The Weekly Update

December 22, 2015



Calvary Weekly Announcements

December 27th, 2015


Welcome Visitors!   Please fill out the visitor card located in the pew and place in the offering plate. We enjoy our correspondence with you. Please include your information so we may get to know you.



Upcoming Events and Notices

Sunday, December 27th                     8:00 am                 Rite I "Traditional" Holy Eucharist

                                                                10:00 am               Rite II "Family" Holy Eucharist

Tuesday, December 29st                   9:00 am                 Morning Prayer

Wednesday, December 30th             6:00 pm                 Holy Eucharist   

Thursday, Dec 31st – Jan 1st                                             Office Closed

Sunday, January 3rd                           11:30 am               Musical Encore:  “Christmas Mission Across America”

Saturday, January 9th                         6:00 pm                 Epiphany Vestry and Staff party, home of the Heinicka’s

~ Please visit for more calendar updates.


Nametags:  We encourage all parishioners to wear their nametags.  
~If you do not have a nametag please contact Laurie Lawther:


Crier:  Please pick up your monthly Crier Newsletter at the Narthex or the front desk. Deadline for February Crier is Wed, December 23rd.

~ If you would prefer an electronic version please contact Laurie Lawther (


Offering Envelopes: If you requested offering envelopes they are available for pick up at the front desk.


2016 Calendar:  If you would like a 2016 calendar they are available at the front desk.  $1.00 donation appreciated.


Thank you!   We thank Lynne & Emma Roberts and Matthew Burke, along with the youth and adults who presented this year’s musical.



Annual Parish Meeting:  Save the date:  Sunday, January 31st.  If anyone is interested in providing breakfast for this event please contact the office.  We always enjoy good food and fellowship.



Pledges:  It’s time for us to prayerfully discern our financial pledges to Calvary.  We will take, “A Journey to the Tithe” and collect pledges throughout the Sundays in Advent.  Today is the first Sunday after Christmas.  Pledge cards are available in the narthex.  Our goal is to receive 70 pledges totaling $170,000.  We currently have 50 pledges totaling ~$135,500.  You are invited to bring your pledge to the altar during the doxology to assist in reaching our goal. 


Let’s Celebrate:  This is the first year in over 10 years that Calvary has not needed to depend on withdrawing monies from our historical bequests (unrestricted fund).  We budgeted the necessity of withdrawing ~$40,000 for 2015 to support our operation.  Praise be to God from whom all blessings flow.  Thank you one and all for giving so generously this year.



Please welcome some of our newest members:  Ralph and Kate Quarles, Gordon and Natalia (Babaeva) Ross, Thomas Monk, Tina and Nori Gallo.  Articles for each of these individuals will be found in the January Crier.



The Bookies of Calvary:  The Calvary Book Club invites you to join us on January 18th at 6:30 in Parish Hall.  Our current selection is The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.  Contact Cherie Smith or Cathy Athanson with questions.


Winterfest on the Rocks:  Calvary Episcopal Church is hosting the 11th annual Winterfest on the Rocks, Saturday, February 6th. The event includes children and pet parades, musical performance by: The Easy Street Band, a Marine ROTC color guard, a Coast Guard patrol boat, an old fire engine, silent auction, a variety of arts and craft vendors and food and drink booths.  We really need your help to recruit more vendors to this event.  Please pick up as many vendor applications at the front desk and freely distribute with businesses that you visit.


Last year we raised $14,500 for the church. In an effort to help us reach our goals, this year we’re adding a raffle for a beautiful $1,500 Bote paddle board. The raffle tickets are only $10 each. We ask your help, both, in selling and buying these tickets. Tickets are available at the office during the week or after church service at the front desk.  If you have questions regarding Winterfest please contact Cherie Smith, Betsy McKenna or Bill Athanson.



Serving this Sunday:


8:00 am




Susan & Harvey Brillat

Pat Tarrant, Ralph Kiphuth



Cathy Athanson

Claudette Gibson, Connie Curran



Betsy Reynolds, Brenda Knickerbocker, Denna Shiben

Marilyn Clark, Toni Chapman, Rebecca Alford



Cherie Smith, Leslie Long, Chad Olson

Marilyn Clark, Martha Kelley, Loretta Scott




Kenneth Fisher, Carmen McDaniel, Condon Sutherland, Spencer Yanacheck




Adult and youth opportunities:  The adult confirmation/affirmation course resumes Wednesday, January 6th @ 7:30pm titled “Faith and Morality.”   The youth who would like to be part of The Calvary Youth Musical Ensemble will also be meeting at this time.  Singers and instrumentalist are welcome to develop their skills and gain a better appreciation for music.





Holiday Meals:  This past Tuesday 60 Christmas meals were afforded for families in Pinellas County by the Indian Rocks Beach Rotary Club and Calvary Episcopal Church.  These families were identified as worthy recipients by the community officers of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department.  Behind the Publix on Indian Rocks Road, multiple squad cars were loaded with these holiday meals to be delivered by the officers. We thank the officers of Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue, members of the IRB HOA and members of Calvary who came to assist and Dale Wilkinson, head manager at Publix for overseeing the distribution.  We especially thank Claire English, member of Calvary and President of the IRB Rotary Club for leading the event.  Our next distribution of Holiday Meals will be in Easter.  We appreciate and accept any donations for this important ministry.



In Peace, …let us pray to the Lord”  Please make use of this intercession list during the Prayers of the People and in your daily prayers.  A running list is kept by our Clergy and Prayer Team as we pray daily for those listed.


For those in need of prayer (updated by the Prayer Team) Tommie Stone, Muriel Burton, Judy Clemens, Dorothy Cox, Helen Dunbar, Greg Pappas, Sandra Schock, Bud Schock, Bettie Benson, Shirley Steele, Edna Folio, Suzanne Lovell, Ginger Motley, Christine Carter, Lyneve Ramsey, Elizabeth Sellors, Cherie Smith, Judy Pierce, Adrianna Shaw, Carolyn Goodwin, Renie Lehman, Shawn Ingledue, Danilee Benoit, Bill Ramsey, Ann Brummet, Chris Stubbes, David Erdstrom, K.C. Turner, Brian Winter, Donna Klotz, Elizabeth Kennedy, Bill Laitinen, Diane Laitinen, Connie Curran, Barbara Annen, The Very Rt. Rev. Michael Curry (our presiding Bishop), The Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith (our Diocesan Bishop)

~Prayer request cards can be located in each Narthex and at the front desk.


Flowers:     In honor of our Military forces, given by:  Renie Lehman

Candles:     In honor of our Military forces, given by:  Renie Lehman

~If you would like to donate flowers or candles please contact Laurie Lawther:


Birthdays:  David Hillegas, Andrew Guarino, Jim English, (PSF&R) Ray Norton, Robb Williams and Michael Granger

Anniversaries:   Larry & Robin Hite, James & Jacquelyn Emaus

~If we missed your birthday or anniversary please contact Laurie Lawther:





Calvary Episcopal Church

1615 First St., Indian Rocks Beach, Florida


Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 3:00pm, Friday 9:00am – 2:00pm


Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Dabney T. Smith

           Rector: The Rev. Jon Roberts                 (941) 806-7232

           Deacon: The Rev. Melissa Sands           (727) 744-2522

           Music Dir.: Mr. Matthew Burke                (407) 618-6702

           Parish Admin.: Mrs. Laurie Lawther        (727) 595-2374

           Receptionist                                             (727) 595-2374







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