Calvary Chimes
Week of Sunday, March 5, 2017
Picture of the week 
Our wonderful and talented Calvary Choir
Please help stock St. Andrew's  Pantry with instant and canned potatoes.

  Bringing Holy Week to life.  The third  meeting of the "Ad Hoc Team to Bring Holy Week to Life" will meet this Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Room. You may come to any of the meetings; we invite and welcome your contributions!

"Images of Jesus: and why it matters." This year's Lenten series begins on Wednesday March 8th. The program will begins at 6:00 p.m. in the nave with a Taize service-a contemplative service of candlelight, readings, meditation, and beautiful repetitive chanting. At 6:30 p.m. we'll share a simple supper in Hannaford Hall. At 7:00 p.m. the program begins. We will explore the different and sometimes contradictory ways that we see Jesus (healer, king, personal savior...) and how these images affect the way we live as Christians and the way that we do church. Volunteers are needed for musicians (instrumental and voice) and for food; signups are on the bulletin board in Hannaford Hall. Working on providing childcare.

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Calvary Episcopal Church
3766 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220

Calvary Sunday Schedule
8:00 am
Holy Eucharist

9:30 am
Alternate Family Service with Communion

10:30 am
Holy Eucharist with Choir

10:15 am
Sunday School

9:00 - 11:30 am

8:30 - 12:00 pm
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Transition/Interim Priest

Howard Helvey,
Organist and Choirmaster 
Director of Children and Family Ministry

Calvary Community 

Judy Gardner 
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From the Interim Rector

Becoming Extinct: Dust and Dinosaurs

The ashes on my forehead are traditionally the burnt remnants of palm leaves that we used on Palm Sunday last year, although nowadays the ashes usually come in a little baggie from a religious supply store. The black dust makes clear that the leaves are dead-very dead.

"Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return," the priest says as she makes the sign of the cross on my forehead with the dust. Some of the ash falls and lands on my nose, making its deadness very clear.

Will I be like that-like this dust? Am I destined to be extinct?

Things didn't always change so quickly. New inventions are causing the extinction of things that have "always been there," like typewriters, transistor radios, and incandescent light bulbs. Even books are disappearing into the screens of Kindles. What's next to go? What will last? If I were a lamp, should I be afraid of becoming extinct? Will the human species become extinct like the Neanderthals?

I've thought about human extinction ever since the nuclear age made us all aware that the human species is not invincible. Environmental changes have also made us aware that we may even be facing planetary extinction.

We are often taught in school that dinosaurs were an "evolutionary dead end" because they became extinct. But we humans should rejoice if we would be as successful and live as long as the dinosaurs, who flourished on this earth for 160 million years. We humans have only been here for a few million years. I wonder, sometime during those 160 million years, did the dinosaurs develop a soul? Did they ever discover their Creator? Did they appreciate their life on earth?

Maybe it's time for us to appreciate ours, before we go back to the dust. After that, heaven awaits.


Joanna's cell phone number is available for members' pastoral emergencies. If you are being hospitalized, are having surgery, have a death in the family, are experiencing a personal crisis, or have been arrested, please call Joanna at 859.803.0665. 


Ana Nicole is five years old and is from Montaña de la Flor, an isolated community in central Honduras. She is a happy girl and loves skipping and playing tag. She is also the smallest girl at El Hogar and the other girls enjoy looking after her.

Every experience Ana Nicole has at El Hogar is new and overwhelming. Her first visit to the doctor was no exception. The process started in the dining room, where they were taking measurements. She opened the door and entered reluctantly, unsure of what to expect.

(Top) Ana Nicole (left) laughs with her friend. (Bottom) Ana Nicole (middle) is reassured by her sister, Heydi (left), during her medical check-up.

