March 2019

Journey to Jerusalem – Lent 2019

Jesus’ ministry is cast in the synoptic gospels as a “Journey to Jerusalem.” This series will seek to present significant events and themes within that journey. The goal is not simply to offer a deeper understanding of Jesus’ life and ministry, but to challenge each of us to a deeper level of discipleship – joining him on this journey with our Head, Hearts & Hands.

Wednesday Evenings

March 6 – 7:00 pm: Ash Wednesday Communion Service

March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10
6:15 – 7:00 pm: Soup Supper
7:00 – 7:25 pm: Communion Service
7:30 – 8:30 pm: Small group Bible study and guided prayer on theme of the week.

Thursday Mornings

March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11
10:00 – 11:30 am: Small group Bible study and guided prayer on theme of the week and communion.

Sunday Mornings

March 10 – “Day of Decision” – Luke 4:1-12
Will Jesus carry out God’s mission God’s way? What temptations threaten to hinder our journey of discipleship?

March 17- “Announcement of Good News” – Luke 4:13-28
Jesus announces his God-ordained, Spirit-empowered mission. Our journey of discipleship is not simply a matter of spiritual self-improvement. We are called to a big mission by a big God.

March 24- “Signs of God’s Kingdom” – Luke 4: 31-42; 7:18-23
God’s Kingdom is not simply a matter of words & piety, but action and power bringing transformation and hope. What “signs” of the Kingdom can we expect in our own journey of discipleship?

March 31- “Partners on the Journey” – Luke 5:1-11; 10:1-21
Discipleship is not a solitary journey. How can the dynamics of partnership in Jesus’ journey become part of our own?

April 7- “Provision for the Journey” – Luke 11:1-13
A look at the importance of spiritual practices sustaining Jesus in his journey & ours.

It’s Back! Variety Show Save-The-Date

Mark your calendar! Calvary’s Youth Group are reprising the popular Variety Show on Saturday, April 13, at 6 pm! Come enjoy an entertaining evening of fun and fellowship! Donations will benefit two recipients chosen by Calvary’s teens: Teen Challenge and a child sponsored through World Vision.

Do you have a special talent? A skit to share? Calling individuals, families or friends to sign up to perform in the Variety Show! Acts should be 3-4 minutes long, and participants should plan to attend a rehearsal on Friday, April 12. A sign-up sheet for the show will be available in the Fellowship Mall during March, so stay tuned!

Calvary’s Youth Ministry

Ten teens and three adult leaders will travel to Monadnock Christian Ministries camp in NH for their much anticipated Winter Retreat from March 1-3. The theme will be Pause: In a fast-moving world, “what if you could stop at any moment, and focus on God — to see what he’s seeing and savor the moment?” We appreciate your prayers for a special weekend of worship, learning, and spiritual growth; the safety and health of our group; and good driving weather.

Discovering Calvary Church

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God… Ephesians 2:19 (NRSV)

When: Sunday, April 14
Time: 4-7:00 PM
Place: Room UL 8

This class is open to anyone who would like to learn more about becoming a covenant partner. It 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

April Crier Articles

If your ministry has an article to share in the April 2019 edition of the Calvary Crier, please email them to by March 22. Thank you!

Reflections by Dot Cutter: The God of Missed Opportunities

This past Christmas, my husband sleuthed out a source for a particularly beautiful amaryllis that I had eyed in a catalog and waited too long to order. You guessed it; it was sold out and I was ruing my procrastination. Yet my husband persisted until he found a reasonable facsimile. I was amazed and thrilled, not just with the gift but with the love that search represented. (Hey! Wait a minute! It’s February; the sun is glistening off a fresh coating of snow in my yard; the thermometer has yet to reach even 20 degrees! Why am I focused on flowers?) Because this morning the Lord showed me a story and a truth behind that bulb. continued

Music News

Would you like to sing with us? The Choir is rehearsing music for Lent and Easter, and invite you to join in singing the inspirational music of this special season! Choir rehearsals will be on Wednesdays, March 13 and 27, from 7:30 – 9:00 PM following the Wednesday evening Lenten services. We will sing on March 17 and for some services in April.

