Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, October 28, 2018

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

Commissioning of Transition Teams
for Rector Research

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Dear Friends, 

As we drove back from our short vacation this past Tuesday, we were greeted with the brilliant Fall colors on the trees. Quite a contrast from the desert colors of Arizona and Nevada that we had left behind. The splashes of orange, yellow, brown and red everywhere bring to life the reality of harvest, the months long anticipation of maturity fulfilled and seeds for life to continue. I am reminded that there is another kind of brilliance to be seen at Calvary Church, a brilliance reflecting the glory of God in the lives of all who make up this beautiful Body of Christ. 

Like the trees that change and regenerate year after year, transforming our earth with their change—the church too can be grasped and experienced as being alive only when there are changes and when there’s regeneration of ministries that transform our worship, our individual lives, and the community. Like the transformation of the trees that happen season after season right from its roots in collaboration with the sun and the earth’s environment; we too, as a community must reach deep down into our roots anchored in the Body of Christ. Christ is our solid ground and our sun, the source of all life in our church and beyond, he is our environment, our provider and sustainer. 

I believe, the Church must be the place where the brilliance of God’s glory can be seen most clearly in and through the lives of her members. Even more importantly, the Church is the Body of Christ, and as such it is a moving, changing and living organism. 

We are called to change. Only when we change can we bring the change we long to see in the world around us. We change when we seek out those beyond the wooden doors of our church building, we change when we generously invest our gifts and talents in and through the church for each other and beyond, we change when we share the love and kindness of God with all. And we will indeed be transformed as we commit to keeping our passion for God ablaze in our worship, prayers, hospitality, embrace of the other and faithful stewardship of all our gifts.

May God continue to nurture and challenge us toward the greater vision of God’s just and holy Kingdom on earth. May we ponder in the coming days what it means to be mature in Christ as we patiently wait for God to bring us a new shepherd for Calvary Church. 

In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
October 26, 2018

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

A Note From Our Junior Warden

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Church Cleaning Day Postponed!

Rain date: Saturday, November 1

Due to inclement weather, the fall cleaning of the Calvary campus is postponed to November 17th. The clean-up will be from 9:00 – 12:00 Saturday morning. Bring your rakes, gloves, hedge trimmers, etc. We don’t expect there to be too much so one morning should do it. This helps prepare our campus for winter and to keep our backyard clear for our church and nursery school children. Please join us and generate more fellowship amongst ourselves and the Calvary Nursery parents. Anyone with a truck to haul away debris is most welcomed. 

Any questions please call John Phelps at 860-514-9386.

See you HERE!

"Be Still And Know That I Am God!"

Psalm 46:10

A Great Offering for Our Community is Here

Curious? Would like to try? Love contemplative spiritual practices? 

Come to church 15 minutes early and join Alice Despard for a brief centering session with bells, simple chants, and a few minutes of silent meditation. During the month of October, Alice will be "holding a space” for a 10-minute contemplative practice in the parish hall from 9:45-9:55 am just before the service to help us move inwardly closer to God’s Presence and perhaps deepen our experience of Sunday morning worship in church. 

Drop in any October Sunday at 9:45 am
and try out this bite-size contemplative practice!


Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

Summer is behind us. We’re well into fall, but winter is hard on our heels. This Sunday’s organ prelude, the famous Passacaglia in D Minor by Dietrich Buxtehude, has been described by some musicologists as a journey through the four seasons. The piece has four distinct sections, each with its own sounds, and each with different compositional techniques to enhance their distinction from one another. When you listen on Sunday, see if you can’t discern which section represents which season. Good luck!

Sunday’s postlude, unnamed here, is an homage to the secular holiday ubiquitously displayed wherever one looks during October. Do you know the piece? Although I regret that piece being inextricably linked to October 31, at least the work is well known, more than can be said for any other organ work.

On Sunday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. the Stonington churches will offer the yearly Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service. Granted, that’s a few weeks away, but I’m hoping you’ll get it on your calendars now. The Calvary Choir, Ajung, and I will represent our church in word and song. We’re joining forces with the Road Church, United Church, and St. Mary’s. Please, let us all show our support for the ecumene by attending and lifting our voices in singing and prayer.

Soon, also, Advent will be upon us. As the new liturgical year begins, I plan to write weekly about our beautiful choral and instrumental music. What a treasure our choirs are, and I’d like to share more about the meaning of the anthems I choose for our worship. Especially during Advent our music is sharply focused on the humble and long anticipated arrival of Christ our Lord. But we mustn’t forget that Advent is also Lent. What? More on that later; there is so much to say about the music written especially for that special time. Stay tuned.