They took her height and weight with no problem; the growth chart started at 100 cm and she just barely reached the bottom! The vision test was a little more intimidating. For the younger kids who haven't learned their letters, they test vision with pictures. The chart on the wall has images that match cards on the floor in front of the child. They cover one eye with a patch and the child uses their foot to point to the matching picture indicated by the tester. Ana Nicole didn't want to do it. It was complicated and she was with strangers, so they brought in her older sister; her protector and her comforter. With Heydi's presence and gentle encouragement, Ana Nicole correctly matched all of the images. She has 20/20 vision! Lead by her sister, Ana Nicole continued to the clinic for her check-up.

Doctor Susan greeted her warmly and gently lifted her up on the bed. As the doctor checked her ears, eyes, and mouth and listened to her heart, Heydi was holding Ana Nicole's hands, reassuring her that although overwhelmed, she wasn't alone. With her sister's support, Ana Nicole made it through her first medical check-up. Rewarded with a Twizzler candy, both girls left the clinic and went back to playing with their friends. 

With school back in session and medical check-ups complete on all the students at all four centers, the year is off to a great start!

- Erika Skafel, Coordinator of North American Relations

Thank you for your continued support of El Hogar!

Tender Mercies February 26, 4:00 p.m.

Music News
 -  Howard Helvey  

Calvary organ pipes  


Silence May Be Kept


Calvary Church is fortunate to have one of the finest and best-maintained pipe organs in the region.  The instrument was built in 1927 by the legendary E.M. Skinner Company (Boston), and rebuilt in 1995 by the Quimby Organ Company (Warrensburg, Missouri), and its 3,260 pipes have led the people in song for several generations. 

Although the organ's primary purpose is to lead the congregation in sung elements of worship, a vast amount of literature is presented during voluntaries and special concerts during the course of each year.  The opening voluntary/prelude (played on the organ or, at times, piano or other instruments) provides a focused time for the congregation to spiritually prepare for the liturgy.  One of the frequent rubrics from the Book of Common Prayer, Silence May Be Kept, is easily applied during this time.  This offers respect for the musician, instrument, composer, fellow parishioners, and God. 




With any questions regarding the Choir and/or the Choral Scholar program, please contact the organist/choirmaster, Howard Helvey: or 513-476-3261

Sunday School and Family News

Sunday School

This past week we learned about the The Holy Family. We saw the Advent story continue farther into Jesus' life.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Family News

Our next event is game night on March 17th! 
You can pick up a paper copy of this flyer are available in Hannaford Hall or click here to download or print a copy.

Please RSVP to Sally!

Family Worship Service

Thank you for all of your input on the 9:30 service.  We will provide more opportunities to share your ideas in the upcoming weeks.

We are looking for volunteers in a couple of areas to help enhance the Family Worship Service.
  • If you are able, please sign up for a Sunday coffee hour.  The snacks you all provide for after the service are a welcome addition to our fellowship time.  A sign up sheet is posted near the kitchen.
  • We will start having a greeter to welcome people as they come in. To volunteer for a week or for more information please contact Kelsey at (614)787-1720 or
We have recently begun to start the 9:30 service promptly in order to allow the Sunday School children their full time in class between services.  Thank you for your help. 

Please come and talk to any of the worship team members if you have any ideas for our community or would like to join the team.

Current Team Members:
Kelsey Logan
Joanna Leiserson
Helene Ault
JJ Engelbert
Sally Engelbert
Helen Jones
Janet Keller


"If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday." Isaiah 58:10 

Where do you find GOD?
How do you SERVE?
What brings you LIFE?

What do all these questions have in common?

We want your voice to be heard.
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A lmighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
If you would like to add someone to the Prayer List please contact the Parish Office
Prayers for strength, healing, and other requests for prayer from parish members and friends of the ­larger community:
Lydia Karlo, Brandon Davis, Paul McCauley, Marilyn Fietz, Ingrid Grupp, Carol Ann Edmonds, George Ann Wesner, Kate French, Eve Rowe, Jeanne Leo, Kitty Clark, Charles Parsons, Reed Coen, Sharon Grayton, Miriam McKenney and Maurine Sierveld.


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