April 2018

Pastor Steve’s Space

Dear Friends,

One of the themes God has placed before Calvary Church over the past several years is DISCIPLESHIP. This is expressed in the vision adopted by session in 2015:

Calvary Church: A Christ-centered community living God’s Kingdom through
Loving God, Loving Others, and Making Disciples.

This emphasis has continued through our relationship with ECO. ECO’s stated vision is “Building flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ.” Discipleship, as understood by ECO, is the practice of ongoing, life-long transformation; of being conformed to the image of Christ for the sake of others. It is more than simply gaining information, but embraces the whole person — head, hands, and heart.

Over the past year, Calvary’s session and staff engaged in a process designed to assist us in discerning where to start in living into the values and vision of our new denomination. It became clear through this process that our effort needs to focus on building an intentional discipleship culture into the life of Calvary Church.

To do this, we will be using a new resource developed by ECO called “Flourishing Disciples.” Through Flourishing Disciples, ECO desires to create the environment, relationships, training opportunities, coaching, and vision that will facilitate the formation of a true disciple-making culture in a church for years to come. This process will take significant time and commitment to become a cultural reality in the life of Calvary Church.

The session has formed a Flourishing Disciples Team made up of elders, staff, and covenant partners. This team will meeting monthly for the next year and a half to equip this initial group to:
1) grow as disciples,
2) begin to disciple others around them, and
3) establish a disciple-making culture in the church as a whole.

You will be hearing more about this process in the months to come. Please be in prayer for our church and those involved in this endeavor, that we may more fully live into the vision which God has given us.

Grace & Peace,
Steve

P.E.P. (People Enjoying People)

When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 12:00
Speakers: Laurissa & Jayonna Montigny

The equivalent of the Eagle Award for Boy Scouts is the Gold Award for Girl Scouts. Laurissa and Jayonna Montigny (granddaughters of Kathy Kane) are currently working to receive this award, the greatest achievement within Girl Scouts of the USA. They will be speaking about the requirements for the Gold Award and their projects.

Calvary’s Youth Group

Thank you to our Calvary family for your prayers during March’s Winter Retreat to Monadnock! God blessed our group of 14 teens, 3 leaders, and additional parent volunteer drivers with smooth travel, safety at camp, and a wonderful time of fellowship, worship and meaningful teaching from Pastor Josh Wyatt on the theme of “Know Hope” and Hebrews 6:19-20. Next time you see a teen, ask them what Pastor Josh demonstrated for us with a cinder block and a rope!

In March, our Wednesday night group embarked on a new study, “Made to Make a Difference,” offering Biblical insight into how God has uniquely created students with certain passions, talents, and interests to impact the world for Jesus.

Enough teens memorized our spring memory verse—John 10:27-28—in time to earn a pretty silly dancing performance by their adult leaders! We hope that having God’s word stored in their hearts and minds will help and encourage them for years to come…unlike the dance moves which we hope never to do again!

Newest Covenant Partners

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God. Ephesians 2:19

On Sunday, March 11, Calvary Church welcomed Lou & Bjorg Carlson, David Hansen, Marcelyn Hyde, and Jay & Marjorie Stradinger as Covenant Partners. When you see them, please take time to welcome them. If you need to “put a face to the name,” their framed pictures are displayed in the Fellowship Mall.

Griefshare

What is GriefShare? GriefShare is a network of thousands of grief recovery support groups meeting around the world. GriefShare 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, May 1
Time: 7-8:30PM
Where: Room LL1
Cost: Workbooks are $15
Call: Bev Harrison to register at (413) 858-5161

Deacons’ Corner

Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. Dying He destroyed our death, rising He restored our life. This Easter, spend a few moments thinking about the wonderful gift of life everlasting.

We would like to thank those who brightened the faces and warmed the hearts of our home-bound and hospitalized members with an Easter lily or daffodil. May God bless you as you have blessed others!

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

Music News

Two instrumentalists have added their special touch to two choir anthems this recent season of Lent and Easter. Carol Rinkavage played violin for “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us,” and Lori Beauchesne played organ for “Lift High the Cross.” We cherish the opportunities there are for church family who usually attend different services to unite in worship through music.

The Choir will be singing on Easter Sunday, April 1, at the one combined 10:00 AM service, and on April 15 and 29 at the 9:00 AM services. Choir rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 in the Choir room on April 11 and 25.

New Study: Psalms (Soul Songs)

Exploring love, temptation, fear and guilt from the Psalms

How often do you get the tune of a mindless song stuck in your head? It’s one way that Christians can end up thinking and wanting things just like the world around us. So God has given us a collection of songs that can help us re-tune our hearts to what He thinks and wants instead.

You may feel as if your soul is downcast or sick — troubled by worry, sin, suffering, fear or guilt. David, the Israelite king who wrote many of these songs, tells us that the Word of God revives the soul — it’s powerful stuff! And how to revive your soul is the theme of this selection. Mostly written by people rolling in trouble, they take us from the problems we face and turn us back to God, the rock.

In these psalms you will find medicine for your soul. Learn to fear God instead of others, to trust Him in difficult times, and to sing a new song to the God who saves.

Please join this six week church-wide study being offered for all men and women beginning on April 16 & 19 and running through May 21 & 24.

Men’s Group: Mondays in the lower level at 7PM
Women’s Group: Mondays on the upper level, room UL8, at 7PM
Mixed Group: Thursday mornings on the upper level, room UL8, at 9:30 AM
Thursday evenings (also room UL8) at 7 PM

Cost: study guides are $8 each

Hugs ‘n Hope

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

Our April Gathering: “An Afternoon at the Movies”

Come join us as we gather for a fun time of fellowship and entertainment in an “Afternoon at the Movies.” Please bring movie snacks for sharing.

When: Saturday, April 28
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Calvary Church – Room UL 8

Call Janice if you have questions 860-763-2936

Calvary Crier’s May Issue

If your ministry has an article for the May 2018 Calvary Crier, please email it to cpc.corrine@snet.net by April 18. Thank you!

Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen

For many years now, a team of volunteers from Calvary Church has served the first Sundays of most months (September to June) at the Enfield Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen. Enabled by your generous giving through the Mission Committee, the team prepares and serves a healthy meal for hungry guests. They also come up with the menu, shop for all the goods needed, and clean up after the meals.

The past few years, this team has been led by longtime “First Sunday” volunteer Corrine Brzys and her husband, John. Due to Corrine’s long-term health concerns, they have concluded their leadership of this ministry as of March of this year. They want to thank the numerous amazing people they’ve had the blessing to work beside over the years, and they thank the Lord for the special friendships and moments they’ve had with their beloved guests. We thank them for their years of faithful service as we welcome new leadership, Sheila and Dan Beaudry, who will resume “First Sunday” meals in September. If you’re interested in volunteering in this ministry, please contact Sheila at chickensheila@cox.net.

April Celebrations

Birthdays

4 Lori Bourret, Marie Morales
5 Sharon Walsh
7 Gary Hess
9 Chris Hawkins
12 Sarah Audet
13 Art Audet
14 Serena Thomsen
15 Michael Mills
19 Lynn Olden
21 Carol Rinkavage
24 Daniel Fraher

Anniversaries

7 Drew & Mickey Love (1973)
16 Peter & Ann duPlessis (1960)
25 EJ & Karen Garrett (1980)
28 Daryl & Marian Harmon (1984)

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.