Notes From Calvary


Liturgies this Sunday, September 16, 2018

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

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Dear Friends, 

This Sunday we will once again hear Jesus ask us all, 

“But who do you say that I am?”

This is a question asked of the disciples by Jesus right in the middle of Mark’s gospel, and this is probably the central question posed by the author of Mark around which the whole gospel is written. 

In the brief time that I have been here with you, it seems like I have done a lot of funerals/memorials for your loved ones, who I never had the pleasure to meet or to know. It was so meaningful to sit with those who had lost their loved ones and hear the stories of who their loved one was. I have heard on more than one occasion when people said to me, “It was as if you knew him (or her)” after the service. To know a person is a lifelong journey. I have learnt to get a snapshot of the people whose lives we have celebrated here at Calvary from what was told to me, but it takes more than hearing about someone to actually love and believe in that person. I wish I knew them, for every person’s life stories made me feel like I missed someone special, but I know that there is one who knows them all intimately. 

That someone who knows us all so intimately is also the one who longs for us to know him for who he is. Jesus yearns for us to know him as he knows us and loves us so completely. Since the day he asked his disciples about who he was to them, Jesus has never stopped seeking to find out who he is to us. To declare Jesus as the Messiah was not some platitude that Peter was throwing out there to please Jesus, it was a confession that would cost not just Jesus’ life but also the lives of the disciples.

What is it about truly recognizing Jesus for who he is that invariably lands one on the way of the cross? What is the way of the cross for us today? I hope this is a daily question for those of us who have the audacity and courage to confess Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Peter confessed it with expectations that were so far from the cross that Jesus had to reprimand him. I believe our Messiah can be understood only when we stand under the shadow of the cross. May we be open to Jesus’ question to every generation, “But who do you say that I am?”

In Christ, 
Ajung Sojwal
September 16, 2018

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

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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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. 18 at 7 pm.

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. Coming this Tuesday: The Guilded Age: As wealth expanded during the late nineteenth century in America, two distinct classes rose simultaneously, one exceedingly rich, the other increasingly poor. These disparities sparked passionate and violent debate over questions still being asked in our own times: How is wealth best distributed, and by what process? Does government exist to protect private property or serve all citizens? Should the government concern itself chiefly with economic growth or economic justice? The battles over these questions were fought in Congress, the courts, the polling place, the workplace and the streets. This PBS documentary examines one of the most convulsive and transformative eras in American history. 

Join us on September 18.

Picnic at Waterford Beach


Come join other Episcopalians in the Region for a Picnic! 

September 15th 
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:

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

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.