Notes From Calvary

 

Liturgies this Sunday, January 6, 2019

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

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Dear Friends, 

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

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

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

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


In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
January 4, 2019

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


 
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Dear Sisters & Brothers at Calvary Church,

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

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

See you on Sunday!

Matthew Provost
January 3, 2019

 
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Save The Date!

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

Organ Recital & Solemn Choral Evensong at Calvary Church

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

Reception to follow in the Parish Hall.


Mark Your Calendars!

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


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Thank you! Thank you!

COVENANT TO CARE:

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


Next Calvary Sunday
Brunch Bunch!

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

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

Next Brunch Bunch:

January 13 Brunch Bunch canceled......as Breakwater will be closed for cleaning and repairs on Jan. 13. Our next gathering will be on Sunday, February 10 @ 11:45..So if you are available and would like to join the gathering, please do. No reservations are needed.We enjoy good food, fellowship and conversation.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

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


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Youth Group Update!

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

Thank you.

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


Calvary Church Ministry
of Spiritual Formation

Discovering a closer relationship with God

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

asks Mary Oliver... 

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

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

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

Ministry Team

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


REFRESHMENT HOUR

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Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

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

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


Calvary Film Festival

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Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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

January 8th at 7pm

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

Please stay tuned for further 2019 offerings!


Last Things

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

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


Thank You

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

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

So thank you all. 

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


Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

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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