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O Lord, how shall I meet you, how welcome you aright?
Your people long to greet you, my hope, my heart’s delight!
O kindle, Lord most holy, a lamp within my breast.
To do in spirit lowly all that may please you best.
Paul Gerhardt, 1653
O Lord, how shall I meet you, how welcome you aright? is the central question of the season of Advent. Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation. Though we tend to focus on looking forward to the celebration of Jesus’ birth, Advent has historically been a time in which the church is called to remember the awesome reality of our Lord’s triumphant return. continued
THE ONE WE WELCOME
Sunday, December 1
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:00 a.m. – Morning Worship: THE ONE WE WELCOME: A FAITHFUL WITNESS
Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
Sunday, December 8
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:00 a.m. – Morning Worship: THE ONE WE WELCOME: OUR GREAT HIGH PRIEST
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – ADVENT PRAYER JOURNEY
Sunday, December 15
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:00 a.m. – Morning Worship: THE ONE WE WELCOME: THE RIGHTEOUS KING
Sunday, December 22
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School
10:00 a.m. – Morning Worship: THE ONE WE WELCOME: A GOOD SHEPHERD
Tuesday, December 24
7:00 p.m. – Candlelight Service: “THE WHOLE STORY OF CHRISTMAS”
A service celebrating God’s plan of grace through music and readings.
Sunday, December 29
First Sunday of Christmas
No Sunday School
10:00 a.m. – Morning Worship
Tuesday, December 31
NEW YEAR’S EVE
7:00 p.m. – Evening Worship: Holy Communion
Advent Prayer Station Journey
The season of Advent has been observed many different ways through the years. On Sunday, December 8, Calvary will have an opportunity once again to engage in an Advent Prayer Station Journey. From 3 – 5 p.m. participants may visit a series of prayer stations that focus on this period of expectation, waiting and preparing that is Advent. Each station invites a different question to ponder and a way to respond in prayer, as we consider the coming of Jesus Christ.
This is an intergenerational event. A special station for small children to explore the Christmas story will be available in the nursery. Refreshments will be available (of course)! Plan to come and invite your friends!
People Enjoying People (P.E.P.) Luncheon
When: Tuesday, December 17
Speaker: Hannah Cushman
Details: Bring a dish or dessert to share and sign-up at the Welcome kiosk
Hannah will be sharing about her experiences down in Honduras during the summer of 2018, as well as snippets from her first year at Word of Life Bible Institute that will include her trips to Quebec and Costa Rica. In addition, Hannah will also be sharing about her upcoming trip to Poland that will take place in the spring of 2020.
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.
On Sunday, November 17, Calvary Church welcomed Bill and Sue Christoffersen as Covenant Partners. When you see them, please take time to welcome them!
During the month of December, Calvary mugs are available for purchase for $5. Please contact Joan via our website or call her at the church office Monday through Thursday at (860) 745-5211 to order. The mugs make great gifts and can be filled with a variety of things for giving-away, like specialty teas, coffee, and candies, to name a few. The possibilities are nearly endless!
A Night of Hope and Remembrance
Date: Thursday, December 5
Time: 7 PM
Place: in the sanctuary of Calvary Presbyterian Church
1518 King Street, Enfield
Pastor Steve Thayer will officiate at a special evening service honoring our loved ones who have preceded us in death. Light refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Mall outside the sanctuary following this ceremony of prayer and worship. Please call Bev Harrison if you have any questions at 413-858-5161.
Please join us for this special time of hope and remembrance sponsored by the Calvary Church.
Special Event Coming Soon
A Journey to the Potter’s House; an illustrated parable that brings the Gospel to life.
– Presenter: Dr. Michael Ferris
– Saturday, January 11, 2020
– 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
January Crier Submissions
For ministries submitting January Calvary Crier articles, please email them to email@example.com by December 18
Reflections by Dot Cutter: Christmas Preparations
Awaking this morning, I heard in my mind children singing an old English nursery rhyme and Christmas song that proclaims:
“Christmas is coming the geese are getting fat;
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny a ha’penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you.”
I chuckled to myself thinking, “What’s going on here? We aren’t even to Thanksgiving let alone flipping the calendar page to December!” continued
Christmas is fast approaching, and although no one knows exactly what day Jesus was born, we celebrate it on December 25. Though it is one of the most festive times of the year, we remember that we are celebrating the birth of or our Lord and Savior.
The Angel Tree will be up in the Fellowship Mall area as on December 1, and will be beautifully decorated with plenty of angel tags for all those who wish to purchase a gift for a local child. This year we will be supporting many boys and girls instead of children from just one or two families.
When you take an angel tag, please be sure to see one of the assisting Deacons so that they can get the proper information from each tag. Please return your wrapped gifts back to the church by Sunday, December 15th, at the latest.
On behalf of many less fortunate children, and the Board of Deacons, we wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.
