Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, February 3, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear Friends, 

This morning I woke up to see some pictures from my sister in Nagaland, where in our ancestral village they had, for the first time, snow! (Picture below). Snow is not even in our native vocabulary, and I cannot imagine how the rudimentary matted bamboo walls of homes in the village are keeping people warm. The simple village folks must be confused and scared of what this phenomenon means. You can imagine, how without even a word for snow in our dialect it will be near impossible to take the leap toward a conversation on global warming. 

This Sunday, our gospel passage talks about a lack of understanding by the people Jesus preached to and their unwillingness to believe in the reach of God’s mercies beyond the “chosen” people. The longing to define and preserve our world within past experiences and understandings are there in every culture and society. Yet, the only constant in our world is change whether we like it or not. Contrary to our desires and perceptions, God refuses to be frozen in our imaginations. He is always working beyond the boundaries of our known vocabulary of “mission” and “redemption.” 

In this time of transition, I wonder how God is calling us to expand the vocabulary of our faith and mission? This is a great opportunity to explore our spiritual yearnings, our need for broader faith conversations and to open ourselves to the much greater theological imagination that God constantly calls us to.

May you find the courage to step out into the changing new faith environment around you. 

In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
February 1, 2019


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


Dear Sisters & Brothers at Calvary Church,

Rather than writing something about what’s coming up, I can’t resist the opportunity to say how happy and touched I felt at last Saturday’s Calvary Music School Winter Recital. The weather was gloriously sunny, and so were the sounds and dispositions. I took the liberty of introducing a format change for the proceedings in which I or the performer said a little something before each piece. Over the years I’ve learned that an audience with as little as one piece of information about the piece they’re about to hear is exponentially more engaged. So, I think I’ll continue to use the ‘interactive’ format for our future recitals.

The students did exceptionally well. Pianist Sam Lund delivered a beautifully flowing rendering of Bach’s first prelude from The Well-Tempered Clavier. Cheers to Glenn Hardy for teaching Sam so well. Flautist Rachael Marseglia, student of Elizabeth Jackson, pulled out the big guns and offered three movements from Bach’s monumental Orchestral Suite #2. That piece is most famous for the thrilling badinerie that closes out the suite. It’s one of those pieces you know when you hear it even if the name seems unfamiliar. Margaret Tyler’s student Katy King sang a poignant rendition of Schubert’s Lied Eines Schiffers an die Dioskuren. Katy offered a translation and interesting explanation of the piece’s meaning. Finally, there were four organists on the bill. From delicate flute stops to the roar of the full organ, organists Paolo McCarty, Emeren McCarty, Peter Fiore, and Katy King regaled the listeners with their accomplishments. Peter Fiore opened the recital with a buoyant free prelude in the North German style by Dieterich Buxtehude, complete with pedal solo and final flourish (with bells!). Paolo McCarty demonstrated how he and I have been learning to improvise in the 17th-century style, harmonizing bass lines and creating ornamented melodies to match. The demonstration included Paolo playing each of the steps of the improvisation process. The final result was his own unique creation, his first composition; and he was able to give the piece its public debut! Katy King closed the show with a complete Bach prelude and fugue of the highest order. An extended, virtuosic pedal solo, a free-flowing, emotionally charged middle section for the manuals, and a full length, dramatic fugue with a wild cadenza left us all wanting more. Bravi, tutti!

Thank you to all those from the parish who attended. Your presence reveals how meaningful the relationship between church and school is. At the lovely reception, complete with CMS Punch (liquid candy, really), it seemed as though all were pleased and energized to keep up the fine work as we transition into new leadership. I especially enjoyed talking with all the students and parents, hearing their hopes and dreams for their musical futures. Now I can’t wait until April 28th to hear the next student recital. Mark your calendars, friends!

Matthew Provost
February 1, 2019

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Calvary Altar Guild Dinner on January 25, 2019

Thank you, Ajung & Milind!

Ajung and Milind hosted a lovely evening with a homemade Indian meal in the Rectory for the Altar Guild members on Friday, January 25. The spice level was mild! We sat around the tables sharing our life stories with much joy and laughter, building community.



Upcoming SECT Region Events

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Combating Addiction

Saturday, February 16 from 8:30 a.m.-noon at Grace Church, Old Saybrook

Join in a conversation sponsored by Faith Beyond Bars and Beyond and New Life Journeys about the effects of addiction in our communities and how we might partner with others to help address these issues. Register online by clicking here. For more information contact The Rev. Ellen Adams, Deacon, at 860-374-3537.

Caring About Environmental Racial Justice

Sunday, February 24 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Mystic Congregational Church

The Mystic Area Ecumenical Council invites you to attend a special discussion with Terri Eickel, Executive Director and Founder of the Inter-religious Eco-Justice Network on Sunday, February 24 from 3-4:30 p.m. at Mystic Congregation Church. The mission of the Inter-religious Eco-Justice Network is to inspire and empower religious communities in Connecticut to be faithful stewards of Earth.

Experiencing Lent: A SE Region Quiet Day

Saturday, March 2 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at St. Edmund's Retreat Center, Enders Island

Join Christian educator and writer Wendy Claire Barrie for a Lenten quiet day on Enders Island. Learn more about Wendy Claire Barrie by clicking here. Registration is $20 and is available online here. For more information about the Quiet Day or to inquire about scholarships contact The Rev. Rachel Thomas, SE Region Missionary, at 860-316-8184 or via email at

Next Calvary Sunday
Brunch Bunch!


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.

Refreshment Hour


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

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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.

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.

Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

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February Cereal Drive!

Pawcatuck Neighbor Center's Food Pantry 

he Food Pantry has asked if donors would run a monthly cereal drive. So, Calvary Church has designated February Cereal month. Cereal is expensive but also an important food need for busy families. Cheerios, Raisin Bran and honey oat cereals are examples of options which work well for all ages. 

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.

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#.

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

Lori Taylor