Calvary Chimes
Week of Sunday, December 4, 2016
Lighthouse Youth Advent Tree:
Grab a tag or stocking from the tree and  return gifts to Calvary by December 18th. Your gifts benefit youth in crisis at the Lighthouse Youth Center on Jefferson. Questions? 
Contact Dave Meyer
 
Please help stock St. Andrew's Pantry with canned corn, canned sweet potatoes and canned cranberries.

PROPHETS AND MYSTICS CLASS UPDATE
(Every Sunday in Advent at noon in the Rectory):  The first class meeting was very well-attended!  We had a very open and profound group sharing about the spiritual experiences we've had in our own lives.   This Sunday, Robb will share some stimulating ideas on the biblical concept of prophethood, and we'll have plenty of time to share our thoughts and feelings about what we learn.  Come to share, or just listen!  All are welcome.   

Young Adult Gathering 2016: God's Glory Shines Through Us
Join us for our annual diocesan young adult gathering -- a space for reconnecting with God, friends, and your own story. This year, we will explore creativity as an expression of God's glory in our midst. We will have opportunities to engage in the art of improv, visual art, music making, poetry, and whatever creative gifts you have to share. We invite you to join us and bring your playful and creative spirit with you. We will be joined by artists, musicians, and improv actors who will lead us in a variety of workshops and help us explore our own creative gifts. We will also spend time in prayer and reflection on how God is made manifest in us. Come ready to play!

The retreat happens at the Procter Center in London, Ohio. We begin on Friday night, December 16th at 5 pm and will conclude on Saturday, December 17th arou nd 3 pm. This retreat is free for young adults 
ages 18-35. But you must register here to let us know you are coming: 


Please remember to pledge
your commitment to the church for 2017. The year 2017 will be an important year for Calvary both spiritually and financially. You will be in the middle of a search for your next rector, and the search process and a possible move for the priest will require that funds be put aside. Also, it would be wise for the church to be able to show to all potential candidates that it is vibrant and healthy financially. A financially viable church is a good sign to attract a good candidate for rector.

We also need your pledge to create a working budget. So far,  31% of the membership have sent in their pledges, including 75% of last year's pledgers.   If you have already submitted your pledge, we thank you! If you have not yet done so, we hope that you will prayerfully consider pledging to your church and helping us to be the lively and life-giving community that is Calvary Episcopal Church.

Profile Committee Members sought. Nomination or application forms for the Profile Committee, as well as a job description of that job, are now available in Hannaford Hall. If you are interested in being part of this committee, or know of someone who would like to be considered for this position, please fill out a form and leave it in the box outside the church office. The Vestry will appoint Profile Committee members, based on the diversity of skills that are needed to create the church's profile.

Vestry and Convention Delegate nominations now being accepted. Nomination forms for Vestry and for Delegate to next year's Diocesan Convention (to be held in November 2017 in Cincinnati) are now available in Hannaford Hall. Job descriptions are also available. Elections will be held at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 22, 2017. Nominations will be accepted until around January 10. If you are interested or would like to nominate another person who you believe will be a good fit, please fill out a nomination form and leave it in the box outside the church office. 

Notice of Annual Meeting.
The Annual Meeting of Calvary Episcopal Church will take place on Sunday, January 22, 2017 following the 10:30 am service.

Elections for Vestry members and Diocesan Convention delegates
will be held at the parish Annual Meeting on January 22. If you are interested in becoming a vestry member or a delegate, please contact Joanna or Daren Grayton (Senior Warden). Nomination forms will be available soon.

Profile and Search Committee
members now being sought. We are seeking members to serve on the Profile Committee (to begin work in January) and the Search Committee (to begin work after the profile is completed). Job descriptions will be available soon, as will be nomination forms. Please see Joanna or Daren if you are interested and we will submit your name. Committee members will be chosen and approved by the Vestry.

A timeline for the transition process
will be sent out by snail mail to all members next week. Please be sure that your address is up to date, especially if you are a new member. We want to be sure that everybody received this first, and subsequent, update on the process of calling your next rector.

In This Issue
Calvary Episcopal Church
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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
Nursery

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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Join Our Mailing List
 
 
Advent and Christmas at Calvary Church

Advent Services and Events
 Advent 1, November 27
Holy Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:30 am
Family Worship at 9:30 am
No Sunday School
Wreath-making in Hannaford Hall all morning
Prophets and Heretics (and Mystics) class at noon
 
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.
 
Advent 2, December 4
Holy Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:30 am
Family Worship at 9:30 am
Sunday School for children and youth
Prophets and Heretics, 12:00 noon
 
Advent 3, December 11
Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am
Family Worship with Communion at 9:30 am
Sunday School for children and youth
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, with Holy Communion 
at 10:30 am
Prophets and Heretics, 12:00 noon
 
Advent 4, December 18
Holy Eucharist at 8:00 and 10:30 am
Family Worship at 9:30 am
Sunday School for children and youth
Farewell to Calvary intern Hannah Teetor after 9:30 and 10:30 services
Prophets and Heretics, 12:00 noon
 
Christmas Services
Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24
Family Christmas Eve service at 5:00 pm, reception following
Festival Choral Holy Eucharist at 9:00 pm, reception following
 
Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25
Holy Eucharist (spoken) at 9:00 am only

 
  From the Interim Rector:    
 
 
Dancing in place

In Russia, a highway is blocked due to construction delays. Cars are stopped for over an hour. When the passengers realize that the wait will be a long one, they begin getting out of the car. One man begins to dance the traditional Cossack dance. Others join in, and people begin playing music and singing. When the road finally clears, the people pile back into their cars and set off on their way.

I have yet to see this scene in a traffic jam in the United States. We are an impatient, time-pressed, multi-tasking, goal-oriented people. We do not tolerate waiting with such an open mind that we could even imagine dancing in the streets. Is it any wonder that we may dread the coming of that season of waiting we call Advent?

For many, Advent is mostly a time to prepare for Christmas-time to shop, bake desserts, wrap gifts, host parties, untangle Christmas tree lights. We struggle to squeeze a multitude of activities into a few weeks. Such is the psychological traffic jam of Christmas planning that we often treat Advent less as a gift of stilled time on the road, and more as a kind of exit ramp as we rush headlong and at breakneck speed towards Christmas Day. In a season of waiting, we are charging full speed ahead.

But Advent is God's gift of precious time when we can slow down and watch for the coming of Christ in our lives. Advent is God's construction delay, stopping our internal traffic and inviting us to enjoy this time on the road. May we then dance ourselves into Christmas!

 
Joanna+

Emergencies:
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. 

 
outreach

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

Lighthouse Youth Advent Tree:
Grab a tag or stocking from the tree and return gifts to Calvary by December 18th. Your gifts benefit youth in crisis at the Lighthouse Youth Center on Jefferson. Questions? Contact Dave Meyer

Thank you for your Encouragement, Support & Donations


 
Music News
 -  Howard Helvey  
 
  


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

 
 
Sunday School and Family News

Sunday School

We have wrapped up our Old Testament stories for now so we can start talking about Advent and getting ready for the Mystery of Christmas.

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


Family News

Kids Only! - Christmas Gift Making
Tomorrow, 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?
YOU !

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Prayer
M erciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
 


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