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

 
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

 
The Natural.jpg
 

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.


 
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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 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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Dear Friends, 

One of the things I wanted to explore with you but did not get around to, was a year-long adult Christian formation program, which all members of the church could engage in. I believe, all churches need more than the Sunday worship service to grow in our faith. There are many faith conversations we can have as a community to appreciate and embrace our pilgrimage together. As the world changes around us, we are called to visit and revisit our faith in the light of all the moving parts. Jesus questioned and challenged age-old traditional understandings of what it means to be faithful to God. The story of Jacob wrestling with God is more than just his story; it is a good metaphor of our own faith struggles to understand where and how God might be calling us at this particular time, in this particular place, and in this particular circumstance. 

I have asked the Rev. Norman Macleod, who will be your Interim Priest-in-charge upon my leaving, to offer the community a Lenten study that will inform our faith as we face multiple issues beyond our church walls. I hope you will carve out time to be a part of the Lenten study, not just to learn from Norman but also to see it as an opportunity to grow together as a community.  Below you will find an overview of the study he is going to offer. More detailed descriptions will follow in the weeks to come before the study begins. 

It will be a five-week offering starting the Wednesday after Ash Wednesday and ending the week before Holy Week. We need five families or couples or ministry groups to offer a simple soup supper for those evenings. If you would like to be one of the five families, couples or ministry groups to host the soup supper on one of the Wednesdays, please let Betsy Stevenson know via email (Calvchurch@aol.com). A sign-up sheet will hopefully help in knowing how many people you can prepare the soup supper for. Thank you in advance for your participation. 

In Christ,
Ajung Sojwal
February 8, 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

Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them

… the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.

From the service of Holy Baptism, BCP, Pg.308

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. We see and know God’s power in Creation, in the waters, stones, skies and living creatures surrounding us. These passing glories proclaim God’s eternal presence. When we contemplate them, God feeds our souls. God strengthens us for our Christian call to heal and restore our Earth and one another. Yet, our knowing the wonders of Earth suffers in the midst of 21st century stress. These informative hours dedicated to remembering, seeing and celebrating “all things bright and beautiful” are a right and proper Lenten work of repentance.

The study will begin Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall, beginning with a simple Lenten meal of vegetarian soup and bread. The Rev. Norman MacLeod will then lead participants in exploration, discussion, scripture readings, prayer, praise and even, God willing, some singing. We will explore and celebrate the glory of God as we see and know it in Stonington and beyond.  Each session will close before 8 p.m. The series will continue the following Wednesdays in Lent through April 10, beginning at 6 p.m. with the simple meal.  

Prayers, scripture passages and hymns from the recent book, God’s Good Earth, will frame the discussions and Norman’s brief meditations. Anne and Jeffery Rowthorn compiled and edited God’s Good Earth, published this year.  Anne is a noted author and retreat leader. Jeffery is a hymn writer, liturgical scholar, and a retired Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.


 
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Dear Sisters & Brothers at Calvary Church,

Last Sunday, after our 10 a.m. worship, I drove to Dorchester, MA to attend Candlemas Evensong & Benediction at the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont. My dear friend and colleague Andrew Sheranian is organist & choirmaster there. All Saints is a high church, Anglo-Catholic parish with a wonderful choir of men and boys, so Candlemas there is quite the major production. The sheer volume of incense alone is beyond belief. The choir, clergy, and congregation are all thoroughly incensed during the Magnificat and then again at the great candlelight procession. During all this, of course, the rafters shake with glorious choral and organ music of the highest order. Such splendid, ritual-filled celebrations have a way of transporting one to another place. Nowhere outside of the church do we receive such a powerful sensory experience; sights, sounds, and smells unlike any other. That, I suppose, is exactly the point; ritual has the power to bring one closer to the transcendent.

Candlemas, or the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, falls on February 2, but is sometimes transferred. It is, in the Anglican tradition as well as some others, the last official day of the Christmas & Epiphany season. (So, if your Christmas decorations are still up after February 3rd, they’ve truly overstayed their welcome.)

Every now and then I need a good dose of high church to remind me of the richness and breadth of the Anglican/Episcopal tradition; from low church to high. My first experience playing the organ in church was in the Episcopal Church, as was my first real job as organist during high school. In Montreal, during my years at McGill University, I spent quite a bit of time in another Anglo-Catholic parish where most of the organ teaching took place. There, like All Saints, Ashmont, ritual reigned supreme. Never will I forget their Holy Saturday Great Vigil of Easter in which twin thurifers spun their thuribles high above their heads, like the whirling blades of a helicopter, during that stirring moment when the angel announces that Christ is risen, the lights shine again, and the organ roars with a great Alleluia, not heard since Lent began; simply breathtaking! 

Do you need such a fix every now and then? Let me know. I can help you with that.

Matthew Provost
February 8, 2019

 
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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 on Sunday, February 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 12, 2019

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.


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

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February Cereal Drive!


Pawcatuck Neighbor Center's Food Pantry 

he Food Pantry has asked if donors would run a monthly cereal drive. So, Calvary Church has designated February Cereal month. Cereal is expensive but also an important food need for busy families. Cheerios, Raisin Bran and honey oat cereals are examples of options which work well for all ages. 

Their Daily Living closet is always in need of dish soap and laundry detergent. Items can be brought to the PNC. They are always available to stop by and pick up food as well.


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, February 3, 2019


Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear Friends, 

This morning I woke up to see some pictures from my sister in Nagaland, where in our ancestral village they had, for the first time, snow! (Picture below). Snow is not even in our native vocabulary, and I cannot imagine how the rudimentary matted bamboo walls of homes in the village are keeping people warm. The simple village folks must be confused and scared of what this phenomenon means. You can imagine, how without even a word for snow in our dialect it will be near impossible to take the leap toward a conversation on global warming. 

This Sunday, our gospel passage talks about a lack of understanding by the people Jesus preached to and their unwillingness to believe in the reach of God’s mercies beyond the “chosen” people. The longing to define and preserve our world within past experiences and understandings are there in every culture and society. Yet, the only constant in our world is change whether we like it or not. Contrary to our desires and perceptions, God refuses to be frozen in our imaginations. He is always working beyond the boundaries of our known vocabulary of “mission” and “redemption.” 

In this time of transition, I wonder how God is calling us to expand the vocabulary of our faith and mission? This is a great opportunity to explore our spiritual yearnings, our need for broader faith conversations and to open ourselves to the much greater theological imagination that God constantly calls us to.

May you find the courage to step out into the changing new faith environment around you. 

In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
February 1, 2019

 
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We look forward to seeing you here at Calvary on Sunday!  Abundant blessings & best wishes.


 
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Dear Sisters & Brothers at Calvary Church,

Rather than writing something about what’s coming up, I can’t resist the opportunity to say how happy and touched I felt at last Saturday’s Calvary Music School Winter Recital. The weather was gloriously sunny, and so were the sounds and dispositions. I took the liberty of introducing a format change for the proceedings in which I or the performer said a little something before each piece. Over the years I’ve learned that an audience with as little as one piece of information about the piece they’re about to hear is exponentially more engaged. So, I think I’ll continue to use the ‘interactive’ format for our future recitals.

The students did exceptionally well. Pianist Sam Lund delivered a beautifully flowing rendering of Bach’s first prelude from The Well-Tempered Clavier. Cheers to Glenn Hardy for teaching Sam so well. Flautist Rachael Marseglia, student of Elizabeth Jackson, pulled out the big guns and offered three movements from Bach’s monumental Orchestral Suite #2. That piece is most famous for the thrilling badinerie that closes out the suite. It’s one of those pieces you know when you hear it even if the name seems unfamiliar. Margaret Tyler’s student Katy King sang a poignant rendition of Schubert’s Lied Eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren. Katy offered a translation and interesting explanation of the piece’s meaning. Finally, there were four organists on the bill. From delicate flute stops to the roar of the full organ, organists Paolo McCarty, Emeren McCarty, Peter Fiore, and Katy King regaled the listeners with their accomplishments. Peter Fiore opened the recital with a buoyant free prelude in the North German style by Dieterich Buxtehude, complete with pedal solo and final flourish (with bells!). Paolo McCarty demonstrated how he and I have been learning to improvise in the 17th-century style, harmonizing bass lines and creating ornamented melodies to match. The demonstration included Paolo playing each of the steps of the improvisation process. The final result was his own unique creation, his first composition; and he was able to give the piece its public debut! Katy King closed the show with a complete Bach prelude and fugue of the highest order. An extended, virtuosic pedal solo, a free-flowing, emotionally charged middle section for the manuals, and a full length, dramatic fugue with a wild cadenza left us all wanting more. Bravi, tutti!

Thank you to all those from the parish who attended. Your presence reveals how meaningful the relationship between church and school is. At the lovely reception, complete with CMS Punch (liquid candy, really), it seemed as though all were pleased and energized to keep up the fine work as we transition into new leadership. I especially enjoyed talking with all the students and parents, hearing their hopes and dreams for their musical futures. Now I can’t wait until April 28th to hear the next student recital. Mark your calendars, friends!

Matthew Provost
February 1, 2019

 
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Calvary Altar Guild Dinner on January 25, 2019

Thank you, Ajung & Milind!

Ajung and Milind hosted a lovely evening with a homemade Indian meal in the Rectory for the Altar Guild members on Friday, January 25. The spice level was mild! We sat around the tables sharing our life stories with much joy and laughter, building community.

 
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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 on Sunday, February 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 5, 2019

Puzzle: While leading an empty suburban existence, Agnes discovers the pleasure of solving jigsaw puzzles and finds she has a rare talent for it. Before long, her hobby provides an entrée into a new life through the world of competitive puzzling.


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

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February Cereal Drive!


Pawcatuck Neighbor Center's Food Pantry 

he Food Pantry has asked if donors would run a monthly cereal drive. So, Calvary Church has designated February Cereal month. Cereal is expensive but also an important food need for busy families. Cheerios, Raisin Bran and honey oat cereals are examples of options which work well for all ages. 

Their Daily Living closet is always in need of dish soap and laundry detergent. Items can be brought to the PNC. They are always available to stop by and pick up food as well.


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, January 27, 2019


Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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My Dear Friends, 

I write this with mixed feelings of joy and sadness. Joyful because God has answered the prayers of many friends and family in giving me the call to be the next Rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church, Hempstead, NY, in the Diocese of Long Island. With the joy is also the undeniable sense of sadness that I will be saying goodbye to yet another beloved community that has welcomed me and my family with such love and trust. You have opened your lives and hearts to me and I have felt warmly embraced by this Body of Christ here at Calvary Church. Thank you for your graciousness toward me and Milind.  

My start date at St. George’s Church is March 1st, which means I am with you all only through February. The wardens and I are in conversation with the Bishops and the Canon for Mission Leadership to call a part-time interim priest for Calvary for the time after I leave until the new rector is here. The need for only a part-time priest at this juncture in the church’s life, is a testimony to your very strong and responsible lay leadership. I feel enormously grateful to God and everyone at Calvary Church, that together we have accomplished everything and some more of the goals that needed to be met, to make this place ready for the next rector. 

I have asked Betsy Carr and Jennifer Parsons to please allow me to take some personal days at the end of February to make our move to Long Island. So, my last Sunday with Calvary will be the 17th of February. Until we move, probably on the 22nd or 23rd of February, I will be working to put in place all necessary administrative protocol for Calvary. I will also make sure the next interim priest is up to date with everything that has happened and the various ongoing needs at Calvary Church. 

God has always been faithful to us and He will continue to be so. I am confident that Calvary Church will be more than ready to welcome God’s new and exciting call to partner with Him in the coming years with the call of a new rector. 

Please continue to uphold me in your prayers as I embark on this new journey with God elsewhere in His Church. 

In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
January 25, 2019

We look forward to seeing you here at Calvary on Sunday!  Abundant blessings & best wishes.


 
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Dear Sisters & Brothers at Calvary Church,

‘The proof of the pudding is in the eating’. So the saying goes. This Saturday (tomorrow!) we’ll all have the opportunity to see and hear if the efforts of our Calvary Music School teachers and students is paying off. Has all that hard work and practice been worth it? Of course we know the answer already; the students will be terrific, and the teachers will be very proud. I’m thrilled to attend my first CMS student recital as Artistic Director, most especially as four of my five organ students will perform. There will be voice, flute, and piano performances as well. To top off the afternoon, we have an especially fine reception planned.

