February 2017

Save the Date! It’s Calvary’s 8th Annual Variety Show!!

When: Saturday, April 29
Time: 6:30 pm
• Can you sing? Can you dance? Got a skit to share?
• You can do something as an individual, as a family, or join with others!
• We are looking for acts with a 3-4 minute time limit
• A brief rehearsal will take place on April 28th
• A sign-up for this event will be at the Welcome Kiosk in March

Purpose: To raise money for the August 11-13 Family Camp scholarships!

Calvary’s Youth Ministry Ignite the Flame

During January, the Wednesday night Youth Group completed a study of “Jesus and Culture,” considering what His followers’ relationship would and should be like with the world. On January 18, several teens attended a talk at the Enfield Library by Jasmine Grace, a leader in the anti-trafficking movement.

The junior and senior high Sunday School classes ushered in the new year by exploring the refugee crisis together. In mid-January, the senior high moved to a study on human trafficking, and the junior high will begin a study around the recent movie God’s Not Dead 2.

Deacons’ Corner

Hello, Calvary family & friends! February is the annual Deacons’ Discretionary Fund campaign month. Donations for this fund are used to help individuals in our immediate church family. With fluctuating economic times, it may be more difficult for some of us to have the resources to pay a bill, put food on the table, gas up the car to get to work, or even to get through any of a number of emergency situations that pop up. The Deacons can help with the disbursement of funds for these situations, but we need the monetary donations to be able to do so. We want you to know that this campaign is not about amassing money but about the giving and sharing of our blessings from God with others. Envelopes for your donations will be available in the pews, and you can place them in the offering plate on any Sunday worship service this month. We ask that you prayerfully consider what God may put upon your heart to give during this campaign.

God’s Peace and Blessings Always, the Board of Deacons:
Dan Blanchette (Moderator), Serena Thomsen (Vice Moderator), Pam Burn, Jenn Clark, Avis Hall, Sue Harger, Roberta Richmond, Dottie Smith, and Lorri Valle

My House Shall be Called a House of Prayer (Mt. 21: 13)

The psalmist writes in Ps. 127, “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.” That’s quite a strong statement to us as believers regarding the importance of prayer, isn’t it? Most of us feel we don’t have time to waste. We can plan and consult with one another and experts in church development and personal spiritual growth; we can attend conferences; but there is no substitute for prayer because it connects us to God, the Master Builder Himself. Our coming to God in prayer acknowledges in the simplest yet strongest way possible that we know we don’t have all the answers. We are indeed the representation of Christ on earth but we are NOT Christ Himself.

While individual prayer is essential, so is corporate prayer since none of us will ever cover every aspect of the revealed prayer concerns. We are a composite of folks who represent arms, hands, feet, heads, legs, etc. in the body of Christ, and each brings a critical perspective. We read in Acts 2:42, “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers.” This is reinforced in Heb. 10:24, 25, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling together—but exhorting one another—”.

Within Calvary’s many ministry opportunities are two nuggets for joining with others in prayer. One is a longstanding small group that meets in the Upper Prayer Room on Wed. at 11:15 AM. for just half an hour. This group gets right to business seeking God’s wisdom and guidance for a myriad of ministries and needs within the church, and for the leadership. You would be warmly received, and your voice welcomed. I am certain the Lord desires to convey His heart’s desire to more than 2 or 3 individuals, and you will be blessed as well.

Kingdom Voices – An Appeal to Heaven is another opportunity to address the deep concerns that face society today. That group, mindful of people’s very busy lives, generally meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month for just an hour – from 7-8 PM. We pray in what was the old United Presbyterian Church, later the Senior Center, later still Social Services, at 100 High St. in Enfield. Each evening, we focus on one specific aspect of one of the “7 Mountains of Influence” in society, and we never run out of prayer material—as you can imagine. Those “7 Mountains” include: religion, family, education, government, media, arts and entertainment, and business. It is a vibrant group, and we’d love to have others consider being a part of it whenever you are available. Imagine what an impact you could have in just one hour of prayer!

If you’d like more info, contact Dot Cutter or Ann DuPlessis.

Music News

Three people from Calvary sang in the choir of singers from several area churches at the 11th annual “Messiah” sing at Trinity Methodist Church, Windsor on January 8.

The rehearsal of Lenten music will begin in mid February. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1 and Easter is on Sunday, April 16. Additional singers are welcome to join the Choir for all or part of the Lent/Easter season. Choir rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 in the choir room. Please join us in singing the inspirational music of this special season!
Lori Bourret

Hugs ‘n Hope: A Valentine Brunch

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

Come join us as we gather for a wonderful time of fellowship at a Valentine Potluck Brunch. We will also share what the Bible says about love.

