Notes From Calvary

 

Liturgies this Sunday, December 2, 2018

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

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Dear Friends, 

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

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

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

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

Rejoice! Rejoice!

Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou Wisdom from on high,

Who orderest all things mightily;

To us the path of knowledge show,

And teach us in her ways to go.


In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
November 30, 2018

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


Advent Retreat & healing Prayer Service

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Listening to God in Community

All are invited!

When: December 1st, 2018

Guided Retreat: 2-4:30 p.m.

Tea/Coffee break: 4:30-5 pm

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

Retreat Leaders: Ajung & Milind Sojwal


 
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Calvary Nursery School
Annual Christmas Bazaar!

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

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


COVENANT TO CARE

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!!

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Covenant to Care Christmas Presents

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

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

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


 
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Dear Sisters & Brother at Calvary Church,

Cónditor alme síderum,
Creator of the stars of night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers!

Matthew Provost
November 30, 2018

 
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COMING SOON!

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS EVENTS

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Mark your calendars!

December 1st, 2018

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

  Retreat will be led by Ajung & Milind Sojwal.

Advent Healing Service
 5 pm

December 2nd, 2018

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

December 8th, 2018

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

December 9th, 2018

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

Church School children and church family event

December 16th, 2018

 Christmas Pageant 
at the 10 a.m. service

December 24th, 2018

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

December 25th, 2018

Christmas Day Eucharist at 9 a.m.


The Stonington Madrigal Singers

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NEXT CALVARY SUNDAY BRUNCH BUNCH!

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

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

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ barbloftus@aol.com or 

860.599.5732 for more details.

All are welcome.


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Youth Group Update!

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

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

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

Thank you.

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


FROM THE JUNIOR WARDEN

Thank you! Thank you!

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

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


 
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Frozen Asset Warm Body and Soul!

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


Calvary Church Ministry
of Spiritual Formation

Discovering a closer relationship with God

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

asks Mary Oliver... 

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

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

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

Ministry Team

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


REFRESHMENT HOUR

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Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

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

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


Calvary Film Festival

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

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

Tuesday Evenings at 7 pm

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

Join us on December 11!


Last Things

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

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


Thank You

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

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

So thank you all. 

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


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center's Food Pantry Update

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

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

Thank you so much for your constant support!!

Kind regards,
Susan Sedensky, Executive Director.


Blankets for the Homeless

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

 

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


Sunday Service from a Distance

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If you are unable to be physically present at worship:

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


Did You Know?

Calvary directories are published quarterly. 

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


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

 
Lori Taylor