Feb 28 2015

This Week’s Notes for March 1st

Published under Noteworthy

Lenten Luncheon continue on March 2nd

Lenten Reading continues - please join us!

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.

SUNDAY, MARCH 1ST  IN THE PARISH HALL FOLLOWING THE 10:00 SERVICE – Please join us for a forum about a new volunteer opportunity in the Community Giving Garden at Coogan Farm in Mystic.  Meet Craig Floyd, Coogan Farm Manager, who will present the garden’s goals, explain their volunteer needs, and share his extensive gardening expertise.  Key goals for the garden are to grow produce year-round and provide nutritious food the needy locally.  The Outreach Committee is excited to bring this hands-on ministry to the congregation and looks forward to a fruitful discussion.  Outreach will also be hosting Coffee Hour with a garden theme for inspiration!

SAVE THE DATES!  50th Anniversary of Calvary’s Lenten Luncheons continue this week!  Noonday Prayer at 11:45 a.m.; luncheons served 12-1:30 p.m. on March 2, 9, 16, and 23.  Fliers including menus and chefs are available at the back of the church.

SAVE THE DATE:  The Calvary Church Annual Progressive Dinner will be held on Sat., March 28.  We will start the evening with refreshments and appetizers at the home of the Hon. Rob and Heidi Simmons.  Then we will break up into small groups and gather for dinner and salad at members’ homes.  We will all gather again together for dessert and coffee.  It’s a lively evening, with plenty of opportunities to get to know new people.  Invitations will be sent out soon, so watch your e-mail for details.  Call Carole Barnard at 860-535-9480 for further information.

UNITED THANK OFFERING:  The annual collection for the United Thank Offering began last Sunday and will continue under the Sunday after Easter (April 12).  The familiar Blue Boxes may be found at the end of each pew, and we encourage everyone to take one and each time you “count your blessings”, drop a coin or bill into your box.  All monies collected from UTO will be used by the Episcopal Church for grants both in this country and abroad.  The United Thank Offering program was begun over 100 years ago and is a way of giving thanks to God for our daily blessings.  “Thou hast given so much . . . give me one thing more, a grateful heart.”  (William A. Ward)

ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION:  CALVARY FILM FESTIVAL!  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.  Our next film will be Omagh:  In this intensely emotional examination of the aftermath of the 1998 IRA bombing that killed 29 people in Omagh, Northern Ireland, Michael Gallagher (Gerard McSorley) the bereaved father of one of the victims, battles point-scoring politicians and face-saving police to find an explanation for what exactly happened – and what should be done about it.  This gripping film directed by Pete Travis garnered numerous international awards.  Join us in the Parish Hall at on March 10.

UGANDA MISSION TEAM BRACELET PROJECT – Hang in there with us!  Just a few more weeks until Palm Sunday when we hope everyone will be wearing a bracelet from Uganda.  If you have one, please wear it to church every Sunday and especially on Palm Sunday.  If you or a friend do not have one, please come to the Parish Hall after the service.  We have every color that could make you and the women in Uganda happy.  Karen McGee, Liefe Wheeler, Vianna McGugan, and the Calvary Uganda Mission Team.

HOMELESS HOSPITALITY CENTER:  Record-breaking low temperatures and storms continue, blankets or sleeping bags are still needed more than ever.  This week we’ve had another blanket donated, and the Hospitality Center thanks you for keeping their needs in mind!  Please donate any clean, gently-used or new blankets or sleeping bags to the homeless in New London.  Drop your donations in the church or church office any time.  They are very much appreciated!  If you have any questions, contact Phyllis in the office at 860-535-1181 or at calvchurch@aol.com.  Thank you for helping to keep someone warm on these frigid nights.

WOULD YOU LIKE A SIMPLE WAY TO HAVE AMAZON HELP SUPPORT CALVARY’S OUTREACH PROGRAMS?  If so, sign up to Amazon Smile, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice at no extra cost to you for purchases you are already making.  Amazon Smile uses your current Amazon account, so your shopping cart, wish lists, and other account settings are the same.  Here is how to sign up.

Go to smile.amazon.com

Sign in to your regular Amazon account.  You will need your email address and your Amazon password.

In the top left portion of the screen (just to the right of the “amazon smile” logo) there is a field for choosing and supporting your charitable organization.  Click on the “Supporting” field.

On the next screen you are able to “pick your own charitable organization”, please type in “Calvary Episcopal Church Stonington, CT” and then click the “Search” button.

Calvary Episcopal Church Stonington, CT will be in the results section.  You just need to click the “Select” button.  Once selected, Amazon will return you to their main page and give you a quick thank you message.

Amazon Smile donations are generally transferred approximately 45 days after the end of each calendar quarter.

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.

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.  A date in March in still open as well as all of April!  Think spring!  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 evelynnlyons@hotmail.com.

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#.



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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