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. (1 John 4:16)
We love, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

When: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 10:15 a.m. (brunch served at 10:30 a.m.)
Where: Home of Janice Singer
19 White Oak Road – Somers

Please RSVP to Janice at (860) 763-2936 for food assignments.

Calvary Men’s Ministry

Attention Men of Calvary!

Mark this date on your calendar: Saturday February 11. By that time, you will probably be tired of being cooped up in the house because of all the cold weather. Well then, the Calvary Men’s Ministry invites you to come to the 3rd annual breakfast, where you can have good food, hot coffee, fellowship, and just plain have a good time with other Christian men. There will also be worship time and a speaker. There will be more details to follow.

Blessings from the Calvary Men’s Ministry

People Enjoying People (PEP) Luncheon

When: Tuesday, February 21
Time: 12:00 noon
Bring: A potluck dish or dessert to share
Speakers: Peggy Lareau (A Master Wildlife Conservationist)

Master Wildlife Conservationist Peggy Lareau will be giving an hour-long PowerPoint presentation with some hands-on exhibits on “The Bobcat – Connecticut’s Secretive Wild Cat.” She is certified by the State of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental. This is a great program for all ages and especially those who home school or have grandchildren.

Reflections: Snowflakes

Winter is a time when, for generations, young children have delighted in making paper snowflakes to decorate windows, bulletin boards, book jackets and probably a host of other objects. There is an almost a magical quality about them, something akin to butterflies. Sparked by imagination and creativity, great variety emerges making any display more captivating. I first became enthralled with actual snowflakes as a child, when my grandpa held a magnifying glass over some snowflakes on my snowsuit. It was exciting to see the detail in these tiny crystals of water. But more amazing was to learn that the design of each one was different. Yes, they all had 6 major “stems” but the design and configuration of each was unique. Some were delicate, intricate, almost whimsical, while others were more solid, basic, sturdy appearing. That day as I looked out across our yard, buried under more than a foot of snow, I recall wondering, “How could every snowflake be different?” The numbers of them was beyond comprehension.

Another interesting aspect of snowflakes is that dependent upon the weather conditions aloft and on the ground, we will get a different type of snow. The more humidity in the air the heavier, wetter, and more compact the snowflakes will be. Great conditions for snowmen and snowballs! Not so great for those faced with the shoveling task! With dryer atmospheric conditions the snow will be light and fluffy. And while it may pile up quickly, its moisture content is low as is its benefit to nature, water supplies, and agriculture. While light fluffy snow melts readily, heavy, compact snow that is plowed up solidifies into icy snowbanks that linger long after our lawns are green again. Who can recall the fun of playing King of the Mountain as we climbed on those solid, icy snowbanks along driveways or city streets?

Recently the word “snowflake” has taken on a far different connotation. It has become descriptive of people who are so adversely affected by changing circumstances around them that they view life as unsafe, or perceive themselves to be in some sort of imminent danger. Collectively they tend to create such a fuss that they are viewed by others as being fragile as snowflakes, requiring extra special care, concern, and accommodation. Some have been catered to for so long that it is inconceivable to them that they should ever be thwarted in whatever they want. Disappointment is unacceptable.

Beyond what we can readily observe in today’s culture, what’s happening within the body of Christ? How are we faring? Many are facing truly tough circumstances they never imagined when they were 20 or so. Sometimes those individual “snowflakes” in life pile up only to come crashing down on us like an avalanche. That’s when our faith is tested and tried to see what it is comprised of. Who and where is our Rock that is even more reliable and permanent than that icy snowbank? Are we sufficiently grounded in Jesus that whatever comes upon us, we will not be uprooted? Events may bring sadness, but our hope must be built on nothing less than Jesus’ promises and finished work on the cross. When we take a moment to recall who we are in Christ, we find fresh strength surging back into our souls and spirits that had been temporarily missing in action. Just one of God’s mighty truths has the power to send the enemy packing, and propels us into victory mode. God tells us He has loved us with an everlasting love, and assures us that His grace is sufficient for us saying His power is perfected in weakness.

We may indeed have some challenging times ahead. But we can face them head on with confidence and without wavering, knowing that the battle is not ours but the Lord’s. He will never fail us.

May peace and confidence be yours,
Dot Cutter

February Celebrations

Birthdays

1 Jennifer Hawkins, Asher Lawson
9 Paula Graffam
14 Walt Twarosch
15 Penny Farrell
19 Betty Ainsworth
20 Austin Hess
Chick Zenzick
21 Fred Shaw, Kathy Harvey
22 Alan Graffam
27 Tristen Duperre

Anniversaries

8 Al & Nancy Marcil (1964)
19 Bill & Nancy Gardner (1983)

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.