Calvary Presbyterian Church has launched a new small group ministry called Embrace Grace. This group provides emotional, practical, and spiritual support for single, young, pregnant women who find themselves with an unintended pregnancy. The primary goal of Embrace Grace is to empower the church to be a safe and non-judging place for the girls to run to when they find out they are pregnant, instead of the last place they are welcomed because of shame and guilt. It is a 12-week bible study that teaches these young women about God’s unconditional love and grace, and their value in His eyes. At the end of the study, each participant will be blessed with a baby shower to honor them for choosing life and to help provide for their baby’s needs.
If you happen to know or meet a young, single woman with an unplanned pregnancy, please consider sharing one of our flyers or business cards with them, both of which are available on the kiosk outside of the sanctuary.
For more information on Embrace Grace ministries, please visit www.embracegrace.com
You can watch an Embrace Grace commercial here: http://embracegrace.com/media/media/i-came-here-for-peace/
Testimonial Video: http://embracegrace.com/media/media/embrace-grace-church-testimonials/
LIGHTING A WAY TO FREEDOM
Help Us End Sex Trafficking & Sexual Exploitation in Connecticut
The Underground is a grass-roots, faith-based initiative dedicated to ending sex trafficking and sexual exploitation in Connecticut. It is a network of over 850 members from more than 135 community churches that believe in Jesus Christ and His mission to set captives free.
Recognizing that prayer is powerful, and informed intercessors are effective, Calvary Church is partnering with The Underground to host a prayer gathering on the second Friday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m. in room LL1 (downstairs, across from the library). Please plan to join us! For more information about The Underground, visit their website at https://www.theundergroundct.org/
Calvary’s Board of Deacons would like to announce the start of the 2018-2019 ministry season with another delicious pancake breakfast for our members and friends. The date is Sunday, September 9, from 8:45 to 9:45 AM (last serving 9:30 AM).
So bring your appetite
And be on time
Lots of food and
It won’t cost you a dime
Sausages and eggs,
Juice and more
Wash it all down
With coffee galore
A time to sit,
Relax and chat
Don’t worry about the dishes
And things like that
It’s our way of saying
Thank you for sharing
In past times of need
You showed heartfelt caring
Bon Appetit and God’s Blessings from 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
Stitch 1 Pray 2
The Stitch One Pray Two Ministry began 2011, and we are still knitting and crocheting to this day! Some of the ladies in our group are from our Calvary family but we also have members from our surrounding community. We meet every Wednesday in room LL5 from 12- 2pm, and we pray, knit, crochet, and have a wonderful time of fellowship. Some of us even bring our lunch!
Most of our yarn is donated to us. We make: shawls of nearly every shape, chemo hats, winter wear (hats, gloves, scarves), and blankets of many sizes (from doll-sized to lap blankets)—anything to bless the men, women, and children in our area. We donate regularly to Enfield Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen, several nursing homes, an adult day care, and a cancer center.
We would LOVE more hands to help us in this ministry. Join us on Wednesdays or work from home! If you aren’t available for the midweek meetings, you can still help by selecting yarn and a hook/needle, and working at your own pace from wherever you’re at! We especially need help during the fall and winter months.
Please see coordinator Jeane Roberts with any questions you may have, or call her at 860-253-9547. You can also call the church office at 860-745-5211 (M-F, 9am-1pm). Thank you, current members, for making this such an enjoyable, loving, and fun ministry!
Loaves & Fishes Sunday Meal Ministry
Calvary will begin our new season of serving meals on the first Sunday of each month beginning on September 2 at the Enfield Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen, located at 28 Prospect St. Each month, a sign-up sheet will be located on the Welcome kiosk for volunteers to help on a month-to-month basis. If you are able to help on the first Sunday afternoon of any month—or every month—from September to June, please sign up! Helpers are needed to prepare meals, cook, serve, sort and organize items, and to clean up. Maybe you would like to come bless us by playing an instrument during the dinner hour of 4-5 pm? Maybe you could just come to socialize; having company during a meal means a lot to someone who lives alone! You will find yourself with new friends who may need a listening ear or with someone who needs you to pray for him or her. Maybe you would like to donate a homemade dessert to be served? Please pray about how you would like to get involved in this desperately needed ministry in our town for our neighbors. If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Beaudry at (860)716-9855 or email@example.com.
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.
When: Tuesday nights beginning September 11
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Where: Room LL1 (lower level, room 1)
Cost: $15.00 for a workbook
Call facilitator Bev Harrison at 413-858-5161 to register.
Dinners for Eight
“Dinners for Eight” is a wonderful opportunity for eight people to gather for an evening of good food and fellowship. The dinners for the 2018/2019 season will be held on Saturdays December 8, February 2, and April 6, with the end-of-season picnic on June 15. On the first three evenings, you’ll be dining with a different group of people, and everyone will meet for the picnic in June. Please sign up to host a dinner in your home on one of the designated dates or to help co-host the June picnic. Coordinator Roberta Richmond will be at a table in the Fellowship Mall on Sunday, Sept. 16 for sign-up and information. If you have any questions, please contact Roberta at 860-849-1856. This is a great opportunity to get to know other members of the Calvary Church family in a fun, social setting!
