Calvary Chimes
Week of Sunday, November 20, 2016

This Sunday:

Please help stock St. Andrew's Pantry with canned corn, canned sweet potatoes and canned cranberries.

Stewardship: A matter of commitment. In a culture where we are increasingly reluctant to commit to things like relationships, alma maters, and hometowns, we may be counter-cultural when we affirm our commitments to things that are important to us.  But loyalty, faithfulness, and commitment are holy qualities, as God is loyal, faithful, and committed to us. And sometimes, it just feels good to be able to affirm our priorities!
Pledging is important because, for practical reasons, we cannot create a budget based on loose Sunday offerings. We need written pledges on which we can rely, to be able to plan financially for the year. A pledged commitment makes a big difference. If you are accustomed to giving regularly without pledging, please consider making a pledge as a commitment to your church.
Next Sunday, November 20, we can together pledge our commitment to Calvary Church and its continuing ministry to the community and neighborhood. Please bring your pledge card, and we will present it to the Glory of God at the offertory. 

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In This Issue
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
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:    
Turkey Bones

Deinonychus is my favorite dinosaur. He was not that big, compared with the giants. But he was probably fierce, considering his huge sickle-shaped claw that stuck out of his hind foot like an built-in sword. His name, "Terrible Claw," reflects that one scary part of this creature.

The paleontologist John Ostrom puzzles over the bones of this creature, trying to figure out what kind of animal he was. Traditional science classified the dinosaurs as giant lizards, but this creature, with the long sharp claw, was clearly built for speed, with his body used for leaping on his prey, then stabbing and slashing the poor victim with that giant claw. A cold-blooded reptile doesn't have that ability. So what was this animal? A plodding cold-blooded creature that happened to have machinery that it would be unable to use-or a sleek, agile, fast, warm-blooded predator?
Then one Thanksgiving Day, when the turkey meat has been carved out and the carcass is sitting on the table, Ostrom has a sudden insight.

That carcass looks familiar.
It looks, in fact, just like the bones of the dinosaur he has been poring over. In fact, deinonychus had the anatomy of a bird. A bird like the turkey. Not the anatomy of a lizard.
Every time I look at my Thanksgiving turkey, I think of deinonychus. And I wonder whether I might, like John Ostrom, be so open to new possibilities that I could see a dinosaur in my Thanksgiving turkey carcass. Or a creative inspiration in my daily walk on the river. Or even the face of God in the shoeless panhandler downtown. God gives us the gift of imagination, so that we can envision new possibilities-whether it be a new dinosaur, a new future, a new church-or a new Earth and a new Heaven. Let our eyes be opened, and have a happy Thanksgiving!


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. 


Thank you to our IHN Volunteers!
Phoebe to Speak at 9:30 Sunday Service
On her mission trip to children of El Hogar Phoebe, "found that they were like me, they made an effort to make friends, they wanted to stand out, and they were proud of themselves." " I was about to put my homework away to play with them; they all told me not to, because I needed to do my homework."  She found that we support these children, not because they are different from us, but because they are just like us.  El Hogar removes the poverty from their lives so that they can become the wonderful humans they are.
Suzanne Berger, Caroline Bieser, and Phoebe Schiff will be asking you to provide prayers and financial support for these children.  Look for them on Sunday.   Note that two matching grants triple the impact of your gifts.   

Tender Mercies Sunday, November 27, 2016 @4:00 p.m. 

Music News
 -  Howard Helvey  
Psalms and Antiphons
The singing of Psalms is a tradition as ancient as the Psalms themselves, and I'm delighted that Calvary Church has a special, long-standing custom of psalm-singing.  While we have sung them in various ways over the years, the most common in use now is with Anglican Chant (sung by the choir) with Antiphons (sung by the congregation).  The method of Anglican Chant is a tradition that has been utilized for over 400 years, and the chants we use at Calvary span virtually its entire history-including some composed within the recent past.  While the complexity of the speech-rhythm attached to 4-part chorale texture is rehearsed each week by the choir, the antiphons were very consciously composed with the congregation in mind. 
In that light, I would encourage an engaged level of participation by the 10:30 congregation on the psalm antiphons.  The expression of the Psalms each week is a vital element of the Ministry of the Word, and the antiphons give the congregation a literal voice in joining the narrative.
As the Clifton Antiphons were composed (for all appointed Sunday and Feast-Day psalms and canticles for the 3-year RCL cycle) I examined the appointed Psalm(s) for a given Sunday, and began trying to determine the over-arching theme or idea that is being conveyed.  Often that ended up being a literal part of the appointed Psalm itself, but it might be a phrase borrowed from a different Psalm.  That relatively brief statement then became the text for the antiphon, and I began the work of composing a short setting of it for unison voices (congregation) and organ.  Since the recurring antiphon has to integrate with the specific Anglican Chant I selected for the body of the psalm text, attention to key, character and style were considered during the antiphon's creation. 
I relished the opportunity to compose the weekly antiphons during 2012-2015, and am grateful that they could immediately be given life within the context of the 10:30 AM liturgy.


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

Sunday School and Family News

Sunday School

In Sunday School we heard the story of The Ark and the Temple based on 1 Kings 5-8 and 2 Chronicles 2-8. We talked about God being bigger than even the holy buildings his people make for coming close to God's word.

We look forward to seeing you all again this Sunday for our next story.

Family News

Families Giving Thanks
Please join us tonight, November 18th for our next event, Families Giving Thanks.  Come and share a meal and fellowship with our church family!  We will be accepting food donations for CAIN. There will also be a craft for the children. Please RSVP to Sally. For more information there are flyers available on the stage.

Advent Wreath Making
We are heading towards the beginning of advent at the end of November.  We will again have supplies available between services on November 27th to make wreaths for your family.  If you have your wreath form from last year, please bring it back to the church so that we can use it for this year's wreaths.

Kids Only! - Christmas Gift Making
December 3rd, drop your Sunday School aged kids off at the church and they will make and wrap some small crafts for anyone on their Christmas list.  You can go and get your own shopping done from 10-12 and join us for a pizza lunch from 
12-1! Please RSVP to Sally so we know how many children to expect.


"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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A lmighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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