Notes From Calvary
Liturgies this Sunday, January 27, 2019
Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM
My Dear Friends,
I write this with mixed feelings of joy and sadness. Joyful because God has answered the prayers of many friends and family in giving me the call to be the next Rector of St. George’s Episcopal Church, Hempstead, NY, in the Diocese of Long Island. With the joy is also the undeniable sense of sadness that I will be saying goodbye to yet another beloved community that has welcomed me and my family with such love and trust. You have opened your lives and hearts to me and I have felt warmly embraced by this Body of Christ here at Calvary Church. Thank you for your graciousness toward me and Milind.
My start date at St. George’s Church is March 1st, which means I am with you all only through February. The wardens and I are in conversation with the Bishops and the Canon for Mission Leadership to call a part-time interim priest for Calvary for the time after I leave until the new rector is here. The need for only a part-time priest at this juncture in the church’s life, is a testimony to your very strong and responsible lay leadership. I feel enormously grateful to God and everyone at Calvary Church, that together we have accomplished everything and some more of the goals that needed to be met, to make this place ready for the next rector.
I have asked Betsy Carr and Jennifer Parsons to please allow me to take some personal days at the end of February to make our move to Long Island. So, my last Sunday with Calvary will be the 17th of February. Until we move, probably on the 22nd or 23rd of February, I will be working to put in place all necessary administrative protocol for Calvary. I will also make sure the next interim priest is up to date with everything that has happened and the various ongoing needs at Calvary Church.
God has always been faithful to us and He will continue to be so. I am confident that Calvary Church will be more than ready to welcome God’s new and exciting call to partner with Him in the coming years with the call of a new rector.
Please continue to uphold me in your prayers as I embark on this new journey with God elsewhere in His Church.
January 25, 2019
We look forward to seeing you here at Calvary on Sunday! Abundant blessings & best wishes.
Dear Sisters & Brothers at Calvary Church,
‘The proof of the pudding is in the eating’. So the saying goes. This Saturday (tomorrow!) we’ll all have the opportunity to see and hear if the efforts of our Calvary Music School teachers and students is paying off. Has all that hard work and practice been worth it? Of course we know the answer already; the students will be terrific, and the teachers will be very proud. I’m thrilled to attend my first CMS student recital as Artistic Director, most especially as four of my five organ students will perform. There will be voice, flute, and piano performances as well. To top off the afternoon, we have an especially fine reception planned.
Performance is a delicate and complex human act. It’s one thing to play or sing in a practice room or at your lesson. But getting up in front of the public is another matter altogether. Of all the valuable learning tools our teachers can provide their students, a regular audience is not among them. That’s where you come in. Please, consider taking an hour out of your Saturday plans to support our wonderful students by simply being present. And by sharing some refreshment afterwards, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and talk with our performers. Ask them about their music. Tell them your thoughts about their music. One never really knows where such conversations will lead.
See you here! Saturday, January 26that 1 p.m.
January 25, 2019
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!
Next Calvary Sunday
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 @ email@example.com 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.
Contact Brenda Hultgren for additional information, firstname.lastname@example.org
Calvary Church Ministry
of Spiritual Formation
Discovering a closer relationship with God
“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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calvary Film Festival
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.
Next film: February 5, 2019
Puzzle: While leading an empty suburban existence, Agnes discovers the pleasure of solving jigsaw puzzles and finds she has a rare talent for it. Before long, her hobby provides an entrée into a new life through the world of competitive puzzling.
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 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!!
Susan Sedensky, Executive Director.
Blankets for the Homeless
Just a reminder:
BLANKETS FOR THE HOMELESS HOSPITALITY CENTER
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 email@example.com. Thank you for helping to keep someone more comfortable in the name of Christ.
Sunday Service from a Distance
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.