Would you like to attend a great concert? The City Singers of Hartford will present “Celtic Fire” at three locations this month. The performances will be held at 4:00 PM on the following days in March: Sunday the 3rd, at Wapping Community Church, South Windsor ($15); Saturday, the 9th, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, West Hartford (free); and on Sunday, the 10th at Bethany Covenant Church, Berlin (free). It is a unique program of Celtic vocal music accompanied by some traditional Celtic instruments.

Here is a good description of the concert from chorus member, Lucy Ferriss: “When many think of Celtic music, jigs and reels come to mind, but there is much more beneath the surface of these engaging tunes and rhythms. The Celts, whose roots were in the Eastern desert, migrated to the British Isles around 500 B.C. where they settled in the outposts of Scotland and Wales, protected from the Roman invasion of Europe. This place of solitude and nearness to the Divine brought forth a spiritually enhanced flair for art and design and a passion for language, literature, and music. Our program presents a broad spectrum of Celtic music spanning from ancient Eastern chant to sacred music rooted in folk melody to traditional folk songs. Selections will reflect not only Celtic music from the British Isles, but melodies originating in the Celtic region of Galicia (northern Spain) and other parts of Europe. Instrumental tunes and accompaniments (including jigs and reels!) will feature Celtic instrumentalists known throughout our region for their mastery of Irish harp, wooden flute, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, concertina, bodhran, double bass, pipe organ, and highland pipes! In addition, devotional poetry that contemplates the simple activities of daily life and serenely beautiful images represented by stunning photographs of Iona, Scotland will be featured at the performance.”

See or me for additional information about the event. I will be singing at the performances and hope to see you in the audience!

Lori Bourret

Deacons’ Corner

From all of the Deacons
To our congregation
Once again your generosity
Has filled us with elation

You make it possible
To help people out
That just couldn’t do it
Of that, there’s no doubt

You should all feel proud
For serving those in need
It takes a caring kind
And you’re a special breed

From the bottom of our hearts
We truly thank you
For all that you’ve done
And for all that you do

If you are aware of
A church family member
Needing temporary assistance
Then please remember

Contact a Deacon
And let us assist
That’s what we’re here for
It’s why we exist

God’s Peace and Blessings Always, the Board of Deacons:
Roberta Richmond (Moderator), Evangeline Gallacher (Vice Moderator), Pam Burn, Bjorg Carlson, Jenn Clark, Hannah Cushman, Sue Harger, Wayne Richmond, Dotti Smith & Lorri Valle

Adult Sunday School

When: March 10
Where: Room UL7
Time: 9:00 AM

A new study being offered: Discover Easter

The story of Easter is part of the world’s most amazing love story. God loves us so much that he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to set things right again in this broken world. Jesus saved us by paying for our sin through his death on the cross and rising again in victory over death, giving hope and the promise of new life forever for all who believe! Janice Singer will be facilitating this class. No study guide needed.

Sandy Wezowicz/Dot Cutter will continue teaching from the book of Acts in Room UL8.

Hugs ‘n Hope

Support & Fellowship Group for Women who are Widowed, Divorced or Single

It’s time for Board Game Day! Come join in the fun and try your skills at different board games: Boggle, Chinese Checkers, Dominoes, Parcheesi, Scattergories, Scrabble, etc. We will also be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day — wear something green!

When: Saturday, March 9 at 12:00 noon
Where: Calvary Church, room UL 7 (please park in the upper lot)
1. a sandwich for lunch
2. snacks to share (chips, nuts, sodas, etc.)
3. your favorite board game (if you have one)

March Celebrations


1 Janice Knapp
7 Roberta Richmond
14 Emily Clark
15 Ann duPlessis,
    Ted Perrill
17 Eileen Venditti
18 Bob Bourret
20 Roma Metivier
24 Irene King,
    Vangie Gallacher
28 Gail Clark,
    Karren Zenzick


26   David & Janet Cushman (1994)

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