February 2018

Steve’s Space – Lent 2018

“Friends in Christ, every year at the time of the Christian Passover we celebrate our redemption through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lent is a time to prepare for this celebration and to renew our life in the paschal mystery. We begin this holy season by acknowledging our need for repentance, and for the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of Christ, to observe a holy Lent by self examination and penitence, by prayer and fasting, by works of love, and by reading and meditating on the Word of God.”

Book of Common Worship

Lent is a season of preparation — 40 days to prepare ourselves for the events of Holy Week and Easter Sunday. This may be done individually by committing ourselves to disciplines of prayer, Bible study or fasting. These may also be done corporately, joining fellow Christians on Sunday mornings and at special services of the season to exalt and worship our Lord. In either case, the goal is not to earn “extra credit” with God, but to open ourselves for a deeper walk with Jesus.

Below are listed some of the opportunities we will have this Lenten season. You are invited you to take advantage of them that we might grow together as people and a community of faith.

Ash Wednesday – February 14
7:00p.m. – Service of the Word and Holy Communion

Wednesdays – February 21 & 28, March 7, 14, & 21
7:00-7:30p.m. – Lenten Communion Service

Maundy Thursday – March 29
7:30 p.m. – Tenebrae Service

Good Friday – March 30
12:00 noon – Community Good Friday Service (location TBD)

Easter Sunday – April 1
8:45 a.m. – Easter Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – Children’s Bible Treasure Hunt
10:00 a.m. – Worship: Celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection

Calvary’s Youth Group

In early January, teens gathered in secret at the OBriens’ to bake and cook special (slightly delayed) Christmas treats to bless Melissa Thayer, Marian Harmon, and Garrett OBrien and show gratitude for all their love and care as youth volunteers! (Well, it wasn’t much of a secret from Garrett, who was in the next room during the boisterous and fragrant endeavor!) Calvary’s youth volunteers are so faithful each week, preparing lessons and activities, coordinating and leading our groups and classes, and praying for our teens. They are loving and devoted and much appreciated!

If you’ve ever thought about volunteering with Calvary’s youth, please feel free to contact Leslie OBrien to find out how your time and talents could add to this important ministry!

The youth Sunday School class completed its Freedom in Christ study and will now embark on a So What? study based on Philippians, which will dovetail with the all-church study of Philippians. The Wednesday night group has completed Not a Fan. While the senior high teens spend several weeks with the Generation Change study (a youth version of Financial Peace), the junior high students will study “Jesus and Mean People” with Sheila Beaudry!

This winter, the youth group has been challenged to memorize John 10:27-28, where Jesus said “My sheep listen to my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never die. No one will steal them out of my hand.”
Many of the group are also excitedly anticipating their Winter Retreat to Monadnock next month!

Deacons’ Corner

Hello, Calvary family and 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 the tough economic times and colder than usual temperatures we continue to experience, 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, put heating oil in the tank 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 is 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. If you have questions, please see one of the deacons.

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 & Lorri Valle

Music News

Three people from Calvary sang in the choir of many singers from several area churches at the 12th annual “Messiah” sing at its new location, Center Church, Hartford on January 7.

The rehearsal of music for Lent has begun. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, and Easter is on Sunday, April 1. Additional singers are welcome to join the Calvary Choir for all or part of the Lent/Easter season. In February, Choir rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings, February 14, following the Ash Wednesday service and the 28th at 7:15 PM in the choir room. We will be singing for worship services on Ash Wednesday evening, and Sundays, February 4 and 18. Please join us in singing the inspirational music of this special season!

Hugs ‘n Hope

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

A Valentine Brunch

Come join us as we gather for a wonderful time of fellowship at a Valentine’s potluck brunch celebration.

When: Saturday, February 17
Time: 10:15 a.m. (brunch served at 10:30)
Where: Home of Janice Singer
19 White Oak Road – Somers

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

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…” Eph. 2:19 (NRSV)

When: Sunday, February 11
Time: 4-7:00 pm
Place: Room UL 8

This class is open to anyone who would like to learn more about becoming a 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).

P.E.P. Luncheon (People Enjoying People)

There will not be a P.E.P. luncheon in February. Stay tuned for upcoming information regarding March’s P.E.P.!

February Celebrations

Birthdays

1 Jennifer Hawkins
9 Paula Graffam
11 Lois Hansen
14 Walt Twarosch
15 Penny Farrell
19 Betty Ainsworth
20 Austin Hess
Chick Zenzick
21 Fred Shaw
22 Alan Graffam
23 Donna Hess

Anniversaries

8 Al & Nancy Marcil (1964)
16 Will & Vangie Gallacher (2001)

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.