Calvary Chimes
Week of Sunday, October 30, 2016
This Sunday:
Remembering your loved ones on All Saints' Day.   At all services on All Saints' Sunday, November 6, we will read the names of loved ones who have died and joined the body of the faithful in God. If you have loved ones whom you want memorialized, please submit their names to Joanna by November 1 or place the names in the offering plate on Sunday. Please be reasonable about the length of your list. Those who have departed from us since the last All Saints' Sunday will automatically be named.
A matter of trust. 
Stewardship is about  taking good care of what is entrusted to you, whether it  is your home, your pet, the planet earth, or your church and spiritual home. It isn't just about giving money-although money is needed to ensure the survival and prosperity of your trust.
Last week, we sent out invitations for you to affirm your commitment to Calvary Church, by making a monetary pledge to support the church in 2017. Pledges will be gathered in celebration of the church's legacy and future, on November 20 th . We hope that you can make your commitment to be a part of Calvary's future.

Transition meeting: The church gets organized, the people get involved. Joanna's first experience at church, attending for the first time as an adult, went like this:
 The service was gorgeous. The sermon was great. And then there was the coffee hour. She went into the parish hall for the coffee hour and stood there for an hour with coffee in hand. Nobody spoke to her. She stood around at coffee hour for five years and no one spoke to her.
Then she became a Church School teacher, and suddenly she had a community, And people talked to her at coffee hour, because they now knew her.
The lesson: A church is a great place to belong, and the best way is to get involved, to join a ministry, and to get connected.
There are lots of opportunities to get involved. The first of our transition meetings will take place this Sunday at 9:00 am at the Rectory to talk about these opportunities and how you can get involved and find Calvary not just a great place to worship but also a great place to belong.
There is a reason for people to get involved, especially now. An important part of the transition period from one rector to another is the work of making sure that the members of the church (the "laity") are an integral part of the operation of the church. The Episcopal Church has been moving toward an increased role for the laity in the governance and leadership of the church, and Calvary, in preparation for the new rector, needs to move further in this direction in the next year. With your new rector, the church's operation will be a collaboration between clergy and laity, and the transition period is the time to work on improving the church's organization and administration. There will be opportunities for you to be involved in the following areas, and more:
  • Nominating committee, to nominate candidates for vestry and convention delegates;
  • Vestry and convention members
  • Worship planning committee
  • Communications committee (improving our ways to get connected)
  • Finance committee
  • Hospitality
  • Outreach
  • 9:30 am worship planning
  • Adult education planning
  • Membership care
Please come on Sunday and help us to connect with each other! A second meeting will take place on Sunday, November 6 at 12:00 noon, for those who are unable to attend this Sunday's 9 am meeting.

Please Help with IHN at Christ Church Cathedral.  Sign-up in Hannaford Hall or contact Dave Meyer or Bob Smith.
Please help  stock St. Andrew's Pantry with small jars of peanut butter and canned fruit and vegetables.

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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
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:    

Moses, Interim Pastor
                As I was driving down a tree-lined street, I noticed that the big trees, exposing more branches as the leaves have begun to fall, had been parted in the middle to clear the space for the power lines. I immediately thought to myself, "Oh, it looks as if Moses has come by this way!"
                There are so many jokes about Moses, what with the Red Sea ("Moses parts his hair," "Moses separates his laundry"), the Ten Commandments tablets ("Well, there go our weekend plans..." "Is there a Kindle version?"), and the forty-year journey through the wilderness (Moses' wife: "But would you ask the burning bush for directions? No-o-o-o-o, not Mister I'd-rather-wander-the-desert-for-forty-years...").
                But nowadays I think about Moses in a different way. Reading the story of the Israelites' journey from Egypt through the wilderness and into the Promised Land, I see an excellent account of a leader's successful transition-management project. Moses was a great interim pastor. With Moses' leadership, the Israelites made the transition successfully from an old way of living (slaves in Egypt) to a new way (free people in a new land). In the interim time, they experienced plagues, crossed the Red Sea that symbolized the boundary between old and new, and after game-changing years in the wilderness, arrived in Canaan for a new beginning and a new life. It took them forty years in the wilderness to get to where they needed to go.
                So here we are today, at Calvary, in what interim ministry people often call "the wilderness," a kind of in-between time in the church. As unsettling as the interim time may be, operating between the old and the new leader, it is also the time in which innovation and creative activity are most likely to occur. It is in the wilderness interim between the old and the new that an organization can best do its brain-storming and its creative problem-solving. This is the time for the experiments that people have been thinking about for years. This is the time for suggestion contests and improvement campaigns.
                Moses helped the people to do all this. He did, of course, have the advantage of being able to invoke divine intervention. And he got the Ten Commandments handed to him (we have the diocesan guidelines!). But we too can, "with God's help," move toward a vibrant new beginning that will be exemplified by the arrival of your new rector.
                As with the Israelites, the transition will take time. Luckily for you, it won't take forty years. But it is important that the process move slowly and deliberately. You need this time to discern your core values, to set your goals, to learn your strengths and weaknesses, to see your vision ahead, and then to be able to identify the priest who would be the perfect fit for this church and this congregation.
                What is Calvary's timetable and process? Find out on November 13th at the congregational meeting led by the Rev. Canon Lynn Carter-Edmands, who is the diocesan Canon for Transitions. We need all of you to come to this meeting. It is your opportunity, and your responsibility, to participate in the process and make your voice heard. After all, it will be your rector, not just everybody else's. And then, when you get to the Promised Land, the whole congregation can own and embrace it. 

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. 


Help us host and feed homeless families on Thursday, November 17
Please sign up in Hannaford Hall
or contact  Dave Meyer 417-4676

Tender Mercies Sunday, October 30, 2016 @4:00 p.m. 

Music News
 -  Howard Helvey  
The Mary Slade Rust Martin and Louis Henry Martin Memorial Program

  Brad  Caldwell and I are so grateful for the refined, vibrant music-making (and full audience!) for last Sunday evening's  Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble  concert at Calvary Church featuring the Duruflé Requiem (with  Simon Barrad , baritone;  Lauren McAllister , mezzo-soprano;  Mark Kosmala , cello). The ensemble adapted with ease and enthusiasm last weekend under the guest direction of George Mabry. Many thanks also to  Yun Kim  as guest organist, and for the art songs in the program's first half expressively rendered by  Susana Diaz Mary Elizabeth Southworth Shaffer Audrey B Luna , and  Daniel Weeks .


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

In Sunday School we heard the story of Exodus based on Exodus 11:1 - 15:21. We talked about the many ways God helps and protects His people.

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

Family News
Please join us for our next event, Families Giving Thanks, on November 18th.  Come and share a meal and fellowship with our church family!  We will be accepting food donations for CAIN. There will also be a craft for the children. Please RSVP to Sally. For more information there are flyers available on the stage.


"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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A lmighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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