Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, September 30, 2018

Holy Eucharist, Rite II,  at 9 AM

Stewardship Brunch at 10:30am

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Dear Friends, 

It’s been a very difficult week for the Calvary Church family. It has been especially painful for the Vestry to bear the responsibility of putting in place changes identified as needed to make ready the parish for the next Rector. Right from the first time I met with the Vestry, I have seen just how every member deeply loves and cares for the church. Their love and sense of responsibility for the Body of Christ here at Calvary have been evident in the way they have spent endless hours gathering information, seeking counsel from within and outside the church, and finally laying out a strategic plan of short and long term goals for the church you love so much. The process of implementing the needed changes for the church has happened with the deepest concern and much prayer.

At this juncture in my faith journey with you, I am reminded of the issues the very first church in Jerusalem had to address as told in Acts chapter six. Jesus’ apostles found themselves burdened and encumbered from fully engaging in their call to proclaim the Gospel and giving spiritual nurture to the growing Body of Christ in a situation of increasing administrative needs. The apostles gathered the community, they voiced their concern and tasked the community to solve the issue of growing needs. The people selected seven disciples to manage and oversee the increased needs of the church so to free the apostles to do what God had called them to do. Soon after, the writer of Acts says, “The word of God continued to spread; the numbers of the disciples increased greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.”

I have complete faith in you as the beloved community of God that you will find the courage and the wisdom to step forward in faith, believing, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28). This precious “little church by the Sea” was birthed by the Holy Spirit long before anyone of us was here, she has gone through many painful transitions, and continues to be a sanctuary for the many who come yearning to meet God.

May God open our hearts to pray without ceasing, to give thanks in every circumstance, and to trust that He is working in and through each of our lives.

In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
September 28, 2018

We look forward to seeing you here at Calvary on Sunday!  Abundant blessings & best wishes.

"Be Still And Know That I Am God!"

Psalm 46:10

A Great Offering for Our Community is Here

Curious? Would like to try? Love contemplative spiritual practices? 

Come to church 15 minutes early and join Alice Despard for a brief centering session with bells, simple chants, and a few minutes of silent meditation. During the month of October, Alice will be "holding a space” for a 10-minute contemplative practice in the parish hall from 9:45-9:55 am just before the service to help us move inwardly closer to God’s Presence and perhaps deepen our experience of Sunday morning worship in church. 

Drop in any October Sunday at 9:45 am
and try out this bite-size contemplative practice!

New Youth Group


First Meeting will be held on Friday,
September 28, 5-7 pm in the Parish Hall

If you are a middle or high school student, please join us for an evening of pizza and help us create a new program just for you! Our vision is to form a group that meets monthly for a 2 hour block where the group can explore their faith, gain a deeper understanding of the Episcopal traditions, and put our faith in action thru outreach projects. We are also looking for a few mentors who would be willing to volunteer their time to facilitate liturgical and spiritual discussions, and/or lead the youth in a mission/outreach.

Contact Brenda Hultgren for additional information,

Calvary Church Ministry
of Spiritual Formation

Discovering a closer relationship with God

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

asks Mary Oliver... 

She is a past poet laureate who challenges us to be curious, to understand our purpose and to explore ideas that sometimes scare us a little. You are invited to join us in a year of spiritual exploration that we hope will lead us to a more intimate understanding of God. 

Our challenge as we start this ministry, is to understand the gifts of the spirit given for each of us to claim. They are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Check out Galations 5:22-23. The book we will read is “Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit” by Christopher J.H. Wright. It is not a book of “should”, but a book about barriers we hold up to fully realizing our potential and live by the indwelling Christ.

There will be 3 small groups who will meet once a week for the next 6 weeks. The group format is not about teaching “how to” but it is about sharing stories and hopes and barriers to fulfilling the promise of the fruits. 

We hope every one reads the book. They can be ordered on Amazon, Savoy or Bank Square Books. There will also be some available in the church office on September 18, 2018.

If you would like to join a small group please contact:

  • Tuesdays beginning September 25, 201 at 6:30 PM at the home of Julie and Steven Schaub, 234 River Road, Pawcatuck CT. Julie and Juliet Hodge will facilitate the group. RSVP Juliet at 860-235-5644 or

  • Wednesdays beginning September 26, 2018 at 5 PM in the Sacristry. Carole Barnard will facilitate the group. RSVP Carole Barnard at 860-9480 or

  • Thursdays beginning September 27, 2018 at 9 AM at the home of Karen McGee, 22 Diving Street in the Boro. RSVP Karen or 513-919-1542.

Ministry Team

Carole Barnard, Juliet Hodge, Julie Dowd Straub, Louise and Bill Hoffman, Bob Martin, Karen McGee and led by Rev. Ajung Sojwal.

Pot Luck Brunch


The Stewardship Committee has organized a Pot Luck Brunch scheduled for
Sunday, September 30, immediately following the 9:00 am service.

(that's right, there will only be 1 service held on September 30th at 9:00 am)

Please plan to join us in the Parish Hall for a yummy assortment of brunch dishes. To ensure adequate seating and good assortment of food, we are asking you to call or email Jim and Mary McAuley and tell us that you are coming and what you would like to bring. It can be anything from Great Grand Ma Ma's famous Apple Cinnamon Strudel to a gallon of OJ. We will be happy to provide you with suggestions and recipes, OR if you are a one-dish wonder, you may bring whatever you would like!  

There are also opportunities to help-out with set up and clean up. Most importantly, please plan to join us. We will be available after each Sunday service beginning on September 9th, to sign you up... or you can call or email us. We look forward to hearing from you. Jim and Mary McAuley 860 536-1980 or

Besides the chance for great fellowship, there will also be updates
on the transition, volunteer recognition, and an opportunity
to tour the newly-renovated Rectory!