Performance is a delicate and complex human act. It’s one thing to play or sing in a practice room or at your lesson. But getting up in front of the public is another matter altogether. Of all the valuable learning tools our teachers can provide their students, a regular audience is not among them. That’s where you come in. Please, consider taking an hour out of your Saturday plans to support our wonderful students by simply being present. And by sharing some refreshment afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and talk with our performers. Ask them about their music. Tell them your thoughts about their music. One never really knows where such conversations will lead.

See you here! Saturday, January 26that 1 p.m.

Matthew Provost
January 25, 2019

 
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Calvary Vestry / Staff Dinner on January 4, 2018

Thank you, Ajung & Milind!

Ajung and Milind hosted a wonderful, homemade Indian meal in their home for Vestry members and church staff on Friday, January 4. It was a great night of fellowship and a perfect start to 2019!

 
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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 on Sunday, February 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.


 
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Youth Group Update!

The Youth Group is a new formation to offer kids more opportunities for service, fellowship, and christian education. All kids are invited to participate in whatever aspect of this group appeals to them. They are welcome at any time at any event! Please let me know if you will be able to help with any of the above projects.

Thank you.

Contact Brenda Hultgren for additional information, brendahultgren@gmail.com


Calvary Church Ministry
of Spiritual Formation

Discovering a closer relationship with God

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

asks Mary Oliver... 

She is a past poet laureate who challenges us to be curious, to understand our purpose and to explore ideas that sometimes scare us a little. You are invited to join us in a year of spiritual exploration that we hope will lead us to a more intimate understanding of God. This is an opportunity to keep our faith journey ongoing. 

Three small groups  meet once a week for an hour and leadership is rotated.  Topics are determined by each group.  We just completed studying Gift of the Spirit by Christopher.  Our next books are  Mary Magdelene by Cynthia Bourgeault,  Into the Silent Land, the Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird and /or The Gifts of Years, Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittester.

You are invited to join a group. For more information please contact Karen McGee at mcgeecnm@yahoo.com

Ministry Team

Carole Barnard, Juliet Hodge, Julie Dowd Straub, Louise and Bill Hoffman, Bob Martin, Karen McGee and led by Rev. Ajung Sojwal.l.


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 5, 2019

Puzzle: While leading an empty suburban existence, Agnes discovers the pleasure of solving jigsaw puzzles and finds she has a rare talent for it. Before long, her hobby provides an entrée into a new life through the world of competitive puzzling.


Last Things

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The second printing of "Last Things" is available now in the church office. 

The booklet is a guide to help individuals and families exchange honest conversations about end of life desires and needs. It is both practical and spiritual. It is our hope that you will complete the pages at the end and share the information with your family, place a copy with your will and share with your church leaders. The booklet was written for Calvary Church members. If you have any suggestions or additions for the next printing please let us know. In the fall there will be a discussion of "Last Things".  It will be held after church in the Parish Hall. The booklet is in the church office, and we ask for a donation of $10 for the booklet to help defray expenses. 


Thank You

 
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Thank you to all who have "joined the mission" to preserve the Stained Glasses of Calvary for posterity by purchasing the book Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary. 

Jim and I report to the congregation that the amount of $6000 has been donated to date to the window fund from the purchases of the book and associated donations. As already reported, one hundred percent of the proceeds from the book sale go to the church if bought through us - we absorb the state sales taxes. The church requested checks for the purchase of the book be made to Bette M. Collins to simplify its accounting. Accordingly, Jim and I set up a business account in the State of CT. Our donation tax advantages will also be calculated and donated to Calvary for the window fund.

So thank you all. 

Bette MacGregor Collins, Author, Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary.


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center's Food Pantry Update

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

Their Daily Living closet is always in need of dish soap and laundry detergent. Items can be brought to the PNC. They are always available to stop by and pick up food as well. 

Thank you so much for your constant support!!

Kind regards,
Susan Sedensky, Executive Director.


Blankets for the Homeless

 
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Just a reminder:

BLANKETS FOR THE HOMELESS HOSPITALITY CENTER

Blankets continue to be needed by the Center, and we've had more donations. When sleeping outside, blankets are always a priceless gift no matter what the thermometer says. So far, we've received 46 blankets so keep us in mind as you clean closets, basements, and attics! Drop your donations in the back of the church or at the church office any time. If you have questions, just contact Phyllis in the office at 860-535-1181 or at calvchurch@aol.com. Thank you for helping to keep someone more comfortable in the name of Christ.


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#.


Did You Know?

Calvary directories are published quarterly. 

There are copies available in the back of the church and in the office. As you leave church, take a look and if you notice a new color (new yellow copies are in the back of the church), please help yourself. It's helpful to be able to contact friends with phone numbers and email addresses when needed.   


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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, January 20, 2019


Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 9 AM

Annual Meeting to Follow

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Dear Friends, 

It has been a practice for many Episcopal churches to have at least two worship services on a Sunday. The 8 am service with no music and the 10 am service with music. Because people are more inclined to commit to one service or the other, often, the two services lead to almost two separate congregations. To be intentional about building a greater sense of belonging to the same Body of Christ, it is necessary to combine the two services intermittently. Beyond coming together for worship, it is also necessary to commit ourselves to engage in other events of our parish life together. I believe, the annual parish meeting is one of those events that highlight our belonging to that one Body of Christ at Calvary Church, especially given the fact that this is the only parish gathering when we make collective decisions for our ongoing life as a church. 

We come together at a parish meeting to acknowledge our shared responsibility in nurturing and growing the Body that we are all a part of. There are many occasions or events that center around “spiritual” nurture, which is as it should be. Those things that we see as “spiritual” nurture happen because there are many teams of people working together throughout the year. Nothing happens in the church without careful discussion about the many common as well as opposing needs of parishioners. I have found that every ministry team in this church has a deep commitment to be faithful to God’s call on Calvary Church, whether it be to do with our worship, our outreach, our building and grounds, or our finances. The Wardens and the Vestry come together every month as well as keep the conversations going between meetings to discern what is best for our church, not just for today or even this year, but for the foreseeable future.

From the beginning, the call to be intentional about participating in the common life of the Church has been there, as we see in the words of Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 12: 4-7, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”

I encourage you all to consider your participation in the annual parish meeting as part of your spiritual discipline to acknowledge God’s faithfulness in our common life as well as to open ourselves to what God is calling us to in the coming months and years. 

In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
January 18, 2019

We look forward to seeing you here at Calvary on Sunday!  Abundant blessings & best wishes.


 
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Dear Sisters & Brothers at Calvary Church,

Annual meetings always make me think of the cycle of church life. Like Advent, as the start of the liturgical year, annual meetings evoke thoughts of the long arches of ecclesiastical time and history, especially when they are numbered; e.g. The 175th Annual Meeting of . . . I like to think in long range ways: planning a project that won't happen for two more years, implementing programs that won't bear real fruit until they've run for five or more years, or building things that will last for decades or centuries.

There are musical works that challenge us to think about time in long, broad strokes. One example is by the living Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. His exquisite organ work titled Annum per annum (1980, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6ywOqBIP2s) is a celebration of the 900th anniversary year of continuous liturgy at the great German cathedral of Speyer. The work begins and ends with the full organ imitating the pulsations of the world's creation, while the inner movements remind one of the parts of our sacred liturgy (Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei) that we repeat each week, year after year.

The other work that comes to mind is by the American composer John Cage (1912-1992). His work is titled Organ2/ASLSP (As Slow As Possible). The score is written without any indication of the piece's duration, and the performer is meant to apply a temporal grid on top of the score, thus assigning specific time units to the distance between the note changes. Depending on the size of time unit chosen, the piece might take 20 minutes or 20 years to play. There is a performance of this piece taking place as you read these words. It began on September 1, 2001 and is scheduled to conclude on September 5, 2640. Yes, you read that correctly; that performance of As Slow As Possible will take 639 years! For this performance a special organ was constructed in the decommissioned St. Burchardi church in Halberstadt, Germany. The notes are held down by weights to allow the sounding to be continuous without a player present. The last note change was on October 5, 2013, and the next note change will occur on September 5, 2020.

On Sunday I'll be thinking about how many times the parishioners of Calvary Church have done the yearly ritual of general assembly, and how meaningful it is as one small yet significant point in a long, slow moving cycle of service and praise.

Matthew Provost
January 18, 2019

 
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Mark Your Calendars!

Annual Parish Meeting: January 20, 2019
After the combined service at 9 am


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Thank you to all who made our Choral Evensong on January 6, so moving and joyful. A special thank you to Matthew Provost for the glorious organ recital. Thank you to the choirs for such uplifting worship music. Thank you to all who brought food for the reception. Thank you to the people who created and donated the kneelers in honor of Father Alfred and Father Alan.


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Calvary Vestry / Staff Dinner on January 4, 2018

Thank you, Ajung & Milind!

Ajung and Milind hosted a wonderful, homemade Indian meal in their home for Vestry members and church staff on Friday, January 4. It was a great night of fellowship and a perfect start to 2019!

 
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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 on Sunday, February 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.


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Youth Group Update!

The Youth Group is a new formation to offer kids more opportunities for service, fellowship, and christian education. All kids are invited to participate in whatever aspect of this group appeals to them. They are welcome at any time at any event! Please let me know if you will be able to help with any of the above projects.

Thank you.

Contact Brenda Hultgren for additional information, brendahultgren@gmail.com


Calvary Church Ministry
of Spiritual Formation

Discovering a closer relationship with God

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

asks Mary Oliver... 

She is a past poet laureate who challenges us to be curious, to understand our purpose and to explore ideas that sometimes scare us a little. You are invited to join us in a year of spiritual exploration that we hope will lead us to a more intimate understanding of God. This is an opportunity to keep our faith journey ongoing. 

Three small groups  meet once a week for an hour and leadership is rotated.  Topics are determined by each group.  We just completed studying Gift of the Spirit by Christopher.  Our next books are  Mary Magdelene by Cynthia Bourgeault,  Into the Silent Land, the Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird and /or The Gifts of Years, Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittester.

You are invited to join a group. For more information please contact Karen McGee at mcgeecnm@yahoo.com

Ministry Team

Carole Barnard, Juliet Hodge, Julie Dowd Straub, Louise and Bill Hoffman, Bob Martin, Karen McGee and led by Rev. Ajung Sojwal.l.


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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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: January 22, 2019


Moon: As astronaut Sam Bell nears the end of a lonely three-year stint on the moon base Sarang, he begins to hear and see strange things. But it's not long before Sam suspects that his employer -- the conglomerate LUNAR -- has other plans for him. 

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm


Last Things

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The second printing of "Last Things" is available now in the church office. 

The booklet is a guide to help individuals and families exchange honest conversations about end of life desires and needs. It is both practical and spiritual. It is our hope that you will complete the pages at the end and share the information with your family, place a copy with your will and share with your church leaders. The booklet was written for Calvary Church members. If you have any suggestions or additions for the next printing please let us know. In the fall there will be a discussion of "Last Things".  It will be held after church in the Parish Hall. The booklet is in the church office, and we ask for a donation of $10 for the booklet to help defray expenses. 


Thank You

 
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Thank you to all who have "joined the mission" to preserve the Stained Glasses of Calvary for posterity by purchasing the book Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary. 

Jim and I report to the congregation that the amount of $6000 has been donated to date to the window fund from the purchases of the book and associated donations. As already reported, one hundred percent of the proceeds from the book sale go to the church if bought through us - we absorb the state sales taxes. The church requested checks for the purchase of the book be made to Bette M. Collins to simplify its accounting. Accordingly, Jim and I set up a business account in the State of CT. Our donation tax advantages will also be calculated and donated to Calvary for the window fund.

So thank you all. 

Bette MacGregor Collins, Author, Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary.


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center's Food Pantry Update

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

Their Daily Living closet is always in need of dish soap and laundry detergent. Items can be brought to the PNC. They are always available to stop by and pick up food as well. 

Thank you so much for your constant support!!

Kind regards,
Susan Sedensky, Executive Director.


Blankets for the Homeless

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Just a reminder:
BLANKETS FOR THE HOMELESS HOSPITALITY CENTER
We still collect blankets even during the summer!

 

Blankets continue to be needed by the Center, and we've had more donations. When sleeping outside, blankets are always a priceless gift no matter what the thermometer says. So far, we've received 46 blankets so keep us in mind as you clean closets, basements, and attics! Drop your donations in the back of the church or at the church office any time. If you have questions, just contact Phyllis in the office at 860-535-1181 or at calvchurch@aol.com. Thank you for helping to keep someone more comfortable in the name of Christ.


