Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, April 28, 2019

Holy Eucharist, Rite I at 8 AM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II at 10 AM

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Dear Calvary friends:

Stores placed chocolate rabbits on deep discount this week. Workers stocked shelves with beach balls and chairs. Retail summer is here.

At Calvary, Easter season still reigns. We move deeper into the world of resurrection over the next weeks, with a climax at Ascension day.

Pentecost follows with its own Spirit-filled injection of new life.

After the narrative of the empty tomb, no Easter story carries more resonance than that heard this Sunday, of Thomas and his doubts.

In a world of disputed facts, doubt serves us well. Join us this Sunday as doubt takes center stage, before a moment of transformation in the face of the Risen Christ.


Abundant blessings & best wishes.

Uganda Mission Team


Sewing clothes for Ugandan children

Do you have cotton fabric? With Teammates Four Life and St. Ann's in Old Lyme, we are requesting that you bring 1-3 yards of cotton fabric and smaller amounts for pockets. All colors and patterns welcome. On April 28 and after, there will be a basket at the back of the church for your donation. On April 28, 2019, the Uganda Mission Team will be serving coffee hour and we will have samples of the clothes that Vianna will be taking to Uganda in August. If you are interested learning about Teammates for Life visit (

Sale of African Crafts and Jewelry

Sunday, May 5 in the courtyard following both services. All proceeds help support orphans and all vulnerable children in East Central Africa. 

These lovely and hand crafted items make special Mothers Day gifts! Thank you for helping the children. Only cash and checks, please.

United Thank Offering


United Thank Offering - The United Thank Offering program at Calvary Church is drawing to a close with the in-gathering of the Blue Boxes scheduled for Sunday, May 5th at both services. All of the coins and bills collected will result in grants that are given in this country and around the world to support the mission work of the Episcopal Church.  We have so many things for which to be thankful especially as Spring makes its way into our part of the country….. daffodils, sunny days, gentle rains and of course our families. Please remember those not as fortunate as we fill our Blue Boxes!


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All are welcome to Calvary Nursery School's annual May Fair on Sunday, May 5th from 11:30 to 1:30 on the church grounds. Join CNS for pony rides, petting zoo, bake sale, games, crafts, and lunch.

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There is also a silent auction with items from many wonderful local businesses, including a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pitcher depicting Calvary Church, painted by Susan Scala.


Tuesday Evenings at 7pm


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: May 7, 2019

Lion: In this affecting true story, 5-year-old Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple after losing his way in the urban jungle of Kolkata. More than two decades later, new mapping technology prompts Saroo to search for his lost family in India.

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)

Save the Date!
ECW Annual Yard Sale

Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

It's time to start clearing out those wonderful treasures you no longer want or need from your attics, basements and garages, which would be treasures for someone else.

Please help us by donating these items to ECW's Annual Yard Sale.

Drop-off days in the parish hall will be:

  • Wednesday, May 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Friday, May 31, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

All proceeds will be used to support more than 21 different charities here and around the world. Call Carole Barnard at 860-535-9480 if you need help transporting heavy items.

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

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 (

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.

Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, Apr. 28
8 a.m. --     Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Wednesday, May 1
9:30 a.m. -- ECW / parish hall

Thursday, May 2
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells / church
6:30 p.m. -- Choir / Chapel

Saturday, May 4
5:00 p.m. -- Stonington Madrigal Singers Concert / La Grua Center

Sunday, May 5
8 a.m. --     Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- African Crafts Sale / Courtyard
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. -- May Fair / Yard
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Mapping Stonington

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Sunday, May 19

The Rev. Rachel Thomas, Southeast Region Missionary will lead both services at Calvary on Sunday, May 19. 

Dear Calvary friends,

I would love to meet with any and all Calvary parishioners between the 8am and 10am times of worship on May 19th, to have your insights on “mapping” Stonington. 

Maybe you live in town. You can readily name places that bring you joy (for whatever reason) and places that break your heart. If you don’t live in town: well, you do come to Calvary to worship, and in the process you pass places that catch your attention. And you’re likely to have heard at least a bit of what goes on in town.

I’ll bring a map. We’ll mark these places of joy and sadness on the map. And then we’ll take a moment to consider what God’s Spirit might be suggesting about Calvary’s call to be a light of the Good News in Stonington. 

I hope you’ll be willing to explore your relationship with this town. I’ve done this in other parishes and found it to be enlightening and even fun.  

The Rev. Rachel Thomas

Sunday Service From A Distance

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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