Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, June 23, 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,

As we approach the summer solstice, we also begin that time of year when the choir takes a well-deserved break and Sunday school is on vacation. Some familiar faces find other places to attend worship and enjoy. Other familiar folks return for the season.

While these natural Stonington rhythms carry on, so too does our Sunday morning way of praise, prayer, thanksgiving and celebration.

At both 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on the first day of the week, people of Calvary and our welcome summer guests will gather at our church by the sea.

It will be my privilege to be with you through the week following my last Sunday as your Interim Priest-in-Charge, July 7.

The rest of the Sundays in July will be led by visiting priests or by Alice Despard, who will officiate at Morning Prayer on July 28.

The Rev. Gillian Barr will begin her ministry as Calvary’s next Rector on August 1, preaching and celebrating for the first time on August 4.

Congratulations again to the leadership at Calvary for the hard work and faithful discernment leading up to successful call of a new ordained leader. Congratulations also too Gillian as she prepares to launch a blessed season of ministry at this vital and gifted parish.

Many blessings,


Rain or Shine

Indoor dining available in case of showers.


Calvary's First Porch Party

Kip Colligan and Tiffany Hendry welcomed more than 50 guests to Calvary's June 14 Porch Party. The casually festive event was the first in a series sponsored by the Stewardship committee as social occasions for members of the church.

A good time was had by all. The snacks were delicious, the weather was beautiful and the view of Stonington as the sun set was spectacular.

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Our Next Porch Party

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Please join us on July 18, from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. for a relaxing evening to get to know each other better. There is no agenda—except fellowship!

The event will be 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. Hosts provide the venue and tables.

Hope to see you there!!!

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 25, 2019

Measure of a Man: For Bobby Marks, his portly physique and the harassment dispensed by a local bully compound the usual challenges of teenage life. But one summer, Bobby discovers his inner bravado when he needs it most.

Eleanor Geyelin Sims Casey Memorial Service

Saturday, June 29

The memorial service for Ellie Casey will be held at 11 a.m., at her beloved Calvary Church to celebrate her long and, until the last few years, active and full life. The service will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.

Sunday Brunch Bunch

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Next Brunch Bunch:
Sunday, July 14

Life doesn't get much better than this!!

Our next Brunch will be on July 14 at 11:15 at Breakwater... Note the time change.. join us for a fun brunch by the harbor.

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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Upcoming SECT Region Events

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Mexico Border Ministries: 
Information & Opportunities

5:30 p.m., Monday, June 24 - St. James Church, New London

Dear Friends at Calvary Church,

The images that we see from life along our border with Mexico evoke a range of responses, and often a desire to do something. A group in St. James’, New London has recently heard first-hand accounts, and has received a list of different agencies and groups ministering along the border. 

You are invited to come learn more about their findings on Monday, June 24th at 5:30pm at St. James: 76 Federal St., New London. We hope to have recent visitors to the border present as well. Whether or not you can attend, we ask your prayers and thoughtful participation in how God is calling us to respond as people who bear witness to the love of God for all.

Thank you,

Rachel Thomas,
Southeast Region Missionary

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.

Calvary Calendar

This Week

Sunday, June 23
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

Tuesday, June 25
7 p.m. -- Calvary Movie Night

Friday, June 28
11:00 a.m. -- Prayer Group / Sanctuary
12:30 p.m. -- Prayer Shawl Knitters / sacristy

Sunday, June 30

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