Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, February 24, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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My Dear Friends, 

As I write this last note to Calvary Church, I am filled with gratitude for the love and hospitality you have shown me and my family. You opened your lives to me and I have been touched by the many personal stories you shared with me. Every Sunday service was a joy-filled one where I felt nurtured and encouraged by our common participation in worship of our God. Getting to know the many ministries of Calvary Church filled me with great admiration and hope of your future in the next phase of God’s call upon you with the calling of a new rector.  

Continue to do what you are doing, be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit in the coming months to hear how God may be shaping you to reflect His light brighter in Stonington and beyond. I know you will be a vibrant community for any priest who is looking to serve and partner with God and his children for God’s redemptive work on earth. 

Thank you for the lovely farewell coffee hour you organized for Milind and I this past Sunday. I now have some beautiful paintings of Calvary Church in sizes large, medium and small! The three different angles of the three paintings will remind me just how beautifully different and yet one body the people at Calvary are. I know I go with many prayers knitted into every stitch of the prayer shawl you gave me.

Know that you will always have a special place in my heart and know that you are in my prayers. 

In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
February 22, 2019

Abundant blessings & best wishes.

Note from Wardens

Dear Parish,

Thank you for joining us on Sunday, February 17th for Ajung’s final services with us at Calvary. At coffee hour, we gave her and Milind a lovely farewell full of gratitude and best wishes as she begins a new chapter in her ministry as full-time Rector for St. George’s Episcopal Church, Hempstead, NY. 

As you know, Reverend Norman Macleod has agreed to serve as a part-time interim Priest in Charge until our new full-time Rector is called. Many of you may have met Norman, as he has called Calvary Church his home of worship since retiring to Stonington about 6 months ago. Norman officially starts with Calvary Church on March 1stand will be leading the both services on March 3rd. Please join us welcoming Norman, and his wife Elizabeth, at coffee hour following the 10AM service. 

Also, on Sunday, March 3rd, at both the 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM services, joining Norman during the sermon will be Barbara Loftus of the Recruitment Team and John Groton of Discernment Team. They will be sharing with us views their views on “Our community of Faith -Moving forward together” and offer a perspective of discernment from a parishioner’s point of view. 

Over the next several weeks, Calvary House will be used by the Transition Team, and then the Vestry as they continue to identify our next Rector. We ask that you please respect their privacy, as well as their need for confidentiality, during this time. Please do continue to pray for all our work of discernment as we listen for God’s intention for us, for our parish, and our next Rector.

On Sunday March 24th, Bishop Laura Aherns will be joining us for worship at a combined 9:00 AM Rite II service. There will be a coffee hour immediately following the 9:00am Service at which Bp. Laura will host a question and response session. Please make every effort to join us that day. 

Lastly, while it is exciting that there is so much happening on campus, the activity of the upcoming weeks may cause overlaps with our shared space. We ask that all groups contact the office for scheduling purposes so that we can minimize any conflicts. 

Many thanks for your continued support.

Betsy & Jennifer 


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,

Wonderful News!
Mark your calendars!

I am so pleased to announce that on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. we will inaugurate a new organ recital series featuring the world’s most renowned artists! Thanks to the generosity of The Miller Foundation, my hope for the establishment of the McIvor Organ Distinguished Artist Series has become reality. This signature Calvary event will take place annually in May, and feature organists from all over the globe. To inaugurate our series, I’ve invited one of America’s brightest stars, Nathan Laube, Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Nathan has taken the national and international organ scenes by storm, succeeding in ways far beyond his years. His technical and musical prowess is simply astonishing. What a joy it will be to welcome him here!

That said, many, many persons will want to attend this grandiose event. So, before we go public, we’ll need to get our own seats reserved. The event is free to the public, with free-will offerings gladly accepted. Tickets will not be sold, but we will take seating reservations. It would be a shame for any of us to be turned away, so please, call or email the church office and get your seats reserved immediately. Next Friday we will go public, and reservations from far and wide will roll in fast. Don’t wait too long to reserve your place to hear this brilliant artist perform!

FRIDAY – MAY 10 – 7:30 p.m.
Calvary Church, Stonington
The McIvor Organ Distinguished Artist Series
featuring internationally acclaimed organist

Read more about Nathan Laube here:

Matthew Provost
February 22, 2019

An Invitation to Lenten Luncheons


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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

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Attention: Vestry, Ecumenical Visitors, Sunday School teachers

Are you due for re-certification?

Safe Church Re-certification Training 
Monday, April 1 from 6:30-9:00 p.m.

St. Mark's Church, Mystic

St. Mark's will be hosting a Safe Church re-certification training on Monday, April 1 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. This training is designed for lay ministers who attended a comprehensive basic safe church training (either a full day or the hybrid option). Certification is for three years; re-certification training is done every three years thereafter. This training is two and a half-hours long and offers new and updated information. The focus is on the protection of children and youth and prevention of elder abuse. 

Register online by clicking here.

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 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 @ 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 26, 2019

Our Souls at Night: Though widow Addie Moore and widower Louis Waters have been next-door neighbors for decades, they've scarcely had any contact since their spouses died. But everything changes when Addie, looking to make a connection, pays Louis a visit.

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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Remote Call-In

We regret that the remote call-in for services is not available and will announce when it has been repaired.

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

Lori Taylor