Notes From Calvary
 
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Notes from Calvary


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"What are we doing about Sunday school?"

Anyone who wants to be a talented musician, play a sport well enough to make a team, be a decent cook, or even engage in a personal fitness routine at home begins by learning a set of basic skills. Then, as we master those, we add more and more refined techniques. As we grow we need to keep adding skills and theory if we want to be able to handle more demanding adult tasks.

Our spiritual lives are similar to our musical or athletic or culinary lives. When we are baptized we do not have all the spiritual skills we will need in order to live out our baptismal promises (pages 304-305 of the Prayer Book). We acquire those skills first and foremost in our families—by watching and overhearing our parents and caregivers in their faith life. Secondarily we acquire them by being active participants in the Church.
’Sunday School' and 'Youth Group' are the programs that previous generations devised to meet some of the needs for their children’s spiritual growth, when the lives of young people and families were structured very differently than they are today.

Are they still the best approach? In some places yes, in some cases, not so much. Based on participation numbers in recent years, it is time to revisit this question at Calvary.

The most important thing is that we identify what spiritual experiences and understandings we want our children to have as they grow, and then figure out the best way of providing them in today’s society—whether or not those methods look the same as what we ourselves experienced as children.

This Sunday I invite all adults who are parents or other significant adults in the lives of children to join me in the parish hall at 11:00-ish after you’ve grabbed a glass of lemonade. Let’s talk together about what you hope your children will experience in their faith life before they reach adulthood (and maybe even what you need to experience in yours to be able to walk alongside them as guides!). Then we can figure out how Calvary can support you and them in that journey!

Blessings,
Gillian+
The Rev. Gillian R. Barr, Rector


Westerly Sun Interview with the Rev. Gillian Barr

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Calvary's new rector was the lead story in Tuesday's Westerly Sun. If you missed it, you can read the full article here.


You are Invited to Join a Small Group Study

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Spiritual Practices & Our Faith Journeys

Three small study groups were launched last year by Calvary's Spiritual Formation ministry to give parishioners interested in deepening their faith journeys the opportunity to study readings and spiritual practices together. These groups meet in homes or at church. The topics and books are determined by the people attending with the guidance of the rector.

Small Group contact information:
Wednesdays, 5 p.m.
Kate Robins, robinskann@gmail.com, 860-389-5092

Thursdays, 9 a.m.
Karen McGee, mcgeecnm@yahoo.com, 513-919-1542

Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Julie & Steve Schaub, juliejdowd@gmail.com, 860-333-3165


Episcopal Relief Helping Those Impacted by Hurricane Dorian

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Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting dioceses located in the path of Hurricane Dorian as they respond to the needs of impacted communities.

“We’re seeing that dioceses who have experienced catastrophic hurricanes in the past two years are not easily shaken by new occurrences; resiliency has been built into their recovery efforts,” said Katie Mears, Director for Episcopal Relief & Development’s US Disaster Program. “They have emergency plans in place, clearly established roles and responsibilities matched with an impenetrable passion to match their gifts with the needs of their most vulnerable neighbors.”

Please pray for those impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Donations to the Hurricane Relief Fund will help Episcopal Relief & Development’s church partners provide critical emergency assistance. To learn more about building a Season of Resilience and to download disaster preparedness resources visit episcopalrelief.org/resilience.


Calvary to Host Ugandan Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF) Singers

Tuesday, 9/24 - Wednesday, 10/2

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Many parishioners will recognize Peter Kasamba, the founder of the AYF Singers, at the far right in the photograph. Your editor Betsy Stevenson will always remember the wonderful care Peter took of her and Sage MacLeod during our health needs assessment trip to Uganda two years ago.

The AYF Singers will spend their weeklong visit performing in schools and leading worship services in the region. Look for their schedule in next week's issue.

Volunteers are needed to help with housing, transportation and meals for the 10 singers during their stay. Please prayerfully consider if you can lend a hand.

If you are able to help, or have any questions about what is needed, please contact Barbara Loftus at (860) 599-5732 or BarbLoftus@aol.com.

Thank You,
Calvary Uganda Mission Team


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Next Brunch Bunch:
Sunday, September 8

Our next Brunch will be on September 8, at Breakwater at 11:30 a.m. Join us for a fun brunch by the harbor.
Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

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

All are welcome.


 
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Calvary Nursery School accepting new children

There are still places available at Calvary Nursery School for this coming year! If someone you know is looking for a quality pre-school experience for their child or grandchild or friend, invite them to consider Calvary's own preschool. More information about the school is at https://www.calvarynurseryschool.net and admissions information is here.


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Stewardship Potluck Brunch
10:30 a.m., Sunday, September 29

Catered by:
The Calvary Church Congregation

Buffet Menu


Quiches, Baked French Toast Casseroles,
Egg and Cheese Stratas,
Baked Ham, Bacon, Sausage,
Potatoes, Fruit Salads, Bread & Muffins, Juices & Coffee

In order to ensure a good variety of food,
please sign up after church service to bring one of the menu items or by contacting Jim and Mary McAuley by 5:00 pm Friday, Sept. 27th, 2019

at
(860) 536-1980
or
jlmcauley18@gmail.com


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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SE Region Episcopal Church Gatherings

2-6 p.m, Sunday, September 15 "One Region, One Body"-- Church of the Holy Advent, Clinton

An afternoon of making connections with other Episcopalians in the SE Region. We will have time for music, prayer, conversation, and selecting members of the Mission Council of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. We will also have light refreshments! By God's grace, we will catch a glimpse of the life we share as members of Christ's one body.


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Food Pantry:
Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of:

Food -- canned meats, soup, broth, chowder, jelly in plastic, canned pineapple, and baked beans

Home Supplies -- laundry detergent, dish detergent, and diapers sizes 4, 5 & 6

Thank you for your continuing support.



Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, September 8
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- Families & Faith conversation / parish hall
11 a.m. -- Refreshments / yard
11:30 a.m. -- Brunch Bunch / Breakwater restaurant
4 p.m. -- American Guild of Organists reception / yard
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Tuesday, September 10
1:30 p.m. -- Staff meeting / rector's office
6:00 p.m. -- 'Meet the Rector' / host, Carole Barnard (sign up required)

Thursday, September 12
6:30 p.m. -- Vestry / parish hall
6:30 p.m. -- Choir rehearsal / choir room

Friday, September 13
7:30 a.m. -- Men's Breakfast / parish hall
11 a.m. -- Prayer Group / church

Sunday, September 15
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
2 p.m. -- One Region, One Body / Church of the Holy Advent, Clinton CT
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall


Refreshment Hour

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

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

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


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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 
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Notes from Calvary


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Calvary folks--

I invite all parents of children and youth (birth through high school) to gather in the Parish Hall during Refreshment Hour on Sunday, Sept. 8th for a conversation about what shape ministries with children and youth can take in 2019-2020.

