January 2020

Church-wide Winter Study

Beginning in January, we will offer a 6-week church-wide study on the Holy Spirit taught by Pastor Steve Thayer. Please sign up in the Fellowship Mall and let us know whether you’re interested in a Monday night or Thursday morning class. Keep an eye on future Sunday bulletins for more information!

Deacons’ Corner

The Board of Deacons would like to thank the Calvary Congregation for helping make the Holiday Joy Tree a success again this year. Your generosity knows no bounds. We were able to provide the Town of Enfield Social Services Department with nearly 30 gifts for children in need. Thank you all for the gift of sharing the love of Christ, and caring for this community. Your kindness also brightened the homes of 14 people with the gift of holiday poinsettias. Thank you all!

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

Calvary’s Youth Ministry

Thank you to everyone who supported the teens raising funds for their upcoming Winter Retreat! Your generosity through the Calvary Post Office and their festive sale during December have them well on their way to this special time at Monadnock.

A Journey to the Potter’s House; an illustrated parable that brings the Gospel to life.

– Presenter: Dr. Michael Ferris
– Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Calvary
– Time: 6:00 pm
– Cost: Free-will offering
– Open to everyone

A Journey to the Potter’s House is a powerful illustrated sermon that brings you face to face with God in a way that will forever change the way you understand His working in your life.

Nowhere is there a more vivid example of the relationship between God and His people than is seen in the relationship between the potter and their clay.

Michael Ferris is an ordained minister and a partnering faculty member at the Alliance Theological Seminary and the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling located in Nyack, NY, where he teaches pastoral and Christian counseling at the Masters level.

You won’t want to miss this special presentation and message that brings hope, love and redemption!

For more information, please visit www.ajourneytothepottershouse.com

Please sign up in the Fellowship Mall. Questions? Contact Joan Lawson at her extension at the church office (860) 745-5211 EXT 203; on her cellphone at (860) 841-5394; or email her via the church website.

Deacon Meals: Partnering with Our Church Family

The Deacons would like to thank those who partnered with us this past year in providing a meal to members of our Calvary community when needed. Here’s a little poem to prayerfully think about as we enter 2020: (poem by Wayne Richmond to be read in the order of entire left column first and ending with the right column)

Some Calvary congregants
May find themselves in need
Of in-home assistance
And you can help, indeed

When our sisters and brothers
To church cannot attend
Due to injury or illness
Staying home and on the mend

Volunteers are still required
Occasionally at least
To provide a decent meal
Not to provide a feast

Providing a meal or two
Sustenance on wheels
Please consider signing up
To deliver a home cooked meal

You don’t have to be a Deacon
Or commit for a long duration
Just be able to help out
Someone near your location

The list of volunteers has shrunk
Please prayerfully give thought
And add your assistance to this list
So your meal may hit the spot

If you would like to join the Deacons in serving our church family with a meal in times of need, please contact Bjorg Carlson.

Reflections by Dot Cutter: Boxing Day

A happy New Year to you as we welcome another year and another decade. 2020 here we come!

The flurry of holiday preparations is behind us and, if you are anything like me, they started early. Not that I finished early, mind you, but with part of our family cross country it behooves me to get gifts in the mail early. That sent me scrambling up the ladder into our attic for boxes in November. With postage rates having skyrocketed over the years, I try to choose carefully. continued

New Support Group for Hurting Moms

“Hurting Moms, Mending Hearts” is a ministry to mothers who have children of any age who are caught in substance abuse/addiction (hurtingmomsmendinghearts.org). The 10-Week “Breaking Free” program is designed to be a safe place where moms can come together and share with one another while they work through a process that will start them on a path toward hope and healing. These meetings provide a safe place for moms to share and be encouraged in God’s love and care for them and their child.

Each session includes prayer, Scripture reading, a brief video, and discussion. Each participant needs a workbook, which can be purchased at the first class for $15.

Calvary will offer this ten-week program beginning Thursday, January 9, from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Any moms in the Enfield area who find themselves struggling with a child of any age in addiction are welcome to join. Donna Yanosy will facilitate the group. Please register by contacting her via email on the church website or through the church office at 860-745-5211 (M-F, 9 am-1 pm).

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

There will be no PEP Luncheon in January, but stay tuned for what’s coming up ahead. Thank you for your partnership and participation in 2019!

The Calvary Crier Newsletter

For ministries submitting February Calvary Crier articles, please email them to office@calvaryenfield.org by January 17. Thank you!

Annual Congregational Meeting

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be held following worship service on Sunday, January 26 and will include a pot-luck luncheon where we can enjoy fellowship with one another over a good meal. A sign-up sheet will be on the kiosk outside the sanctuary starting January 12. All are encouraged to attend, and we hope to see you there!

GriefShare

What is GriefShare? GriefShare is a network of thousands of grief recovery support groups meeting around the world. It is a program with direction and purpose. With GriefShare you will learn how to walk the journey of grief and be supported on the way. It is a place where grieving people find healing and hope. This caring group of people will walk along side you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

Begins: Tuesday, January 7
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Where: Upper Level Lounge here at Calvary Church
Cost: $15 (workbook)
Call: Bev Harrison to register (413) 858-5161

Calvary Men’s Ministry

The Calvary Men’s Ministry has scheduled our 6th Annual Breakfast for Saturday, February 8. All Calvary men, their guests, and men from other local churches are and will be invited. We will begin at 8:30 a.m. and finish at approximately 10:30 a.m. We’re very happy to announce that Rev. Jim Baumberger, who has been involved with Calvary and with many men’s groups in the area, will be our speaker. There will be more details coming in a future Sunday bulletin, and a sign-up sheet will be in the Fellowship Mall beginning January 5.

Music News

Here are words to ponder from the song “Carol at the Manger” by Marty Haugen:

“Holy Child within the manger, lead us ever in your way,
so we see in every stranger how you come to us today.
In our lives and in our living give us strength to live as you,
that our hearts might be forgiving and our spirits strong and true.”

Choir rehearsals will be on Wednesday evenings on January 15 & 29 from 7:15 to 8:45. We will sing on Sundays January 5 and 19.

Lori Bourret

January Celebrations

Birthdays

Birthdays

6     Bradley Gallacher,
        Cathy Perrill,
        Lionel Picard
12     Marian Harmon
14     Brittney Carlson
15     Sara Brown
16     Lorry Plude,
        Peg Zukowski
23     Edie Heeber
29     Nancy Marcil

Anniversaries

26     John & Corrine Brzys (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.