Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, March 29, 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: 

This Sunday, the Gospel reading treats us to the story of the Prodigal Son. The evangelist Luke tells this story as an illustration of how God loves us even when we have lost our way.

The parable also shows us a way to love those who may have disappointed us. Sometimes called “the Gospel within the Gospel,” these words go to the heart of who God calls us to be and how we can be the presence of God’s love for others.

I invite you to join us at Calvary every week as we proclaim this love and prepare ourselves for our call to represent Christ in our beautiful and broken world.

Many blessings,


Abundant blessings & best wishes.

Dear sisters & brothers of Calvary Church,

Sunday’s offertory anthem, sung by our own Margaret Tyler, is taken from a little-known repertoire, the sacred music of Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900) of Gilbert & Sullivan fame. The aria Love Not the World is from Sullivan’s first oratorio (The Prodigal Son, 1869) in which he sets in music Luke’s dramatic parable. 

Love not the world, nor the things that are in the world;

for the world passeth away, and the lust thereof.

But he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Sunday’s communion anthem is taken from a 1714 Bach cantata for the third Sunday after Easter, also known as Jubilate Sunday. The cantata, Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Sagen, (Weeping, lamentation, worry, despair) speaks to the trials and tribulations all Christians must endure before being rewarded with entry into the Kingdom of God. The fourth movement, heard this Sunday, reminds us that despite our trials, Christ’s sacrifice remains our solace.

Kreuz und Krone sind verbunden,
Kampf und Kleinod sind vereint.
Christen haben alle Stunden
Ihre Qual und ihren Feind,
Doch ihr Trost sind Christi Wunden.

Cross and crown are bound together,
struggle and reward are united.
Christians have at all times
their suffering and their enemy,
yet their comforts are Christ's wounds.

Matthew Provost
March 29, 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

For the Beauty of Air
April 3

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. 

Each Study begins at 6:00 p.m. in the parish hall, beginning with a simple Lenten meal of soup and bread. Each session will close before 8:00 p.m. This week’s theme will be Air:

April 3 – Air – chef, Candy Sanford
April 10 – Fire – chef, 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!

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

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

April 1, 2019  

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

On the menu is Meatball Lasagna 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 Visiting Nurse of Southeastern CT which optimizes the health and wellbeing of many through Home Health Care, School Health and Community Wellness Programs. 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!

Calvary Nursery School

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To learn more about Calvary Nursery School click here.

Upcoming SECT Region Events

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Pawcatuck Neighbor Center Food Pantry - Food Staples Needed

The PNC is currently in need of pineapple, soups (chicken, beef, and vegetable), jelly, Spam, clam chowder, pasta noodles, and spaghetti sauce in cans.

Connecticut River Pilgrimage: Stories Untold
Kayak/Canoe, May 24-31

Rejoice in and give thanks for the miracle of all life that is made possible by the grace of God through water. Come on a River of Life Pilgrimage hosted by the South Central & Southeast Regions of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, in coordination with Kairos Earth. Pilgrims are invited to move deeply into prayer, contemplation, and movement by canoe or kayak as a community together from May 24-31. 

For more information or to apply for this opportunity please visit: or contact Rachel Thomas ( or Jo Brooks (

Episcopal Church in CT (ECCT) Annual Spring Training & Gathering (for laity and clergy)

April 27 in Berlin CT - Registration is open

This year's event will be held Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Berlin High School, 139 Patterson Way, Berlin, CT. Info, links, and resources on this web page.

It's a day in the spring to gather with lay and ordained Episcopalians in CT for training (aka workshops) in various parish ministries as well as workshops that can help deepen your personal spiritual life.

12th Annual Walk to End Homelessness, New London Homeless Hospitality Center

Sunday, April 28 - New London, CT
Walkers travel about 2 miles over easy terrain in downtown New London, starting from the municipal parking lot across from HHC's thrift store (Homeward Bound Treasures) at 35 Golden St. and ending at the Parade Plaza at the top of Bank Street. Come early and stay afterward for refreshments and entertainment!
Link for more information and to register here.

Upcoming events at Camp Washington

  • 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.

Sacred Ground: a film-based dialogue series on race and faith

On April 8, May 6, and June 11, the Episcopal Church is offering an introductory webinar to all interested in learning more about Sacred Ground: a film-based dialogue series on race and faith. The webinar is hosted by Katrina Browne, Sacred Ground curriculum developer, and producer/director of the acclaimed documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. 

Space is limited and registration is required. To learn more click 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.


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: April 9, 2019

The Natural: Gifted baseball player Roy Hobbs -- whose life has taken some unexpected turns -- becomes a 35-year-old rookie sensation who helps a cellar-dwelling team get back in the game in this mythic film that's as epic as America's national pastime.

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 31-

Saturday, April 6

Sunday, March 31
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, April 1
12:00 p.m. -- Lenten Luncheon/Parish Hall

Tuesday, April 2
5:00 p.m. -- Recruitment Committee/Calvary House

Wednesday, April 4
6:00 p.m. -- Lenten Study: Gift of Joy & Wonder, Air/Parish Hall

Thursday, April 4
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells/Church
6:30 p.m. -- Choir/Chapel

Friday, April 5
10:00 a.m. -- Prayer & Care Team/Sacristy

Saturday, April 6
10:00 a.m. -- Calvary Nursery School Easter Egg Hunt & Open Hours/Play Yard, Parish Hall

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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