Discovering Calvary Church Class
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God…Eph. 2:19 (NRSV)
When: Sunday, October 30
Time: 4-7:00 pm
Place: Room UL 8
This class is open to anyone who would like to learn more about becoming part of Calvary Church. In this class we will explore the basics of the Christian faith and what it means to become connected to a church body. A light supper will be provided.
Please sign up at the Welcome Kiosk. If you have any questions call Joan at the church office (860-745-5211) or email her at email@example.com.
Dinners for Eight
Dinners for Eight is a wonderful opportunity for eight people to gather for an evening of good food and fellowship. The dinners for the 2016/2017 season will be held on Saturdays December 3, February 4, and April 1, with the end-of-season picnic on June 17. On the first three evenings, you’ll be dining with a different group of people, and everyone will meet together for the picnic. Please sign up to host a dinner in your home on one of the designated dates or to help co-host the June picnic. There will be someone at a table in the Fellowship Mall on Sundays from 10-11:15 am through October 9. If you have any questions, please contact Irene King at 860-745-4219 or Roberta Richmond at 860-849-1856. This is a great opportunity to get to know other members of the Calvary Church family in a fun, social setting!
The nights are getting cooler, the leaves are turning colors, and Calvary has returned to our regular worship and ministry schedule. AUTUMN is officially here!
The Deacons would like to thank all who attended the Annual Pancake Breakfast, and offer up a huge thank you Rick & Sandy Wezowicz and John & Dot Cutter who so graciously cooked 300 pancakes and 250 sausages for a well-attended breakfast. Once again, it was a wonderful time of fellowship to kick off the beginning of another fun-filled, spirit-filled year at Calvary. The Deacons would also like to thank all of the Calvary family who prepared delicious dishes for the funeral of Jean Burger. It was truly a blessing to the Berger family and all who attended.
God’s Peace and Blessings Always,
The Board of Deacons: Dan Blanchette (moderator), Corrine Brzys (vice moderator), Jenn Clark, Ann duPlessis, Penny Farrell, Avis Hall, Kathy Harvey, Connie Johnson, Serena Thomsen, and Lorri Valle.
Men’s Clothing Drive
Men’s clothes, shoes, and accessory items will be collected for donation to our friends at the Enfield Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen. Place your donations under the Men’s Clothing Drive sign downstairs in Harvey Hall until October 31st. If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Beaudry at 860-716-9855 or chickensheila@ cox.net.
People Enjoying People (PEP) Luncheon
When: Tuesday, October 18
Time: 12:00 noon
Bring: A potluck dish or dessert to share
Speaker: Janet & Hannah Cushman
Topic: Natural Homemade Products
Come hear about organic homemade products developed and created by Janet and Hannah. They will show us how they make soaps & cleaners that make a difference to our environment. ALSO…October is a time for fall favorite activities and recipes. Please come prepared to share a fall memory: did you pick apples? Get lost in a corn maze? Make a scarecrow? Where did you go to see fall foliage? Also, do you have a special fall recipe to share with us? Describe what tasty fall creation is made in your family. Please come and invite a friend!!!
Calvary Clean-Up Day
Calvary Clean-Up Day will be held Oct. 8, beginning at 9 am. This will consist of twig and debris removal, mulching, shrub trimming, etc. Join us in making our property look like new as we enter a new phase in Calvary’s history, now that we have joined ECO. Water and snacks will be provided. A sign-up sheet is on the Welcome Kiosk. Rain date: Oct. 15. If you can’t make it but can help out another time, contact Evans Farrell, Rick Wezowicz, or Chris Ruoss.
Teen Challenge Event
Teen Challenge isn’t just for teens. It’s a program featuring a Christ-centered, faith based solutions for youth, adults, and families struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. On this evening, we will gather together for a potluck dinner, followed by a time of songs and testimonies in our sanctuary from approximately a dozen men in the Teen Challenge program. Please mark your calendar and invite a friend!
When: Sunday, October 23
Time: 5 pm Potluck Dinner (sign up at the Welcome Kiosk)
6:30 pm Speaking event begins (this open to the public)
There is no charge for this event. Instead, a free-will offering will be taken.
Wednesday Morning Prayer
The Wednesday Morning Prayer group that meets to pray for the concerns and ministries of Calvary Church are changing their meeting times from 6:30 am to 11:15 am. Anyone is welcome to join them in the Prayer Room at the new time beginning October 5. The Prayer Room is located upstairs, down the hallway from the elevator doors. If you need more information, please see Dick Sterling or call him at 860-749-4462.
Thompsonville Village Supper
Our twice-annual dinner sponsored by Christians United in Service (a 5-church team) will be held Sunday, October 9, at St. Patrick’s Church from 3:30-5:30 pm. Calvary’s responsibility will be to provide sides and salads. If you can make a dish for this free meal to share God’s love with the community, please sign up at the Welcome Kiosk by the upper entry doors, across from the nursery window. Please speak with Melissa Thayer or Chris & Linley Ruoss if you have any further questions. Thanks for your help!
