Calvary Chimes
Week of Sunday, June 11, 2017

Join our Parish Family for Clean-up Day - Sunday, June 11th 11:45 - 1:00 p.m. lunch will be served.

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 
small jars of peanut butter.
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

One Corner Ma

One of traditional China's most famous painters was named Ma Yuan, but he was jokingly nicknamed "One Corner Ma" by his thirteenth-century contemporaries.

You can imagine what his typical paintings are like. In one bottom corner is a lovely scene-a lush cliff or waterfall or mountain edge, trees, rocks, and birds. The middle of the painting is bounded by dim silhouettes of leafy trees, and beyond that-a limitless void. Our eyes are led back into the foggy distance, and we move from the material world through the mist into one without substance, into a mystical space that we cannot see. I wonder whether Ma's real corner was not the corner filled with trees, but the corner that led into infinity. That's where he really wanted to take us.

In a way, a good transition period is like Ma's corner. From here, we can't see clearly where God is taking us, and we may feel during this transition as if we are moving through mystery, or at least uncertainty. But you are starting to have your sights on what lies ahead for you, as in that foggy mist where a new rector stands, waiting to be your leader. But as you strain to see ahead into that mist, I urge you not to lose sight of what lies right in front of you, the little corner where the activity is-right here at Calvary Church.

Because to me, what lies beyond for Calvary is the same as what lies here-you, the congregation. Calvary is less a pastoral or program or whatever model you might name, as it is a "people's church."

And Calvary is a Spirit-led church. The little corner of Cincinnati called Calvary leads me to look outward and ahead-to the future, to the reign of God, to the spirit in the community.

In this corner, I see a group making worship of God a joyful experience for children. I see volunteers lovingly bringing food to the residents at Tender Mercies. I see volunteers singing, cooking food for stranger and friends, staffing the office, and, yes, cleaning out the cat's litter box.  And I see people keeping touch with, and checking on, your larger church family, those who are ill, for whom you so obviously care so deeply.

In other words, life at Calvary is a little like One Corner Ma. Our congregational life is a visible piece of our divine life.  Like the foggy mist in Ma's paintings, the divine realm is usually hidden from us. But sometimes, I think, the mist rolls away just a bit, and we can see snatches of what lies beyond. That snatch may come during a moving hymn or inspiring worship, or an unexpected act of caring, or a deep sense of fulfillment when your ministry lights up somebody's eyes.

When that happens, we're in Ma's corner-and beyond.


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. 

Interfaith Hospitality Network
Christ Church Cathedral
Thursday July 6
Help us host and feed homeless families
Please sign up in Hannaford Hall
or contact
Dave Meyer 417-4676
Bob Smith     260-3646
Sign up for Kroger's  Community Reward Program to support 
El Hogar.  If you already have a Kroger reward card  click this link

Tender Mercies  June 25, 4:00 p.m.

Music News
 -  Howard Helvey  

Many thanks to those who were able to attend and support last Friday evening's recital featuring six talented area high-school students who have been accepted to participate in Florida later this month in the Miami Choral and Voice Institute produced by the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble.


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

I will be closing the feedback survey on the 15th. If you have not yet gotten a chance to complete it, please take a minute to do so.  It's only 10 questions and your feedback will really help in next year's planning. Here is the link to the brief survey  for the program year. 
Thank you!

Summer Stories

We had our first Sunday with Summer Stories this past week. We heard the story The Day When God Made Church  and made pinwheels to remember the wind of the Holy Spirit

We'll see you this Sunday for our next story!

 There is 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

Music that Makes Community is a wonderful opportunity mentioned in greater detail in the main box of this Chimes. It is an event that will be held June 28-30 at Calvary Church and is for anyone who would like to learn about leading more informal music opportunities like our own 9:30 service.  This is for anyone with an interest in music regardless of your experience level.  If you would like more information, please contact Jane Gerdsen using the link at the top of the Chimes.

Procter Camp is the diocesan Summer camp and has sessions available for individual school aged children or family groups. Session dates are posted on the diocesan website. Please check the Procter Camp website at for more information or to register.

We've really noticed a big change in the time we are able to start the Family Worship service each Sunday.  Thank you to those of you who have taken on a Sunday to get the worship duties lined up and ready to go before 9:30! If you are interested in helping in this way  or for more information please contact Kelsey at (614)787-1720 or

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.

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 and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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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, Mary Ann Bragg, William and Julia Helvey.


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