Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, May 19, 2019

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

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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.

Follow Alice Despard's Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

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Calvary Sexton and choir member Alice Despard is walking the Camino and sharing her experiences on her blog. We invite you to follow her journey here

The Camino de Santiago known in English as the Way of Saint James among other names, is a network of pilgrim's ways or pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. The pilgrimage takes, on average, five weeks to complete.

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.

Save the Date!
ECW Annual Yard Sale

Saturday, June 1, 8:30am - 1pm

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Plans are underway for the Annual Spring Yard Sale to be held on Saturday, June 1stfrom 8:30 to 1:00 at Calvary Church, 27 Church St. in Stonington borough. Pictured above are committee members Carole Barnard, Melinda Mears, Amy Carvell and Kay Graham.

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.

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The Yard Sale's Sweet Tooth Booth welcomes homemade treats from cookies and brownies to muffins and pound cakes, candies and pies.... oh my!

Peggy Vermilya has details. (860) 535-3623,

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

Special Uganda Mission Movie Night and Dinner

Tuesday, May 28, at 6pm

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 28, 2019

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: When poverty forces 13-year-old William Kamkwamba to leave school, a teacher gives the enterprising youngster access to the school library so he can try to construct a wind turbine -- which may save his village from famine. Based on a true story.


Enjoy Calvary's Popular Annual Ugandan Dinner

"The Boy who Harnessed the Wind" will be shown at 6:00 pm and will include Ugandan food prepared by Calvary’s Ugandan mission team. Donations are welcome. They will help support the church’s Ugandan mission.

Thank You!

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Thank You to all who have brought in fabric for our sewing collaborative with St. Anne's in Old Lyme. Our basket is almost full. This is a short term project until June 1. Vianna will be taking a suitcase full of fresh new clothes for the children to Uganda.

We will be collecting fabric until June 1. If you are interested in joining the Tuesday morning sewing group for a few hours in Old Lyme let us know! We will be going within the next few weeks. Contact Beverly Kowal or Karen McGee. or  

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

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Please join us on this springtime outing to Hill-Stead Museum and Gardens in Farmington, CT


 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
(carpool volunteers needed!)

Departure time 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)

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This is the first in a series of gatherings at parishioners’ homes this summer.  A relaxing evening to get to know each other better.  The parameters are simple: all events are held outside (or in an outdoor structure, in case of inclement weather), bring the kids, yard games and a simple munchie to share.  Pack your cooler with whatever your family likes to drink and reusable dishes/glassware.  Hosts provide the venue and tables. 

 Hope to see you there!!!

 Future dates & locations to be announced

Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Calvary Sunday Brunch Bunch

Next Brunch Bunch:

Our next gathering will be Sunday, June 9, @ 11:45 at Breakwater on Water Street. 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.

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.

Plant and Seedling Sale: United Church of Stonington

Saturday, May 18

Rain or shine! Flower, vegetable and herb plants including annuals, perennials, bulbs and house plants. There will also be a quilt and bake sale. For more information (860) 599-1701.

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 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

Tuesday, May 21
7 p.m. -- Nursery School Board meeting / sacristy

Thursday, May 23
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells / church
6:30 p.m. -- Choir / choir room

Friday, May 24
11 a.m. -- Prayer Group / church

Sunday, May 26
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
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