Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, April 7, 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: 

T. S. Eliot dubbed April as “the cruelest month.” I am not a literary scholar, but I have always connected this sentiment with the frequent presence of Holy Week among these days of early spring. Around the campus of Calvary, we see flowers blooming already. I heard the whine of a power mower a few days ago. As the hymn goes, “Now the green blade riseth.” 

In New England, April can be cruel in a different way. Yes, the grass begins to green and the daffodils rise, but nights can still freeze and windy April showers often chill our bones before they bring those May flowers. The month brings both joy and pain.

So it is with Holy Week. As Christians, we set aside this time to live into the harsh cold of the suffering of Jesus during his days of saying farewell, of betrayal, of arrest, of trial, of torture, of excruciating death. By walking with Christ through his Passion – a word chosen to represent the human extremity of his suffering – we prepare ourselves for the joyous surprise, in the words of Madeleine L’Engle, the “glorious impossible” of the Resurrection.

Look in these Notes for Calvary for the schedule of Holy Week services, and join us as the “cruelest month” becomes the hour of Alleluia.

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

The Awe and Wonder of Creation: Fire
April 10

The last session of our Lenten series will focus on the ancient element of fire. It is no coincidence that we celebrate Christmas near the winter solstice, when the sun begins to burn in the sky more every day. We proclaim Christ as the light of the world. In the Gospel of Matthew, John the Baptist proclaims that Jesus “will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

Science tells us that we are born of star stuff. Exploding stars created the elements which form our bodies. The sun bathes us in the light that gives us life. Miles beneath our feet the Earth is a mass of molten rock whose waves of heat move the continents in their slow movement around our planetary sphere.

Our Wednesday, April 10, we will together explore and celebrate the power of fire and light in scripture and in our earthly lives. We will gather at 6 p.m. for a simple meal. Weather permitting, we will end our time at Dubois Beach at Stonington Point, where the sun will set at 7:22. 

Please join us as we praise God for the beauty that surrounds and sustains Creation.

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 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 8, 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 Chicken Marbella 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 Jonnycake Center of Westerly providing assistance to those with food, housing, heat and utility needs as well as operating a Thrift Store. 

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, April 7 - Saturday, April 13

Sunday, April 7
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 8
12:00 p.m. -- Lenten Luncheon/Parish Hall

Tuesday, April 9
5:00 p.m. -- Recruitment Committee/Calvary House
7:00 p.m. -- Movie Night/Parish Hall

Wednesday, April 10
6:00 p.m. -- Lenten Study: Gift of Joy & Wonder, Air/Parish Hall

Thursday, April 11
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells/Church
6:30 p.m. -- Choir/Chapel

Friday, April 12
11:00 a.m. -- Prayer & Care Team/Sacristy

Saturday, April 13
11:00 a.m. -- Memorial Service for Brian Barnard/Church & Parish Hall

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Holy Week Calendar

Palm Sunday, April 14
8:00 a.m. --  Holy Eucharist, Rite I 
9:45 a.m. --   Holy Eucharist, Rite II 

Maundy Thursday, April 18 
7:30 p.m. --  Holy Eucharist & stripping of the altar

Good Friday, April 19
Noon --        Liturgy for the day from the Book of Common
Prayer, with hymns
1:00-3:00 p.m. -- Prayer Vigil
7:30 p.m. -- Liturgy for the day from the Book of Common Prayer, with hymns

Holy Saturday, April 20
6:00 p.m. --   Easter Vigil at Calvary, St. Mark’s Clergy to Preach

Easter Sunday, Apr. 21
6:15 a.m. --  Sunrise Service, Stonington Point
9:00 a.m. --     Holy Eucharist, Rite I
11:15 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II

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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