How can the parish best support parents/families as you nurture our youngest members “to grow into the full stature of Christ” (the baptismal promise made by parents and godparents)? We will brainstorm what sort of Sunday morning structure will work best and Dr. Matthew Provost, our organist & choirmaster, will talk about the children’s music program.

Blessings,
Gillian+
The Rev. Gillian R. Barr, Rector


Covenant to Care Backpacks

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The school year is off to a great start for 26 local foster children, thanks to Calvary parishioners! On Sunday, August 18, Reverend Gillian Barr blessed the overstuffed backpacks. On Monday, social workers from the Department of Children and Family Services, Lentionette Taylor and Gwendolyn Williams, picked up the bags for distribution to the students.

One of the success stories shared by our liaisons from DCF: The college student we supported with school supplies last year was on the Dean’s list both semesters and is beginning her sophomore year this fall. Your support matters!

Thank you again for your generosity, Calvary!!


Calvary to Host Ugandan Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF) Singers

Tuesday, 9/24 - Wednesday, 10/2

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Many parishioners will recognize Peter Kasamba, the founder of the AYF Singers, at the far right in the photograph. Your editor Betsy Stevenson will always remember the wonderful care Peter took of her and Sage MacLeod during our health needs assessment trip to Uganda two years ago.

The AYF Singers will spend their weeklong visit performing in schools and leading worship services in the region. Look for their schedule in next week's issue.

Volunteers are needed to help with housing, transportation and meals for the 10 singers during their stay. Please prayerfully consider if you can lend a hand.

If you are able to help, or have any questions about what is needed, please contact Barbara Loftus at (860) 599-5732 or BarbLoftus@aol.com.

Thank You,
Calvary Uganda Mission Team


 
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Calvary Nursery School accepting new children

There are still places available at Calvary Nursery School for this coming year! If someone you know is looking for a quality pre-school experience for their child or grandchild or friend, invite them to consider Calvary's own preschool. More information about the school is at https://www.calvarynurseryschool.net and admissions information is here.


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Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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SE Region Episcopal Church Gatherings

2-6 p.m, Sunday, September 15 "One Region, One Body"-- Church of the Holy Advent, Clinton

An afternoon of making connections with other Episcopalians in the SE Region. We will have time for music, prayer, conversation, and selecting members of the Mission Council of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. We will also have light refreshments! By God's grace, we will catch a glimpse of the life we share as members of Christ's one body.

4:30 p.m., Sunday, 9/8
Swords to Plowshares

Join us as we welcome Retired CT Bishop Jim Curry for an afternoon of exploration and healing as we gather around the forge and together, turn swords into plowshares. Camp Washington, Lakeside, CT.

PLEASE RSVP (860) 567-9623
$10.00 suggested donation for dinner.


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Food Pantry:
Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of:

Food -- canned meats, soup, broth, chowder, jelly in plastic, canned pineapple, and baked beans

Home Supplies -- laundry detergent, dish detergent, and diapers sizes 4, 5 & 6

Thank you for your continuing support.



Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, September 1
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Tuesday, September 3
1:30 p.m. Staff Meeting--Rector's Office

Wednesday, September 4
9:45 a.m. -- ECW / parish hall
11:45 a.m. -- Meet the Rector, host Jennifer Parsons (sign up required)

Thursday, September 5
8 a.m. -- Executive Committee / Rector's Office
6:30 p.m. -- Choir rehearsal / parish hall

Friday, September 6
7:30 a.m. -- Meet the Rector, host Susan Ayers (sign up required)
12:30 Prayer Shawls / sacristy

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


Refreshment Hour

Lemonade.jpg

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

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

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


 
calvary church logo gold even wider.png
 

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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 
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Notes from Calvary

(The Notes are not going on August hiatus after all: the rest of the staff is pitching in to get them so everybody can know about all that's going on !)


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Calvary folks--

On Thursday I met with a reporter and photographer team from the Westerly Sun who are writing a feature story about Calvary having a new rector. Before they arrived, I made sure to think of a list of distinctive characteristics I wanted to share about Calvary, so I could express them enthusiastically and clearly. (We'll see whether or not I was successful when the story comes out!)

Reflecting on those key points was a very helpful exercise. First I brainstormed and wrote down all sorts of things gathered from my first three weeks here and my reading of the parish history and other documents. Then I focused in on a few things which seemed most important to share and that might catch a reporter's interest.

Calvary as a parish did something like this as part of the transition process, as you wrote your profile. But it's also something that it would be good for every member of Calvary to think about. What would your "elevator speech" about Calvary be?

"If someone I'd never met before, who is curious about Christianity and the community, asked me what is particularly distinctive about Calvary, and how it makes a difference in my life and in the greater Stonington/Mystic/Westerly communities, what would I say?"

In the coming weeks I will meet many of you in various small-group "Meet the Rector" events. I'd love to hear your "elevator speech" about Calvary!

Blessings,
Gillian+
The Rev. Gillian R. Barr, Rector


 
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Calvary Nursery School accepting new children

There are still places available at Calvary Nursery School for this coming year! If someone you know is looking for a quality pre-school experience for their child or grandchild or friend, invite them to consider Calvary's own preschool. More information about the school is at https://www.calvarynurseryschool.net and admissions information is here.


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Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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SE Region Episcopal Church Gatherings

2-6 p.m, Sunday, September 15 "One Region, One Body"-- Church of the Holy Advent, Clinton

An afternoon of making connections with other Episcopalians in the SE Region. We will have time for music, prayer, conversation, and selecting members of the Mission Council of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. We will also have light refreshments! By God's grace, we will catch a glimpse of the life we share as members of Christ's one body.


Learn about Calvary's endowment
and planned giving

THIS Sunday
August 25th immediately after 8 a.m. service

Parish Hall


Learn about the importance and structure of Calvary Church's endowment, and how parishioners can help strengthen it through planned gifts. This gathering is sponsored by the Endowment Management Committee and the Stewardship subcommittee on Planned Giving, and will be moderated by Rowlie Stebbins.(Note correction in time.)


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Food Pantry:
Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of:

Food -- canned meats, soup, broth, chowder, jelly in plastic, canned pineapple, and baked beans

Home Supplies -- laundry detergent, dish detergent, and diapers sizes 4, 5 & 6

Thank you for your continuing support.



Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, August 25
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9 a.m. -- Planned Giving/Endowment presentation / parish hall
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Tuesday, August 20
1:30 p.m. Staff Meeting--Rector's Office

Friday, August 30
12:30 Prayer Shawls / sacristy

Sunday, September 1
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall


Refreshment Hour

Lemonade.jpg

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

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

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


 
calvary church logo gold even wider.png
 

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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 
calvary church constant contact header image.jpg

Notes from Calvary

(The Notes are not going on August hiatus after all: the rest of the staff is pitching in to get them so everybody can know about all that's going on !)


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Calvary folks--

I am looking forward to welcoming you to the rectory porch and back lawn this Thursday evening, for the last of the summer Porch Parties sponsored by the Stewardship Committee. Details are below.

I know renovating the rectory during the interim period required much work and expense, and various ministries which had been meeting in Calvary House had to shift to new spaces. Kudos to all of you for making those changes. Few clergy of my generation or younger can afford real estate costs in expensive areas, so rectories are once again an important resource for churches.

The house is now a lovely and comfortable home. I'm enjoying arranging my books and furnishings, and Roxy-cat has established her rotation of favorite sunning and napping spots. We both love the views and the scents of the sea. Thank you.

Blessings,
Gillian+
The Rev. Gillian R. Barr, Rector


The Rev. Gillian Barr Invites All

to a

Porch Party at the Rectory
August 22, 6-8 p.m.

Please join us on Thursday, August 22, from 6-8 p.m. for the 3rd Porch Party of 2019. Enjoy a relaxing evening just getting to know each other better. There is no agenda—except fellowship!

Bring the kids, yard games, and a simple munchie to share. Pack your cooler with whatever your family likes to drink. Gillian will provide the venue and tables.

Hope to see you there!!!

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From the Junior Warden: Audio/Visual Upgrades

We have completed Phase I of the audio / visual upgrades. We have upgraded the old amplifier / mixer system, added more speakers to generate a more uniform sound and replaced all the old microphones. You should begin to notice the difference in the quality and volume of sound as well as eliminating the previous static often heard.

Any feedback is welcomed as some adjustments can be made. We hope to begin discussions on Phase II which will involve a video upgrade that may allow us to live stream and archive services as well as improve connectivity to the parish hall for those instances where we have overflow attendance. I will keep you all informed of our plans.

--John Phelps
Junior Warden


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Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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SE Region Episcopal Church Gatherings

2-6 p.m, Sunday, September 15 "One Region, One Body"-- Church of the Holy Advent, Clinton

An afternoon of making connections with other Episcopalians in the SE Region. We will have time for music, prayer, conversation, and selecting members of the Mission Council of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. We will also have light refreshments! By God's grace, we will catch a glimpse of the life we share as members of Christ's one body.


Learn about Calvary's endowment
and planned giving

NEXT Sunday
August 25th immediately after 8 a.m. service

Parish Hall


Learn about the importance and structure of Calvary Church's endowment, and how parishioners can help strengthen it through planned gifts. This gathering is sponsored by the Endowment Management Committee and the Stewardship subcommittee on Planned Giving, and will be moderated by Rowlie Stebbins.(Note correction in time.)


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Food Pantry:
Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of:

Food -- canned meats, soup, broth, chowder, jelly in plastic, canned pineapple, and baked beans

Home Supplies -- laundry detergent, dish detergent, and diapers sizes 4, 5 & 6

Thank you for your continuing support.


Rally in Support of the
United Church of Stonington
Sunday, August 18

Our ecumenical borough neighbors at the United Church of Stonington, 67 Main Street, are facing a major financial crisis due to a lawsuit over their rectory property, as has been covered in the local press. Details are available on their website. They are hosting a rally at 2 p.m. on Sunday in their church building to give community members an opportunity to express support. Our own Dr. Matthew Provost will preside at the historic E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings organ from 1870.


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More clothes heading to children in Uganda

The collaboration between the generous hearts and talented hands at Calvary and St. Ann's Church, Old Lyme, continues. Another large bundle of children's clothes is headed to Uganda with Vianna McGregor. Thanks to all those who donated fabric and helped with logistics.


Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, August 18
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Tuesday, August 20
1:30 p.m. Staff Meeting--Rector's Office


Wednesday, August 21
12 noon -- ECW Summer Party / Carvell residence

Thursday, August 22
6 p.m.--Porch Party / The Rectory

Sunday, August 25
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9 a.m. -- Planned Giving/Endowment presentation / parish hall
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall


Refreshment Hour

Lemonade.jpg

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

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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#.


 
calvary church logo gold even wider.png
 

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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 
calvary church constant contact header image.jpg

Notes from Calvary

(The Notes are not going on August hiatus after all: the rest of the staff is pitching in to get them so everybody can know about all that's going on !)


Barr smile shot.jpeg

Calvary folks--

Thank you all so very much for the wonderful welcome this past Sunday! As I said in my sermon, I am incredibly thrilled to be here and to be beginning our relationship together as rector and parish. I look forward to getting to meet and know each of you in the coming weeks.

I can be reached at rector@calvarychurchstonington.org, by calling the church office and dialing extension 14 and leaving a message, or via my cell phone, 860-385-3036. My exact pattern of office hours hasn't settled out yet--but I am always willing to schedule a specific time to get together. Just email me or give me a call. Mondays are my day off.

Be on the lookout for information about a series of informal small group gatherings in late August and throughout September where I can meet with a few folks at a time and get to know you. And do come to the Porch Party at the Rectory on August 22!

I have a 'public figure' Facebook page where I post links to my sermons (if I preached from a manuscript) and where I sometimes share links to interesting or thought-provoking articles or my thoughts on some issue, or maybe just an inspiring quote. It's here. Feel free to "Like, "Follow" and "Share" it!

Blessings,
Gillian+
The Rev. Gillian R. Barr
Rector


Next Brunch Bunch:
Sunday, August 11

Our next Brunch will be on August 11at 11:30at Breakwater... Note the time change.. join us for a fun brunch by the harbor.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

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


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From the Junior Warden: Audio/Visual Upgrades

We have completed Phase I of the audio / visual upgrades. We have upgraded the old amplifier / mixer system, added more speakers to generate a more uniform sound and replaced all the old microphones. You should begin to notice the difference in the quality and volume of sound as well as eliminating the previous static often heard.

Any feedback is welcomed as some adjustments can be made. We hope to begin discussions on Phase II which will involve a video upgrade that may allow us to live stream and archive services as well as improve connectivity to the parish hall for those instances where we have overflow attendance. I will keep you all informed of our plans.

