Calvary Chimes
Week of Sunday, May 21, 2017

The LAST Profile gathering   Sunday, May 21. 2 017 at 12:00 noon in Hannaford Hall. Food will be served and child care will be available. 

Wanted: Persons to serve  on Calvary's Search Committee. This committee is responsible for posting the parish's portfolio on the Episcopal Church's website, then to receive candidate names, winnow the list of candidates, conduct interviews, and finally submit a single name to the Vestry for approval. Perks! Possible travel package (for on-site interviews) and close community building. The time commitment will vary, depending on the task, and the committee may convene for anywhere from six months to a year. Nomination forms are on the stage in Hannaford Hall, as is the box for submitting your application. If you have questions about the committee, please see Joanna.

Devin Rodgers,
who has been studying at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, June 3 at 11:00 am. Since Calvary is his supporting parish, I hope you will all attend his ordination to support and applaud this transformational time in his life and ministry. He will preach at Calvary on Sunday, June 4-his first sermon as a member of the clergy.  

The Vestry and Profile committee are focused on the search for a new rector.  To keep members of the parish up to date we would like to share our progress:
To this point they (we) have
  • Met with diocesan representatives on a number of occasions
  • Analyzed the data from the Parish Survey
  • Chosen a format for the profile
  • Written the outline for each of the sections of the Profile
  • Selected possible photos to be used in the profile
  • Retained an editor and graphic designer to compile the profile
  • The profile committee plans to share the profile with the parish on May 21.
Please consider giving a gift of Memorial Altar Flowers to honor your loved ones on Sunday. Contact Phyllis Reid to make the arrangements 321-4625.

Please help  stock St. A ndrew's  Pantry  with 
boxed pasta dinners, ex. macaroni and cheese.

Music that Makes Community Training
Join us for a unique opportunity to empower the spiritual life of your church through singing. Led by a dynamic team from Music that Makes Community, this training will teach new songs to enrich your community's worship life and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy. This training is being held at Calvary Episcopal Church (3766 Clifton Ave.) and is sponsored by the Diocese of Southern Ohio. There are 2 options for participation:
For more information and registration click here. Bring 5 or more people from your congregation, and register for a group rate! Questions or scholarships, contact the Rev. Jane Gerdsen, Missioner for Fresh Expressions 

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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

Calvary Community 

Judy Gardner 
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From the Interim Rector

The final Profile Gathering: Hear from the Profile Committee

                This Sunday, the Profile Committee members will present the work that they have done so far, creating the parish profile that will be seen by prospective candidates for Calvary's next rector. Everybody is strongly encouraged to attend.

                The profile is still a work in progress. The task is formidable. The profile will encapsulate Calvary's identity, core values, ethos, hopes, and dreams as articulated in the congregational survey that members completed in January.  And it will include basic information about the church and its history, its ministries, its strengths and challenges, and everything else that might be needed for a priest to discern whether Calvary's profile and the priest's profile are good fits for one another. And most of all, the profile, as written, will describe Calvary in a way that is glowing, accurate, honest, and appealing.

                As they near the end of their work, the members of this committee have shown themselves to be an indefatigable, dedicated, and determined team, not without a sense of humor and community bonding them in this common purpose of attracting the very best rector that Calvary deserves.

                I wish to commend the team in their ministry: Eric Landen, chair; Maris Bernard-Maclachlan, vestry liaison; Duane Lewis, vestry liaison; Helene Ault; Stephen Clarson; Maggie Davis; Bob Hauck; Florine Postell; and Dick Sinninger.

                When the profile is complete, the Search Committee will take over the responsibility of moving the process forward. The Search Committee will be responsible for completing the entire parish portfolio, of which the profile is a part. Once the portfolio goes "live" on the Episcopal Church's "Office of Transitional Ministry" website, they will sit back for several weeks as the applications begin trickling or pouring into the diocese.

Know that there are already priests who are watching the site, because Calvary Church is listed on that website, which contains information on all churches and Episcopal-related institutions that are seeking new ministers. Calvary's page at this time says, simply, "Interim in place." One day, the description will change to "Receiving names." So you see, we have been on the radar for a while.

We are still receiving applications for Search Committee members. The deadline is May 31, and soon after that, Vestry will appoint and then charge the committee with their tasks. I have joked that membership includes a possible free travel package, including lodging and meals. It's true! Members will need to schedule on-site visits with finalists, and it may involve travel. The downside is that you don't know where you would travel until you know who the finalists are. The other downside is that you won't be able to brag about the trip. As soon as the names are received by the committee, everything becomes
 confidential. Even I will not know who the final candidates are.

But another perk of being on the Search Committee is the knowledge that you will be helping Calvary to make an important step into its future, with a new leader who will embrace and celebrate your values and challenge you to pursue greater excellence and ministry, for the glory of God and the welfare of God's people.


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. 


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Tender Mercies  May 28, 4:00 p.m.

Music News
 -  Howard Helvey  

  Sculpture detail on a grave marker in Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

As a composer who writes primarily for the voice, a happy side benefit is that I get to live intimately every day with great words.  I will never forget in my youth when a mentor pointed out that our pew hymnal was, in essence, a collection of sacred poetry drawn from many centuries of creative authors.  St. Francis of Assisi, Ambrose of Milan, John Donne, George Herbert, Charles Wesley, Isaac Watts, and Fanny Crosby join countless others in the great cloud of creative witnesses that articulated their faith--and our faith--in artfully-crafted, visionary words.  That living tradition continues in the 21st century with the writings of Carl P. Daw, Jr., Ruth Duck, Timothy Dudley Smith, Mary Louise Bringle, and many more.
In Give us the wings of faith to rise, venerable hymn-writer Isaac Watts invites us to behold with great affection and gratitude those saints who have gone before us.  Their journeys bid us to witness at least a glimpse of the joy of eternity...and that promised rest.


Give us the wings of faith to rise
within the veil, and see
the saints above, how great their joys,
how bright their glories be.

Once they were mourning here below,
their couch was wet with tears;
they wrestled hard, as we do now,
with sins and doubts and fears.

We ask them whence their victory came:
they, with united breath,
ascribe their conquest to the Lamb,
their triumph to his death.

They marked the footsteps that he trod,
his zeal inspired their breast,
and, following their incarnate God,
possess the promised rest.

Our glorious Leader claims our praise
for his own pattern given;
while the long cloud of witnesses
show the same path to heaven.


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

Here is a link to a brief survey  for the program year. 
I would really appreciate your feedback!

Sunday School

Thank you to  all who were a part of Sunday School this year.  We have a little break for the month of May and we'll start Summer Stories on June 4th. There is a sign up sheet posted in the hallway for leading stories this summer. If you'd like more information please contact Sally.

Family News

Procter Summer Camp session dates are posted on the diocesan website. There are sessions available for individual children or family groups. Please follow the link here Procter Camp for more information or to register.

Family Worship Service

We've really noticed a big change in the time we are able to start the Family Worship service each Sunday.  Thank you to those of you who have taken on a Sunday to get the worship duties lined up and ready to go before 9:30! If you are interested in helping in this way  or for more information please contact Kelsey at (614)787-1720 or

There is a new coffee hour sign up sheet for the next couple of months posted by the kitchen! We have really enjoyed the good food to go with good conversation after the service.

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

O  God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; 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:
Brandon Davis, Paul McCauley, Marilyn Fietz, Carol Ann Edmonds, Reed Coen, Mary Ann Bragg, and Jim Harrell.


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