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People Enjoying People (P.E.P.)
Luncheon

When: Tues., Dec. 16
Time: Noon
Potluck:
Bring a dish to share
Topic:
We will be singing Christmas Carols and have a Christmas play.

At this magical time of year, each of us finds our thoughts filled with Christmas. Maybe Christmas means looking forward to singing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” or “Silent Night, Holy Night”. With the Holy Scriptures as our guide, we will look at Mary and her family and retrace the happenings of those early days in the life of Jesus. This will be presented through a short drama using some of our Calvary family members. Come and enter into this beautiful story of Christmas.

If you have any questions contact Joan Lawson at (860) 745-5211.



December Celebrations

Birthdays


2 Anna Brown
3 Len Kane,
John Swan
5 Avis Hall,
Jeff Markey
7 Nancy Gardner
9 Ellen Hamilton
10 Al Marcil,
Kim Peel,
Christine Campbell
11 Paul Sorel
13 Janet Cushman
14 Smitty Smith
15 Matthew Gillette
16 Sheila Beaudry
17 Chris Donelan,
Claire Markey
18 Arlene Ellis,
Carol Sorel
19 Melissa Thayer
21 Daryl Harmon
25 Jo Destro
28 Shelly Stream
29 Yoke Twarosch


Anniversaries

Jess & Sean Harvey
December 2013

Donna & Gary Hess
December 4, 1993

Sharon & Winston Walsh
December 15, 1990

Penny &amp Evans Farrell
December 17, 1966



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Jayne Blanchette, Dot Cutter, Bill Lee, Bill McNabb, Leslie OBrien, Chris Ruoss, Janice Singer, Dick Sterling, Sandy Wezowicz

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Sarah Audet, Dan Blanchette, Corrine Brzys, Jennifer Clark, Ann duPlessis, Penny Farrell, Connie Johnson, Lorry Plude, Lizbeth Roberts, Linley Ruoss, Dawn Schoenrock, Deb Woodworth



Calvary Presbyterian Church
1518 King Street
Enfield, CT 06082
calvarychurchenfield.org
(860) 745-5211


Deacons’ Corner

The Neighborhood Joy Tree is up in the mall area and beautifully decorated with plenty of tags for all those who wish to purchase a gift for a child in need here in Enfield. If you are taking a tag please be sure to see Lorry Plude or Jenn Clark at the table so that they can get the proper information from each tag. Please return your wrapped gifts back to the church by Tuesday, December 16 the latest.

We would also like to thank you all for so generously giving to the ERFC donation box. These gifts will give such joy to those young boys and girls who want so much to give something they “purchased” to one of their family members.

Last of all we would like to give a special thank you to Linley R., Lorry P., who so graciously served two consecutive terms and Dawn S. for all of their time, dedication and prayers. And with that we would like to welcome Avis H., Kathy H. and Serena T. to the Deacons 2015.

On behalf of all the Deacons we wish all of you a very merry Christmas and Gods peace and love be with you all.

God’s Peace and Blessing Always
The Board of Deacons





Women’s Bible Study Christmas Celebration

And the king will answer them ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
Matt. 25:40 NRSV


When: Monday December 15
Time: 6 pm bring a potluck dish to share
Speaker: Annalisa from NADA (Network against Domestic Abuse)

We are also decorating small boxes that will be filled with practical personal items for the women in these shelters. You are responsible to bring your container and the personal items to fill it. Please also bring a pair of scissors (labeled with your name) and any wrappings and ribbon you could share with the other women. Examples: scrap booking paper, generic wrapping paper and anything that will cover a cardboard box.

If you do not attend the Women’s Bible Study and would like to attend we would love to have you. Please let Joan Lawson know by Sunday, Dec. 7 at 860-745-5211 or cpc.joan@snet.net.




