Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, April 21, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 9 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 11:15 AM

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Dear Members and Friends of Calvary Church,

Calvary Church invites you, your loved ones and your neighbors to rejoice in the gift of Christ’s Resurrection this Easter, joining us at our sanctuary by the sea. The celebration begins with the Great Vigil of Easter at 6 p.m. on Saturday. We join our Stonington neighbors at 6:15 Easter morning on the Point and then roll out a welcome full of song and praise at 9 and 11:15 a.m.

Meanwhile, today, Good Friday, proclaims the day of Calvary, a time named every day in our parish. In a real sense, Good Friday is Calvary’s feast day.

With the joyous festival of Easter so close, we can easily forget the last, painful day of the life of Jesus. Easter derives its meaning directly from the three dark hours on Calvary, a hill outside Jerusalem’s walls.

At noon and 7:30 today, we recall those hours, the time when Jesus entered completely into the human experience, even unto death on the cross. I invite you to come to Calvary today as we enter into Christ’s darkness, experienced for us, as one of us, so that the light of Resurrection may shine with even greater brightness.

Many blessings during this sacred time,

Abundant blessings & best wishes.

Flowering of the Cross on Easter Morning

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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.

Calvary Nursery School

Enrollment is open for 2019-2020

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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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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 23, 2019

A League of Their Own: Two small-town sisters join an all-female baseball league formed when World War II brings professional baseball to a standstill. As their team hits the road with its drunken coach, the siblings find troubles and triumphs on and off the field. 

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

Calvary Field Trips to the Cliff Walk in Newport & Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington

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Please join us for one (or both!) of these springtime outings to two beautiful, nearby New England treasures: the fabled Cliff Walk in Newport, RI and Hill-Stead Museum and Gardens in Farmington, CT

 On Saturday, MAY 11, we will walk 1.5 miles along the Cliff Walk in Newport, starting at First Beach and ending at the Chinese Tea House, located on the grounds of Marble House on Bellevue Avenue, one of the many Gilded Age  Mansions (“Summer Cottages”) we will pass on our walk, which should take about two hours. Afterwards we can convene for lunch or refreshments and a bit of sight seeing in downtown Newport. Access to the Cliff Walk is free.

 On Saturday, MAY 25, we will travel to Farmington for a guided tour of Hill-Stead’s world-class collection of French Impressionist paintings and fine art on display in the property’s 1901 Colonial Revival house, designed by one of the country’s first female architects, Theodate Pope Riddle. Additionally, we will visit the gardens on the grounds designed by renowned landscape designer, Beatrix Farrand.

Cost for seniors is $18 ($20 for regular admission)

 We will carpool from Calvary to both locations (carpool volunteers needed!)

Departure time for both trips is 8:30 a.m.

 RSVP to Tom Verde for either trip at or call 860-710-1932

(Please advise if you are willing to volunteer to drive in the carpool)

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, May 12 @ 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

Good Friday, April 19 - Easter Sunday, April 21

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 II, followed by Easter Egg hunt
11:15 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Child care available at both Calvary Easter Sunday services.

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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