Mar 08 2014
WELCOME TO WORSHIP AT CALVARY CHURCH, STONINGTON. We invite you to participate in all parts of our service, including the Holy Communion. We also invite you to explore the many ways you might become involved in the life of Calvary – we would love to have you join with us in serving God and growing in faith.
LENTEN STUDY SERIES: All are warmly invited to join in this year’s Lenten Study Series taught by our Curate, The Reverend Emily Lloyd. The topic of this year’s class is Christian Prayer Tradition. Over the course of five weeks, the class will dive into the history of prayer tradition and explore different prayer practices from all over the world. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the rich history of prayer and a chance to incorporate different prayer practices into your Lenten devotion. Please join us in the Parish Hall from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12th for our first class. For this class, we will be exploring the Benedictine practice of Lecto Divina (Latin for Divine Reading). The class will be followed by Treble Evensong at 5:30 p.m. Topics to be covered follow: Mar. 12, Week 1: Lectio Divina, Scripture as Sacrament
Mar. 19, Week 2: Centering Prayer – Meditation East and West
Mar. 26, Week 3: Body Prayer/Labyrinth
Apr. 2, Week 4: Icons - Russian and Greek Orthodox Prayer Practices
Apr. 9, Week 5: Jesus Prayer and the Anglican Prayer Beads
SAVE THE DATE: 2014 Lenten Lunches start on Monday, March 17! Lunches are served 12-1:30, and each lunch is preceded by Noonday Prayer in the church at 11:45. Beef Stew by Carla Stebbins and Carol McBee. To be continued . . . March 24, March 31, April 7, and April 14. Any questions, call Lucia Johnstone at 860-912-4144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUSIC NOTES: on Fri., March 14th at 7 p.m., internationally renowned concert pianist Kimball Gallagher will play a recital for the Concerts at Calvary Series. Hailed by critics as a “dynamo”, whose performance was “sunlit and rapturous” and like a lightning bolt”, Gallagher’s sold-out 2008 debut at Carnegie Hall launched his international 88-Concert Tour, which seeks to revive salon culture through 88 performances in a variety of intimate venues. His performance at Calvary will be number 78a of his 88-Concert Tour. Please join students of Calvary Music School for an Honors Recital at the LaGrua Center Fri., March 28th at 7 p.m. The recital will feature several students who have been nominated for a merit scholarship or have received a merit scholarship this year. all donations received at the recital will benefit the CMS Merit Scholarship Fund. www.calvarymusicschool.org.
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 selected Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.. Group discussion will follow each showing. March 11 – Patrick – Liam Neeson narrates this absorbing docudrama about St. Patrick. Shot in Ireland and featuring commentary by best-selling author Frank McCourt, the film chronicles the 5th-century saint’s life from his meager beginnings to his rise as a revolutionary who helped synthesize Christianity and Celtic tradition. Calvary’s Uganda Mission Team flew out of JFK on Wednesday and arrived safely to begin their work with The Chain Foundation Orphanage for blind children. Please remember them in your prayers – Therese Alexander, Barbara Loftus, Mary Hughes, Roy Humphreys, Vianna McGugan, and Nanci Waugh. Follow their trip on their trip blog created by Vianna McGugan http://chain2014.tumblr.com/ Dan Hall made a wonderful YouTube video about Calvary Church for them to give to our Ugandan Friends at the Chain Foundation: http://youtu.be/41XH6slmRmw
It is UNITED THANK OFFERING TIME again! Lent is a time for daily prayer, reflection and alms giving. Every coin you drop in your UTO box is a way of sharing the blessings in your life in order to help people in need. UTO was started in the Episcopal Church in 1889. All Episcopal churches join in this collection. All monies – every coin or bill – are awarded as grants to needy causes in both our country and abroad. UTO boxes are located at the end of each pew and in the church school. UTO envelopes, for bills or checks, are available at the back of the church. Boxes and envelopes will be collected the Sunday after Easter, April 27th. I am happy to announce that the grand total collected last year was $662.00. Please help Calvary and the UTO continue to grow and change the lives of others. Doris Cory, a member of the ECW (Episcopal Church Women) and head of UTO. Calvary Youth Group will take our first ever YOUTH GROUP MISSION TRIP this summer to Harrisburg, PA from July 27th- August 1st! This is a very exciting step in the life of Calvary Youth Group. We are partnering with an excellent group called YouthWorks to spend a week serving various communities in and around Harrisburg. This mission group partnership comes highly recommended by several colleges in the Diocese. The cost per person will be $150. The low cost of this trip is made possible by the fundraising we will do and support from our Outreach team. The cost should in no way discourage anyone from attending. Scholarships are available. Please speak to me if you have any questions. The Rev. Emily Lloyd
HOMELESS HOSPITALITY CENTER: This week, Calvary parishioners continued to donate more blankets for the Homeless Hospitality Center in New London! That brings Calvary’s total to 123 blankets for this winter. With all these record breaking low temperatures, blankets are needed more than ever. The Hospitality Center in New London does not turn anyone away, so all can sleep indoors, but during the day, many people still have nowhere to go to keep warm. Keep those blankets coming . . .
COFFEE HOUR is a great opportunity for fellowship. Please join us after the 10 a.m., service for this time of sharing and getting to know each other. We are looking for volunteers to host a coffee hour. Coffee is provided. All that is required is set-up and some snacks. 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 email@example.com. A RECENT NOTE FROM THE
PAWCATUCK NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER tells us that their “Clothes Closet” has many needs: pillow cases & sheets (twin & double), overnight bag and duffle bags, blankets and quilts, gloves for children (they get lost at school or taken), leggings, ladies’ PJ’s; “Daily Living Supplies” needs laundry detergent, shampoo, conditioner, and soap; “Food Pantry” needs SPAM, baked beans, boxes of white rice, and apples would be nice! Many thanks for all you do. Vicki at the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.
The PRAYER SHAWL MAKERS will meet on the 4th Friday of the month at 12:15 in the Sacristy. For further information, please contact Stevie Champion at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-596-8518.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO BE PHYSICALLY PRESENT AT WORSHIP, you can now listen to our second Sunday service from a distance. Here are directions: Participants should dial 1-800-689-9374 (toll free). Following the voice prompt, enter the conference pin number of 747523#. Although you will enter the service broadcast in an automatic “listen only mode”, you should mute your phone anyway as a precaution!
WATCH HILL: PORTRAIT OF A NEW ENGLAND SEASIDE VILLAGE – Watch Hill Conservancy documentary - A new documentary film has been produced for the Watch Hill Conservancy and premiered on Rhode Island PBS, Thursday. It is a video documentary based on Chaplin B. Barnes’ history of Watch Hill, Watch Hill Through Time, published by the Conservancy in 2005. The video is intended to be an oral history companion piece to the book and to be available across multiple platforms and accessible to local community groups and schools. Chaplin Barnes is a Vice President and the former Executive Director of the Conservancy. Go to http://thewatchhillconservancy.org to view a wonderful trailer of the documentary.
The Stonington Historical Society will present the film on Thursday, March 14, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the LaGrua Center on Water Street in Stonington Borough. All are welcome to attend this free program.
CALVARY HOUSE MEMORIAL LIBRARY HOURS: Sundays 9 to 10 a.m. and Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.