--John Phelps
Junior Warden


The Rev. Gillian Barr Invites All

to the

August 22, Porch Party at the Rectory

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Please join us on Thursday, August 22, from 6-8 p.m. for the 3rd Porch Party of 2019. Enjoy a relaxing evening just getting to know each other better. There is no agenda—except fellowship!

Bring the kids, yard games, and a simple munchie to share. Pack your cooler with whatever your family likes to drink. Gillian will provide the venue and tables.

Hope to see you there!!!


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Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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SE Region Episcopal Church Gatherings

5:30-8 pm, Wednesday, August 14 -- Grace Episcopal Church, Old Saybrook

Outdoor worship, potluck dinner, concert, get-together

For more information: The Rev. Rachel Thomas, 860-316-8184 or The Rev. Charlie Hamill, 860-388-0895

2-6 p.m, Sunday, September 15 "One Region, One Body"-- Church of the Holy Advent, Clinton

An afternoon of making connections with other Episcopalians in the SE Region. We will have time for music, prayer, conversation, and selecting members of the Mission Council of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. We will also have light refreshments! By God's grace, we will catch a glimpse of the life we share as members of Christ's one body.


Learn about Calvary's endowment
and planned giving

Sunday, August 25th immediately after 9 a.m. service

Parish Hall


Learn about the importance and structure of Calvary Church's endowment, and how parishioners can help strengthen it through planned gifts. This gathering is sponsored by the Endowment Management Committee and the Stewardship subcommittee on Planned Giving, and will be moderated by Rowlie Stebbins.


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Food Pantry:
Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of:

Food -- canned meats, soup, broth, chowder, jelly in plastic, canned pineapple, and baked beans

Home Supplies -- laundry detergent, dish detergent, and diapers sizes 4, 5 & 6

Thank you for your continuing support.


Calvary Calendar

This Week

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

Tuesday, August 13
1:30 p.m. Staff Meeting--Rector's Office

Wednesday, August 14
5:30 p.m. -- SECT Regional Get-Together / Grace Church, Old Saybrook

Sunday, August 18
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall


Refreshment Hour

Lemonade.jpg

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

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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#.


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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Notice: Notes from Calvary will take a vacation the weeks of August 4, 11 & 18,

resuming the week of August 25.

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THIS SUNDAY
One Service at 9 a.m.

We Welcome the Reverend Gillian Barr!

 
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There will be a festive refreshment hour after the service so that we can celebrate Gillian's arrival all together.



July 28 Sunday Brunch Bunch

With Calvary's Ugandan friends
Steven & Patience Kasamba Brunch Bunch

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Next Brunch Bunch:
Sunday, August 11

Our next Brunch will be on August 11, at 11:30 at Breakwater... Note the time change.. join us for a fun brunch by the harbor.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

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

All are welcome.


The Rev. Gillian Barr
Invites All to the

August 22, Porch Party at the Rectory

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Please join us on Thursday, August 22, from 6-8 p.m. for the 3rd Porch Party of 2019. Enjoy a relaxing evening just getting to know each other better. There is no agenda—except fellowship!

Bring the kids, yard games, and a simple munchie to share. Pack your cooler with whatever your family likes to drink. Gillian will provide the venue and tables.

Hope to see you there!!!


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Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
Stained Glass - 2 - for Notes on 3-16-18.jpg
 

Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of:

Food --

canned meats, soup, broth, chowder, jelly in plastic, canned pineapple and baked beans

Home Supplies --

laundry detergent, dish detergent and diapers sizes 4,5 and 6

Thank you for your continuing support.

SE Region Episcopal Church Gathering

5:30-8 pm, August 14 -- Grace Episcopal Church, Old Saybrook

Outdoor worship, potluck dinner, concert, get-together

For more information: The Rev. Rachel Thomas, 860-316-8184 or The Rev. Charlie Hamill, 860-388-08952PM - 6PM, September 15
Church of the Holy Advent, Clinton

Mark your calendar! More details to come.


Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, August 4
9 a.m. -- ONE SERVICE Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10 a.m. -- celebratory refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Wednesday, August 7
9:45 a.m. -- ECW / parish hall

Thursday, August 8
6:30 p.m. -- Vestry / parish hall

Friday, August 9
11 a.m.-- Prayer group / church

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


Refreshment Hour

Lemonade.jpg

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

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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#.


 
calvary church logo gold even wider.png
 

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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 
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Rebirth

 
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These blooming flowers are lilies from past Easters at Calvary. Barbara Loftus shared this photo with us. A symbol of new beginnings!


Summer Nights

Porch Party

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Calvary's second porch party, sponsored by the Stewardship committee and hosted by Kate Robins and Tom Verde, was a relaxing (note the bare feet) and sociable gathering.

Next Porch Party
Thursday, August 22

The Rev. Gillian Barr will host Calvary's August porch party at the Rectory.

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Please join us on Thursday, August 22, from 6-8 p.m. for the 3rd Porch Party of 2019. Enjoy a relaxing evening just getting to know each other better. There is no agenda—except fellowship!

Bring the kids, yard games and a simple munchie to share. Pack your cooler with whatever your family likes to drink. Gillian will provide the venue and tables.

Hope to see you there!!!



Mark your Calendar

to Welcome the Reverend Gillian Barr

One service at 9am, Sunday, August 4

Barr smile shot.jpeg

There will be a festive refreshment hour after the service so that we can celebrate Gillian's arrival all together.


Sunday Brunch Bunch

View from the Breakwater Restaurant

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Next Brunch Bunch:
Sunday, August 11

Life doesn't get much better than this!!

Our next Brunch will be on August 11at 11:30at Breakwater... Note the time change.. join us for a fun brunch by the harbor.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

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


Calling all Bakers!

Support the COMO by baking a tasty treat for the Village Fair

 
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Calvary's ECW (all Church Women) support the COMO at the Stonington Village Fair on Saturday, August 3, by providing baked goods at the "Sweet Tooth Booth."

All Calvary parishioners, male and female, are invited to show off their baking skills and support this good cause!

Donations are welcome anytime between now and Thursday, August 1st. For details, please contact Peggy Vermilya at margaret.vermilya@gmail.com or 860-535-3623


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
Stained Glass - 2 - for Notes on 3-16-18.jpg
 

Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of:

Food --

canned meats, soup, broth, chowder, jelly in plastic, canned pineapple and baked beans

Home Supplies --

laundry detergent, dish detergent and diapers sizes 4,5 and 6

Thank you for your continuing support.

SE Region Episcopal Church Gathering

2PM - 6PM, September 15
Church of the Holy Advent, Clinton

Mark your calendar! More details to come.


Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, July 28
8 a.m. -- Morning Prayer, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Morning Prayer, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Friday, August 2
7:30 a.m.-- Men's breakfast / parish hall


Sunday, August 4
9 a.m. -- ONE SERVICE Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10 a.m. -- celebratory refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
7:00 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall


Refreshment Hour

Lemonade.jpg

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

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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#.


 
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, July 21, 2019

Morning Prayer at 8 AM
Morning Prayer at 10 AM

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What Next?

August 4, will be the Rev. Gillian Barr's first Sunday leading worship at Calvary Church. This past Sunday, July 7, was the Rev. Norman MacLeod's last as our part-time Interim Priest-in-Charge. You may be wondering about the services over the next three Sundays.

Worship will continue at Calvary:

Sunday, July 14 -- the Rev. Bill Locke will lead the 8 am and 10 am services of Holy Eucharist.

Sunday, July 21 -- Belinda deKay will lead services of Morning Prayer at 8 am and 10 am.

Sunday, July 28 -- Alice Despard will lead services of Morning Prayer at 8 am and 10 am.

Sunday, August 4 -- There will be one service of Holy Eucharist at 9 am, to welcome the Rev. Gillian Barr as she begins her ministry with us.


Benjamin Henderson, Guest Organist


10 am services, July 21 and 28

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Benjamin Henderson is from Middletown, CT and is in pursuit of his Bachelors (BM) in Organ Performance in the studio of Nathan Laube, the extraordinary organist who performed at Calvary in May, at the Eastman School of Music. He was Assistant Youth Organist (Organ Scholar) at First Church of Christ in Wethersfield for three years, having studied organ with David Spicer for four years.

Ben has been an accompanist for Middletown Public School’s Choirs and many other organizations, including the Wethersfield Teen Theater, the Greater Middletown Chorale, and the Greater Meriden Chorale. In 2015, Ben was an organ soloist with the New Haven Symphony at the Bushnell in Hartford. For two summers he was a recipient of the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ Scholarship, which allowed him to study with Alan Morrison, Peter Conte and Matthew Glandorf at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

During his time in Philadelphia, Ben had the opportunity to play the largest fully functioning pipe organ in the world – the Wanamaker Organ in the Grand Court of Macy’s Department Store. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Roberta Bitgood scholarship for young organists.


Mark your Calendar
to Welcome the Reverend Gillian Barr

One service at 9am, Sunday, August 4

Barr smile shot.jpeg

There will be a festive refreshment hour after the service so that we can celebrate Gillian's arrival all together.


Sunday Brunch Bunch

View from the Breakwater Restaurant

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Next Brunch Bunch:
Sunday, August 11

Life doesn't get much better than this!!

Our next Brunch will be on August 11, at 11:30 at Breakwater... Note the time change.. join us for a fun brunch by the harbor.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.
Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or
860.599.5732 for more details.

All are welcome.



Calling all Bakers!

 
cookies.jpg
 

Calvary's ECW (all Church Women) support the COMO at the Stonington Village Fair on Saturday, August 3, by providing baked goods at the "Sweet Tooth Booth."

Donations are welcome anytime between now and Thursday, August 1st. For details, please contact Peggy Vermilya at margaret.vermilya@gmail.com or 860-535-3623


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
Stained Glass - 2 - for Notes on 3-16-18.jpg
 

Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of:

Food --

canned meats, soup, broth, chowder, jelly in plastic, canned pineapple and baked beans

Home Supplies --

laundry detergent, dish detergent and diapers sizes 4,5 and 6

Thank you for your continuing support.

SE Region Episcopal Church Gathering

2PM - 6PM, September 15
Church of the Holy Advent, Clinton

Mark your calendar! More details to come.


Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, July 21
8 a.m. -- Morning Prayer, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Morning Prayer, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Thursday, July 25
5 p.m. -- Uganda Mission Team Meeting / sacristy

Friday, July 26
11:00 a.m.-- Prayer group / church
12:30 p.m. -- Prayer shawl knitters / sacristy

Sunday, July 28
8 a.m. -- Morning Prayer, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Morning Prayer, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall7:00 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall


Refreshment Hour

Lemonade.jpg

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

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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#.


 
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, July 14, 2019

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

calvary church constant contact header image.jpg

 
bible.jpg
 

What Next?

August 4, will be the Rev. Gillian Barr's first Sunday leading worship at Calvary Church. This past Sunday, July 7, was the Rev. Norman MacLeod's last as our part-time Interim Priest-in-Charge. You may be wondering about the services over the next three Sundays.

Worship will continue at Calvary:

Sunday, July 14 -- the Rev. Bill Locke will lead the 8 am and 10 am services of Holy Eucharist.

Sunday, July 21 -- Belinda deKay will lead services of Morning Prayer at 8 am and 10 am.

Sunday, July 28 -- Alice Despard will lead services of Morning Prayer at 8 am and 10 am.

Sunday, August 4 -- There will be one service of Holy Eucharist at 9 am, to welcome the Rev. Gillian Barr as she begins her ministry with us.


The Rev. Bill Locke


Preaching this Sunday, July 14

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The Rev. William Locke has been a priest in the Diocese of Rhode Island for twenty-five years. He served as Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Pawtucket (one of his successors there being the Rev. Gillian Barr), and then St. Paul’s, Pawtucket, from 1994 -2013. He has since served as Interim Rector for six parishes in Rhode Island.

He and his wife Ethel, a high school physics teacher, have two adult daughters and are enjoying their almost 6 month old grandson.


Our Next Porch Party

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Please join us on July 18, from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. for a relaxing evening to get to know each other better. There is no agenda—except fellowship!

The event will be outside (or in an outdoor structure, in case of inclement weather), bring the kids, yard games and a simple munchie to share. Pack your cooler with whatever your family likes to drink. Hosts provide the venue and tables.

Hope to see you there!!!


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Next Brunch Bunch:
Sunday, July 14

Life doesn't get much better than this!!

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

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

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


Mark your Calendar to Welcome the Reverend Gillian Barr

One service at 9am, Sunday, August 4

Barr smile shot.jpeg

There will be a festive refreshment hour after the service so that we can celebrate Gillian's arrival all together.


Calling all Bakers!

 
cookies.jpg
 

Calvary's ECW (all Church Women) support the COMO at the Stonington Village Fair on Saturday, August 3, by providing baked goods at the "Sweet Tooth Booth."

