Calvary Chimes
Week of Sunday, December 18, 2016
Hannah Teetor's last day is today Please join us for a celebration of her ministry after the 9:30 and 10:30 services. We wish her God's blessings as she begins the next chapter of her life's journey at Emory University.
Christmas Caroling Thursday, December 22 
6:00 p.m.  Contact Edy Dreith

Please help stock St. Andrew's Pantry with canned corn, canned sweet  potatoes and canned cranberries.
Please remember to submit your pledge. If you have not yet submitted your pledge, please do so, thank you!

Join Scotty McEvoy (a new Calvary member) 

PROPHETS AND HERETICS GROUP Today in at noon in the Burton Room.  
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.
Vestry members and Diocesan Convention delegates will be elected at the parish Annual Meeting on January 22. Nomination forms are available in Hannaford Hall.
Profile Committee members . We are seeking members to serve on the Profile Committee ~ Application forms are available in Hannaford Hall.

In This Issue
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

Hannah Teetor,
 Calvary Intern
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Advent and Christmas at Calvary Church
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

New Year's Day 

Richard (Dick) Sininger was a victim of a home invasion last Sunday by an unknown assailant. He is now recuperating at The Hartland's of Maderia 
5970 Kenwood Rd, Madeira, OH 45243
 and welcomes prayers, cards and visitors.

  From the Interim Rector:    
Riding the Train to Christmas

Christmas comes to us with all the subtlety of a freight train-and like a freight train, our Christmases have it all. There is the unmistakable magic of the baby in a stable, stars and angels, shepherds and kings, miracle and mystery. Then there is what many of us know as Christmas today: shopping malls, cookies and sweets, fancy trees, gaudy lights, and frenzied parties.
                Christmas is an impossible juxtaposition of burdensome expectations and fervent hope. Sometimes it feels like a tug-of-war between two competing world views, a surreal experience of two parallel universes.
                I thin
k that God would be amused at the world's clumsy attempts t
o re-create outwardly the holy joy that we hold within us. I even thin
k that God blesses our union of the profound and the tacky, the simple birth and extravagant gifts, our contemplative wonder and our raucous parties.
                And why not? God is a God of paradox. God came to dwell with us in all the messiness and disarray of our daily life. Jesus' birth was a mingling of the divine and the earthy, the lowly and the noble, situated in history but rooted in eternity. Is it any wonder that our Christmas celebrations are also steeped in paradox?
 Jesus came to earth amid its chaos and transformed it. Our Christmas traditions seek to transform the everyday and to honor the gift of Christ to us. They are a heartfelt, if clumsy, sacramental offering of the world given back to God. They are a gift of abundance to the God of abundant joy.
 In this light, we can forgive ourselves for our indulgence of joy in the name of Christ, whose birth we so piously and so riotously celebrate this month. For soon, the world will finally grow hushed as we sing "Silent Night," in awe and wonder and love.

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 Sunday, December 25, 2016 @4:00 p.m. 

Lighthouse Youth Advent Tree:
Please return gifts to Calvary by December 18th. Your gifts benefit youth in crisis at the Lighthouse Youth Center on Jefferson. Questions? Contact Dave Meyer

Music News
 -  Howard Helvey  
The Nativity (west window detail), 1937
    artist: Wilbur Herbert Burnham (1887-1974), Boston , Massachusetts
    Calvary Episcopal Church, Cincinnati, Ohio

Many thanks to all the clergy, ushers, greeters, acolytes, readers, musicians, and members of the Altar Guild who helped continue the beautiful tradition of Calvary's Annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

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

Sunday School and Family News

Sunday School

** This week, December 18th, will be the last Sunday School class until the new year. We will resume classes 
January 8th. **

Last Sunday we continued talking about Advent and getting ready for the Mystery of Christmas. We talked about the shepherds and their surprise at hearing the message from the angels.

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

Family News

Thank you families for all your involvement in our programs this year.  Look for more events in 2017!


"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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P urify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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