Notes From Calvary

 

Liturgies this Sunday, January 13, 2019

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

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Dear Friends, 

This Sunday we remember the Baptism of our Lord Jesus, which gives us an opportunity to renew our baptismal vows too. In my faith journey with many churches, I have found that many faithful Christians do not ponder much on the act and significance of baptism as one of the most public expressions of faith. Most people associate the water with cleansing from sin, and it is true that the water symbolizes God cleansing us from sin. However, cleansing is just one factor in the full meaning and significance of baptism. 

Throughout Scripture, water and Spirit are used in the context of unfolding a new creation by God; God often speaks (in Scripture) of water as a symbol of His redemptive work that covers all of his creation. Whether in the creation story, the recreated earth after the great flood during Noah’s time, Israel’s formation as a nation upon crossing the Red Sea, or the ushering in of God’s new creation through Jesus, God seems to use water as the visible sign of the creative and transformative work of the invisible Spirit of God. 

In the waters of the Jordan, as Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist, we see the coming together of God the Father in the voice from heaven, Jesus the obedient Son, and the dove descending from heaven, which is the symbol of the Holy Spirit—all come together as the triune God at work in bringing about the new heavens and the new earth. The act of baptism as the outward expression of our belief in the transformative work of the triune God has consequences far beyond our individual faith. In our baptism, we acknowledge nothing less than God’s new heaven and earth ushered in by Jesus as being continued in us—in me! In our baptism, we proclaim our faith and participation in the just and holy Kingdom of God come on earth. 

As you come to worship our God on Sunday, remember the Kingdom of God is in you!


In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
January 11, 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,

What a joy it was to perform on the one year anniversary of the Chandler McIvor Organ. I was present, pulling stops and turning pages, for Joey Ripka at both of the original dedication recitals last year. I had no idea then that I would be the next custodian of Calvary’s magnificent pipe organ. I’ve felt at home with our organ since the moment I first played it, first saw it in fact. From the perspective of construction (how the keyboards and stop knobs are designed and laid out) and disposition (that means ‘what sounds (stops) the organ has’), our American-made organ is in fact very German. It is exactly the sort of instrument I played for years as Director of Music in Montreal, and its design is based on the historic German organs I played for almost a decade during the 1990s. It was during those years in Germany that I met our organ’s builder, Bruce Fowkes. He, his wife Carla, and his shop colleagues made numerous trips to visit and study the great German organs I was playing regularly. I have fond memories of helping Bruce sneak into churches late at night (I had all the keys, you see) so he could have a good look at the inner workings and pipes. During those seven years, I was privileged to meet most every American organbuilder working in historical styles as they all made regular study pilgrimages to the great masterpieces of European organbuilding.

Upon my return from Europe in 2000 (to begin my studies at New England Conservatory), the next chapter of my relationship to Bruce Fowkes began. Leaving Europe was in many ways unsettling, and one way in particular had to do with ‘coming out of the clouds’ and wrestling with the fact that I’d no longer be playing the finest organs in the world every day. That worry was swept away when I learned that I could take my organ lessons on the brand new, magnificent North German organ Bruce had installed at First Lutheran Church of Boston. That organ singlehandedly preserved my sanity and allowed me to continue honing the skills I had developed in Germany. Bruce’s Boston organ allowed me to keep my European experiences fresh and alive. The organ made me feel musically at home; and that is exactly the feeling I get playing the Chandler McIvor Organ. You can go home again, it seems.

I look forward with joy in my heart to the myriad recitals, Evensongs, choral concerts, and worship services the Chandler McIvor Organ will grace in the coming year(s). The organ will continue to sing sweetly, whisper in hushed tones, and roar like a storm at sea; all with one singular purpose, as Bach often put it, Soli Deo Gloria, to God alone the glory. I'm so grateful to all those who have made our organ possible. Well done, good and faithful servants!

Onward & upward!

Matthew Provost
January 11, 2019

 
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Mark Your Calendars!

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


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Calvary Vestry / Staff Dinner
on January 4, 2018

Thank you, Ajung & Milind!

Ajung and Milind hosted a wonderful, homemade Indian meal in their home for Vestry members and church staff on Friday, January 4. It was a great night of fellowship and a perfect start to 2019!

 
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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 15th at 7pm

Wit: Emma Thompson stars as Vivian Bearing, a disciplined, esteemed English professor dealing with a sensitive issue -- her health. After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Bearing is forced to reassess her life and decide what's really important. Directed by Mike Nichols and adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Margaret Edson, the film also tells the stories of the people Bearing touches, including her health care team.

Hope to see you there!


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