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#.


Did You Know?

Calvary directories are published quarterly. 

There are copies available in the back of the church and in the office. As you leave church, take a look and if you notice a new color (new yellow copies are in the back of the church), please help yourself. It's helpful to be able to contact friends with phone numbers and email addresses when needed.   


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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, January 13, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I, at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II & Christmas Pageant,  at 10 AM

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Dear Friends, 

This Sunday we remember the Baptism of our Lord Jesus, which gives us an opportunity to renew our baptismal vows too. In my faith journey with many churches, I have found that many faithful Christians do not ponder much on the act and significance of baptism as one of the most public expressions of faith. Most people associate the water with cleansing from sin, and it is true that the water symbolizes God cleansing us from sin. However, cleansing is just one factor in the full meaning and significance of baptism. 

Throughout Scripture, water and Spirit are used in the context of unfolding a new creation by God; God often speaks (in Scripture) of water as a symbol of His redemptive work that covers all of his creation. Whether in the creation story, the recreated earth after the great flood during Noah’s time, Israel’s formation as a nation upon crossing the Red Sea, or the ushering in of God’s new creation through Jesus, God seems to use water as the visible sign of the creative and transformative work of the invisible Spirit of God. 

In the waters of the Jordan, as Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist, we see the coming together of God the Father in the voice from heaven, Jesus the obedient Son, and the dove descending from heaven, which is the symbol of the Holy Spirit—all come together as the triune God at work in bringing about the new heavens and the new earth. The act of baptism as the outward expression of our belief in the transformative work of the triune God has consequences far beyond our individual faith. In our baptism, we acknowledge nothing less than God’s new heaven and earth ushered in by Jesus as being continued in us—in me! In our baptism, we proclaim our faith and participation in the just and holy Kingdom of God come on earth. 

As you come to worship our God on Sunday, remember the Kingdom of God is in you!


In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
January 11, 2019

We look forward to seeing you here at Calvary on Sunday!  Abundant blessings & best wishes.


 
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Dear Sisters & Brothers at Calvary Church,

What a joy it was to perform on the one year anniversary of the Chandler McIvor Organ. I was present, pulling stops and turning pages, for Joey Ripka at both of the original dedication recitals last year. I had no idea then that I would be the next custodian of Calvary’s magnificent pipe organ. I’ve felt at home with our organ since the moment I first played it, first saw it in fact. From the perspective of construction (how the keyboards and stop knobs are designed and laid out) and disposition (that means ‘what sounds (stops) the organ has’), our American-made organ is in fact very German. It is exactly the sort of instrument I played for years as Director of Music in Montreal, and its design is based on the historic German organs I played for almost a decade during the 1990s. It was during those years in Germany that I met our organ’s builder, Bruce Fowkes. He, his wife Carla, and his shop colleagues made numerous trips to visit and study the great German organs I was playing regularly. I have fond memories of helping Bruce sneak into churches late at night (I had all the keys, you see) so he could have a good look at the inner workings and pipes. During those seven years, I was privileged to meet most every American organbuilder working in historical styles as they all made regular study pilgrimages to the great masterpieces of European organbuilding.

Upon my return from Europe in 2000 (to begin my studies at New England Conservatory), the next chapter of my relationship to Bruce Fowkes began. Leaving Europe was in many ways unsettling, and one way in particular had to do with ‘coming out of the clouds’ and wrestling with the fact that I’d no longer be playing the finest organs in the world every day. That worry was swept away when I learned that I could take my organ lessons on the brand new, magnificent North German organ Bruce had installed at First Lutheran Church of Boston. That organ singlehandedly preserved my sanity and allowed me to continue honing the skills I had developed in Germany. Bruce’s Boston organ allowed me to keep my European experiences fresh and alive. The organ made me feel musically at home; and that is exactly the feeling I get playing the Chandler McIvor Organ. You can go home again, it seems.

I look forward with joy in my heart to the myriad recitals, Evensongs, choral concerts, and worship services the Chandler McIvor Organ will grace in the coming year(s). The organ will continue to sing sweetly, whisper in hushed tones, and roar like a storm at sea; all with one singular purpose, as Bach often put it, Soli Deo Gloria, to God alone the glory. I'm so grateful to all those who have made our organ possible. Well done, good and faithful servants!

Onward & upward!

Matthew Provost
January 11, 2019

 
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Mark Your Calendars!

Annual Parish Meeting: January 20, 2019
After the combined service at 9 am


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Calvary Vestry / Staff Dinner
on January 4, 2018

Thank you, Ajung & Milind!

Ajung and Milind hosted a wonderful, homemade Indian meal in their home for Vestry members and church staff on Friday, January 4. It was a great night of fellowship and a perfect start to 2019!

 
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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:

January 13 Brunch Bunch canceled......as Breakwater will be closed for cleaning and repairs on Jan. 13. Our next gathering will be on Sunday, February 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.


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Youth Group Update!

The Youth Group is a new formation to offer kids more opportunities for service, fellowship, and christian education. All kids are invited to participate in whatever aspect of this group appeals to them. They are welcome at any time at any event! Please let me know if you will be able to help with any of the above projects.

Thank you.

Contact Brenda Hultgren for additional information, brendahultgren@gmail.com


Calvary Church Ministry
of Spiritual Formation

Discovering a closer relationship with God

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

asks Mary Oliver... 

She is a past poet laureate who challenges us to be curious, to understand our purpose and to explore ideas that sometimes scare us a little. You are invited to join us in a year of spiritual exploration that we hope will lead us to a more intimate understanding of God. This is an opportunity to keep our faith journey ongoing. 

Three small groups  meet once a week for an hour and leadership is rotated.  Topics are determined by each group.  We just completed studying Gift of the Spirit by Christopher.  Our next books are  Mary Magdelene by Cynthia Bourgeault,  Into the Silent Land, the Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird and /or The Gifts of Years, Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittester.

You are invited to join a group. For more information please contact Karen McGee at mcgeecnm@yahoo.com

Ministry Team

Carole Barnard, Juliet Hodge, Julie Dowd Straub, Louise and Bill Hoffman, Bob Martin, Karen McGee and led by Rev. Ajung Sojwal.l.


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.

January 15th at 7pm

Wit: Emma Thompson stars as Vivian Bearing, a disciplined, esteemed English professor dealing with a sensitive issue -- her health. After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Bearing is forced to reassess her life and decide what's really important. Directed by Mike Nichols and adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Margaret Edson, the film also tells the stories of the people Bearing touches, including her health care team.

Hope to see you there!


Last Things

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The second printing of "Last Things" is available now in the church office. 

The booklet is a guide to help individuals and families exchange honest conversations about end of life desires and needs. It is both practical and spiritual. It is our hope that you will complete the pages at the end and share the information with your family, place a copy with your will and share with your church leaders. The booklet was written for Calvary Church members. If you have any suggestions or additions for the next printing please let us know. In the fall there will be a discussion of "Last Things".  It will be held after church in the Parish Hall. The booklet is in the church office, and we ask for a donation of $10 for the booklet to help defray expenses. 


Thank You

 
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Thank you to all who have "joined the mission" to preserve the Stained Glasses of Calvary for posterity by purchasing the book Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary. 

Jim and I report to the congregation that the amount of $6000 has been donated to date to the window fund from the purchases of the book and associated donations. As already reported, one hundred percent of the proceeds from the book sale go to the church if bought through us - we absorb the state sales taxes. The church requested checks for the purchase of the book be made to Bette M. Collins to simplify its accounting. Accordingly, Jim and I set up a business account in the State of CT. Our donation tax advantages will also be calculated and donated to Calvary for the window fund.

So thank you all. 

Bette MacGregor Collins, Author, Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary.


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center's Food Pantry Update

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

Their Daily Living closet is always in need of dish soap and laundry detergent. Items can be brought to the PNC. They are always available to stop by and pick up food as well. 

Thank you so much for your constant support!!

Kind regards,
Susan Sedensky, Executive Director.


Blankets for the Homeless

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Just a reminder:
BLANKETS FOR THE HOMELESS HOSPITALITY CENTER
We still collect blankets even during the summer!

 

Blankets continue to be needed by the Center, and we've had more donations. When sleeping outside, blankets are always a priceless gift no matter what the thermometer says. So far, we've received 46 blankets so keep us in mind as you clean closets, basements, and attics! Drop your donations in the back of the church or at the church office any time. If you have questions, just contact Phyllis in the office at 860-535-1181 or at calvchurch@aol.com. Thank you for helping to keep someone more comfortable in the name of Christ.


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#.


Did You Know?

Calvary directories are published quarterly. 

There are copies available in the back of the church and in the office. As you leave church, take a look and if you notice a new color (new yellow copies are in the back of the church), please help yourself. It's helpful to be able to contact friends with phone numbers and email addresses when needed.   


 
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, January 6, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I, at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II & Christmas Pageant,  at 10 AM

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Dear Friends, 

On this first week of 2019, I wish you all a blessed New Year. May the Lord continue to guide you in everything, may your lives be filled with joy, love and peace. 

This Sunday, we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. The word “epiphany” means “a revealing moment.” It is the sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature of something, especially of the divine. However, epiphanies tend to be private events and most often rather difficult to describe or explain to others. This is probably why we usually keep our personal experience of the Holy (or epiphany moments) to ourselves. The irony is that epiphanies frequently have larger public significance and are meant for sharing. 

This was certainly the case for the Magi on their quest to find the new born king when they find Jesus and see him as the Messiah of Israel, the Son of God and the Savior of the World. In the Church's tradition, The Feast of the Epiphany also commemorates two other important moments of revelation of Jesus as the Son of God: his baptism in the Jordan river and the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee. We see from the gospel account that the Magi are people open to the other, open to new experiences, open to God and ready to hear and follow the call of God into unknown places. This we know from how they followed the star into a foreign land to a foreign king. The coming of the Magi to Jesus shows us how God’s great plan of salvation is for all of humanity. It also reminds us that God can and will use or speak through unexpected people outside our imaginations to reveal Himself to those who see themselves as the “chosen” people.

This Epiphany, let us, like the Magi, be open to God’s leading into territories that are beyond our imaginations or boundaries giving ourselves the opportunity to be surprised by joy. 


In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
January 4, 2019

We look forward to seeing you here at Calvary on Sunday!  Abundant blessings & best wishes.


 
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Dear Sisters & Brothers at Calvary Church,

This week has been dedicated entirely to preparations for Sunday’s 5 p.m. Organ Recital and Choral Evensong. I write having just finished 4 hours of rehearsals with the treble and adult choirs. We have such magnificent music planned, and I look forward to sharing it with all of you. Our amazing trebles will sing a modern, challenging setting of the Magnificat & Nunc dimittis by British composer Christopher Robinson. And the adult choir will sing two anthems, O Gladsome Light by Louis Bourgeois, and There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth by Felix Mendelssohn. Sometimes during rehearsal, I dream of just sitting back and listening to their glorious sound rather than conducting or accompanying them; it’s an honor to lead them.

As you already know, our Sunday evening celebration begins with a 30-minute organ recital in celebration of the one-year-to-the-day dedication of the Chandler McIvor Organ, (Richards, Fowkes & Co, Opus XXIII). The recital leads directly into Evensong; you might think of the recital as an expanded prelude that tells the story of Christ’s birth and Epiphany through music. Two large-scale chorale fantasies by my favorite North German composer, Dieterich Buxtehude, are the central elements of the ‘story’. You see, the northern European organists of the 17th century loved to ‘preach’ from the organ by improvising on hymns, line by line. They attempted to ‘paint’ with changing organ sounds and textures they believed expressed the meaning of the words. When you listen to those piece on Sunday, see if you can hear, for example, the ‘angel choir’ or the ‘brightness’ of the Morning Star.

See you on Sunday!

Matthew Provost
January 3, 2019

 
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Save The Date!

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January 6, 2019 from 5-6:15 p.m.

Organ Recital & Solemn Choral Evensong at Calvary Church

All are invited to an Organ Recital by Dr. Matthew Provost celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of our Richards, Fowkes & Co pipe organ dedication, followed by Solemn Choral Evensong to bless and dedicate new kneelers offered in thanksgiving for the ministries of The Rev. Dr. W. Alfred Tisdale, Jr. and The Rev. Alan Murchie, both of whom will attend. 

Reception to follow in the Parish Hall.


Mark Your Calendars!

Annual Parish Meeting: January 20, 2019
After the combined service at 9 am


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Thank you! Thank you!