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, and Lorri Valle
Is how we get our start
An even playing field
None of us set apart
Innocent and unable
To take care on our own
Needing much protection
Until mature and grown
As adults we have a duty
God’s disciples we must be
To get the children baptized
Provide a safe reality
But many, many youngsters
Through no fault of their own
Are very poor or orphaned
And in a children’s home
These forgotten little angels
Need love and assurance
Little things that we take for granted
To help them with endurance
Especially on holidays
A tougher time of year
So take a moment, ponder a bit
Can you provide some cheer
Take a tag from an Angel Tree
At your work, or in your church
And while you are out shopping
Add one more gift to your search
It doesn’t have to be a game
Nor must it be a toy
It could be a little gift card
To let them choose their joy
Think of the smile you created
When they realize someone cares
You won’t be there to see it
But it might just bring them tears
You also won’t see the smile
That you put upon God’s face
When He looks down and sees
That you have learned His grace
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the church office at 860-745-5211 (M-F, 9 am-1 pm).
“Mary, did you know that the child that you’ve delivered will soon deliver you?”
According to Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins, this is how “Mary, Did You Know” by Mark Lowry and Buddy Green came to be written:
In 1984, Mark was asked by his pastor in Houston, Texas to compose musical bridges between carols for the Christmas tree choir presentation. He pondered what it would have been like to interview Mary on her thoughts about being the mother of Jesus. He knew his words needed to become a song. Six years later while in the Gaither Vocal Band, Mark asked fellow band member, Buddy Green, to add beautiful music to his God-inspired words, and made it a profitable success. It was first sung by Michael English, then by Kathy Mattea, Natalie Cole, other soloists and church choirs.
This song will be sung by our church choir on Christmas Eve. Wouldn’t you like to sing it with us? Rehearsals will be on Wednesdays from 7:15 – 8:45 pm on December 4 and December 18. We will sing on Sundays December 8 and 22, as well as on Christmas Eve.
Calvary’s Youth Ministry
Along with other groups from around the state, Calvary’s Youth Group enjoyed the November 6 townwide Youth Rally with the “Journey to the Potter’s House” presentation. They were also excited to send two Samaritan’s Purse “Operation Christmas Child” shoeboxes off on a journey to share the joy of the gospel with children around the world.
Our youth Sunday School class has begun a study of the book What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care? by Edward T. Welch. Our Wednesday night group has considered four attributes of God so far—that He is infinite, incomprehensible, uncreated, and self-sufficient—and what that means for us.
On Sundays in December, several teens will be selling festive Christmas items in the Fellowship Mall on Sundays to raise funds for their Winter Retreat to Monadnock. They will be selling Christmas ornaments, pocket calendars, reusable tote bags, and beautiful gift bags! Get ready to wrap—or bag—your gifts in style this year!
Hugs ‘n Hope
Support & Fellowship Group for Women who are Widowed, Divorced or Single
Our Christmas Celebration
“Sharing Christmas Traditions”
Please join us for our afternoon Christmas celebration. Come share your memorable Christmas family tradition. (If you have pictures, please bring them.)
The afternoon will end with a fun gift exchange (price range $5-$7). Your gifts must be a wrapped “paper gift.” Examples: holiday paper plates, napkins, note cards, recipe cards, memo pads, toilet paper, paper towels (be creative). Our celebration will end with holiday desserts and an inspirational message.
When: Saturday, December 14
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Calvary Church (Room UL 8)
Holiday Gift Boutique (Women At Risk, Int’l)
Purchase products with a purpose! Rescue, restore, redeem, and empower human trafficking survivors from women around the world! Be a part of their restoration!
Aglow’s “Women at Risk, International Holiday Gift Boutique”
December 7 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The upper level of Calvary Presbyterian Church (room UL8)
Every time you buy a WAR, Int’l product, you protect and empower an at-risk woman and her family. Whether it’s creating jewelry, coffee, or sewing aprons, the work is an essential part of the healing process. It gives the women confidence, a sense of self-worth, and a new future through financial security and self-sustainability. Buying the work of her hands not only offers a woman freedom and a new start, but hope and change. Every $300 worth of sales can help sustain woman in an international safe house for a month! If you have questions, please see Janet Cushman.
Loaves & Fishes “First Sunday” Ministry
Our team is in need of a cook on the first Sunday of every month through June as we serve at Enfield’s Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen. The meal will be planned, purchased, prepped and ready to cook! Hours are 1-4 pm, and you’d begin January 5. If you can help us feed our neighbors & friends at the soup kitchen, please contact Sheila Beaudry at (860) 716-0855.
Weekly Advent Prayer Station
There will be an interactive prayer opportunity each week through Advent in addition to the Dec. 8 Prayer Station Journey. This week-long prayer station will be set up in the Prayer Room, which is accessible by the hallway between the sanctuary and the elevator doors, and will be open from 9-12 on Sundays and 9-1 Monday through Friday. This week, the theme is “The One We Welcome.”
2 Anna Brown
3 Len Kane
4 Lou Carlson
5 Avis Hall
9 Will Gallacher,
10 Al Marcil
11 Paul Sorel
13 Janet Cushman
16 Sheila Beaudry
18 Arlene Ellis,
19 Melissa Thayer
25 Jo Destro
29 Yoke Twarosch
4 Gary & Donna Hess (1993)
15 Winston & Sharon Walsh (1990)
16 David & Lois Hansen (2017)
17 Evans & Penny Farrell (1966)
30 Paul & Donna Yanosy (1972)
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.