August 2017

Men’s & Women’s Studies

Sign-ups for our studies will be held on Sunday, September 17, and classes will begin the week of September 24. Please stay tuned for information on the studies that will be offered!

Music News

“Sing unto God all the heavens and earth, alleluia, celebrate, and with a cheerful voice sing, alleluia. Sing it from your heart. Make your life a song to God.” (from the choir anthem, “Festival Alleluia” by Allen Pote)

Choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, September 6, from 7:15 – 8:45 pm in the choir room. The choir will sing at the 9:00 am Sunday worship services beginning September 10, and meet in the choir room at 8:15 am each week. New singers are welcome. Please join us to worship through music!

People Enjoying People (P.E.P.)

Save the date for our first gathering on Tuesday, October 17th! More info soon!

Calvary’s Youth Ministry Ignite the Flame

The 2017-2018 Youth Group school year will kick off on Wednesday, October 4! Teens in grade 6-12, join us from 7-8:30 pm and bring a friend!

Our Fall 2017 study will be Not a Fan (teen edition).

In the Gospels, Jesus never seemed too interested in just “fans.” Is that how you define your relationship with Him? An “enthusiastic admirer”? Close enough to Jesus to get the benefits but not so close to require sacrifice? Jesus wasn’t looking for fans. He was looking for completely committed followers.

Youth Sunday School will begin again on September 24. Melissa Thayer will lead grades 6-12 in a study of Freedom in Christ, designed to help young people understand who they are in Christ; walk free from daily temptations and pressures; and take responsibility for their faith.

Please join us on September 17 between services to sign up for both Sunday School and Youth Group!

Reflections by Dot Cutter: Hunters and Jumpers

What youngster hasn’t longed for a horse sometime in his/her youth? I know I did. Living in a small city, opportunities for riding were few, but my love for these magnificent animals never waned. However, it wasn’t until college that I had the opportunity to ride with any consistency. read more

Hugs ‘n Hope – Support & Fellowship Group for Women who are Widowed, Divorced or Single

Celebrating Our 11th Anniversary

Dear Hugs ‘n Hope Sisters, there is going to be a celebration! Hugs ‘n Hope will be celebrating the start of our 11th 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 haven’t 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 girl’s-night-out dinners at local restaurants are wonderful times of fellowship. These times together offer wonderful opportunities to nurture, support, and pray for each other.

Do you have a friend who 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 16
Time: 5:00pm (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.

GriefShare: a support group for those who’ve lost a loved one

When: Tuesdays August 22 – November 28
Time: runs 7-8:30 pm
Where: Room LL1 (across from the library)

You are welcome to begin attending the GriefShare group at any session. Each is “self-contained,” so you do not have to attend in sequence. You will find encouragement and help whenever you begin. Please call the church office at (860) 745-5211 ext. 203 and ask for Joan.

Women of All Ages, Save this Date!

We will be holding a Women’s Day of Refreshment on Saturday, January 27. Our speaker will be Forshia Ross. More details will be coming in future bulletins and Calvary Crier newsletters. Joan is looking for help in planning and facilitating this event. If you’re available, please call or e-mail her at cpc.joan@snet.net (860) 745-5211.

Adult Sunday School

Our Sunday school sign-ups will be held September 17, and classes will begin September 24. This fall, we will be offering a study on 1 Corinthians in UL8 and Parables of Jesus in room UL7.

Welcome Ministry

And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of my family, you did it to me.”
Matthew 25:40 RSV

The Ministry of Welcome would like to thank all those who generously helped with the summer schedule that ran so smoothly. For those currently involved in welcome and those looking to get involved: SAVE THE DATE- Tuesday, October 10, 7 pm in UL8. We will have time to reconnect and look at ideas and plans for the fall and upcoming holidays. Hope to see you there!

Calvary’s Men’s Ministry

Mission Statement: “Calvary Men’s Ministry exists to encourage and empower men to grow together in Christian faith and service.”

Basis for Ministry: Gospel-shaped, prayer-led, integrity-guided

Ministry Leadership Team: Purposeful, relational, prayerful, and following the same direction as the church

The Men’s Ministry at Calvary now has a formal organizational structure. It involves:

  • Leadership: no more than 4
  • Terms of leaders: 2 years overlapping – always someone with experience
  • Meetings: once per month
  • Functions of the Leaders (and present incumbents):
    • Facilitator – Rick Wezowicz (Facilitate meetings, financial, interact with other churches, etc.)
    • Prayer – Dick Sterling (Intercessory, prayer, interact with church ministries, etc.)
    • Service/Programs – Dan Blanchette (Projects, conferences, meals, interact with other churches)
    • Study Groups – Butch Plude (Small group studies, develop facilitators)

Note: All leaders will intercede for Pastor on a regular basis, and will be involved with mentoring and training.
If any Calvary men are interested in taking part in this ministry as a leader or as a part of any of the sub-ministries, contact the person responsible for that area.

