Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, May 26, 2019

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

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Dear members and friends of Calvary Church:

On this Memorial Day weekend, we have as a Sunday reading a passage from the book of Revelation. It describes a vision of the union of heaven and earth, of the spiritual Jerusalem descending. The author/seer describes startling sights. The words that grab my imagination are, “And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light. .”

As the outer light grows approaching the summer solstice, this idea of light shining without “lamp or sun” points toward our experiences of inner light: times of understanding or periods of happiness.

I pray in this time of transition at Calvary, all will come to know and rejoice in God’s light, shining on the new paths before us.

Many blessings,

May 19 was a Celebratory Sunday

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Honoring Barbara Loftus

Calvary threw a party to celebrate Barbara Loftus' recognition by the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) in Connecticut for her work as a lay leader.

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Calvary Music School Spring Recital

Bravo to our hard working and talented students! Some highlights: piano students Sam Lund and Emilia Leeming, and voice student Harriet Hardaway. Graduating senior Katy King, who will major in music at UConn, received special recognition for her studies in organ and voice with Matthew Provost and Margaret Tyler.

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Sunday, June 2, will be a celebration, as well, because it's



Join us at the 10AM service on June 2 when Calvary's Sunday school marks the end of the school year, and let the kids take over! The children will be leading us in this service, with Nellie Horvath as our guest “preacher”. The celebration will close with a festive coffee hour. 

If your child would like to take part (as a reader, usher, etc.) please email

Calvary Member Directory

Now available

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The new church member directories are now available in the back of the church and in the church office.

The 1847 Pins are in...

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The purpose of the 1847 Society of Calvary Church is to recognize with gratitude those members of the parish who provide or intend to provide a future financial benefit to support the mission of Calvary Church. With this objective in mind, the Church is offering a lapel pin to each parishioner who qualifies for such recognition. 

Information regarding the Calvary Church Endowment, Planned Giving and the 1847 Society can be found in pamphlets located at the back of the Church, in the Parish Hall, in the Parish Office or on the Church website. Please let us know if you have additional questions regarding making a future gift to Calvary Church. Participation is open to all and all gifts are welcome.

The Stewardship Committee

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.

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,

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.


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.

May 29, St Stephen’s East Haddam will be hosting a potluck dinner for the CT River Pilgrimage at 6pm

Come for a meal and conversation with people who are currently and formerly homeless and learn about the experience of housing insecurity and homelessness in Connecticut, and especially along the Connecticut River as we welcome a group of pilgrims to East Haddam, as they paddle down the Connecticut River

This event is sponsored by St. Stephen's, the Southeast and South Central Regions of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, and LEAD, a committee of the Coalition on Housing and Homelessness. This event is free and open to the public, and dinner will be provided. Folks are asked to bring a side dish. Sign up through Eventbrite or call the parish office at 860-873-9547 

June 12, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Baker Auditorium, 7:00pm. Gun Violence as Public Health Issue

Presentation by Dr. Megan Ranney, Chief Research Officer of AFFIRM Research a non-profit committed to solving the American gun violence epidemic through innovation and evidence. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Director and Founder of the Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation program.  Light refreshments will be served; event is free, but please register at Sponsored by the Greater New London Clergy Association and L& M Hospital. 

Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, May 26

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

Tuesday, May 28

6 p.m. -- Uganda Mission Movie Night and Dinner / parish hall

Wednesday, May 29

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- ECW Yard Sale Drop Off / parish hall

Thursday, May 30

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. -- ECW Yard Sale Drop Off / parish hall
10:45 a.m. -- Handbells / church
6:30 p.m. -- Choir / choir room

Friday, May 31

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. -- ECW Yard Sale Drop Off / parish hall
11 a.m. -- Prayer Group / church

Saturday, June 1

8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- ECW YARD SALE / church yard & parish hall

Sunday, June 2

8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II, YOUTH service
11 a.m. -- YOUTH coffee hour / 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