November 2018

Deacons’ Corner

It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner. What a great time it is to share with your family and friends, giving thanks and praise to the Lord for all that He has provided for us!

The Lord has blessed us in so many ways, but there are many people who are not in a position to share in that same kind of joy. Please make an effort to reach out to someone who is less fortunate, giving to a charity, or donating to a food shelter, and sharing the love of Jesus.

Another thing that is approaching quickly is the Neighborhood Joy Project. The deacons will be gathering names from the Enfield Social Services Department to be placed on the Christmas tree in the Fellowship Mall.

May the love of Jesus Christ be with you all this Thanksgiving holiday.

God’s Peace and Blessings Always,
The Board of Deacons
Dan Blanchette (Moderator), Roberta Richmond (Vice Moderator), Pam Burn, Jenn Clark, Hannah Cushman, Evangeline Gallacher, Sue Harger, Wayne Richmond, Dottie Smith, and Lorri Valle

GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays

The holidays can feel unbearable after heart-rending loss, yet in GriefShare’s Surviving the Holidays Dr. Paul David Tripp explains:

“This is the sufferer’s holiday. Jesus came to end suffering. He came to end death…and brokenness and pain and destruction and discouragement. Rather than the holiday to be avoided, I ought to run toward Christmas.
Christmas guarantees that God has and will continue to address what I’m going through.”
– Dr. Paul David Tripp, Surviving the Holidays expert

Surviving the Holidays helps grieving people appreciate the holidays in new and unexpected ways.

Please join us on Tuesday, November 13, at 7 pm in the Fellowship Mall (upper level). Cost is $5. For more information and to RSVP, please call Bev Harrison at 413-858-5161.

Dinners for Eight

The Dinners for Eight 2018/2019 season information packets have been emailed to participants. Please note the 2018-2019 dinners (Saturdays: December 8, February 2, and April 6, with the end-of-season picnic on June 15) on your calendars. If you have any questions, please contact Roberta Richmond. We are looking forward to another season of fun and fellowship!

Women at Risk (WAR) International

The Enfield Aglow Lighthouse will again be hosting our annual “WAR Chest” pop-up boutique at a kiosk in the Enfield Square Mall on Saturday, December 15, from 10 am- 5 pm. This survivor-made product event is a treasure chest of unique gifts handcrafted by rescued or at-risk women from around the world. When you buy a product from the WAR Chest, you are truly a fellow soldier in the fight to set women and children free from bondage and slavery. Come see us at the mall, and shop with a purpose!

Reflections by Dot Cutter: Thanksgiving for Road Closures

When we first moved to Connecticut, a dirt road and wooden plank bridge across the Scantic River provided us with a dandy little short-cut home. There were but a few homes along that road, yet it cut off several miles of driving. In time, the town considered improving the bridge and paving the road. Hurray! But immediately a loud outcry emanated from the residents along that road who preferred to retain their relative seclusion. continued

GriefShare: A Night of Hope and Remembrance

On Tuesday evening, December 11, Calvary Church will host a night to honor our loved ones who have preceded us in death. Pastor Steve Thayer will officiate at this ceremony of prayer and worship in our sanctuary. There will be light refreshments served in the Fellowship Mall afterward. This event is sponsored by the GriefShare Ministry. Please join us for this special time of hope and remembrance. For more information, please contact Bev at (413) 858-5161.

Discovering Calvary Church

This one-day class is open to all who would like to learn more about Calvary church. It’ll take place in room UL8 on Sunday, November 11, from 4-7 pm. A light dinner will be provided. If you’re interested in attending, you can sign up at the Welcome Kiosk or talk to Joan Lawson.

Music News

Did you know that studies have shown that singing can boost your confidence and immune system, improve your mental alertness and posture, help with sleep, lower stress levels, widen your circle of friends, and broaden your communication skills? It’s more fun to sing with others, so join us to do something good for yourself and for the church!

Why not join the Choir for rehearsal on Wednesday, November 7 at 7:15 – 8:45 PM? The evening will include Advent and Christmas music. We will sing on Sunday, November 11, Christmas Eve and other Sundays in December to be determined.

