Calvary Church that during Lent the United Thank Offering blue boxes appear at the end of each pew.

We hope you will each take a blue box home and place coins and bills in it as you remember things for which you are especially thankful, family, friends, good health, sunsets, rainbows, snow (and snow plows) and each new day. The boxes will be collected during services on the second Sunday after Easter (May 5th) and every penny collected will go to grants given by the Episcopal Church to those in need both in this country and around the world. 

The United Thank Offering program was started in 1889 by the women of the church who collected coins to support grants for mission and ministry all over the world. A wonderful example is a grant given in 1952 to Bishop Gordon of Alaska. It was used to purchase an airplane so that he could reach his scattered parishes. In thanks for receiving the grant he named the plane “Blue Box”. 

Envelopes and additional blue boxes may be found at the back of the church if anyone would like to give a single gift.


 
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Episcopal Church Safe Church Training Spring Schedule

Certification is required for:


Church vestry, staff, teachers, ecumenical visitors and all who engage with children and the vulnerable elderly on behalf of the church

Re-Certification is required every three years

Click on this link for the Safe Church Training calendar for Spring 2019.


Calvary Campus Blog

 
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Periodically, staff and parishioners will have the opportunity to post interesting and entertaining stories about the life of Calvary Church and it's buildings and grounds. We hope you enjoy the reflections.

Click on this link to enjoy this new feature of our website.


CALVARY FILM FESTIVAL

 
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As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: April 9, 2019

The Natural: Gifted baseball player Roy Hobbs -- whose life has taken some unexpected turns -- becomes a 35-year-old rookie sensation who helps a cellar-dwelling team get back in the game in this mythic film that's as epic as America's national pastime.

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm


Next Calvary Sunday
Brunch Bunch!

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

We had a lovely time with new friends who found us on our website (see above picture!).

Next Brunch Bunch:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, April 14 @ 11:45. So if you are available and would like to join the gathering, please do. No reservations are needed.We enjoy good food, fellowship and conversation.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


REFRESHMENT HOUR

 
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Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour. There are still Sundays when you can volunteer to host this gathering.

All that is required is set-up, some snacks, coffee and tea. A sign-up sheet and take home instructions are located on the kitchen door in the Parish Hall or contact Evelynn Lyons at 860-535-3286 or at evelynnlyons@hotmail.com.


Calvary Calendar

Saturday, April 7 - Saturday, April 13

Sunday, April 7
9:00 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:00 a.m. -- Q/A with Bishop Laura, Refreshment Hour/Parish Hall
7:30 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous/Parish Hall

Monday, April 8
12:00 p.m. -- Lenten Luncheon/Parish Hall

Tuesday, April 9
5:00 p.m. -- Recruitment Committee/Calvary House
7:00 p.m. -- Movie Night/Parish Hall

Wednesday, April 10
6:00 p.m. -- Lenten Study: Gift of Joy & Wonder, Air/Parish Hall

Thursday, April 11
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells/Church
6:30 p.m. -- Choir/Chapel

Friday, April 12
11:00 a.m. -- Prayer & Care Team/Sacristy

Saturday, April 13
11:00 a.m. -- Memorial Service for Brian Barnard/Church & Parish Hall


 
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Holy Week Calendar

Palm Sunday, April 14
8:00 a.m. --  Holy Eucharist, Rite I 
9:45 a.m. --   Holy Eucharist, Rite II 

Maundy Thursday, April 18 
7:30 p.m. --  Holy Eucharist & stripping of the altar

Good Friday, April 19
Noon --        Liturgy for the day from the Book of Common
Prayer, with hymns
1:00-3:00 p.m. -- Prayer Vigil
7:30 p.m. -- Liturgy for the day from the Book of Common Prayer, with hymns

Holy Saturday, April 20
6:00 p.m. --   Easter Vigil at Calvary, St. Mark’s Clergy to Preach

Easter Sunday, Apr. 21
6:15 a.m. --  Sunrise Service, Stonington Point
9:00 a.m. --     Holy Eucharist, Rite I
11:15 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II


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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

You can listen to our second Sunday service from a distance. Here are directions: Participants should dial 1-857-957-1130 (toll free). Following the voice prompt, enter the access code of 215 866 948#.


 
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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, March 29, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear members and friends of Calvary Church: 

This Sunday, the Gospel reading treats us to the story of the Prodigal Son. The evangelist Luke tells this story as an illustration of how God loves us even when we have lost our way.

The parable also shows us a way to love those who may have disappointed us. Sometimes called “the Gospel within the Gospel,” these words go to the heart of who God calls us to be and how we can be the presence of God’s love for others.

I invite you to join us at Calvary every week as we proclaim this love and prepare ourselves for our call to represent Christ in our beautiful and broken world.

Many blessings,

Norman 

Abundant blessings & best wishes.


Dear sisters & brothers of Calvary Church,

Sunday’s offertory anthem, sung by our own Margaret Tyler, is taken from a little-known repertoire, the sacred music of Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900) of Gilbert & Sullivan fame. The aria Love Not the World is from Sullivan’s first oratorio (The Prodigal Son, 1869) in which he sets in music Luke’s dramatic parable. 

Love not the world, nor the things that are in the world;

for the world passeth away, and the lust thereof.

But he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Sunday’s communion anthem is taken from a 1714 Bach cantata for the third Sunday after Easter, also known as Jubilate Sunday. The cantata, Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Sagen, (Weeping, lamentation, worry, despair) speaks to the trials and tribulations all Christians must endure before being rewarded with entry into the Kingdom of God. The fourth movement, heard this Sunday, reminds us that despite our trials, Christ’s sacrifice remains our solace.

Kreuz und Krone sind verbunden,
Kampf und Kleinod sind vereint.
Christen haben alle Stunden
Ihre Qual und ihren Feind,
Doch ihr Trost sind Christi Wunden.

Cross and crown are bound together,
struggle and reward are united.
Christians have at all times
their suffering and their enemy,
yet their comforts are Christ's wounds.

Matthew Provost
March 29, 2019


 
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The Gift of Joy and Wonder 

Turning in Lent Toward the Glory of Creation

Wednesday Evenings in Lent: March 13 to April 10

For the Beauty of Air
April 3

In the language of the Bible, the word ‘repent’ means to ‘turn.’ Calvary’s Lenten study this year will turn toward beauty, awe and wonder, led by the Rev. Norman MacLeod. These hours will be dedicated to remembering, seeing, learning about and celebrating God’s Earth, of which we are made. We will explore and celebrate the glory of God as we see and know it in Stonington and beyond. 

Each Study begins at 6:00 p.m. in the parish hall, beginning with a simple Lenten meal of soup and bread. Each session will close before 8:00 p.m. This week’s theme will be Air:

April 3 – Air – chef, Candy Sanford
April 10 – Fire – chef, Karen McGee

All are welcome to show up for the Lenten studies. However, signing up in the parish hall this Sunday will help our chefs know how much soup to make. Thank you!

Many thanks to the outstanding chefs who have volunteered to provide the soup on:

April 3 - Candy Sanford
April 10 - Karen McGee


 
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Lenten Meditations
Episcopal Relief & Development

In the back of the church you will find copies of a book of the meditations from the last ten years that have touched Episcopal readers the most deeply as they experience their Lenten journeys.

You encouraged and welcome to take a copy.


