Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, January 20, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 9 AM

Annual Meeting to Follow

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Dear Friends, 

It has been a practice for many Episcopal churches to have at least two worship services on a Sunday. The 8 am service with no music and the 10 am service with music. Because people are more inclined to commit to one service or the other, often, the two services lead to almost two separate congregations. To be intentional about building a greater sense of belonging to the same Body of Christ, it is necessary to combine the two services intermittently. Beyond coming together for worship, it is also necessary to commit ourselves to engage in other events of our parish life together. I believe, the annual parish meeting is one of those events that highlight our belonging to that one Body of Christ at Calvary Church, especially given the fact that this is the only parish gathering when we make collective decisions for our ongoing life as a church. 

We come together at a parish meeting to acknowledge our shared responsibility in nurturing and growing the Body that we are all a part of. There are many occasions or events that center around “spiritual” nurture, which is as it should be. Those things that we see as “spiritual” nurture happen because there are many teams of people working together throughout the year. Nothing happens in the church without careful discussion about the many common as well as opposing needs of parishioners. I have found that every ministry team in this church has a deep commitment to be faithful to God’s call on Calvary Church, whether it be to do with our worship, our outreach, our building and grounds, or our finances. The Wardens and the Vestry come together every month as well as keep the conversations going between meetings to discern what is best for our church, not just for today or even this year, but for the foreseeable future.

From the beginning, the call to be intentional about participating in the common life of the Church has been there, as we see in the words of Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 12: 4-7, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”

I encourage you all to consider your participation in the annual parish meeting as part of your spiritual discipline to acknowledge God’s faithfulness in our common life as well as to open ourselves to what God is calling us to in the coming months and years. 

In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
January 18, 2019

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


Dear Sisters & Brothers at Calvary Church,

Annual meetings always make me think of the cycle of church life. Like Advent, as the start of the liturgical year, annual meetings evoke thoughts of the long arches of ecclesiastical time and history, especially when they are numbered; e.g. The 175th Annual Meeting of . . . I like to think in long range ways: planning a project that won't happen for two more years, implementing programs that won't bear real fruit until they've run for five or more years, or building things that will last for decades or centuries.

There are musical works that challenge us to think about time in long, broad strokes. One example is by the living Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. His exquisite organ work titled Annum per annum (1980, is a celebration of the 900th anniversary year of continuous liturgy at the great German cathedral of Speyer. The work begins and ends with the full organ imitating the pulsations of the world's creation, while the inner movements remind one of the parts of our sacred liturgy (Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei) that we repeat each week, year after year.

The other work that comes to mind is by the American composer John Cage (1912-1992). His work is titled Organ2/ASLSP (As Slow As Possible). The score is written without any indication of the piece's duration, and the performer is meant to apply a temporal grid on top of the score, thus assigning specific time units to the distance between the note changes. Depending on the size of time unit chosen, the piece might take 20 minutes or 20 years to play. There is a performance of this piece taking place as you read these words. It began on September 1, 2001 and is scheduled to conclude on September 5, 2640. Yes, you read that correctly; that performance of As Slow As Possible will take 639 years! For this performance a special organ was constructed in the decommissioned St. Burchardi church in Halberstadt, Germany. The notes are held down by weights to allow the sounding to be continuous without a player present. The last note change was on October 5, 2013, and the next note change will occur on September 5, 2020.

On Sunday I'll be thinking about how many times the parishioners of Calvary Church have done the yearly ritual of general assembly, and how meaningful it is as one small yet significant point in a long, slow moving cycle of service and praise.

Matthew Provost
January 18, 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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Thank you to all who made our Choral Evensong on January 6, so moving and joyful. A special thank you to Matthew Provost for the glorious organ recital. Thank you to the choirs for such uplifting worship music. Thank you to all who brought food for the reception. Thank you to the people who created and donated the kneelers in honor of Father Alfred and Father Alan.


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!




Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

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

Next Brunch Bunch:

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 @ or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.


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,

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

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 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

Calvary Film Festival


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.

Next film: January 22, 2019

Moon: As astronaut Sam Bell nears the end of a lonely three-year stint on the moon base Sarang, he begins to hear and see strange things. But it's not long before Sam suspects that his employer -- the conglomerate LUNAR -- has other plans for him. 

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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 $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


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.

Lori Taylor