Nov 26 2014

This Week’s Notes for November 30th

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Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service at Calvary, 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 26

This Week’s Prayer List

Advent Wreath Making on November 30th, 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel

Advent Lessons & Carols on Nov. 30th at 5 p.m.

St. Nicholas Day Celebration & Tree Trimming on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.

Join us for our Annual Messiah Sit & Sing on Sat., Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

2014 Christmas Pageant on Christmas Eve at 3 p.m.2014 

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Dec. 21st at 4 p.m.

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.

HOMELESS HOSPITALITY CENTER:  As the weather turns colder, it’s time to remember those without shelter this winter.  Already we have received our first 7 blankets of the season!  Please donate any clean, gently-used or new blankets to the homeless in New London.  Drop your donations in the church or church office any time.  If you have any questions, contact Phyllis in the office at 860-535-1181 or at  Thank you for helping to keep someone warm on these frigid nights.  We’ve recently heard from the shelter that already people are needing to sleep outside with no blanket at all!

COVENANT TO CARE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!  Calvary’s Outreach Committee will be providing Christmas gifts to needy children again this year.  Norma Chandonnait will head up this project.  She will be in the courtyard (weather permitting) or in the Parish Hall following both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services with wish lists for the children today and Dec. 7.  You may take an entire list, share a list, or donate money (make checks payable to Calvary Church, and in the memo, please note “Covenant to Care”).  Gifts should be purchased and delivered to Norma (925 Stonington Rd., Pawcatuck, CT) or the Calvary office no later than Dec. 15th.  If you need items picked up, please call Norma at 860-599-2931.

SOUP AND COFFEE will be served by Calvary Nursery School on Sunday, Dec. 7th, following the 10 a.m. service; there is no charge!  This is also their CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, WITH STALLS SELLING HOLIDAY CRAFTS AND GIFTS, A BASKET RAFFLE, AND a Silent Auction including artwork donated by Louise Hoffman and Jeff P’an and the chance to bid on a cake created to your design by Stephanie Spelman.  There will be a few wreaths and trees for sale at the Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 7 – but not many!

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 The Muslim Jesus:  This British film first aired on the ITV Channel in 2007 as part of their documentary series in religion and history.  The film explores the role of Jesus – known to Muslims as Isa – in the Islamic faith.  It offers startlingly similar, as well as challengingly different, versions of the Gospel accounts of the life of Christ and emphasizes the Islamic reverence for Jesus as a prophet of God, but not as His son.  Join us on December 9th  in the Parish Hall at 7:00 p.m.

TO ALL OF OUR LITURGICAL VOLUNTEERS – Elizabeth Reid is stepping down as our scheduling coordinator and is turning over the reins to Beverly Kowal.  Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for your patient service as we all continue to learn Ministry Scheduler Pro, our software program; and thank you, Bev, for agreeing to take on this project!  Please be patient during this transition time and be aware that your emails will now come from Beverly Kowal rather than Elizabeth Reid.

PAWCATUCK NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER is looking for drivers for the MEALS ON WHEELS PROGRAM.  If you are interested, please call Norma Chandonnait at 860-599-2931, and she will give you all the details and answer any questions you may have.  It’s a great chance to give back a little something to those who are homebound – and they really do appreciate it.

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.

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.  We’ll soon have a new sign-up posted for 2015!  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

From THE PAWCATUCK NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER: The Holiday Food Drive has begun.  They are now providing food for almost four times as many people as 10 years ago.  PNC is in need of instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, rice, gravy (canned or in envelopes), boxed Macaroni & Cheese, canned green beans, canned corn, canned peas, canned fruit (any kind), cranberry sauce.  Also needed – canned meat (Spam, Chef Boyardee, Stew), beans (baked, kidney, pinto (canned or dry), canned fruit, pasta & pasta sauce, peanut butter, jelly & jam, powdered milk, juice or juice concentrate.    Many thanks for all you do.  Vicki at the PNC.

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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