COVENANT TO CARE:

Norma and Alice would like to thank everyone for their generosity again this year. The program had a total of 33 young foster people (16 boys and 17 girls) ranging in ages from 3 months to 18 years. There were 140 total requests. We are proud to say that we were able to satisfy all of these requests, which will make for a very Merry Christmas. In addition, we have a balance of $180.00 this year which will be used to purchase personal care items as well as baby items for the PNC. Once again, Calvary has not only stepped up to the plate but has hit a home run. Thank you all!


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:

January 13 Brunch Bunch canceled......as Breakwater will be closed for cleaning and repairs on Jan. 13. Our next gathering will be on Sunday, February 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.


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Youth Group Update!

The Youth Group is a new formation to offer kids more opportunities for service, fellowship, and christian education. All kids are invited to participate in whatever aspect of this group appeals to them. They are welcome at any time at any event! Please let me know if you will be able to help with any of the above projects.

Thank you.

Contact Brenda Hultgren for additional information, brendahultgren@gmail.com


Calvary Church Ministry
of Spiritual Formation

Discovering a closer relationship with God

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

asks Mary Oliver... 

She is a past poet laureate who challenges us to be curious, to understand our purpose and to explore ideas that sometimes scare us a little. You are invited to join us in a year of spiritual exploration that we hope will lead us to a more intimate understanding of God. This is an opportunity to keep our faith journey ongoing. 

Three small groups  meet once a week for an hour and leadership is rotated.  Topics are determined by each group.  We just completed studying Gift of the Spirit by Christopher.  Our next books are  Mary Magdelene by Cynthia Bourgeault,  Into the Silent Land, the Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird and /or The Gifts of Years, Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittester.

You are invited to join a group. For more information please contact Karen McGee at mcgeecnm@yahoo.com

Ministry Team

Carole Barnard, Juliet Hodge, Julie Dowd Straub, Louise and Bill Hoffman, Bob Martin, Karen McGee and led by Rev. Ajung Sojwal.l.


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.

January 8th at 7pm

The Breadwinner: In this animated tale based on Deborah Ellis' best-selling novel, life under Taliban rule in Afghanistan is already hard for 11-year-old Parvana, but with her father in jail, she's forced to don male clothing and become the family breadwinner. 

Please stay tuned for further 2019 offerings!


Last Things

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The second printing of "Last Things" is available now in the church office. 

The booklet is a guide to help individuals and families exchange honest conversations about end of life desires and needs. It is both practical and spiritual. It is our hope that you will complete the pages at the end and share the information with your family, place a copy with your will and share with your church leaders. The booklet was written for Calvary Church members. If you have any suggestions or additions for the next printing please let us know. In the fall there will be a discussion of "Last Things".  It will be held after church in the Parish Hall. The booklet is in the church office, and we ask for a donation of $10 for the booklet to help defray expenses. 


Thank You

 
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Thank you to all who have "joined the mission" to preserve the Stained Glasses of Calvary for posterity by purchasing the book Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary. 

Jim and I report to the congregation that the amount of $6000 has been donated to date to the window fund from the purchases of the book and associated donations. As already reported, one hundred percent of the proceeds from the book sale go to the church if bought through us - we absorb the state sales taxes. The church requested checks for the purchase of the book be made to Bette M. Collins to simplify its accounting. Accordingly, Jim and I set up a business account in the State of CT. Our donation tax advantages will also be calculated and donated to Calvary for the window fund.

So thank you all. 

Bette MacGregor Collins, Author, Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary.


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

PNC-Senior-Building.jpg

Pawcatuck Neighbor Center's Food Pantry Update

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

Their Daily Living closet is always in need of dish soap and laundry detergent. Items can be brought to the PNC. They are always available to stop by and pick up food as well. 

Thank you so much for your constant support!!

Kind regards,
Susan Sedensky, Executive Director.


Blankets for the Homeless

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Just a reminder:
BLANKETS FOR THE HOMELESS HOSPITALITY CENTER
We still collect blankets even during the summer!

 

Blankets continue to be needed by the Center, and we've had more donations. When sleeping outside, blankets are always a priceless gift no matter what the thermometer says. So far, we've received 46 blankets so keep us in mind as you clean closets, basements, and attics! Drop your donations in the back of the church or at the church office any time. If you have questions, just contact Phyllis in the office at 860-535-1181 or at calvchurch@aol.com. Thank you for helping to keep someone more comfortable in the name of Christ.


Sunday Service from a Distance

Barbara Loftus - lake side telephone for dial-in services.jpg

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#.


Did You Know?

Calvary directories are published quarterly. 

There are copies available in the back of the church and in the office. As you leave church, take a look and if you notice a new color (new yellow copies are in the back of the church), please help yourself. It's helpful to be able to contact friends with phone numbers and email addresses when needed.   


 
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, December 30, 2018

Holy Eucharist, Rite I, at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II & Christmas Pageant,  at 10 AM

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Dear Friends, 

On this last weekend of 2018, I want us to be reminded of how far we have come as a church in trusting God's Spirit to lead us through the year. God has stood with us and been faithful in everything as He cannot be anything else other than faithful and good. I share with you a prayer, a blessing or a poem, however you want to read it as we move into a new year. 

Patient Trust by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.  
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of progress that it is made by passing through some states of instability –
And that it may take a very long time.


And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature gradually – let them grow, let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on, as though you could be today what time 
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
Acting on your own good will) will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say that this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading you., and accept the anxiety of 
Feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.

In Christ, 

Ajung Sojwal
December 28, 2018

We look forward to seeing you here at Calvary on Sunday!  Abundant blessings & best wishes.


 
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Dear Sisters & Brothers at Calvary Church,

Merry Christmas!

Thank you all for the kind words of support and appreciation for the Advent & Christmas music. In this year of firsts, all seems to have come together beautifully for my first Calvary Christmas. So many hours of practice and rehearsing with our terrific choirs seem to have served their purpose in beautifying and gracing our celebration of Christ’s birth. A special Thank You to each and every one of our volunteer and professional musicians who make such a joyful noise! Without them, where would we be?

In the 1990s I lived in Germany, in a small city on the North Sea, called Norden. There I learned to appreciate the difference between Advent and Christmas, not in technical terms (that, I learned at University), but as cultural practice. Most German families have Advent wreaths at home, on the dining room or living room table, and evening meals or social times were accompanied by the magical light of the Advent wreath. And although the Christmas tree might have been erected before Christmas, it was neither trimmed nor lighted until Christmas Eve. What impressed me most was the feeling that Christmas actually began where it should, on Christmas Eve. What followed Christmas Eve was most enlightening; Christmas concerts and productions such as Handel’s Messiah or Bach’s Christmas Oratorio happened frequently after Christmas day, during the twelve days of Christmas. For many such places in Germany, people go home for Christmas; college students return, and young families travel to visit parents and grandparents. And during the twelve days, Germans are eagerly seeking cultural opportunities to heighten the celebration. Never once did I have the feeling that Christmas was over after Christmas dinner was done.

Since then, in my positions here in the U.S. and Canada, I have longed to recapture that spirit by placing the church’s main Christmas musical celebration during Christmastide. I’ve not succeeded. In America we have frontloaded our Christmas energy to such a degree that we are not willing to expend any further effort once Christmas Eve has passed. This year came close to those experiences in Germany in that our Holy Eucharist with Lessons & Carols came on Christmas Eve and not before. It is fitting to tell the story of Christ’s birth on Christmas Eve, to say, “This is the story of what tomorrow is all about.” But I’ve never truly enjoyed singing any of the ‘He Is Born Today’ hymns or anthems before Christmas Day. Technically Christmas Eve is still Advent, so it makes sense to read and sing about the impending nativity. But what of the truly exuberant, joyous musical pieces for Christmas Day, the ‘Hallelujahs’, the ‘He Is Born for Us THIS DAY’ hymns and anthems? Are they right for Advent or even Christmas Eve? Do they fit in with the late-night candle aura and the sweetness of the baby trope? There is a treasure trove of joyous Christmas music that is rarely heard because it is not in line with the tenderness and solemnity of the Eve; and once Christmas Day has arrived, we’ll hear no more of it—such a pity. Maybe someday, during Christmastide, we’ll attempt A Calvary Christmas to help keep the joy and blessings of Christmas alive throughout all the twelve days, and thus give those who are home or have come home for Christmas in Stonington a resounding, exhilarating musical Christmas extravaganza. Think about it . . .

I wish you a most Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Matthew Provost
December 27, 2018

 
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Save The Date!

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January 6, 2019 from 5-6:15 p.m.

Organ Recital & Solemn Choral Evensong at Calvary Church

All are invited to an Organ Recital by Dr. Matthew Provost celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of our Richards, Fowkes & Co pipe organ dedication, followed by Solemn Choral Evensong to bless and dedicate new kneelers offered in thanksgiving for the ministries of The Rev. Dr. W. Alfred Tisdale, Jr. and The Rev. Alan Murchie, both of whom will attend. 

Reception to follow in the Parish Hall.


Mark Your Calendars!

Annual Parish Meeting: January 20, 2019
After the combined service at 9 am


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Thank you! Thank you!

COVENANT TO CARE:

Norma and Alice would like to thank everyone for their generosity again this year. The program had a total of 33 young foster people (16 boys and 17 girls) ranging in ages from 3 months to 18 years. There were 140 total requests. We are proud to say that we were able to satisfy all of these requests, which will make for a very Merry Christmas. In addition, we have a balance of $180.00 this year which will be used to purchase personal care items as well as baby items for the PNC. Once again, Calvary has not only stepped up to the plate but has hit a home run. Thank you all!


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:

January 13 Brunch Bunch canceled......as Breakwater will be closed for cleaning and repairs on Jan. 13. Our next gathering will be on Sunday, February 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.


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Youth Group Update!

The Youth Group is a new formation to offer kids more opportunities for service, fellowship, and christian education. All kids are invited to participate in whatever aspect of this group appeals to them. They are welcome at any time at any event! Please let me know if you will be able to help with any of the above projects.

Thank you.

Contact Brenda Hultgren for additional information, brendahultgren@gmail.com


Calvary Church Ministry
of Spiritual Formation

Discovering a closer relationship with God

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

asks Mary Oliver... 

She is a past poet laureate who challenges us to be curious, to understand our purpose and to explore ideas that sometimes scare us a little. You are invited to join us in a year of spiritual exploration that we hope will lead us to a more intimate understanding of God. This is an opportunity to keep our faith journey ongoing. 

Three small groups  meet once a week for an hour and leadership is rotated.  Topics are determined by each group.  We just completed studying Gift of the Spirit by Christopher.  Our next books are  Mary Magdelene by Cynthia Bourgeault,  Into the Silent Land, the Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird and /or The Gifts of Years, Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittester.

You are invited to join a group. For more information please contact Karen McGee at mcgeecnm@yahoo.com

Ministry Team

Carole Barnard, Juliet Hodge, Julie Dowd Straub, Louise and Bill Hoffman, Bob Martin, Karen McGee and led by Rev. Ajung Sojwal.l.


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.

January 8th at 7pm

The Breadwinner: In this animated tale based on Deborah Ellis' best-selling novel, life under Taliban rule in Afghanistan is already hard for 11-year-old Parvana, but with her father in jail, she's forced to don male clothing and become the family breadwinner. 

Please stay tuned for further 2019 offerings!


Last Things

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The second printing of "Last Things" is available now in the church office. 

The booklet is a guide to help individuals and families exchange honest conversations about end of life desires and needs. It is both practical and spiritual. It is our hope that you will complete the pages at the end and share the information with your family, place a copy with your will and share with your church leaders. The booklet was written for Calvary Church members. If you have any suggestions or additions for the next printing please let us know. In the fall there will be a discussion of "Last Things".  It will be held after church in the Parish Hall. The booklet is in the church office, and we ask for a donation of $10 for the booklet to help defray expenses. 


Thank You

 
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Thank you to all who have "joined the mission" to preserve the Stained Glasses of Calvary for posterity by purchasing the book Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary. 

Jim and I report to the congregation that the amount of $6000 has been donated to date to the window fund from the purchases of the book and associated donations. As already reported, one hundred percent of the proceeds from the book sale go to the church if bought through us - we absorb the state sales taxes. The church requested checks for the purchase of the book be made to Bette M. Collins to simplify its accounting. Accordingly, Jim and I set up a business account in the State of CT. Our donation tax advantages will also be calculated and donated to Calvary for the window fund.

So thank you all. 

Bette MacGregor Collins, Author, Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary.