Lenten Luncheons

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54 Years of Helping the Greater Southeast CT/Rhode Island/Stonington Community

April 1, 2019  

Lunch will be served on Monday, April 1st at Calvary Church, 27 Church St., Stonington from 12:00 to 1:30. 

On the menu is Meatball Lasagna with salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. Vegetarian and gluten free alternatives as well as Take Out will be available. The cost is $10.00 per person with the proceeds dedicated to the Visiting Nurse of Southeastern CT which optimizes the health and wellbeing of many through Home Health Care, School Health and Community Wellness Programs. Noon Day Prayer will be offered at 11:45 in the church. All are welcome to attend for good food, fellowship and to support Calvary’s Outreach Program. 

Questions??? Call Lucia at 860-912-4144 In case of bad weather the luncheon will be held the next day!


Calvary Nursery School

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To learn more about Calvary Nursery School click here.


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry - Food Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of pineapple, soups (chicken, beef, and vegetable), jelly, Spam, clam chowder, pasta noodles, and spaghetti sauce in cans.

Connecticut River Pilgrimage: Stories Untold
Kayak/Canoe, May 24-31

Rejoice in and give thanks for the miracle of all life that is made possible by the grace of God through water. Come on a River of Life Pilgrimage hosted by the South Central & Southeast Regions of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, in coordination with Kairos Earth. Pilgrims are invited to move deeply into prayer, contemplation, and movement by canoe or kayak as a community together from May 24-31. 

For more information or to apply for this opportunity please visit: https://kairosearth.org/pilgrimage/ or contact Rachel Thomas (rthomas@episcopalct.org) or Jo Brooks (jbrooks@kairosearth.org).

Episcopal Church in CT (ECCT) Annual Spring Training & Gathering (for laity and clergy)

April 27 in Berlin CT - Registration is open

This year's event will be held Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Berlin High School, 139 Patterson Way, Berlin, CT. Info, links, and resources on this web page.

It's a day in the spring to gather with lay and ordained Episcopalians in CT for training (aka workshops) in various parish ministries as well as workshops that can help deepen your personal spiritual life.

12th Annual Walk to End Homelessness, New London Homeless Hospitality Center

Sunday, April 28 - New London, CT
Walkers travel about 2 miles over easy terrain in downtown New London, starting from the municipal parking lot across from HHC's thrift store (Homeward Bound Treasures) at 35 Golden St. and ending at the Parade Plaza at the top of Bank Street. Come early and stay afterward for refreshments and entertainment!
Link for more information and to register here.

Upcoming events at Camp Washington

  • April 5-8, Icon writing workshop, with Kara Nelson

  • May 5, Open House for summer camp programs

Link to Camp Washington for more information and registration here.

Sacred Ground: a film-based dialogue series on race and faith

On April 8, May 6, and June 11, the Episcopal Church is offering an introductory webinar to all interested in learning more about Sacred Ground: a film-based dialogue series on race and faith. The webinar is hosted by Katrina Browne, Sacred Ground curriculum developer, and producer/director of the acclaimed documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. 

Space is limited and registration is required. To learn more click here

Embrace the "Way of Love" on social media this Lent

This Lent, join the Episcopal Church in Connecticut on social media as we embrace the Way of Love. Each week ECCT will focus on one word within the Way of Love: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest. There will be video reflections each Wednesday, as well as prayers and intentions throughout the week. Be sure to follow ECCT on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (especially IGTV – Instagram TV) to participate. Brought to you by ECCT DIgital Storyteller Alli Huggins.


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United Thank Offering

It has long been the tradition at Calvary Church that during Lent the United Thank Offering blue boxes appear at the end of each pew.

We hope you will each take a blue box home and place coins and bills in it as you remember things for which you are especially thankful, family, friends, good health, sunsets, rainbows, snow (and snow plows) and each new day. The boxes will be collected during services on the second Sunday after Easter (May 5th) and every penny collected will go to grants given by the Episcopal Church to those in need both in this country and around the world. 

The United Thank Offering program was started in 1889 by the women of the church who collected coins to support grants for mission and ministry all over the world. A wonderful example is a grant given in 1952 to Bishop Gordon of Alaska. It was used to purchase an airplane so that he could reach his scattered parishes. In thanks for receiving the grant he named the plane “Blue Box”. 

Envelopes and additional blue boxes may be found at the back of the church if anyone would like to give a single gift.


 
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Episcopal Church Safe Church Training Spring Schedule

Certification is required for:


Church vestry, staff, teachers, ecumenical visitors and all who engage with children and the vulnerable elderly on behalf of the church

Re-Certification is required every three years

Click on this link for the Safe Church Training calendar for Spring 2019.


Calvary Campus Blog

 
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Periodically, staff and parishioners will have the opportunity to post interesting and entertaining stories about the life of Calvary Church and it's buildings and grounds. We hope you enjoy the reflections.

Click on this link to enjoy this new feature of our website.


CALVARY FILM FESTIVAL

 
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As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: April 9, 2019

The Natural: Gifted baseball player Roy Hobbs -- whose life has taken some unexpected turns -- becomes a 35-year-old rookie sensation who helps a cellar-dwelling team get back in the game in this mythic film that's as epic as America's national pastime.

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm


Next Calvary Sunday
Brunch Bunch!

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

We had a lovely time with new friends who found us on our website (see above picture!).

Next Brunch Bunch:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, April 14 @ 11:45. So if you are available and would like to join the gathering, please do. No reservations are needed.We enjoy good food, fellowship and conversation.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


REFRESHMENT HOUR

 
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Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour. There are still Sundays when you can volunteer to host this gathering.

All that is required is set-up, some snacks, coffee and tea. A sign-up sheet and take home instructions are located on the kitchen door in the Parish Hall or contact Evelynn Lyons at 860-535-3286 or at evelynnlyons@hotmail.com.


Calvary Calendar

Saturday, March 31-

Saturday, April 6

Sunday, March 31
9:00 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:00 a.m. -- Q/A with Bishop Laura, Refreshment Hour/Parish Hall
7:30 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous/Parish Hall

Monday, April 1
12:00 p.m. -- Lenten Luncheon/Parish Hall

Tuesday, April 2
5:00 p.m. -- Recruitment Committee/Calvary House

Wednesday, April 4
6:00 p.m. -- Lenten Study: Gift of Joy & Wonder, Air/Parish Hall

Thursday, April 4
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells/Church
6:30 p.m. -- Choir/Chapel

Friday, April 5
10:00 a.m. -- Prayer & Care Team/Sacristy

Saturday, April 6
10:00 a.m. -- Calvary Nursery School Easter Egg Hunt & Open Hours/Play Yard, Parish Hall


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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

You can listen to our second Sunday service from a distance. Here are directions: Participants should dial 1-857-957-1130 (toll free). Following the voice prompt, enter the access code of 215 866 948#.


 
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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, March 22, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 9 AM

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Dear members and friends of Calvary Church: The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens is one of the two Episcopal bishops leading the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT). This Sunday, Bishop Laura will lead our worship and preach at our one service at 9 a.m. 

Bishops are woven into the DNA of our church. Our Connecticut bishops, while centered in Meriden, call every Episcopal parish in the state home. As they cannot be everywhere at once, they regularly pray for us and we for them. The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, the senior bishop, and Bishop Laura set the tone for the work of the Diocese, that is, all the Episcopalians of the Nutmeg State. With the help of lay leadership and local clergy, they lead the thousands of us whom God has called into this wonderful mix of tradition, respect for scripture and reason that we call the Anglican Communion.

