Oct 25 2014

This Week’s Notes for October 26th

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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.

PRAYERS FOR ALL FAITHFUL DEPARTED – a tradition of the Church on All Saints’ Sunday is to remember in prayer all family, friends and neighbors who have died in the past twelve months.  Please contact the parish office at calvchurch@aol.com or at 860-535-1181 with names you wish to have included in these prayers at the services next Sunday, November 2.

Next Sat., November 1st, the Buildings & Grounds Committee will host a “GROUNDS 

CLEAN-UP AND LEAF RAKING PARTY”.  Festivities begin at 8:30 and are generally wrapped up by 10:30.  Please join us – its BYOR – bring your own rake!  Many thanks.

DRIVERS NEEDED!  Our Prayer & Care Group are compiling a list of parishioners who would be willing to drive those needing a ride to the doctor’s or other appointments.  This would be an “On Call” list and subject to your availability.  There should be no guilt if you are unavailable at the time.  If you would be willing to put your name on the list, please contact Barbara Loftus at 860-599-5732 or at barbloftus@aol.com.

HOMELESS HOSPITALITY CENTER:  As the weather turns colder, it’s time to remember those without shelter this winter.  Please donate any clean gently used or new blankets to the homeless in New London.  Last year, Calvary contributed 123 blankets!  Let’s top that this season!!!  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 calvchurch@aol.com.  Thank you for helping to keep someone warm.

CALVARY NOTE CARDS:  Prayer and Care will have the new Calvary variety packs and the watercolor painting of Calvary by Dick Wertz available for purchase on the following Sundays in the Parish Hall after both services:  Oct. 26 and Nov. 2.  The Variety pack includes 10 different images of the Calvary campus and church and the water color by D. Wertz has 10 identical images of the church.  The cost of each pack of ten is $10.00.  Payment will be on the Honor System.

FROZEN ASSETS ARE RUNNING LOW!  The Pastoral Prayer & Care Team at Calvary keeps on hand frozen meals to share with parishioners and others who have emergency needs, like returning home from a hospital stay.  These are kept in the Parish Hall basement freezer and are called our FROZEN ASSETS!  The frozen entrée and soup inventory is very low.  Anyone wishing to contribute something can pick up containers and recipe suggestions if you need them in the armoire in the Parish Hall.  Many of you have signed up for this ministry, but there is always room for more.  Chicken casseroles, Eggplant Parmesan, lasagna, curried dishes, and all kinds of soup are always appreciated.  Thanks, The Prayer and Care Team.

CALVARY ALTAR GUILD NEEDS YOU – The Altar Guild at Calvary is made up of a small group of men and women from our parish.  Their main duty is to prepare and set the Lord’s table each Sunday so the Holy Eucharist can take place.  All is polished and pristine, as the altar is the center of church life, and this is the most important table we set each week.  While serving in this ministry, we come to learn more about the mystery of the Eucharist and gain a deep reverence for the holy altar space.  It is an honor to serve on the Altar Guild, and, if you think this ministry may be a way for you to serve God at Calvary, then please speak with Father Alfred, Margaret Victoria, or any member of the Altar Guild.  We would love to have you join us.  CALVARY FLOWER GUILD ALSO NEEDS YOU – The Flower Guild at Calvary is made up of a group of parishioners whose duty it is to prepare the flowers each Saturday to be set on the altar for Sunday services.  Fresh flowers are the symbols of the resurrection, and their purpose is to add beauty to the sacred altar space.  Although many of our Flower Guild members have been arranging flowers for years, one does not need to be a trained “flower arranger” to serve the Lord in this ministry.  A vase filled with daisies pleases the Lord in its simplicity.  So, if enhancing the beauty of the altar space with flowers might be a ministry for you, please speak with Father Alfred or Gill Perry.  You will be very much welcomed.

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 Hannah and Her Sisters:  This classic tale about three New York City sisters – Hannah (Mia Farrow), Holly (Dianne Wiest) and Lee (Barbara Hershey) – begins with a festive Thanksgiving dinner, during which Hannah’s husband, Elliot (Michael Caine), realizes he’s falling for Lee.  Unfolding over the course of a year, the Oscar-winning film follows the sisters’ intertwined lives and loves, who include a grim artist (Max von Sydow) and a neurotic producer (Allen).  Join us on October 28th 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.  We meet on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. in the Sacristy.  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.

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.  November 16, 23, and 30 are still open for volunteers to sign up as well as Dec. 21 & 28.  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.

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#.

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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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