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, January 8
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Where: LL1
Cost: Workbook $15
Call: Bev Harrison at 413-858-5161 (please call to register)

Loaves & Fishes Sunday Meal Ministry

We are serving Enfield Loaves & Fishes Soup kitchen every first Sunday of the month. A sign-up sheet is located on the Welcome kiosk the last few weeks of each month for those who’d like to volunteer on a month-to-month basis. Help is needed to prepare the meal, cook, wash dishes, serve food, clean, or provide entertainment. Would you be able to play an instrument during the dinner hour of 4-5 PM this month? To help keep our costs down, bakers are needed! Would you be able to bake a box of brownies or a box of cupcakes for dessert this month? Donations of clothing (especially men’s) and household items are always accepted. Please contact Sheila Beaudry.

Annual Congregational Meeting

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be held following worship service on Sunday, January 27 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 6. All are encouraged to attend, and we hope to see you there!

Music News

Start the New Year with a song! The Choir will rehearse on Wednesdays, January 2 and 16 at 7:15 – 8:45 PM to sing on Sundays, January 6 (Epiphany) and January 13!
Lori Bourret

Kids’ Club

Kids Club will meet on January 10 and 24 in the lower level from 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Bible lessons, music, games, and snacks will be featured each week. Some weeks the group will meet in the upper level kitchen for “Baking through the Bible.” Contact Jennifer Clark for Kids Club details.

Deacons’ Corner

The Deacons would like to thank the Calvary Church family for helping make the Holiday Joy Tree a huge success. The Town of Enfield Social Services provided us with the wish-lists of 7 children from three families in need. We had a guideline of 21 gifts, total. However, as our Calvary family is so generous, we were able to provide additional gifts to help Social Services with last-minute needs. Thank you all for your generosity in sharing the love of Christ in this community. May we all remember the reason for the season throughout the new year.

Volunteers Needed

Some Calvary congregants
Might find themselves in need
Volunteers are requested
Please listen to this plea

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

Providing a nice meal or two
Sustenance on wheels
Please consider delivering
A couple of home cooked meals

The list of volunteers has shrunk
Please prayerfully give thought
To add your commitment to this list
And your meal will hit the spot

God’s peace and blessings always, the Board of Deacons: Dan Blanchette (Moderator), Roberta Richmond (Vice Moderator), Pam Burn, Jen Clark, Hanna Cushman, Evangeline Gallacher, Sue Harger, Wayne Richmond, Dottie Smith & Lorri Valle

Men’s Ministry

The Calvary Men’s Ministry has scheduled its 5th annual breakfast for all Calvary men, their guests, and men from other local churches, on February 9, 2019. We will begin at 8:30 am and finish at approximately 10:30 am. Mr. Ron Willoughby, director of the Springfield Rescue Mission, which we support regularly through our Mission Committee, will be the guest speaker. In conjunction with the breakfast, the Calvary Men’s Ministry is sponsoring a clothing drive for the Rescue Mission. The clothes will be brought to the Rescue Mission on February 16, when a tour of the Rescue Mission will be available to all men from Calvary.

We are excited about this mission opportunity, and will have more information about the breakfast and clothing drive, including schedules for clothing drop offs and sign ups for the tour, coming soon!

Children’s Bible Story Hour

Children’s Bible Story Hour will have a preview class on Monday January 14 at 10 a.m. Children ages 3 – 5 are invited to come and discover what Bible Story Hour is all about. A Bible story will be featured, along with music, games, and simple prayers. An adult must accompany children.

The winter schedule for Bible Story Hour will begin Monday February 4 for 5 consecutive Monday mornings.

Women’s Day of Refreshment

“For as a women thinks in her heart, so is she.” Proverbs 23:7 (paraphrase)

You are invited to set aside a usual January day and meet us for an extraordinary encounter with the One who is waiting to be with us. You won’t be disappointed when you discover that God wants the best for you. Our guest speaker, Sharon Anderson, serves as the Executive Pastor of South Shore Community Church in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. She is the author of the book, Reminders for the Journey: Reflections for Mothers. Through her personal journey of struggle and pain, she inspires faith and trust in a God who is present, loving, and powerful.