Calvary’s Youth Ministry Ignite the Flame
Sunday School and Youth Group are underway! The Junior High S.S. class is studying “Surrender” by Francis Chan with Janet Cushman, and the Senior High class is studying Gospel-Shaped Worship with Melissa Thayer.
Wednesday night Youth Group is participating in the Alpha Youth Film Series through December. Alpha is a 12-session series designed to engage teens—with or without a background in the church—about faith, life, and Jesus. This series will be underway Wednesdays through December 14, and new people can join any week. This is a great opportunity to invite the young people in your life to explore questions about faith, perhaps for the first time!
You can view the Alpha Youth trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNnagAo1ns4
Hugs ‘n Hope
Support & Fellowship Group for Women who are Widowed, Divorced or Single
Our October Gathering: Join us Saturday, October 22, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in Room UL 8 at Calvary Church as we make shoe box gifts for Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child.
Please bring a shoe box and gifts for a child to fit in the shoe box.
First decide if your shoe box will be for a boy or a girl, then choose an age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. It is suggested to fill the shoe box with a “wow” toy such as a doll, soccer ball with pump, or stuffed animal. Then add other fun toys, non-liquid hygiene items, school supplies, outfits etc. (go to their website for suggestions: www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-Christmas-child). You are also being asked to bring $7.00 cash to cover shipping & handling.
The suggestion was made for us to form teams and share in gathering items for a shoe box.
If you have any questions, please contact Janice Singer at 860-763-2936.
Our November Gathering: Save the date for a movie & pizza.
When: Saturday, November 19
Time: 12 noon – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Calvary Church – Room UL 8
Reflections: Silver Linings
My grandfather was an avid photographer. His photos were primarily color slides and movies of vacation venues near and far, family activities, and local points of interest — mountains, lakes, and rivers — at all the seasons of the year, and the accompanying nature sightings. For him the background was as important as the foreground subject with cloud formations obviously fascinating him as they often predominated. He viewed much of his life through a camera lens, and I came to appreciate the world around me from that focused perspective at an early age. “Picture Night” at our house was as common as game night was for others.
As I became an adult, I found myself looking skyward as often as outward. You see, clouds show great variety, and gathering storm clouds can change in shape, color, and size in a matter of moments. They may signal inclement weather approaching or simply strong winds aloft ushering in a cold front and a sparkling clear day to follow — a silver lining. Nowhere am I more in awe of changing weather patterns than along the New England coast where sky and sea combine to delight the eye with their magnificent, mesmerizing power. Be it on the rocky coast or the sandy beaches, the crashing sea and billowing windblown clouds are unpredictable, sometimes coughing up an unexpected bounty. Recently, a late summer storm that spun at sea for a few days churned up the depths of the seabed sufficiently to deposit on the beach large quantities of quahogs and crabs along with the usual seaweed. To be sure, that storm probably disrupted the plans of many beach going vacationers, but it provided quite the feast for seagulls and other shore birds–as well as the locals who flooded the beach collecting those huge clams for chowder.
What an onsite visual of God providing for “the birds of the air who neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, yet the Lord was feeding them!” (Mt. 6:26) Who could have imagined what an unexpected blessing God was providing to birds and people alike, and the joy of watching it all in living color! When the storms of life disrupt our plans, we seem prone to default to the grumble mode. But in so doing we miss an opportunity to see God revealing His plans more poignantly than if He had flooded us with any one of His more common blessings. You see, we like a predictable storyline in life, and we prefer to have God consistently answer our prayers according to our wishes. When difficulties arise, we are quick to pull out our laundry list of “fixes” as we pray. Yet how much better off we would fare if we read the rest of the story in Matthew as Jesus admonishes us not to worry and asks a series of rhetorical questions about the efficacy of worry? And what is His final advice? “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” (vs. 33) God’s word abounds with promises of provision; but if we are to live in peace and contentment, our heart needs to be focused on loving and trusting Him rather than the promises from His hand. So join me in looking up! There is indeed a silver lining there.
1 Nehemiah Lawson
2 Pamela Lall Brown
3 Bill Gardner
5 Eva Cushman
8 Katy Lee
12 Jen Shew
14 Charlene Armstrong
17 Angie Massetti
21 Katherine Reindeau
26 Hal Hall
29 John Hamilton
31 Chris Farrelly
1 Dick & Susan Sterling (1966)
2 Chris & Kathleen Farrelly (1999)
4 Bill & Katy Lee (1997)
10 Jim & Deb Woodworth (1981)
18 Nick & Kristen Massetti (2003)
23 Dan & Jayne Blanchette (1999)
24 Ted & Cathy Perrill (1970)
25 John & Jenn Hamilton (2008)
25 Chick & Karren Zenzick (1986)