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center's Food Pantry Update

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

Their Daily Living closet is always in need of dish soap and laundry detergent. Items can be brought to the PNC. They are always available to stop by and pick up food as well. 

Thank you so much for your constant support!!

Kind regards,
Susan Sedensky, Executive Director.


Blankets for the Homeless

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Just a reminder:
BLANKETS FOR THE HOMELESS HOSPITALITY CENTER
We still collect blankets even during the summer!

 

Blankets continue to be needed by the Center, and we've had more donations. When sleeping outside, blankets are always a priceless gift no matter what the thermometer says. So far, we've received 46 blankets so keep us in mind as you clean closets, basements, and attics! Drop your donations in the back of the church or at the church office any time. If you have questions, just contact Phyllis in the office at 860-535-1181 or at calvchurch@aol.com. Thank you for helping to keep someone more comfortable in the name of Christ.


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#.


Did You Know?

Calvary directories are published quarterly. 

There are copies available in the back of the church and in the office. As you leave church, take a look and if you notice a new color (new yellow copies are in the back of the church), please help yourself. It's helpful to be able to contact friends with phone numbers and email addresses when needed.   


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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, December 23, 2018

Holy Eucharist, Rite I, at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II & Christmas Pageant,  at 10 AM

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Dear Friends, 

As we enter the last Sunday of Advent, we are lifted to a place of rare spiritual courage through the song of Mary—The Magnificat. This glorious song comes from an unwed pregnant girl in an oppressive patriarchal society. It is outside our post-modern minds to truly appreciate the dire circumstances Mary embraced in her willingness to bear the Son of God in her womb. Mary’s courage, her strength and her joy within such a personally dangerous situation is truly the sign of God’s incarnation in a darkened world. 

What is God trying to say to us in putting Mary in such a vulnerable place? I believe, the perceived power of all our man-made rules, traditions and visions of the perfect life gets seriously challenged in Mary’s song. Her song tells us of an extraordinary vision she saw, it tells us of the freedom she felt from the power of oppressive rules and traditions, it proclaims courage found instead of fear, it proclaims joy found instead of sadness, It proclaims hope found instead of anxiety, and it declares that she truly understood love and mercy to be at the core of God’s nature.

The ramifications of The Magnificat cannot be heard or understood in one sitting. It needs to be chewed word by word, savored, inwardly digested and the process to start all over again for us to even scratch the surface of God’s sense of justice and mercy poised to transform everything as Mary understood.  Claims of The Magnificat are revolutionary and nothing less than miraculous. In it we see the realization of justice, mercy and welcome for and from those who have been relegated to perpetual insignificance giving rise to a new world that magnifies the Lord.

This is genuine courage and true faith—to be able to proclaim the glorious vision of The Magnificat by one on the brink of being ostracized. Let our hearts be filled with gratitude enough this Christmas to declare, “May soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”

In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
December 21, 2018

We look forward to seeing you here at Calvary on Sunday!  Abundant blessings & best wishes.


 
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Dear Sisters & Brothers at Calvary Church,

On the fourth Sunday of Advent this year, we are told the remarkable accounting of Mary's visitation to her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist. Mary greets Elizabeth, and the child leaps in Elizabeth's womb. Elizabeth, overcome with joy, praises Mary's faithfulness exclaiming, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!" We know these words also in the prayer Ave Maria (Hail Mary), and in response Mary recites an astonishing song of praise, (Luke 1:46-55), “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior . . .”

The Latin word for ‘[he, she, it] magnifies’ is magnificat. Hence, we speak of Magnificat Sunday. And you likely know that innumerable composers have set that text to music. Maybe the most famous is Bach’s monumental, multi-movement setting, unsurprisingly called Magnificat. Have you ever wondered why there are so many musical settings of that text? Mary’s song is a prescribed text, sung as a canticle (a hymn or chant, typically with a biblical text, forming a regular part of a church service) at each Vespers (Evensong) service in the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and Anglican traditions, And for centuries, Vespers was (and still is) sung every single day in monasteries and cathedrals! That’s a lot . . . of Magnificat. And great composers responded to the need for new musical settings to break up the monotony of daily recitation or chanting of the same text.

This Sunday we hear the Magnificat in three distinct genres:

1) the organ prelude by Hamburg organist and composer Heinrich Scheidemann (1595-1663) offers two musical settings that were meant to be played in place of the odd verses of the chanted Magnificat text at Lutheran Vespers in the 17th century. The choir, or schola as they were called, would chant just the word Magnificat. Then the organ would play a verse based on the same tune to represent the next bit of text, followed by another bit of chant, and then organ, and then chant, until the end of the text was sung. The idea was to spice things up and develop new ways of presenting a chant that was repeated day after day after day. As a result, there are thousands of organ verses (called 'versets') for the Magnificat and hundreds upon hundreds of choral settings.

2) The next presentation of Mary’s song is during the Service of the Word, in place of the psalm. We will hear a plainsong, or chanted setting with a modern organ accompaniment by the late Alec Wyton, one of the chief architects of our Hymnal 1982; and

3) lastly read as the day's Gospel scripture.

Further, as Elizabeth praises Mary with words found also in the Ave Maria text, I thought it fitting that the choir should sing an Ave Maria setting by Malcolm Archer (b. 1952) at communion.

You would again hear Mary’s song if you were to attend our Solemn Epiphany Evensong and Organ Recital on January 6th in celebration of the Rev's Alfred Tisdale and Alan Murchie, and the one-year-to-the-day anniversary of the dedicatory recital of our magnificent (hmm, that word root again!) Richards, Fowkes & Co. pipe organ. At that time, the magnificat canticle will be sung by our amazing treble choristers in an ebulient, challenging setting from 1964 by British conductor and composer Christopher Robinson (b. 1936). Stay tuned for more information about that day’s musical offerings.

Cheers!
Matthew Provost
December 21, 2018

 
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Save The Date!

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January 6, 2019 from 5-6:15 p.m.

Organ Recital & Solemn Choral Evensong at Calvary Church

All are invited to an Organ Recital by Dr. Matthew Provost celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of our Richards, Fowkes & Co pipe organ dedication, followed by Solemn Choral Evensong to bless and dedicate new kneelers offered in thanksgiving for the ministries of The Rev. Dr. W. Alfred Tisdale, Jr. and The Rev. Alan Murchie, both of whom will attend. 

Reception to follow in the Parish Hall.


Mark Your Calendars!

Annual Parish Meeting: January 20, 2019
After the combined service at 9 am


Advent is Here!

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS EVENTS

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Mark your calendars!

December 24th, 2018

 Holy Eucharist & Service of Lessons and Carols
5 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.

December 25th, 2018

Christmas Day Eucharist at 9 a.m.


THANK YOU!

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Baptismal Font Update

Thank you to all who have contributed to making our Baptismal Font more safe. It is now safer to move for the Altar Guild and Sexton as and when needed for special occasions. Please know that only the Altar Guild and Sexton can move the font to ensure safety for all.


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!).

Anyone who is on their own or without family are invited to gather for lunch at Breakwater @ 11:45 on Sunday, January 13, 2019. No reservations necessary. Good food, good company and good conversation. This is being 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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Youth Group Update!

The Youth Group is a new formation to offer kids more opportunities for service, fellowship, and christian education. All kids are invited to participate in whatever aspect of this group appeals to them. They are welcome at any time at any event! Please let me know if you will be able to help with any of the above projects.

Thank you.

Contact Brenda Hultgren for additional information, brendahultgren@gmail.com


Calvary Church Ministry
of Spiritual Formation

Discovering a closer relationship with God

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

asks Mary Oliver... 

She is a past poet laureate who challenges us to be curious, to understand our purpose and to explore ideas that sometimes scare us a little. You are invited to join us in a year of spiritual exploration that we hope will lead us to a more intimate understanding of God. This is an opportunity to keep our faith journey ongoing. 

Three small groups  meet once a week for an hour and leadership is rotated.  Topics are determined by each group.  We just completed studying Gift of the Spirit by Christopher.  Our next books are  Mary Magdelene by Cynthia Bourgeault,  Into the Silent Land, the Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird and /or The Gifts of Years, Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittester.

You are invited to join a group. For more information please contact Karen McGee at mcgeecnm@yahoo.com

Ministry Team

Carole Barnard, Juliet Hodge, Julie Dowd Straub, Louise and Bill Hoffman, Bob Martin, Karen McGee and led by Rev. Ajung Sojwal.l.


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: January 8, 2019

The Breadwinner: In this animated tale based on Deborah Ellis' best-selling novel, life under Taliban rule in Afghanistan is already hard for 11-year-old Parvana, but with her father in jail, she's forced to don male clothing and become the family breadwinner. 

Please stay tuned for further 2019 offerings!


Last Things

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The second printing of "Last Things" is available now in the church office. 

The booklet is a guide to help individuals and families exchange honest conversations about end of life desires and needs. It is both practical and spiritual. It is our hope that you will complete the pages at the end and share the information with your family, place a copy with your will and share with your church leaders. The booklet was written for Calvary Church members. If you have any suggestions or additions for the next printing please let us know. In the fall there will be a discussion of "Last Things".  It will be held after church in the Parish Hall. The booklet is in the church office, and we ask for a donation of $10 for the booklet to help defray expenses. 


Thank You

 
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Thank you to all who have "joined the mission" to preserve the Stained Glasses of Calvary for posterity by purchasing the book Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary. 

Jim and I report to the congregation that the amount of $6000 has been donated to date to the window fund from the purchases of the book and associated donations. As already reported, one hundred percent of the proceeds from the book sale go to the church if bought through us - we absorb the state sales taxes. The church requested checks for the purchase of the book be made to Bette M. Collins to simplify its accounting. Accordingly, Jim and I set up a business account in the State of CT. Our donation tax advantages will also be calculated and donated to Calvary for the window fund.

So thank you all. 

Bette MacGregor Collins, Author, Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary.


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center's Food Pantry Update

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

Their Daily Living closet is always in need of dish soap and laundry detergent. Items can be brought to the PNC. They are always available to stop by and pick up food as well. 

Thank you so much for your constant support!!

Kind regards,
Susan Sedensky, Executive Director.


Blankets for the Homeless

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Just a reminder:
BLANKETS FOR THE HOMELESS HOSPITALITY CENTER
We still collect blankets even during the summer!

 

Blankets continue to be needed by the Center, and we've had more donations. When sleeping outside, blankets are always a priceless gift no matter what the thermometer says. So far, we've received 46 blankets so keep us in mind as you clean closets, basements, and attics! Drop your donations in the back of the church or at the church office any time. If you have questions, just contact Phyllis in the office at 860-535-1181 or at calvchurch@aol.com. Thank you for helping to keep someone more comfortable in the name of Christ.


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#.


Did You Know?

Calvary directories are published quarterly. 

There are copies available in the back of the church and in the office. As you leave church, take a look and if you notice a new color (new yellow copies are in the back of the church), please help yourself. It's helpful to be able to contact friends with phone numbers and email addresses when needed.   


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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, December 9, 2018

Holy Eucharist, Rite I, at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II & Christmas Pageant,  at 10 AM

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Dear Friends, 

On this Third Sunday of Advent, at the 10 am service we will get to hear the story of our Lord’s birth through the Christmas pageant brought to us by our Church School children. I remember reading to our girls, during this time of the year, the book by Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. I love the book because it highlights for me the undeniable truth of God’s incarnation in the mess of our human lives as represented by the Herdmans in the story. It is the story of Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys, six completely unmanageable, ill-behaved children, to put it mildly. They land up in church for the first time in their lives after being told that the church offers free desserts! They had never heard the Christmas story and much to the horror of the whole church, the Herdman siblings land up taking on the most important roles in the Sunday School’s Christmas pageant. 

Here is something from the book:

“Yeh,” Gladys said. “Unto us a child is born!” she yelled at the shepherds. 

“Unto me!” Imogene yelled back at her. “Not them, me! I’m the one that had the baby!”

“No, no, no.” Mother sat down on a front pew. “That just means that Jesus belongs to everybody. Unto all of us a child is born. Now,” she sighed. “Let’s start again, and—”

“Why didn’t they let Mary name her own baby?” Imogene demanded. “What did that angel do, just walk up and say, ‘Name him Jesus’?” 

“Yes,” Mother said, because she was in a hurry to get finished. 

But Alice Wendleken had to open her big mouth. “I know what the angel said,” Alice piped up. “She said, ‘His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God. Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.’”

I could have hit her. 