Sharon will share personal and poignant lessons on how beliefs shape our thinking and how, by extension, they influence the way we live. It is a story of faith, life, brokenness, and hope.

When: Saturday, January 19
Where: Calvary Church
Time: 9:00 am -3:00 pm
Cost (includes continental breakfast & lunch): $30 Adult /$12 Teens

*Registration forms are on the Women’s Day event table in the Fellowship Mall. Please make checks to CPC and drop them in the payment box.

Hugs ‘n Hope

Support & Fellowship Group for Women who are Widowed, Divorced or Single
Hugs ‘n Hope will not meet during the month of January. You are encouraged to attend the Women’s Day of Refreshment scheduled for January 19!

New Small Group Studies

Our new small group studies will begin the week of January 21, on Monday evenings and Thursday mornings, and there will be offerings for everyone! Please take a look at what’s coming up. Signups begin January 6, and the cost of any study is $10. Study guides will be given out at the first class meeting.

Monday Nights from 7-8:30 pm:

Men’s Group – “Go Fish”
This study by Andy Stanley will take the struggle out of sharing your faith. Go Fish offers a new perception of the word “evangelism” by showing how believers it a natural, easy part of everyday life. Divided into a six-session study, participants will enjoy the DVD lessons and thought-provoking study guide that help change the way they view sharing their faith.

Women’s Group – “The Best Yes”
Do you find yourself spending a lot of time figuring out when to say yes and when to say no, thinking about how to manage your time, reduce stress, do your best for your family and still find little time for yourself? Lysa TerKeurst found herself in that same situation until she learned the power of “the best yes,” the choice that shapes all our other choices. In this six-session video- based study, Lysa uses her signature mix of transparency, Scripture-laced insight, and “been there” humor to suggest usable strategies for making wise decisions day by day.

Mixed Group – “The Parables of Jesus”
Jesus, the Master Teacher, was a superb storyteller. Rather than abstract doctrinal teachings, he spoke to his followers in lively discourses full of illustrations, metaphors, and stories. Through the images of seeds & soils, sheep, coins, and weddings, Jesus introduces us to God’s kingdom, its principles, and the people who live in it. Come find out more in this 6-week study!

Thursday Mornings from 10-11:30 am:

Mixed Group – “Soul Keeping”
In this six-session, video-based small group Bible study, John Ortberg takes you on an exploration of the soul from the perspective of someone who has struggled to understand and care for his own soul. Ortberg shares his honest, funny, moving, insightful, and tender journey with you so that you can better care for your own soul.

Women’s Group – “The Best Yes”
Do you find yourself spending a lot of time figuring out when to say yes and when to say no, thinking about how to manage your time, reduce stress, do your best for your family and still find little time for yourself? Lysa TerKeurst found herself in that same situation until she learned the power of “the best yes,” the choice that shapes all our other choices. In this six-session video- based study, Lysa uses her signature mix of transparency, Scripture-laced insight, and “been there” humor to suggest usable strategies for making wise decisions day by day.

Reflections by Dot Cutter: Gods Everlasting Faithfulness

Christmas is past but many symbols of the holiday remain. My snowmen always linger well into February. Perhaps your Christmas tree is still in place warming your home and heart with its fragrance and bright lights. Though the Christmas tree is not a uniquely Christian symbol but rather one appropriated from pagan cultures, the everlasting nature of evergreens reminds us of God’s everlasting faithfulness in all He does and says. continued

Calvary’s Youth Ministry

The Youth Group has completed their Winter Retreat fundraising and are looking forward to their March trip! Thank you to everyone who purchased ornaments and other Christmas goodies from the group in the Mall during December.

After a festive Christmas party and the 2nd annual Elf movie night during winter break, the Wednesday night group has turned its attention to joy and peace in its continued study of the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

January Celebrations

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.