Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, May 5, 2019

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

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Dear Calvary friends: 
It was such a joy Thursday this week to see our Barbara Loftus honored by the Episcopal Church Women of the ECCT for her ministry to Uganda over the years. Several of us from Stonington were there to congratulate her and to join with hundreds of Connecticut ECW faithful attending that group's annual meeting.

Bishop Ian Douglas spoke about the roots of the ECW as an inspired and energetic group of women who formed around a shared commitment to God's mission of reconciliation and restoration. Women missionaries overseas came to outnumber the men sent out.

Thank you, Barbara, for your witness to God's love through all the ways you have done God's work, right up to the present time as chair of the Calvary Recruitment team. You inspire us all.

Many blessings, 

Abundant blessings & best wishes.

Uganda Mission Team

Sale of African Crafts and Jewelry
Sunday, May 5

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The sale will be 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 - This Sunday, May 5th marks the end of the United Thank Offering program at Calvary Church and all who have been putting coins and bills into the Blue Boxes and envelopes are asked to bring them to church this Sunday. They will be collected at both services and all of the monies collected will be used for grants in the country and overseas.  Even tho’ the boxes will be collected on Sunday, many like to keep a UTO box handy at all times so that we may give thanks at all times not just during the Lenten season.  

Let us end this year’s UTO program with this prayer from the familiar Blue Box:  

“Gracious God, source of all creation, all love, all true joy: accept we pray these outward signs of our profound and continuing thankfulness for all of life.  Keep each of us ever thankful for all the blessings of joy and challenge that come our way.  Bless those who will benefit from these gifts through the outreach of the United Thank Offering. This we ask through Him who is the greatest gift and blessing of all, Jesus Christ. Amen


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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, a petting zoo, games, crafts, a bake sale, and lunch. There will also be a silent auction with wonderful items from many local businesses. Susan Scala has painted a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pitcher depicting Calvary Church for the silent auction. Other highlights include gift cards to Noah's and Water St. Cafe, a month of unlimited yoga at Yoga Shala in Mystic, a foursome of golf at the Stonington Country Club, and many more!

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The McIvor Organ Distinguished Artist Series

featuring internationally acclaimed organist

Nathan Laube

Friday, May 10
7:30 p.m.

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It's almost here! Reserve your seats!

7:30 p.m.

The McIvor Organ Distinguished Artist Series

at Calvary Church, Stonington

On Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m., Calvary Church will inaugurate a new organ recital series featuring the world's most renowned artists! To inaugurate the series, Calvary has invited one of America's brightest stars, Nathan Laube, Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Nathan has taken the national and international organ scenes by storm, succeeding in ways far beyond his years. His technical and musical prowess is simply astonishing. Our chapter board has generously agreed to partner with Calvary in bringing Nathan to our area. So, the event is also an AGO event! What a joy it will be to welcome Nathan here!

Understandably, many, many persons will want to attend the concert. So, before the word spreads far and wide, we'll need to get our own seats reserved. The event is free to the public, with free-will offerings gladly accepted. Tickets will not be sold, but we will take seating reservations. It would be a shame for any of us to be turned away, so please, call (860 535-1181) or email ( the Calvary church office and get your seats reserved immediately.


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.

Barbara Loftus Honored
at ECW Annual Meeting

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Bishop Laura J. Ahrens, Barbara Loftus and Bishop Ian T. Douglas

Barbara Loftus was honored at the 138th Annual Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women in Connecticut on May 2, for her work as a lay leader. To quote from the event:

"In the past at her parish, Calvary Church, she has been chairman of the ECW, run the popular Lenten Luncheons, been a Sunday School teacher, been the head of Christian Education and head of Altar Guild. Barbara has held the offices of Parish Clerk and Senior Warden, been on the diocesan search committee for a bishop, and has been chair of the search committee for a new rector.

Currently, she serves as chairman of our Prayer and Care committee, is on the Outreach Committee, serves as chair of the Recruitment committee for a new rector, and Chair of the Uganda Mission Team, a post that she's held for 20 years!"

Sunday, May 19
The Altar Guild and Prayer and Care group will host a celebration for Barbara in the parish hall after the 10:00 a.m. service on May 19. We're anticipating a festive event with lots of delicious food.

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.


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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 (

Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, May 5
8 a.m. --     Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9 a.m. -- African Crafts Sale / courtyard
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:15 a.m. -- African Crafts Sale / courtyard
11:30 a.m.-1: 30 p.m. -- May Fair / yard & parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Wednesday, May 7
7 p.m. -- Movie Night / parish hall

Thursday, May 9
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells / church
6:30 p.m. -- Choir / Chapel
6:30 p.m. -- Vestry / parish hall

Friday, May 10

7:30 a.m. -- Men's Breakfast / parish hall
11 a.m. -- Prayer Group / church
7:30 p.m. -- Nathan Laube, McIvor Organ Distinguished Artist Series / church

Sunday, May 12
8 a.m. --     Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11:45 a.m. -- Sunday Brunch Bunch / Breakwater restaurant
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