Oct 01 2014

This Week’s Notes for September 28th

Published under Noteworthy

Join us for our Annual Blessing of the Animals on October 5th!

Join us for an Adult Education Trip to Historic Deerfield, MA, on Sat., Oct. 18th!

This Week’s Prayer List

This Week’s Calendar


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.

YOU ARE INVITED - NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5TH, TO ONE WORSHIP SERVICE 9 AM  (FOR BOTH THE “8 AM AND THE 10 AM CROWD)  Then stay for 10:30 AM, All-Church-Family Brunch on the Grounds!  Sign up after services on Sunday, Sept. 28th to let us know you are coming or contact Jim and Mary McAuley at 860-536-1980 or at james_l_mc_auley@sbcglobal.net  Share Your Live, Share Yourself, Share with God

COVENANT TO CARE:  Our social worker, Lynn Taylor, is looking for bunk beds or 2 twin beds for a foster family she is working to assist.  If you have twin bed frames you can donate to a worthy cause, please contact Lori Taylor at 860-59-1715 or at lorit1227@me.com.

SPECIAL REQUEST FROM COVENANT TO CARE:  Our social worker with Covenant to Care has asked Calvary to help a young man soon to be discharged from the Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown, CT.  CJTS is a facility for troubled youth that offers an alternate to incarceration, where they get counseling, training, and an education.  This young man is being transitioned to his own apartment in New London through a federally funded program.  In order to be part of this program, he has had to make significant changes in his life.  He needs everything to furnish his new home – food, linens, dishes/cookware, even clothing.  This is a great opportunity to make a huge difference in one person’s life, and give him the best shot at success.  If you have any items to help this young man, please drop them off at the church or office – new or gently used items are welcome.  He is 6’3”, 185 lbs. and moves into his new place the first week of October.  Any questions, please contact Lori Taylor at 860-599-1715 or lorit1227@me.com.

ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION:  CALVARY FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS!  As part of this year’s Adult Christian Education program, we are pleased to once again offer a variety of engaging films, to be shown in the Parish Hall, free of charge, on selected Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. (Please note this new time.)  Promises:  This powerful, unprecedented documentary offers a compelling, refreshing and humorous vision of the Middle East conflict through the eyes of Palestinian and Israeli children growing up in Jerusalem.  Join us on September 30th in the Parish Hall at 7:00 p.m.

LARGE PRINT HYMNALS & PRAYER BOOKS AND LARGE PRINT COPIES OF THE BULLETIN are also available in the back of the church. . LARGE PRINT COPIES OF FORWARD DAY BY DAY are now available in the pamphlet rack at the back of the church.

As a regular part of their practice and training cycle this year, THE TREBLE CHOIR WILL PRESENT A BRIEF CHORAL EVENSONG AT 6 P.M. ON THE SECOND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH.  You are cordially invited to come enjoy their music and this beautiful offering of praise and worship to God.

Spirituality Book Club continues into the fall with our new book ,Learning to Walk in the Dark, by Barbara Brown Taylor. A New York Times Best seller and also recently featured on the cover of Time, “Learning to Walk in the Dark” is available on Amazon.  Our first meeting will be Tuesday, September 30th at  3pm in the Sacristy. All are welcome to join us!  . Here is the blurb from the website.

         From the New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark provides a way to find spirituality in those times when we don’t have all the answers. Taylor has become increasingly uncomfortable with our tendency to associate all that is good with lightness and all that is evil and dangerous with darkness. Doesn’t God work in the nighttime as well? In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all that God has to teach us “in the dark.” Through darkness we find courage, we understand the world in new ways, and we feel God’s presence around us, guiding us through things seen and unseen. Often, it is while we are in the dark that we grow the most.

The Calvary Music School Faculty Recital will be taking place here at Calvary Church on Friday, October 3 at 7pm.  We encourage you to take this exciting opportunity to hear diverse performances given by the school’s exceptionally talented instructors.  Wine and refreshments will be served after the recital.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS!, Sunday, October 5th at 2p.m.  Please join us for this special outdoor service in celebration of the life of St. Francis! All creatures great and small (pet and stuffed animals) are welcome!

The ECW is pleased to present a special COFFEE MORNING AT CALVARY ON THURS., OCT. 9.  The Rev. Julia Fuller, a retired Presbyterian minister and currently Chaplain of Weekapaug Chapel, will lead an interactive discussion entitled “Processing Life Changes and Transitions for Women”.  Rev. Fuller is ideally suited to lead this discussion.  She returned to college and graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1978 and was ordained a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), starting a whole new career.  She then earned two degrees in Mental Health Counseling in 2007 from Salve Regina College.  She has a private practice in Ashaway, RI, as a Mental Health Counselor.  All women are invited to join us at 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall for refreshments provided by ECW members, followed by the discussion beginning at 10:30.  Please reserve a space by contacting Carole Barnard at 860-535-9480 or at barnardmaine@comcast.net.  Please feel free to bring a friend.

There are still many open dates to host COFFEE HOUR!  Coffee Hour is a great opportunity for fellowship. Please join us after the 10:00 a.m. service for this time of sharing and getting to know each other. We are looking for volunteers to host a coffee hour (iced tea & lemonade in the courtyard in the summer).  November 9, 16, 23, and 30 are still open for volunteers to sign up.  Iced tea & lemonade mix are provided during the summer and coffee during other seasons . 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 evelynnlyons@hotmail.com.

The PAWCATUCK NEIGHBORHOOD EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRY needs:  cereal, baked beans, Spam, strawberry jelly, pudding cups, and juice in plastic bottles (apple, grape or orange).  Many thanks for all you do.  Vicki at the PNC.

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 steviechampion@gmail.com 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#.

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