Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, June 9, 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,

The breath of God’s Spirit moved through the life of Calvary Church during the past months. Through the efforts of scores of the faithful, that Spirit spoke to the Rev. Gillian Barr. And in the Spirit, she accepted the call to be the next Rector of this parish by the sea. Prayer accompanied every step of the path to this call.

This Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, the moment when the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples gathered in Jerusalem. This great wind of God propelled them into the city squares to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to people who became astonished and transformed. 

In the weeks ahead we will continue to pray for your next Rector and for the people of Calvary, knowing that God’s Spirit will continue to move through this community.

Many blessings,

A Message from Calvary's New Rector

The Rev. Gillian R. Barr

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I am extremely honored to have been called to be the next rector of Calvary Church. I am excited to serve a parish with such a wonderful combination of gifts: a love of the best of Anglican worship and music and a passion for sharing it with others, care and concern for children and families, active outreach ministries with those near and far, generous hospitality, and the desire to continue to grow in your faith. Your Transition teams and Vestry have been wonderful ambassadors, and I look forward to getting to know and love you all. I can’t wait until I join you in Stonington. Until then, to borrow from the letter to the Ephesians, 'I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.' (Ephesians 1:15-16)

The Rev. Gillian Barr

(If you would like to see more information on the Rev. Gillian Barr, go to the Calvary Church website.)

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Follow Alice Despard's Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

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.

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Calvary Film Festival

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: June 4, 2019

And Breathe Normally: An Icelandic single mom struggling with poverty and a Guinea-Bissauan asylum seeker facing deportation find their lives intertwined in unexpected ways.

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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

Hill-Stead Museum and Garden

Photos from May 27 visit

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Tom Verde organized a visit to see Hill-Stead’s world-class collection of French Impressionist paintings and fine art, exquisite decorative arts and handsome antiques. These are on display in a 1901 Colonial Revival house, designed by one of the country’s first female architects, Theodate Pope Riddle.

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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.

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, June 9, Pentecost
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
11:45 a.m. -- Calvary Brunch Bunch / Breakwater Restaurant
3 p.m. -- Calvary Music School Concert / church & parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Tuesday, June 11
7 p.m. -- Calvary Movie Night

Friday, June 14
11 a.m. -- Prayer Group / church
6 p.m. -- Porch Party / 159-161 Wamphassuc Road, Stonington

Sunday, June 16
8 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10 a.m. -- Holy Eucharist, Rite II
11 a.m. -- refreshment hour / church yard or parish hall
7 p.m. -- Alcoholics Anonymous / parish hall

Refreshment Hour


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

There are still Sundays when you can volunteer to host this gathering.

This is a great opportunity for fellowship. Weather permitting, "Refreshment Hour" can now be served on a card table in the courtyard. Tables are stored in the Parish Hall closet. Hosts provide a gallon each of lemonade and iced tea (sold at Big Y), and some cookies. Paper cups are stored in lower drawers in the kitchen. Any questions...Please email or call her at 203-249-2497

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