Matthew Provost
October 25, 2018

The Annual Calvary Frozen Turkey Drive

will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018


Bring your frozen turkey to either the 8 am or 10 am service to be blessed before delivery to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. Last year, Calvary parishioners donated 65 turkeys, just think of how many hungry people in our town that feeds! You can also drop monetary donations in the church office or in the offering plate on Sundays, just be sure to mark them for the Frozen Turkey Drive.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori or Jim Taylor at 

(860) 599-1715 or

Youth Group


Youth Group Service Project

The Calvary youth group plans to attend the church clean up and raking this Saturday, October 27 (or rain date: November 17). In addition, we will be cooking a meal for the WARM shelter on November 16 from 5-7 pm in the church kitchen. We have planned the menu and signed up for the date, Nov.21 to deliver the meal. 

All middle and high schoolers are invited to join us.

Contact Brenda Hultgren for additional information,

Calvary Church Ministry
of Spiritual Formation

Discovering a closer relationship with God

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

asks Mary Oliver... 

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

Our challenge as we start this ministry, is to understand the gifts of the spirit given for each of us to claim. They are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Check out Galations 5:22-23. The book we will read is “Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit” by Christopher J.H. Wright. It is not a book of “should”, but a book about barriers we hold up to fully realizing our potential and live by the indwelling Christ.

There will be 3 small groups who will meet once a week for the next 6 weeks. The group format is not about teaching “how to” but it is about sharing stories and hopes and barriers to fulfilling the promise of the fruits. 

We hope every one reads the book. They can be ordered on Amazon, Savoy or Bank Square Books. There will also be some available in the church office on September 18, 2018.

If you would like to join a small group please contact:

  • Tuesdays beginning September 25, 201 at 6:30 PM at the home of Julie and Steven Schaub, 234 River Road, Pawcatuck CT. Julie and Juliet Hodge will facilitate the group. RSVP Juliet at 860-235-5644 or

  • Wednesdays beginning September 26, 2018 at 5 PM in the Sacristry. Carole Barnard will facilitate the group. RSVP Carole Barnard at 860-9480 or

  • Thursdays beginning September 27, 2018 at 9 AM at the home of Karen McGee, 22 Diving Street in the Boro. RSVP Karen or 513-919-1542.

Ministry Team

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

A trip to Hartford for the 
Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival 
Asylum Hill Congregational Church 


A medieval celebration of Epiphany through music, dancing, pageantry and live animals. The event recalls the Christmas entertainment provided by the Lord Mayor of London, where these festivities originated in the late 15th century and continue to this day. 

Matinee Performance, 3:30-5:00 pm

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Transportation (minibus) departs Calvary at 1:45 p.m.

Cost: $75

Fee covers price of admission plus transportation, and is NON-refundable

Space is limited, so please book soon!

RSVP by November 30, 2018 to Tom Verde at writah@gmail.comor call 860-599-4570

Next Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch!


Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

Anyone who is on their own or without family are invited to gather for lunch at Breakwater @ 11:45 on Sunday, November 18. No reservations necessary. Good food, good company and good conversation. This is being sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ or 

860.599.5732 for more details.

All are welcome.

Calvary Film Festival


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

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

Tuesday Evening, October 30 at 7 pm

Coming next week – Hamlet: Modern-day New York City is the setting for this adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal story about Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder. This creative version of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays features Ethan Hawke, Sam Shepard, Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles and Bill Murray.

Join us on October 30!

Last Things

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

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

Thank You


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

Jim and I report to the congregation that the amount of $5,237.73 has been donated to date to the window fund from the purchases of the book and associated donations. As already reported, one hundred percent of the proceeds from the book sale go to the church if bought through us - we absorb the state sales taxes. The church requested checks for the purchase of the book be made to Bette M. Collins to simplify its accounting. Accordingly, Jim and I set up a business account in the State of CT. Our donation tax advantages will also be calculated and donated to Calvary for the window fund. So thank you all. Bette MacGregor Collins, Author, Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary.



Pawcatuck Neighbor Center's Food Pantry Update

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

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

Thank you so much for your constant support!!

Kind regards,
Susan Sedensky, Executive Director.

Blankets for the Homeless


Just a reminder:
We still collect blankets even during the summer!


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

Refreshment Hour


Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

We are looking for volunteers 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

Sunday Service from a Distance

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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

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

Did You Know?

Calvary directories are published quarterly. 

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

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