Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, May 12, 2019

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

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Good Shepherd Sunday

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Dear Calvary friends: 

The first time I led a service at a nursing home, I looked over a room where about a dozen people sat in wheelchairs. Placed at different angles to one another and to me, some folks slept, others stared, and a few watched me with wary interest. Little that I said or did provoked any response. Then I started saying the 23rd Psalm. One by one, voices around the room joined in. By the end of the psalm, the words “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever,” nearly rang out.

Every year during the Easter season, we hear readings one Sunday which declare Christ as the Good Shepherd. This Sunday, in that spirit, we will say or chant the words to the 23rd Psalm. Many in the generation represented in that nursing home learned those words as children and can still summon them, even when many other capacities have been lost. That psalm has been woven into American life like no other.

I invite you this week to our Good Shepherd Sunday, twinned this year with Mother’s Day, a wonderfully appropriate pairing.

Many blessings, 

Abundant blessings & best wishes.

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.


Forum, Sunday, May 19
The Rev. Rachel Thomas, Southeast Region Missionary

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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

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

Celebratory Coffee Hour for Barbara Loftus
Sunday, May 19

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The Altar Guild and Prayer and Care Team are throwing a party after the 10 a.m. May 19, service to congratulate Barbara Loftus for her recognition by the CT Episcopal Church Women for her work as a lay leader. All are welcome.

Calvary Music School

Spring Student Recital


1pm, Sunday, May 19

Support our students and enjoy performances of flute, piano, organ, violin, percussion and voice at 1:00 p.m., in Calvary church, followed by a festive reception in the parish hall. All are welcome.

Calvary Nursery School

Board Openings

The Calvary Nursery School Board has begun planning for our upcoming school year and would like to invite any church members interested in learning more about our board to contact us. 

Here is a quick overview of how the CNS Board works:

The CNS Board is an advisory board, which is comprised of volunteers from current parents, alumni parents, members of the church and our community.

We have between 8-9 members yearly in the following positions:

o  President

o  Vice President

o  Treasurer

o  Secretary

o  Events

o  Annual Appeal

o  Marketing

Our meetings are overseen by the Senior Warden(s) of the Vestry from Calvary Church and the Rector. Each member is committed to a 3 year term. We meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month (Sept-June) from 7-8/8:30PM.

Our board currently has 2 church members volunteering their time, Sarah Hill Canning and Linda McCallister, and would like to see that number increase. 

If you are interested and would like to obtain more information, please speak directly with Sarah, Linda or contact our current Board President & Vice President. 

Dana Dupont
(401) 575-1728     

Tracy Canning 
(914) 588-6171


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 14, 2019

Addiction: Easy access to drugs like heroin, fentanyl, and even prescription medications like OxyContin has fueled an epidemic of addiction—the deadliest in U.S. history. Hear firsthand from individuals struggling with addiction and follow the cutting-edge work of doctors and scientists as they investigate why addiction is not a moral failing, but a chronic, treatable medical condition in this PBS/NOVA special.

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

Next Brunch Bunch:

May 12, 11:45 a.m. -- As it is Mothers Day, Breakwater requested that we have a set number for our reservations. The deadline to reserve was last Sunday, May 5. This was a special circumstance. If you are planning to attend future gatherings, no reservations are required.

Sponsored by the Prayer and Care Team.

Please contact Barbara Loftus @ or 
860.599.5732 for more details.
All are welcome.

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 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

Tuesday, May 14
7 p.m. -- Movie Night / parish hall

Wednesday, May 15
3:30 p.m. -- WARM Shelter food prep / kitchen
7:00 p.m. -- Calvary Music School Board meeting / office

Thursday, May 16
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells / church
6:30 p.m. -- Choir / Chapel

Sunday, May 19
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite l
9 a.m. -- Rev. Rachel Thomas Forum 'Mapping Stonington'/ parish hall
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite ll
11 a.m. -- Coffee Hour honoring Barbara Loftus / parish hall
1 p.m. -- Calvary Music School Student Spring Recital / church & parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Refreshment Hour


Refreshment Hour
is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

Thank you to all who signed up for the refreshment hour.

All that is required is setting up some snacks, and preparing 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

How to include your announcement in the Weekly NOTES and/or Sunday Bulletin

  1. Call or email Betsy Stevenson at (860) 535-1181 or with your request

  2. Email her the text of your announcement 

  3. If you have an image or photograph you would like included in the NOTES, send it as a .jpeg attachment

  4. Deadline for inclusion: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday of the week you want your announcement included

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