Calvary Chimes
Week of Sunday, September 18, 2016
This Week:

Backpack Blessing @ 9:30 a.m. service. 

Christian Formation  (Sunday School) for all ages begins following 9:30 a.m. service.

Inside the Mind  begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Rectory.

Choir Members to be commissioned this Sunday
At the 10:30 a.m. worship service, we will commission the Choir Members as they begin their important ministry of music for our liturgy. If you are in the Calvary Choir please come to the service on Sunday and  receive God's blessing and the congregation's prayers for your ministry this year.

Pray for our missioners to El Hogar in Honduras this week Caroline Bieser and her daughter Phoebe.
Please help  stock St. Andrew's Pantry with small jars of peanut butter and canned fruit and vegetables.

The Young Adult Group is looking for some gently used furnishing for their new meeting space in the old Rectory.  Please send photos here of any love seats, comfy chairs and tables that might help make the space welcoming. If it fits, Edy Dreith will give you a call.

Photographer? Joanna is looking for a someone to catch all of the wonderful people and activities at Calvary in photos.  Click here if you are willing to help.  If you have any great pictures to share send to the church office.

Altar Guild Needs New Members!
The Altar Guild is responsible for the important task of caring for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish. Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary for services and clean up afterwards. The members work closely with the         c lergy to make sure that everything that happens at the altar is "just right."
 The Altar Guild prepares not only for Sunday services, but also for those special occasions that are so meaningful to all of us, and that are so important to "make perfect," so that worship becomes both beautiful and seamless to the congregation.
That's a formidable task, given the high importance of the Holy Eucharist in the Episcopal Church. It's also a fun ministry, and an enlightening one. Every little detail has both a theological, an historical, and a parish significance. Nothing is done lightly or frivolously.
We need people to join this important ministry. You will not need to work alone, or every single Sunday, but you will learn a lot about the church! The duties are done in groups, rotated regularly.
Please join this wonderful ministry! If you are interested, please contact the church office at 513.861.4437 or

Coming  Soon:
September 25:
  • Inside the Episcopal Mind 9:00 am in the Rectory
October 2:   
  • Inside the Episcopal Mind 9:00 am in the Rectory
  • Calvary Young Adults Group Brunch @ 1:00 pm in the Rectory
  • Blessing of the Animals @ 4:00 p.m. in the garden (rain or shine)

In This Issue
Calvary Episcopal Church
3766 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220

Calvary Sunday Schedule
8:00 am
Holy Eucharist
9:30 am
Family Contemporary Service
10:30 am
Holy Eucharist with Choir

10:15 am
Sunday School
9:00 - 11:30 am

8:30 - 12:00 pm
Calvary Café 
Fellowship & Coffee  
Ministry Quick Links
Transition/Interim Priest

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

Hannah Teetor,
 Calvary Intern
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  From the Interim Rector:    

Flunking Chinese

When I was in graduate school, I flunked Chinese-twice. That pretty much put an end to my goal of earning a Ph.D. in East Asian History. This would not have been so embarrassing except that my ancestry is Chinese. I should at least have a feel for this language, if not a basic knowledge or even a genetic predisposition.

I do know a few basic words and sentences, like "How are you?" and the sentence my mother taught me: "Pick up your socks." These can be useful in a few situations. But I had not the motivation to learn the language, despite "being" Chinese.  Being Chinese did not give me a leg up, or any extra credit, in language class.

I think of this when I hear the excuses that people give for coasting along on faith: "We have Abraham for our ancestor!" "We're Christians!" Being a "native Christian" does not necessarily confer on us any special knowledge that grows as we grow. "Being Christian" is a lifelong process of learning to love and serve God and one another. A three-year-old learns this differently from a thirty-year-old.

As we begin this new program year at Calvary, I would like to encourage you to participate in the various Christian formation classes that help us to grow up spiritually, just as we grow up physically. As we grow older, we deserve a deeper, more intimate knowledge and experience of God and what it means to be Christian than what we learned in kindergarten. Lots of exciting programs for children, youth, and adults are available this year, thanks to dedicated volunteers who work to make Calvary a vibrant learning community. And if you feel like you need an entertaining beginner's course, check out "Inside the Episcopal Mind," the inquirer's class which begins this Sunday at 9:00am. Unlike my experience with Chinese class, you'll never flunk it!


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. 


Tender Mercies Sunday, September 25 @4:00 p.m. 

Music News
 -  Howard Helvey  

Many thanks to the Calvary Choir for their beautiful return this past week.  It is an honor to work with this special ensemble of people, and we look forward to the program year!  For more information, feel free to call (513-476-3261) or email:

Last Saturday the chancel and nave of  Calvary Church  became an on-location studio as members of the  Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble  recorded new choral anthems being released soon by the historic publisher, HW Gray--part of the  Jubilate Music Group .  Beginning earlier this year, Howard accepted the position as Editor of this catalogue.  Since the mid-1990s, HW Gray has been one of the publishers of his choral music. (Photo:  Adam E. Rauch ) 


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

Church School and Family News

Stories in the Garden
Stories in the Garden is over for the summer.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this a great time by reading, creating, and otherwise participating!

Sunday School
We will be starting up our Godly Play classes beginning 
September 18. 
We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Come upstairs and see the new tables VBS made for the Sunday School hallway!
You can come visit the rooms this Sunday after the service.
Please see Sally for more information.
Click  here  for the registration form.


"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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G rant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


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