I hope you can join us on March 24 as Bishop Laura comes to her Stonington spiritual home. After the service, we invite you to a coffee hour for an informal conversation with her about her role, the life of the ECCT and the future of Calvary Church during this exciting and challenging time of transition.

Many blessings,
Norman

Abundant blessings & best wishes.


Dear Sisters & Brothers of Calvary Church,

Some have asked that the foreign language anthem texts be translated in the Sunday bulletin. I also think that’s a great idea, and I’ll be working on that. In the meantime, and in preparation for the Bishop’s visit, let’s get all prepped to understand the anthem texts for this Sunday.

At the offertory we will sing about the greatness of God’s house, set musically by Austrian composer Anton Bruckner (1824–1896):

Locus iste a Deo factus est,
inaestimabile sacramentum,
irreprehensibilis est.

This is the Lord's house, which He hath made.
Profoundly sacred,
it is beyond reproof.

At communion, the anthem by John IV, King of Portugal (1604–1656) reflects on the beauty of the cross:

Crux fidelis, inter omnes arbor una nobilis,
nulla talem silva profert flore, fronde, germine,
dulce lignum dulce clavo dulce pondus sustinens.


Faithful cross, true sign of triumph, 
Be for all the noblest tree; 
None in foliage, none in blossom, 
None in fruit thine equal be; 
Symbol of the world's redemption, 
For the weight that hung on thee! 

See you on Sunday!
Matthew Provost
March 22, 2019


 
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The Gift of Joy and Wonder 

Turning in Lent Toward the Glory of Creation

Wednesday Evenings in Lent: March 13 to April 10

Water
March 27

“And the spirit of God moved over the face of the deep.” - Genesis

“About 71 per cent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered…” – The Internet

“And early in the morning Jesus came walking toward them on the sea.” - Matthew

The third of five sessions of the Wednesday evening Lenten series will focus on our relationship with water. Led by the Rev. Norman MacLeod, we will view the power and wonder of water through the lens of scripture, of science, and through our own experiences. While the sessions build on one another to a degree, each evening can stand alone as a provocative and prayerful look at our encounters with one of the ancient elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire.

Sessions begin with a simple meal at 6 p.m., and end before 8. 

If you can sign up at the back of the church on Sundays, or in the parish office, that will help the generous volunteer chefs preparing our meal each week. This is not required. We welcome everyone!

March 27 – Water
April 3 – Air
April 10 - Fire

Many thanks to the outstanding chefs who have volunteered to provide the soup on:

March 27 - Jennifer Parsons
April 3 - Candy Sanford
April 10 - Karen McGee


 
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Lenten Meditations
Episcopal Relief & Development

In the back of the church you will find copies of a book of the meditations from the last ten years that have touched Episcopal readers the most deeply as they experience their Lenten journeys.

You encouraged and welcome to take a copy.


Lenten Luncheons

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54 Years of Helping the Greater Southeast CT/Rhode Island/Stonington Community

March 25, 2019  

Lunch will be served on Monday, March 25th at Calvary Church, 27 Church St., Stonington from 12:00 to 1:30. 

On the menu is Baked Ham with all the Trimmings with salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. Vegetarian and gluten free alternatives as well as Take Out will be available. The cost is $10.00 per person with the proceeds dedicated to our Ugandan friends at the Chain Foundation Orphanage for blind and sighted children. In 2018 Calvary’s ECW provided funds for the purchase of a new Perkins Braille machine for the children at the orphanage. Noon Day Prayer will be offered at 11:45 in the church. All are welcome to attend for good food, fellowship and to support Calvary’s Outreach Program. 

Questions??? Call Lucia at 860-912-4144 In case of bad weather the luncheon will be held the next day!


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry - March Diaper Drive

The PNC has made a special request for diapers this month, especially sizes 3 to 5. The donation basket is in the back of the church.

Upcoming events at Camp Washington

  • March 29, Bishop's Book Study, with Bishop Laura Ahrens discussing The Cloister by James Carroll

  • April 5-8, Icon writing workshop, with Kara Nelson

  • May 5, Open House for summer camp programs

Link to Camp Washington for more information and registration here.

Embrace the "Way of Love" on social media this Lent

This Lent, join the Episcopal Church in Connecticut on social media as we embrace the Way of Love. Each week ECCT will focus on one word within the Way of Love: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest. There will be video reflections each Wednesday, as well as prayers and intentions throughout the week. Be sure to follow ECCT on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (especially IGTV – Instagram TV) to participate. Brought to you by ECCT DIgital Storyteller Alli Huggins.  g..


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United Thank Offering

It has long been the tradition at Calvary Church that during Lent the United Thank Offering blue boxes appear at the end of each pew.

We hope you will each take a blue box home and place coins and bills in it as you remember things for which you are especially thankful, family, friends, good health, sunsets, rainbows, snow (and snow plows) and each new day. The boxes will be collected during services on the second Sunday after Easter (May 5th) and every penny collected will go to grants given by the Episcopal Church to those in need both in this country and around the world. 

The United Thank Offering program was started in 1889 by the women of the church who collected coins to support grants for mission and ministry all over the world. A wonderful example is a grant given in 1952 to Bishop Gordon of Alaska. It was used to purchase an airplane so that he could reach his scattered parishes. In thanks for receiving the grant he named the plane “Blue Box”. 

Envelopes and additional blue boxes may be found at the back of the church if anyone would like to give a single gift.


 
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Episcopal Church Safe Church Training Spring Schedule

Certification is required for:


Church vestry, staff, teachers, ecumenical visitors and all who engage with children and the vulnerable elderly on behalf of the church

Re-Certification is required every three years

Click on this link for the Safe Church Training calendar for Spring 2019.


Calvary Campus Blog

 
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Periodically, staff and parishioners will have the opportunity to post interesting and entertaining stories about the life of Calvary Church and it's buildings and grounds. We hope you enjoy the reflections.

Click on this link to enjoy this new feature of our website.


CALVARY FILM FESTIVAL

 
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As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: March 26, 2019

Before the Flood: Global climate change is examined from multiple perspectives in this illuminating documentary chronicling actor Leonardo DiCaprio's crusade to increase awareness of the potentially catastrophic effects of the environmental changes already under way.

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm


Next Calvary Sunday
Brunch Bunch!

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

We had a lovely time with new friends who found us on our website (see above picture!).

Next Brunch Bunch:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, April 14 @ 11:45. So if you are available and would like to join the gathering, please do. No reservations are needed.We enjoy good food, fellowship and conversation.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


REFRESHMENT HOUR

 
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Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour. There are still Sundays when you can volunteer to host this gathering.

All that is required is set-up, some snacks, coffee and tea. A sign-up sheet and take home instructions are located on the kitchen door in the Parish Hall or contact Evelynn Lyons at 860-535-3286 or at evelynnlyons@hotmail.com.


Calvary Calendar

Saturday, March 23-

Friday, March, 29

Sunday, March 24
9:00 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:00 a.m. -- Q/A with Bishop Laura, Refreshment Hour/Parish Hall
7:30 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous/Parish Hall

Monday, March 25 
12:00 p.m. -- Lenten Luncheon/Parish Hall

Tuesday, March 26
5:00 p.m. -- Recruitment Committee/Calvary House
7:00 p.m. -- Movie Night/Parish Hall

Wednesday, March 27
6:00 p.m. -- Lenten Study: Gift of Joy & Wonder, Water/Parish Hall

Thursday, March 28
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells/Church
5:00 p.m. -- Uganda Mission Team/Sacristy
6:30 p.m. -- Choir/Chapel

Friday, March 29
12:30 p.m. -- Prayer Shawls knitters/Church


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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

You can listen to our second Sunday service from a distance. Here are directions: Participants should dial 1-857-957-1130 (toll free). Following the voice prompt, enter the access code of 215 866 948#.


