Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, September 9, 2018

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

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Dear friends,

First of all, thank you for keeping our family and especially Milind's extended family in your thoughts and prayers as we come to terms with the loss of Milind's father. We are firm in our belief that our loved one is in the presence of our Lord to whom we all belong.

As we begin to come back from our vacations to our routine working lives, I pray that we will come together to continue in our discernment of where God is calling us to be and to do in and through this community that we love called Calvary Church.

I have had some very meaningful conversations with parishioners about God's call upon our lives. From those conversations, there has been one specific ministry that was identified, which may be beneficial to many in our church. Please prayerfully consider participating in the new initiative of the very excited and committed team called the "Spiritual Formation Ministry."

Spiritual Formation Ministry Team

The Ministry for Spiritual Formation is a new initiative at Calvary Church. We will work together in small groups in an intentional process of deepening our relationship with God. Through the teachings of Jesus and support of each other, we can become more aware of who God has called us to be. Through educational endeavors and other spiritual practices/disciplines, this ministry intends to:

  1. Encourage a deeper awareness of God's presence in our lives and in the world.

  2. Facilitate a safe environment to share and discuss matters of faith in our day to day life.

  3. Create periodic time and space for contemplative spiritual practices.

  4. Help discern meaningful engagement in our community and beyond that is reflective of Jesus' incarnational life.

We hope you are curious and want to know more. This ministry team hopes the first study together in small groups will start the last week in September. The book chosen for the study is "Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit: growing in Christlikeness" by Christopher J. H. Wright. More information to follow soon about where to sign up and who to contact.

Your sister in Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal

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

Senior Warden's Update

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-Senior Wardens

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

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Picnic at Waterford Beach

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Come join other Episcopalians in the Region for a Picnic on September 15th from noon to 3pm at Waterford Beach.

Go to the Eugene O'Neil Theater at 305 Great Neck Rd.; once inside the grounds, take the first right and follow the road to the picnic area. Grilled meat and beverages will be provided.  Please bring a side to share.  It will be helpful if you RSVP at

Calvary Film Festival

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Calvary Film Festival: 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, on Tuesday evening, Sept. 11 at 7:00 p.m. 

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.

All Saints: In this uplifting true story, pastor Michael Spurlock receives a directive to close tiny All Saints Church, which can't pay its mortgage. Instead, he turns to a group of Southeast Asian refugees to help create a working farm that will pay the bills.

Join us on September 11.

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.

Teammates For Life


News from Teammates for Life in Uganda!  Did you know that "Help me Jump" has its own Facebook page? Take a look at their page which includes a trailer which is part of a Teammates for Life documentary that will come out at the end of September. Vianna McGugan.

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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Music Literacy Class

Learning to read music is like learning a new language. This course will help you understand the basics of notated music - its vocabulary and symbols - to understand rhythm, pitch, melody, harmony, and expression. Open to teens and adults with little or no prior knowledge of reading music. Six classes on Saturday mornings from 9:30 - 10:30, September 22, 29, and October 6, 13, 20, and 27. 

Click HERE to Enroll

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.   

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.