“My God!” Imogene said. “He’d never get out of the first grade if he had to write all that!” 

I wonder sometimes, if my Jesus has indeed passed my first-grade mind? 

John the Baptist comes to us this Sunday in our reading challenging us to, “Bear fruits worthy of repentance.” Repentance is a very adult concept. To bear fruits worthy of repentance is what spiritual maturity looks like, for repentance is not so much about feeling sorry for our failings and getting hung up on confessions, it is the joyful journey of our return to God. 

In Christ, 

Ajung Sojwal
December 14, 2018

We look forward to seeing you here at Calvary on Sunday!  Abundant blessings & best wishes.


COVENANT TO CARE

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!!

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Covenant to Care Christmas Presents

Calvary church will be providing Christmas gifts to needy children again this year. Norma Chandonnait will head up the project; she will be in the courtyard (weather permitting) or in the Parish Hall on Sunday November 25, December 2 and 9, following both the 8 am and the 10 am services with wish list from the children. You may take an entire list, share a list or donate money (checks payable to Calvary Church with memo: “Covenant to care”). 

Gifts should be purchased and delivered to Norma at 925 Stonington Road, Pawcatuck, CT or Calvary Church office no later than December 14.

If you need items picked up, please call Norma at 860-599-2931.


 
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Dear Sisters & Brothers at Calvary Church,

The third Sunday in Advent is known as 'Gaudete Sunday'. It is named so because the introit for the day's Mass reads as follows: 

Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete.

Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus enim prope est.

Nihil solliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione et obsecratione cum gratiarum actione petitiones vestræ innotescant apud Deum.

Benedixisti Domine terram tuam: avertisti captivitatem Jacob.

And in case your Latin chops are not what they once were, here's the translation:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice.

Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand;

have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.

Lord, you have blessed your land;

you have turned away the captivity of Jacob.

In former times the season of Advent was a penitential one, and behaviors and worship were appropriately restrained, much like the way we observe Lent today. In fact, Advent, like Lent, originally had forty days. To ease the burden and austerity of penitential living during Lent, there is a Sunday right in the middle, called Laetare Sunday, that is a joyous celebration, intentionally un-Lenten. And so it is with Advent; smack in the middle there is a Sunday in which restraint is abandoned and joy resounds. To set that Sunday apart from the other Sundays of Advent, the liturgical vestments and paraments are rose colored, not the otherwise purple or blue Advent colors. (I'm not sure if this tradition is observed at Calvary; I'll find out soon enough.) And of course, the Advent wreath candle for Gaudete Sunday is the rose candle, to match the vestments. (Did you know that's why there is one rose candle among the purples?) And I'll give you one guess what color the vestments are on Laetare Sunday during the otherwise purple Lent.

For this year's 'Joy Sunday', we have our amazing trebles singing again, this time with adults joining in for some lovely four- and five-part singing. And the Sunday's joy doesn't end there; in lieu of a sermon, we will revel in this year's Church School Pageant. Joy abounds! Gaudete! Rejoice!


Cheers!

Matthew Provost
December 14, 2018

 
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Save The Date!

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January 6, 2019 from 5-6:15 p.m.

Organ Recital & Solemn Choral Evensong at Calvary Church

All are invited to an Organ Recital by Dr. Matthew Provost celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of our Richards, Fowkes & Co pipe organ dedication, followed by Solemn Choral Evensong to bless and dedicate new kneelers offered in thanksgiving for the ministries of The Rev. Dr. W. Alfred Tisdale, Jr. and The Rev. Alan Murchie, both of whom will attend. 

Reception to follow in the Parish Hall.


COMING SOON!

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS EVENTS

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Mark your calendars!

December 16th, 2018

 Christmas Pageant 
at the 10 a.m. service

December 24th, 2018

 Holy Eucharist & Service of Lessons and Carols
5 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.

December 25th, 2018

Christmas Day Eucharist at 9 a.m.


THANK YOU!

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Baptismal Font Update

Thank you to all who have contributed to making our Baptismal Font more safe. It is now safer to move for the Altar Guild and Sexton as and when needed for special occasions. Please know that only the Altar Guild and Sexton can move the font to ensure safety for all.


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!).

Anyone who is on their own or without family are invited to gather for lunch at Breakwater @ 11:45 on Sunday, January 13, 2019. No reservations necessary. Good food, good company and good conversation. This is being 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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Youth Group Update!

The Youth Group is a new formation to offer kids more opportunities for service, fellowship, and christian education. All kids are invited to participate in whatever aspect of this group appeals to them. They are welcome at any time at any event! Please let me know if you will be able to help with any of the above projects.

Thank you.

Contact Brenda Hultgren for additional information, brendahultgren@gmail.com


Calvary Church Ministry
of Spiritual Formation

Discovering a closer relationship with God

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

asks Mary Oliver... 

She is a past poet laureate who challenges us to be curious, to understand our purpose and to explore ideas that sometimes scare us a little. You are invited to join us in a year of spiritual exploration that we hope will lead us to a more intimate understanding of God. 

Three small groups met once a week for 6 weeks to study the fruit of the Spirit. We have stories to share of our journey together and we are now ready to explore more ways of deepening our spiritual formation in community. 

Please keep tuned to further events of the Ministry for Spiritual Formation.

Ministry Team

Carole Barnard, Juliet Hodge, Julie Dowd Straub, Louise and Bill Hoffman, Bob Martin, Karen McGee and led by Rev. Ajung Sojwal.l.


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
Keep Tuned!

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As part of this year's Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church is pleased to offer an inspiring array of films, to be shown in the Parish Hall, free of charge.

Please stay tuned for our 2019 offerings!

Tuesday Evenings at 7 pm


Last Things

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The second printing of "Last Things" is available now in the church office. 

The booklet is a guide to help individuals and families exchange honest conversations about end of life desires and needs. It is both practical and spiritual. It is our hope that you will complete the pages at the end and share the information with your family, place a copy with your will and share with your church leaders. The booklet was written for Calvary Church members. If you have any suggestions or additions for the next printing please let us know. In the fall there will be a discussion of "Last Things".  It will be held after church in the Parish Hall. The booklet is in the church office, and we ask for a donation of $10 for the booklet to help defray expenses. 


Thank You

 
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Thank you to all who have "joined the mission" to preserve the Stained Glasses of Calvary for posterity by purchasing the book Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary. 

Jim and I report to the congregation that the amount of $6000 has been donated to date to the window fund from the purchases of the book and associated donations. As already reported, one hundred percent of the proceeds from the book sale go to the church if bought through us - we absorb the state sales taxes. The church requested checks for the purchase of the book be made to Bette M. Collins to simplify its accounting. Accordingly, Jim and I set up a business account in the State of CT. Our donation tax advantages will also be calculated and donated to Calvary for the window fund.

So thank you all. 

Bette MacGregor Collins, Author, Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary.


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center's Food Pantry Update

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

Their Daily Living closet is always in need of dish soap and laundry detergent. Items can be brought to the PNC. They are always available to stop by and pick up food as well. 

Thank you so much for your constant support!!

Kind regards,
Susan Sedensky, Executive Director.


Blankets for the Homeless

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Just a reminder:
BLANKETS FOR THE HOMELESS HOSPITALITY CENTER
We still collect blankets even during the summer!

 

Blankets continue to be needed by the Center, and we've had more donations. When sleeping outside, blankets are always a priceless gift no matter what the thermometer says. So far, we've received 46 blankets so keep us in mind as you clean closets, basements, and attics! Drop your donations in the back of the church or at the church office any time. If you have questions, just contact Phyllis in the office at 860-535-1181 or at calvchurch@aol.com. Thank you for helping to keep someone more comfortable in the name of Christ.


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#.


Did You Know?

Calvary directories are published quarterly. 

There are copies available in the back of the church and in the office. As you leave church, take a look and if you notice a new color (new yellow copies are in the back of the church), please help yourself. It's helpful to be able to contact friends with phone numbers and email addresses when needed.   


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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, December 9, 2018

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

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Dear Friends, 

As we enter into the second week in Advent, we will spend our next two Sundays chewing on what John the Baptist proclaims as the preparation for God’s Messiah to come. Apart from Jesus, John the Baptist is probably the most theologically significant person in the gospels. Like Jesus, his birth was foretold through a divine proclamation. There is no doubt that John is a key figure in the salvation history of God. John is the one called by God to prepares the way for the coming Messiah. In many ways, his message and ministry marked the coming together of the law and the prophets and it also heralded the in-breaking of God’s long awaited Kingdom. John’s ministry was true transition work from the old to the new. I believe, the nature of John’s call and ministry encourages us in our current context of transition to realize just how important it is to engage in the transition work as we wait upon God to clarify his call for Calvary Church in the next phase of our spiritual journey.

Since God ordained for a transition figure to take up the very important work of preparation for his Messiah to come, surely, we must believe and trust in a God-ordained transition time for us too. I, as your interim priest, is merely the facilitator for all the work of transition that you have been doing and will do in the coming months. This is nothing less than the holy work of God that we are privileged to participate in. John’s call to repentance is in many ways a call to take the necessary spiritual inventory of our lives so that we can be ready to joyfully come alongside God’s own work in and through Calvary Church in the coming years. 

In this second week of Advent, let’s take time to see where and how we are engaging meaningfully in the work of preparing our lives to receive who God will send to us as our next rector. Let us open ourselves to God’s vision for us, which is far more marvelous than we can ever hope for ourselves. 

In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
December 7, 2018

We look forward to seeing you here at Calvary on Sunday!  Abundant blessings & best wishes.


COVENANT TO CARE

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!!

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Covenant to Care Christmas Presents

Calvary church will be providing Christmas gifts to needy children again this year. Norma Chandonnait will head up the project; she will be in the courtyard (weather permitting) or in the Parish Hall on Sunday November 25, December 2 and 9, following both the 8 am and the 10 am services with wish list from the children. You may take an entire list, share a list or donate money (checks payable to Calvary Church with memo: “Covenant to care”). 

Gifts should be purchased and delivered to Norma at 925 Stonington Road, Pawcatuck, CT or Calvary Church office no later than December 14.

If you need items picked up, please call Norma at 860-599-2931.


 
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Dear Sisters & Brother at Calvary Church,

So, what is a Christmas carol anyway? Well, the Christmas part is clear enough. But carol? Are they just hymns like Hark! the Herald Angels Sing? Or songs like Jingle Bells? Technically, no; but many Christmas hymns and secular songs are today thought of as carols. And when we go to Lessons & Carols, are we really hearing just carols when the choir sings? Sometimes, but what is often listed in a program as carol is often an anthem, not a carol.

The story of the carol begins in the middle ages with folk dance accompanied by singing; that practice later was conscripted by the church and used as liturgical procession music. Once the church took hold of the tunes, they were Latinized, sung only by clergy. It wasn't until the protestant Reformation that the practice was wrestled away from the church, after which carols found their way back into popular singing practice complete with new words in the vernacular. But mainly what we know as a carol is the product of 19th-century revival and adaptation of medieval culture. Quite frankly, most everything about our contemporary Christmas practices stems from 19th century romanticism. I digress.

If you'd like to deepen your knowledge and experience carols more fully, please plan on attending The Stonington Madrigal Singers concert tomorrow evening (Dec. 8) at 7 p.m. (see ad below) This is a wonderful opportunity for many reasons: first, the ensemble is presenting carols from the old and new worlds. Their director, our own Bob Guarino, has chosen a splendid array of carols of many makes and models. Second, this terrific group of volunteers is OUR very own madrigal choir. Many are Calvary parishioners. They are an ensemble in the Calvary Music School program, and as such, they are a part of the Calvary family. I hope we will do all we can to support their tremendous efforts and artistry. Last but not least, this yearly event has become tradition, and traditions are fading away at an astonishing rate. You likely have your traditions, and I have mine. But maybe you're like me just a bit and bemoan the loss of so many community traditions of the past. Well, here's a fine home-grown tradition, alive and well, waiting for us to take part. Please, won't you join me tomorrow night in reveling in the glorious sound of carols right here at Calvary, our church home, with artists from our church and music school family? Spread the word . . . Invite friends . . .

Cheers!

Matthew Provost
December 7, 2018

 
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COMING SOON!

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS EVENTS

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Mark your calendars!

December 8th, 2018

The Stonington Madrigal Singers.
Carols from the Old and New Worlds,
7 p.m.

December 9th, 2018

Church Christmas Tree Decorating following the 10 a.m. service

Church School children and church family event

December 16th, 2018

 Christmas Pageant 
at the 10 a.m. service

December 24th, 2018

 Holy Eucharist & Service of Lessons and Carols
5 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.