 
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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, March 15, 2019


Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear members and friends of Calvary Church:

As I near the end of my second full week as your interim priest, I want to thank you all for the gracious welcome you have given me in our short time together. Whether it be the Wardens, the staff, the Vestry or any of the many faithful souls who accomplish so much in this community of faith, all have been gracious and helpful to this unfamiliar priest as he jumps into the life of this busy place at the beginning of Lent.

I bring with me habits and practices from my previous calls as a priest. In that spirit, I recommend to you all a little book, much like Forward Day by Day. I welcome you to take with you as you leave on Sunday morning Lenten Meditations 2019, a publication of Episcopal Relief and Development. This slender booklet contains reflections for each day of Lent from Episcopal leaders, such as our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry. I heartily recommend it as a simple way to bring our role in taking care of this beautiful and broken world into our Lenten thoughts.

Many blessings,
Norman

Abundant blessings & best wishes.


 
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The Gift of Joy and Wonder 

Turning in Lent Toward the Glory of Creation

Wednesday Evenings in Lent: March 13 to April 10

For the Beauty of Earth
March 20

The second session of this year's Lenten program, The Gift of Joy and Wonder, will focus on the ancient element the Greeks called earth: the rocks, soils, sands, hills and mountains upon which we lead our lives. We will take a look at the beauty and wonder of God's Creation as expressed through the solid world around us.

In the language of the Bible, the word “repent” means to “turn.” Calvary’s Lenten study this year will turn toward beauty, awe and wonder, led by the Rev. Norman MacLeod. These hours will be dedicated to remembering, seeing, learning about and celebrating God’s Earth, of which we are made. We will explore and celebrate the glory of God as we see and know it in Stonington and beyond.

The study will begin Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall, beginning with a simple Lenten meal of soup and bread. Each session will close before 8 p.m. Each week will have a theme.

March 13 – Creation
March 20 – Earth
March 27 – Water
April 3 – Air
April 10 – Fire

And, about those soup dinners....

Many thanks to the outstanding chefs who have volunteered to provide the soup on:

March 13 - Laura Paige
March 20: Jim and Mary McCauley
March 27 - Jennifer Parsons
April 3 - Candy Sanford
April 10: Karen McGee

All are welcome to show up for the Lenten studies. However, signing up in the parish hall this Sunday will help our chefs know how much soup to make. Thank you!


 
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Lenten Meditations
Episcopal Relief & Development

In the back of the church you will find copies of a book of the meditations from the last ten years that have touched Episcopal readers the most deeply as they experience their Lenten journeys.

You encouraged and welcome to take a copy.


Lenten Luncheons

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54 Years of Helping the Greater Southeast CT/Rhode Island/Stonington Community

March 18, 2019  

Lunch will be served on Monday, March 18th at Calvary Church, 27 Church St., Stonington from 12:00 to 1:30. 

On the menu is Turkey Tetrazzini with salad, bread, dessert (made and served by the Calvary Nursery School children!)and a beverage. Vegetarian and gluten free alternatives as well as Take Out will be available. 

The cost is $10.00 per person with the proceeds dedicated to the Homes for the Brave, which provides support for a new residence for women returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan who bear the scars of combat. Noon Day Prayer will be offered at 11:45 in the church. All are welcome to attend for good food, fellowship and to support Calvary’s Outreach Program. 

Questions??? Call Lucia at 860-912-4144 In case of bad weather the luncheon will be held the next day!


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry - March Diaper Drive

The PNC has made a special request for diapers this month, especially sizes 3 to 5. The donation basket is in the back of the church.

Upcoming events at Camp Washington

  • March 29, Bishop's Book Study, with Bishop Laura Ahrens discussing The Cloister by James Carroll

  • April 5-8, Icon writing workshop, with Kara Nelson

  • May 5, Open House for summer camp programs

Link to Camp Washington for more information and registration here.

UN Commission on the Status of Women, March 11-22 in NYC

Women and girls, men and boys from The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion will participate. Link with more information here.

Embrace the "Way of Love" on social media this Lent

This Lent, join the Episcopal Church in Connecticut on social media as we embrace the Way of Love. Each week ECCT will focus on one word within the Way of Love: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest. There will be video reflections each Wednesday, as well as prayers and intentions throughout the week. Be sure to follow ECCT on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (especially IGTV – Instagram TV) to participate. Brought to you by ECCT DIgital Storyteller Alli Huggins.  g..


Church Endowment and Planned Giving

 
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The Calvary Church Endowment Management Committee and the Stewardship Subcommittee on Planned Giving invite interested parishioners to join a short “Open Meeting” with these committees immediately following the 8 am service on Sunday, March 17th, in Parish Hall.

The several purposes for this full parish meeting include: to exchange information about the Church’s endowment structure and its importance to the future of our church, to determine Stewardship’s role in identifying and helping parishioners who might make a future gift to Calvary’s endowment by “planned giving” and discussing parishioners’ questions about making these gifts. 

Members of the Endowment Management Committee are:
Mary McAuley, Chair 
Michael Adair
Richard Cole
Spike Lobdell
Bob Martin

Members of the Stewardship Subcommittee on Planned Giving are:

Kip Colligan, Co-Chair & Tiffany Hendry
Tom, Co-Chair & Candy Sanford
Don Charbonnier
David Elks
Rowlie and Carla Stebbins

Meeting Moderator: Rowlie Stebbins.

Brought to you as part of Calvary’s year-round Stewardship Program. Coffee will be available.


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United Thank Offering

It has long been the tradition at Calvary Church that during Lent the United Thank Offering blue boxes appear at the end of each pew.

We hope you will each take a blue box home and place coins and bills in it as you remember things for which you are especially thankful, family, friends, good health, sunsets, rainbows, snow (and snow plows) and each new day. The boxes will be collected during services on the second Sunday after Easter (May 5th) and every penny collected will go to grants given by the Episcopal Church to those in need both in this country and around the world. 

The United Thank Offering program was started in 1889 by the women of the church who collected coins to support grants for mission and ministry all over the world. A wonderful example is a grant given in 1952 to Bishop Gordon of Alaska. It was used to purchase an airplane so that he could reach his scattered parishes. In thanks for receiving the grant he named the plane “Blue Box”. 

Envelopes and additional blue boxes may be found at the back of the church if anyone would like to give a single gift.


 
Decoration on Holy Week Schedule - 2018.png
 

Episcopal Church Safe Church Training Spring Schedule

Certification is required for:


Church vestry, staff, teachers, ecumenical visitors and all who engage with children and the vulnerable elderly on behalf of the church

Re-Certification is required every three years

Click on this link for the Safe Church Training calendar for Spring 2019.


Calvary Campus Blog

 
blogging.jpg
 

Periodically, staff and parishioners will have the opportunity to post interesting and entertaining stories about the life of Calvary Church and it's buildings and grounds. We hope you enjoy the reflections.

Click on this link to enjoy this new feature of our website.


