Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, March 22, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 9 AM

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Dear members and friends of Calvary Church: The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens is one of the two Episcopal bishops leading the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT). This Sunday, Bishop Laura will lead our worship and preach at our one service at 9 a.m. 

Bishops are woven into the DNA of our church. Our Connecticut bishops, while centered in Meriden, call every Episcopal parish in the state home. As they cannot be everywhere at once, they regularly pray for us and we for them. The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, the senior bishop, and Bishop Laura set the tone for the work of the Diocese, that is, all the Episcopalians of the Nutmeg State. With the help of lay leadership and local clergy, they lead the thousands of us whom God has called into this wonderful mix of tradition, respect for scripture and reason that we call the Anglican Communion.

I hope you can join us on March 24 as Bishop Laura comes to her Stonington spiritual home. After the service, we invite you to a coffee hour for an informal conversation with her about her role, the life of the ECCT and the future of Calvary Church during this exciting and challenging time of transition.

Many blessings,

Abundant blessings & best wishes.

Dear Sisters & Brothers of Calvary Church,

Some have asked that the foreign language anthem texts be translated in the Sunday bulletin. I also think that’s a great idea, and I’ll be working on that. In the meantime, and in preparation for the Bishop’s visit, let’s get all prepped to understand the anthem texts for this Sunday.

At the offertory we will sing about the greatness of God’s house, set musically by Austrian composer Anton Bruckner (1824–1896):

Locus iste a Deo factus est,
inaestimabile sacramentum,
irreprehensibilis est.

This is the Lord's house, which He hath made.
Profoundly sacred,
it is beyond reproof.

At communion, the anthem by John IV, King of Portugal (1604–1656) reflects on the beauty of the cross:

Crux fidelis, inter omnes arbor una nobilis,
nulla talem silva profert flore, fronde, germine,
dulce lignum dulce clavo dulce pondus sustinens.

Faithful cross, true sign of triumph, 
Be for all the noblest tree; 
None in foliage, none in blossom, 
None in fruit thine equal be; 
Symbol of the world's redemption, 
For the weight that hung on thee! 

See you on Sunday!
Matthew Provost
March 22, 2019

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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

March 27

“And the spirit of God moved over the face of the deep.” - Genesis

“About 71 per cent of the Earth’s surface is water-covered…” – The Internet

“And early in the morning Jesus came walking toward them on the sea.” - Matthew

The third of five sessions of the Wednesday evening Lenten series will focus on our relationship with water. Led by the Rev. Norman MacLeod, we will view the power and wonder of water through the lens of scripture, of science, and through our own experiences. While the sessions build on one another to a degree, each evening can stand alone as a provocative and prayerful look at our encounters with one of the ancient elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire.

Sessions begin with a simple meal at 6 p.m., and end before 8. 

If you can sign up at the back of the church on Sundays, or in the parish office, that will help the generous volunteer chefs preparing our meal each week. This is not required. We welcome everyone!

March 27 – Water
April 3 – Air
April 10 - Fire

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

March 27 - Jennifer Parsons
April 3 - Candy Sanford
April 10 - Karen McGee

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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 25, 2019  

Lunch will be served on Monday, March 25th at Calvary Church, 27 Church St., Stonington from 12:00 to 1:30. 

On the menu is Baked Ham with all the Trimmings 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 our Ugandan friends at the Chain Foundation Orphanage for blind and sighted children. In 2018 Calvary’s ECW provided funds for the purchase of a new Perkins Braille machine for the children at the orphanage. 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.

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..


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 26, 2019

Before the Flood: Global climate change is examined from multiple perspectives in this illuminating documentary chronicling actor Leonardo DiCaprio's crusade to increase awareness of the potentially catastrophic effects of the environmental changes already under way.

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.



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 23-

Friday, March, 29

Sunday, March 24
9:00 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:00 a.m. -- Q/A with Bishop Laura, Refreshment Hour/Parish Hall
7:30 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous/Parish Hall

Monday, March 25 
12:00 p.m. -- Lenten Luncheon/Parish Hall

Tuesday, March 26
5:00 p.m. -- Recruitment Committee/Calvary House
7:00 p.m. -- Movie Night/Parish Hall

Wednesday, March 27
6:00 p.m. -- Lenten Study: Gift of Joy & Wonder, Water/Parish Hall

Thursday, March 28
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells/Church
5:00 p.m. -- Uganda Mission Team/Sacristy
6:30 p.m. -- Choir/Chapel

Friday, March 29
12:30 p.m. -- Prayer Shawls knitters/Church

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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