Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, March 3, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear Calvary members and friends:

What a privilege it is to serve with you as together we seek to further God’s mission in this beautiful place during your time of transition.

My thirty years as a priest have taught me how our work is always work together. We build on the ministry of those who labored and celebrated before our time, and together we seek a vision and path to lead us forward.

While my time with you will be short in the larger frame of the life of this church, I am excited to make the most of the ministry that we will be called to share.

We begin this time with the season of Lent. I invite you to join with your Calvary sisters and brothers in making this sacred time a true turning toward the glory of God as we see it in the world around us. Join us on Wednesday evenings in Lent as together we open our eyes again to God’s presence around us.

In the Name of the Creator,


Abundant blessings & best wishes.


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

Please sign up this Sunday in Parish Hall if you plan to attend. 

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Dear Sisters & Brothers of Calvary Church,

At the end of worship on Sunday, the last before Lent, we will sing a special recessional hymn in which we say goodbye to that exquisite expression of Christian enthusiasm, Alleluia until its triumphant return at the Great Vigil of Easter. Why? Well, during the penitential season of Lent, it is customary to dial down the pomp and exuberance of worship and remove some of the ‘shouts of praise’ such as Alleluia and Gloria in excelsis (Glory be to God on high). At the same time, we try to avoid excessive decorations in favor of austere plainness. Musically, you’ll notice that things take a more introspective turn; the psalms will be chanted simply in plainchant rather than the dense fullness of Anglican chant, and the anthems, hymns, and organ voluntaries are more reserved, avoiding outbursts of joy and dance-like élan. Ideally, it should be obvious to all that we’ve entered into a new season. That things look and sound different is our intentional aesthetic expression of how we too are different during the season of Lent as we look inward and reflect on Christ’s passion and resurrection. And once the work of Lent is done, the organ will raise the roof again, the choir will sing out with burst of joy, all the bells will ring out wildly, and we again will sing Alleluia! and Gloria in excelsis!

Matthew Provost
March 1, 2019


An Invitation to Lenten Luncheons


Upcoming SECT Region Events

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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry - March Diaper Drive
Thank you for your generous contributions to the February cereal drive. In March, we will focus on the PNC's other request, for diapers. The PNC is always in need of diapers for young families, especially sizes 3 to 5.

World Day of Prayer: March 2
This year, Church Women United of CT will be sponsoring World Day of Prayer on Saturday, March 2 at 2 pm at Saint John's Lutheran Church in Meridan. Men are welcome. Click here for more information on the World Day of Prayer.

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: March 5, 2019

North Face: In 1936, young German climbers Toni Kurz and Andreas Hinterstoisser face off against a rival Austrian duo in an attempt to be the first team to scale the infamous north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps.

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