Calvary Chimes
Week of Sunday, February 12, 2017
Saturday, February 11:
Share the Love-Saturday, February 11 , 11am-1pm Join us for a light lunch and to make Valentines for folks who can't get out of the house.  If you know of someone who is housebound or ill, send their name and address to Sally Engelbert or jot their name on the sheet in Hannaford Hall.

Sunday, February, 12:
Please help stock St. Andrew's  Pantry with hot or cold cereal.
  The Congregational Survey is due Sunday,  February 12. We want all persons, newcomers and oldtimers, young and old, to lend your voice to the profile. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Eric Landen, chair of the Profile Committee.
Social Justice Exploratory Meeting , Sunday, February 19th from noon 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.
Coming Soon: 
Ash Wednesday Services : March 1, 2017 7:00 a.m., Noon, and 7:00 p.m.

Calvary Lenten Series Images of Jesus begins Wednesday, March 8th.  6:00 p.m. Tazie  Service; 6:30 p.m. Soup Supper; 
7-8:00 p.m. Images of Jesus series. 
Signups on the bulletin board 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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From the Interim Rector

Love your condor-I mean, your neighbor

                When I first came to Cincinnati, I was astonished at the number of birds, and especially songbirds, that grace this region. There are bluebirds, hummingbirds, mourning birds, mockingbirds, cardinals, owls, woodpeckers, martins, and a slew of little grey and brown birds. This may be unfair to my old homeland in the West Coast, but there I saw seagulls, crows, and robins. And little brown birds. Boring.

                So when I arrived here, I developed an interest in birds and their lifestyle, having spent most of my life just thinking of them as little flying things the poop on you if you're not careful.

                Someone introduced me to the Cornell Lab birdcam, where I watched the nests of great horned owls, barn owls, and most recently, California condors. The condors were on the brink of extinction at the end of the 20th century, when the last were taken into captivity to save the species. Now there are more than 400, mostly in Southern California, and one pair decided to set up a nest in a little cave high in a cliff in the mountains. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service set up a webcam so that condor lovers could watch a condor chick grow hatch and grow up, until he or she was ready to fly.

                Last spring, I watched a chick hatch, and logged in every day to see the mother and father fly in to feed the little bird. The giant adults, with a wing span of 9 feet, towered over the little chick. As he grew, he would flap his wings excitedly when his parents came to feed him. At three months old, he looked like a gangly toddler wearing his mother's fur coat and his father's clown shoes, practicing jumping in his cave nest. He grew bigger over the next several months, until he began leaving the cave to check out his surroundings, not yet ready to fly.

                I grew to love the chick, his silly looks, his awkward way of walking, the way he played with sticks, and the honking noise he made while flapping his wings to get his parent to feed him. Then in August, he was ready to practice flying, and he plopped in and out of the cave.

                Then one too-soon day, his dead body was discovered high on the cliff above his nest. I was devastated. He had not even learned to fly, to find food for himself, to have a mate, to explore the world. I cried and sobbed for this 8-month-old condor chick that I had never met but whom I felt I had gotten to know intimately. I loved him, as if he was my buddy, or my neighbor. I even loved him more than my real neighbor.

                Sometimes I think that it's harder for us to "love our neighbors" is harder than it is for us to "love God." God doesn't block my driveway with his garbage cans on Mondays. God doesn't have loud parties on Saturday night. God doesn't curse at me when I accidentally cut God off in traffic. God doesn't glare at me because I look Asian and wear a clerical collar. Sometimes neighbors can be hard to love.

                So what possible excuse do I have for loving a baby condor more than my "neighbors?" I think the answer is that I got to "know" the condor chick, watching him every day and following his growing up. I felt like I knew him. It is easier to love somebody when you get to know him.

                Usually, we don't know people with whom we come in casual contact. Too often, when we meet people, we don't take time to learn much about them. But as I learned with Condor #815, it is much easier to love people when you get to know and understand them. That's not always possible with the random person we bump into on the street. But what is possible is that we promise intentionally to look at that person through God's eyes, "seeing Christ in all persons." When we can see Christ in all persons, we do know them. We know that they are human, with a divine spark, worthy of respect and dignity, and dearly loved by God. And then, how can we not love? At least as much as, or more than, a baby condor in a webcam. May we always practice that love; it is sorely needed these days.


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. 


Notes from Honduras
A cool breeze blows over the property as the children play hide-and-seek among the school buildings. The classrooms have been empty since the middle of November and the campus is quiet. The teachers, who spend 10 months of the year teaching, counseling, and caring for the children, take turns alternating their vacations - half take vacation, while the other half stay to work with the children - for a well-deserved holiday. Some children have spent a part of the school vacation at home with their families. Other children spent the school vacation with their El Hogar family. Outings to Tegucigalpa's Christmas activities and the Children's Museum, karaoke, and a feast of nacatamles (a

traditional Honduran food) were their way of celebrating.
There are some new faces mixed in with the familiar ones, and with each passing day the campus is becoming more lively. With more free time, some children are scattered around the field doing puzzles and playing with cars. Others weave around them with a soccer ball. The final days of vacation are coming and the children are soaking up every spare moment they have before classes begin in February for another school year.
- Erika Skafel, Coordinator of North American Relations

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

Music News
 -  Howard Helvey  
As kind of a pre-Valentine's-Day event on Friday, February 10 at 8 PM, we hope you will join us for this elegant, entertaining evening with members of the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble.

(An RSVP is helpful but not required; voice or text message 513-304-5436, or email:

Funds raised from this program will be applied toward this summer's Miami (Florida) Choral and Voice Institute in order to keep the tuition fees as low as possible. You can read more about the Institute on CFE's website.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to attend this Friday night, but would still like to contribute to our fundraising efforts, your $30 (or more) donation will be gratefully accepted, and can be used to sponsor someone else to attend. Please let us know by using one of the RSVP contact options above.



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 heard the Parable of the Sower.  We talked about how happy the harvest of the seeds that grew in the good soil must be.

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Family News

Our next Family event is coming up tomorrow ! Please join us  Saturday,  February 11th for Share the Love.

Paper copies of this flyer are available in Hannaford Hall

Family Worship Service

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

Here are some of the wonderful things you all said last Sunday that you love about the 9:30 service:
  • participation possibilities for everyone
  • music that is interactive
  • focus on children
This Sunday please use the paper easel pad set up in Hannaford Hall to tell us what your ideas are for the 9:30 worship service!

One thing the newly formed worship team discussed is the importance of allowing the Sunday School children their full time in class between services.  To that end, please know that we will begin our 9:30 service actually at 9:30 starting this week. 

As mentioned above, we have recently started a worship team to help our service grow and run smoothly.  Please come and talk to any of the 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  God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, 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:
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 and Sharon Grayton.


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