Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, November 4, 2018

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

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Dear Friends, 

This Sunday will be the closest Sunday to All Saints’ Day, we therefore remember all the saints who have gone before us. But, the Apostle Paul often refers to all living Christians as saints in his letters. As we come to worship together this Sunday, I want us to be reminded that indeed we are all saints in the Kingdom of God. Saints are not so much “perfect” people, rather they are all who are being transformed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to become more and more like Christ each day. I hope we will one day find ourselves filled with love and compassion not just for those we call friends but also for those we see as enemies. 

A few years ago I wrote a poem, which I like to think of as homage paid to one who was considered an enemy by the then Colonial India but perceived as a saint by those who sent him to war. Soon after World War II, my grandfather found the wreckage of a Japanese war plane and hauled a piece of it home to create the long rectangular dining table that became the hub of many happy childhood memories. This is how the table- top caught my imagination…

Table for a Clan

A very peculiar table; 

thick aluminum top, 

rows of smooth tiny bumps 

lined to form perfect squares.

Wrought by my grandpapa, 

from debris found in the forest, 

of a World War II combat aircraft. 

“The Japanese came here,” 

He said. 

Silvery, shiny piece of rubble, 

hammered onto a wooden frame 

for humble meals and great feasts. 

Remnant of a war, unclaimed; 

now transformed into furniture

where children dribble and spill. 

Shattered and marvelous, 

unlike what it was built for.  

A wreckage no longer, 

an epicurean platform instead

etched into our collective memory.

Meal after meal; 

forging, repairing, renewing ties. 

In the midst of it all hovers with us, 

the spirit of one who flew this aircraft,

never to return to his mother’s table.

A mother, grieving;

not even a body to bury, 

wiring flowers to a war cemetery, 

in a foreign land where her son lay,

with enemies and friends alike. 

A table is what has become 

of that which carried her son. 

‘tis our dining table now,

wherein a soldier died.


In Christ,
Ajung Sojwal
November 2, 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 17

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. 

Apple cider, coffee, bagels and cream cheese will be provided!

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

See you HERE!

Kneeling Cushions Cleaned!


Our beautiful and lovingly hand-crafted kneeling cushions have been cleaned and repaired where needed. Please help preserve these precious cushions by using them only for kneeling. Shoes off the cushions will be much appreciated!


Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

This Sunday our terrific trebles are back on duty. What a joy it’s been to work with them, getting to know their voices and personalities, and to image all that might be possible as we head out together into uncharted waters. They will sing two anthems. The first, My Voice Shalt Thou Hear, is bubbly piece from the classical composer Joseph Corfe (1740-1820). Corfe was a singer, organist, and composer whose chief accomplishments were his position as ‘gentleman’ (singer) of the Chapel Royal, Windsor and later as organist of Salisbury Cathedral. The other anthem for Sunday is a lovely contemporary piece by Australian/Canadian composer and organist Barrie Cabena (b.1933). His simple melody, Loving Shepherd of Thy Sheep, remains constant throughout the text’s three iterations; meanwhile, the organ accompaniment gives the impression of leading the lambs astray as it grows harmonically more distant from the main melody.

Our handbell ringers are hard at work as we attempt to master a peal I’ve created for them to ring in the new church year this Advent. Many of you already know that the whole tradition of handbell ringing stems from the necessity for English tower bell change ringers to practice their ringing patterns (peal) away from the tower. Change ringing is the seminal skill for any bell ringing organization, and that’s where I began with our group. Since we have but one tower bell, and one bell no peal doth make, our dedicated ringers will recreate that joyous sonority with handbells, albeit many octaves higher than the gargantuan tower bells of the great cathedrals.

Matthew Provost
All Souls' Day - November 2, 2018

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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




Mark your calendars!

When: November 25th, 2018 after 10 am worship service

Where: Calvary Church Parish Hall

Who: All of us!

What: Coming together to make our Advent wreaths.

Team leader/organizer: Lucia T Johnstone

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

860.912.4144 (mobile)


We will have weekly office volunteers at the times below. They will be there to help you with calendar questions amongst other things

The office volunteer schedule from 11/4-11/10:

Monday 10- 12

Tuesday 10-12

Wednesday Morning, time TB

Friday 9- 11



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.

Youth Group


Youth Group Upcoming Events!

There are several things happening all at once, and I hope the middle school and high school aged kids of Calvary can lend a hand!

  • On Friday November 16, we will meet up in the Parish Hall Kitchen from 5-7 PM to prepare a meal for the WARM shelter.

  • On Saturday November 17, beginning at 9AM the parish will work together to clean up the yard. Bring your work gloves and rakes!

  • On Sunday, November 18, the Thanksgiving turkey drive ends and the Taylors need a few hands to help deliver the frozen turkeys from Calvary to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. 

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

Thank you!

Contact Brenda Hultgren for additional information,


Share Our Soups!


Frozen Assets serves soups and entrées to parishioners just when they need a savory sample of support. Containers with lids (labeled, just add a few details) are in the tall cupboard in the parish hall.

Please contact Peggy Vermilya

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.



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

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

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 Evenings at 7 pm

Tuesday, Nov. 13:

Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, and its Oscar-winning film adaptation both had a deep influence on American culture and racial perspectives. This pensive documentary studies the author's life and the controversy her work inspired.

Join us on November 13!

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 Neighborhood Center


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.

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.