Adult Sunday School
With the study Christianity Explored being the all-church focus for the fall, Sandy Wezowicz and Dot Cutter will be co-leading a fresh trip through the book of Acts, focusing on the works of the Lord in establishing the church in both the Jewish and Gentile regions of the world. What challenges did they encounter? Are there parallels for us today? What victories and power did they see? What might we anticipate in our lives? How can we impact our culture, introducing others to experience for themselves the love and saving grace found only through a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ. This class will be held in room UL8.
Another wonderful study is being offered by Janice Singer in room UL7. The secret to fruitful living is in our relationship with Jesus. Jesus wants us to have a life full of purpose and meaning, a life filled with qualities that draw others to Him—qualities like love and gentleness, peace and goodness, kindness and self-control. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus shows us how to become more and more like Him, taking on the inner nature of God that the Bible calls the fruit of the Spirit. No study guides needed-—just bring your bible and discover how you can live the fruitful, free life God intends for us all.
Come and be blessed in Adult Sunday school! Signups will begin on September 16, and classes will run 9 to 9:45 am starting on September 23.
New Study – Christianity Explored
Come and be a part of this 7-week journey as we explore the Gospel of Mark together. Christianity Explored gives you time to think about the big questions of life and explore the life of the person at the heart of the Christian faith—Jesus Christ. Get ready to experience the life of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, and discover how His message is the best news you’ve ever heard. Sign up in the Fellowship Mall. Class materials are $10 and will be handed out at the first class.
Starting Monday, September 24
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Groups
Starting Thursday, September 27
Time: 10-11:30 am
Worship – Respond – Participate – Sing
Choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, September 19 at 7:15 pm in the choir room. The Choir will sing at services soon after. New singers are welcome and encouraged to join us to worship through music!
P.E.P. (People Enjoying People) Luncheon
Save the date—Tuesday, October 16—for our next potluck luncheon! Check next month’s Crier for details.
Also, Joan Lawson is looking for interested individuals to help plan our monthly or quarterly luncheons. The time commitment would be mainly on the day of the luncheon and a small amount of time to brainstorm about speakers. Please call her at the church office at 860-745-5211, extension 203.
Teen Challenge Event
On August 12, Teen Challenge came to Calvary and it was a fantastic time. The food was plentiful with enough leftover to send home with the men. The Teen Challenge men sang and shared stories that were so moving and powerful. All honor and glory was given to the Lord Jesus for what He has done and continues to do in their lives. We all went away with such joy from seeing restored and rescued lives. Thank you for your generous donations and for supporting this wonderful ministry.
Calvary’s Youth Ministry
Calvary’s teens finished the summer with a final night of service on August 21 at the community garden growing food for the Enfield Food Shelf. Several teens also volunteered during Calvary’s Vacation Bible School, and their faithfulness and generosity in guiding the little ones was much appreciated!
Mark your calendars! Signups for youth Sunday School and Youth Group will happen on Sunday, September 16! Youth Sunday School will begin on Sunday, September 23, at 9:00 am. Youth Group will begin again on Wednesday, October 3, from 7-8:30 pm!
Hugs ‘n Hope
Support & Fellowship Group for Women who are Widowed, Divorced or Single
Celebrating Our 12th Anniversary
Dear Hugs ‘n Hope Sisters, there is going to be a celebration! Hugs ‘n Hope will be celebrating the start of our 12th year together! September 2007 was the first gathering of widowed, divorced, and single women from our congregation and surrounding community meeting monthly for fun get-togethers.
Women of Calvary, if you are widowed, divorced, or single and have not had the opportunity to participate in our Hugs ‘n Hope gatherings, please join us for our celebration potluck dinner this September. Potluck dinners, picnics in the park, tea parties, afternoons at church watching movies, playing board games, and having girls night out dinners at local restaurants are wonderful times of fellowship. This is a fellowship of vibrant women who come together with a common bond to support, nurture, love, and pray for each other.
Do you have a friend that could benefit from this ministry? Bring her and come join us as we celebrate the arrival of autumn and God’s blessings on this ministry as we gather for a wonderful time of fellowship at our Celebration Potluck dinner.
When: Saturday, September 15
Time: 5:00 p.m. (dinner served 5:30)
Where: Home of Janice Singer
19 White Oak Road, Somers
Please RSVP to Janice at (860)763-2936 for food assignments
October Crier Articles
October Crier articles can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15. Thank you!
3 Adam Zinkievich
4 Mary Taylor
5 Bethany Clark
6 David Clark
7 Steven Rubenstein
12 Quinlan Audet
14 Drew Love
19 John Cutter
20 Dan Beaudry
22 Carole Black
24 Payton Benton-Hamilton
26 Doug Gillette
28 Ann Burn,
30 Michael Beaudry
1 Adam & Shannah Zinkievich (2012)
14 Paul & Carole Sorel (1974)
16 Walt & Yoke Twarosch (1967)
25 Lou & Bjorg Carlson (1982)
27 David & Jenn Clark (2003)
29 Ray & Marcheta Savo (1959)
30 Michael & Pam Mills (1989)
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.