CALVARY FILM FESTIVAL

 
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As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: March 19, 2019

Ireland’s Wild Coast: Emmy Award-winning wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson takes viewers on an authored odyssey along Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast – the place he chooses to make his home after 30 years spent shooting some of the world’s most celebrated wildlife films. 

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm


Next Calvary Sunday
Brunch Bunch!

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

We had a lovely time with new friends who found us on our website (see above picture!).

Next Brunch Bunch:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, April 14 @ 11:45. So if you are available and would like to join the gathering, please do. No reservations are needed.We enjoy good food, fellowship and conversation.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


REFRESHMENT HOUR

 
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This Sunday, March 17, the Prayer & Care Team are hosting coffee hour following the 10:00 a.m. service. We will be featuring our Pet Therapy ministry. Deb and Ethel and Jean and Rudy will be at one or both services. They will speak briefly after the Peace about this wonderful ministry and will be greeting parishioners at Coffee Hour. Please join us in the Parish Hall.

Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour. There are still Sundays when you can volunteer to host this gathering.

All that is required is set-up, some snacks, coffee and tea. A sign-up sheet and take home instructions are located on the kitchen door in the Parish Hall or contact Evelynn Lyons at 860-535-3286 or at evelynnlyons@hotmail.com.


Calvary Calendar

Saturday, March 16-

Friday, March, 22

Sunday, March 17

8:00 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I

9:00 a.m. -- Church Endowment & Planned Giving/Parish Hall

10:00 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II

11:00 a.m. -- Refreshment Hour, Prayer & Care Team/Parish Hall

7:30 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous/Parish Hall

Monday, March 18 

12:00 p.m. -- Lenten Luncheon/Parish Hall

Tuesday, March 19

7:00 p.m. -- Calvary Nursery School Board meeting/Sacristy

7:00 p.m. -- Movie Night/Parish Hall

Wednesday, March 20

6:00 p.m. -- Gift of Joy & Wonder, Earth/Parish Hall

3:30-5:30 p.m. -- WARM Shelter food prep/Parish Hall kitchen

7:00 p.m. -- Calvary Music School Board meeting/office

Thursday, March 21

10:45 a.m. -- Handbells/church

6:30 p.m. -- Choir/Chapel

Friday, March 22

11:00 a.m. -- Prayer Group/Church


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Remote Call-In

We regret that the remote call-in for services is not available and will announce when it has been repaired.


 
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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, March 8, 2019


Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear Calvary members and friends:

As Matthew, Calvary organist and choirmaster, wrote about last week, Lent signals changes in how we worship together. We refrain from proclaiming “Alleluia” for the Sundays of the season. Beyond that, Episcopal churches often shift to different forms of prayers as we embrace this Lenten time of reflection. 

Like a jewel, our Anglican worship benefits from the sight of our celebration from different angles. Small variations in the words we say and the songs we sing reveal new depths and can touch our hearts and feed our souls in new ways.

When we return to more familiar forms, we hear these in new and richer ways as well.

I invite you to a Holy Lent, as we pray together in the full richness of our tradition, making us stronger in our work to join God’s mission of healing and reconciliation for this beautiful and broken world.

Many blessings,

Norman

Abundant blessings & best wishes.


 
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The Gift of Joy and Wonder 

Turning in Lent Toward the Glory of Creation

Wednesday Evenings in Lent: March 13 to April 10

In the language of the Bible, the word “repent” means to “turn.” Calvary’s Lenten study this year will turn toward beauty, awe and wonder, led by the Rev. Norman MacLeod. These hours will be dedicated to remembering, seeing, learning about and celebrating God’s Earth, of which we are made. We will explore and celebrate the glory of God as we see and know it in Stonington and beyond.

The study will begin Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall, beginning with a simple Lenten meal of soup and bread. Each session will close before 8 p.m. Each week will have a theme.

March 13 – Creation
March 20 – Earth
March 27 – Water
April 3 – Air
April 10 – Fire

And, about those soup dinners....

Many thanks to the outstanding chefs who have volunteered to provide the soup on:

March 13 - Laura Paige
March 20: Jim and Mary McCauley
March 27 - Jennifer Parsons
April 3 - Candy Sanford
April 10: Karen McGee

All are welcome to show up for the Lenten studies. However, signing up in the parish hall this Sunday will help our chefs know how much soup to make. Thank you!


Lenten Luncheons

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54 Years of Helping the Greater Southeast CT/Rhode Island/Stonington Community

March 11, 2019  

Lunch will be served on Monday, March 11th at Calvary Church, 27 Church St., Stonington from 12:00 to 1:30. 

On the menu is Hearty Beef Stew with salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. Vegetarian and gluten free alternatives as well as Take Out will be available. 

The cost is $10.00 per person with the proceeds dedicated to the New London Community Meal Center which served over 75,000 meals to people in the New London community last year. Noon Day Prayer will be offered at 11:45 in the church. All are welcome to attend for good food, fellowship and to support Calvary’s Outreach Program. 

Questions??? Call Lucia at 860-912-4144 In case of bad weather the luncheon will be held the next day!


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry - March Diaper Drive

The PNC has made a special request for diapers this month, especially sizes 3 to 5. The donation basket is in the back of the church.

Upcoming events at Camp Washington

  • March 8-10, "Happening" (teens) weekend

  • March 10, "Second Sunday," with the Rev. Jack Gilpin

  • March 29, Bishop's Book Study, with Bishop Laura Ahrens discussing The Cloister by James Carroll

  • April 5-8, Icon writing workshop, with Kara Nelson

  • May 5, Open House for summer camp programs

Link to Camp Washington for more information and registration here.

UN Commission on the Status of Women, March 11-22 in NYC

Women and girls, men and boys from The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion will participate. Link with more information here.

Embrace the "Way of Love" on social media this Lent

This Lent, join the Episcopal Church in Connecticut on social media as we embrace the Way of Love. Each week ECCT will focus on one word within the Way of Love: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest. There will be video reflections each Wednesday, as well as prayers and intentions throughout the week. Be sure to follow ECCT on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (especially IGTV – Instagram TV) to participate. Brought to you by ECCT DIgital Storyteller Alli Huggins.  g..


Church Endowment and Planned Giving

 
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The Calvary Church Endowment Management Committee and the Stewardship Subcommittee on Planned Giving invite interested parishioners to join a short “Open Meeting” with these committees immediately following the 8 am service on Sunday, March 17th, in Parish Hall.

The several purposes for this full parish meeting include: to exchange information about the Church’s endowment structure and its importance to the future of our church, to determine Stewardship’s role in identifying and helping parishioners who might make a future gift to Calvary’s endowment by “planned giving” and discussing parishioners’ questions about making these gifts. 

Members of the Endowment Management Committee are:
Mary McAuley, Chair 
Michael Adair
Richard Cole
Spike Lobdell
Bob Martin

Members of the Stewardship Subcommittee on Planned Giving are:

Kip Colligan, Co-Chair & Tiffany Hendry
Tom, Co-Chair & Candy Sanford
Don Charbonnier
David Elks
Rowlie and Carla Stebbins

Meeting Moderator: Rowlie Stebbins.

Brought to you as part of Calvary’s year-round Stewardship Program. Coffee will be available.


 
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Episcopal Church Safe Church Training Spring Schedule

Certification is required for:


Church vestry, staff, teachers, ecumenical visitors and all who engage with children and the vulnerable elderly on behalf of the church

Re-Certification is required every three years

Click on this link for the Safe Church Training calendar for Spring 2019.