December 25th, 2018

Christmas Day Eucharist at 9 a.m.


The Stonington Madrigal Singers

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NEXT CALVARY SUNDAY BRUNCH BUNCH!

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

Anyone who is on their own or without family are invited to gather for lunch at Breakwater @ 11:45 on Sunday, December 9. No reservations necessary. Good food, good company and good conversation. This is being 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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Youth Group Update!

The Youth Group gathered this week to work together to prepare a meal for the Warm Center. Not only did they experience the satisfaction of helping others they also got to share fellowship and fun learning to cook as a group. 

Special thank to Beth Harrison, our Youth Group Leader, for spearheading our first Outreach and sending them all home with all their fingers intact!

The Youth Group is a new formation to offer kids more opportunities for service, fellowship, and christian education. All kids are invited to participate in whatever aspect of this group appeals to them. They are welcome at any time at any event! Please let me know if you will be able to help with any of the above projects.

Thank you.

Contact Brenda Hultgren for additional information, brendahultgren@gmail.com


 
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Frozen Asset Warm Body and Soul!

Thanks to the many prompt and generous responses, the Frozen Asset Ministry now enjoys a rich variety of soups and entrees to share with parishioners. In the Parish Hall Cupboard, pre-labeled containers have also been resupplied. Three cheers to our Calvary Cooks, and to those who receive their heart-warming contributions all best wishes for heath of body and spirit.


Calvary Church Ministry
of Spiritual Formation

Discovering a closer relationship with God

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

asks Mary Oliver... 

She is a past poet laureate who challenges us to be curious, to understand our purpose and to explore ideas that sometimes scare us a little. You are invited to join us in a year of spiritual exploration that we hope will lead us to a more intimate understanding of God. 

Three small groups met once a week for 6 weeks to study the fruit of the Spirit. We have stories to share of our journey together and we are now ready to explore more ways of deepening our spiritual formation in community. 

Please keep tuned to further events of the Ministry for Spiritual Formation.

Ministry Team

Carole Barnard, Juliet Hodge, Julie Dowd Straub, Louise and Bill Hoffman, Bob Martin, Karen McGee and led by Rev. Ajung Sojwal.l.


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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As part of this year's Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church is pleased to offer the following film, to be shown in the Parish Hall, free of charge.

This season's series of dramatic feature films and documentaries will explore many of the challenges facing society today: immigration, income inequality, and the inspiring true stories of powerful and courageous women who stood up to political and gender-based oppression.Group discussion will follow each showing. 

Tuesday Evenings at 7 pm

This Tuesday: The Man Who Invented Christmas: With his most recent books having little success, Victorian novelist Charles Dickens finds himself obliged to self-publish his masterful fable “A Christmas Carol” -- which he hopes will revive his sagging career. Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce co-star in this fanciful take on the creation of a Christmas classic.

Join us on December 11!


Last Things

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The second printing of "Last Things" is available now in the church office. 

The booklet is a guide to help individuals and families exchange honest conversations about end of life desires and needs. It is both practical and spiritual. It is our hope that you will complete the pages at the end and share the information with your family, place a copy with your will and share with your church leaders. The booklet was written for Calvary Church members. If you have any suggestions or additions for the next printing please let us know. In the fall there will be a discussion of "Last Things".  It will be held after church in the Parish Hall. The booklet is in the church office, and we ask for a donation of $10 for the booklet to help defray expenses. 


Thank You

 
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Thank you to all who have "joined the mission" to preserve the Stained Glasses of Calvary for posterity by purchasing the book Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary. 

Jim and I report to the congregation that the amount of $6000 has been donated to date to the window fund from the purchases of the book and associated donations. As already reported, one hundred percent of the proceeds from the book sale go to the church if bought through us - we absorb the state sales taxes. The church requested checks for the purchase of the book be made to Bette M. Collins to simplify its accounting. Accordingly, Jim and I set up a business account in the State of CT. Our donation tax advantages will also be calculated and donated to Calvary for the window fund.

So thank you all. 

Bette MacGregor Collins, Author, Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary.


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center's Food Pantry Update

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

Their Daily Living closet is always in need of dish soap and laundry detergent. Items can be brought to the PNC. They are always available to stop by and pick up food as well. 

Thank you so much for your constant support!!

Kind regards,
Susan Sedensky, Executive Director.


Blankets for the Homeless

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Just a reminder:
BLANKETS FOR THE HOMELESS HOSPITALITY CENTER
We still collect blankets even during the summer!

 

Blankets continue to be needed by the Center, and we've had more donations. When sleeping outside, blankets are always a priceless gift no matter what the thermometer says. So far, we've received 46 blankets so keep us in mind as you clean closets, basements, and attics! Drop your donations in the back of the church or at the church office any time. If you have questions, just contact Phyllis in the office at 860-535-1181 or at calvchurch@aol.com. Thank you for helping to keep someone more comfortable in the name of Christ.


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#.


Did You Know?

Calvary directories are published quarterly. 

There are copies available in the back of the church and in the office. As you leave church, take a look and if you notice a new color (new yellow copies are in the back of the church), please help yourself. It's helpful to be able to contact friends with phone numbers and email addresses when needed.   


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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, December 2, 2018

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

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Dear Friends, 

The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the season is preparation for the birth of our Redeemer, Jesus the Christ, in his First Advent as well as for his return as Christ the King, in his Second Advent. This process of preparation involves the call to accountability and faithfulness in anticipation of God’s just and holy reign on earth with the hope of eternal life realized. By bringing together events past and future in this holy season, Advent proclaims the spiritual journeys of individuals and the Church as one. It affirms the faith of the Church through the proclamation of individuals every Sunday as we say, “Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again.” It is a profound reminder to us that we live in a time that’s considered “already but not yet” of God’s Kingdom. In this “already but not yet” time we are called to be faithful disciples and stewards of all that is entrusted to us as the people of God. 

In the spirit of Advent, let’s take the time to reflect on all that we have been as the Body of Christ, all that we long for and want to be. Let’s make time to listen and hear God’s call to us individually and as a church for the oncoming phase of a great journey with Him. The discernment period for the church overlaps nicely with Advent and as the Advent season calls us to, let us learn to listen and wait for the Lord patiently. As Apostle Paul says, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” 

It is a great opportunity for Calvary Church to seek God intentionally and deliberately during this time, to trust in His time and to test our own faithfulness in allowing the Holy Spirit to do what She needs to do in this Body of Christ as we wait. Let us enter this holy season with hopeful prayers, prayers of devotion and re-commitment to Christ’s call to us and prayers of trust in God’s will for us. Along with the prayers for our own community, let us also remember to pray for all those who continue to remain in dark places hoping for the great light of Christ to shine in their lives. Like the five wise bridesmaids in the parable of the ten bridesmaids, let us make ready our lives to recognize the one who God sends to lead Calvary Church into the new chapter that God has already started writing. 

Let us, with hope join in the great Advent song: 

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou Wisdom from on high,

Who orderest all things mightily;

To us the path of knowledge show,

And teach us in her ways to go.


In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
November 30, 2018

We look forward to seeing you here at Calvary on Sunday!  Abundant blessings & best wishes.


Advent Retreat & healing Prayer Service

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Listening to God in Community

All are invited!

When: December 1st, 2018

Guided Retreat: 2-4:30 p.m.

Tea/Coffee break: 4:30-5 pm

Holy Eucharist & Healing Prayer Service: 5 p.m.

Retreat Leaders: Ajung & Milind Sojwal


 
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Calvary Nursery School
Annual Christmas Bazaar!

Everyone is invited! Welcome to Calvary Nursery School’s annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, December 2nd from 11:30AM- 1:30PM in the parish hall.

Come join CNS for children’s holiday crafts, locally made gifts for sale, raffle baskets, bake sale, wreaths for purchase, and free soup for all. Santa will visit at 1:00PM.


COVENANT TO CARE

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!!

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Covenant to Care Christmas Presents

Calvary church will be providing Christmas gifts to needy children again this year. Norma Chandonnait will head up the project; she will be in the courtyard (weather permitting) or in the Parish Hall on Sunday November 25, December 2 and 9, following both the 8 am and the 10 am services with wish list from the children. You may take an entire list, share a list or donate money (checks payable to Calvary Church with memo: “Covenant to care”). 

Gifts should be purchased and delivered to Norma at 925 Stonington Road, Pawcatuck, CT or Calvary Church office no later than December 14.

If you need items picked up, please call Norma at 860-599-2931.


 
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Dear Sisters & Brother at Calvary Church,

Cónditor alme síderum,
Creator of the stars of night

This ancient 7th-century hymn, once attributed to St. Ambrose, is sung only during the season of Advent. The sweeping text evokes the ethereal, the celestial, and the eternal. What better way to start the new liturgical year than praying and singing this bold reminder of the ‘long game’ we are all playing by living a life of faith. On Sunday, this ancient tune will be woven throughout the entirety of our liturgy. After our Calvary Ringers have rung in the new year with a newly-composed peal, our choir will sing this ancient chant as an introit. At the offertory, the choir offers a modern anthem setting of Conditor alme siderum by Malcolm Archer, and at communion the bells will remind us of the stirring tune, again set in modern style. And at the close of worship, we will all have the opportunity to sing this great hymn of the church.

Maybe you might take a moment to read through this beautiful poetry as translated by John Mason Neale (1818-1866) as a preparation for your own Advent meditations.

Creator of the stars of night,
Thy people’s everlasting light,
Jesu, Redeemer, save us all,
And hear Thy servants when they call.

Thou, grieving that the ancient curse
Should doom to death a universe,
Hast found the medicine, full of grace,
To save and heal a ruined race.

Thou cam’st, the Bridegroom of the bride,
As drew the world to evening-tide;
Proceeding from a virgin shrine,
The spotless victim all divine.

At whose dread name, majestic now,
All knees must bend, all hearts must bow;
And things celestial Thee shall own,
And things terrestrial, Lord alone.

O Thou whose coming is with dread
To judge and doom the quick and dead,
Preserve us, while we dwell below,
From every insult of the foe.

To God the Father, God the Son,
And God the Spirit, Three in One,
Laud, honor, might, and glory be
From age to age eternally.

Cheers!

Matthew Provost
November 30, 2018

 
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COMING SOON!

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS EVENTS

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Mark your calendars!

December 1st, 2018

Advent Retreat Listening to God in Community from 2-4:30 p.m.

  Retreat will be led by Ajung & Milind Sojwal.

Advent Healing Service
 5 pm

December 2nd, 2018

Calvary Nursery School Christmas Bazaar 
11:30-1:30 pm

December 8th, 2018

The Stonington Madrigal Singers.
Carols from the Old and New Worlds,
7 p.m.

December 9th, 2018

Church Christmas Tree Decorating following the 10 a.m. service

Church School children and church family event

December 16th, 2018

 Christmas Pageant 
at the 10 a.m. service

December 24th, 2018

 Holy Eucharist & Service of Lessons and Carols
5 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.

December 25th, 2018

Christmas Day Eucharist at 9 a.m.


The Stonington Madrigal Singers

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NEXT CALVARY SUNDAY BRUNCH BUNCH!

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

Anyone who is on their own or without family are invited to gather for lunch at Breakwater @ 11:45 on Sunday, December 9. No reservations necessary. Good food, good company and good conversation. This is being 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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Youth Group Update!

The Youth Group gathered this week to work together to prepare a meal for the Warm Center. Not only did they experience the satisfaction of helping others they also got to share fellowship and fun learning to cook as a group. 

Special thank to Beth Harrison, our Youth Group Leader, for spearheading our first Outreach and sending them all home with all their fingers intact!

The Youth Group is a new formation to offer kids more opportunities for service, fellowship, and christian education. All kids are invited to participate in whatever aspect of this group appeals to them. They are welcome at any time at any event! Please let me know if you will be able to help with any of the above projects.

Thank you.

Contact Brenda Hultgren for additional information, brendahultgren@gmail.com


FROM THE JUNIOR WARDEN

Thank you! Thank you!

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Thanks to all who showed up on Saturday November 17th for the Calvary Fall Clean Up day.  We had upwards of 30 volunteers show up for what ended up being a very successful day.  Special thanks goes out to the Calvary Nursery School parents and children who participated and were a huge help.  We were able to knock off everything on Alice’s List and then some.

 
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It was a great day of sharing and stewardship and showed that Calvary is strong with volunteerism.  


