Notes From Calvary

 

Liturgies this Sunday, February 17, 2019


Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear Friends, 

When we think of the beatitudes, we most likely remember the version from Matthew’s gospel that goes, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted…” so on and so forth. The other version of the beatitudes is found in the gospel of Luke, which we will get to hear this coming Sunday. Luke’s version is the less popular, often conveniently forgotten, because the language somehow comes across as harsh; furthermore, the blessings are followed by a corresponding number of woes. So, what do you think of when you think of being blessed? For me, to be blessed has become a much more complicated concept as I experience life longer in constantly changing circumstances. Luke’s inclusion of the woes in the beatitudes makes it so much harder for me to understand what it means to be blessed by God. But maybe this is precisely the reason why Luke added the woes—so that we should never presume God’s favor on us based on our mental, physical, emotional, and social well-being. Furthermore, that we should not presume God’s disfavor on us whenever we land in dire situations. 

Whatever the purpose of Luke was, to include blessings and woes side by side in his rendition of the beatitudes, what I do know is that we need to spend more time with Jesus’ sermon on the plain. We seem to be at a time when the understanding of who the poor, the hungry, the wounded and the hated are keeps changing with every political wind that sifts. This demands from us hearing Jesus’ sermon on the plain with much more sensitivity to what is in our peripheral vision. I believe, this sermon of Jesus is a prophetic warning to all who dare to claim membership in God’s Kingdom. We will find out that it promises nothing we would normally define as being blessed. 

May you hunger to understand God’s heart that seems to have a preferential love for the poor and the vulnerable. 

In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
February 15, 2019

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


 
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The Gift of Joy and Wonder 

Turning in Lent Toward the Glory of Creation

Wednesday Evenings in Lent: March 13 to April 10

In the language of the Bible, the word “repent” means to “turn.” Calvary’s Lenten study this year will turn toward beauty, awe and wonder, led by the Rev. Norman MacLeod. These hours will be dedicated to remembering, seeing, learning about and celebrating God’s Earth, of which we are made. We will explore and celebrate the glory of God as we see and know it in Stonington and beyond.

The study will begin Wednesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall, beginning with a simple Lenten meal of soup and bread. Each session will close before 8 p.m. Each week will have a theme.

March 13 – Creation
March 20 – Earth
March 27 – Water
April 3 – Air
April 10 – Fire

Sign-up sheets for participation will be available next Sunday, February 24.


 
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Dear Sisters & Brothers of Calvary Church,

For everything there is a season . . .

In January I made a presentation to the vestry informing them that the children and parents of our treble choir had decided not to continue with the program. I suggested to the vestry that we allow some time to pass before we attempt a re-start of that valuable ministry. It was agreed that beginning in September, a new program should be in place to ensure that our children have ample opportunity to express their faith through the joys of music.

It was a pleasure working with the former trebles and parents, and I looked forward to all we might have achieved together as we moved forward. Now I look forward to the new and wondrous things the Lord has in store for youth & music at Calvary.

For everything there is a season . . .

Matthew Provost
February 15, 2019


 
 
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Calvary Nursery School

Annual Open House! 

Saturday, February 23rd from 9:30-11:30am

 Come join CNS in our annual open house on 2/23! Take a tour of the classroom, meet the teachers and see what makes our little school by the sea so special. 


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 rthomas@episcopalct.org.


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:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, March 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.


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.

Next film: February 19, 2019

Quambaug Professional Building Theater
Route 1 at the corner of Cove Road

His Girl Friday: This is one just for yuks; to chase away the mid-winter blues. Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) is about to get hitched to dull insurance agent Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy) -- that's if her ex-husband, ruthless newspaper publisher Walter Burns (Cary Grant), doesn't succeed in winning her back.

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm


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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