Donations are welcome anytime between now and Thursday, August 1st. For details, please contact Peggy Vermilya at margaret.vermilya@gmail.com or 860-535-3623


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
Stained Glass - 2 - for Notes on 3-16-18.jpg
 

Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of:

Food --

canned meats, soup, broth, chowder, jelly in plastic, canned pineapple and baked beans

Home Supplies --

laundry detergent, dish detergent and diapers sizes 4,5 and 6

Thank you for your continuing support.

SE Region Episcopal Church Gathering

2PM - 6PM, September 15
Church of the Holy Advent, Clinton

Mark your calendar! More details to come.


Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, July 14
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
11:15 a.m. -- Sunday Brunch Bunch / Breakwater restaurant
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Tuesday, July 16
7 p.m. -- Nursery School Board Meeting / sacristy

Wednesday, July 17
3:30 p.m. -- WARM Shelter food prep / kitchen
7:00 p.m. -- Music School Board Meeting / office conference room

Sunday, July 21
8 a.m. -- Morning Prayer, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Morning Prayer, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
7:00 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall


Refreshment Hour

Lemonade.jpg

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

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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#.


 
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, July 7, 2019

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

calvary church constant contact header image.jpg

 
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This will be The Rev. Norman MacLeod's last Sunday with Calvary Church as Part-Time Interim Priest-in-Charge. He has helped us to keep our faith and our focus during this time of transition. We are profoundly appreciative of Norman's work with us and wish him every blessing going forward.

Please join us for a celebratory refreshment hour thanking Norman after the 10 am service.


Correction: Prayer Group

Calvary's Prayer group meets the second and fourth Friday at 11am in the sacristy. Not the first and fourth as reported in last week's NOTES. All are welcome to join in person or spirit. If you have any questions please contact Karen McGee at 513-919-1542 or mcgeecnm@yahoo.com.


Our Next Porch Party

Porch Party Poster JUL 18 FINAL.jpg

Please join us on July 18, from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. for a relaxing evening to get to know each other better. There is no agenda—except fellowship!

The event will be outside (or in an outdoor structure, in case of inclement weather), bring the kids, yard games and a simple munchie to share. Pack your cooler with whatever your family likes to drink. Hosts provide the venue and tables.

Hope to see you there!!!


Calvary Film Festival

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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

Next film: July 9, 2019

All the President’s Men: The film that launched a thousand journalism school students, All the President's Men chronicles how the work of reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) contributed to the public downfall of President Richard M. Nixon. The duo connected a Washington, D.C., hotel break-in with a Nixon “dirty tricks” team assigned to discredit Democratic rivals, launching a series of tense events that forced Nixon to resign.


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Next Brunch Bunch:
Sunday, July 14

Life doesn't get much better than this!!

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

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

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


Mark your Calendar to Welcome the Reverend Gillian Barr

One service at 9am, Sunday, August 4

Barr smile shot.jpeg

There will be a festive refreshment hour after the service so that we can celebrate Gillian's arrival all together.


Many Thanks to Lucia Johnstone and ProClean

 
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Lucia Johnstone knows her stuff. She recommended that Calvary ask ProClean to prepare the Rectory for The Rev. Gillian Barr's arrival. We did and ProClean did. Not only did ProClean clean the Rectory top to bottom, including windows, but they did it as a pro bono gift to the church. They did a stellar job and we are very grateful.


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Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
Stained Glass - 2 - for Notes on 3-16-18.jpg
 

Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of:

Food --

canned meats, soup, broth, chowder, jelly in plastic, canned pineapple and baked beans

Home Supplies --

laundry detergent, dish detergent and diapers sizes 4,5 and 6

Thank you for your continuing support.


Calvary Calendar

This Week

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

Tuesday, July 9
7 p.m. -- Calvary Movie Night

Thursday, July 11
6:30 p.m. -- Vestry / parish hall

Friday, July 12
7:30 a.m. -- Men's breakfast / parish hall
11 a.m. -- Prayer Group / church

Sunday, July 14
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
11:15 a.m. -- Sunday Brunch Bunch / Breakwater restaurant
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall


Refreshment Hour

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

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

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


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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, June 30, 2019

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

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Dear Calvary Friends:

They say when a birthing mother goes through labor the time called "transition" is the most painful. Calvary Church has been in transition these many months, going through stages of grief, reflection, hard work, hope discernment, decision-making and now anticipation. The Rev. Gillian Barr will enter into the life of this phenomenal community of faith as your Rector, bringing new energy into the vivid common life you share. Together, in the Spirit, you will honor what is traditional and familiar and move, with her, further into our challenging twenty-first century world.

This Sunday's scripture readings speak to the challenges of transition. Elijah, after Moses the greatest Old Testament prophet, begins the process of turning his authority over to his successor. Jesus tells willing followers to join him, but not to look back, even to bury a father! Paul addresses new Christians who struggle with a transition from pagan practices to Christian discipleship. His words from his letter to the Galatians ring as true today as they did two thousand years ago,

"... the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control... If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit."

Many blessings,
Norman


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Eleanor Geyelin Sims Casey Memorial Service

11am, Saturday, June 29

The memorial service for Ellie Casey will be held at her beloved Calvary Church to celebrate her long and, until the last few years, active and full life. The service will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.


Prayer Group

Joan Wesley praying! Yes her eyes are open. Her head is lifted. Her face is full of joy. A reminder that when we gather our prayer time is full of reverent love. We meet the first and fourth Friday at 11 am in the sacristy. Please join us in person or spirit.

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Groton Public Schools' 2018-19 Teacher of the Year

Library media specialist, and Calvary's own,

Lizanne Johnson

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"Lizanne's dedication and commitment to the community, staff and students of West Side [STEM Magnet Middle School] is unmeasurable."

Principal Jeffrey Kotecki

You can learn more about Lizanne's work, and her award, in The New London Day article here.


Uganda Mission Team Chicken BBQ

Spirits were undampened, helped by later afternoon sunshine, last Friday at the annual Uganda Mission Team chicken BBQ.

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Our Next Porch Party

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Please join us on July 18, from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. for a relaxing evening to get to know each other better. There is no agenda—except fellowship!

The event will be outside (or in an outdoor structure, in case of inclement weather), bring the kids, yard games and a simple munchie to share. Pack your cooler with whatever your family likes to drink. Hosts provide the venue and tables.

Hope to see you there!!!


Calvary Film Festival

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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

Next film: July 2, 2019

White Right – Meeting the Enemy: To many, white supremacists embody hate in its purest form. One filmmaker decides to look past the rhetoric to see if a human connection is possible. ADVISORY: This film contains some strong, offensive language.


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Next Brunch Bunch:
Sunday, July 14

Life doesn't get much better than this!!

