Calvary Chimes
Week of Sunday, May 14, 2017

The LAST Profile gathering  will take place on Sunday, May 21. 2 017 at 12:00 noon in Hannaford Hall. Food will be served and child care will be available. 

Wanted: Persons to serve  on Calvary's Search Committee. This committee is responsible for posting the parish's portfolio on the Episcopal Church's website, then to receive candidate names, winnow the list of candidates, conduct interviews, and finally submit a single name to the Vestry for approval. The time commitment will vary, depending on the task, and the committee may convene for anywhere from six months to a year. Nomination forms are on the stage in Hannaford Hall, as is the box for submitting your application. If you have questions about the committee, please see Joanna.

Devin Rodgers,
who has been studying at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, June 3 at 11:00 am. Since Calvary is his supporting parish, I hope you will all attend his ordination to support and applaud this transformational time in his life and ministry. He will preach at Calvary on Sunday, June 4-his first sermon as a member of the clergy.  

The Vestry and Profile committee are focused on the search for a new rector.  To keep members of the parish up to date we would like to share our progress:
To this point they (we) have
  • Met with diocesan representatives on a number of occasions
  • Analyzed the data from the Parish Survey
  • Chosen a format for the profile
  • Written the outline for each of the sections of the Profile
  • Selected possible photos to be used in the profile
  • Retained an editor and graphic designer to compile the profile
  • The profile committee plans to share the profile with the parish on May 21.
Please consider giving a gift of Memorial Altar Flowers to honor your loved ones on Sunday. Contact Phyllis Reid to make the arrangements 321-4625.

Please help  stock St. A ndrew's  Pantry  with 
boxed pasta dinners, ex. macaroni and cheese.

Music that Makes Community Training
Join us for a unique opportunity to empower the spiritual life of your church through singing. Led by a dynamic team from Music that Makes Community, this training will teach new songs to enrich your community's worship life and reflect on strategies for cultivating participatory singing and liturgy. This training is being held at Calvary Episcopal Church (3766 Clifton Ave.) and is sponsored by the Diocese of Southern Ohio. There are 2 options for participation:
For more information and registration click here. Bring 5 or more people from your congregation, and register for a group rate! Questions or scholarships, contact the Rev. Jane Gerdsen, Missioner for Fresh Expressions 

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

Calvary Community 

Judy Gardner 
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From the Interim Rector

Sleepless Bird
I woke up early this morning-very early. It is three o'clock and I can't sleep. Outside, a bird sings.  Don't birds sleep at night? Maybe she can't sleep either.
I am used to sleepless nights, but that does not mean I always like them. I am not a night owl. Nights are for sleeping.
But God does not always keep perfect time with us according to our schedule. Nor, as it turns out, do the birds. This particular bird will sing in the dark, as if to challenge the morning. She refuses to abide by the rule-keep quiet at night. It's time to sleep, not to sing.
But this quiet time is a gift, sometimes unbidden---just like the Holy Spirit, who also often comes unbidden at this hour. This is a time when the mind wanders freely without being reined in by-me, or at least by my mental treadmill that in the daytime helps me to get things done but also crowds out the song of the Spirit. Lying sleepless at night, I can hear this song.
So I go with Sleepless Bird.  She sings to welcome the morning, whenever it will come-and to welcome the Holy Spirit, whenever she will come. Sometimes "nighttime" is just overrated.


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. 


Sign up for Kroger's  Community Reward Program to support 
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Tender Mercies  May 28, 4:00 p.m.

Music News
 -  Howard Helvey  

  Howard showing signs of anxiety

For the final Choir rehearsal last week of the season, we celebrated with a brief review of Sunday's music, a party, and a time of cleaning the choir library and vesting room.  What could be more fun!?  My thanks to Edy Dreith for continuing to help organize things this week, and for providing the emotional strength I needed in order to throw away (recycle) early versions of my Psalm antiphons that we will likely never use again.


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

Thank you to  all who were a part of Sunday School this year.  We have a little break for the month of May and we'll start Summer Stories on June 4th. There will be a sign up sheet posted in the hallway for leading stories this summer. If you'd like more information please contact Sally.

Family News

Procter Summer Camp session dates are posted on the diocesan website. There are sessions available for individual children or family groups. Please follow the link here Procter Camp for more information or to register.

Family Worship Service

There is a new coffee hour sign up sheet for the next couple of months posted by the kitchen!  We have really enjoyed the good food to go with good conversation after the service.

Thank you to our new worship helpers for greeting people as they come in and making sure that our service runs smoothly. If you are interested in helping in this way  or for more information please contact Kelsey at (614)787-1720 or

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

A lmighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 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:
Brandon Davis, Paul McCauley, Marilyn Fietz, Carol Ann Edmonds, Reed Coen, Mary Ann Bragg, and Jim Harrell.


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