Calvary Campus Blog

 
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Periodically, staff and parishioners will have the opportunity to post interesting and entertaining stories about the life of Calvary Church and it's buildings and grounds. We hope you enjoy the reflections.

Click on this link to enjoy this new feature of our website.


 
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Would you like to learn to knit?Saturday, March 9, 10:30 am

The Prayer Shawl Makers will offer instruction on various Saturday mornings beginning next month. Come join Stevie Champion and Kitsie Cooke at Stevie's home, 5 Holly Drive, Westerly (about 15-20 minutes from Calvary Church), on Saturday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m.

Bring a bag lunch; drinks will be provided. We'll have needles and yarn to start you off on your first project.

RSVP
Stevie Champion, steviechampion@gmail.com, 401-596-8518
or
Kitsie Cooke, kitsiecooke@yahoo.com,
860-535-8986


CALVARY FILM FESTIVAL

 
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As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: March 12, 2019

In the Heart of the Sea: Revisiting the incredible true tale of the whaling ship Essex, which was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale in 1820, this historical drama chronicles the crew's horrific 90-day struggle to survive amid storms, hunger and despair. The true-life inspiration for Herman Melville’s classic “Moby Dick.” March 12

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm


Next Calvary Sunday
Brunch Bunch!

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

We had a lovely time with new friends who found us on our website (see above picture!).

Next Brunch Bunch:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, March 10 @ 11:45. So if you are available and would like to join the gathering, please do. No reservations are needed.We enjoy good food, fellowship and conversation.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


Refreshment Hour

 
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Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour. There are still Sundays when you can volunteer to host this gathering.

All that is required is set-up, some snacks, coffee and tea. A sign-up sheet and take home instructions are located on the kitchen door in the Parish Hall or contact Evelynn Lyons at 860-535-3286 or at evelynnlyons@hotmail.com.


Calvary Calendar

Saturday, March 9 - Friday, March, 15

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Saturday, March 9 
Turn your clocks one
hour ahead for Daylight Saving Time, beginning Sunday.

Monday, March 11 
12:00 p.m. -- Lenten Luncheon/Parish Hall

Tuesday, March 12
5:00 p.m. -- Finance Committee/Sacristy
7:00 p.m. -- Movie Night

Wednesday, March 13
6:00 p.m. -- Gift of Joy & Wonder, Creation/Parish Hall

Thursday, March 14
8:00 a.m. -- Executive Committee/Rector's Office
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells/church
6:00 p.m. -- Vestry/Parish Hall
6:30 p.m. -- Choir/Chapel


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Remote Call-In

We regret that the remote call-in for services is not available and will announce when it has been repaired.


 
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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, March 3, 2019


Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear Calvary members and friends:

What a privilege it is to serve with you as together we seek to further God’s mission in this beautiful place during your time of transition.

My thirty years as a priest have taught me how our work is always work together. We build on the ministry of those who labored and celebrated before our time, and together we seek a vision and path to lead us forward.

While my time with you will be short in the larger frame of the life of this church, I am excited to make the most of the ministry that we will be called to share.

We begin this time with the season of Lent. I invite you to join with your Calvary sisters and brothers in making this sacred time a true turning toward the glory of God as we see it in the world around us. Join us on Wednesday evenings in Lent as together we open our eyes again to God’s presence around us.

In the Name of the Creator,

Norman 

Abundant blessings & best wishes.


 
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The Gift of Joy and Wonder 

Turning in Lent Toward the Glory of Creation

Wednesday Evenings in Lent: March 13 to April 10

In the language of the Bible, the word “repent” means to “turn.” Calvary’s Lenten study this year will turn toward beauty, awe and wonder, led by the Rev. Norman MacLeod. These hours will be dedicated to remembering, seeing, learning about and celebrating God’s Earth, of which we are made. We will explore and celebrate the glory of God as we see and know it in Stonington and beyond.

The study will begin Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall, beginning with a simple Lenten meal of soup and bread. Each session will close before 8 p.m. Each week will have a theme.

March 13 – Creation
March 20 – Earth
March 27 – Water
April 3 – Air
April 10 – Fire

Please sign up this Sunday in Parish Hall if you plan to attend. 


 
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Dear Sisters & Brothers of Calvary Church,

At the end of worship on Sunday, the last before Lent, we will sing a special recessional hymn in which we say goodbye to that exquisite expression of Christian enthusiasm, Alleluia until its triumphant return at the Great Vigil of Easter. Why? Well, during the penitential season of Lent, it is customary to dial down the pomp and exuberance of worship and remove some of the ‘shouts of praise’ such as Alleluia and Gloria in excelsis (Glory be to God on high). At the same time, we try to avoid excessive decorations in favor of austere plainness. Musically, you’ll notice that things take a more introspective turn; the psalms will be chanted simply in plainchant rather than the dense fullness of Anglican chant, and the anthems, hymns, and organ voluntaries are more reserved, avoiding outbursts of joy and dance-like élan. Ideally, it should be obvious to all that we’ve entered into a new season. That things look and sound different is our intentional aesthetic expression of how we too are different during the season of Lent as we look inward and reflect on Christ’s passion and resurrection. And once the work of Lent is done, the organ will raise the roof again, the choir will sing out with burst of joy, all the bells will ring out wildly, and we again will sing Alleluia! and Gloria in excelsis!

Matthew Provost
March 1, 2019


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An Invitation to Lenten Luncheons

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Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry - March Diaper Drive
Thank you for your generous contributions to the February cereal drive. In March, we will focus on the PNC's other request, for diapers. The PNC is always in need of diapers for young families, especially sizes 3 to 5.

World Day of Prayer: March 2
This year, Church Women United of CT will be sponsoring World Day of Prayer on Saturday, March 2 at 2 pm at Saint John's Lutheran Church in Meridan. Men are welcome. Click here for more information on the World Day of Prayer.

Experiencing Lent: A SE Region Quiet Day
Saturday, March 2 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at St. Edmund's Retreat Center, Enders Island.

Join Christian educator and writer Wendy Claire Barrie for a Lenten quiet day on Enders Island. Learn more about Wendy Claire Barrie by clicking here. Registration is $20 and is available online here. For more information about the Quiet Day or to inquire about scholarships contact The Rev. Rachel Thomas, SE Region Missionary, at 860-316-8184 or via email at rthomas@episcopalct.org..


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Attention: Vestry, Ecumenical Visitors, Sunday School teachers

Are you due for re-certification?

Safe Church Re-certification Training 
Monday, April 1 from 6:30-9:00 p.m.

St. Mark's Church, Mystic


St. Mark's will be hosting a Safe Church re-certification training on Monday, April 1 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. This training is designed for lay ministers who attended a comprehensive basic safe church training (either a full day or the hybrid option). Certification is for three years; re-certification training is done every three years thereafter. This training is two and a half-hours long and offers new and updated information. The focus is on the protection of children and youth and prevention of elder abuse. 

Register online by clicking here.


Next Calvary Sunday
Brunch Bunch!

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

We had a lovely time with new friends who found us on our website (see above picture!).

Next Brunch Bunch:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, March 10 @ 11:45. So if you are available and would like to join the gathering, please do. No reservations are needed.We enjoy good food, fellowship and conversation.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


Refreshment Hour

 
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Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour. There are still Sundays when you can volunteer to host this gathering.

