Sep 18 2014

This Week’s Notes for September 14th

Published under Noteworthy

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Join us next Sunday, Sept. 14, for Homecoming & Harvest of Opportunities!

This Week’s Prayer List

This Week’s Calendar

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

THE GIFT OF A NEW ORGAN!

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.

NEW ASSORTMENT OF CALVARY NOTE CARDS:  Prayer & Care has prepared a new assortment of Calvary Note Cards for use by the Clergy and Prayer and Care Team.  They will be available for purchase by parishioners at the Harvest of Opportunities TODAY.  There is a 10-card assortment of beautiful images from the church and campus, plus packages of Dick Wertz’ painting of the church.  Purchase price is $10/pack.

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.)  The story of Judaism, the moral ambiguity of war, African American history, and the blessings of the natural world are among the compelling themes examined in this year’s series of dramatic feature films and documentaries.  Group discussion will follow each showing.  Please join us, tell your friends, and we look forward to seeing you at “Tuesday Night at the Movies” at Calvary Church this year.  The Story of the Jews:  British historian Simon Schama continues this epic series exploring the extraordinary story of the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day.  Both deeply historical and utterly contemporary, this is a compelling film about distinctiveness and difference, separation and isolation, tolerance and prejudice.  Continuing on Tues., Sept. 16 and concluding on Tues., Sept. 23 in the Parish Hall at 7:00 p.m.

Please join the TREBLE CHOIR for CHORAL EVENSONG on Sunday, September 21st at 5:00 p.m.  This will be our annual ‘Whiting’ evensong where we acknowledge individual choristers achievements and celebrate their vocal accomplishments.  The choristers will sing music by George Dyson and Ralph Vaughan Williams.  This is also an ‘Open House’ event for the choristers.  Potential choristers are invited to sit with the choir during the service and the rehearsal before the service will be open to all to observe.  A reception will follow.  www.calvary-music.org.

LARGE PRINT COPIES OF FORWARD DAY BY DAY ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN THE PAMPHLET RACK AT THE BACK OF THE CHURCH.

LARGE PRINT HYMNALS & PRAYER BOOKS AND LARGE PRINT COPIES OF THE BULLETIN ARE ALSO AT THE BACK OF THE CHURCH.  PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK AN USHER OR ANY CHURCH OFFICER, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THESE FOR USE DURING THE SERVICE.

A RECENT NOTE FROM THE PAWCATUCK NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER indicates that the Emergency Food Pantry could really use canned fruit, instant mashed potatoes, baked beans, spaghetti sauce, canned chicken, and jam.  The Food Pantry is always in need of cereal, peanut butter, and jelly, mac & cheese, ravioli, and fruit cups.  They also have a client whose son is a size XXL.  He started school last week.  The mother would very much appreciate gift cards to Walmart.  He’s battling his weight problem and is growing taller, but he needs sneakers, socks, shirts, and pants/shorts that fit him.  PNC gave him the one card that they had, but it won’t go far.  If you can help, the family would greatly appreciate it!  Vicki at the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.

SCHOLARSHIPS PROVIDED FOR STUDENTS FROM CHAIN:  Our two scholarship recipients from CHAIN Foundation, Joel and Mary, are entering their third year of college.  This month we sent a total of $1,500.00 from the Uganda Scholarship Fund to pay for a full semester for both of them at university.  Joel is studying Telecommunications Education at Kyambogo U., and Mary is studying Education at Uganda Christian University.  Both Mary and Joel return to Chain to volunteer their services at the orphanage.  We were privileged to meet them, review their study programs and grades and present them with their very first laptops, thanks to Vianna and Pfizer.  They expressed their gratitude to the members of Calvary Parish for giving them the opportunity to continue their education.  We have been providing scholarships to students for 13 years and have witnessed the difference it has made in their lives and the ways they are giving back to their communities.  Thanks be to God!  The Uganda Mission Team.

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).  September 21 is still open for volunteers to sign up as well as October 12, 19, & 26!  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 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”.  There are many stages of life that are common to women as well as experiences that are unique.  Change can be welcome at any age when new opportunities emerge for life fulfillment.  But change can also be challenging.  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.

LOAN OF CHURCH CHAIRS & TABLES TO ACTIVE CHURCH MEMBERS IS POSSIBLE, BUT MUST BE REQUESTED THROUGH THE CHURCH OFFICE AND APPROVED BY THE RECTOR.  This past year, occasionally we’ve had a problem with people returning these items late when they were needed for church programs, or taking them without asking.  You must “sign-out” what you have taken in the booklet in the church office, and return at the agreed upon time.  We request you consider a donation of $1 per chair borrowed – this money goes directly into a fund to replace broken chairs and tables (the Rector pays just like everyone else for chairs he borrows for personal use!).  We want to be good stewards of the church’s property and need your help and support in this.

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#.  Although you will enter the service broadcast in an automatic “listen only mode”, you should mute your phone anyway as a precaution!

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CALVARY HOUSE MEMORIAL LIBRARY HOURS:

Sundays 9 to 10 a.m. and Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Copies of past “Notes from the Rector” can be found in the library

in a blue binder on the shelf to the left of the “sign-out book”.

 

 

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