June/July 2018

Deacons’ Corner

One of the positive qualities found in smaller congregations is the warm fellowship of familiar faces. As we go back to a one-service summer schedule, we will again get to see more of those familiar faces.

And as many families plan to go away for a vacation, the Board of Deacons want to wish continued health, happiness, and fun to those who will be away, as well as those who will be around this summer.

Whether you here or away, we want you all to know that we are still available if a need arises. Just call the church or any of the deacons with your concern or request.

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

Music News

The Calvary Choir will be singing the last time for this season on June 3. Thank you, choir, for sharing your time and talent! Thanks, Cathy, for conducting our music so expressively! There will be a “Summer Choir” day when all who would like to sing will gather in the choir room at 9:15 am to rehearse the music for the 10:00 am worship service. Watch upcoming bulletins for the specific date (most likely to be July 22 or August 19) or, if you would like to be notified personally, please contact me. All are welcome, even if you have not sung with our choir before.

Lori Bourret

Special News

Dick and Susan Sterling are happy to announce that their daughter, Kathleen (Kathie) Whitson was commissioned as a full-time lay pastor at the United Presbyterian Church of Biggsville, Illinois on May 27. Kathie grew up in our church. She and her husband, Scott, live in Macomb, IL. Dick and Susan traveled to IL to be at the commissioning service for their daughter. Our church sent a gift of a stole with Dick and Susan to give to Kathie as a love offering from Calvary Church at this special time in her life. If you wish to congratulate Kathie, her contact information is available from the church office.

Fourth of July Celebration Outreach Fun

Calvary Church will once again be involved in our Taste of Enfield Celebration, which runs July 6-8. “Calvary on the Green” will take place on Saturday the 7th from 1-5 pm and also on Sunday the 8th from 12-5 pm. We will be in the kids’ area with a craft and face painting. We look forward to sharing this time with our community, being able to brighten children’s faces. This is a joy for us and hopefully a blessing to others. A sign-up sheet will be available for the month of June in the Fellowship Mall. We hope you can sign up for a time slot to take part in this fun and rewarding event. If you have any questions, please see Katy Lee or call her at 860-616-8595. Thank you!

Calvary’s Youth Group

Youth Sunday School concludes on June 3, and Wednesday night Youth Group will wrap up its regular school year meetings on June 6. Thank you to all our awesome teens, their parents, and volunteers Melissa Thayer, Marian Harmon, and Garrett OBrien for making this such an awesome school year!

There will be additional youth events planned during the summer, so stay tuned!

Prayer Ministry Update

Prayer is one of those activities within the church that you are apt to be unaware of unless you are a participant or recipient; it kind of floats just beneath the surface of our awareness. However, prayer holds an active and important place in the life and ministry of Calvary Church.

For almost a year now, a dedicated group of intercessors has met nearly every Wednesday evening from 7-8:15 or so in worship and in prayer, seeking God for the new direction He has for our church family. It’s been an exciting time as we’ve received words of hope and direction, pictures and visions, and confirmation from a variety of unsought sources. God has shown Himself to be our ever faithful provider who is leading us into ever greener pastures. We will continue to meet throughout the summer with the exception of July 4. You are welcome to join us any time.

For the summer months, Prayer on the Green will reconvene at the Enfield Town Gazebo one evening a month from 7-8 pm to pray for the needs and concerns of the community, and to speak God’s plans into His people. While the focus is primarily on Enfield, the reality is that those needs cross town borders and are needs throughout the state. The dates are: June 12, July 24, and August 14.

Kingdom Voices has moved! We are currently meeting in the Community Room of the Pearl Street Library, still from 7 to 8 pm, and will continue to pray for a variety of aspects of the Seven Mountains of Influence in our culture. You would be surprised at how many facets the Lord reveals to us! During the summer, we will gather just once each month since we will join with Prayer on the Green for our second time. The dates are: June 7, July 19, and August 2.

We hope you will join us to add your prayers and voices as we appeal to heaven for the needs and concerns of our fellow Americans in our region.

May you have a blessed summer, enriched and energized by the presence of the Lord.

Dot Cutter & Joan Lawson

Hugs ‘n Hope

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

Our June Gathering: “A British Tea: the Queen’s Tea Party”

The royal wedding has just taken place, so let’s celebrate with tea, crumpets, scones, finger sandwiches and delectable sweets. You are cordially invited to join us as for an afternoon British Tea. Come dressed with your pearls, gloves, or hat (use your imagination).