“He Just Needs A Few Good Men”

CT Underground: Prayer to end human trafficking/Prayer for survivors

Partnering with the Connecticut Underground and the Enfield Aglow Lighthouse, Calvary Church will host a prayer meeting on the second Friday of every month from 7-8:30PM in room Lower Level 1 (LL1), across from the library. The Connecticut Underground is a grassroots, faith-based initiative dedicated to ending sex trafficking and sexual exploitation in Connecticut. Their vision is stated within Isaiah 61:1-3

To proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes.

Join us each month to learn what is happening around our state and region, and become an effective, informed intercessor! For more information, contact Janet Cushman at Cushman4Christ@aol.com or 860-745-2003.

September Celebrations

Birthdays

3 Adam Zinkievich
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, Dot Cutter
30 Michael Beaudry

Anniversaries

14 Paul & Carole Sorel (1974)
16 Walt & Yoke Twarosch (1967)
27 David & Jenn Clark (2003)
29 Ray & Marchetta 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.

Family Camp 2017

Do not conform to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind… (Romans 12:2)

From the moment we arrived, we could sense the love and joy at coming together for another fun-filled weekend at camp. It truly is filled with activities, campfires, outdoor fun, and fabulous food.

Traditions are a wonderful thing, and Family Camp for Calvary Church has been a tradition for many years. Every August for the past 14 years, families and individuals of all ages travel to Camp Pinnacle in the Helderberg Mountains located in Voorheesville, N.Y. Helderberg is Dutch for “clear view.” It is the prayer of this camp that everyone who comes sees God on His Mountain. We have been truly blessed as a camp team to facilitate these family camp weekends at Pinnacle. Scripture tells us there is a time and season for everything under heaven. As a team, we have felt the Lord speaking to us that it is time to lay this down and allow (if it’s God’s plan) for others to take it on. We trust the Lord for His timing!

The camp team was overwhelmed by the love that was showered upon us through your generous gifts, cake, and even the red carpet rolled out for us! You are all so special to each and every one of us. I believe we tasted and experienced a little piece of heaven, and we are forever grateful!

Our camp team wants to thank everyone for making the time together such a great experience: your songs for the meals, your over-the-top performances of skits, and your willingness to participate in games that challenge every age level. We believe that many treasured memories were made during this weekend. The most amazing thing our camp team experiences is seeing lives changed and families growing stronger. We know that can only happen through the power of the Lord. Our prayer is to continue to see this happen. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so look for our camp group picture in the Fellowship Mall. Some of the special remembrances of camp are also on display. We are hoping to make a Family Camp highlights DVD from all our years at Camp Pinnacle. We will keep you posted if that happens!

The Calvary Family Camp Team: Dan & Jayne, Daryl & Marian, Butch & Lorry, Dick & Susan, and Mike & Joan

Treasured Memories from Camp Pinnacle 2017 (Words, Praises, & Phrases)

Camp Pinnacle was definitely a “Blast from the Past.” After taking a break for many years, it was a delight to join the Calvary Church campers this year. It felt like we never took a break. It was extra special because this year our daughter-in-law Trish & her 3 children—Ryan, Alanna, & Leighann—came with her. We thank the Lord for the opportunity He gave us to enjoy this special weekend.
– Penny & Evans Farrell

This camp was my family’s first time coming since 2010. Despite seven years passing, we jumped right back into the fun, games, and singing like we never missed anything. In this weekend alone, my family has made so many memories that we will treasure for years to come—especially as we kids are growing older and time spent with family is decreasing. I am so, so thankful for this weekend in which all we did was spend time with each other! I thank the Camp Team with all my heart for each and every thing they did in order to make this weekend possible. We love you!
– Love, Hannah Cushman

Almost 20+ years of Family Camp blessings with my Calvary Church Family at Camp Wilmot, Singing Hills, and Camp Pinnacle. What a blessing to have my Jill and her Kyle join us.
– Janice Singer

We are God’s Family!
-Anonymous

I remember the first Family Camp weekend I attended like it happened yesterday. It was just me & my youngest son, Shane, who was new in the youth group. I got to really see how the people of Calvary Church interacted. The Lord revealed a lot to me that first weekend, including how much this body of Christ truly loves one another. It’s a real family. Flash forward to Family Camp 2017, and my husband & I have been a part of this family for 8 years. We’ve attended several Family Camp weekends, and have been immeasurably blessed by the hard work of our Family Camp staff. Thank you all for your years of service in the name of our great God.
– Corrine Brzys

My weekend at family camp was amazing. I went up expecting something, and came back renewed. It was full of laughter and tears. It was such a blessing to bless the family camp team. I enjoyed working on it. I feel renewed: the old me is left up on the mountain. I had such an experience there. I feel so close to God. I absolutely love my church family. It was such an overwhelming experience that I will hold forever in my heart.
– Connie

In light of the overwhelming expressions of love and gratitude expressed to the FC team, Romans 12:10 (ESV) says it all: “Love one another with brotherly/sisterly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Our fellow family campers certainly ‘outdid’ one another in honoring us. We are truly blessed.
– Dick Sterling