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A Concert to Benefit
Connecticut Early Music Festival

Will be Hosted on October 14th at 4pm

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The concert, “Exploring Baroque Music for the Organ” will feature Matthew Provost on Calvary’s newly-installed Richards, Fowkes & Co. pipe organ, with commentary by CEMF Artistic Director, Ian Watson. We hope you can join us for what promises to be an exciting afternoon. 

A reception will follow at Stonington Harbor Yacht Club. 

Tickets for the concert and reception are $75 and may be purchased online at or by phone at 860-536-2726. Seating is limited, so please book early! The deadline to order tickets is Thursday, Oct. 11th. All tickets will be held at the door. 

For more information, email

Calvary Film Festival

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As part of this year's Adult Christian Education program, Calvary Church is pleased to offer the following film, to be shown in the Parish Hall, free of charge.

Tuesday evenings at 7pm

This season's series of dramatic feature films and documentaries will explore many of the challenges facing society today: immigration, income inequality, and the inspiring true stories of powerful and courageous women who stood up to political and gender-based oppression.Group discussion will follow each showing. 

This Tuesday: Sophie Scholl: Arrested for participating in the White Rose resistance movement, anti-Nazi activist Sophie Scholl is subjected to a highly charged interrogation by the Gestapo, testing her loyalty to her cause, her family and her convictions. Based on true events, director Marc Rothemund's absorbing Oscar-nominated drama explores maintaining human resolve in the face of intense pressure from a system determined to silence whistle-blowers. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

7:00 PM 9:30 PM 

News from Calvary

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Did you know that Tom Verde (see article about Calvary Film Festival) recently won an award from the Religion News Association?


The story was one of a package Tom submitted in the "News Analysis" category. The stories ran in the New York Times, Politico, and the Religion News Service. Here are the links:




And the Judge's Comments:

How old was Joseph? And why does it matter? The writer takes an offhand comment from a Roy Moore supporter about how Joseph was older than Mary and turns it into a riveting story about why Joseph's age has been a flashpoint throughout history and what it means for Christianity. The writer also takes on one of the most fraught issues of our times: whether guns should be allowed in places of worship and uses scripture to pointedly frame the debate.

Last Things

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The second printing of "Last Things" is available now in the church office. 

The booklet is a guide to help individuals and families exchange honest conversations about end of life desires and needs. It is both practical and spiritual. It is our hope that you will complete the pages at the end and share the information with your family, place a copy with your will and share with your church leaders. The booklet was written for Calvary Church members. If you have any suggestions or additions for the next printing please let us know. In the fall there will be a discussion of "Last Things".  It will be held after church in the Parish Hall. The booklet is in the church office, and we ask for a donation of $10 for the booklet to help defray expenses. 

Thank You


Thank you to all who have "joined the mission" to preserve the Stained Glasses of Calvary for posterity by purchasing the book Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary. 

Jim and I report to the congregation that the amount of $5,237.73 has been donated to date to the window fund from the purchases of the book and associated donations. As already reported, one hundred percent of the proceeds from the book sale go to the church if bought through us - we absorb the state sales taxes. The church requested checks for the purchase of the book be made to Bette M. Collins to simplify its accounting. Accordingly, Jim and I set up a business account in the State of CT. Our donation tax advantages will also be calculated and donated to Calvary for the window fund. So thank you all. Bette MacGregor Collins, Author, Meditations on the Stained Glasses of Calvary.

Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center


Pawcatuck Neighbor Center's Food Pantry update: The Food Pantry is currently in need of pineapple, soups (chicken, beef, and vegetable), jelly, Spam, clam chowder, pasta noodles, and spaghetti sauce in cans. Their Daily Living closet is always in need of dish soap and laundry detergent. Items can be brought to the PNC. They are always available to stop by and pick up food as well.

Thank you so much for your constant support!!

Kind regards,
Susan Sedensky, Executive Director.

Blankets for the Homeless


Just a reminder:
We still collect blankets even during the summer!


Blankets continue to be needed by the Center, and we've had more donations. When sleeping outside, blankets are always a priceless gift no matter what the thermometer says. So far, we've received 46 blankets so keep us in mind as you clean closets, basements, and attics! Drop your donations in the back of the church or at the church office any time. If you have questions, just contact Phyllis in the office at 860-535-1181 or at Thank you for helping to keep someone more comfortable in the name of Christ.

Refreshment Hour


Refreshment Hour is a great Opportunity for Fellowship 

We are looking for volunteers to host this gathering.  All that is required is set-up, some snacks, 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


Enroll Now!

New Group Classes at Calvary Music School

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Guitar Class • Beginning Students • All Ages

Learn the essentials of acoustic guitar playing in a supportive group, with guidance and instruction by our outstanding guitar teacher, James Harris. Students must provide their own guitars. Four sessions on Saturday mornings from 10:30 - 11:15, October 6, 13, 20, and 27. 

Click HERE to Enroll


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This week at our staff meeting, we said goodbye to our Sexton, Bob Wood, who has been with us since 2005! We'll miss him but wish him all the best as he begins his retirement! We are fortunate that our own, Alice Despard, has agreed to assume the role of Interim Sexon.

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#.

Did You Know?

Calvary directories are published quarterly. 

There are copies available in the back of the church and in the office. As you leave church, take a look and if you notice a new color (new yellow copies are in the back of the church), please help yourself. It's helpful to be able to contact friends with phone numbers and email addresses when needed.   

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Whoever you are, from wherever you have come,
you are welcome here.