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

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

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


Mark your Calendar to Welcome the Reverend Gillian Barr

One service at 9am, Sunday, August 4

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There will be a festive refreshment hour after the service so that we can celebrate Gillian's arrival all together.


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Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of:

Food --

canned meats, soup, broth, chowder, jelly in plastic, canned pineapple and baked beans

Home Supplies --

laundry detergent, dish detergent and diapers sizes 4,5 and 6

Thank you for your continuing support.

Picnic, July 4,
United Church of Stonington

11am - 2pm --
This annual Fourth of July Picnic on the church lawn will take place immediately following the Borough’s Fourth of July Parade. All are welcome. Everyone brings a dish (or not).n cans.


Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, June 30
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Tuesday, July 2
7 p.m. -- Calvary Movie Night

Wednesday, July 3
9:45 a.m. -- ECW / parish hall

Thursday, July 4
After parade -- Patriotic Concert / church

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


Refreshment Hour

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

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

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


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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, June 23, 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,

As we approach the summer solstice, we also begin that time of year when the choir takes a well-deserved break and Sunday school is on vacation. Some familiar faces find other places to attend worship and enjoy. Other familiar folks return for the season.

While these natural Stonington rhythms carry on, so too does our Sunday morning way of praise, prayer, thanksgiving and celebration.

At both 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on the first day of the week, people of Calvary and our welcome summer guests will gather at our church by the sea.

It will be my privilege to be with you through the week following my last Sunday as your Interim Priest-in-Charge, July 7.

The rest of the Sundays in July will be led by visiting priests or by Alice Despard, who will officiate at Morning Prayer on July 28.

The Rev. Gillian Barr will begin her ministry as Calvary’s next Rector on August 1, preaching and celebrating for the first time on August 4.

Congratulations again to the leadership at Calvary for the hard work and faithful discernment leading up to successful call of a new ordained leader. Congratulations also too Gillian as she prepares to launch a blessed season of ministry at this vital and gifted parish.

Many blessings,
Norman


Tonight!

Rain or Shine

Indoor dining available in case of showers.

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Calvary's First Porch Party

Kip Colligan and Tiffany Hendry welcomed more than 50 guests to Calvary's June 14 Porch Party. The casually festive event was the first in a series sponsored by the Stewardship committee as social occasions for members of the church.

A good time was had by all. The snacks were delicious, the weather was beautiful and the view of Stonington as the sun set was spectacular.

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Our Next Porch Party

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Please join us on July 18, from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. for a relaxing evening to get to know each other better. There is no agenda—except fellowship!

The event will be outside (or in an outdoor structure, in case of inclement weather), bring the kids, yard games and a simple munchie to share. Pack your cooler with whatever your family likes to drink. Hosts provide the venue and tables.

Hope to see you there!!!


Calvary Film Festival

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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

Next film: June 25, 2019

Measure of a Man: For Bobby Marks, his portly physique and the harassment dispensed by a local bully compound the usual challenges of teenage life. But one summer, Bobby discovers his inner bravado when he needs it most.


Eleanor Geyelin Sims Casey Memorial Service

Saturday, June 29

The memorial service for Ellie Casey will be held at 11 a.m., at her beloved Calvary Church to celebrate her long and, until the last few years, active and full life. The service will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Next Brunch Bunch:
Sunday, July 14

Life doesn't get much better than this!!

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

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

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


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Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Mexico Border Ministries: 
Information & Opportunities

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


Dear Friends at Calvary Church,

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

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

Thank you,

Rachel Thomas,
Southeast Region Missionary

Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Food Staples Needed

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


Calvary Calendar

This Week

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

Tuesday, June 25
7 p.m. -- Calvary Movie Night

Friday, June 28
11:00 a.m. -- Prayer Group / Sanctuary
12:30 p.m. -- Prayer Shawl Knitters / sacristy

Sunday, June 30

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


Refreshment Hour

Lemonade.jpg

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

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

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


 
calvary church logo gold even wider.png
 

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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, June 16, 2019

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

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Dear Members and Friends of Calvary,

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

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

Many blessings,
Norman


World Refugee Day, 

Thursday, June 20


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

Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry

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


Tonight!

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

 Hope to see you there!!!

 Future dates & locations to be announced


Calvary Film Festival

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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

Next film: June 18, 2019

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


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Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Next Brunch Bunch:
Sunday, July 14

Life doesn't get much better than this!!

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

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

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


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Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Mexico Border Ministries: 
Information & Opportunities

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


Dear Friends at Calvary Church,

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

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

Thank you,

Rachel Thomas,
Southeast Region Missionary

Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Food Staples Needed

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


Calvary Calendar

This Week

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

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

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

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

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


Refreshment Hour

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

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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




Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

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


 
calvary church logo gold even wider.png
 

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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, June 9, 2019

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

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Dear Members and Friends of Calvary,

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

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

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

Many blessings,
Norman


A Message from Calvary's New Rector

The Rev. Gillian R. Barr

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

The Rev. Gillian Barr

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


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Follow Alice Despard's Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

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

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Calvary Film Festival

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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

Next film: June 4, 2019

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


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

 Hope to see you there!!!

 Future dates & locations to be announced


Hill-Stead Museum and Garden

Photos from May 27 visit

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


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Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

Next Brunch Bunch:

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

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

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


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Food Staples Needed

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

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

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

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


Calvary Calendar

This Week

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

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

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

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


Refreshment Hour

Lemonade.jpg

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

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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




Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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#.


 
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, June 2, 2019

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

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Dear members and friends of Calvary:

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

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

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

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

Many blessings,
Norman


YOUTH SUNDAY!!!!

10am, June 2

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


TOMORROW!

ECW Annual Yard Sale

8:30am - 1pm

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


Calvary Music School & Calvary Nursery School FUNdraisers

Sunday, June 9

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Follow Alice Despard's Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

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

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Calvary Film Festival

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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

Next film: June 4, 2019

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


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

 Hope to see you there!!!

 Future dates & locations to be announced


The 1847 Pins are in...

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

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

The Stewardship Committee


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The Uganda Mission Team's Annual 

Chicken BBQ and all the Fixen's 

Friday, June 21, 6-8 PM

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


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Ugandan Dinner, May 28

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


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

Next Brunch Bunch:

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

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

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


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Food Staples Needed

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

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

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


Calvary Calendar

This Week

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

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

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

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


Calvary Member Directory

Now Available

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


Refreshment Hour

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

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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




Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

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


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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, May 26, 2019

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

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Dear members and friends of Calvary Church:

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

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

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

Many blessings,
Norman


May 19 was a Celebratory Sunday

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Honoring Barbara Loftus

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

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Calvary Music School Spring Recital

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

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

YOUTH SUNDAY!!!!

