Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, March 8, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear Calvary members and friends:

As Matthew, Calvary organist and choirmaster, wrote about last week, Lent signals changes in how we worship together. We refrain from proclaiming “Alleluia” for the Sundays of the season. Beyond that, Episcopal churches often shift to different forms of prayers as we embrace this Lenten time of reflection. 

Like a jewel, our Anglican worship benefits from the sight of our celebration from different angles. Small variations in the words we say and the songs we sing reveal new depths and can touch our hearts and feed our souls in new ways.

When we return to more familiar forms, we hear these in new and richer ways as well.

I invite you to a Holy Lent, as we pray together in the full richness of our tradition, making us stronger in our work to join God’s mission of healing and reconciliation for this beautiful and broken world.

Many blessings,


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

And, about those soup dinners....

Many thanks to the outstanding chefs who have volunteered to provide the soup on:

March 13 - Laura Paige
March 20: Jim and Mary McCauley
March 27 - Jennifer Parsons
April 3 - Candy Sanford
April 10: Karen McGee

All are welcome to show up for the Lenten studies. However, signing up in the parish hall this Sunday will help our chefs know how much soup to make. Thank you!

Lenten Luncheons

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54 Years of Helping the Greater Southeast CT/Rhode Island/Stonington Community

March 11, 2019  

Lunch will be served on Monday, March 11th at Calvary Church, 27 Church St., Stonington from 12:00 to 1:30. 

On the menu is Hearty Beef Stew with salad, bread, dessert and a beverage. Vegetarian and gluten free alternatives as well as Take Out will be available. 

The cost is $10.00 per person with the proceeds dedicated to the New London Community Meal Center which served over 75,000 meals to people in the New London community last year. Noon Day Prayer will be offered at 11:45 in the church. All are welcome to attend for good food, fellowship and to support Calvary’s Outreach Program. 

Questions??? Call Lucia at 860-912-4144 In case of bad weather the luncheon will be held the next day!

Upcoming SECT Region Events

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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry - March Diaper Drive

The PNC has made a special request for diapers this month, especially sizes 3 to 5. The donation basket is in the back of the church.

Upcoming events at Camp Washington

  • March 8-10, "Happening" (teens) weekend

  • March 10, "Second Sunday," with the Rev. Jack Gilpin

  • March 29, Bishop's Book Study, with Bishop Laura Ahrens discussing The Cloister by James Carroll

  • April 5-8, Icon writing workshop, with Kara Nelson

  • May 5, Open House for summer camp programs

Link to Camp Washington for more information and registration here.

UN Commission on the Status of Women, March 11-22 in NYC

Women and girls, men and boys from The Episcopal Church and throughout the Anglican Communion will participate. Link with more information here.

Embrace the "Way of Love" on social media this Lent

This Lent, join the Episcopal Church in Connecticut on social media as we embrace the Way of Love. Each week ECCT will focus on one word within the Way of Love: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go, and rest. There will be video reflections each Wednesday, as well as prayers and intentions throughout the week. Be sure to follow ECCT on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (especially IGTV – Instagram TV) to participate. Brought to you by ECCT DIgital Storyteller Alli Huggins.  g..

Church Endowment and Planned Giving

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The Calvary Church Endowment Management Committee and the Stewardship Subcommittee on Planned Giving invite interested parishioners to join a short “Open Meeting” with these committees immediately following the 8 am service on Sunday, March 17th, in Parish Hall.

The several purposes for this full parish meeting include: to exchange information about the Church’s endowment structure and its importance to the future of our church, to determine Stewardship’s role in identifying and helping parishioners who might make a future gift to Calvary’s endowment by “planned giving” and discussing parishioners’ questions about making these gifts. 

Members of the Endowment Management Committee are:
Mary McAuley, Chair 
Michael Adair
Richard Cole
Spike Lobdell
Bob Martin

Members of the Stewardship Subcommittee on Planned Giving are:

Kip Colligan, Co-Chair & Tiffany Hendry
Tom, Co-Chair & Candy Sanford
Don Charbonnier
David Elks
Rowlie and Carla Stebbins

Meeting Moderator: Rowlie Stebbins.

Brought to you as part of Calvary’s year-round Stewardship Program. Coffee will be available.

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Episcopal Church Safe Church Training Spring Schedule

Certification is required for:

Church vestry, staff, teachers, ecumenical visitors and all who engage with children and the vulnerable elderly on behalf of the church

Re-Certification is required every three years

Click on this link for the Safe Church Training calendar for Spring 2019.

Calvary Campus Blog


Periodically, staff and parishioners will have the opportunity to post interesting and entertaining stories about the life of Calvary Church and it's buildings and grounds. We hope you enjoy the reflections.

Click on this link to enjoy this new feature of our website.


Would you like to learn to knit?Saturday, March 9, 10:30 am

The Prayer Shawl Makers will offer instruction on various Saturday mornings beginning next month. Come join Stevie Champion and Kitsie Cooke at Stevie's home, 5 Holly Drive, Westerly (about 15-20 minutes from Calvary Church), on Saturday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m.

Bring a bag lunch; drinks will be provided. We'll have needles and yarn to start you off on your first project.

Stevie Champion,, 401-596-8518
Kitsie Cooke,,


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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 12, 2019

In the Heart of the Sea: Revisiting the incredible true tale of the whaling ship Essex, which was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale in 1820, this historical drama chronicles the crew's horrific 90-day struggle to survive amid storms, hunger and despair. The true-life inspiration for Herman Melville’s classic “Moby Dick.” March 12

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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 Calendar

Saturday, March 9 - Friday, March, 15

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Saturday, March 9 
Turn your clocks one
hour ahead for Daylight Saving Time, beginning Sunday.

Monday, March 11 
12:00 p.m. -- Lenten Luncheon/Parish Hall

Tuesday, March 12
5:00 p.m. -- Finance Committee/Sacristy
7:00 p.m. -- Movie Night

Wednesday, March 13
6:00 p.m. -- Gift of Joy & Wonder, Creation/Parish Hall

Thursday, March 14
8:00 a.m. -- Executive Committee/Rector's Office
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells/church
6:00 p.m. -- Vestry/Parish Hall
6:30 p.m. -- Choir/Chapel

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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