 
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Frozen Asset Warm Body and Soul!

Thanks to the many prompt and generous responses, the Frozen Asset Ministry now enjoys a rich variety of soups and entrees to share with parishioners. In the Parish Hall Cupboard, pre-labeled containers have also been resupplied. Three cheers to our Calvary Cooks, and to those who receive their heart-warming contributions all best wishes for heath of body and spirit.


Calvary Church Ministry
of Spiritual Formation

Discovering a closer relationship with God

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

asks Mary Oliver... 

She is a past poet laureate who challenges us to be curious, to understand our purpose and to explore ideas that sometimes scare us a little. You are invited to join us in a year of spiritual exploration that we hope will lead us to a more intimate understanding of God. 

Three small groups met once a week for 6 weeks to study the fruit of the Spirit. We have stories to share of our journey together and we are now ready to explore more ways of deepening our spiritual formation in community. 

Please keep tuned to further events of the Ministry for Spiritual Formation.

Ministry Team

Carole Barnard, Juliet Hodge, Julie Dowd Straub, Louise and Bill Hoffman, Bob Martin, Karen McGee and led by Rev. Ajung Sojwal.l.


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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As part of this year's Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church is pleased to offer the following film, to be shown in the Parish Hall, free of charge.

This season's series of dramatic feature films and documentaries will explore many of the challenges facing society today: immigration, income inequality, and the inspiring true stories of powerful and courageous women who stood up to political and gender-based oppression.Group discussion will follow each showing. 

Tuesday Evenings at 7 pm

This Tuesday: The Man Who Invented Christmas: With his most recent books having little success, Victorian novelist Charles Dickens finds himself obliged to self-publish his masterful fable “A Christmas Carol” -- which he hopes will revive his sagging career. Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce co-star in this fanciful take on the creation of a Christmas classic.

Join us on December 11!


Last Things

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The second printing of "Last Things" is available now in the church office. 

The booklet is a guide to help individuals and families exchange honest conversations about end of life desires and needs. It is both practical and spiritual. It is our hope that you will complete the pages at the end and share the information with your family, place a copy with your will and share with your church leaders. The booklet was written for Calvary Church members. If you have any suggestions or additions for the next printing please let us know. In the fall there will be a discussion of "Last Things".  It will be held after church in the Parish Hall. The booklet is in the church office, and we ask for a donation of $10 for the booklet to help defray expenses. 


Thank You

 
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Thank you to all who have "joined the mission" to preserve the Stained Glasses of Calvary for posterity by purchasing the book Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary. 

Jim and I report to the congregation that the amount of $6000 has been donated to date to the window fund from the purchases of the book and associated donations. As already reported, one hundred percent of the proceeds from the book sale go to the church if bought through us - we absorb the state sales taxes. The church requested checks for the purchase of the book be made to Bette M. Collins to simplify its accounting. Accordingly, Jim and I set up a business account in the State of CT. Our donation tax advantages will also be calculated and donated to Calvary for the window fund.

So thank you all. 

Bette MacGregor Collins, Author, Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary.


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center's Food Pantry Update

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

Their Daily Living closet is always in need of dish soap and laundry detergent. Items can be brought to the PNC. They are always available to stop by and pick up food as well. 

Thank you so much for your constant support!!

Kind regards,
Susan Sedensky, Executive Director.


Blankets for the Homeless

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Just a reminder:
BLANKETS FOR THE HOMELESS HOSPITALITY CENTER
We still collect blankets even during the summer!

 

Blankets continue to be needed by the Center, and we've had more donations. When sleeping outside, blankets are always a priceless gift no matter what the thermometer says. So far, we've received 46 blankets so keep us in mind as you clean closets, basements, and attics! Drop your donations in the back of the church or at the church office any time. If you have questions, just contact Phyllis in the office at 860-535-1181 or at calvchurch@aol.com. Thank you for helping to keep someone more comfortable in the name of Christ.


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#.


Did You Know?

Calvary directories are published quarterly. 

There are copies available in the back of the church and in the office. As you leave church, take a look and if you notice a new color (new yellow copies are in the back of the church), please help yourself. It's helpful to be able to contact friends with phone numbers and email addresses when needed.   


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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, November 25, 2018

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

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Dear Friends, 

Christ the King Sunday is here!

On this feast day, we celebrate the full authority of Christ as King and Lord of the universe. Officially called The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, it is celebrated on the final Sunday of Ordinary Time. 

Pope Pius XI instituted The Feast of Christ the King in 1925, to be celebrated throughout the universal church. This Feast came about at a time when the Church felt that the authority of Christ was increasingly being threatened by the rise of secularism in Europe. The hope of Pope Pius was that the institution of the feast would help nations see the Church’s right to freedom and immunity from the state; that the leaders and nations would give respect to Christ; and that the faithful would be strengthened and find courage to claim that Christ should reign in their hearts, minds, wills and bodies. 

Today, the same mistrust of religious authority exists; many feel the mistrust has gotten stronger. I personally feel that it is not a bad thing to mistrust and question religious authority. My faith and belief in Christ is hopefully not about “religion” or representing an institution, instead I would like to see it as a relationship with Christ, the one whose humility and service is beautifully proclaimed in Paul’s letter to the Philippians. I want to be reminded this Feast day that Jesus willingly, “emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and become obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.” (Phil. 2:7,8). Jesus was clear in saying, “For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45).

God knows, more than we can ever fathom, the oppressive nature of human kings or rulers. And, contrary to how secular reign is perceived and executed, Jesus connected his role as king or Christ (anointed one) to humble service, and commanded his followers to be servants as well. Scripture also tells us that the work of the Christ is inherently tied to his suffering and death. Jesus’ teachings point to a kingdom of justice defined by radical love, mercy, peace, and forgiveness. When we celebrate Christ as King, we are not celebrating an oppressive ruler, but one willing to die for humanity, whose “loving-kindness endures forever.” Christ the king gives us true freedom to be ourselves, free to approach him without pre-requisites, to worship and seek God from the true depths of our souls. In Christ alone are we all seen as worthy, for Christ died and rose for us while we were still sinners. 

Let us remember this Sunday that Christ radically redefined and transformed the concept of kingship.

In Christ, 

Ajung Sojwal
November 23, 2018

We look forward to seeing you here at Calvary on Sunday!  Abundant blessings & best wishes.


A Note From Our Junior Warden

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Thanks to all who showed up on Saturday November 17th for the Calvary Fall Clean Up day.  We had upwards of 30 volunteers show up for what ended up being a very successful day.  Special thanks goes out to the Calvary Nursery School parents and children who participated and were a huge help.  We were able to knock off everything on Alice’s List and then some. 

It was a great day of sharing and stewardship and showed that Calvary is strong with volunteerism.  

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COVENANT TO CARE

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!!

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Covenant to Care Christmas Presents

Calvary church will be providing Christmas gifts to needy children again this year. Norma Chandonnait will head up the project; she will be in the courtyard (weather permitting) or in the Parish Hall on Sunday November 25, December 2 and 9, following both the 8 am and the 10 am services with wish list from the children. You may take an entire list, share a list or donate money (checks payable to Calvary Church with memo: “Covenant to care”). 

Gifts should be purchased and delivered to Norma at 925 Stonington Road, Pawcatuck, CT or Calvary Church office no later than December 14.

If you need items picked up, please call Norma at 860-599-2931.

 

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Dear Sisters & Brother at Calvary Church,

What to sing . . . hmmm . . .

This Sunday is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. The new year will begin next week with the first Sunday of Advent, the music for which usually reflects appropriately the introspection of our four weeks of preparation. So, it is fitting that on the last Sunday of the year we celebrate Christ the King with pomp and splendor. Our hymns this week honor Christ with coronation (Diademata) and elevation (Crucifer). Our three anthems sing God’s praise (Psalm 150) and express our deeply felt thanks for all God has provided (M. How & J. Rutter), they might even be interpreted as an oblique reflection of the Thanksgiving holiday we’ve all just enjoyed.

Two weeks ago, I wrote a bit about hymnody and our need to expand our collective repertoire. Lengthy debate about the difference between a hymn and a spiritual song is futile because the lines are too blurry and distinctions not helpful. Allow me to leave you with two factors to consider when pondering hymns:

1) Does the hymn by its nature facilitate and encourage communal, active singing? Hymns with metered poetry, in which each verse fits nicely against the tune ease and accommodate togetherness as we sing. We can be on the same page more easily when the tune is clear and the words fit snugly. The antithesis is the suppression of participation by way of verse writing that requires a different text underlay and melodic rhythm for each verse. Such hymns are easy to spot when we see them. Their printing looks like an engineering schematic, replete with tiny notes and rhythms interspersed between larger ones, and jagged text underlay such that the eye can not readily scan. How are parishioners meant to unravel all of that intricate and confusing notation? Such barriers should be anathema, but in the pursuit of marrying the sacred song with so-called popular styles, some hymn writers have grown comfortable with the practice of stuffing poorly crafted poetry into the space occupied by a catchy tune. So, ease of hymn singing is not enhanced by adopting popular fashions in an attempt to make hymns more accessible; rather, the tried and true, centuries-old practice of metered poetry and tunes has stood the test of time for a reason. It works.

2) Church is a special place, a place not like the outside world, an escape from the cares and concerns of daily life. Does a hymn feel like it belongs in that special place, or is it better suited to the outside world? This is a very thorny  topic, admittedly. But I maintain that the best church hymns serve as a vehicle, a catalyst for us to attempt an approach to the otherworldly, not the worldly, the divine rather than the profane. Whether we speak of the hymns in the Gregorian chant tradition, the metered psalmody and hymnody of the Protestant Reformation, the great Lutheran chorales, or the soaring 19th& 20th-century British hymns of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, we are speaking of music that is little or not at all represented by profane analogies outside of church. And yes, there are examples of profane melodies used as hymn tunes, but that fact doesn’t diminish the intention of hymnodists to cultivate a practice for, of, and uniquely crafted to suit that sacred space and experience. When we sing hymns at home or even gathered in a field, we are aiming as a community to bring the sacred to that place, not vice versa. If we bring too much of the worldly style into sacred hymnody, we stand to lose that which makes church and worship special in the first place, the otherworldliness.

It is crucial to note that we are discussing here communal church singing. The conversation of appropriateness takes an entirely different course when we talk of non-communal sacred singing: choir anthems, solo arias, and even contemporary praise songs which are mostly sung at congregations. Any style of music has potential to serve the worship experience as a means, per se, of sacred expression. But with hymnody we are dealing with a practice meant to be shared and executed by all; an active form of worship diametrically opposed to the passive appreciation of concerted music.

Cheers!

Matthew Provost

November 23, 2018


 
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COMING SOON!

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS EVENTS

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Mark your calendars!

November 25, 2018

Advent Wreath Making after the 10 a.m. worship service.

Where: Calvary Church Parish Hall. Who: All of us!

What: Coming together to make our Advent wreaths.

Team leader/organizer: Lucia T Johnstone.

Please contact Lucia T Johnstone for further information on how to prepare for our wreath making event.

email: luciajohnstone@bhhsne.com 

or call 860.912.4144 (mobile).

December 1st, 2018

Advent Retreat Listening to God in Community from 2-4:30 p.m.

  Retreat will be led by Ajung & Milind Sojwal.

Advent Healing Service 5 pm

RSVP for retreat and Healing Prayer Service:

ajunglasojwal@gmail.com or

call 917 533-2959

December 8th, 2018

The Stonington Madrigal Singers.

Carols from the Old and New Worlds,

 7 p.m.

December 9th, 2018

Church Christmas Tree Decorating following the 10 a.m. service Church School children and church family event

December 16th, 2018

 Christmas Pageant at the 10 a.m. service

December 24th, 2018

 Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion

5 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.

December 25th, 2018

Christmas Day Eucharist at 9 a.m.


ADVENT RETREAT & HEALING PRAYER SERVICE

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Listening to God In Community

All are invited!

When: December 1st, 2018

Time: 2-4:30 pm Retreat

Healing Prayer Service: 5 pm

Retreat will be led by Ajung and Milind Sojwal

RSVP for Retreat and Healing Prayer Service: ajunglasojwal@gmail.com or 917.533.2959


NEXT CALVARY SUNDAY BRUNCH BUNCH!

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

Anyone who is on their own or without family are invited to gather for lunch at Breakwater @ 11:45 on Sunday, December 9. No reservations necessary. Good food, good company and good conversation. This is being sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 

860.599.5732 for more details.

All are welcome.


Youth Group

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