All that is required is set-up, some snacks, coffee and tea. A sign-up sheet and take home instructions are located on the kitchen door in the Parish Hall or contact Evelynn Lyons at 860-535-3286 or at evelynnlyons@hotmail.com.


Calvary Film Festival


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Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: March 5, 2019

North Face: In 1936, young German climbers Toni Kurz and Andreas Hinterstoisser face off against a rival Austrian duo in an attempt to be the first team to scale the infamous north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps.

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm


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Remote Call-In

We regret that the remote call-in for services is not available and will announce when it has been repaired.


 
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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, February 24, 2019


Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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My Dear Friends, 

As I write this last note to Calvary Church, I am filled with gratitude for the love and hospitality you have shown me and my family. You opened your lives to me and I have been touched by the many personal stories you shared with me. Every Sunday service was a joy-filled one where I felt nurtured and encouraged by our common participation in worship of our God. Getting to know the many ministries of Calvary Church filled me with great admiration and hope of your future in the next phase of God’s call upon you with the calling of a new rector.  

Continue to do what you are doing, be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit in the coming months to hear how God may be shaping you to reflect His light brighter in Stonington and beyond. I know you will be a vibrant community for any priest who is looking to serve and partner with God and his children for God’s redemptive work on earth. 

Thank you for the lovely farewell coffee hour you organized for Milind and I this past Sunday. I now have some beautiful paintings of Calvary Church in sizes large, medium and small! The three different angles of the three paintings will remind me just how beautifully different and yet one body the people at Calvary are. I know I go with many prayers knitted into every stitch of the prayer shawl you gave me.

Know that you will always have a special place in my heart and know that you are in my prayers. 

In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
February 22, 2019

Abundant blessings & best wishes.


Note from Wardens

Dear Parish,

Thank you for joining us on Sunday, February 17th for Ajung’s final services with us at Calvary. At coffee hour, we gave her and Milind a lovely farewell full of gratitude and best wishes as she begins a new chapter in her ministry as full-time Rector for St. George’s Episcopal Church, Hempstead, NY. 

As you know, Reverend Norman Macleod has agreed to serve as a part-time interim Priest in Charge until our new full-time Rector is called. Many of you may have met Norman, as he has called Calvary Church his home of worship since retiring to Stonington about 6 months ago. Norman officially starts with Calvary Church on March 1stand will be leading the both services on March 3rd. Please join us welcoming Norman, and his wife Elizabeth, at coffee hour following the 10AM service. 

Also, on Sunday, March 3rd, at both the 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM services, joining Norman during the sermon will be Barbara Loftus of the Recruitment Team and John Groton of Discernment Team. They will be sharing with us views their views on “Our community of Faith -Moving forward together” and offer a perspective of discernment from a parishioner’s point of view. 

Over the next several weeks, Calvary House will be used by the Transition Team, and then the Vestry as they continue to identify our next Rector. We ask that you please respect their privacy, as well as their need for confidentiality, during this time. Please do continue to pray for all our work of discernment as we listen for God’s intention for us, for our parish, and our next Rector.

On Sunday March 24th, Bishop Laura Aherns will be joining us for worship at a combined 9:00 AM Rite II service. There will be a coffee hour immediately following the 9:00am Service at which Bp. Laura will host a question and response session. Please make every effort to join us that day. 

Lastly, while it is exciting that there is so much happening on campus, the activity of the upcoming weeks may cause overlaps with our shared space. We ask that all groups contact the office for scheduling purposes so that we can minimize any conflicts. 

Many thanks for your continued support.

Betsy & Jennifer 


 
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The Gift of Joy and Wonder 

Turning in Lent Toward the Glory of Creation

Wednesday Evenings in Lent: March 13 to April 10

In the language of the Bible, the word “repent” means to “turn.” Calvary’s Lenten study this year will turn toward beauty, awe and wonder, led by the Rev. Norman MacLeod. These hours will be dedicated to remembering, seeing, learning about and celebrating God’s Earth, of which we are made. We will explore and celebrate the glory of God as we see and know it in Stonington and beyond.

The study will begin Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall, beginning with a simple Lenten meal of soup and bread. Each session will close before 8 p.m. Each week will have a theme.

March 13 – Creation
March 20 – Earth
March 27 – Water
April 3 – Air
April 10 – Fire

Sign-up sheets for participation will be available next Sunday, February 24.


 
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Dear Sisters & Brothers of Calvary Church,

Wonderful News!
Mark your calendars!

I am so pleased to announce that on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. we will inaugurate a new organ recital series featuring the world’s most renowned artists! Thanks to the generosity of The Miller Foundation, my hope for the establishment of the McIvor Organ Distinguished Artist Series has become reality. This signature Calvary event will take place annually in May, and feature organists from all over the globe. To inaugurate our series, I’ve invited one of America’s brightest stars, Nathan Laube, Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Nathan has taken the national and international organ scenes by storm, succeeding in ways far beyond his years. His technical and musical prowess is simply astonishing. What a joy it will be to welcome him here!

That said, many, many persons will want to attend this grandiose event. So, before we go public, we’ll need to get our own seats reserved. The event is free to the public, with free-will offerings gladly accepted. Tickets will not be sold, but we will take seating reservations. It would be a shame for any of us to be turned away, so please, call or email the church office and get your seats reserved immediately. Next Friday we will go public, and reservations from far and wide will roll in fast. Don’t wait too long to reserve your place to hear this brilliant artist perform!

FRIDAY – MAY 10 – 7:30 p.m.
Calvary Church, Stonington
presents
The McIvor Organ Distinguished Artist Series
featuring internationally acclaimed organist
NATHAN LAUBE !

Read more about Nathan Laube here:
http://www.concertorganists.com/artists/Nathan-Laube/
http://www.nathanlaube.com


Matthew Provost
February 22, 2019


An Invitation to Lenten Luncheons

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Calvary Nursery School

Annual Open House! 

Saturday, February 23rd from 9:30-11:30am

 Come join CNS in our annual open house on 2/23! Take a tour of the classroom, meet the teachers and see what makes our little school by the sea so special. 


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Combating Addiction

Saturday, February 16 from 8:30 a.m.-noon at Grace Church, Old Saybrook

Join in a conversation sponsored by Faith Beyond Bars and Beyond and New Life Journeys about the effects of addiction in our communities and how we might partner with others to help address these issues. Register online by clicking here. For more information contact The Rev. Ellen Adams, Deacon, at 860-374-3537.

Caring About Environmental Racial Justice

Sunday, February 24 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Mystic Congregational Church

The Mystic Area Ecumenical Council invites you to attend a special discussion with Terri Eickel, Executive Director and Founder of the Inter-religious Eco-Justice Network on Sunday, February 24 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Mystic Congregation Church. The mission of the Inter-religious Eco-Justice Network is to inspire and empower religious communities in Connecticut to be faithful stewards of Earth.

Experiencing Lent: A SE Region Quiet Day

Saturday, March 2 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at St. Edmund's Retreat Center, Enders Island

Join Christian educator and writer Wendy Claire Barrie for a Lenten quiet day on Enders Island. Learn more about Wendy Claire Barrie by clicking here. Registration is $20 and is available online here. For more information about the Quiet Day or to inquire about scholarships contact The Rev. Rachel Thomas, SE Region Missionary, at 860-316-8184 or via email at rthomas@episcopalct.org.


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Attention: Vestry, Ecumenical Visitors, Sunday School teachers

Are you due for re-certification?

