Notes from The Wardens


August 30, 2018

The Senior Warden's Report

As we reported to you at the end of June, the vestry (with your help following the "All Parish" meeting), identified several tasks to work on to improve the health of the Church and prepare for the eventual calling of a new Rector. We are pleased to share with you some of the important progress that has been made to date. 


We are delighted to announce the hiring of Matthew Provost as our new Organist & Choirmaster. Many of you may have heard Matthew's performance at Calvary on the 4th of July. Matthew holds a Doctorate in Music from McGill University and comes to us with over 30 years of experience in Choral Direction and Organ Performance. Matthew's first official service in this new role will be on Sunday, September 9th... please join us in welcoming Matthew! 

In terms of our physical space, Junior Warden John Phelps has been working closely with Ledge Light Health District to address many concerns they have raised regarding the presence of lead paint, especially in areas such as the Chapel which are used by the Calvary Nursery School students. The lead paint in the Chapel has been fully abated in time for the new school year! Special thanks are due to Howard Park, who creatively was able to encapsulate the "Angels" painted on the chapel wall (also with lead-based paint) with a clear sealant so that their presence can be enjoyed for years to come. 

The Calvary Nursery School space has also been renovated with the removal of a wall, which will allow the two teachers to better oversee the entire classroom of young students. A new employee manual was developed and will be adopted for the beginning of the school year.

With the conversion of Calvary House from a shared space back to the Rectory, hosting the music lessons provided by Calvary Music School has been a challenge. We are grateful to the La Grua Center which has graciously agreed to allow many of our lessons to be held in their space.

On the technology front, Jim Taylor has been working closely with Heather Rhodes (who designed the Music School's site) on developing a new website for Calvary Church. We look forward to announcing the new site and its launch very soon!

Sadly, we recently leaned that our long time Sexton, Bob Wood, has decided to retire at the end of this summer. Alice Despard has been our "Summer Sexton" during Bob's vacation and has most competently filled his shoes. Thankfully, we have been able to retain Alice to continue in the role of "Interim Sexton"

As you can see Calvary is a very busy place even during the lazy days of summer. What makes all this activity possible and successful, is not simply the work of the Vestry, but more importantly, all the lay leadership of the Parish. We are most thankful to all who have served and continue to do so. Particularly, we would like to thank Alice Despard who, when we could not find supply clergy, held lovely services of Morning Prayer. We are also extremely grateful and thankful for the talents of Bob Guarino, who kept the music flowing beautifully during our summer services. 

We continue to extend an invitation for all to be involved; there are a myriad of ways in which we rely on you, our parishioners. Whether it's helping assemble bulletins in the office, serving on Altar Guild, participating in a service as an Usher, Lector or Minister of Communion, hosting Coffee Hour (the list goes on and on). So, if you feel a calling to take on a ministry or be more involved, please do not hesitate to reach out to Ajung, your Wardens or Vestry members. We are so very grateful for your service...especially during this time of transition.  

Finally, Bishop Laura Ahern will be re-visiting the Vestry on October 23rd. We are confident she will be most impressed with the progress we have made as a Church, again thanks to all for your efforts. 

Have a great Labor Day weekend!
Jennifer Parsons & Betsy Carr, Co-Sr. Wardens