Calvary Chimes
Week of Sunday, October 2, 2016
This Week:

Inside the Episcopal Mind 9:00 am @Calvary House

Calvary Young Adults Group Brunch @ 1:00 pm @Calvary House.

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

Welcome back from El Hogar, Caroline Bieser and Phoebe Schiff.  We are looking forward to hearing more about your experiences on the mission trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  Thank you for this video of Johana, the girl Calvary sponsors.
Greetings from Johana to Calvary's El Hogar service team
Greetings from Johana to Calvary's El Hogar service team

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

Altar Guild Needs New Members!
The Altar Guild is responsible for the important task of caring for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish. Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary for services and clean up afterwards. The members work closely with the c lergy to make sure that everything that happens at the altar is "just right."
 The Altar Guild prepares not only for Sunday services, but also for those special occasions that are so meaningful to all of us, and that are so important to "make perfect," so that worship becomes both beautiful and seamless to the congregation.
That's a formidable task, given the high importance of the Holy Eucharist in the Episcopal Church. It's also a fun ministry, and an enlightening one. Every little detail has both a theological, an historical, and a parish significance. Nothing is done lightly or frivolously.
We need people to join this important ministry. You will not need to work alone, or every single Sunday, but you will learn a lot about the church! The duties are done in groups, rotated regularly.
Please join this wonderful ministry! If you are interested, please contact the church office at 513.861.4437 or
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St. Francis, Pets, Skunks, and Raccoons

Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis in early October makes me think of my skunks and raccoons. I miss my skunks and raccoons.
They weren't really mine, of course. They just shared the same space with my family. The skunks and the raccoons lived, in alternate years, under our garage. In the summer they played in the backyard. At night, they came up to the back porch to eat the food that I left for the outdoor cats.
When I found out that it wasn't just cats eating that food, I began leaving more out. And soon I spied the raccoons coming up the steps, five of them, sometimes more.
One night, I sat outside in a corner of that porch waiting for the animals to show up. At first, they came up slowly, eyeing me warily. Eventually they got used to my presence and ignored me as they ate. One evening, a mother skunk came around every evening with her four little babies. Her tail was spectacularly fluffy and I could not resist just touching it. She turned and stared at me, then turned back to eat. I never touched her again.
Everyone hates the raccoons, and especially the skunks. People chase them away, poison them, or run them over. But they were here first. We humans took over their land, and we have been unwilling to share it with them. We treat them as trespassers, but perhaps we are the trespassers. So I made my place a sanctuary for these beautiful creatures, where they were safe from cars and rifles and giant humans chasing them away.
When I moved from Spokane, I lost them. My new home is skunk-less and I miss them. The skunks are feisty reminders that God's creations are not always for our convenience. As we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with a Pet Blessing on October 2, let us also remember that other creatures need our blessing and our protection also. In an age of rampant destruction of earth's resources, our fellow creatures are disappearing and we can't afford to lose them.  The world would be lonely without them.


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 Calvary for making 9/15/16 IHN at Christ Church a loving, fun experience.  See some photos below. 
  Please remember to volunteer to help in November 
on Thursday the 17th.

Tender Mercies Sunday, October 30, 2016 @4:00 p.m. 

Music News
 -  Howard Helvey  


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

Sunday School

Our time last week focused on the Circle of the Church Year and how we think about and mark our seasons.  We talked about the colors we see around us in the church service and in the classrooms.

We look forward to seeing you all again this Sunday when we will start into some of the Old Testament stories.

Family Events

We are planning our first family event, a movie night, coming later in October! Please check back for more details.


"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, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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