When: Sunday, June 3
Time: 1:00PM
Where: Home of Janice Singer (19 White Oak Road – Somers)

Our July Gathering: “Picnic in the Park”

When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 11:30AM (meet at Janice’s, and we’ll carpool to the park)
Where: Heritage Park, East Longmeadow, MA

For either/both events, please contact Janice at (860) 763-2936 for food assignments.

Dot Cutter’s Reflections

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen my gardens. Freezing temperatures put the gardens to bed in November, which set up a dicey situation for new lilies and other bulbs which were shipped late. Snow and ice enveloped them throughout the long, relentless winter. Perennials were slow to emerge this spring and sadly some succumbed to the prolonged cold; maybe they were just old or not as healthy as they appeared last summer. But during the month of May some dramatic changes have ensued. Some of our struggling plants show hopeful signs of thriving following a bit of TLC and some urgently needed sunshine!

An interesting loose parallel can be drawn between Christians and the botanical world, summed up in a cute cyclical writing: [continued]

Welcome Ministry

And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of my family, you did it to me.”
Matthew 25:40 RSV

The Ministry of Welcome would like to thank all the Welcomers who partner with them throughout the year. As we approach the summer months, a weekly schedule has replaced the monthly sign-ups. We encourage those who have not had the opportunity to help in this ministry to please try it out by signing up for a week! All the information you need is on the Welcome kiosks, but someone from the Welcome Ministry would be happy to answer any question you have. Please feel free to ask a Welcomer about their job, or you can call the church office at 860-745-5211 and ask for Joan Lawson.

Israel Trip Presentations

On Monday evening, June 4, the Men’s and Women’s Ministries will be holding a special evening of presentations on the recent trip a small group took to Israel. Rick Wezowicz & Dan Blanchette will be presenting to the Men’s Ministry downstairs, and Sandy Wezowicz & Jayne Blanchette will be presenting to the Women’s Ministry in room UL8. You do not have to be a part of these ministries to attend these presentations—all are welcome to attend! Presentations will start at 7 pm.

Lester & Lillian Bodley Memorial Scholarships

Applications for the 2018 Lester & Lillian Bodley memorial scholarships are now available at the church office.
Applicants must:

  • Demonstrate financial need (assistance is provided for those who have a definite need)
  • Have an ongoing relationship with Calvary Presbyterian Church
  • Plan to attend, or be attending, a post secondary school, community college or university, nursing school, technical school, etc., participating in a degree or certification program
  • Those who are making a second or subsequent application to the Bodley Scholarship must provide documentation of academic progress by including a copy of a transcript or proof of successful course completion

Completed applications are due back to the church office by Sunday, June 10.

Men’s Ministry 2018 Summer Picnic

The Calvary Men’s Ministry 5th annual summer picnic will be held on Wednesday, August 1 on the Calvary Church grounds. All Calvary men are invited and can bring a guest. Check out the Sunday worship bulletins in upcoming Sundays for more information. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Mall on July 8. Come and join us for good food and great fellowship!

June Celebrations

Birthdays

4 David Joseph
   Tom Massetti
   Bill McNabb
6 E.J. Garrett
7 Sydney Hess
8 Bill Lee
9 Dawn Schoenrock
11 Susan Sterling
14 Butch Plude
18 Eric Fraher
21 Sandy Wezowicz
23 Jim Woodworth
27 Evelyn Zinkievich
30 Don Burn
   Connie Johnson

Anniversaries

9 Bob & Lori Bourret (1984)

July Celebrations

Birthdays

2 Jenn Hamilton
   Aaron Valle
4 Dan Blanchette
   Earle Harmon
5 Kathleen Farrelly
7 Gus Morales
12 Dave Cushman
18 Hannah Cushman
19 Dale Barry
20 Pastor Steve Thayer
23 Jason Lee
25 Hailey Farrelly

Anniversaries

3 Tom & Angie Massetti (1980)
8 Alan & Paula Graffam (1972)
16 Don & Ann Burn (1955)
22 Jim & Carol Rinkavage (1968)
29 Doug & Beth Gillette (1967)

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.