Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, April 14, 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: 

The Gospels tell us when Jesus entered Jerusalem for the feast of Passover two thousand years ago, the crowd hailed him as king. This Sunday and in Holy Week we remember that moment and the days following.  These days of Christ’s Passion descended into arrest, trial, suffering and death on the cross, a symbol of disgrace and degradation. With exquisite derision, the Romans nailed with Jesus on the cross a sign with the words, “This is the King of the Jews,” in three languages, lest anyone miss the joke.  Going down this very human path led, we proclaim at Easter, to a rising beyond all human hope.

This Sunday, we hear the stories of expected triumph and devastating defeat. God and our faith call us, in the words of the Book of Common Prayer, “to walk in the way of his suffering” so that on April 21, and through all our days, we will “also share in his resurrection.”

I invite you to join us as the people of Calvary walk this path with Christ, described in the schedule for Holy Week in this edition of Calvary Notes.

Many blessings during this sacred time,

Abundant blessings & best wishes.

Leaving Lent

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Turning in Lent to the Glory of Creation

The last session of our Lenten series, led by the Rev. Norman MacLeod, focused on the ancient element of fire, concluding at DuBois Beach to watch the sunset. 

Many thanks to Norman and to our dedicated chefs Laura Paige, Mary & Jim McAuley, Jennifer Parsons, Candy Sanford and Karen McGee for making this series fulfilling and filling.

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Farewell to another delicious season of Lenten Lunches

Kudos to Lucia Johnstone and her extraordinary Lenten Lunches team for deliciously continuing a 54-year Calvary tradition. This year's Lenten Lunches series raised almost $3,000 for local not-for-profits.

Looking Ahead to Easter

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Flowering of the Cross on Easter Morning

We invite you to bring a small bouquet of flowers with firm stems to worship on Easter morning. In Holy Week, a small cross will be set up by the church's front door. The cross is made from the trunk of the Calvary Christmas tree used in worship. In doing this, we embody what we say in the Nicene Creed - that Jesus is the incarnate Son of God born among us (Christmas Tree), who came to die for our sins upon that horrible cross (starkness of Good Friday cross) that we might have God's forgiveness, and that through him we share in the resurrection life of Easter (beautiful flower-covered cross of Easter morning)! I encourage you to bring some extras to share, especially for the children to know the joy and beauty of "flowering the cross.

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Easter Egg Hunt
Bringing back a Calvary tradition

All children are invited to hunt for Easter eggs following the 9:00 a.m. service on Easter morning!

Nursery care is available for both services.

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Sewing Clothes for Ugandan Children

Calvary's Teammates for Life and St. Ann's in Old Lyme

Teammates Four Life and Calvary Church are blessed to partner with the Women’s Sewing Group from St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Old Lyme, CT.

This group of talented women volunteer their time to help children in need around the world. They will be partnering with us, in making clothes for the children of Uganda, supporting Teammates Four Life, Chain Orphanage, Arua Diocese, Peak Primary, Heritage Education Center and Sanyo Baby Orphans.

 If you are interested learning about Teammates for Life visit (

If you’re interested in sharing a special talent, donating materials that would help Teammates or other Ugandan children’s organizations please Contact us at

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


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.


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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 16, 2019

Eight Men Out: Disgruntled Chicago White Sox players agree to lose the World Series for a big payoff in this account of the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal. The team owner underpays his talented players, leaving the door open for a gambling syndicate head to swoop in. 

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 14 - Saturday, April 21

Palm Sunday, April 14
8:00 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:45 a.m. -- Liturgy of the Palms/Chapel
10:00 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:00 a.m. -- Coffee Hour/Parish Hall
11:45 a.m. -- Sunday Brunch Bunch/Breakwater Restaurant
7:30 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous/Parish Hall

Tuesday, April 16
5:00 p.m. -- Recruitment Committee/Calvary House
6:30 p.m. -- Choir/Chapel
7:00 p.m. -- Movie Night/Parish Hall
7:00 p.m. -- Calvary Nursery School Board/Sacristy

Wednesday, April 17
7:00 p.m. -- Calvary Music School Board/Office

Maundy Thursday, April 11
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells/Church
6:30 p.m. -- Choir/Chapel
7:30 p.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II and 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, hours of Christ upon the Cross
7:30 p.m. -- Liturgy for the day from the Book of Common Prayer, with hymns

Saturday, April 20
6:00 p.m. --   Easter Vigil at Calvary, The Rev. Stacey Kohl, St. Mark’s to Preach

Easter Sunday, Apr. 21
6:15 a.m. --  Sunrise Service, Stonington Point
9:00 a.m. --     Holy Eucharist, Rite I, followed by Easter Egg hunt
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