Calvary Chimes
Week of Sunday, August 21, 2016

Please help stock St. Andrew's Pantry with small jars of peanut butter and canned fruit and vegetables during August.

Office Help!  We need someone strong to move a few boxes (heavy with important papers) from the second floor to the basement. We also need someone to haul a few boxes to a shred and recycle site.  Please contact the church office if you are able to help.

Coming  Soon:
Godly Play training. St. Barnabas Church, Montgomery, is offering a four-hour Godly Play training for teachers on Saturday, August 27 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The training session is free of cost. If you are a Godly Play teacher or assistant, we encourage you to attend this  class. It is being taught by a certified Godly Play trainer, is free, and requires less time commitment than most other training sessions. Joanna will also be there, conducting a concurrent teacher training session on the curriculum that she wrote, Weaving God's Promises. If you are interested in seeing what this curriculum is like, you are welcome to come and see. St. Barnabas is using both Godly Play and Weaving God's Promises in their Sunday School.

Inside the Episcopal Mind
Sundays, September 18, 25, 
and October 2
9:00 am in the Rectory
Our theology is an art form, not a law book.   We belong before we believe.
We do not give simple answers to complex questions.
Inside the Episcopal Mind will take you through a three-part audio-visual excursion into the Episcopal mind and spirit, to find out what it means to be an Episcopalian. Some of the answers may surprise you!
September 18
Episcopal Worship
(Does God really like all that ritual?)
September 25
Can You Believe Anything You Want and Be an Episcopalian?
(We're not as wishy-washy as you may think)
October 2
Are There Any Episcopalians in Heaven?
(Or, how do you get saved in the Episcopal Church?)
This class, led by interim rector Joanna Leiserson, is designed for anyone who wants an entertaining look at how and why we do church the way we do. It will be helpful for newcomers, inquirers, persons interested in being baptized or confirmed, and anyone interested in what one theologian calls "our peculiar way of church." Attendees will also learn the foundational principles of the Episcopal Church, which will be important as the congregation begins to explore Calvary's identity and to discern its goals in preparation for the calling of a new rector.
Contact Joanna ( or at Calvary Episcopal Church (513.861.4437)

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

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

10:30 am
Stories in the Garden
9:45 - 11:30 am

8:30 - 12:00 pm
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Fellowship & Coffee  
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Transition/Interim Priest

Howard Helvey,
Organist and Choirmaster 
Director of Christian Education

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Getting Inside the Episcopal Mind-and staying there
                A few weeks ago, I got a delightful message from Calvary's seminarian, Devin Rodgers. He is studying at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in Berkeley, California. In the arcane language of church speak, he is currently a postulant for Holy Orders and has just applied to be a candidate for Holy Orders. This is the last step before ordination to the Diaconate, then to the Priesthood.
                Devin will be sending us updates about his life at CDSP, so we can stay in touch with him, support him, and keep him in our prayers as he continues the hard but exhilarating work of becoming a priest in the Episcopal Church. You can read his letter in this eChimes.
                There are not many people these days who feel called to Holy Orders-or who recognize God's call when it comes. That Calvary is sponsoring a seminarian is a testament to the inspirational spiritual influence of your former rector Fr. Jason Leo and the environment that he nurtured in the church, and a testament to the spiritual depth and commitment of the congregation. I am pleased that Calvary is a place that encourages spiritual growth and supports people in their spiritual quest or journey, wherever that may lead.
                The ministry of Christian formation used to be called "Christian education," until we realized that we are not called merely to "educate" or "school" people in the Christian faith.  We are called to "form disciples of Christ" and to "form a people of God." It has also become clear that Christian formation is not just about Sunday School. The formation of a mature faith is a cradle-to-grave undertaking. Especially in today's pluralistic, diverse culture, it is important that we have a mature, grown-up understanding of Christian faith and Christian living. Only when we can understand well our own faith can we truly honor and appreciate the faith of other denominations and religions.
                Beginning on Sunday, September 18, we will offer a three-part series on the Episcopal faith, called "Inside the Episcopal Mind." Look for flyers around the church for details. The class will offer a playful but substantive romp through the brains of the Episcopal Church, addressing such questions as why we worship the way we do, what we believe (and don't believe, and don't care whether we believe or not), and whether we can "get saved" in the Episcopal Church (and if so, why don't we talk that language?). This is also an introduction to the interim process, since you need to be clear about being Episcopalian before you can consider making changes consistent with our ethos, as you prepare to search for a new rector. Anyone interested in joining the church, or being part of the interim process, or just plain learning more about the church, should attend this class. And then, when Devin comes to visit us, we can actually talk intelligently with him! Go ahead-ask him some challenging questions! (I bet he'll know the answers!)

