Parish Life

News From the Pews - December 2013
On All Saints Sunday photos and mementoes of the beloved departed were placed on a table in the Narthex. We remembered and celebrated the lives of those who have passed on. The service began with a choreographed procession with Arianne Pierre and Savannah Smith in the aisles. In the morning there were services of Holy Eucharist and at 7:00 pm there was a Choral Evensong in which the names of the beloved departed was read.
Renovations to the Calvary Sunday School Room the Building and Grounds Committee continues with renovations to the Sunday School Room on Saturdays. The floor was stripped and waxed, walls have been scrubbed and broken chairs have been discarded. The old dilapidated curtain was removed and painting and new cupboards will replace old worn-out furnishings.  



care Students from the UCSC “CARe” initiative visited the Monday Night Coffeehouse recently. Georgana Mishkova and the CARe students offered haircuts, and pedicures for our guests. CARe is about “Community Aid and Resources”, a group of students devoted to providing free health services and advocacy for the underserved people of Santa Cruz County.



Repairs to the broken stained-glass window are complete. Susan Wagner cured the new glass in her kiln and then placed it into leaded frames that were removed for repairs for over a month. Calvary’s liability insurance covered the cost of repairs -- nice to know that our insurance policy is working.




Greetings and an Update from the Calvary Youth Ministry.

sunday_school_bakingOn behalf of the Calvary Youth Ministry, I wish to give thanks all around. We are very grateful for the work that is being done in the Youth Chapel under the dedication and guidance of Jr. Warden, John Vesecky. The torn room divider and the old gas wall heater have been removed in preparation for repainting of walls and the cleaning and waxing of the floors. Thank you to Erin Duncan, our Youth Ministry director, for spearheading this much needed project. Thank you, also, to Alan Allen for fixing the church sign on Cedar Street to correctly state that Sunday School occurs at 10:30 AM each Sunday. 


Thanks to Tobias Miller and Savannah Smith, who alternately serve as our devoted assistants during Sunday School. Thanks to Christina Miller and Nancy Gere for teaching, to Grace Davis for all she does for us as our Vestry support person. Thanks to Elizabeth Chandler for her plethora of art ideas and materials.



We happily announce that our very own playwright, Dana Bagshaw, is writing and directing this

year’s pageant which will take place at the Christmas Eve/Evening Prayer service. Meanwhile,
Murray Walker is teaching some of our children to sing (in Swedish, no less) at the Santa Lucia
service on December 15. Thank you, Dana and Murray.


Thanks to Fr. Joel for keeping youth ministry as one of the central issues of our church and to all the Calvary people for their continuing and much felt loving support, to all the individuals who have been there for us in so many touching ways. Thanks, of course, to our children and their wonderful parents. Thank you, God! We are so blessed!
Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 23:44
Fundraising Committee Report

Fundraising Committee Report by Richard Enriquez

The final numbers for 2012 have come in and I couldn't be happier. I want to begin this month's Crossroads by thanking everyone who has participated in the Calvary Scrip program. Because of your participation, Calvary Episcopal Church saw over $2400 added to the general fund. This amount is greater than the $1900 raised in 2011. It appears that the word is getting out how easy it is to use Scrip for your everyday purchases.

I thought for this issue we could do a "Best of 2012" roundup. Keep in mind that our Scrip program has over 500 participating merchants available and we stock over 40 of these for your convenience. Here are your top picks in 7 categories for 2012:

Grocery Stores: Safeway and Staff of Life
Gas Station: Chevron
Online Merchant: Amazon
Department Stores: Target and Ross Dress for Less
Specialty Stores: Home Depot and CVS
Entertainment: Regal Cinemas
Easy Dining: Chipotle and Papa Murphy's Pizza.