Lori Bourret

Calvary’s Youth Ministry

Fundraising is underway for the Youth Group’s Winter Retreat to Monadnock Ministries in NH. If you have some yard work that needs extra hands, please contact Leslie OBrien. Our teens rake, bag, move, carry, and more! Donations will help families afford the Retreat.

New! Starting after Thanksgiving, the group will sell ornaments and tote bags in the Fellowship Mall leading up to Christmas, in addition to the popular Christmas cards and pocket calendars! Decorate your own tree or share these great gifts, all while helping Calvary’s teens save up for their Retreat!

Teens are looking forward to their annual Harvest Fair on November 7, followed by packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child on November 14. There will be no Youth Group on Wednesday, November 21. Happy Thanksgiving!

Women’s Day of Refreshment

A Women’s Day of Refreshment is coming January 19, 2019. Our featured speaker is Sharon Anderson, Executive Pastor of South Shore Community Church in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Sharon will share personal and poignant lessons on how our beliefs shape our thinking and how, by extension, they influence the way we live.

You are invited to set aside an ordinary day in January and meet us for an extraordinary encounter with the One who is waiting to be with us. You won’t be disappointed when you discover that God wants the best for you.

Registration: $30 Adult / $12 Teens
Registration includes morning coffee with light continental breakfast/lunch
SAVE with Early Bird Registration of $25 Adult/$10 Teens (must register on/before Jan. 2)

Loaves & Fishes Sunday Meal Ministry

Bakers are needed for our December meal ministry at Enfield Loaves & Fishes. Would you like to bake Christmas cookies to be served as a special dessert? Cookies may be left in the upstairs kitchen on Sunday December 2nd. Please label them “L & F” and package them in something disposable. Would you like to provide musical entertainment for the dinner hour from 4-5 PM? Please sign up at the Welcome kiosk (found near the doors to the upper parking lot) today! Any questions? Please contact Sheila Beaudry.

Calvary Ladies’ Fall Boutique

From 9 am-12 pm on Saturday, Oct. 20, the ladies of Calvary church got together for our first ever Fall Boutique. Some brought their underutilized, gently worn clothes, shoes, and accessories to add to the offerings—though that was not a requirement for participation—and some brought just the hope of finding something “new” to wear and enjoy. All were excited to participate, and anticipation was in the air!

Fresh coffee, tea, and desserts were served in room UL8 while helpers gathered in secret to sort and set out the items given. At 10 am, the doors opened to a gym transformed into a trendy boutique—table upon table of beautifully laid out clothing, jewelry, scarves, and shoes; a large hanging rack of blazers, dresses, and coats; and an over-sized full-length mirror set up in the middle of it all. The bathrooms were converted into dressing rooms for privacy, but all the ladies emerged from them wearing their selections piece by piece, walking the “runway” back into the boutique, garnering compliments and further accessorizing ideas from the ladies still shopping and those working the floor.

The atmosphere was festive and fun, and many a woman left, arms laden with clothing, with requests to do this again in the spring. So, Calvary women, please stay tuned for a Spring Boutique in the future! Thank you to the 30 ladies who participated in this first boutique adventure!

Hugs ‘n Hope

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

Our November Gathering: An Afternoon at the Movies! Come join us as we gather for a fun time of fellowship and entertainment! Please bring movie snacks for sharing.

When: Saturday, November 17
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Where: Calvary Church – Room UL 8
Admission: Please bring a donation of Thanksgiving food for the Thanksgiving basket we will donate to the Enfield Food Shelf. (Suggested items: potatoes, cranberries, canned yams, green beans, etc.)

Please call Janice if you have any questions (860) 763-2936.

November Celebrations

Birthdays

2 Pam Burn
6 Ian Gallacher
    Audrey Lee
    Dottie Smith
10 Evans Farrell
    Rick Wezowicz
11 Winston Walsh
15 Jenn Picard
16 Jayne Blanchette
17 Deb Markey
19 Kathy Kane
21 Bev Harrison
23 Val Joseph
29 Carl Joseph

Anniversaries

5 Gus & Marie Morales (2009)
11 Butch & Lorry Plude (2007)
28 Chris & Linley Ruoss (1964)

If you would like your birthday and/or anniversary to appear in the Crier—or if you have any corrections or edits to your information—please contact Corrine via our website or by calling the church office at 860-745-5211.