Dates to remember:
September 11: Services at 8:00 am (Holy Eucharist Rite II) and 10:00 am (combined family service beginning in Hannaford Hall, moving to nave for Holy Communion Rite II with choir)
September 18: Church School (Godly Play) for children begins
September 18, 25, and October 2: "Inside the Episcopal Mind" at 9:00 am, hopefully in the rectory
October 2: Pet Blessing at 4:00 pm in the garden (inside if it rains or snows)


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. 

Dear Calvary Church,                                                                                     August 13, 2016
Greetings from the San Francisco Bay Area!
It is hard to believe that I am entering my final year at Church Divinity School of the Pacific. The time has flown by, and I have learned so much!  I have thoroughly enjoyed my classes and found a strong, close community at CDSP. Currently I am serving as a seminarian St. Luke's Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Under the supervision of Rev. Dana Corsello, I have learned some of the ins and outs of leading a parish. I've had the opportunity to preach, teach and provide pastoral care to parishioners. I also enjoy working extensively with the children's ministries. Last year, I formed a youth choir, revised Sunday school curriculum, and am looking forward to teaching a confirmation course this fall. The experience has been a wonderful learning opportunity, and I intend to continue working in the parish through the next academic year.
Most recently I completed my Clinical Pastoral Education requirement at Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley, California. Over the past few months, I worked as a hospital chaplain and provided spiritual care to patients during some of their most vulnerable life moments.  Hospital chaplaincy is incredibly challenging, but very meaningful work.
Aside from seminary and ministry, Philippe and I are both doing well. Philippe is succeeding in his new position. He is doing important work in managing production improvements for a company that manufactures airport security systems. We have both enjoyed exploring the Bay Area and seeing the many beautiful elements of California and its culture.  On more than one occasion he has expressed how much he misses worship at Calvary.
Be assured that our prayers are with everyone as you too are going through a period of transition and formation. I look forward to an opportunity to come home and attend worship. We both miss you and trust that God is hard at work in your midst!
Christ's Peace,
Devin Rodgers
Seminarian Diocese of Southern Ohio


                              Tender Mercies August 28 4:00 P.M.

Music News
 -  Howard Helvey  

Our first choir rehearsal of the autumn season will be in Hannaford Hall (the parish hall directly behind and connected to the church) on Thursday evening, September 8, at our customary 7:30 time.  We'll sing during the combined 10:00 a.m. service on the 11th, following a 9:30 a.m. choir call/rehearsal in the Chancel.  For more information, feel free to call (513-476-3261) or email:



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

VBS was a great time!
Thank you so much to Janet Keller for planning and organizing and to all the volunteers who made it so fun.

Stories in the Garden  
Please have your children join us in the garden 
for stories during the 10:30 worship.

Sunday School
We will be starting up our Godly Play classes starting 
September 18
We're looking forward to seeing you there! 
Please see Sally for a registration form or more information.


Young Adult News

"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.
Send a message to our Facebook page about what you would like to see in Calvary's Young Adult Group this fall.

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Forward Movement took this photo of our door with their new publications.   Photo by Jason Merritt, Marketing Director

G rant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; 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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