Safe Church Re-certification Training 
Monday, April 1 from 6:30-9:00 p.m.

St. Mark's Church, Mystic


St. Mark's will be hosting a Safe Church re-certification training on Monday, April 1 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. This training is designed for lay ministers who attended a comprehensive basic safe church training (either a full day or the hybrid option). Certification is for three years; re-certification training is done every three years thereafter. This training is two and a half-hours long and offers new and updated information. The focus is on the protection of children and youth and prevention of elder abuse. 

Register online by clicking here.


Next Calvary Sunday
Brunch Bunch!

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

We had a lovely time with new friends who found us on our website (see above picture!).

Next Brunch Bunch:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, March 10 @ 11:45. So if you are available and would like to join the gathering, please do. No reservations are needed.We enjoy good food, fellowship and conversation.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


Refreshment Hour

 
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Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour. There are still Sundays when you can volunteer to host this gathering.

All that is required is set-up, some snacks, coffee and tea. A sign-up sheet and take home instructions are located on the kitchen door in the Parish Hall or contact Evelynn Lyons at 860-535-3286 or at evelynnlyons@hotmail.com.


Calvary Film Festival


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Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: February 26, 2019

Our Souls at Night: Though widow Addie Moore and widower Louis Waters have been next-door neighbors for decades, they've scarcely had any contact since their spouses died. But everything changes when Addie, looking to make a connection, pays Louis a visit.

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm


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Remote Call-In

We regret that the remote call-in for services is not available and will announce when it has been repaired.


 
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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, February 17, 2019


Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear Friends, 

When we think of the beatitudes, we most likely remember the version from Matthew’s gospel that goes, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted…” so on and so forth. The other version of the beatitudes is found in the gospel of Luke, which we will get to hear this coming Sunday. Luke’s version is the less popular, often conveniently forgotten, because the language somehow comes across as harsh; furthermore, the blessings are followed by a corresponding number of woes. So, what do you think of when you think of being blessed? For me, to be blessed has become a much more complicated concept as I experience life longer in constantly changing circumstances. Luke’s inclusion of the woes in the beatitudes makes it so much harder for me to understand what it means to be blessed by God. But maybe this is precisely the reason why Luke added the woes—so that we should never presume God’s favor on us based on our mental, physical, emotional, and social well-being. Furthermore, that we should not presume God’s disfavor on us whenever we land in dire situations. 

Whatever the purpose of Luke was, to include blessings and woes side by side in his rendition of the beatitudes, what I do know is that we need to spend more time with Jesus’ sermon on the plain. We seem to be at a time when the understanding of who the poor, the hungry, the wounded and the hated are keeps changing with every political wind that sifts. This demands from us hearing Jesus’ sermon on the plain with much more sensitivity to what is in our peripheral vision. I believe, this sermon of Jesus is a prophetic warning to all who dare to claim membership in God’s Kingdom. We will find out that it promises nothing we would normally define as being blessed. 

May you hunger to understand God’s heart that seems to have a preferential love for the poor and the vulnerable. 

In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
February 15, 2019

We look forward to seeing you here at Calvary on Sunday!  Abundant blessings & best wishes.


 
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The Gift of Joy and Wonder 

Turning in Lent Toward the Glory of Creation

Wednesday Evenings in Lent: March 13 to April 10

In the language of the Bible, the word “repent” means to “turn.” Calvary’s Lenten study this year will turn toward beauty, awe and wonder, led by the Rev. Norman MacLeod. These hours will be dedicated to remembering, seeing, learning about and celebrating God’s Earth, of which we are made. We will explore and celebrate the glory of God as we see and know it in Stonington and beyond.

The study will begin Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall, beginning with a simple Lenten meal of soup and bread. Each session will close before 8 p.m. Each week will have a theme.

March 13 – Creation
March 20 – Earth
March 27 – Water
April 3 – Air
April 10 – Fire

Sign-up sheets for participation will be available next Sunday, February 24.


 
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Dear Sisters & Brothers of Calvary Church,

For everything there is a season . . .

In January I made a presentation to the vestry informing them that the children and parents of our treble choir had decided not to continue with the program. I suggested to the vestry that we allow some time to pass before we attempt a re-start of that valuable ministry. It was agreed that beginning in September, a new program should be in place to ensure that our children have ample opportunity to express their faith through the joys of music.

It was a pleasure working with the former trebles and parents, and I looked forward to all we might have achieved together as we moved forward. Now I look forward to the new and wondrous things the Lord has in store for youth & music at Calvary.

For everything there is a season . . .

Matthew Provost
February 15, 2019


 
 
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Calvary Nursery School

Annual Open House! 

Saturday, February 23rd from 9:30-11:30am

 Come join CNS in our annual open house on 2/23! Take a tour of the classroom, meet the teachers and see what makes our little school by the sea so special. 


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Combating Addiction

Saturday, February 16 from 8:30 a.m.-noon at Grace Church, Old Saybrook

Join in a conversation sponsored by Faith Beyond Bars and Beyond and New Life Journeys about the effects of addiction in our communities and how we might partner with others to help address these issues. Register online by clicking here. For more information contact The Rev. Ellen Adams, Deacon, at 860-374-3537.

Caring About Environmental Racial Justice

Sunday, February 24 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Mystic Congregational Church

The Mystic Area Ecumenical Council invites you to attend a special discussion with Terri Eickel, Executive Director and Founder of the Inter-religious Eco-Justice Network on Sunday, February 24 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Mystic Congregation Church. The mission of the Inter-religious Eco-Justice Network is to inspire and empower religious communities in Connecticut to be faithful stewards of Earth.

Experiencing Lent: A SE Region Quiet Day

Saturday, March 2 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at St. Edmund's Retreat Center, Enders Island

Join Christian educator and writer Wendy Claire Barrie for a Lenten quiet day on Enders Island. Learn more about Wendy Claire Barrie by clicking here. Registration is $20 and is available online here. For more information about the Quiet Day or to inquire about scholarships contact The Rev. Rachel Thomas, SE Region Missionary, at 860-316-8184 or via email at rthomas@episcopalct.org.


Next Calvary Sunday
Brunch Bunch!

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

We had a lovely time with new friends who found us on our website (see above picture!).

Next Brunch Bunch:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, March 10 @ 11:45. So if you are available and would like to join the gathering, please do. No reservations are needed.We enjoy good food, fellowship and conversation.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


Refreshment Hour

 
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Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour. There are still Sundays when you can volunteer to host this gathering.

All that is required is set-up, some snacks, coffee and tea. A sign-up sheet and take home instructions are located on the kitchen door in the Parish Hall or contact Evelynn Lyons at 860-535-3286 or at evelynnlyons@hotmail.com.


Calvary Film Festival

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Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

As part of the Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church offers carefully curated films to be shown in the Parish Hall (unless otherwise noted), free of charge.

Next film: February 19, 2019

Quambaug Professional Building Theater
Route 1 at the corner of Cove Road

His Girl Friday: This is one just for yuks; to chase away the mid-winter blues. Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) is about to get hitched to dull insurance agent Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy) -- that's if her ex-husband, ruthless newspaper publisher Walter Burns (Cary Grant), doesn't succeed in winning her back.

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm


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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

You can listen to our second Sunday service from a distance. Here are directions: Participants should dial 1-857-957-1130 (toll free). Following the voice prompt, enter the access code of 215 866 948#.


 
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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, February 10, 2019


Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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