Reflections: Tenacity, Incongruities, and Joy

“The north wind doth blow and we shall have snow and what shall poor robin do then?” That childhood poem was coursing through my mind as I walked our perimeter gardens surveying — what? Several frosty nights had already decimated our summer plantings before I departed for the warm Southwest two short weeks ago. What did I expect to find? It was more an activity of habit than one of hope or expectation. Yet peeking out at me was… continued





Music News


The church’s 175th anniversary weekend of November 15 and 16 included much music! On Saturday the historical program included notes written by Janice Singer about the history of the Choir, organ, Bells and Worship Team. On Sunday the Celebration Bells played a Bell Fanfare for the introit, Chris Donelan played trumpet with the organ prelude and for an anthem with the Choir and Congregation. Two hymns were sung a capella.

The rehearsal of Advent and Christmas music on Wednesdays at 7:15 in the choir room has begun. Sing for all or part of the Advent/Christmas season!

Here is a synopsis of one song, “Joy to the World” from the book, ‘Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas’ by Ace Collins. Isaac Watts was inspired to pen his poem while studying Psalm 98. Lowell Mason, a student of George F. Handel, composed a melody borrowed from two songs from Handel’s “Messiah”; “Lift up Your Head” and “Comfort Ye”. He named the tune, ANTIOCH after the Syrian city which was the point of departure for Paul’s first two missionary journeys. In 1839 (175 years ago!) Watt’s lyrics and Mason’s tune were united in the song, “Joy to the World”. Watts and Mason wanted people to see scripture and music in a new way in a song that proclaimed that Christians should exude joy each day because the Lord is come!

Merry Christmas!
- Lori Bourret




Calvary’s Youth Ministry:
Ignite The Flame


Love God…Live the Gospel…
Love and Serve others through Christ


On November 23, the junior and senior high Sunday School classes heard presentations by some of Calvary’s missionaries. In Matthew 11, Jesus told John’s disciples to “Go back and report to John what you hear and see….” Our teens were blessed by the reports of these faithful missionaries.

In November, the Wednesday night Youth Group began its study of “Jesus and Stuff.” Jesus sure has a lot to teach us about how to approach our worldy possessions, especially during this month when consumerism runs rampant. Let’s keep our eyes on Him — not on all the gifts we might acquire!

On November 19, the Youth Group 1) baked Cookies for Camouflage, 2) assembled shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child, and 3) made cards for the soldier and child recipients. Their leaders could not get over how much the teens accomplished in two hours! What a blessing these packages will be when they share God’s love with others in honor of Jesus’ birth.
The youth continue to sell scripture-message notecards and notepads as they pursue their Winter Retreat goal. Please consider blessing them and others by perhaps giving these inspirational items as Christmas gifts to those around you! Ask any youth leader or teenager for more details, and find us in the Fellowship Mall between services on December 7 to view samples!




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


Our Christmas Celebration

Please join us for an afternoon celebration of elegant desserts, an inspirational message and a fun gift exchange (price range $5.00- 10.00). If you participated in our secret sister program, your gift will be for your secret sister when your identity is revealed.

When: Sunday, December 7, 2014
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Calvary Church (Room UL 8)

Contact Janice Singer (860) 763-2936 should you have any questions.





175th Anniversary Celebration Wrap-Up

Our 175th anniversary celebration—what a blessing to see so many come and join in the weekend celebration!

On behalf of the Worship Committee, thank you to all who participated in celebrating the 175th anniversary of Calvary Presbyterian Church.

A special thank you to Irene King, Bob and Gail Clark, Evans Farrell, Lori Bourget, Avis Hall, Dick Sterling and Pastor Steve Thayer as our program speakers. Thank you also to Butch Plude (photographer), Leslie and Garrett OBrien (slide presentation), Evans Farrell (history display tables), and Donna Hess and Pastor Steve Thayer (time line display). To each of you, thank you all for your participation and help in sharing Calvary’s history with our church family.

Thank you also to Evans Farrell and Rick Wezowicz for their help setting up the tables for our celebration dinner. Nancy Gardner, Joan Lawson and Ruth Rayna assisted me with the table centerpieces. Thank you to Dawn Schoenrock, Dottie Smith and Serena Thomsen for keeping our water pitchers and coffee and tea pots filled. And a special thank you to all who assisted in clean-up duties.

As you can see, this celebration was a labor of love thanks to the effort of so many. To God Be The Glory for our special time of reflection, celebration and praise.

– Janice Singer, Chairman, Worship Committee