Calvary Chimes
Week of Sunday, February 19, 2017

Please help stock St. Andrew's  Pantry with hot or cold c ereal.
Social Justice Exploratory Meeting , Sunday, February 19th from no on until 1pm: Join us to brainstorm concrete ways individuals and our congregation can work together to live out the Calvary value of inclusion and to continue the  social justice work of Jesus Christ. Hearty snacks will be provided.  Contact Megan Rich for more information.
Help with Tender Mercies February 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Sign-up in Hannaford Hall on the Outreach bulletin board.
Bringing Holy Week to life. The most important week of the Church year, Holy Week, begins on Sunday, April 9 (Palm Sunday) and ends on Saturday, with Easter Day on April 16. It's a time to experience deeply the last days of Jesus' life and ministry and what they mean for us. The Rt. Rev. Nedi Rivera, one of our bishops and also a Calvary member, invites anyone interested in looking at creative and experiential ways for Calvary to observe Holy Week, to meet with her this Tuesday evening, February 21 at 7:00pm in the Burton Room.  Nedi did not give me permission to say this, but she is a powerhouse of ideas and creativity, and she has offered her gifts to help us bring Holy Week to life. Come and join us in this holy adventure!

Transition Update. The congregational surveys are now being analyzed by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, and the results will be returned to the Profile Committee shortly. Your responses to the questions on the handout at the last Profile Gathering on "identity and core values" has also been given to the Profile Committee. Your input is vastly important in making sure that the profile accurately and fully reflects who Calvary is and what you, the congregation, care about. 

Next up: Profile Gathering #3 (of 6) on Sunday, February 26 at 12:00 noon, on "Hallmarks of a Healthy Congregation," led by Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands, diocesan Canon for Transitions.

Memorial Service for Susan Montrose. Susan was a familiar and faithful member at the 10:30 services, always with a beaming smile and a love for Christ, leaning on her son Chip's arm when she approached the communion rail. Her Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, March 4 at 11:00am, with a reception following.

"Images of Jesus: and why it matters." This year's Lenten series begins on the first Wednesday of Lent, March 8th. The program will begin with a Taize service-a contemplative service of candlelight, readings, meditation, and beautiful repetitive chanting and music-at 6:00 pm in the nave, followed by a simple supper in Hannaford Hall at 6:30pm and then the program. We will explore the different and sometimes contradictory ways that we see Jesus (healer, king, personal savior...) and how these images affect the way we live as Christians and the way that we do church. Volunteers are needed for musicians (instrumental and voice) and for food; signups are on the bulletin board in Hannaford Hall.

Ash Wednesday Services
March 1, 2017 
7:00 a.m. Imposition of Ashes 
Noon Imposition of Ashes  
 7:00 p.m. Imposition of Ashes with Music

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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
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8:30 - 12:00 pm
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Howard Helvey,
Organist and Choirmaster 
Director of Children and Family Ministry

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From the Interim Rector

Rush Hour Sabbath
"...and [God] rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done." Genesis 2:2
Today I joined the rush hour traffic jam on purpose. I love being in rush hour traffic!
I don't think a lot of people feel the same way. But here's why. I feel so proud that I am able to drive with the grownups. I feel honored to drive among all those giant trucks. I love watching the bad drivers swerve around needlessly, and the cool driver with his hand slung over the top of the steering wheel, and the drivers with looks of patient resignation who probably go through rush hour traffic every day. I love being part of the massing of hundreds and thousands of cars that remind me of ants traveling across a sidewalk, but not as icky-a "vast multitude," as Ezekiel would say, but speaking about dry bones rather than about traffic jams.
And I am blessed that I am able to drive at all, keeping in my thoughts and prayers all the people who cannot afford a car, or who are unable to drive because of illness or other infirmity.
In walking-pace traffic, sometimes I think about what I might preach about this coming Sunday. I have time for that, with no distractions. Sometimes I turn on my music and listen to my favorite mix of classical, Taizé, and psychedelic love songs (remember "White Rabbit?") But sometimes, I just heed the temporarily unhurried tempo of life that so contrasts with the breakneck speed of my working life.
The slow pace of rush hour traffic forces me to slow down my internal engine as well. It would be possible, I suppose, to keep gunning my mental accelerator trying to get ahead. But, like my car on a stalled freeway, it doesn't do any good. The futility of trying to push ahead of what is possible is just so much more obvious when it's a car and not a brain.
So it makes sense just to accept the flow of traffic and to take time off from the frenzied pace of office life, or daily worries. Maybe "rush hour" is inaptly named for me. I think of this time as a kind of "rush hour Sabbath" or a Sabbath on wheels, a kind of seventh day that makes me rest from all the work that I normally do. 
In the relative hush of stilled cars, I can relax my mental engine that focuses me all too much on me. Along with my car, I can even sit idling. As I slow down, I notice something right beside me-my unseen and often ignored passenger, the Holy Spirit.  As befits the spirit of Sabbath, a traffic jam makes me shift my gears.  Why not shift to the real first gear, that segment of time belonging to God?

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. 


Tender Mercies February 26, 4:00 p.m.

Music News
 -  Howard Helvey  

The performing artists are so thankful for the wonderful and supportive audience last Friday night for the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble fundraiser program, "If Music Be the Food of Love." And we extend HUGE gratitude to Jane Paraskevopoulos and David Dreith for their tremendous (and delicious) organizational help, and to Steve Durtschi for designing the gorgeous poster!

In the above photo (from left to right): Robb Feldhaus, Howard Helvey, Brad Caldwell, Audrey B Luna, Gwen Coleman Detwiler, Mary Southworth, and Daniel Weeks. 




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

Sunday School

This past week we learned about the Circle of Holy Eucharist.  We talked about each part of our Sunday church service and thought about how the service relates to some of the stories we have heard in other weeks.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Family News

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Share the Love event last Saturday.  We really enjoyed making valentines for people!

Our next event is game night on March 17th! 
More information coming soon.

Family Worship Service

Welcome to the brand new Family Worship section of the Calvary Chimes!  

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the family service the last couple of weeks.  We will have more opportunities to write down some of your thoughts if you have not gotten to yet!  Here are some of the wonderful things you all said that you love about the 9:30 service:
  • participation possibilities for everyone
  • music that is interactive
  • focus on children
We have recently begun to start the 9:30 service promptly in order to allow the Sunday School children their full time in class between services.  Thank you for your help. 

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


"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?

We want your voice to be heard.
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O  Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts your greatest gift, which is love, the true bond of peace and of all virtue, without which whoever lives is accounted dead before you. Grant this for the sake of your only Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for 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:
Lydia Karlo, Brandon Davis, Paul McCauley, Marilyn Fietz, Ingrid Grupp, Carol Ann Edmonds, George Ann Wesner, Kate French, Eve Rowe, Jeanne Leo, Kitty Clark, Charles Parsons, Reed Coen, Sharon Grayton and Maurine Sierveld.


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