Calvary Chimes
Week of Sunday, August 28, 2016
 Tender Mercies August 28 4:00 P.M.

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

Coming  Soon:

September 11 ~ 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. (combined 9:30 & 10:30 worship), P arish Picnic 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, September 15 ~ Calvary IHN Night at Christ Church Cathedral, Volunteers sign-up in Hannaford Hall

September 18 ~ Backpack Blessing @9:30 a.m. service
   Church School begins

October 2  ~ Blessing of the Animals @ 4:00 p.m. in the garden (rain or shine)

  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
Calvary Cafe 
Fellowship & Coffee  
Ministry Quick Links
Transition/Interim Priest

Howard Helvey,
Organist and Choirmaster 
Director of Christian Education

Hannah Teetor,
 Calvary Intern
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  From the Interim Rector:    

I have a high school reunion coming up, an event that always brings up those old memories of favorite teachers, friends and cliques, Dostoevsky, and cheerleading at football games. I wasn't going to say, but I must admit that it will be my fiftieth reunion (give me a year's credit for skipping the second grade).
It's symbolically important, any divisible-by 10 event, though I would argue that if we had only eight fingers rather than ten, we would have a different counting system and this would be my 62nd reunion-not such a big deal.
I never attend these reunions, partly because I live 2500 miles away, and partly because I never had friends close enough in high school, or good enough memories, to make the trip. I commend, and admire, people who are able to keep in contact with old friends, but alas, that is something I've never been able to do well.
Still, reunions of people separated by time or distance are great ways to keep a community together-or to forge a community Whether it's a reunion of a high school class, or an extended family, or cancer survivors, or red-headed twins, reunions create and cement bonds of identity and connectedness and love-qualities that we so desperately need in the word today. Reunions both nurture community and evoke memories.
Every Sunday is a family reunion of sorts in the church. Here too, we nurture community and evoke memories Every Sunday morning, we gather together, share our common stories and memories (the Scriptures), pray for each other and for others, and then share a meal together. It's a reunion that connects people in all times and places. Or, as is said in one of our Eucharistic Prayers, through Holy Communion we ask God to "bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom." What a reunion that will be-the ultimate family reunion!
Calvary Church has had a special annual reunion of sorts, and this year, that reunion will take place on Sunday, September 11.  Our 9:30am family service will be combined with the 10:30am choral service to bring the whole Calvary family together with a single service that begins at 10:00am. (Note: The 8:00am worship service will still take place.) This is a chance not only to meet again as one, but also to have a taste of the service that you do not usually attend.
Part of the joy of this reunion comes from being able to appreciate one another's different styles of worship that may separate us in time but not divide us as community. The two services are very different from one another, and each appeals to a different demographic and different worship preferences. The Episcopal Church is not-and has never been-a "one-size-fits-all" church. We appreciate differences, but we still break bread together.
And speaking of bread, the service will be followed by a parish picnic, complete will grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and whatever you can bring to share with your church family. Come and enjoy-and bring your friends and neighbors! 


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



Thursday September 15
Help us host and feed homeless families
at Christ Church Cathedral
Please sign up on the list on the IHN bulletin board in Hannaford Hall
or contact me.
Bob Smith  513-260-3646

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:

Calvary organ pipes
Take a few minutes to enjoy Dr.  Yun Kim 's dynamite performance at Calvary Church of the Finale from Widor's 6th Organ Symphony, with audio and video beautifully produced by  Michael Hughes . We were thrilled to have Yun as guest organist on the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble concert last October (at which this video was taken), and we welcome her back again in a few weeks as organist for CFE's performance of the Duruflé Requiem, Sunday, October 23, 7 PM!


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

Stories in the Garden
This will be our last week for 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 more information.
Click  here  for the registration form.

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.


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

L ord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; 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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