I am always interested in hearing what stores you would like our Scrip Program to carry for you. I encourage everyone to contact me after the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday or pick up a complete list of participating merchants from Nicole in the office. Remember, shopping with Scrip is EASY and there is no cost to you to participate. I look forward to serving you in 2013.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 February 2013 22:15
Book Club - April - June 2012
April 4, The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak.  Set during
World War II, this is the story of a young girl and the
power of books to feed the soul.   The group will meet at
the home of Al and Sonja Reetz.
May 2, You Can’t Go Home Again, by Thomas Wolfe.
This American classic is Wolfe’s semi-autobiographical
novel about what happens when you write about what
you know best, your own home town.  Location for the
meeting is TBD.
June 6, The Zookeeper’s Wife, by Diane Ackerman.  A
true story. Ackerman writes about Jan and Antonia
Zabinski, Christian zookeepers at the Warsaw Zoo who
helped save the lives of approximately three hundred
Polish Jews during World War II by housing and feeding
them on zoo grounds.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 April 2012 23:34
News from the Pews - March 2012

56 pancake dinners were served at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 21st. Father Joel initiated the talent show with a slightly improved rendition of the same repertoire that he has performed on his guitar for the past five years. This broke the ice for jokes from Barry Phillips and John Vesecky. John Martin regaled us with songs by John Denver and Bob Dylan. Orville Canter was the newly discovered talent of the evening with his complex chord progression and arpeggio on the guitar. John Vesecky threatened to bring his ukulele next year.


Lots of fun, fellowship and food at Bingo Night on February 16th. A record number of gamers were present. Calvary parishioners were winners of some of the bigger games: Lucky Seven, Texas T and, Black Out. 



Prayers for The Great Litany were offered twice at Holy Eucharist on February 26th, once during Sunday School and once at the Monday Night Coffeehouse. The young people wrote their own supplications and prayers which included: “Help us to share our stuff with others:” “End war;” and “Help the poor” the response to each prayer was “Savior hear us!” About 25 people from the Monday Night Coffeehouse precessed around the church and city parking lot using the Elizabethan form of the Great Litany with an enthusiastic response to each petition: “Lord we beseech thee to hear us!” 


The Reverend Cathy Crow spoke at ECW on February 24th to a well attended luncheon. Cathy spoke on women of the early Church and was well received. Her talk complemented nicely a presentation made by Sarah Peterson last year at which she reflected on the lives of women in the Bible.


The Pilot Shelter Program at Calvary Church officially began on February13th. Monitors were trained and mattresses were procured. However, there were no guests forthcoming, due to a delay in the vetting process at the Homeless Service Center. We do have guests slated for March 5th with the Vestry also acknowledging the vetting of persons at the Monday Night Coffeehouse as also qualifying to stay at the shelter. 


Last Updated on Monday, 19 March 2012 22:43
Recommended Reading

For insightful understanding of the emerging church movement, all of Diana Butler Bass’ books are strongly recommended.  Many in the parish have already read Christianity for the Rest of Us. And some have read A People’s History of the Church as well as Imagining the New and Old Church.  Dr. Bass explores the recent phenomenon of the emerging church and historic church to discern the characteristics of growing, energized churches in complex cultural environments.


In their book The Hospitality of God, Bishops Mary Gray-Reeves and Michael Perham share their understanding of  emerging churches in the Anglican communion.  Specifically Bishops Mary and Michael investigated 16 emerging Anglican churches (8 in the UK and 8 in the United  States).  Their writings have been useful input for  the Committee on Growth (COG)


Bishop Ernest Shalita traces his life journey in his autobiography From Goatskin to Woolen Suit.  Bihsop Shalita was raised in a home without a wooden floor and was first sent to school with a goatskin as his only piece of clothing.  He would later be instrumental, as Dean of the Cathedral in Kampala, Uganda, in negotiating the difficult relationship between the Church of Uganda and the dictator Idi Amin.  Bishop Shalita witness phenomenal growth in the church.  In his diocese the number of churches grew from 3 congregations to over 140 churches during his ministry as bishop.  Bishop Shalita’s ministry has always placed a priority of reaching out to the marginalized in society.  Particularly significant was Bishop Shalita’s inclusion of Pygmy people into the life of the church and the building of orphanages and schools. All of these books will be available at our Coffee Hour book table.  See Al Reetz or Patrick Dexter.