Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, March 15, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear members and friends of Calvary Church:

As I near the end of my second full week as your interim priest, I want to thank you all for the gracious welcome you have given me in our short time together. Whether it be the Wardens, the staff, the Vestry or any of the many faithful souls who accomplish so much in this community of faith, all have been gracious and helpful to this unfamiliar priest as he jumps into the life of this busy place at the beginning of Lent.

I bring with me habits and practices from my previous calls as a priest. In that spirit, I recommend to you all a little book, much like Forward Day by Day. I welcome you to take with you as you leave on Sunday morning Lenten Meditations 2019, a publication of Episcopal Relief and Development. This slender booklet contains reflections for each day of Lent from Episcopal leaders, such as our Presiding Bishop, The Most Rev. Michael Curry. I heartily recommend it as a simple way to bring our role in taking care of this beautiful and broken world into our Lenten thoughts.

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

For the Beauty of Earth
March 20

The second session of this year's Lenten program, The Gift of Joy and Wonder, will focus on the ancient element the Greeks called earth: the rocks, soils, sands, hills and mountains upon which we lead our lives. We will take a look at the beauty and wonder of God's Creation as expressed through the solid world around us.

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!

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Lenten Meditations
Episcopal Relief & Development

In the back of the church you will find copies of a book of the meditations from the last ten years that have touched Episcopal readers the most deeply as they experience their Lenten journeys.

You encouraged and welcome to take a copy.

Lenten Luncheons

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

March 18, 2019  

Lunch will be served on Monday, March 18th at Calvary Church, 27 Church St., Stonington from 12:00 to 1:30. 

On the menu is Turkey Tetrazzini with salad, bread, dessert (made and served by the Calvary Nursery School children!)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 Homes for the Brave, which provides support for a new residence for women returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan who bear the scars of combat. 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 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.


United Thank Offering

It has long been the tradition at Calvary Church that during Lent the United Thank Offering blue boxes appear at the end of each pew.

We hope you will each take a blue box home and place coins and bills in it as you remember things for which you are especially thankful, family, friends, good health, sunsets, rainbows, snow (and snow plows) and each new day. The boxes will be collected during services on the second Sunday after Easter (May 5th) and every penny collected will go to grants given by the Episcopal Church to those in need both in this country and around the world. 

The United Thank Offering program was started in 1889 by the women of the church who collected coins to support grants for mission and ministry all over the world. A wonderful example is a grant given in 1952 to Bishop Gordon of Alaska. It was used to purchase an airplane so that he could reach his scattered parishes. In thanks for receiving the grant he named the plane “Blue Box”. 

Envelopes and additional blue boxes may be found at the back of the church if anyone would like to give a single gift.

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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.


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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 19, 2019

Ireland’s Wild Coast: Emmy Award-winning wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson takes viewers on an authored odyssey along Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast – the place he chooses to make his home after 30 years spent shooting some of the world’s most celebrated wildlife films. 

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

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, April 14 @ 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.


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This Sunday, March 17, the Prayer & Care Team are hosting coffee hour following the 10:00 a.m. service. We will be featuring our Pet Therapy ministry. Deb and Ethel and Jean and Rudy will be at one or both services. They will speak briefly after the Peace about this wonderful ministry and will be greeting parishioners at Coffee Hour. Please join us in the Parish Hall.

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 16-

Friday, March, 22

Sunday, March 17

8:00 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I

9:00 a.m. -- Church Endowment & Planned Giving/Parish Hall

10:00 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II

11:00 a.m. -- Refreshment Hour, Prayer & Care Team/Parish Hall

7:30 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous/Parish Hall

Monday, March 18 

12:00 p.m. -- Lenten Luncheon/Parish Hall

Tuesday, March 19

7:00 p.m. -- Calvary Nursery School Board meeting/Sacristy

7:00 p.m. -- Movie Night/Parish Hall

Wednesday, March 20

6:00 p.m. -- Gift of Joy & Wonder, Earth/Parish Hall

3:30-5:30 p.m. -- WARM Shelter food prep/Parish Hall kitchen

7:00 p.m. -- Calvary Music School Board meeting/office

Thursday, March 21

10:45 a.m. -- Handbells/church

6:30 p.m. -- Choir/Chapel

Friday, March 22

11:00 a.m. -- Prayer Group/Church

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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