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

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


Calvary Member Directory

Now available

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


The 1847 Pins are in...

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

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

The Stewardship Committee


Follow Alice Despard's Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

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

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


Save the Date!
ECW Annual Yard Sale

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

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

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

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

Drop-off days in the parish hall will be:

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

  • Thursday, May 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Friday, May 31, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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

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SWEET TOOTH BOOTH

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

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


Special Uganda Mission Movie Night and Dinner


Tuesday, May 28, at 6pm

 
 

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

Next film: May 28, 2019

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

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Enjoy Calvary's Popular Annual Ugandan Dinner

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


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

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

 

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

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

 We will carpool from Calvary
(carpool volunteers needed!)

Departure time is 8:30 a.m.

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

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


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

 Hope to see you there!!!

 Future dates & locations to be announced


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

Next Brunch Bunch:

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

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

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


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Food Staples Needed

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

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

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

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

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

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


Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, May 26

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

Tuesday, May 28

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

Wednesday, May 29

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

Thursday, May 30

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

Friday, May 31

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

Saturday, June 1

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

Sunday, June 2

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


Refreshment Hour

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Refreshment Hour
is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

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


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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, May 19, 2019

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

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MAPPING STONINGTON

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

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Dear Calvary friends,

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
The Rev. Rachel Thomas

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


Celebratory Coffee Hour for Barbara Loftus
Sunday, May 19

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


Follow Alice Despard's Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

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

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


Calvary Music School

Spring Student Recital

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1pm, Sunday, May 19

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


Save the Date!
ECW Annual Yard Sale

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

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

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

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

Drop-off days in the parish hall will be:

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

  • Thursday, May 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Friday, May 31, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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

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SWEET TOOTH BOOTH

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

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


Calvary Nursery School

Board Openings

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

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

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

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

o  President

o  Vice President

o  Treasurer

o  Secretary

o  Events

o  Annual Appeal

o  Marketing

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

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

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

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

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


Special Uganda Mission Movie Night and Dinner


Tuesday, May 28, at 6pm

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

Next film: May 28, 2019

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

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Enjoy Calvary's Popular Annual Ugandan Dinner

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


Thank You!

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

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


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

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

 

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

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

 We will carpool from Calvary
(carpool volunteers needed!)

Departure time is 8:30 a.m.

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

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


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

 Hope to see you there!!!

 Future dates & locations to be announced


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

Next Brunch Bunch:

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

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

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


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Food Staples Needed

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

Plant and Seedling Sale: United Church of Stonington

Saturday, May 18

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

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

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

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


Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, May 19

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

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

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


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

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


Refreshment Hour

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Refreshment Hour
is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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



Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

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


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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, May 12, 2019

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

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Good Shepherd Sunday


The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Dear Calvary friends: 

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

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

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

Many blessings, 
Norman

Abundant blessings & best wishes.


The McIvor Organ Distinguished Artist Series

featuring internationally acclaimed organist

Nathan Laube

Friday, May 10
7:30 p.m.

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It's almost here! Reserve your seats!

FRIDAY - MAY 10
7:30 p.m.

The McIvor Organ Distinguished Artist Series

at Calvary Church, Stonington

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

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


MAPPING STONINGTON

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

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Dear Calvary friends,

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
The Rev. Rachel Thomas

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


Celebratory Coffee Hour for Barbara Loftus
Sunday, May 19

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


Calvary Music School

Spring Student Recital

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1pm, Sunday, May 19

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


Calvary Nursery School

Board Openings

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

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

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

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

o  President

o  Vice President

o  Treasurer

o  Secretary

o  Events

o  Annual Appeal

o  Marketing

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

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

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

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

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


CALVARY FILM FESTIVAL

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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

Next film: May 14, 2019

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Save the Date!
ECW Annual Yard Sale

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

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

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

Drop-off days in the parish hall will be:

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

  • Thursday, May 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Friday, May 31, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

Next Brunch Bunch:

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

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

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


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Food Staples Needed

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

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

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

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


Calvary Calendar

This Week

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

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

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

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

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


Refreshment Hour

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Refreshment Hour
is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

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

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


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

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

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

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

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



Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

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


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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, May 5, 2019

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

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

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

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

Many blessings, 
Norman

Abundant blessings & best wishes.


Uganda Mission Team

Sale of African Crafts and Jewelry
Sunday, May 5

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

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

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


United Thank Offering

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

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

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


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

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

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The McIvor Organ Distinguished Artist Series

featuring internationally acclaimed organist

Nathan Laube

Friday, May 10
7:30 p.m.

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It's almost here! Reserve your seats!

FRIDAY - MAY 10
7:30 p.m.

The McIvor Organ Distinguished Artist Series

at Calvary Church, Stonington

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

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


CALVARY FILM FESTIVAL

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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

Next film: May 7, 2019

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


Barbara Loftus Honored
at ECW Annual Meeting

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Save the Date!
ECW Annual Yard Sale

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

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

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

Drop-off days in the parish hall will be:

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

  • Thursday, May 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Friday, May 31, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

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

Next Brunch Bunch:

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

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

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


REFRESHMENT HOUR

 
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Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

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

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


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Food Staples Needed

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

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

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

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


Calvary Calendar

This Week

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

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

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

Friday, May 10

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

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


Mapping Stonington

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Sunday, May 19

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

Dear Calvary friends,

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
The Rev. Rachel Thomas


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

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


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

 
Lori Taylor
Notes From Calvary
 

Liturgies this Sunday, April 28, 2019

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

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Dear Calvary friends:

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings,
Norman

Abundant blessings & best wishes.


Uganda Mission Team

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Sewing clothes for Ugandan children

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

Sale of African Crafts and Jewelry

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

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


United Thank Offering

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


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

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


CALVARY FILM FESTIVAL

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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

Next film: May 7, 2019

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Save the Date!
ECW Annual Yard Sale

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

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

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

Drop-off days in the parish hall will be:

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

  • Thursday, May 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Friday, May 31, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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


Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

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

Next Brunch Bunch:

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

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

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


REFRESHMENT HOUR

 
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Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

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

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


Upcoming SECT Region Events

 
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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry
Food Staples Needed

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, April 28 - New London, CT

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

Link for more information and to register here.


Calvary Calendar

This Week

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

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

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

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

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


Mapping Stonington

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Sunday, May 19

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

Dear Calvary friends,

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

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

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

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

Sincerely,
The Rev. Rachel Thomas


Sunday Service From A Distance

 
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