Calvary Chimes
Week of Sunday, February 26, 2017

Calvary Picture of the week 
This lovely Chalice and Paten were made by the boys of          El Hogar, and purchased for Calvary by Rev. Joanna 
Pancakes provided by the Boy Scouts.
If It's Pancakes and Sausage, It Must Be Shrove Tuesday (or Sunday)
Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday. These terms describe the day before Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on March 1. Traditionally, on the day or evening before Ash Wednesday, pancakes are eaten because they are the perfect food to make when you are forbidden by Lenten rules to eat foods containing fat, butter, and eggs. That's why the day is also called "Fat Tuesday," or Mardi Gras, because you use up all the fatty foods in your cupboard on one Tuesday.

The word "shrove" means "to confess." On Shrove Tuesday, people confessed their sins so that they began Lent with a clean and contrite heart. In other traditions, this Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is celebrated with partying and dancing. Thus, the term "carnival," which comes from the Latin "carne," meaning "meat." We eat up all our meat before Lent also, so that meals in Lent become not only fat-less but also meatless.
So for those who ask, "Is there anything else we can eat on Shrove Tuesday?", the answer is "No, no matter which church you go to, it will be pancakes and sausage, pancakes and sausage, pancakes and sausage!"

That very stern tradition of Lenten fasting has evolved-or devolved, depending on your piety-into a general admonition to "fast" during the Lenten season, and especially to go meatless on Fridays. But we have still kept the "Shrove Tuesday" or "Mardi Gras" traditional meal. And in this busier culture, when it is difficult to get people to come to church on a Tuesday night for a pancake dinner, many churches have moved the date to the Sunday prior to Ash Wednesday, creating a "Shrove Sunday" event. At Calvary, the Boy Scouts have graciously been our hosts, cooks and servers on our Shrove Sundays for the past several years.

Our own Shrove Tuesday "feast" of pancakes, sausages, and juice will take place this Sunday, February 26 in Hannaford Hall after all three services. This whole-morning meal will again be prepared and served by the Boy Scouts as a service to Calvary, which has long hosted the troop. We are grateful to the Boy Scouts for their generosity in providing us with our "Shrove Sunday" meal.

Please help stock St. Andrew's  Pantry with hot or cold c ereal.
Help with Tender Mercies February 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Sign-up in Hannaford Hall on the Outreach bulletin board.
Next up: Profile Gathering #3  (of 6) on Sunday, February 26 at 12:00 noon, on "Hallmarks of a Healthy Congregation," led by Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands, diocesan Canon for Transitions.
Childcare provided & lunch is pancakes and sausages.

  Bringing Holy Week to life.  The second meeting of the "Ad Hoc Team to Bring Holy Week to Life" will meet this Tuesday, Feburary 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Room.  Last week, we looked at all of the readings for the "Triduum," the three days of Maundy Thursday through Easter Vigil, seeing them as they were intended, as one single service. Then we will discuss some new and creative ways that we might augment the Maundy Thursday service.  This week we will look at Good Friday. Bishop Nedi Rivera is leading this team and the project.  The team meets each Tuesday until the wrap-up and congratulations after Easter.  You may come to any of the meetings; we invite and welcome your contributions!

Memorial Service for Susan Montrose. Susan was a familiar and faithful member at the 10:30 services, always with a beaming smile and a love for Christ, leaning on her son Chip's arm when she approached the communion rail. Her Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, March 4 at 11:00 am, with a reception following.

"Images of Jesus: and why it matters." This year's Lenten series begins on the first Wednesday of Lent, March 8th. The program will begin with a Taize service-a contemplative service of candlelight, readings, meditation, and beautiful repetitive chanting and music-at 6:00 pm in the nave, followed by a simple supper in Hannaford Hall at 6:30pm and then the program. 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.

Cincinnati Boys Choir at Calvary Friday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Ash Wednesday Services
March 1, 2017 
7:00 a.m. Imposition of Ashes 
Noon Imposition of Ashes  
 7:00 p.m. Imposition of Ashes with Music

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From the Interim Rector

No and for ever?

I read a very distressing article recently: The world is running out of chocolate. Given all of the world's crises, I don't think this counts as a major tragedy, except for us chocolate lovers. But it's an interesting global transition into Lent, when one of the most common practices of self-denial is to give up chocolate. What researchers have discovered is that we are consuming much more chocolate than the earth can produce. So if we don't give up chocolate for Lent, the planet may give it up for us.

One of the great achievements of the industrialized world is the ability to give us almost any food we want, anytime, whether or not the food is in season where we live. We can eat bananas in January and corn in March. (But alas, there is still no eggnog in July!) As a result, we have gotten used to eating whatever we want, without thinking about how it is grown, where it comes from, or how abundant or scarce it is. We don't think about what it takes for the workers to process our food. We have become alienated from the food that sustains us.

That's natural. We have other things to think about. And besides, can we realistically ponder the origin and journey to our table of every Brussel sprout we eat, every cup of coffee we drink-every piece of dark chocolate we enjoy?

Perhaps not. But the shortage of chocolate helps to make a case, this Lent, for a practice of good food stewardship. This means paying attention to what we eat and how the food comes to us. Good food stewardship means being humane to the earth that grows it, being humane to the creatures we think of as "meat," and being humane to the human beings who produce and process our foods, often under dirty and dangerous working conditions. It means giving up our careless ways and being attentive to how we use our earth's resources. We can patronize those companies that we know are trying to provide more ethically produced food, and we can boycott those companies that we know treat their workers unjustly in order to get us the cheapest bacon or tomatoes.

We take a lot for granted. When Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, consider the possibility of using this season to be attentive to how we care for our earth and its resources. For example, we take water for granted, but as far as we know, utilizable water is exceedingly rare in the universe (until we figure out how to extract it from Europa, Enceladas, and Ceres).

We need water for life, and we think we will always have water. But the water here on earth-is the only water we have! What if we lose it? How can we use it wisely? How can we share it with those for whom water is scarce? How can we help the earth survive the droughts? Perhaps we can give up taking water for granted, or taking chocolate for granted-or taking anything for granted.

At the end of Lent, we will lose Jesus-but only for a few days, though his disciples did not know that. His resurrection at the end of those three excruciating days transformed them, and I bet they never took Jesus for granted ever again. If we lose the planet that sustains us, that God created for us, its resurrection will not be so quick-nor will it be guaranteed. Like water, it's the only earth we have.

Some things we can't give up for Lent, like drinking water. But we can be mindful of how precious it is, and then how precious our earth is. And we can then be mindful of how precious our life is to God, who gave his life for us. And while you're at it, thank God for chocolate, too, at least for now.


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

**Please Note**
There will be pancake breakfast provided by the Boy Scouts after each service this Sunday.  We will still start Sunday School at the normal time.

This past week we learned about the Good Shepherd and World Communion.  We talked about how the guidance and words of Jesus are still a part of our Church experience today.

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?

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O  God, who before the passion of your only­ begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and 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 and Maurine Sierveld.


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